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Kwesi Appiah on why Ghana failed to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 15:30


Ghana national team coach Kwesi Appiah says they had a plan to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but they were unfortunate in their attempts.

The Black Stars manager revealed his thoughts on why they failed to reach the global showpiece and at the same time praised the Egyptian national team.

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He also pointed out that the North Africans had a well-executed plan for their qualifying campaign that included a lot of money from investors.

Egypt qualified to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after finishing on top of Group E with 13 points while Ghana finished in third place with seven points.

“It’s unfortunate we did not qualify for the World Cup. Every Ghanaian is disappointed we did not qualify,” Appiah told Happy FM.

“If we come together and access where the fault is, automatically we will be heading forward.

“Egypt for instance, had a plan, they had some many investors putting in some money that they had purposely to qualify for the World Cup.”



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Wits beat Chiefs to reach Telkom Knockout Cup final


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Brian Lee

Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 18:00

Kaizer Chiefs lost 1-0 to Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys netted their goal through striker James Keene.

Although both teams started on a cautious note, it was the Students who had a chance in the seventh minute as Amr Gamal turned Erick Mathoho in the box, but his shot was parried away by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Two minutes later, a brilliant display of football by Amakhosi in the Wits half saw them exchanging passes between Wiseman Meyiwa and Bernard Parker, only to see a rushed shot from Philani Zulu which went wide.

In the 27th minute, Meyiwa was shown a straight red card following a reckless foul after stepping on Daine Klate and Amakhosi were reduced to ten men.

A minute later Keene ensured the hosts were in the driving seat as he scored a fine header to beat Khune on his right corner, 1-0.

With four minutes to go to the interval, George Maluleka spotted Wits keeper Darren Keet off his line, but the midfielder’s long range shot was off target.

Coach Gavin Hunt’s men were leading at half time and coach Steve Komphela introduced Gustavo Paez as he sacrificed Daniel Cardoso.

Paez nearly punished the Clever Boys after receiving a brilliant pass from Willard Katsande, but his final pass in search of Siphiwe Tshabalala was cleared by the Wits defence in the 50th minute.

It was all Chiefs in the second stanza and substitute Dumisani Zuma nearly equalised in 65th minute when he saw his well struck shot sailing inches wide off Keet’s left post.

For the second time, Zuma managed to sneak in behind the hosts defence after a great defence splitting pass by Tshabalala,  but the substitute’s effort was blocked by Keet who came off his line in the 73rd minute.

Zuma had a big impact on the game and was on target in injury time as his effort hit the cross bar with Keen off his line.

Despite their efforts to throw everything at Wits, the Naturena-based side could not beat Keet who had an outstanding game.

Bidvest Wits: (1) 1 (Keene 28′)

Kaizer Chiefs: (0)

Bidvest Wits:  Keet, Klate (Pienaar 69′), Monare, Gamal, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Mlambo, Tlhone, Keene (Pelembe 84′), Frosler, Ntshangase

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso (Paez 47′), Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu (Ekstein 78′), Katsande, Maluleka, Meyiwa, Tshabalala, Molangoane, Parker (Zuma 64′)



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SuperSport United reach CAFCC final – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United challenged by Ahmed Khelil of Club Africain during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup semifinal football match between Supersport United and Club African at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 01October 2017 @Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:44


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup second-leg semifinal showdown between Club Africain and SuperSport United at the Stade Olympique de Radès, on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′)

SuperSport UnitedWilliams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′)

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Full-Time: Club African 1-3 SuperSport United

SuperSport United advance into the final of the 2017 CAFCC following a 4-2 aggregate win. 

90+2′ OFF THE LINE! Clayton Daniels the next to clear off the line following a silly mistake by Ronwen Williams.

90′ Four minutes added.

86′ Bilel Ifa goes into the referee’s book. Club Africain growing ever more frustrated and unstable so. They have been outplayed this evening.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Radès and SuperSport are inching ever closer to a first final appearance.  Life seemed to be sucked out of Club Africain following Grobler’s second.

