PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Faouzi Ghoulam – Algerian to miss crunch match against Juventus

Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 19:00

The knee injury suffered by Algerian star Faouzi Ghoulam means he will continue to miss Napoli’s big matches, including this weekend’s showdown with Juventus.

The match at Stadio San Paolo kicks off at 21h45 CAT and sees ‘Partenopei’ host the ‘Old Lady’ in one of Italian football’s classic rivalries.

The match also has significance in terms of the Serie A title race. Napoli currently top the log on 38 points, while defending champions Juve are four points behind in third place.

Ghoulam, sadly, will have to watch the game from the stands due to his long-term absence, but his future with the club remains headline news.

Though reports of a contract extension with Napoli have been prominent in the last couple of weeks, the Algerian remains a transfer target for the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

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Wydad focusing on tactics ahead of crunch Champions League tie – 2017 CAF Champions League

Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (R) of Wydad Casablanca

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 12:00

Ahead of their crunch second leg, semifinal encounter against USM Alger in the CAF Champions League on Saturday night, Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta has encouraged his troops to remain focused.

Wydad will hope their superb home form in this year’s CAF Champions League can carry them through to their first final since 2011.

Although it will be a challenging encounter, the 1992 champions have won all five of their matches in Morocco this season without conceding a goal.

They face a tough test, though, against the Algerians after the the opening leg ended 0-0.

“My players should focus on the technical, tactical and mental aspects because this is not a match where mistakes can be made,” said Amotta to the BBC.

“So we have to pay attention to certain details. As the match will be in our stadium, we will be supported by our fans but, at the same time, we must show courage in attack while also having a strong defence.”

The match will take place at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca at 22:30 (CAT).

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Uganda welcome South Sudan in Kampala for crunch clash – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Frank Acheampong of Ghana evades challenge from Moses Oloya of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 12:00

The Cranes of Uganda are chasing a win against South Sudan as they meet for the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Championships qualifier on Saturday.

With Milutin Sredojevic’s men failing to bag a win last week, the return match at home means they will enjoy an added advantage.

Following their 0-0 draw away last week, Uganda will now want to wrap up the proceedings at home and head secure a place in the second round of the qualifiers.

“We had an fair game away only that we failed to score. The positive is that we managed to create as many goal scoring opportunities as possible,” said Sredojevic.

“We missed so many chances including a penalty, had a goal disallowed and we shall polish on the weaknesses in the remaining days.”

Looking at the Bright Stars, the visitors are aware that they have exerted pressure on themselves as they failed to win at home.

Heading to Kampala will not be an easy trip, but they will have to fight harder to emerge as victors come Saturday.

Coach Felix Komoyangi will target a clean sheet, but motivate his side to become clinical in front of goal.

A win for Uganda or South Sudan will mean they will face the winner between Rwanda and Tanzania in the third round – a winner in that clash will seal a spot in Kenya.

The encounter will be staged at the Phillip Omondi Stadium in Kampala on Saturday at 15:00 (CAT).

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