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AC Milan Goalkeeper Admits to Having A Complicated 2018

Soon after dealing with speculation about his future at AC Milan and criticism of his variety, Rossoneri goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma admitted to obtaining a complicated year but he has felt relaxed now.

The 19-year-old Italian intercontinental was praised for his efficiency in the Diavolo’s – draw against Torino in Serie A on Sunday night and the starlet is convinced that he can stay clear of participating in erratically.

“I thank you for the compliments, I normally attempt to give my most effective in education and then also in the game and to support my teammates,” Donnarumma informed RAI Sport.

“Surely it was a bit challenging, even if you are robust in character you normally think a tiny, now I’m a lot peaceful.”

Donnarumma made a couple of decisive saves in the 1st half to maintain Milan in the game but he praised his teammates for defending additional solidly after the break.

“I think we did incredibly perfectly apart from on two situations when we lost our men a tiny bit, then we did better in the next half,” he concluded.

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Former Cameroon goalkeeper: Algeria’s problem isn’t the coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Islam SLIMANI of Algeria Challenged by Leon BALOGUN (L) and William EKONG(R) of Nigeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 18:00


Former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell, better known by his nickname ‘JoJo’, says Algeria’s problems do not lie with their coach.

The Fennec Foxes are onto their sixth separate permanent coach since the departure of Vahid Halihodzic in 2014, with Rabah Madjer having recently succeeded Lucas Alcaraz.

The North Africans’ chopping and changing has done little to help their cause: they were knocked out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in the group stage and finished bottom of their 2018 World Cup qualifying pool.

Bell, who was part of three World Cup squads with the Indomitable Lions, believes there is something other than the issue of the coach which is affecting the Algerian team’s form.

“I know that he [Madjer] was already coach at one time,” JoJo is quoted by Le Buteur.

“Now, if he came back, I cannot believe that Algeria’s only problem is the team sideline [coaching staff], so I tell myself that when we see such a catastrophic course, we say there are still things much deeper than the sideline.

“Now, hopefully, Madjer will be able to unseal these things and it’s not just limited to the coach.”

Bell added his belief that Algeria have fallen back into old habits, stating that he was surprised to see them finish bottom of an admittedly tough Group B behind Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.

“We have the impression that the Algerian team has fallen back on its way. After the 2014 World Cup and even before, we felt the arrival of the Algerian team.

“In 2014, it was only half a surprise but it was especially a great pleasure to see Algeria again at this level. So it was a big surprise this elimination and especially this absolutely chaotic course.

“We can be eliminated, but Algeria was frankly bad, catastrophic in these playoffs [qualifiers]. One wonders if it was just an accident. There is food for thought for Algeria.”



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Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy unhappy with criticism after Champions League final loss


Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 17:30


Despite their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy refuses to take the blame directed to the team from the fans.

The Red Devils fans were disappointed to lose the continental trophy in Morocco on a 2-1 aggregate margin after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home.

Ekramy took to his official Twitter account, saying that criticism from fans after the match was not objective and not fair.

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“We’re used in Egypt to the attribution of any success or failure in football to individuals only, although everyone knows that it is a shared responsibility,” he said on Twitter.

“The problem in the case of loss is that there is always an attempt to blame certain players or to find a scapegoat.

“In 48 games since the start of the season, we had more than 30 clean sheets.

“Our goalkeeping and defence were named the best according to statistics and numbers.

“Apart from local statistics, Al Ahly is one of the world’s best teams in terms of keeping a clean sheet in 2017.

“Attacking or criticizing a player after any loss by the media or the fans is normal and that’s the tough side of football.

“We understand our fans’ sadness due to the loss, our fans are always our number one supporters. We lost an important championship that’s true but it is more important to start focusing on what’s coming next.”



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Ghana U-17 goalkeeper apologies for error in quarterfinal loss – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India


Danlad Ibrahim and Faisal Osman of Ghana 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

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 11:00


Ghana U-17 goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim has apologised for his error which cost the team a goal in their World Cup quarterfinal loss to Mali this past weekend.

Ibrahim was directly responsible for Djemoussa Traore’s goal, which proved to be the decisive strike in Mali’s 2-1 win.

The goalkeeper attempted to sprint off his line to make a clearance, but his misjudgment only made it easier for Traore to find the back of the net.

“Sometimes when playing in the rains, the gloves get so wet and slippery,” Ibrahim told the GNA.

“I made my mind to push the ball out because I didn’t want to take the chance of trying to grab it. There was not so much power behind the ball and I didn’t get the movement of the ball well.

“It pains me a lot that the team couldn’t go beyond this stage. We had plans of taking the name of Ghana high in this competition but it didn’t work ou



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SuperSport goalkeeper wants CAF success to add to MTN8 glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United celebrates after saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 17:00


SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is hopeful that the club can add CAF Confederation Cup success to this past weekend’s MTN8 triumph.

