Athletic Bilbao game will cause another hold off in Spanish FA presidential election

The election to decide the new president of the Spanish FA (RFEF) has been delayed indefinitely once more as specified voter Oscar De Marcos has a game for Athletic Bilbao at Villarreal on the earlier agreed date of April 9.

The RFEF has been without the need of a long-lasting main because very long-standing president Angel Maria Villar was pressured out 3 months in the past pursuing his arrest in July on suspicion of inappropriate management, misappropriation of resources, corruption, and falsifying files.

Juan Luis Larrea, Villar’s previous associate and very long-time RFEF treasurer, has been the acting head of the organisation because of very last summer months. Larrea is 1 of two candidates to just take the position, together with Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish players union (AFE).

An RFEF assertion produced Wednesday evening claimed that the Spanish government’s sports administration court had acknowledged an appeal by Rubiales to hold off the vote mainly because De Marcos, the player’s delegate, will be unavailable, and claimed a meeting would shortly just take place to find a suited date.

Rubiales, the previous Levante defender, then produced an assertion on Twitter contacting the decision unjust and stating he had basically requested for La Liga‘s authorities to shift the game alternatively.

Amid continuing confusion, Larrea told “El Larguero” radio display that he is not pleased with the problem.

“I really don’t like how this looks,” Larrea claimed. “There will constantly be something, if not La Liga

, then an indoor football game, or women’s football. … We simply cannot wait.

The RFEF presidency is determined by 139 delegates appointed from diverse locations of the Spanish game, which include players, referees and representatives from newbie football and regional federations.

Some of the appointed voters have also been implicated in the police’s “Operacion Soule” investigation into very long-operating corruption in Spanish football.

While Villar has had to resign his previous positions at UEFA and FIFA, he has denied all wrongdoing and made makes an attempt to hold off the voting in buy to get back the RFEF presidency.

He even tried to stoke fears in December that Spain could be thrown out of the World Cup in Russia this summer months need to he not be reinstated.


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta to change game plan for Champions League final


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta to change game plan for Champions League final

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 17:00

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta reveals they will employ a different approach against Al Ahly in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

The two giants are fresh from a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week in Alexandria where the Egyptians scored through Moamen Zakaria, but Wydad equalised courtesy of Achraf Bencharki.

Whilst Wydad are playing their third final, winning once and losing in 2011, Ahly will be making their 11th appearance at the final after tasting defeat twice in 1983 and 2007.

“We are going to apply a totally different approach,” said Amoutta.


“Of course holding Al Ahly away is a good result, but we have won nothing yet. It’s a totally different match now and we have to prepare well as we’re facing a team with great history and experience.”

The encounter will be staged at the 60,000 capacity venue, Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca and the 48-year old coach will want to be victorious.

Amoutta previously led FUS Rabat to CAF Confederation Cup glory in 2010 and looks poised to add another feat to his career.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.


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Ghana star Boateng prepares for an emotional game – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Ghana star Boateng prepares for an emotional game

Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng celebrates after scoring

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 12:00

Eintracht Frankfurt forward Kevin-Prince Boateng is relishing the prospect of facing his former side, Borussia Dortmund this weekend.

Frankfurt are set to host Dortmund in a German Bundesliga encounter at the Commerzbank-Arena on Saturday.

“Definitely – I always enjoy playing against my former clubs,” Boateng told his club’s official website.

“I had a very good time at Dortmund. I’ll come face to face with a lot of old friends, so it’s going to be very emotional.

The Ghana international spent the second round of the 2008/09 season on a short-term loan deal at Dortmund from English side Tottenham Hotspur.

“I look forward to every game though, particularly at home. Everyone who has set foot in our stadium knows about the incredible atmosphere here,” he continued.

“The Frankfurt fans are exceptional. It’s going to be a great game on Saturday and I obviously hope we can get a positive result for our fans.”

