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Zambian FA boss Andrew Kamanga urges sponsors to aid Women’s football in the Southern African country


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:30


The Zambian Football Association’s president, Andrew Kamanga says he wants to extend women’s football to all provinces in the country.

The FAZ boss has hinted on finalising talks with the women’s football league sponsors, urging them to come on board.

Kamanga was reacting after demands from the fans for an explanation over the U17 Women’s team crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

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The failure to qualify for the global tournament comes after FAZ’s negligence in organising women’s football in the country.

“As much as we appreciate women’s league being active in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, there’s also need to extend it to other provinces,” said the FAZ boss.

Reports reveal that the FAZ Women’s League, which covers only two provinces, Copperbelt and Lusaka, is currently run without sponsors and winning prize money.

The FAZ boss has assured stakeholders of a strong and competitive Women’s league and further emphasized the need of training women coaches and enhancing technical departments of their teams.



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Andrew and Jordan Ayew’s agent attacks coach Kwesi Appiah – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Jordan Ayew of Ghana and Andre Ayew

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 10:30


Andrew and Jordan Ayew’s agent, Fiifi Tackie, has lashed out at Ghana national team coach Kwesi Appiah for leaving out his clients ahead of their upcoming 2018 FIFA World qualifier.

Appiah has left out the Ayew brothers in his 26-man squad for the crucial clash against the Cranes of Uganda in Kampala as well as for the friendly against Saudi Arabia.

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GhanaSoccerNet reports that many have suggested that the decision by the coach to axe the duo was based on their withdrawal from the Black Stars squad in the Congo game.

Jordan and Andrew were reported to have suffered injury and stomach disorder respectively, which was deemed as feigned by many Ghanaians.

“Ghana have so many players and the coach has decided to exclude the boys (Andre and Jordan) from the squad,” said Tackie to Happy FM.

“It’s okay by us, we only wish the team well. The boys have done their part for the team and will continue to do anytime they’re called upon.

“Andre once bought travelling tickets to some of his teammates, so I think the boys have contributed so much to the team.”



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Andrew Ayew delighted to play alongside Mexican international Javier Hernandez – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 15:00


Ghana and West Ham forward Andre Ayew has expressed delight to play alongside Mexican international Javier Hernandez.

The Black Stars international says the Mexican’s international and UEFA Champions League experience will be priceless for the Hammers.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Ayew says Hernandez’s arrival will boost him as a player as well adding value to the club.

“It’s good to have players to play alongside who have played for great clubs at the highest level as they know the expectations,” said Ayew.

“Players who have played in the Champions League are what I like. When you play with players you know have played to that level, especially when you too have played there against them years before, it’s good for you as a player, it’s good for the club and good for the fans, especially.

“I feel he’s going to bring a lot of fighting spirit, a lot of trouble for the other defence and we need to start training together to really know what he likes.

“When you watch games, it’s different from when you are training and you get the feeling more to know his movements, what he likes and doesn’t like and we have to adapt to him the same way he has to adapt to us.

“We will try to find the best ways for him to get goals for us.”



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Ghanaian Andrew Ayew ready for the 2017/18 English Premier League campaign


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 10:09


Ghana and West ham striker Andrew Ayew says he feels good and is looking forward to the 2017/18 English Premier League season.

The Hammers forward is hoping a full pre-season will help him pick up where he left off when the Premier Leagaue campaign begins.

Ayew ended the 2016/17 season in fine form, scoring five goals in the 13 appearances after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in mid-February.

However, he admits the pre-season is very important and says he wants to ensure he prepares well this time around.

“I’m feeling good and working hard. We had long days in Austria and now we’re just at the beginning in Germany and we have a few games to come,” he told West Ham TV.

“We’re working hard here, trying to get fit, working together and getting to know each other, so it’s sweet.

“Pre-season is something which is very, very important and, for me, I’ve not been able to have a real pre-season for a long time because of the international games.

“I have always been coming back later, so to start the pre-season with the squad is quite good.

“I think I’m going to have a month or more with the squad before the pre-season starts so it’s a good opportunity for me to get myself back together and to feel good before the season.

“I think I was getting there [to my best form]. It was not my optimum, but I was getting there bit by bit by playing games. For me, it was a shame the season came to an end because I was starting to feel better after my injury.”



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