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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song names CHAN squad


Rigobert Song and the Indomitable Lions

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 17:30


ameroon coach Rigobert Song has confirmed his final squad of 25 players for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

The ex-Indomitable Lions skipper has named three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven strikers in his team.

Cotton Sport’s Simon Omossala, Douala Union’s Derrick Anye Fru and Oscar Gwot are the three goalkeepers in the 25-man side.

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On the other hand, the ex-defender has dropped players such as Aurelien Etame, Ambassa Eloundou and Joel Kofana.

Song said they have to be in a good condition for the tournament to ensure his charges are ready for action in Morocco.

“In December we will be going to either Egypt or Turkey which will enable us to better train and to acclimatise especially because the youths are not used to staying in a climate that is totally different from theirs especially as we are going to arrive there in winter,” said Song.

“So we have to be in a condition whereby we will be ready when the time comes.”

The reigning African champions are in Group D together with Angola, Congo and Burkina Faso.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Derrick Anye Fru (Douala Union), Oscar Gwot Kalati (Eding Sport), Simon Omossola (Cotton Sport)

Defenders: Alphonse Marie Tientcheu (Eding Sport), Fabril Kaou (Douala Union), Salomon Banga (Dove of Djà and Lobo), Paul Abouem Maya (UMS), Paul Otia (UMS), Thomas Bawak Etta (UMS), Serge Andoulo (New Stars), Bertrand Owundi (Astres)

Midfielders: Franklin Anteh (Unisport), Bonny Elame (Dragon), David Pierre Eto’o (Union), Clarence Bitang (Union), Willy Namedji (UMS), Junior Awono (Yong Sport)

Strikers: Souleymanou Moussa (Cotton Sport), Ngoundo Kouoh Bille (New Stars), Lionel Abate Etoundi (AS Fortuna), Frantz Pangop (Union), Patrick Moukoko (Colombe), Raphael Eric Messi Bouli (Apejes ), Francis Elimbi (Eagle), Aristide Touffic (Eding Sport)



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Namibia’s Ricardo Mannetti confident of CHAN 2018 glory


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 14:30


After discovering his opponents for the upcoming 2018 CAF African Nations Championship, Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti says they can cause an upset.

The tournament set for local-based players will be staged in Morocco with the Brave Warriors drawn in Group B against Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia.

Although the coach believes their opponents are strong, he said they can beat them and reach the knockout stages.

“We were not going to get it any easier from pot four. I expected strong teams in our group and I’m not surprised and that still leaves us with the title of underdogs which suits me and the team. It’s our first time at the CHAN finals and we will take it one game at a time,” said Mannetti.

“If you ask me if we can be able to beat these guys I can say yes. Ivory Coast is a strong team and we will know that.

“Uganda has improved in recent years and have been very consistent and Zambia is a powerhouse and a strong football nation but it is possible for us to surprise them if we get the approach and tactics right as well as play to our strengths, we can beat them.”



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Nigeria learn 2018 CHAN group rivals


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 13:00


The draw for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) has been conducted.

Morocco will host the continental tournament between 12 January and 4 February 2018.

The tournament hosts have been pitted against Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania in Group A.

African giants Nigeria are in Group C along side Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.

The matches will be played in Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier and Agadir.

2018 CHAN Groups

Group A (Casablanca)

Morocco

Guinea

Sudan

Mauritania

Group B (Marrakech)

Cote d’Ivoire

Zambia

Uganda

Namibia

Group C (Tangier)

Libya

Nigeria

Rwanda

Equatorial Guinea

Group D (Agadir)

Angola

Cameroon

Congo

Burkina Faso



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Ugandan referees to officiate at CECAFA and Chan tournaments


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 16:30


Three Ugandan referees will hoist the country’s flag as they are appointed to officiate during the upcoming CECAFA Cup and the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The three referees who are FIFA licensed is Alex Muhabi, Dick Okello and Ronald Katenya. They will officiate at the 2017 CECAFA tournament scheduled for December 3-16 in Kenya.

Muhabi will be a centre referee while Okello and Katenya will officiate as assistant referees during the regional showpiece.