“Obviously, Dortmund didn’t reach their full potential in their last two games, but we know exactly what we’re up against,” the 30-year-old explained.

“Overall I regard Dortmund as one of the strongest teams in Europe. They play the most attractive brand of football imaginable.

“I’m convinced we’ll be able to create chances against them, though.”

He has made eight league appearances for Frankfurt this season – netting once in the process.


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Mali look to up their game for New Zealand clash – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


Mali look to up their game for New Zealand clash

Mali players celebrates during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ghana and Mali at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 10:30

Mali will look for further improvement and a place in the last 16 of the U-17 World Cup when they take on New Zealand in their final Group B match on Thursday, set for the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.

The Eaglets bounced back to winning form with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Turkey on Monday, with Djemoussa Traore, Lassana N’Diaye and Fode Konate scoring the goals.

The result leaves Mali placed second in Group B with three points. Paraguay lead the way with six points, while New Zealand and Turkey are in third and fourth respectively with a point apiece.

A win will guarantee the West Africans a place in the last 16, while a draw may also be enough, depending on the other group result between Paraguay and Turkey.

Mali were much improved from their opening 3-2 defeat to Paraguay, though coach Jonas Komla believes they are still some way short of their best.

“We had worked on both offence and defence as well as our mental aspect as it was important for our players to take on any opposition with confidence,” said Komla.

“Our plans did succeed to some extent but we are not the finished product as yet. We have some more work to do.”

The Eaglets will miss Abdoyulaye Diaby for the game against New Zealand after his second booking on Monday, but Komla said the team does not depend on any individual player.

“Ours is a team effort and the collective strength of the team is going to be intact. There are others to step into the breach,” he said.


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Mane needs more game time – Jurgen Klopp – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mane needs more game time - Jurgen Klopp

Aleksandr Samedov of Spartak Moscow in action against Sadio Mane (Front) of Liverpool during UEFA Champions League match Group stage Group E between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Otkrytie Arena in Moscow, Russia 26 September 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 16:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Senegal’s Sadio Mane needs to rebuild his match fitness, hence his substitution in last night’s UEFA Champions League match.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow, a result which leaves them two points off the pace of Group E leaders Sevilla.

Spartak claimed the lead midway through the first half when Fernando found the back of the but, but Liverpool equalised just past the half hour mark when Mane provided the assist for Philippe Coutinho to score.

Klopp’s team dominated the match in attacking terms, but they were without Mane for the last 20 minutes of regulation time after the coach withdrew him in favour of Daniel Sturridge.

The German explained that Mane – who has seen out a three-game domestic suspension for a red card he received against Manchester City earlier this month – was short of match fitness.

“Sadio Mane has spent too long without a game so he needs to adapt to such intensity,” Klopp explained. “That’s why we had to replace him.”

Mane’s domestic ban has run its course and the player will be available for selection this weekend when Liverpool face Newcastle United away from home.


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Okocha: Man City’s Iheanacho needs regular game time – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Okocha: Man City's Iheanacho needs regular game time

Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City fires in a shot during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: December 3rd, 2016. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage via PA Images

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 14:00

Former Nigeria captain Austin Okocha says Kelechi Iheanacho should leave English outfit Manchester City.

The 20-year-old striker battled for regular game time at the English Premier League (EPL) club during the 2016/17 season – making only five league starts.

Okocha has since advised Iheanacho, who is competing with Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus and Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero for a place in the City starting line-up.

“I think he has come at that age that he needs regular first-team games,” Okocha told ESPN FC.

“And I think it would be a better decision for him to go somewhere else where he can play week in week out.

“So I think that’s a great decision for him to move out of Manchester City this season,” the former Nigeria and Bolton Wanderers midfielder concluded.

Iheanacho has been linked with several clubs including English sides Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and French club AS Monaco.

However, the 2015/16 EPL champions City are believed to be the favourites for Nigeria international Iheanacho’s signature.


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