New Kenya national team coach Paul Put calls for support from fickle fans

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 13:30

New Kenya national team coach Paul Put has appealed to the Harambee Stars supporters to rally behind the national side.

Put was appointed as the new manager on Sunday, replacing Stanley Okumbi who was demoted to the assistant’s role.

The 61-year-old manager has urged everyone associated with the national team to have confidence in him as he seeks to revive the national team.

“I have written history with small nations like Gambia and Jordan for the years I was with them. I believe that I am capable of steering Kenya achieve big things,” said Put.


“All I need is support from all quarters. I want to lead a team of 12 and not just 11. And that means that the 12th person must come from all corners of the Kenyan football scene.

“I want to see the stadium fully packed because that is the only way the players and I will know that we are working together.

Football is not just about technical knowledge, it is also about effort and sacrifice. We have quality players so with your support I know that I can deliver.”

Put’s immediate task will be to guide the team during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge which will be hosted in Kenya next month.

Furthermore, his long term goals include leading Kenya to the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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TP Mazembe’s Moise Katumbi calls for a full house against SuperSport in Confed Cup final

TP Mazembe players celebrate after wining the Confederation of Africa Cup final against Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia of Algeria

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 17:00

Ahead of the highly anticipated CAF Confederation Cup final clash against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe boss Moise Katumbi Moise has urged fans to fill up the stadium on Sunday.

The Ravens chairman visited youngster Christ Kisangala who is nursing a knee injury in Belgium and urged the club’s faithful to support the reigning CAF Confed champions.

Mazembe will want to retain their trophy and ensure they use their home advantage in the first leg at Lubumbashi as Katumbi is calling for a general mobilisation.

Katumbi reckons that his troops deserve a full stadium for the final and has stressed the importance of a win at home.

“I know that TPM supporters are always able to mobilise to take their team to success,” said the boss to the club website.

“It is with the support of a large audience that our players will pull a lot of strength from the stands to defeat SuperSport.

“The players expect everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win..”

Meanwhile, Katumbi has urged the club’s die hard supporters to come out in numbers in both finals, including attending the final training session.

On the other hand, manager Kazembe Mihayo will hope to have his experienced Malian centre back, Salif Coulibaly, who is working to regain full fitness.

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Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots calls for unity ahead of Morocco clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 16:30

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has called for unity ahead of his team’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco next month.

The Elephants will host the Atlas Lions for their decisive Group C clash at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan on November 11.

Ivory Coast must win the match to top the group and secure qualification for a fourth successive World Cup.

Morocco, meanwhile, need only avoid defeat and they will qualify for their first global tournament since 1998.

Wilmots recently took to his official Twitter page to call for unity from Ivory Coast supporters ahead of the match.

The Belgian has come under harsh criticism for the Elephants’ form since he took over in March.

“Exactly 2 weeks before the confrontation with Morocco. All united for qualification,” Wilmots posted on his account this past weekend.

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Zambian coach calls for cool heads against Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 12:30

Zambian national team coach, Wedson Nyirenda has warned that the game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria will need a strong psychological approach.

Chipolopolo will visit Nigeria for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier next Saturday, October 7 as they look to book a spot at the tournament in Russia.

Nyirenda says he is preparing his troops mentally and anticipates a tough encounter in West Africa next weekend.


“This game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” Nyirenda tells FAZ website.

“Every player and everyone on our bench know and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out.

“Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done.

“Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be big headed because we beat Algeria we are focused on looking at Nigeria only.”

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Offside calls in the first leg were decisive – Pitso Mosimane

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Abdellatif Noussirr of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 14:30

Marginal offside calls came back to haunt Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

The African champions were dethroned on Saturday night when Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca eliminated them from the premier continental tournament.

Wydad won their second leg, quarterfinal clash in Casablanca 1-0 to see the teams locked at 1-1 on aggregate, before triumphing 3-2 on post-match penalties.

“I think we lost in Pretoria. In Pretoria we had three balls [that were ruled offside],” said Mosimane after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“The referee said it’s offside, but it was not offside. We would have scored three goals, like last year we scored three [against Zamalek].”

He continued: “It’s very sad for football.”

The Brazilians coach insisted that his side did not set out to defend their slender lead in the second leg.

“I think we played very well. We came here to play and not to sit back but unfortunately in penalties anybody can win. But congratulations to Wydad,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

“We pressed. We were not scared to lose. We saw that they could not take the stress and we played in their half and put them under pressure.

“You could see that they could not take the ball out of their half. But I have to give them credit [because] in the first half they really showed that they want to win.”

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Hector Cuper calls 14 foreign-based player for Congo clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mali and Egypt at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 12:30

Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has called up 14 foreign-based players for the encounter.

The Pharaohs mentor has started preparing for the Group E clash set for Sunday, October 8 at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Egyptian media reports indicated that among those called up again is South African-based Amr Gamal, who joined Bidvest Wits on loan from Al Ahly.


Topping Group E with nine points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory over Congo to boost their chances of a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

If Egypt win the encounter, they will only need Ghana to beat Uganda in their next Group E clash to ensure a place in Russia next year.

Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990 and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.

The 14 foreign-based players

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Taawoun, Saudi), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa).

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Ex-Zimbabwean FA boss calls for probe on Chiyangwa – African Football

Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 12:30

Ex-Zimbabwean Football Association’s vice-president, Ndumiso Gumede says the Sports and Recreation Commission must probe ZIFA boss Philip Chiyangwa.