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According to a statement from the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations, the trio will arrive in Nairobi on November 29 to undergo medical and fitness tests the following day.

In a similar development centre referee, Brian Miiro Nsubuga, has been appointed by the CAF to officiate at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco.

Nsubuga is also a certified FIFA referee and will first head to Cairo for a course between November 27 and December 1.

Moreover, the appointed referees will undergo physical, theoretical and medical tests.

Nsubuga becomes the second Ugandan referee to officiate at the CHAN tournament after Mark Ssonko in Rwanda in 2016.



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CAF bans Gabon and Djibouti in CHAN qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 17:00


The Confederation of African Football has banned Gabon and Djibouti from participating in the qualifiers for the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship.

CAF’s decision comes after both nations withdrew from the 2018 qualifying campaign despite starting the qualifying campaign – the move was announced in a CAF meeting in Morocco.

This year’s edition will be staged in Morocco and the announcement was made ahead of the draw for the tournament on November 17.

“Any association declaring forfeit after the start of the matches is liable to a fine of US$10,000. It will also not be allowed to participate in the next edition of the CHAN,” reads a statement from CAF.

Gabon was scheduled to face Equatorial Guinea in August, but withdrew just a few days prior to the game and that has irked the football governing body.

On the other hand, in July Djibouti played the first leg of their qualifier against Ethiopia before they chose not to travel for the second leg.

That led to CAF imposing a further sanction of US$10,000 on the Djibouti Football Federation which they must pay as compensation to their Ethiopian counterparts.



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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song is already preparing for CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN


Rigobert Song, ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 17:00


Cameroon coach for the local-based players, Rigobert Song says they are doing well as far as their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship preparations are concerned.

The Indomitable Lions legend said they are planning to stay in Egypt ahead of the tournament to ensure his players acclimatise.

The CHAN tournament is set to be staged in Morocco next year between January and February, and Song says they are waiting for the draw to start planning properly.

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“We are making some preparations for that because we are thinking of whether to stay first in Egypt,” said Song.

“We have to acclimatise and to do so we have to stay in conditions like that of Morocco and play friendly matches with the opponents that we are going to face.

“But we are waiting for the draws which will enable us to know our opponents with whom we can better prepare.

“In December we will be going to either Egypt or Turkey which will enable us to better train and to acclimatise especially because the youths are not used to staying in a climate that is totally different from theirs especially as we are going to arrive there in winter.

“So we have to be in a condition whereby we will be ready when the time comes.”



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‘It is a knife in the back of the players’ – Francis Kimanzi lashes at Kenya for failing to host 2018 CHAN


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:30


Kenya’s failure to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship has received huge criticism from the country’s football fraternity.

A former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi believes that Kenya’s failure to host the CHAN tournament is a knife in the back of the players.

He said the loss will have far reaching effects on local players who stood to benefit immensely from the experience.

“That is a serious matter and indeed a very big shame. Individuals build houses here in Kenya every day but the government cannot build stadiums?” said Kimanzi to the Nation website.

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“Our players were really looking forward to that tournament and it is a huge blow and a big opportunity lost for them.

“Even those who weren’t in the national team squad would have drawn so much motivation from watching their teammates participate in such a competition. It is a knife in the back of the players.

“If we would have lost that chance because of unrest, like the kind that is currently affecting football development in Somalia, the pain would have been less.

“But we lost that chance because of lack of proper playing venues, yet even here where we are standing is a pitch.”

Kimanzi was reacting after Kenya was stripped of the 2018 Chan hosting rights due to lack of proper infrastructure and was replaced by Morocco as hosts.



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CAF announce CHAN changes after Egypt pull out


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 10:21


News landing at AfricanFootball.com is that Ethiopia and Rwanda will meet in a two-legged play-off for the right to replace Egypt at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.

The announcement comes after the Pharaohs pulled out of the tournament which is meant for African players based in their domestic leagues because of timing and a hectic shcedule.

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Although Ethiopia and Rwanda were eliminated in the final round of qualifiers in the East Zone, the Confederation of African Football confirmed that both teams had been picked for the play-off as a part of a concern for fairness.