Williams was the hero in a penalty shootout as United defeated Cape Town City on post-match kicks to claim the MTN8 title in Durban on Saturday.

And the ‘keeper will need to be at his best again this coming weekend when the South Africans travel to Tunisia to face Club Africain in the second leg of the teams’ Confederation Cup semifinal, which is locked at 1-1 after the first leg in Tshwane earlier this month.

“The CAF Confederation Cup is there and we can taste it, it’s a few weeks to go,” said Williams, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We need to write history, we need to put SuperSport on the map.

“SuperSport is one of the bigger teams in the country. Maybe we don’t have as much support in the country as others, but we are one of the bigger teams and our history speaks for itself.

“We’ve been in the last five cup finals, so I’m proud of being part of this team.”

The CA v SuperSport match is set for the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening.



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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper says he voted for Masuluke’s goal – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 14:30


Despite saying he will not vote for Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s goal, Orlando Pirates keeper Jackson Mabokgwane has set the record straight.

The former Mpumalanga Black Aces keeper was quoted by a local radio station as saying he will not vote for his counterpart because voting is for supporters.

Masuluke scored a spectacular bicycle-kick during their 2016/17 Absa Premiership match against the Soweto giants to make it 1-1 in Polokwane.

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The goal has got the nod and is among the best three goals in the world nominated in the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

“I’m a football player I don’t go around voting‚ I only play football,” Mabokgwane told PowerFM. “Voting is for supporters‚ it’s for fans‚ people should vote for him if they like the goal.”

However, he took to his official Twitter account and set the record straight, saying he voted via the FIFA website.



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Oscarine can’t count on fellow goalkeeper for Puskas vote


Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates dejected during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on the 20 December 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 20:00


Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane will not be joining fellow South Africans in voting for Oscarine Masuluke.

The goalkeeper, who was between the sticks when Masuluke shocked the world with a last minute bicycle-kick equaliser, said he will not be casting his vote – stating that it is the duty of soccer supporters.

Masuluke’s goal for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership game last year, has been included in the final three shortlist for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award.

But, despite the strike gaining worldwide acclaim, the man who conceded the goal is not ready to support Masuluke’s cause.

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“I’m a football player I don’t go around voting‚ I only play football,” Mabokgwane told PowerFM. “Voting is for supporters‚ it’s for fans‚ people should vote for him if they like the goal.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the 29-year-old went on to state that he would’ve walked away with the man-of-the-match accolade had it not been for Masuluke’s last minute heroics.

“Funny enough I was actually named man-of-the-match in that game but after his goal they changed it to him‚” he added in his interview with the radio station.



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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary still dreaming of reaching the World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after saving Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso penalty in shootout, embraced by Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 13:30


Egyptian and Al-Tawoun goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary has revealed his dream is to play at the FIFA World Cup.

The 44-year old says his appetite for success has not waned despite achieving 37 trophies in his football career.

El-Hadary wants to help the Pharaohs reach their first World Cup tournament in almost three decades.

“I did almost everything in my footballing career. I won 37 trophies and I enjoyed some remarkable moments such as our win over Italy at the 2009 Confederations Cup,” said El-Hadary to FIFA.com.

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“The only thing that is missing for me is a World Cup appearance.

“I’ve always been very determined and persistent to carry on playing; this is my character.

“The fact that I still have a chance to play at the World Cup makes me even more motivated to continue playing to realise this dream.”

The Pharaohs lead Group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup African qualifying campaign with nine points from four matches.

Should they beat the Red Devils of Congo at home and second-placed Uganda fail to beat Ghana next weekend (6-8 October), they will secure a spot in Russia.



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Hammers bid for work permit for Ghanaian goalkeeper – Ghana Premier League 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 19:00


Ghanaian Joseph Anang may soon be eligible to represent West Ham United in official matches, with the club attempting to secure a work permit for the goalkeeper.

The 19-year-old, who has played for Danbort FC and Wa All Stars in his young career, was signed by the Hammers during the European summer.

He impressed coach Slaven Bilic and his technical team during a trial and was offered a three-year contract.

Anang has been training with the West Ham first team but he is not available for selection in competitive games as he has yet to be granted a work permit.

West Ham have applied to the Home Office to gain the necessary paper work and are confident their bid will be successful.

Anang is currently third in line for the number one jersey behind Joe Hart and Adrian.

West Ham also have Africans Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew in their first-team squad.



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Goalkeeper coach backs Ghana to prevail in CHAN qualifier – 2018 CHAN


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 10:30


Isaah Najahu, the goalkeeper coach for Ghana ‘B’, has backed the locally-based Black Stars to prevail in their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier this weekend.