73′ Ronwen Williams with a good save to guide Saber Khalifa’s shot out for a corner-kick. Game has become very open.

70′ SAVE! Great stop by Atef Dkhili to deny Aubrey Modiba from close range. Matsatsantsa dangerous on the counter-attack with Club Africain’s spirit having taken a massive blow following Grobler’s second.

64′ GOAL! Grobler bags his brace after being played through on goal by Thuso Phala. The Matsatsantsa pair team up once more to put the tie beyond Club Africain…surely!

63′ As things stand, Club Africain need two goals if they are to progress – SuperSport with two vital away goals.

60′ SuperSport United are going defence as Jeremy Brockie makes way for Tefu Mashamaite. Parking the bus here.

56′ GOAL! Saber Khalifa converts from the spot following a foul inside the area by Morgan Gould.

52′ GOAL! Jeremy Brockie doubles the visitors lead after being put through on goal by Teboho Mokoena. The New Zealand international with his 10th goal of the campaign.

49′ Positive start to the second-half by Matsatsantsa as Teboho Mokoena tries his luck from range. Flares starting to take flame inside the stadium, but the fire department seem to have things under control.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: Club Africain 0-1 SuperSport United (Grobler 16′)

45′ One minute added.

40′ Matsatsantsa holding on by the skin of their teeth here as Africain continue their desperate search for a goal.

35′ SAVE! Ronwen Williams with a brilliant diving save to deny Ghazi Ayadi from a corner-kick.

33′ Eric Tinkler urging his troops to not sit too deep with Africain applying a lot of pressure on their opponents.

30′ End-to-end encounter in Radès with the hosts now upping the tempo. Africain, though, have to show more patience – crowd frustrated by their option to shoot from range.

26′ CHANCE! Ibrahim Chenihi with a chance to pull the two teams level, but he scuffs his shot wide from close range.

24′ Frustrating start to the game for Club Africain, with the Tunisian club forced to chance their luck from range.

21′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

17′ CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Africain almost hit back instantly, but Morgan Gould is well positioned to clear Opoku Nicholas’ attempt off the line!

16′ GOAL! What a goal by Bradley Grobler to give SuperSport United the lead. The forward directs a thunderous header into the top corner from an pin-point Thuso Phala cross.

11′ Letsholonyane with an important clearing header at the near post from a Africain corner-kick. The Tunisian outfit will have another chance to whip the ball into a dangerous area from a free-kick…

8′ Neither side willing to commit too many players in attack with Club Africain trying their luck from way out on two occasions thus far. Nothing to really test Ronwen Williams.

4′ Positive start by the visitors who are quickest out of the blocks in Tunisia. Teboho Mokoena seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.

1′ Kick-off!

– All to do for SuperSport United following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month.

– The aggregate winner will take on TP Mazembe in this season’s final. The defending champions edged FUS Rabat over two legs.



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Al Ahly crush Etoile Sahel to reach Champions League final


Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:15


Egyptian giants Al Ahly were in spectacular form, scoring six goals as they crushed Tunisian side Etoile Sahel 6-2 in the second leg of their CAF Champions League semifinal at the Borg-El Arab Stadium on Sunday night.

The emphatic win, combined with the 2-1 score line in the first leg last weekend, sees Al Ahly into the final of the African continent’s biggest club competition, 7-4, on aggregate where they will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

USM Alger succumb to a 3-1 loss in Casablanca

Al Ahly got off to the perfect start with the game’s opening goal in the third minute courtesy of a clinical finish from Ali Maaloul, 1-0 (2-2 on aggregate)

The Egyptian side continued to dominate matters after that and managed to double their lead in the 23rd minute when Walid Asarou found the back of the net with a good strike, 2-0 (3-2 on aggregate).

Five minutes before the half time break Walid Asarou scored his second of the game and his side’s third after wrapping up a clinical passing move with a neat finish, 3-0 (4-2 on aggregate).

Al Ahly started the second half like they finished the first when Walid Asarou grabbed his third goal of the game and his side’s fourth three minutes into the stanza, 4-0 (5-2 aggregate).