CAF announced that they will bring the number of teams representing the Central East Zone at the final tournament in Morocco to three.

Meanwhile, the first leg of the play-off will be on November 5 in Ethiopia and the return leg a week later in Kigali.

Furthermore, the draw for the 2018 CHAN will be made on November 17 with the 16-team tournament taking place from January 12 to February 4.



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Morocco to host 2018 CHAN finals as Egypt qualify


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 19:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced that Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The continent’s football governing body, CAF unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea.

The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco’s place – now freed up as hosts.

This is after Egypt were initially knocked out by their fellow North Africans in qualifying.

The announcement was made on Sunday.

A statement read: “Following the designation of Morocco as host of Total CHAN 2018, CAF Emergency Committee, meeting in Lagos, decided to qualify Egypt for the final tournament. In the playoffs in the Northern zone, Egypt was beaten by Morocco.

“It will be Egypt’s very first participation in this competition, running since 2009, which will be in its 5th edition and gather only players playing in the championships of their countries.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Committee rejected Mali’s protest and confirmed the qualification of Mauritania which will be its participating in Total CHAN for the 2nd time, after 2014 in South Africa.”

The list of 16 countries qualified for Total CHAN, Morocco 2018, scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018, is as follows:

North zone (2 qualified + host country): Egypt, Libya, Morocco

Eastern Central Zone (2 qualified): Ethiopia, Uganda

Central Zone (3 qualified): Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea

West Zone A (2 qualified): Guinea, Mauritania

West Zone B (3 qualified): Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

Southern Zone (3 qualified): Angola, Namibia, Zambia



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Ronald Ketjijere happy with CHAN preparations


Ronald Ketjijere of Namibia challenged by Siboniso Malambe of Swaziland during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Namibia and Swaziland at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 18:30


Namibia skipper Ronald Ketjijere says it is wise to start with their preparations for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The Brave Warriors skipper was reacting after they beat the Zebras of Botswana 3-1 last weekend in an international friendly at home.

Two goals from Peter Shalulile and one through Roger Katjiteo ensured coach Ricardo Mannetti’s men won.

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“As you know of our situation at home, it was a good run for us,” said the skipper.

“No football going on and for us it’s about getting the momentum going with more game time and training in preparations for the upcoming tournament in January.

“Despite the win, it was important for us to identify issues such as wrong passes and lapses of concentration and therefore these games can help us make things right and hopefully we get more games and try to perfect our game and go for the CHAN finals and try to do our best as well.”



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CAF to announce CHAN 2018 hosts on Saturday


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 09:30


Morocco, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea will know their fate this weekend regarding hosting the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The Confederation of African Football is set to decide the new hosts of the tournament on Saturday as the three countries tabled bids to replace Kenya as hosts.

The international tournament for locally-based players is due to kick-off in January and the decision will be made at an emergency CAF executive committee meeting.

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Although CAF inititally announced that a decision may have come as early as the weekend of October 07-08, it will now come this weekend.

On the other hand, the BBC reports that the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee met on Wednesday and CAF president, Ahmad reaffirmed that Cameroon are still set to host the 2019 finals.

“At no time had any consideration been given to revisiting decisions already taken in conformity with the provisions of the Statutes and leading to the designation of Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea, as host country of the next three editions in 2019, 2021 and 2023,” a statement read.

“Our role is to best accompany Cameroon, which organizes in 2019, in a new format, to properly fill in the list of requirements of the host agreement.”



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FKF: Kenya could still participate in 2018 CHAN


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 18:00


Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are keen to ensure that the Harambee Stars take part in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals.

Kenya were stripped of CHAN hosting rights over a week ago by a CAF executive meeting held in Accra, Ghana.

As a result, Kenya has been technically locked out after the country forfeited the chance to host the competition.

The FKF president Nick Mwendwa remains hopeful that Harambee Stars’ local-based players will participate in the continental tournament.

The Harambee Stars have been preparing for the games since August under the guidance of Stanley Okumbi, who is the head coach.

“We are banking on hopes that one of the teams that have already made it to the finals is going to bid and win,” Mwendwa told Goal Kenya.

