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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse irked by Keita Balde’s discipline – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Senegal coach Aliou Cisse

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 13:30


Media reports in Senegal have revealed the reasons why striker Keita Balde was a notable absentee when they faced South Africa in this month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

It is reported that the AS Monaco player’s disciplinary issues could cost him a spot in the World Cup squad as coach Aliou Cisse is unhappy with him.

Reports emerging from the Senegal Football Federation reveal that Balde’s conduct forced Cisse to axe him from the starting line-up for the double-header against Bafana Bafana early this month.

It is reported that Balde was summoned by the president of the federation to explain his sulking during the game against Cape Verde, but the player took it personal and reportedly insulted Cisse.

“After the match in Dakar, Balde travelled to France and three days later he was line up in a Ligue 1 match in Amiens,” FSF said.

“His overall behaviours also annoyed his teammates as he never interacts with anyone at locker room nor during meal times.”

Furthermore, the French-based attacker went on to fake an injury and wanted to go back to his club.

After that incident, the 22-year-old player refused to train with his Lions of Teranga teammates and faked an injury even during the match against Bafana in Dakar.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – His discipline is no worry for Liverpool – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 16:00


With media reports suggesting that RB Liepzig midfielder Naby Keita’s has lost his form, a German reporter says Liverpool must not worry about the Guinea international.

Ronald Tenbusch, who covers the midfielder’s current side, Leipzig, for Die Welt publication says Keita has no disciplinary issues.

Having signed a staggering £55 million deal to join the Reds next year, Keita has been sent off on three occasions in the last seven matches for club and country.

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However, the German media specialist says the 22-year-old has changed his playing style a bit and people must not compare him with France international Franck Ribery.

“I don’t think he has problems with discipline,” Tenbusch told Sky Sports.

“The only thing I have recognised is that he has changed his style a bit, he is wearing more extravagant clothes, but he is certainly not a diva.

“Of course he needs to learn how to handle aggressive opponents but I don’t think he has a problem controlling his emotions.

“He is not like Franck Ribery, who reacts with physical assaults when someone provokes him. From my point of view, Naby just needs to find the right balance in his style of play.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – Why he must watch his discipline


RB Leipzig star Naby Keita

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 16:00


With Naby Keita set to make his switch to the English Premier League next season, the Guinea international will have to adjust his conduct.

The versatile midfielder has received rave reviews based on his outstanding performances for Red Bull Liepzig, but he must watch his entry into the referees’ book.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made a good signing to add steel in their midfield, but Keita continues to receive red cards like nobody’s business.

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The RB Leipzig star will move to Anfield next summer in a £55million deal, but has been sent off on three occasions in the last seven matches for club and country.

His latest indiscretion came on Wednesday night as he was dismissed from Leipzig’s German Cup (DFB-Polkal) match against Bayern Munich after 53 minutes.

He was sent off for two bookable offences, the first of which came on the stroke of half-time and the latest early bath followed on from a straight red he received in the Bundesliga tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

On the other hand, he also received an early shower while playing for Syli Nationale in a World Cup qualifier and all of the red cards have come in the space of a month.

The 22-year-old player has all the attributes of a world star, but he must ensure he remains disciplined and ensure his name doesn’t regularly feature in referees books.

With the Reds fans having showed content and delight in the player’s highly anticipated arrival at Anfield, will Klopp feel the same way regarding the player’s discipline?



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Zambian national team coach forgives Chama, but will discipline Kalaba – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Rainford KALABA of Zambia

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 10:00


Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda says skipper Rainford Kalaba will be called to the disciplinary committee ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

This comes after the TP Mazembe skipper went straight to the dressing room after being substituted in the second half of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique which they lost 1-0.

Kalaba was withdrawn for midfielder Given Singuluma and the coach said Kalaba will be sanctioned during a briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Chipolopolo will host the Desert Foxes on September 2 before facing the North Africans three days later in Constantine.

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“We are going to discipline Rainford Kalaba. We are running an institution and discipline is non-negotiable,” Nyirenda said.

“You will see the team list. Destitution in Zambian football is because of the way we were handled by some coaches.

“We were not given good direction by some coaches. I am not going to have a soft hand on matters that will ruin them down, that will break their future, then I am a bad parent.”

On the other hand, the coach said he has buried the hatchet with midfielder Cletus Chama who also did not show sportsmanship against Swaziland last month as he went to the dressing room.

“For Cletus, he apologised after the game. He did not know what he did was wrong. He is a child. I told him that I forgave him before he even did that,” adds Nyirenda.

“I asked him a question, who I am not to forgive? I have wronged people, I have made mistakes, and people have forgiven me.

“I don’t want to be the coach who will contribute to his downfall. We will sit him down about direction in football.

“We have seen world-class stars who have fallen out of favour despite what they have done.”



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Hugo Broos warns Cameroon striker to look at his discipline – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 15:00


Cameroon manager Hugo Broos has issued a warning to Clinton Njie regarding the player’s discipline.

The Belgian manager spoke about the Olympique Marseille midfielder’s attitude on the field of play.

Njie was a notable absentee when Broos announced his squad for their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month against Morocco.

Although the 2017 AFCON winning coach with the Indomitable Lions offered a ringing endorsement of Njie’s qualities, he warned that he needs to show discipline to be part of his squad.

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“Njie Clinton is not here because of poor discipline,” said Broos to the BCC.

“He is a good player with many qualities as we saw during the preparation games before the Africa Cup of Nations against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

“But 10 days later during the first Nations Cup game against Burkina Faso and also Guinea Bissau he was playing at only 50 percent.

“He must change his attitude and put in the work required if he is to turn the qualities he possesses into success at the top level.

“Even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are always working hard; him thinking that he’s the best doesn’t work, it doesn’t work in Marseille either.

“He is more on the bench than on the field of play. He is a player with the qualities to play in Marseilles; it is his responsibility because he is not playing.

“I said this already to him in Gabon. I hope he will understand because he is a good player.”

The 2017 African champions are currently in camp preparing to face Morocco on 10 June before travelling to Russia for the FIFA Confederations Cup.



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