Etoile Sahel tried to find their way back into the match and pulled a goal back in the 51st minute thanks to a strike from Rami Bedoui, 4-1 (5-3 on aggregate).

The Tunisian side’s joy, though, was short-lived when Al Ahly found their fifth goal of the game courtesy of an own goal from Hamdi Nagguez on the hour mark, 5-1 (6-3 on aggregate).

The icing on the cake for the Egyptian side was their sixth goal on the night, scored by Ramy Rabia in the 63rd minute, 6-1 (7-3 on aggregate).

Etoile Sahel did have the last say with their second goal of the game in the 91st minute thanks to a strike from Iheb Msakni, 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate).

Al Ahly (2) 6 (Maaloul 2’, Azarou 23’, 40’+ 48’, Nagguez 60’, Rabia 63’)

Etoile Sahel (0) 2 (Bedoui 51’, Msakni 91’)

Teams

Al Ahly: Ekramy, Hany, Rabia, Samir, Maaloul, Elsoulia, Zakaria, Naguib, Gomaa (Soliman 29’), Azarou (Nedved 75’), Ajayi (Moteab 68’).

Etoile Sahel: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Bedoui, Boughattas, Abderrazzak (Konate 73’), Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Lahmar (Msakini 46’), Diogo Acosta, Brigui (Marie 62’), Bangoura.



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Mali beat Ghana to reach U17 FIFA World Cup semifinals – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


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Helder Ribiero

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 15:44


Mali scored through Hadji Drame and Djemmoussa Traore to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup on Saturday after beating Ghana 2-1 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati in India.

The Black Starlets found the back of the net courtesy of Kudus Mohamed through a penalty.

The 12th minute saw the Malian defence failing to clear a dangerous ball in the box and the rebound fell to Eric Ayiah whose shot narrowly missed the target.

Three minutes later, the Les Aigles managed to break the deadlock through Drame. A through ball for the forward penetrated the Ghanaian defence before unleashing a powerful shot on the near post, 1-0.

The 30th minute saw coach Paa Kwesi Appiah’s troops trying to break the stubborn Malian defence, but they were not clinical upfront.

With five minutes to the half, Ghana thought they have found the back of the net when Ibrahim Sulley beat goalkeeper Youssouf Koita on his near post, but the referee called for a foul on a Malian defender.

It was 1-0 at the interval in favour of Jonas Komla’s men.

Fresh from the tunnel, Ghana upped their ante as they probed for an equaliser, but they failed to trouble the solid Malian defence.

The Les Aigles doubled their lead through Djemmoussa Traore after a silly error by the keeper. Danlad Ibrahim making it 2-0 on the hour mark.

The Black Starlets received a penalty after a foul in the box by defender, Fode Konate allowing Mohamed to convert from the spot in the 70th minute, 2-1.

It was end to end stuff in the final 15 minutes, but both sides struggled in the rainy conditions and fired blanks in the final third.

The dying stages of the encounter produced no clear cut opportunities in front of goal as Mali cruised into the semis whilst Ghana crashed out of the tournament.

Ghana: (0) 1 (Konate 70′)
Mali: (1) 2 (Drame 15′, Traore 61′)

Mali: Koita, Haidara, Traore, Konate, Camara, Drame (Camara 80′), Jiddou (Doucoure 75′), Diaby, Samake, Kane, Ndiaye

Ghana: Ibrahim, Yakubu, Ayiah, Sulley (Sadiq 55′), Mohamed, Tokou (E. Mohamed 74′), Yusuf, Leveh (Danso 62′), Mensah, Alhasan, Idriss



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Niger reach U17 World Cup last 16 – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 18:49


Brazil secured a 2-0 victory over Niger in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Group D match at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, India on Friday.

The victory sees Brazil’s Junior Verde-Amarela advance to the last 16 as group winners, while the Junior Menas of Niger also advance to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

The Junior Verde-Amarela applied some pressure on the Junior Menas defence from the first minute as they searched for an early goal.

