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‘Devastating penalty miss helped Senegal’s Mane improve’ – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 14:00


Legendary Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao believes that Sadio Mane has improved since missing a crucial penalty against Cameroon earlier this year.

Mane inspired Senegal to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals where they faced Cameroon, who held them to a goalless draw and a penalty shootout followed.

Liverpool FC forward missed Senegal’s fifth penalty and eventual tournament winners Cameroon advanced to the semifinals, while the Lions of Teranga bowed of the competition in Gabon.

Diao, who played for English sides Liverpool, Stoke City and Birmingham City during his playing career, has stated that Mane, 25, has since gone to another level.

“These things happen in football and the most important thing is how you bounce back,” Diao told BBC Sport.

“It was a hard situation for him but sometimes at the top level, you need to get hurt before you grow.

“He has gone to another level since that episode,” Diao, who played 39 times fpr Senegal, added.

Mane recently played an instrumental role in helping Senegal qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and he has also been nominated for the 2017 CAF African Player of the Year accolade.



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Referee explains why he gave a penalty in the Nigeria versus Algeria World Cup qualifier clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 14:30


After handing the Algerians a penalty against Nigeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday, Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane has explained his decision.

Although it was seen as a controversial penalty, Otogo-Castane says he was guided by the new laws of the game as defender Abdullahi Shehu was adjudged to have fouled Yacine Brahaimi in the box.

The Super Eagles claimed a point as they scored through John Ogu, but the replays suggest that Shehu didn’t do much to warrant a penalty being awarded.

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”Expectedly, we asked questions after the game and the referee explained to us that the decision was taken based on a newly introduced law into the game, which allows for intention to be punished”, the NFF board member told Owngoalnigeria.com.

”He interpreted Shehu’s intention to impede the man, who stayed on his feet instead of going down from the tackle. ‎

“The fact that the Algerian attacker Brahaimi didn’t go down is what made the decision to look like the wrong call according to him.

”Let’s be frank he did his best considering the atmosphere he was under and especially after turning down numerous attempt by the Algerians to con him into giving them a penalty.

”Maybe Brahaimi should have been sent off before the incident which lead to the goal, but I guess he didn’t want to lose grip of the match, which a red card to the Algerian captain would have triggered.

“It’s called game management and we understand his explanation.“



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah may have lost his job as Liverpool penalty taker – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 10:00


Egyptian international Mohamed Salah’s stint as Liverpool FC’s first-choice penalty taker could last just one game.

This is after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of the different pressures of playing for the English Premier League (EPL) giants after Salah missed a spot-kick against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give his nationa, Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville and a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup three weeks ago.

However, the 25-year-old winger was denied by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from the spot-kick in the first-half at Anfield Stadium, but Liverpool went on to win 3-0 in a EPL clash.

“I thought it made sense after the Egypt penalty – obviously the pressure is bigger in Liverpool than in Egypt to qualify for the World Cup!” Klopp joked on Liverpool Echo.

James Milner and Roberto Firmino, who were on the pitch against Huddersfield, had been Liverpool first-choice penalty takers, before Saturday’s clash, but German tactician indicated that Daniel Sturridge could have been an option to step up.

Asked if Salah is now the penalty taker, Klopp added: “I’m not sure that he is anymore… I think Daniel would have been a safe number in this group of players.”

Due to Salah’s first half miss, Liverpool players left the pitch to a small smattering of boos at half-time, but Klopp played down any criticism from the stands.

“I would not make a big deal out of it (the booing). I have heard bigger atmospheres in my life when you know ‘something is wrong here’,” he continued.

It was not nice to watch (the first half). It was just work. When you go to watch football you do not only want to see work – that’s how it is.”

Liverpool scored three times in ths second-half with Salah, who has scored five league goals this season, grabbing an assist.



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Late penalty takes Arrows back to the summit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:37


Golden Arrows returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership log after a late penalty from Kudakwashe Mahachi handed them a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday.

Abafana Bes’thende are level with Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC at the top of the log, but hold the number one place on goal difference. Their victory at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium completed a hat-trick of league wins in the past week.