“If that happens, therefore, what we intend to do through the secretariat, is to ask (CAF) for a play-off with a team that finished second in the group of the (new) host nation.”

The tournament is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February, 2018. A new host nation will be announced by CAF this month.



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Morocco, Equatorial Guinea bid for CHAN 2018


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 12:30


The latest news regarding the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament is that Morocco and Equatorial Guinea have tabled bids to host the showpiece.

The BBC reports that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the two countries have submitted bids to host the CHAN tournament.

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Morocco confirmed their bid on Saturday and they have joined Equatorial Guinea as the two countries to submit their bids before the deadline last weekend.

The continental football governing body opened the bids as Kenya was stripped of the right to host after failing to meet the requirements.

Although the successful bid will be announced next weekend, the biennial tournament is set to be staged from January 12 to February 4 next year and is for locally-based players only.



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Ghana Government Minister: We are ready to host 2018 CHAN – 2018 CHAN


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 16:00


Ghana is ready to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), according to the country’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Issac Asiamah.

Next year’s continental competition is without a host country after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) declared that Kenya would not be ready.

The East African nation was stripped of host rights due to falling behind schedule in their venue preparation and worries over political instability.

CAF has opened a new bidding process for the tournament, which is scheduled to be staged from 12 January to 4 February next year.

Ghana Minister Asiamah insists that the country is ready to host CHAN, having successfully staged the WAFU Cup of Nations earlier this month.

The regional competition saw 16 West African teams play a total of 24 matches across two venues – and that did not include Ghana’s premier stadiums such as those in Kumasi and Accra.

“I’m adamant Ghana is ready, at any point in time, to host any CAF tournament,” Asiamah told Asempa FM, as quoted by Joy Online.

South Africa have already declared that they have no intention of bidding for the tournament, leaving Ghana as one of the clear favourites to become the new hosts.



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South Africa not hosting CHAN 2018 says SAFA


Safa president Danny Jordaan

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 11:30


Despite talks that South Africa could be the hosts of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has a different view.

Kenya was set to stage the tournament to be played by local-based players next year, but CAF has since decided to re-open the bidding process.

CAF cited the country’s lack of readiness to host leaving countries such as Ghana, Morocco and South Africa touted as possible alternatives.

Following a visit by a CAF inspection team to Kenya earlier this month, it was found that only one of the four venues was ready for the 16-team tournament.

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However, the SAFA boss has cooled down the talk, saying the availability of players will be a stumbling block for Bafana Bafana.

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter struggled to assemble a strong team during the qualifiers after South African Premier Soccer League clubs were reluctant to release the players.

“The problem for us is the release of players‚” said Jordaan to the TimesLive website.

“It would be a fight to get a decent team and would offer few positive outcomes.”



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Danny Jordaan rules out SA’s chances to host CHAN 2018


SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 09:30


The South African Football Association has ruled out the opportunity to host the upcoming 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament.

The announcement by SAFA president Danny Jordaan comes after the 2014 CHAN hosts were mentioned as a possible alternative to take over from Kenya.

Together with Ghana and Morocco, the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts have been touted as an alternative, but Jordaan has cooled down the talks.

Kenya was stripped off the rights to host after a visit by a CAF inspection team earlier this month where it was found that only one of the four venues was ready for the 16-team tournament.

However, the SAFA boss says the availability of players will be a stumbling block for Bafana Bafana.

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter struggled to assemble a strong team during the qualifiers after South African Premier Soccer League clubs were reluctant to release the players.

“The problem for us is the release of players‚” said Jordaan to the TimesLive website.

“It would be a fight to get a decent team and would offer few positive outcomes.”



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2018 CHAN: Ghana among favourites to replace Kenya


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 17:00


Following Kenya’s loss of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), Ghana have emerged as one of the favourites to host the competition.

The East African country was stripped of its hosting rights for the continental tournament due to a lack of suitable facilities and concerns over political instability.

The CAF executive committee announced the decision this past weekend and confirmed that a new bidding process has been opened.

The usual suspects of Morocco and South Africa have been mooted as potential replacements for Kenya, but Ghana is also a strong competitor.