The South American side did find the goal they had been looking for after the Niger defence was exposed four minutes into the game.

Paulinho made good run down the right hand side and he played a low cross for Brenner, who scored with a tap in to make it 1-0 to Brazil.

The Junior Menas found it difficult to unlock the Junior Verde-Amarela defence which was marshalled by Lucas Halter.

It was soon 2-0 to Brazil after Lincoln beat Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali with a deflected free-kick in the 34th minute.

Brazil then suffered a blow on the stroke of half as Vitinho, their star midfielder, had to be substituted with the teenager looking sick.

However, Niger could not level matters as Brazil managed to contain the African side and the score was 2-0 to Junior Verde-Amarela at half-time.

Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao was the busier of the two shot-stoppers in the opening stages of the second-half as Niger looked to equalize.

Yacine Wa Massamba, the Niger midfielder, unleashed a powerful shot which was saved by Brazao in the 55th minute.

The Junior Verde-Amarela were losing balls in their own half and they were nearly punished by Massamba just after the hour-mark.

Brazao had to produce a wonderful diving save – parrying away the diminutive attacker’s thunderous effort from range.

The Junior Menas came very close to snatching a late goal with six minutes left, but once again Brazao was alert and he brilliantly finger-tipped Habibou Sofiane’s long range effort over the crossbar.

The match ended 2-0 in favour of Brazil, who managed to contain Niger in the dying minutes of the encounter.

Niger (0) 0

Brazil (2) 2 (Brenner 4′, Lincoln 34′)

Niger: Ibrahim, Idrissa, Hassane, Mossi, Moussa, Namata, Laba, Sofiane, Arzakou, Tinni (Abdourahmane 48′), Amoustapha (Marou 52′).

Brazil: Gabriel Brazão, Wesley, Vitão, Lucas Halter, Weverson (Luan Candido 82′), Marcos Antonio, Victor Bobsin, Paulinho (Rodrigo Nestor 74′), Vitinho (Helio Junio 45+2′), Lincoln, Brenner.



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Nigeria must reach World Cup Last Eight – Seyi Olofinjana – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


John Obi Mikel carried on shoulders of players Abdullahi Shehu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidozie Awaziem as Nigeria qualify for the World Cup during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 13:30


Ex-Nigerian international, Seyi Olofinjana has urged the Super Eagles to target the quarter-finals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The legend was speaking after coach Gernot Rohr led the West African side to the global showpiece after beating Zambia on Saturday.

The 2013 African champions became the first African team to qualify for Russia when beating Chipolopolo 1-0 in Uyo.

“We’ve been to a few World Cups in recent years, and we need to be looking at progressing further – rather than crashing out in the early stages,” Olofinjana told BBC Sport.

“I think the country should be looking at perhaps the quarter-finals.”

Meanwhile, only three African teams have ever reached the last eight at a World Cup – Cameroon were the first to do so in 1990.

They were followed by Senegal in 2002 while the Black Stars of Ghana missed a penalty and failed to become the first African team to make the semi-finals in 2010.

Olofinjana also believes that Rohr can blend youth with experience in a side that made light work of a qualifying pool widely labelled the ‘Group of Death’.



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Moses Basena happy despite a draw against Ghana and failure to reach World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 14:30


Despite their failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Ugandan coach Moses Basena says he is happy with how his men played against Ghana.

The penultimate Group E encounter failed to produce a winner as both sides played to a goalless draw on Saturday in Kampala.

Although the Uganda Cranes struggled to break down a resilient Black Stars team, Basena praised his team as both teams failed to qualify the the showpiece in Russia.

“We are a little bit crestfallen for drawing here in Namboole,” Basena told reporters.

“But when you draw against a strong opponent like Ghana, you don’t really lose hope and there are some positives we pick from the game.

“We are disappointed by the result but happy with how we worked especially myself as a coach.

“There are many people who doubted our ability but I am happy that we showed we can play against any team.”



