Algerian FA part ways with coach Lucas Alcaraz – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 13:30

Algeria have parted ways with coach Lucas Alcaraz just after failing to lead the Desert Foxes to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Although the Federation of Algerian Football was pondering the decision to fire the Spanish manager, media reports indicate that he has been released.

Alcaraz is axed just before their clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their final Group B game of the qualifiers next month.

FAF TO PUSH FOR ALCARAZ DISMISSAL BEFORE NIGERIA MATCH reports that the coach, who has a win record of one in four games since taking over from George Leekens, has already returned back to Spain.

Algeria are out of the race to qualify for the World Cup after picking up just one point in five games in a group where they were viewed as favourites to book a spot in Russia.

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Hugo Broos: Racism should not be part of football

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 13:00

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos says racism should not be part of football following racist incidents in Sochi, Russia.

The Indomitable Lions bowed out of the 2017 Confederations Cup after losing 3-1 to Germany in their last Group B match which was played in Sochi.

Prior to Cameroon’s arrival in Sochi, the city was forced to confront embarrassing and offensive images of people in Cameroon shirts wearing black face.

They were also carrying bananas as part of a summer parade in the city which is located on the Black coast near the boarder between Georgia and Russia.

“First of all, I think that it is not up to us to answer this type of question,” Broos said at a press conference.

The Belgian tactician, who guided Cameroon to the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in Gabon, made it clear that they are against racisms.

“And, secondly, of course, everywhere in the world, if we feel there is racism, of course we are against it,” he said.

“So, from that point of view, I think everyone agrees those things should not be part of football.”

Cameroon are leaving Russia – having lost to Chile and Germany, and held Australia to a draw during their campaign in the global tournament.

Russia are scheduled to host next year’s FIFA World Cup finals and five African nations are expected to take part in the competition.

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Sulley Muntari wants to be part of Black Stars

Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 25, 2017. 15:30

Experienced midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari has stated that he is ready for a recall to the Ghana national team if given chance.

Speaking to the at the Serena International Conference Centre on Friday, the Pescara FC player hinted that he has spoken to the new Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah.

“I spoke to him last week on many things to do with Ghana football and not necessarily return to the team,” stated Muntari.

Muntari is accompanying Japan and AC Milan player Keisuke Honda on a humanitarian mission in Uganda under the UN. Honda who is a good friend to Muntari is a UN Global Advocate for Youth across the world.

“It is always special to play for the national team and if given another chance I would be very greateful because I always want to serve my country. If the coach wants me I will pack my bags and go play for the team,” he added.

Ghana made a winning start with a 5-0 humbling of Ethiopia early this month in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier s. But they are third in the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with only one point from two games played. The group has Egypt leading with a 100% win and have six points, while Uganda are second with four points and Congo Brazzaville are bottom with no point.

Speaking about Honda, Muntari hailed the special work ethic of the Japanese International and the high level of professionalism which many youngsters should emulate. He also said he is determined to keep fighting racism.

This season Muntari was booked in the game against Cagliari after he reported the abuse to the referee. He was sent off after walking off the pitch in protest at the yellow card. He was later suspended, but the Italian Football Federation overturned the suspension.

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South African giants Kaizer Chiefs part ways with seven players – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Camaldine Abraw of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzbueg United on 06 February 2016 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 14:30

In a statement released to the media, Kaizer Chiefs have announced a major reshuffling of their squad as they prepare for the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign.

Amakhosi have parted ways with seven players in Siyanda Xulu, Lucky Baloyi, Camaldine Abraw and Lewis Macha as their deals are terminated by mutual agreement.

The club’s football manager, Bobby Motaung, announced that the players did not enjoy game time under coach Steve Komphela.

“These players have contracts with the club but they did not enjoy sufficient game-time during last season and we felt it would be in their best interests as well as ours for them to pursue their careers elsewhere,” said Motaung.

On the other hand, the Naturena-based outfit also announced that midfielder Enocent Mkhabela is set to join Platinum Stars on a permanent deal after his loan stint with Dikwena last season.

‘Bobsteak’ also shed the light on striker, Siphelele Mthembu, whose deal will not be extended whilst Zambian campaigner Michelle Katsvairo will be loaned for the upcoming camapign.

“We have decided to revamp the squad early so that when we commence pre-season training we prepare ourselves adequately for the tough season ahead,” adds Motaung.

“We owe it to our supporters to ensure that the events of the past two seasons are not repeated in the 2017/18 campaign.”

Meanwhile, Komphela will hope to lift the Carling Black Label Champion Cup when they meet Orlando Pirates on July 29 at FNB Stadium.

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