The call comes after Chiyangwa’s alleged involvement in the decision to revoke Dynamos striker, Christian Ntouba’s red card.

Ntouba was red carded against Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday and Gumede says it’s high time the SRC stopped Chiyangwa.

The Cameroonian was dismissed by referee Arnold Ncube in the 87th minute for head-butting Highlanders defender Peter Muduhwa.

However, Gumede, who retired from football last year, said it was improper to reverse the referee’s decision instead of dealing with the match official if there was indeed any complaint and if the referee’s committee felt he had erred.

“Maybe there is a new law that we don’t know and I am not familiar with. I was chairman of that committee from 2010 to 2014 and during my time the law said you cannot rule against the referee,” Gumede said to the News Day.

“The best you can do is to deal with the referee and have him suspended, but you cannot reverse his decision or change the scoreline.

“If the club (Dynamos) did not complain, what is the decision based on? This must be the time that the SRC must come in and say you (Chiyangwa) are not following the laws.”

It is reported that the decision to rescind Ntouba’s red card was done within 24 hours after the match that was played on Sunday.

The website has it that a letter written by Dynamos secretary-general Webster Marecherera dated Monday and addressed to Chiyangwa, appears to be the basis of the nullification of the red card.

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Cuper calls up Mohamed Awaad ahead of Uganda return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 12:00

Hector Cuper has called up Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad to replace Essam El-Hadary ahead of Egypt’s return match against Uganda next week.

This is after the veteran gloves-man was injured in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uganda in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Kampala on Thursday.

Awaad joins the squad ahead of the return game against the Cranes, which will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old is one of three ‘keeping options available to Cuper, joining his fellow guards Sherif Ekramy of Al Ahly and Zamalek’s Ahmed El-Shennawy .

Egypt come into the game placed second on the Group E standings, one point behind leaders Uganda.

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Ricardo Mannetti calls on Windhoek support

Ronnie Kanalelo with Ricardo Mannetti

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 18:00

Ricardo Mannetti wants to see a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday as his Namibia team try to overturn a deficit in their CHAN tie.

The Brave Warriors will be hosting Comoros for the second leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier, with a place in the finals on the line.

The first leg in Moroni last weekend saw Comoros claim a surprise 2-1 home win, but Hendrick Somaeb’s away goal gives Namibia a foothold in the tie and a genuine belief that they can turn things around.

“They have two goals from the first leg, and they can come here and take the game to us,” Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti told the NFA.

“We need to be prepared for that. We know what we need to do; we have to at least win by 1-0, and that won’t be that easy. But it is a good advantage for us. We have a good chance of making it. It will be sweet if we manage to pull it off.”

Mannetti added, “We have a monumental game on Sunday, and we need everyone behind the team. This team has proved that they can rise to the occasion, and a full home stadium has always brought the best out of the team. So, get your ticket, come early and support the team on Sunday. Come on Namibia!”

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Kanu calls on Vincent Enyeama’s immediate Super Eagles return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Bertin Basson

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 15:30

Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has offered to help persuade Vincent Enyeama to make a return to the Nigerian national team, ahead of the country’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon next month.

The Super Eagles are still in search of Enyeama’s full-time replacement following the Lille goal-minders international retirement in 2015 – with Daniel Akpeyi having manned the goals last time out.

Akpeyi was unconvincing in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Bafana Bafana, with the burly shot-stopper unlikely to continue in goal.

Head coach Gernot Rohr is reportedly set his sights on goalkeepers plying their trade in Nigeria, with Carl Ikeme out of contention after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week.

With no end in sight to the goalkeeping conundrum, former Arsenal forward Kanu has called on Enyeama to come out of retirement.

“As it is now we need Vincent badly. In my opinion, Enyeama should come back immediately,” Kanu told KweséESPN. “Whoever is close enough to reach him should tell him to start coming back.

“Enyeama is very very good. He is one of the best players in Africa, and one of the best in the world. Let the federation look into it and do everything they can to bring him back.”

The former Enyimba shot-stopper quit international football following a fallout with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but Kanu is desperate to see the 34-year-old make a return.

“If Enyeama says he doesn’t want to come, people like us can talk to him, the federation too can talk to him. If a lot of people talk to him, I’m sure that definitely he will change his mind,” Kanu concluded.

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Marc Wilmots calls for patience after poor start with Ivory Coast – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 15:00

Following a disastrous start to his tenure with the Ivory Coast national team, coach Marc Wilmots has called for patience.

The Belgian’s first two games in charge of the Elephants have brought a 5-0 loss to the Netherlands in a friendly and a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Guinea in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this past weekend.

Naturally the pressure is now on the Belgian ahead of the resumption of 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August and September, but Wilmots is hopeful that Ivorians remain calm after his poor start.

“There is no need to be alarmed. We lost a battle and not the war. It’s a four-way championship [AFCON qualifying group] that is just beginning,” Wilmots told CAF’s official website.

“This is our first official game. The team is young and undergoing reconstruction. It will increase in power.

“I ask the Ivorians to be a little patient. If Guinea could beat us here, nothing says we can not beat her at home.”

The Elephants’ next competitive matches will be a double-header against Gabon in Group C of the Russia 2018 qualifiers.

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