The West African country successfully staged the regional WAFU Nations Cup this month (which saw 24 matches played over 15 days), despite not using its main venues such as the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi or the Accra Sports Stadium.

Ghana won the tournament (which, like CHAN, allows only locally-based players) after defeating Nigeria 4-1 in the final on Sunday night.

Hosting CHAN would also see Ghana earn a place in the final field for 2018, after they were eliminated in the qualifiers by Burkina Faso back in August.

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also CAF’s vice-president, is reportedly pushing for Ghana to host the tournament.

The 2018 CHAN is scheduled to take place from January 12 to February 4.



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Song: Cameroon will be ready for 2018 CHAN finals – 2018 CHAN


Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 16:00


Cameroon have started their preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals under coach Rigobert Song.

The home-based Indomitable Lions played a friendly match against Equatorial Guinea which they won 2-1 on Sunday.

Former Cameroon and Liverpool FC defender Song says his charges played well against the National Thunder of Equatorial Guinea.

“My boys played well,” Song told the Cameroonian Football Federation’s official website.

“I’m happy with the score and the fighting spirit especially after they conceded an early goal. It shows that they were hungry for that win.”

Song believes that Cameroon will be ready for the finals which will be hosted by Kenya between 12 January and 4 February 2018.

“There is still much work to be done but we hope with many other friendly games like the one we had today, it`s possible for us to put up a good show in Kenya.”

Cameroon qualified for the finals after defeating São Tomé and Príncipe 4-0 on aggregate in the qualifiers last month.



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Sports Secretary Peter Kaberia insists Kenya will host CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 09:00


Despite fears that the Confederation of African Football would take the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships hosting rights elsewhere, Kenya has been assured they will host the tournament.

According to a media report in the country, sports secretary Peter Kaberia has allayed fears that CAF was set to take the tournament to another country.

Kaberia was speaking while presiding over a function where the Kenyan Sports Ministry unveiled a one year partnership with Kenya Airways, making the national airline a official carrier of all national sports teams at the tournament.

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The Daily Nation website reports that the year-long deal is reportedly worth Sh4 billion as Kaberia said CAF had so far given a thumbs up to the ongoing preparations.

“They (CAF) recently sent someone here to speak to us about our current political situation,” stated Kaberia.

“He wanted to understand what the Supreme Court ruling meant and if the electoral processes will in any way affect our preps and the games. They now are very satisfied and have soon promised to send an inspection team.”

Meanwhile, the tournament for local-based players is in its fifth year and will get underway on 12 January 2018.

Although none of the five stadiums earmarked to host the games meets the required threshold set by the tournament organisers, Kaberia insists they will host the showpiece.



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CAF to assess 2018 CHAN facilities in Kenya


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Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 14:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team are set to arrive in Kenya next week.

Kenya are scheduled to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals between 12 January and 4 February next year.

On Thursday, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) released the following statement regarding the CAF team:

A statement read: “A high-level Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation, led by CAF 2nd Vice president Constant Omari Selemani, is set to arrive in the Country on Monday, September 11, 2017, for a third and final inspection visit, ahead of the CHAN 2018 tournament scheduled to be hosted in Kenya early next year.

“CAF had earlier on deffered its intended inspection visit that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 7, 2017, owing to the political situation in the country, following the recent Supreme Court ruling that annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in the just concluded Presidential elections.

“Consequently, the 2nd Vice president Constant Omari Selemani was in the country for three days to assess the political situation before returning to okay the inspection visit.

“The delegation will be in the country for eight days.”



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CAF’s Kenya visit for CHAN 2018 put on hold


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 15:30


Media reports coming from Kenya is that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone their visit to inspect the country’s readiness ahead of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

Kenya is set to host the tournament set for local-based players and the inspection was scheduled to begin on Thursday 7 September.

However, Kenya’s Football Federation announced that the current political situation in Kenya has prompted CAF to take shelve the visit.

The BBC website reports that on Friday, a Supreme Court ruling annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in the recent Presidential elections.

“We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings, CAF will be sending its 2nd Vice president Mr. Constant Omari Selemani to assess the political and security situation of the country, before they can proceed with the inspection visit,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“Consequently, the planned inspection visit that was scheduled for next week has been shelved, with CAF informing us that they will only announce a new date after the assessment of the political situation in the country,” added the FKF president.

