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Nothing but pride up for grabs in Yaoundé – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 19:00


Cameroon and Algeria will battle for nothing but pride when they cross swords at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17h00pm local time, (18h00pm CAT).

Both the Indomitable Lions and the Fennec Foxes have seen their World Cup hopes go up in flames, with neither yet to register a win after four rounds of fixture in Group B.

The reigning African champions, Cameroon, currently occupy third place with three points from their allotted matches. A 4-0 defeat away to Nigeria ending their hopes of reaching next year’s showpiece in Russia despite a 1-1 draw against the same opponents last time out.

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos, though, has underlined the importance of the clash despite his team’s dreams of playing at next year’s showpiece having ended on a whimper.

“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end,” Broos said.

“There are also the FIFA rankings if we go on losing our position would be worse. We are going to win for the pride and honour.”

Cameroon will be without Stoke City forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and French-based Karl Toko Ekambi for the clash, but welcome back Marseille attacker Clinton Njie.

Algeria, on the other hand, have axed Leicester City duo, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani following back-to-back defeats to Zambia. The Fennec Foxes have accumulated but a single point from four matches.

The reverse fixture in Blida 12 months ago ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

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Mali earn some semblance of pride after horrible showing by Morocco – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 23:15


Mali earned some semblance of pride after holding the high-firing Moroccans to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group C qualifier at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako on Tuesday night.

The Malians came into this fixture in front of their home fans following an embarrassing 6-0 loss at the hands of Morocco in a Group C match last Friday.

In Bamako on Tuesday, though, the Eagles were determined not to concede a goal and that is just exactly what they did.

Mali set-up in an extremely defensive pattern from the onset with the majority of their players constantly behind the ball.

Luckily for the home side Morocco were not at their best in the final third and often wasted possession with woeful passing or horribly miss-guided long range shots.

Consequently, the pattern of the game emerged as Mali parked the bus in defence and Morocco failed to break it down.

Decent goal scoring chances were few and far between.

However, despite a horrendous showing on the night Morocco could have won the game in the 72nd minute, but Hakim Ziyech failed to score from the penalty spot.

Ziyech’s missed effort on goal summed up the night perfectly with both countries wasting our time in a 0-0 draw.

Morocco have the most to lose from the draw as they moved up to six points in Group C, a point behind table-toppers Cote d’Ivoire who lost 2-1 to Gabon also on Tuesday night – a win for the North Africans could have seen them in driving seat for Russia 2018.

Gabon are now third in Group C with five points, followed by last placed Mali on 2 points.

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Omdurman out to restore their pride

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Omdurman out to restore their pride

Mudather El Tahir of Hilal (l) during the 2017 CAF Champions League football match between Hilal and Merreikh in Omdurman on 13 May 2017 ©Tayeb Afarah/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 12:30


Al Hilal Omdurman will target a win to redeem their pride when they take on Ferroviario Beira in their final CAF Champions League Group A match on Friday.

The Sudanese side are already out of the race to reach the quarterfinals of the continental club competition, but a win will restore their pride.

Nabil Kouki’s men are fresh from a 2-1 loss at the hands of neighbours Al Merrikh last weekend and will now want to claim the full three points.

Sitting at the bottom of the group with four points from five matches in the group stages, Omdurman have only managed to draw four matches and lose one.

An exit in the tournament without a win will be a huge setback for the side and this match pushes them to do well on Friday.

Looking at Beira, they are also looking to find a spot in the knockout stages, meaning this is a must-win.

Ferroviario sit at number three in the group with five points, they have bagged only one win in their campaign and drew two, with as many losses.

A win for them will help to challenge Merrikh (who have seven points) as runners-up to Sahel in an aim to book a spot in the next round.

In their previous match last weekend, coach Aleixo Fumo led his troops to a 1-1 draw against Etoile Sahel at home.

The encounter will be staged at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman. Kick-off is at 19:00 (CAT).

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Already eliminated Coton Sport fight for pride in Garoua

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Already eliminated Coton Sport fight for pride in Garoua

epa05543424 Zamalek’s Bassem Mrsi (R) in action against Wydad Casablanca player Ayoub Qasmi (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) Semi Final first leg soccer match between Zamalekand Wydad Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 September 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Bertin Basson

Friday Jun 30, 2017. 11:30


Coton Sport will be eager to give their fans something to smile about when they welcome Wydad Casablanca to the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Saturday.

Already out of the running for the 2017 CAF Champions League title, the Cameroon giants will seek some redemption this weekend.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

Les Cotonniers have suffered four successive defeats in Group D, including two home losses and a 2-0 defeat away to Wydad in Casablanca, in the reverse fixture.

Al Ahly and Zanaco have both beaten Coton Sport in Cameroon in this season’s competition, with the Zambians having netted a stoppage time winner to steal all three points.

In contrast, 1992 champions Wydad returned to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over the White Knights last time out. Fabrice Ondama and Walid El Karti on target for the ‘Kings of Titles’.

Victory re-igniting the Moroccan league champions chances of reaching the knockout stages following two successive defeats.

Kenyan referee Davies Omweno will take charge of the clash.

Al Ahly and Zanaco cross swords at the same time in Lusaka with the Zambians eager to keep hold of top spot.

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