Zimbabwe FA president Phillip Chiyangwa desperate to befriend new President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 16:30

With Zimbabwe currently enjoying the media spotlight, the Zimbabwean Football Association president Philip Chiyangwa’s future is in doubt.

Media reports in the country indicate that Chiyangwa is desperate to save his political and economic empire, as it emerges that he is hunted down by the new political dispensation.

The new government led by the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seeking to weed out all alleged corrupt elements that had surrounded former President Robert Mugabe.

According to the News Day website, the arrest and detention of former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who appeared in court on Saturday on corruption charges, has hinted on Chiyangwa’s future.

Chiyangwa has been on a ferocious drive to try and distance himself from the people aligned to the deposed former Zanu PF leader.

In his latest bid to be acceptable to the new leadership, Chiyangwa announced that he was organising a friendly match between the Warriors and Chipolopolo of Zambia next month to celebrate Mnangagwa’s ascendancy.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association advises the nation that it has organised a celebratory international friendly match between the senior men’s teams of Zimbabwe and Zambia to mark the historic assumption of office by His Excellency, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” Chiyangwa said.

“The friendly match between the sister nations will be played on December 23, 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.”

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BFA President Maclean Letshwiti launches youth league

Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 15:00

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has launched the Elite Youth League project.

According to the BFA official website, the project is the second phase of the association’s Youth Development plan.

The Elite Youth League, as a pilot project, will be played firstly in the eastern side of the country where the BFA centres are mostly located.

The project will move to adopt schools in the western side with time and it will see the return of the Schools of Excellence in 2018 which will be critical.

“We are hopeful that the players we are grooming will also help us qualify for major development tournaments at under 17 and 20 in the continent between now and 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” BFA President Maclean Letshwiti said.

Mr Letshwiti, who was speaking at the launch, urged schools and parents to support and encourage their children to take part in this project.

He said football is a new employer nowadays and has high rate of reducing unemployment in our country.

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Al Ahly president to protest following Champions League final loss to Wydad

Al Ahly’s player Saad Samir (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Ismail Haddad (R)

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 16:30

Following their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher revealed that his club will file a complaint about the CAF referee, Bakary Gassama.

The Club of the Century suffered a 2-1 loss to Wydad on aggregate as they failed to fly back to Egypt with the most prestigious continental accolade.

Following the defeat in Morocco, Taher says Gassama made a number of mistakes in the match and they will approach CAF regarding this issue.

“We have a number of motives to file a complaint because of what happened in the final match,” Mahmoud Taher told the club’s official website.


“The referee made huge mistakes whether through taking wrong decisions or because of not adding enough stoppage time after smoke emerged in the pitch and blocked view which forced him to stop the match for a few minutes.”

Taher added that Gassama did not take the smoke on the pitch, caused by Wydad fans, into consideration when adding only three minutes of stoppage time and that he didn’t care about complaints made about the smoke from Al Ahly players.

“We faced clear and obvious challenges in our recent African matches from referees which made it look like Al Ahly facing a team and a referee each match, something that we should not stay silent about anymore,” he added.

“That’s why the club is obliged to submit this complaint that includes all the needed documents and pictures that strengths our position.”

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NFF president: Gernot Rohr will field best XI against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 17:00

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has emphasised that national team coach Gernot Rohr will pick his best available XI for the match against Algeria.

The Super Eagles will take on the North Africans in Constantine on November 10 for their final Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier, followed by a friendly against Argentina four days later in Russia.

Nigeria have already secured qualification for the 2018 finals, making the match against Algeria little more than academic. However, Pinnick insists the Super Eagles will field their strongest team.

“The temptation is there to rest on oars because we have already qualified,” the NFF president told his organisation’s official website.

“But we would not do that. I am happy the technical crew led by the Technical Adviser has already made it known they would be fielding Nigeria’s best squad on the day.

“The Secretariat must quickly finalise all arrangements. The match in Constantine must be seen as a FIFA World Cup preparation match, just like the one against Argentina in Russia four days later.

“We will go with our best and give our best, to get in the FIFA World Cup mood.”

While Nigeria will field their best available players, the likes of Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Elderson Echiejile are unavailable, while Leon Balogun is doubtful.

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President Kenyatta congratulates new Kenya champs GOR Mahia

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 11:00

Kenya State President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated newly crowned Kenyan champions GOR Mahia.

GOR Mahia secured a 1-0 win over Ulinzi thanks to Rwandese international Meddie Kagere’s goal at the Kericho Green Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, K’Ogalo cliniched the 2017 SportPesa Kenyan Premier League title and they also qualified for next year’s CAF Champions League.

This was the Nairobi-based giants’ 16th Premier League title and they are the most decorated Kenyan club in the history of the competition.