It is also reported that Omari was expected to arrive in Kenya on Sunday 3 September to engage the FKF about the tournament set to be staged between 12 January and 4 February 2018.



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Guinea crush Senegal to secure CHAN qualification


Ibrahima Sory Sankhon of Guinea celebrates

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 20:39


Guinea put up a stunning performance to defeat Senegal 5-0 at the 28 September Stadium in Conakry on Wednesday evening and secure qualification for the 2018 African Nations Championship.

Beaten 3-1 in the first leg in Dakar last week, the Syli Nationale romped to a 6-3 aggregate triumph in the tie to join hosts Kenya and 14 other teams in the tournament’s final field.

The match, which was originally set to be played on Tuesday but was postponed due to incessant rain in Conakry, saw the hosts claim an early lead through Sekou Amadou Camara.

His goal set the tone, with the Syli ending the first half 3-0 up thanks to further goals from Mohamed N’Diaye and Ibrahima Sory Sankhon. In the second half it turned into the Camara show, with the 19-year-old striker adding two further goals to register a hat-trick.

Guinea will be headed to their second successive CHAN finals. They debuted at the tournament last year in Rwanda, where they finished fourth.



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Guinea-Senegal CHAN match postponed to Wednesday


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 20:38


The second leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying tie between Guinea and Senegal has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The match was scheduled to kick-off at 18h30 CAT at the 28 September Stadium in Conakry on Tuesday evening, but incessant rains have forced match officials to abandon their plans.

An attempt to play the match within 24 hours of its original time, as per the tournament regulations, will be made on Wednesday.

“It is because of the heavy rains that still run in the Guinean capital that the game has been postponed,” Senegal FA boss Victor Ciss is quoted by APS.

The Teranga Lions lead 3-1 from the first leg and are looking to become the 16th and final team to book a spot at the finals in Kenya.



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Senegal, Guinea compete for final CHAN berth


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 20:00


Guinea and Senegal will battle for the final berth up for grabs at the 2018 African Nations Championship finals when they meet in Conakry on Tuesday.

The second leg of their West Zone A, second round clash is set for the 28 September Stadium, kick-off at 18h30 CAT.

Fifteen of the 16 slots at next year’s tournament in Kenya have been determined following the weekend’s matches, leaving only this tie to wrap up the qualifiers.

Senegal are the clear favourites to advance, having won the first leg in Dakar 3-1 last week. A brace of goals from Amadou Dia N’Diaye and a late strike from Assane Mbodj sees the Teranga Lions hold a significant advantage.

Yet Syli Nationale are very much alive in the tie thanks to Mohamed Sorel Camara’s away goal. A 2-0 win for the hosts would see the tie locked at 3-3 on aggregate and put them through on the away goals rule.

Malian referee Mahamadou Keita will take charge of the match in Conakry, with the aggregate winners advancing into the 2018 CHAN finals in Kenya.



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I am no quitter – Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 19:00


Maxwell Konadu, the coach of Ghana’s locally-based squad, has insisted that he will not resign following the failure to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship.

The ‘B’ Black Stars were beaten 2-1 at home by Burkina Faso in their second leg CHAN qualifying tie in Kumasi on Sunday, condemning them to a 4-3 aggregate loss and denying them a place in the finals in Kenya next year.

It is a second successive CHAN qualifying failure for Konadu, but he insists he won’t be walking away from the role.

“It’s not the matter of quitting, I am not a quitter. I have been with the team and working hard to get the best out of the team,” Konadu told local media, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“We losing doesn’t mean I should leave the job, I am still the coach and so I think I don’t have to turn my back on Ghanaians.

“I am not a quitter, we will continue to put things in place and work hard.”

Konadu is expected to lead the locally-based Black Stars team at the upcoming WAFU Nations Cup, which will be hosted in Ghana.



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South Africa proud despite failure to qualify, says Senong – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 16:00


South Africa assistant coach Thabo Senong has reflected on their disappointing 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying campaign.

Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the finals after losing 2-0 to Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the second-leg clash in Ndola, Zambia on Saturday.

Zambia advanced to the finals which will be hosted by Kenya after winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate – with the first-leg having ended in a 2-2 draw in East London, South Africa.

Senong, who was in charge of the team in the absence of SA head coach Stuart Baxter, spoke to the South African Football Association (SAFA) Media.

SAFA MEDIA: Your impressions of the match against Zambia?

Thabo Senong: It was a good match and very tough. We played well for about 70 minutes, then the energy levels of our boys started to drop, that’s when we were forced to make a few substitutions. We created chances throughout the match but we did not convert them. We are disappointed that we did not win the match and qualify for 2018 CHAN, but we are not discouraged because we still believe it was a good exercise for some players to get international experience. It was a good exercise for some young players to be in structure and also increase the big pool of Bafana Bafana. There were players that impressed and this will be a good experience for them going back to their clubs and it will contribute positively to their football.

SAFA MEDIA: It must be an exciting journey, however difficult it was, that has been travelled since the COSAFA Cup matches up to this last one in CHAN?

TS: Yes it has been. If you think about it we have worked with different groups of players throughout the CHAN qualifiers and the COSAFA Cup camps, despite the players coming in and going out of the squad, that gave us a good opportunity to give other players a chance to play at international level. So yes, it was good discoveries, and going back to their clubs these players will benefit a lot. But as the technical team, we are very proud that we have managed to unleash a lot of potential future players that that will be taken seriously by their clubs and some will be considered seriously for the main Bafana Bafana squad going forward.

SAFA MEDIA: In your view what will you count as an achievement from this whole exercise?

TS: Throughout the four matches – two against Botswana and a further two against Zambia – we have managed to give 35 players a chance to play at this level and to learn under these conditions. We have given about 15 former U20 players an opportunity to grow and learn from this kind of environment, and this will benefit the future Olympic Team, which will have players who would have played in Bafana Bafana already. The exercise will help some of these senior players because most of them are fringe players at their clubs – Sibusiso Khumalo, Kgotso Moleko, Mario Booysen – they will go back to their respective clubs with a lot of confidence, and that might help them to be considered by the respective coaches of the clubs.

SAFA MEDIA: Despite all the challenges, was this a worthwhile exercise?

TS: Despite all the challenges that we encountered, mainly of players being withdrawn from the national team after being recalled by their clubs, this was indeed a worthy exercise. I would like to say a big thank you to all the clubs that managed to release their players, and we know it was not easy, as they also had to move their programmes around to accommodate us. On the overall, this has been a good and fruitful exercise where all the stakeholders have learnt a lot. From now on we know that Bafana Bafana has a big pool of players that the head coach can always look at whenever he wants to build his team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as well as the 2019 AFCON tournament.

SAFA MEDIA: You spoke about the U20 players being used, but what next for them?

TS: If you remember very well, this is the same exercise we used in 2015 where we used the CHAN and COSAFA Cup to prepare the 2016 Olympic Team, and it benefitted us a lot because we managed to qualify for the Olympics Games in Brazil last year. So we have used the same exercise where we have again given many U20 players Bafana Bafana caps, so with these players we are going to start the road to Olympic qualifiers next year. These players will have benefitted a lot from these CHAN and COSAFA Cup matches, with the experience they will be able to compete and qualify for the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.

SAFA MEDIA: So not only are we giving ourselves a chance in the qualifiers coming up, but also increasing the pool of Bafana Bafana.

TS: Absolutely. This was the policy that was encouraged by head coach Stuart Baxter that whenever we play these two tournaments we need to have a clear vision and policy – we must always make sure that there is 60 percent young players coming from the junior structures and 40 percent experienced fringe players from the PSL that can may be be considered for the main Bafana Bafana squad going forward and also considered by their clubs in terms of getting game time.

SAFA MEDIA: This will surely mean the youngster will not be lost in the system?

TS: All these youngsters that have been part of the COSAFA/CHAN exercise will never be lost in the system because next year in February/March they will start their route to qualifying for U23 AFCON, and will follow that with qualifications for the Olympic Games.