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Diego Maradona backs Egypt to reach 2018 WC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda tries to challenge Mohamed Salah of Egypt

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 11:37


Argentina and one of the world’s football icons, Diego Maradona, reveals his wish to see Egypt qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Coached by a fellow Argentine, the Pharaohs are on the verge of making history to reach the global showpiece after a 28-year absence.

Hector Cuper’s side meet the Red Devils of Congo on Sunday hoping to secure a spot in Russia, but will have to bag a win in Alexandria.

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The Pharaohs currently sit first in Group E with nine points and are in prime position to qualify with two matches left against Congo at home and away to Ghana.

“I would like to greet Egyptian fans. I hope the Egyptian national team can qualify to the World Cup,” Maradona told ON Sport.

“I hope Egyptians can enjoy such a celebration in peace.”



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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insist they can reach the Champions League semifinals – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 12:30


Following their 2-2 draw against Tunisian side Esperance, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry says they can still reach the CAF Champions League semifinals.

The Red Devils came back twice to ensure they settle for a 2-2- draw against Esperance in the quarterfinal first leg on Saturday.

El-Badry insists that his side was better than their Tunisian rivals, regardless of the result, and believes they will do their best to reach the last four of the competition.

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“Ahly wasted many scoring chances and were able to dominate the field, and but final result doesn’t really represents that performance,” the 59-year-old tactician said.

“I refuse to focus on (Sherif) Ekrami individually. Defensive mistakes cost us the two goals. The referee cancelled a penalty for us and this could have changed the result.

“I hope we don’t pressure the players too much ahead of the away game in Tunisia, especially as we still have a chance to qualify for the semifinals.

“The next match needs a balanced strategy.”

The return leg is set to be staged next Saturday in Rades as both sides will want to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the premier club tournament.



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Gernot Rohr confident Nigeria will reach Russia in 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 14:30


Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says they have one foot in the door of Russia after their 1-1 draw against Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Monday.

The stalemate in Yaounde followed a 4-0 win at home last Friday, and the German manager says he is happy with their progress.

A goal from Moses Simon handed the Super Eagles the lead, but Vincent Aboubakar stepped up to beat Ikechukwu Ezenwa from the spot after the goalkeeper’s error 15 minutes from time.

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“I am very happy that we are on the verge of qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Russia,” Rohr told reporters.

“There is joy in my heart for coaching this set of players who gave their best for the entire 90 minutes to grab a point. Now we have a foot at the Mundial.

“It was a different Cameroon team. After losing 4-0 to us last Friday, they came out and gave us a good game.

“Our target was to grab four points over the two legs. For us we achieved our objective. It was mission accomplished us.

”We should all be happy now that we are on the verge of qualification although we know that we made mistakes that we will work on fixing in the upcoming period.”

In the wake of the draw, the Super Eagles now need a draw at home against Zambia to reach the 2018 World Cup.



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Burkina Faso down Ghana to reach CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


Bernard Tekpetey of Ghana out jumps Steeve Yago of Burkina Faso to a header during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 20, 2017. 19:12


Burkina Faso qualified for the CAF African Nations Championship in Kenya next year after beating Ghana 2-1 in their third round, second leg qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

The result combined with their 2-2 draw in the first leg of the qualifier to Ghana in Ouagadougou last weekend means the aggregate score ended 4-3 in Burkina Faso’s favour.

Despite playing away from home, Burkina Faso started like a house on fire and opened the scoring on Sunday in the eighth minute when Sylla Mohammed found the back of the net, 1-0.

Burkina Faso doubled their lead on the half hour when Herman turned the ball home after a well-worked passing move, 2-0

Ghana tried to find their way back into the tie, but were unable to pull a goal back before the break.

The Black Stars continued to push forward in the second half and they did manage to score a consolation goal on the hour mark courtesy of a strike form Felix Addo, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tightened up at the back after conceding and manged to hold on for the victory which sees them qualify for CHAN next year, 4-3 on aggregate.