Kenyatta took to his facebook page to congratulate the newly crowned champions.

“Congratulations GOR Mahia FC on winning the 2017 (and a record 16th) Kenyan Premier League title with four games left to play in the season,” a statement read.

GOR Mahia are under the guidance of British coach Dylan Kerr.

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South African FA president Jordaan accused of rape

Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 12:30

South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has been accused of rape.

Singer Jennifer Ferguson, who is a former African National Congress (ANC) MP, has disclosed that Jordaan raped her in a hotel nearly 24 years ago.

Ferguson finally found the courage to name and shame her alleged abuser when speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Thursday.

“I, as a woman who am empowered, who has been gifted and positioned with resources, if I found it impossible to report or speak out and it’s taken me this long, think of people that don’t have that,” Ferguson said.

According to The Citizen, she stated that it had taken her this long to share the story of her sexual assault because she believed she couldn’t prove it to anyone.

This was because Ferguson bathed straight after the incident, and that made it even more difficult to prove the rape had taken place.

“I was completely in shock. There is a voiceless constituency that I feel the story has to resonate with. It’s not a vendetta, sort of getting back at Danny, that is not my interest,” she continued.

“My decision is to speak truth in order to heal and to go through processes of forgiveness. It’s nothing as hard as keeping it.”

She added that her greatest hope was that her example would help others speak out, and her story would open a very necessary conversation around sexual assault.

Jordaan, 66, has not responded to Ferguson’s claim.

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Sundowns president downplays Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns chairman

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns club president Patrice Motsepe has downplayed their exit from the CAF Champions League last month.

Sundowns, the defending African champions, were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. The teams drew 1-1 on aggregate before the North Africans edged the tie on penalties.

It may have been a disappointing end to their African campaign for 2017, but Motsepe shrugged off the defeat, instead looking ahead to the Brazilians’ return to the competition early next year.

“They said to me that they’ll be back in four months, so [I shouldn’t worry],” joked Motsepe, as quoted by Kick-Off. “But Africa, for us, is very important, of course.

“You’ve got to look at South African football in the context of it’s global competitiveness – all the teams are doing excellent work, including those not playing in Africa.

“I always say there’s about 8-10 clubs in this country that could, not just compete in Africa but, in my view, win the African Champions League, because the standard of the football in this country has improved significantly.

“What I like as well is the great interest and appreciation in realising that we have to do well, not just [as Mamelodi Sundowns], I would even humbly suggest all our teams in the country.”

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President al-Sisi rewards the brave Pharaohs – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 13:00

In the wake of their return to world football, Egypt president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has rewarded the Pharaohs for their qualification to FIFA World Cup.

Media reports reveal that al-Sisi has given coach Hector Cuper’s men a bonus of $US85,000 each as they clinched a spot at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.


Egypt bagged a 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville on Sunday in their penultimate qualifier and saw them qualify for the global tournament for the first time in 28 years.

“I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah, who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty,” said al-Sisi to the BBC.

“Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true.”

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah expressed his pride at the achievement.

“We are determined to make the country and continent proud in Russia,” Salah adds.

“I am very happy to lead Egypt to a World Cup after 28 years and to make a 100 million proud of us.”

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Alcaraz to remain for at least the next two matches – FAF president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 13:00

Algeria’s under-fired coach Lucas Alcaraz will be in charge of the team for at least the next two matches, according to the country’s Football Federation (FAF) president Kheireddine Zetchi.

The Spanish coach has come in for major criticism following Algeria’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Yet Alcaraz will definitely be in charge for the Fennec Foxes’ remaining matches of their Group B campaign: away to Cameroon next month and at home to Nigeria in early November.

“I am convinced of the coach’s CV, but I am not convinced of the results of the Greens [national team]. It would be lying if I said the opposite. That’s why we’re going to let him work until the match against Nigeria,” Zetchi told ENTV, as quoted by Le Buteur.

The FAF boss has asked for patience with Alcaraz and pointed to the example of former coach Vahid Halihodzic.

The Bosnian oversaw a poor campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where Algeria finished bottom of their group, but went on to lead the team to World Cup qualification and a fine showing at the global finals in 2014.

“Why are we trying to sack the coach after each defeat? Why did not we sack Halilhodzic, after the South African CAN? I think stability is very important in football,” said Zetchi.

“Personally, I will look for the right solutions if I find that he is not the the situation. I will study these solutions with members of the BF. But I refuse to be rushed to sack him after only two games.”

Algeria will face Cameroon in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier, with the match set for October 7 in Yaounde.

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

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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South African FA president says they will play against Senegal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 11:30

Just after FIFA ordered the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed, the South African Football Association wanted to contest the decision.

