Egypt set to help Gambian football development in show of charity

Thulani Serero of South Africa is tackled by Pa Modou Jagne of Gambia during 2017 Afcon Qualifier match between South Africa and Gambia on 13 June 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 13:30

Gambia is set to benefit from technical development done by the Egyptian Football Association after an agreement was signed last week.

The EFA has agreed to extend technical support to Gambian teams which will see national teams hosted during training camps in Egypt.

Soka25East reports that the deal was sealed last Friday when EFA President, Hany Abo Rida hosted his Gambia Football Federation counterpart, Lamin Kabba Bajo in Cairo.


“Mr. Abo Rida has agreed to assist GFF with a Technical Assistant to assess and help develop our technical department with a view to enhancing our National Teams, both male and female and also youth football,” GFF statement reads.

“Both Mr. Bajo and his Egyptian colleague Abo Rida have agreed in principle to effect this agreement as soon as possible.”

The North African nation boasts good football infrastructure and is among the top countries on the continent in terms of football development.

The country has already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Abo Rida is believed to wield considerable influence in CAF after he was elected as second vice president to Ahmad.

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Yusuf: Nigeria should show character against Ghana – Nigeria Premier League 2017

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 10:00

Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf says he will make a few changes to the starting line-up that will face Ghana in a must-win match.

The two West African giants will square off in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Group 1 match in Cape Coast on Monday.

The home-based Super Eagles drew their first two Group 1 games and they need to defeat Ghana in order to advance to the semi-finals.

“It is a must-win game; we are certainly aware of that,” Yusuf said.

“Definitely, we will look at making a few changes because this is one match we must show character and efficiency at the rear, and middle and the fore.

Yusuf stressed the importance of the match which be played at the Cape Coast Stadium.

“Not only must we avoid defeat; we must win to make progress in the championship,” the tactician continued.

“That demands absolute seriousness and diligence and only the best legs will do.”

Ghana’s home-based Black Stars are currently sitting at the top of Group 1 standings with six points, while Nigeria are placed second with two points.

Kick-off is at 18h00 GMT (Ghana).

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Warriors show Mambas no mercy in Moruleng

Ovidy Karuru of Zimbabwe challenged by Abilio Moucuona of Mozambique during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Mozambique and Zimbabwe at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 26 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 19:07

Zimbabwe showed a youthful Mozambique outfit no mercy as they cruised to a 4-0 win over their Southern African rivals in the Group B 2017 COSAFA Cup opener at the Moruleng Stadium on Monday evening.

The Warriors dominated from start to finish with the Mambas lucky not to have suffered a larger defeat to what was a highly motivated Zimbabwean team.

Leeroy Mavunga and Knox Mutizwa missed early sitters for the four-time champions who finally took the lead through Kaizer Chiefs reject Ovidy Karuru on 43 minutes.

The Warriors skipper rounding Antonio Muquetua before guiding the ball into the back of the net to finish what was a swift move. The goal on the cusp of half-time leading Zimbabwe to a 1-0 lead at the break.

Mavunga, who is reportedly on his way to Benfica for a trial, missed another chance in the 57th minute as he guided his header attempt wide with the goal lurking.

Zimbabwe continued to assert their dominance and should have doubled their lead four minute latter, but Mutizwa was wrongly adjudged to have been in an offside position when guiding the ball into the back of the net.

The Warriors, though, would get their second in the 65th minute as Karuru completed his brace with a header from a corner-kick.

Mozambique finally conjured a chance soon after, but Stelio Teca was unable to find the target from a set-piece attempt.

Karuru had a superb chance to complete his hat-trick in the 76th minute, but Muquetua stood firm to deny the midfielder what would have been a well deserved treble.

Zimbabwe, though, did make it 3-0 soon after as Ocean Mushure curled a stunning left-footed free-kick into the top corner. The Mozambican goal-minder with no chance.

Things went from bad to worse for Abel Xavier’s troops with what was the final kick of the game as second-half substitute Blessing Majarira kept his cool after darting in behind the Mozambican defence.

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Hugo Broos: We didn’t show our strength against Colombia

Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates a victory with Hugo Broos

Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 16, 2017. 14:00

Hugo Broos says Cameroon should not be underestimated at the Confederations Cup following their heavy loss in a midweek friendly.

The Indomitable Lions will face Chile in their first Group B match in Moscow on Sunday evening, but come into the match licking their wounds after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia in a friendly earlier this week.

Yet this loss was not a fair reflection of the team’s strengths, with Broos having made significant changes to the line-up following a win over Morocco in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last Saturday.

“I cannot compare this match [4-0 loss to Colombia] with the one we will be delivering against Chile on Sunday,” explained the Cameroon coach.

“I wanted to give some players a chance to prove to me what they can do. So against Colombia, we did not play with our core strength.”

Broos added, “It was a good evaluation match for all of us; not just for the players. I had the opportunity to align some players to see what value they have.

“On Sunday, we will have a different team and the motivation will be different as we will be competing in the Confederations Cup.”

The Belgian coach is hopeful that Cameroon will use the Confederations Cup as an opportunity to grow and improve as a team, with challenges like qualifying for next year’s World Cup looming ahead of them.

“This participation will be a very good experience at the highest level,” said Broos.

“I will have a good judgment at the end of the Confederations Cup, especially what to improve, in which game compartment we have to look for other better players.

“We are going to Russia with ambitions, not necessarily that of winning the trophy.

“The ideal for us will be to show better performance compared to what we have demonstrated [in the 4-0 loss to Colombia].”

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