KCCA’s controversial signing, Juma is happy with teammates’ character – FUFA Super League 2017/18

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:30

Kampala Capital City Authority’s Ibrahim Sadam Juma has hailed his teammates following a poor start in their current Ugandan Premier League campaign.

Juma was speaking after the defending league champions garnered just two points from as many games in the beginning of the season, but have now managed seven out of a possible nine in the previous three games.


The midfielder could make his first appearance for the team on Tuesday against Bright Stars.

“In the first few games, we weren’t good but the boys managed to pick themselves up and they now on track,” he told reporters.

“It’s only a matter of time before we get there but I have a lot of confidence in the boys.

“They are good and hardworking and we only have to keep working as a team.”

Juma has only made two appearances for the club since his controversial move from Express and says the boys have stood in well before heaping praise on fitness coach Badru Kaddu.

“The boys have stood in and am proud of them. Fitness trainer has been helpful and prepared me mentally. Though am yet to get at 100%, am confident of getting better,” adds the player.

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Broos: Cameroon showed character against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Staff Reporter

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 12:00

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos says his charges showed character against Algeria on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions secured a 2-0 win over Algeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) Group B match.

Clinton N’Jie and Franck Pangop scored Cameroon’s two goals at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé.

Cameroon and Algeria both went into the match having already failed to qualify for the finals.

“Everything is a matter of confidence, even in the big clubs there are moments of decline,” Broos told Camer-Sport.

The Belgian tactician was also happy with Pangop’s mentality against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

“We were able to show our strength of character. The players have been in solidarity,” he said.

“The players have shown that they are a team which is good overall.

“Pangop has shown good things in training. He is okay mentally,” he concluded.

Cameroon and Algeria will take on Zambia and Nigeria, who are the group winners, respectively in their last Group B games next month.

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Yusuf: Nigeria should show character against Ghana – Nigeria Premier League 2017

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 10:00

Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf says he will make a few changes to the starting line-up that will face Ghana in a must-win match.

The two West African giants will square off in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Group 1 match in Cape Coast on Monday.

The home-based Super Eagles drew their first two Group 1 games and they need to defeat Ghana in order to advance to the semi-finals.

“It is a must-win game; we are certainly aware of that,” Yusuf said.

“Definitely, we will look at making a few changes because this is one match we must show character and efficiency at the rear, and middle and the fore.

Yusuf stressed the importance of the match which be played at the Cape Coast Stadium.

“Not only must we avoid defeat; we must win to make progress in the championship,” the tactician continued.

“That demands absolute seriousness and diligence and only the best legs will do.”

Ghana’s home-based Black Stars are currently sitting at the top of Group 1 standings with six points, while Nigeria are placed second with two points.

Kick-off is at 18h00 GMT (Ghana).

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Max Gradel’s character lauded by Marc Pugh – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Bournemouth’s Max Gradel celebrates after scoring against Swansea

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 17:00

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh has been pleased with Max Gradel’s pre-season form.

The Ivory Coast international has recovered from a severe knee injury he sustained in August 2015 and he has been part of the club’s pre-season preparations.

Pugh praised the 29-year-old winger’s character as they prepare for the 2017/18 campaign which will start next weekend with Bournemouth facing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

“You never want any of your team-mates to go. It adds competition. You get injuries and you get suspensions and you need those people around,” Pugh told Daily Echo.

“Max has had a good pre-season and we want to be as successful as we can. To have competition in all areas of the pitch is important and if we want to finish in the top half of the table, we have to hold on to our players.

“I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, I just crack on with my job and the rest of the lads do the same, and what will be, will be,” the English midfielder continued.

“He’s a great character. He’s had a tough time in the past few years with injury and then he had a long spell without playing as he got his match fitness back up.

“It’s testament to his character – he wants to work hard day in, day out – and it’s important for him to play football. He wants to be out on the field,” he added.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen but his attitude has been spot on in pre-season.”

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