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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse irked by Keita Balde’s discipline – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse irked by Keita Balde's discipline

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 13:30


Media reports in Senegal have revealed the reasons why striker Keita Balde was a notable absentee when they faced South Africa in this month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

It is reported that the AS Monaco player’s disciplinary issues could cost him a spot in the World Cup squad as coach Aliou Cisse is unhappy with him.

Reports emerging from the Senegal Football Federation reveal that Balde’s conduct forced Cisse to axe him from the starting line-up for the double-header against Bafana Bafana early this month.

It is reported that Balde was summoned by the president of the federation to explain his sulking during the game against Cape Verde, but the player took it personal and reportedly insulted Cisse.

“After the match in Dakar, Balde travelled to France and three days later he was line up in a Ligue 1 match in Amiens,” FSF said.

“His overall behaviours also annoyed his teammates as he never interacts with anyone at locker room nor during meal times.”

Furthermore, the French-based attacker went on to fake an injury and wanted to go back to his club.

After that incident, the 22-year-old player refused to train with his Lions of Teranga teammates and faked an injury even during the match against Bafana in Dakar.

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Hugo Broos irked by player unavailability for Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 11:30


Despite their failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos needs a strong squad to face Algeria this Saturday.

The Belgian manager was speaking to the BBC regarding the unavailability of some of his quality players during the qualifiers.

The website also revealed that the 2017 African Cup of Nations winning coach has been working without a contract since February.

The Indomitable Lions are set to be without striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi, who are both unavailable.

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Choupo-Moting has contacted Broos to say he has an injury and Ekambi said he was not ready to play for the national team.

“I don’t know,” said about his contract situation.

“I can’t explain why players don’t want to come and play for the national team, if the reason is because they don’t play then they are not professional.

“If they come to the national team wanting a guarantee that they are going to play then they should stay home because it is not like that.

“I have 23 players and there are always 11 on the field and 12 on the bench, if he is on the bench to fight for a place this is basic for a player and not to get angry.

“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end.”

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FECAFOOT irked by Ahmad’s statements that Cameroon is not ready for Afcon 2019

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FECAFOOT irked by Ahmad's statements that Cameroon is not ready for Afcon 2019

The Confederation of African Football boss Ahmad Ahmad

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 17:30


Cameroon have been angered by a statement made by CAF president Ahmad who said that they have to convince the football governing body regarding their readiness to host the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations.

According to media reports, Cameroon’s Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have expressed their dismay on Monday in response to criticism from CAF boss, Ahmad over their prospects of hosting the 2019 AFCON.

Ahmad said the country’s infrastructure wasn’t ready to host the 2019 Cup of Nations and reportedly suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help in putting on the event.

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“The Cameroonian federation has taken note with a profound consternation the recent statements from the CAF president who claims that, in their current state, no site in Cameroon is ready to host the CAN,” said FECAFOOT in a statement sent to AFP.

“FECAFOOT is vividly concerned by the fact those opinions were passed before even the first CAF inspection mission set for August 20-28 has come to Cameroon.”

Meanwhile, the host country has launched a programme of construction and refurbishment of sports infrastructure, with FECAFOOT insisting the majority of stadiums will be completed by the end of 2018.

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Wedson Nyirenda irked by Chama’s unprofessional behaviour

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 18:00


Despite beating Swaziland 3-0 on Saturday in the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Championships, Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda has lambasted Clatous Chama’s behaviour.

It is reported that when Chama was substituted the midfielder did not show sportsmanship and went to the dressing room, and was later spotted in the stands.

The move has prompted the Chipolopolo manager to react and has vowed to discipline the player for what he called lack of sportsmanship and respect for his teammates.

Chama was on target a week ago in Mbabane when they handed Isihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland a 4-0 defeat.

However, in the return leg, Chama was replaced in the 37th minute to make way for John Chingandu.

“We have norms and standards of the team. This is an institution, the national team is not Wedson’s home and we have laws which everyone has to follow, if you falter, you are liable to be disciplined,” Nyirenda said after the match.

“It was a tactical substitution, we are obliged to make substitution when we deem fit. A player of his stature and the level he is playing at, he should understand that when he is not okay he is not okay, and other people can do the job.

“That is how it is, he is a player, I think it is not good discipline and sportsmanship for a player to behave that way.

“When John came in, the whole complexion of the game changed. I am glad that he did a better job.”

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