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Mauritania stun Mali to reach CHAN finals


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 21:29


Mauritania stunned Mali 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers on Saturday.

The hard-fought victory earns Les Mourabitones a place in next year CHAN finals after winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

The West Zone A second-leg clash was played at the Stade Modibo Kéïta in Mali’s capital city, Bamako.

The visitors took the lead in the 27th minute and it was Abdoulaye Gaye, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Mauritania.

Mali’s Sekou Diarra then received a red card and Mauritania held on to their lead until the referee blew the half-time whistle.

Les Mourabitones also stood firm at the back in the second-half against Les Aigles and ultimately, they ran out 1-0 winners.

Mauritania qualify for the CHAN finals for the second time having participated in the 2014 tournament in South Africa.



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Angola beat Madagascar to reach CHAN finals


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 20:42


Angola defeated Madagascar 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers on Saturday.

The victory sees Palancas Negras book their place in the 2018 CHAN finals after winning the tie 1-0 on aggregate.

The Southern Zone second-leg match was played at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in the capital city of Angola, Luanda.

The two sides were unable to find the back of the net in the first-half and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break.

The deadlock was finally broken after the hour-mark and it was Dani Massunguna, who scored to make it 1-0 to Angola.

Beto Bianchi’s side managed to hold on to their slender lead in the closing stages of the match and they won 1-0.

Angola will now take part in the CHAN finals for the third time since the inception of the tournament in 2009.



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BTC and Botswana FA yet to reach agreement


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 20:00


Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) are yet to reach an agreement over a new deal.

The two organizations are busy evaluating Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s three-year deal with BTC which expired last month.

This has been confirmed by BTC’s public relations manager Golekanye Chaba Molapisi.

“The parties (BTC and BFA) have been in contact to evaluate the three-year sponsorship which ended last month,” Molapisi told Weekend Post.

“Stakeholders including media will be updated of any developments in due course.”

BTC began sponsoring Botswana’s top flight league in 2008. Since then only Gaborone United, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers have won the league title.

The telecommunications and internet service provider are believed to be open to signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the BPL.

The 2017/18 BTC Premiership season is scheduled to kick off later this month.



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Sunday Chidzambwa wants to reach the COSAFA Cup final


Zimbabwe national team players mob captain Knowledge Musona (17) during the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare,Zimbabwe,11 June 2017.

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 11:00


Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa wants to reach the final of the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

Speaking to the Zimbabwean media ahead of their trip to the neighbouring country, the Warriors manager says his mission is to reach final.

The tournament is scheduled to start in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Chidzambwa previously led the country to glory in 2009.

Chidzambwa remains confident in the capabilities of the squad he picked for the tournament, where he chose to blend experience with youth.

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“As a coach, you always want to get to the final, and for me personally, I would love to get to the final,” the veteran coach said.

“I have gone to the COSAFA finals twice and I just hope and pray that for the third time in a row, I will again get to the final and win the trophy.

“I’m hoping we get past the group stages and get to the knockout stages and the final.”

Zimbabwe will start the competition in the preliminary rounds and are in Group B alongside Mozambique, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

They meet the Mambas on Monday, June 26 at 17:00 (CAT).



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Ghana reach U17 AFCON final after edging Niger on penalties


John Otu of Ghana clears ball from Hamid Galissoune Ajina of Niger during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Ghana and Niger at the Port Gentil Stadium, Gabon on 24 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 24, 2017. 18:27


Ghana edged Niger 6-5 on penalties to book a spot in the final of the 2017 U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday at Stade de Port-Gentil.

The Black Starlets scored from the spot through Terry Owusu, Gideon Acquah, Faisal Osman, Ibrahim Sulley, Emmanuel Toku and Mohamed Idriss whilst skipper Eric Ayiah’s kick was saved.

Paa Appiah’s men will now wait to see the winner between Mali and Guinea to set up a final fixture on Sunday night in Libreville.

In the beginning of the match Ghana skipper Ayiah missed a brilliant opportunity to put his side ahead as he received a low cross in the box, but his shot went wide in the fourth minute.

