post

Cuper hails Onyango’s fine goalkeeping – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

[ad_1]

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 13:30


Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper has praised Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango after the Pharaohs’ 1-0 win on Tuesday.

Cuper said the Cranes played a good game and handed the Mamelodi Sundowns keeper the man of the match award.

On the other hand, Cuper defended his choices in team selection and praised the fans after beating the East Africans in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at home.

GROUP D STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 2-2 DRAW IN OUAGADOUGOU

Following the victory, the Pharaohs went to the top of Group E again with nine points, two ahead of second-placed Uganda.

The 61-year-old coach also praised the Egyptian fans, estimated at 60,000, who rallied behind the team at Borg El-Arab Stadium.

“Uganda keeper played an excellent game. He’s the Man of the Match and denied us several times,” Cuper said of Onyango.

“I acknowledge the big role of the fans today. They supported us when we started to feel tired.

“We can’t make five or six changes to the starting line up, this might lead to unexpected results. We did what what we thought was right.

“I’ve been working with these players for two and a half years. We chose a certain strategy, which might not be accepted by many people.”

[ad_2]

Source link

post

Rohr sets focus on finding local goalkeeping talent – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

[ad_1]

by
Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 17:00


Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has decided to shift his focus to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in his search for a national team goalkeeper, an official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reportedly revealed..

According to The Guardian, Rohr is in desperate search of a reliable shot-stopper in aftermath of the Super Eagles 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Daniel Akpeyi started between the posts for Nigeria in the loss, but many feel he isn’t an adequate replacement with the West Africans yet to truly replace Vincent Enyeama.

“We read that Rohr is thinking of inviting South Africa-based former U-23 goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel to the team, but all I can say is that the issue is more serious than that,” an unnamed source told The Guardian.

“We must beat Cameroon in Uyo and to do that we need the best players we can get hence the decision to look for the best goalkeepers around to come and prove what they can do.

“Apart from goalkeepers, the manager has been in touch with the players needed for the matches against Cameroon and everybody is agreed that we must treat the game with the seriousness it deserves.”

Nigeria take on the Indomitable Lions in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the end of August.

[ad_2]

Source link