However, in a meeting on Monday, SAFA decided to oblige with the ruling and have the match replayed based on ethical and moral grounds.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan spoke to the media on Tuesday at the OR Tambo International Airport as he announced their decision on the matter.

He said they will not contest FIFA’s decision to replay the 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and the Teranga Lions if there is evidence of match manipulation.

“Our position is clear on the issue of match fixing and manipulation. We cannot benefit from such and take the points”, Jordaan told reporters.

“We agree with FIFA that the match should be replayed. We don’t support match-fixing. We want that to be clear.

“This is a moral and ethical matter. We asked “If this match was manipulated, do you as SAFA want those points?.”

Bafana claimed a 2-1 win in Polokwane in November 2016 after Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey handed the South Africans a penalty, which was protested by the Senegalese FA.

Lamptey has since been banned from the game for life for match manipulation and Bafana are now left with one point at the bottom of Group D.

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Majeed Waris disappointed over failed EPL transfer – Lorient president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 20:00

Ghana striker Majeed Waris was left disappointed by his failed move to the Premier League, according to Lorient president Loic Fery.

The 25-year-old Black Stars attacker was strongly linked with moves to Burnley and West Ham United.

Lorient were prepared to sell if the right offer was put on the table, but nothing was finalised by the time the window snapped shut last week.

“The moment where it all got stuck, was around mid-August. We were close, at that point, with some clubs, but there were complications,” said Fery.

“Then, in the last few days of the window, it was more the work permit issues that were worrying English clubs.”

Fery added that it is his belief that Waris will bounce back and achieve his goals – especially if he performs strongly for Lorient.

“His first goal is to return to the national team. His second is to play in England,” added Fery.

“I don’t doubt that he will one day play there. I think that playing well for Lorient will help him achieve his goals.”

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Rwanda FA president dismisses corruption talk

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 14:30

President of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Vincent Nzamwita has denied that he embezzled money belonging to the Federation.

Speaking to on Monday, Nzamiwta, who will be seeking re-election for another term in office, said although some of his executive members are pointing fingers at him, he is an open leader who has changed football in Rwanda.

The Federation Vice president Vedaste Kayiranga and FA lawyer Emmanuel Ndagijimana three days ago asked Nzamwita to explain the irregulatities on the US$100,000 sent by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).

Nzamwita was given an ultimatum to account by August 29th. The members said the FA President misused the funds, also failing to clear taxes due to the Rwanda Tax Authorities.

“I have not misappropriated any money, I sent a request to the federation Finance Manager to deposit US$20,000 on my personal account because it is the money which was promised by CAF as bonus for each president of the member federations. And that is what was done,” he explained.

Although Nzamwita is credited for achieving several aspects to change Rwanda Football including hosting the 2016 CHAN and signing several MOU’s with the Moroccan FA, Germany FA and also on-going construction of a modern hotel to help generate finances for the FA, many also think he has under scored in certain aspects like youth development programmes.

But Nzamwita thinks with the many relationships he has created with the new CAF and FIFA leadership and programmes laid down for the next four years, Rwanda Football will keep getting better. Rwanda is also preparing to bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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Juve undecided on Asamoah sale – Galatasaray president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 17:00

Juventus are undecided over whether to sell Kwadwo Asamoah to Galatasaray, according to the Turkish club’s president Dursun Ozbek.

The Ghana veteran has been strongly linked with a move to Istanbul, where it is believed he will see more playing time than he has managed at Juve for the past couple of seasons.

However, when speaking to NTV about Asamoah, Ozbek said: “Galatasaray SK have initiatives for the Ghanaian player whilst Juventus are undecided.”

Asamoah has become more of a ‘squad’ player than a first-team regular at the Italian champions, having battled against a series of injuries in the past two years.

Yet with Juventus having sold Mario Lemina and Tomas Rincon, the Ghanaian’s presence may still be required by coach Max Allegri, hence their indecision over a sale.

The versatile Black Stars player joined the Turin club from Udinese on 2012 and has helped them win five consecutive Serie A titles.

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CAF President Ahmad happy with development in Ethiopia

Ahmad, new CAF President congradutes by Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 11:00

In the wake of his arrival in Addis Ababa, CAF president Ahmad expressed gratitude to the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

Desalegn has welcomed the football governing body’s boss as he emphasised their stance on football development in the continent.

However, on his part, Ahmad expressed gratitude towards his CAF delegation as he thanked Ethiopia Football Federation president, Juneidi Basha.

“I came here for two reasons; the first one is my responsibility as the president of CAF towards all the African nations,” Ahmad said.


“The second is because Ethiopia was the land where the change happened and I got my opportunity to be the CAF President in this country.

“Thank you Your Excellency. In fact, we thank you for the cooperation which will lead us to use football not only as a game but also as a tool to develop youths in our society.

“We can also consider football as an opportunity to help the plight of people.