The 17th minute saw Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawal producing a wonderful save to deny Gabriel Leveh in a one-on-one situation.

Towards the half-hour mark, Appiah’s men dominated the contest, yet their ability to finish their opportunities was disappointing for their supporters.

The Menas Cadets attempted a quick counter attack in the 31st minute, but Yacouba Aboubacar’s shot lacked venom and went wide.

On the stroke of the interval, Habibou Sofiane failed to keep his header on target which went wide from close range with only keeper Danlad Ibrahim to beat.

With the first half seeing no goals, both camps returned from the tunnel with renewed energies and Ismael Magagi nearly scored for Guinea as his shot was saved by Ghana’s Ibrahim on his near post just after the restart.

Ayiah showed his quality in the 71st minute when he received a defence splitting pass only to be denied by Lawal who parried the ball away from close range.

With four minutes to go Niger’s set piece rattled the upright and bounced back to action allowing the Black Starlets defence to clear.

The were no goals at Port Gentil after 90 minutes and the match was decided in a penalty shoot-out to determine the first team to reach this year’s final.

The loss for Niger means they will now play in the third/fourth place play-off against a semi-final loser between Mali and Guinea on Sunday.



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Guinea reach semis after holding Ghana


Eric Ayiah of Ghana challenged by Samuel Conte of Guinea during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Guinea and Ghana at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 20 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 20, 2017. 21:41


Ghana and Guinea drew 0-0 in the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group A match at the Stade de I’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise on Saturday night.

The draw sees both the Black Starlets and the Junior National Elephants reach the semi-finals, after finishing first and second respectively in Group A.

The Junior National Elephants dominated the early exchanges, but the Black Starlets were able to contain their West African rivals.

Guinea were forced to make an early change in the 17th minute as goalkeeper Ibrahima Sylla, who was injured, was replaced by Mohammed Camara.

The Black Starlets had a chance to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute, but the Junior National Elephants defence did well to stop Eric Ayiah.

The Ghana captain then tried his luck from range six minutes from the half-time break and his effort missed the target. The score was 0-0 at the interval.

The Junior National Elephants did most of the attacking in the opening stages of the second-half as they looked to break the deadlock.

Edmond Mensah was introduced after the hour-mark as the Black Starlets looked to gain control of the match and take the lead against Guinea.

However, the Black Starlets found it difficult to break the Junior National Elephants defence with time running out on the clock.

In the end, Ghana and Guinea settled for a goalless draw following a tightly contested match in the Gabonese capital city, Libreville.



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Caps United can reach CAF Champions League quarters – Chitembwe


Al-Zamalek player Ali Gaber (L) Mahmoud Hamdy in action against Caps United player HardlifeZvirekw (C) during the African Champions League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Al-Zamalek and Caps United at at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 12 May 2017

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday May 14, 2017. 14:52


Despite losing 2-0 to Zamalek in their CAF Champions League Group B opener on Friday, CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe maintains they remain firmly in contention of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Chitembwe believes the away loss has not dented their hopes of reaching the next stage of this year’s continental tournament.

The Green Machine succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to the White Knights at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Friday night courtesy of goals from Bassem Morsi and Stanley Ohawuchi.

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“In terms of performance, I’m sure we gave them as much as we got from them. I think we also have a good chance prevailing over them [at home] considering the way we dominated the proceedings especially in the second half,” Chitembwe told reporters.

“The second half performance gives us the hope that going forward we have a great team that can compete against anyone at this level of the game.

“So we are very happy going forward and I think we are still in it big time and our chances are as good as any other team in the competition because we still have five games to play.”

In the wake of the defeat, United are now second from the bottom in Group B while Zamalek are second behind early leaders USM Alger on goal difference.

The Algerian side claimed a 3-0 home victory over bottom side Ahli Tripoli of Libya in their opening tie.

Chitembwe, whose side will host USM Alger in the second round of fixtures at the National Sports Stadium on May 23, said they made a good account of themselves against their much fancied opponents.



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