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Cape Verde star Tavares praised by Dijon president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 15:00


French Ligue 1 side Dijon have offered Julio Tavares a new three-year contract which he has signed.

The bulky striker joined Dijon from Bourg-Péronnas in July 2012 and his previous contract with the club was left with nine months.

Dijon club president Olivier Delcourt is delighted to extend the marksman’s stay – with Tavares having helped the team finish 16th in the league last season.

“This contract extension rewards a player who has always had an irreproachable state of mind and a real attachment for his club,” Delcourt told Dijon’s official website.

“Like Dijon, he has always managed to successfully cross the ladder to Ligue 1. An example for all, which embodies the values of the club.”

The 28-year-old forward hit the back of the net nine times in 35 league matches for Dijon during the 2016/17 campaign.

Tavares, who was part of the Cape Verde team that defeated South Africa twice recently, has netted once in four leagues games for Dijon this season.

He started both matches as the Blue Sharks stunned Bafana Bafana 2-1 both home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group D games.

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Yiadom and Partey praised by Ghana skipper Gyan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 17:00


Ghana players Boakye Yiadom and Thomas Partey have been singled our for praise by team captain Asamoah Gyan following their performances against Congo.

Partey scored in the Black Stars’ 1-1 home draw with the Red Devils last weekend and followed it up with a brilliant hat-trick in a 5-1 win against the same team in Brazzaville on Tuesday.

Yiadom also excelled in the match in Congo, netting a fine brace to see Ghana claim a big win which somewhat revived their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

“Great performance from the two players. Looking at their performance from their clubs, I wasn’t so surprised because they are all in form for their clubs,” Gyan told Hot FM, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“They were consistent with their clubs. Boakye Yiadom scored a lot of goals for his club [Red Star Belgrade] and has even inspired them to the Europa League group stage. He deserved the call up and he is showing with his performance.

“I’ll also congratulate Thomas Partey for his wonderful show. He also started so well for his club and had a fine form before joining. And he has been able to transfer that form to the national team.

“This is what the national team needs. There must be competition from all angles. Everyone must be ready to prove his worth when handed the call up. The competition in the team is what can push the team forward.”

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