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Hector Cuper’s name will remain in Egyptian history – Ahmed Elmohamady – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 16:30


Despite receiving massive criticism, Egypt winger Ahmed Elmohamady has come out to defend coach Hector Cuper after meeting his target which was to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Aston Villa player said it doesn’t matter how the Argentine manager reached the global showpiece, but what is important is to qualify.

Elmohamady was speaking after the Pharaohs made a historic return to the global tournament for the first time 28 years after beating Congo 2-1 last Sunday in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier.

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“Every coach, no matter the results, he will always face criticism. But I find this criticism completely misplaced and misguided,” he told 360.com

“You’re a manager brought in to coach a national team, with a mandate to take this team to the World Cup. And you have achieved that directive. Whichever way you’ve managed to accomplish that, that doesn’t matter.

“So of course, credit to him for this achievement and his name will be carved in the history of Egyptian football, that he has accomplished what hasn’t been done in 28 years, him and captain Mahmoud El Gohary in 1990, and the coach before that back in 1934.

“Hector Cuper’s name will remain forever in Egyptian football history. I hope the Egyptian FA thinks twice before making any decisions about his contract after Russia.

“I truly hope he remains with the national team for a long time because he is very special. All the players like him, and so do all staff members. I really hope they renew his contract after the World Cup.”

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Arrows draw but remain at the summit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Arrows draw but remain at the summit

Katlego Mashego of Chippa United challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 29 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 17:18


Golden Arrows continued with their unbeaten run the Absa Premiership when they drew 1-1 against Chippa United on Saturday afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium.

For Abafana Best’hende, it was Knox Mutizwa who netted for the hosts as they sit at number one on the log with 12 points from seven league games.

For the Chilli Boys, Katlego Mashego’s fine set piece ensured they claimed a point on the road.

Although there were no goals in the opening 10 minutes and no clear-cut opportunities, the hosts displayed a good interchange of passes going forward.

Resulting from the move, Kudakwashe Mahachi tried a long range shot, yet it went over goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi’s crossbar.

In trying to make a quick response, Moloi’s side pushed forward and it was Kurt Lentjies whose attempt went wide after a brilliant interchange of passes in the 27th minute.

With three minutes to go to the tunnel, Abafana Bes’thende allowed the visitors more space as they attacked, but Lentjies failed to hit the target from a well-struck shot at goal.

A few minutes later, Chippa fouled Musa Bilankulu and Lerato Lamola’s efforts from a set piece were saved when Akpeyi produced a double save.

It was 0-0 at half time.

Coach Clinton Larsen’s men came back with more purpose as Siphelele Magubane attempted a shot at goal and Akpeyi easily collected the effort.

The 54th minute saw the Port Elizabeth-based side breaking the deadlock when Mashego found the back of the net against the run of play from his traditional set piece to beat Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Larsen introduced Mutizwa and the Zimbabwean made an immediate impact when his shot beat Akpeyi, but it went wide.

A minute later, Mutizwa managed to beat Akpeyi and made it 1-1 with a beautiful header and ensured the thrilling encounter remained an open affair.

The visitors pushed for their second goal and substitute Mahlatse Makudubela tried to chip Gumede, but the keeper read the situation and punched the ball away in the 78th minute.

It was end-to-end stuff in the final 10 minutes, but Wayde Jooste and Sibiya’s combination failed to yield the desired results in front of goal.

In the wake of the result, Moloi’s side now occupies the 10th spot with seven points from as many matches so far.

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Mutizwa 65′)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Mashego 54′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwenge, Mzava, Nkombelo, Bilankulu, Cele (Mutizwa 58′), Sibiya, Mahachi, Magubane (Jooste 78′), Lamola

Chippa United: Akpeyi, Mako, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Zuke, Maphanga, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 52′), Mashego (Makudubela 75′), Lentjies, Sekola (Manzini 60′), Macheke

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

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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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Hossam Ghaly: I remain indebted to Al Ahly

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Hossam Ghaly: I remain indebted to Al Ahly

Al Ahly’s player Hossam Ghaly (R) in action against Bidvest Wits player Thabang Monare (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) match between Al Ahly and Bidvest Wits at Salam stadium in Cairo, Egypt, 11 March 2017. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 11:30


Despite joining Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr, former Al Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly insists he will remain loyal to the Red Devils.

Ghaly says he is indebted to his boyhood club despite his recent sudden move to Al-Nasr and he is contemplating retirement from international football.

Speaking to Ahram Sports weekly magazine, Ghaly said it’s impossible for him to escape from Ahly.

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“This didn’t happen during my entire career. My contract just expired and the domestic competition’s schedule wasn’t fixed regularly and I needed to be part of a fixed tournament,” said Ghaly.

“I was offered a move from Al-Nasr club which I joined in 2009 and I have good memories from my spell there.

“I expect an Ahly return again. I really hope this happens as I can’t live without Ahly. I will reconsider my future when my spell at Al-Nasr ends.

“I am thinking about starting a managerial career after my retirement as a player.”

The 36-year-old started his career with Ahly’s first team in 2000 and had successful stints abroad with clubs such as Feyenoord and Tottenham Hotspur among others before settling down at Ahly since 2014.

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