Stars started well and had an early chance to claim the lead, with Bongi Ntuli put through on goal in the eighth minute, but the striker took too long to get a shot away and Limbikani Mzava recovered to make a last-ditch tackle.

Arrows had chances of their own in the opening half hour, with Kudakwashe Mahachi and Wayde Jooste both shooting wide, while Lerato Lamola was on target with a 23rd minute effort but saw Mbongeni Mzimela make a comfortable save.

The last chance of the first half arrived in the 40th minute when Robert Ng’ambi was fouled on the edge of the box. Veteran Vuyo Mere looked to shoot direct from the free kick, but his effort flew over the crossbar to leave the game goalless at the break.

Arrows made a double change at the start of the second stanza, introducing Nduduzo Sibiya and Musa Bilankulu in place of Thabo Molefe and Wayde Jooste, and the KwaZulu-Natal side dominated much of the half.

However, the closest either side came to a goal in regulation time was a chance for Stars’ Thabang Sesinyi in the 76th minute. The young midfielder fired a powerful effort which looked destined for the back of the net, but Nkosingiphile Gumede made a superb save.

The match looked destined to end 0-0, but in injury time Arrows’ Mahachi was fouled in the box by Ryan De Jongh and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. The Zimbabwean brushed himself off and converted from the spot to secure all three points for his side.

Platinum Stars 0

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Mahachi 90+3’)

Stars: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Sesinyi, Mere, Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 72’), Ng’ambi (Monama 88’), Ntuli

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Jooste (Sibiya 46’), Cele, Molefe (Bilankulu 46’), Magubane (Mutizwa 77’), Mahachi, Lamola

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Kennedy Mweene reveals how he saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 15:00


Zambian international goalkeeper and skipper, Kennedy Mweene has revealed how he saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Chipolopolo keeper was in fine form as they claimed their seconds win in a week over the Desert Foxes in Constantine.

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Speaking to a Zambian website, the Mamelodi Sundowns net minder revealed that he knew where the Leicester City player would place his spot kick after studying his weaknesses.

Mweene dived to his left and put out a powerful spot kick from the City‘s attacker after Fackson Kapumbu had conceded a penalty in the 15th minute.

“As a goalkeeper when you are going to play with a player like that you want to see their weaknesses as well,” Mweene told the Zambian Football website.

“I guessed right, I knew he was going that side that’s why I went full out in that direction.”

Meanwhile, Mahrez became the latest on Mweene’s list of prominent players who have failed to convert against the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner including Asamoah Gyan, Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Kolo Toure.



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Togo see off Benin in penalty shoot-out


Lalawele Atakora of Togo gets away from Firmin Ndombe Mubele of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 19:51


Togo booked their spot in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 African Nations Championship after beating Benin 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after their two leg qualifier finished 2-2 on aggregate.

The first leg between the two nations ended 1-1 in Togo last weekend after goals from Marcellin Koukpo and Koidjo Sewonou.

On Sunday, July 23 at the Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou the second leg ended 1-1 after goals from Wariss Aboky and Elie Sewonou, leaving the aggregate score 2-2 after two legs.

This resulted in the two nations going into a penalty shoot-out to decide who would progress to the next stage of qualifiers – Togo showed nerves of steel to win 4-3 on penalties.

Togo will now face Nigeria in the final phase of qualification to reach CHAN 2018 in Kenya.



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Benin see off Togo in penalty shoot-out


Lalawele Atakora of Togo gets away from Firmin Ndombe Mubele of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 19:51


Benin booked their spot in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 African Nations Championship after beating Togo in a penalty shoot-out after their two leg qualifier finished 2-2 on aggregate.

The first leg between the two nations ended 1-1 in Togo last weekend after goals from Marcellin Koukpo and Koidjo Sewonou.

On Sunday, July 23 at the Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou the second leg ended 1-1 after goals from Wariss Aboky and Elie Sewonou, leaving the aggregate score 2-2 after two legs.

This resulted in the two nations going into a penalty shoot-out to decide who would progress to the next stage of qualifiers – Benin showed nerves of steel to win on penalties.

Benin will now face Nigeria in the final phase of qualification to reach CHAN 2018 in Kenya.



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