Ghana will host West Zone B rivals Burkina Faso for the second leg of their final round tie at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Goals from Saddick Adams and Gideon Waja helped Ghana secure a 2-2 draw in the first match in Ouagadougou last weekend, giving them a clear edge heading into the return leg.

With two away goals in the bag, Najahu expects an improved performance from the Black Stars and is confident they will secure a place in the Kenya 2018 finals.

“We didn’t get what we really deserved per how we played in Ouagadougou,” he told the Ghana Crusader.

“We could have scored more than just two goals but that is the nature of football. You sometimes don’t get what you deserve in the game.

“The return leg comes over this weekend in Ghana and we are going to put some finishing touches to the loose ends we spotted and go for the kill. Hopefully we will find our scoring boots on the match day.”



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Goalkeeper blow for Chile ahead of Cameroon showdown – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Claudio Bravo, Manchester City

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 18:00


Claudio Bravo has been ruled out of Sunday night’s 2017 CAF Confederations Cup clash against Cameroon at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow.
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The Chile shot-stopper has failed to recover from an ankle injury picked up while playing for Manchester City back in April, and will as a result sit out the Group B opener in the Russian capital.

Johnny Herrera is set to replace Bravo in goal, while Alexis Sanchez is set to start for the South American champions despite carrying an ankle knock.

Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the opening game of the tournament on Saturday evening.

Australia and Germany complete Group B with African champions Cameroon setting their sights on reaching the final for a second time.



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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in talks with Saudi Arabia club


Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after saving Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso penalty in shootout during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 11:00


News reports in Egypt have revealed that Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is currently in talks with Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawoun.

The experienced net minder could be on his way to the Saudi league as he recently expressed interest in plying his trade in the Arabian country.

Latest reports indicate that the Saudi Football Federation has since decided to allow clubs to buy foreign goalkeepers as part of their non-domestic four players list.

This move by the SFF has sparked interest in the 44-year-old as he expressed his approval of this decision, saying he is open to considering any offer from the Saudi league.

According to the report, the club aims to sign the Pharaohs legend to join the team in an expensive deal that will be backed by Al-Taawoun’s supporter Turki Al-Alshikh.

The former Al Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily goalkeeper, who had an important role in helping Egypt reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon, has not made his decision yet.

However, rumours also suggest he could be moving to Egyptian Premier League second-placed Misr El-Maqassa, which was denied by El-Maqassa’s president.



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Finding a permanent goalkeeper for Ghana will take time – Kingson – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 09, 2017. 12:00


Ghana’s search for a permanent number one goalkeeper will not be a short and easy process, according to former Black Stars gloves-man Richard Kingson.

Kingson, 38, last played for Ghana’s national team in 2011. He collected 90 caps and was part of the Black Stars’ squads at the 1996 Olympics, five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cups.

Since stepping away from the national team, Kingson has watched as the likes of Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda and Razak Braimah have attempted to fill his shoes.

The former goal-minder believes there is enough talent available in Ghana for the problem to be solved, but is adamant that it won’t happen overnight.

“You see the desire for them to do something great for Ghana, but goalkeeping is a process and they need to go through that by making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. Through mistakes you can learn, through mistakes you become strong,” he told KweséESPN.

Kingson has become a part of Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah’s technical team in his goalkeeper coach role and is enjoying working in the Black Stars set-up again.

“I am always honest and happy to serve my country Ghana. It is a real honour. As a coach I am here to help the young ones to develop and the experienced ones to get their normal time,” he added.

“It gives me a lot of joy. It is something that I enjoy doing. I have become used it. I like to do it more than to eat food.”

Ghana will face Ethiopia in their opening Group F clash for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday afternoon.



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Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Odongkara injured


Robert Odongkara claims ball ahead Patrick Wleh of Liberia during 2014 Fifa World Cup Qualifier football match between Uganda and Liberia at the Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala on 08 June 2013

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Staff Reporter

Friday May 26, 2017. 11:00


Uganda Cranes and St George goalkeeper Robert Odongkara is injured.

The goalkeeper was badly injured during a CAF Champions League match between his club St George FC and Tunisia’s Esperance on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.

Odongkara’s knee was badly hurt and was replaced by former Ethiopian international goalkeeper Zerihan Tadele just four minutes into the second half before the match ended goalless.

“It is unfortunate Odongkara is injured and cannot be ready for the game away to Cape Verde in the CAF Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifier,” Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic told Africanfootball.com

The coach explained that he will start serious training with local based players next week and some of the professional players who are on recess. The Cranes will have two build-up games away to Ethiopia on June 3rd and later battle Senegal in Dakar on June 6th.

The other nations in Group L of the qualifiers include Tanzania and Lesotho.



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