“I have to say that I am really happy after my visit this morning to the Ethiopian Youth and Sports Academy, and as I told the Minister of Youth and Sports, this is the level of development we are looking for.

“Also, we have seen the Addis Ababa National Stadium, which is of an international level. This is a great nation and what we see nowadays indicates that Ethiopia is ready for the future.”

The CAF President also revealed that he will propose to the Executive Committee to consider naming the CAF Centre of Excellence in Ethiopia after former CAF President, Ydnekatchew Tessema.

The Ethiopian headed the continent’s football governing body between 1972 and 1987.

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Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio lambasts club president for player transfers – 2017 CAF Champions League

Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 12:00

Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio has lashed out at the club’s president, Mortada Mansour, saying the boss is spreading lies.

The war of words between the two seems to drag on, with the Portuguese manager accusing Mansour of lying about the players who may leave the club.

Reports suggest that Inacio has distanced himself from reports that he has decided to offload some key players in the transfer window.


The reports prompted a furious response from Mansour who insisted Inacio was the one who demanded the likes of Mostafa Fathi and Stanley Ohawuchi be released.

“All reports concerning my alleged demand to offload Shikabala, Bassem Morsi and Ayman Hefni are not true,” Inacio said on Tuesday.

“The club’s president said that I asked him to offload Shikabala but this is completely false. He has been a regular starter in the team since my arrival.

“It is him (Mansour) who wants to offload Shikabala not me.”

On the other hand, the manager expressed unhappiness regarding the recent changes in his backroom staff where Tarek Yehia recently replaced one of Inacio’s Portuguese assistants.

“I’ve faced many problems since my arrival. He (Mansour) always appoints an Egyptian assistant who has an ambition to replace me, not to help me,” he added.

“If he wants to sack me I’m ready to leave. The problem is that the people around Mansour are afraid of him.

“If the chairman held a PEPSI can and told them that it’s actually Coca Cola, they would agree and would tell him it tastes great.”

The spat between the two reportedly started on Sunday when Inacio criticised the club’s hierarchy, saying the recent departures left his side short of options on the flanks.

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Nigerian Football federation president says African football will grow

Embattled NFF president Amaju Pinnick

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 09:00

Nigerian Football federation’s president Amaju Pinnick says changes in the CAF African Cup of Nations will improve the game on the continent.

Speaking to the BBC website, the NFF boss reckons the game will not suffer because there are 24 teams set to participate at the tournament.

The changes in the continental showpiece were introduced by CAF last week during a football symposium held in Morocco.

Pinnick presides over CAF’s Nations Cup Organising Committee and believes African football will be ‘redefined’ as a result of the changes, citing benefits with regard to business, infrastructure and the sport itself.

Although he believes there will be setbacks, Pinnick believes the African game can only benefit even if the tournament may suffer early on.

“At the beginning, you will see some problems but later it will start building up to the quality people know it for,” the Nigerian told BBC Sport.

“Trust me – it is not going to reduce the quality. You will now starting seeing big money for African players – massive transfers because they are now in line with the footballer calendar.

“I don’t think there is any major concern. I called nine Nigeria internationals (to check) and they said it was not an issue.

“I also asked my marketing agent who called some big African names in the Premier League and they said the same thing.”

The tournament will now be staged between June and July instead of January-February as it was the norm in previous years.

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Zamalek president Mortada to decide Inacio’s future

USM Alger player (L) fights for the ball with Zamalek Aly Hefny Abdalla Hasanin Salama (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Zamalek at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers, Algeria on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 13:30

Speaking to the Egyptian media, Zamalek president Mortada Mansour says coach Augusto Ignacio wanted to leave the club before their final CAF Champions League, Group B game.

The Egyptian giants drew their final encounter 2-2 against Al Ahli Tripoli and the club’s boss says Inacio wants to leave.

In the wake of the stalemate, Inacio’s side occupied the third spot with six points, while Ahli Tripoli and USM Alger both qualified to the quarter-finals.

The chairman reinforced the fact that the Portuguese coach is not the only one responsible for Zamalek’s elimination, he said the players should be held responsible too.


“In a meeting between me and Inacio before the game, the coach was determined to leave,” said Mansour.

“We’ll be meeting on Monday with Inacio to discuss his future with the club.

“He has to hire a general manager. Sami El-Sheshini, Mohamed Salah and Ashraf Kassem are good candidates.”

Mortada, however, pointed out to ON Sport TV channel that Inacio can only stay with the club if he obliged to the president’s conditions.

The controversial boss also added that 10 players will be released as they do not deserve to wear the White shirt.

“A lot of players don’t deserve to wear Zamalek’s t-shirt. I think 10 players will leave the team this summer,” Mansour told ON Sport TV channel.

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