SAFA MEDIA: The Bafana Bafana technical team spoke of COSAFA/CHAN in terms of development, do you think that was achieved?

TS: Yes, from Day 1 we agreed that we had to focus on development, put our focus on young players and we took a big risk, which paid off. This exercise has helped a lot because we believe the likes of Sandile Mthethwa will get more game time, and the same goes for Sipho Mbule, Tercious Malepe, Jamie Webber and Masilake Phohlongo. I believe this whole exercise was about rebuilding the future Olympic team and we have achieved that.



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Burkina Faso down Ghana to reach CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


Bernard Tekpetey of Ghana out jumps Steeve Yago of Burkina Faso to a header during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 20, 2017. 19:12


Burkina Faso qualified for the CAF African Nations Championship in Kenya next year after beating Ghana 2-1 in their third round, second leg qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

The result combined with their 2-2 draw in the first leg of the qualifier to Ghana in Ouagadougou last weekend means the aggregate score ended 4-3 in Burkina Faso’s favour.

Despite playing away from home, Burkina Faso started like a house on fire and opened the scoring on Sunday in the eighth minute when Sylla Mohammed found the back of the net, 1-0.

Burkina Faso doubled their lead on the half hour when Herman turned the ball home after a well-worked passing move, 2-0

Ghana tried to find their way back into the tie, but were unable to pull a goal back before the break.

The Black Stars continued to push forward in the second half and they did manage to score a consolation goal on the hour mark courtesy of a strike form Felix Addo, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tightened up at the back after conceding and manged to hold on for the victory which sees them qualify for CHAN next year, 4-3 on aggregate.



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Namibia qualify for CHAN as they send Comoros packing


Deon Hotto of Namibia during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Namibia and Swaziland at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 20, 2017. 18:19


Namibia qualified for the CAF African Nations Championship in Kenya next year after beating Comoros 2-0 in their third round, second leg qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday.

The result combined with their 2-1 loss in the first leg of the qualifier to Comoros in Moroni last weekend means the aggregate scored ended 3-2 in Namibia’s favour.

The first half was a rather dull affair with Comoros trying to defend their one goal advantage from the first leg.

Namibia controlled the possession stakes, but could not make their dominance pay as they entered the half time break locked at 0-0 on the day.

Ten minutes into the second half, though, Namibia did take the lead when Muna Katupose found the back of the net, 1-0.

Although Namibia would still have qualified for CHAN 2018 with the one nil scoreline due to the away goals rule, a goal from Volta in the fourth minute of injury time sealed victory on the day and their spot in Kenya, 2-0.



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Namibia look to turn around CHAN tie – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


Roger Katjiteo of Namibia challenged by Tercious Malepe of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between South Africa and Namibia at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 09:30


Namibia will be banking on home advantage when they host Comoros for the second leg of their African Nations Championship qualifying tie. The Southern Zone opponents will meet at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday, August 20.

Comoros claimed a stunning 2-1 home win in Moroni in the first leg last weekend, with first-half goals from Chadhuli Mradabi and Mohamed Youssouf giving them a fighting chance of qualifying for the CHAN finals.

However, the Brave Warriors have an away goal in the bag – scored by Hendrik Somaeb – and know that a 1-0 win in Windhoek will be enough to turn the tie in their favour.

“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.”

Zambian referee Wisdom Chewe will take charge of the match in Windhoek. The aggregate winners will qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals in Kenya.



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Sudan qualify for 2018 CHAN finals


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 21:49


Sudan defeated Ethiopia 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers on Saturday.

As a result, the Falcons of Jediane qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals after winning the tightly contested tie 2-1 on aggregate.

The Central East Zone second-leg game took place at the El Obeid Stadium in the Sudanese city of Obeid.

Neither side were able to find the back of the net in the first-half and the score was 0-0 during the half-time.

The deadlock was broken a few minutes into the second-half with Elsamani El Sawi scoring with a good finish to make it 1-0 to Sudan.

Ethiopia’s Walia ibex were unable to level matters and in the end, Sudan secured a 1-0 victory at home.

Sudan will take part in the CHAN finals for the second time as they participated in the 2011 tournament as hosts.



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