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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Information – Nainggolan misses out as Martinez names Belgium squad

Roberto Martinez has named a star-studded provisional Belgium squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, but there is no place for Roma’s Radja Nainggolan in his 28-man pool.

Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Edin Hazard and Vincent Kompany are amid the significant names on whom the Belgians will be pinning their hopes, although the likes of Christian Benteke and Nasser Chadli have been picked in spite of complicated seasons at club amount. Lukaku and Hazard could also be joined in Russia by their brothers, with Thorgan Hazard and Jordan Lukaku amid the 28 picked at this stage.

The omission of Nainggolan inevitably dominated the squad’s unveiling even though, with Martinez insisting that the controversial determination was determined purely by tactical considerations.

“Initial and foremost, we all know Radja is a top player, there is no concern about that,” Martinez instructed an information convention. “It is a tactical cause. In the last two yrs, the team has laboured in an offensive way, in a quite specific manner.

“In the scenario of Radja, we all know he has a quite significant role at club amount and I do not feel we can give him that in the national team. I travelled to see him yesterday in Rome and we experienced a quite excellent conversation.

“The determination is not a straightforward a person, I understand how popular the player is, but we have to develop the team to try to grow to be a successful team. It is purely a tactical determination.”

All squads are provisional right until the last checklist of 23 players is introduced by FIFA, subsequent to their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Provisional Belgium squad

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/Germany), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/England), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/England), Mats Sels (Newcastle United/England)

Defenders:  Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/Scotland), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC/United states of america), Christian Kabasele (Watford/England), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/England), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio/Italy), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain/England), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona/Spain), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur/England)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion/England), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/England), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht/Belgium), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/England), Youri Tielemans (Monaco/France), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/China PR)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/England), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/England), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang/China PR), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/England), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad/Spain), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/England), Dries Mertens (Napoli/Italy)

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia -Southgate names provisional England squad

England manager Gareth Southgate has named a 23-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, with a couple of surprise names generating the reduce in a youthful-looking record.

The most noteworthy inclusions see uncapped duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope named, though Chelsea‘s Ruben Loftus-Cheek – who has expended the 2017/18 season on personal loan at Crystal Palace – also will make the squad in spite of possessing never ever made a competitive appearance for the Three Lions.

The most noteworthy omission is the seasoned Joe Hart, who has just concluded a hard season at West Ham United, and was England‘s goalkeeper at the past 3 important tournaments: UEFA EURO 2012, Brazil 2014 and EURO 2016.

Southgate has named five standby players for Russia 2018: Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, his club team-mate James Tarkowski, 2017 FIFA U-twenty World Cup-profitable captain Lewis and Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion,

Southgate claimed the 23 names he chosen are “a squad which we can be enthusiastic about.”

“It is a younger group,” he advised TheFA.com, “but with some actually essential senior players so I sense the equilibrium of the squad is excellent, both of those in phrases of its experience, its character and also the positional equilibrium.

“We have a good deal of electrical power and athleticism in the team, but players that are similarly cosy in possession of the ball and I believe men and women can see the style of play we’ve been looking to produce.”

“The very first call-up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we choose younger players, it is not just because they are younger, it is because their performances are worthy of it.”

All squads are provisional till the remaining record of 23 players is declared by FIFA, next to their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck

On standby: Lewis, Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore, James Tarkowski

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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song names CHAN squad


Rigobert Song and the Indomitable Lions

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 17:30


ameroon coach Rigobert Song has confirmed his final squad of 25 players for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

The ex-Indomitable Lions skipper has named three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven strikers in his team.

Cotton Sport’s Simon Omossala, Douala Union’s Derrick Anye Fru and Oscar Gwot are the three goalkeepers in the 25-man side.

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On the other hand, the ex-defender has dropped players such as Aurelien Etame, Ambassa Eloundou and Joel Kofana.

Song said they have to be in a good condition for the tournament to ensure his charges are ready for action in Morocco.

“In December we will be going to either Egypt or Turkey which will enable us to better train and to acclimatise especially because the youths are not used to staying in a climate that is totally different from theirs especially as we are going to arrive there in winter,” said Song.

“So we have to be in a condition whereby we will be ready when the time comes.”

The reigning African champions are in Group D together with Angola, Congo and Burkina Faso.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Derrick Anye Fru (Douala Union), Oscar Gwot Kalati (Eding Sport), Simon Omossola (Cotton Sport)

Defenders: Alphonse Marie Tientcheu (Eding Sport), Fabril Kaou (Douala Union), Salomon Banga (Dove of Djà and Lobo), Paul Abouem Maya (UMS), Paul Otia (UMS), Thomas Bawak Etta (UMS), Serge Andoulo (New Stars), Bertrand Owundi (Astres)

Midfielders: Franklin Anteh (Unisport), Bonny Elame (Dragon), David Pierre Eto’o (Union), Clarence Bitang (Union), Willy Namedji (UMS), Junior Awono (Yong Sport)

Strikers: Souleymanou Moussa (Cotton Sport), Ngoundo Kouoh Bille (New Stars), Lionel Abate Etoundi (AS Fortuna), Frantz Pangop (Union), Patrick Moukoko (Colombe), Raphael Eric Messi Bouli (Apejes ), Francis Elimbi (Eagle), Aristide Touffic (Eding Sport)



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Obafemi Martins likely to return to Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup


Eagles striker Obafemi Martins against Swaziland in Lobambo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 09:30


Nigerian national team scout Victor Agali has hinted that striker Obafemi Martins and midfielder Joel Obi could make their return to the Super Eagles squad.

Igali has warned the team’s fans not to be surprised if the duo is called up by coach Gernot Rohr for their games next year.

Martins ended the season in spectacular form for Chinese Cup winners Shanghai Shenhua, whilst Obi has impressed Rohr with his displays for Italian side Torino.

Their form has caught the attention of Rohr, and according to Agali, the duo are set for a recall to the team next year, but they have to keep ‎working hard.

“All players who are currently performing to expectation in their respective club sides have equal chance,” Agali said to Sportsvillagesquare.

“The coach {Rohr] is a disciplinarian who welcomes players based on merit.

“Don’t be surprised to see the likes of in-form Obafemi Martins, Joel Obi and others returning to the team, and I myself won’t hesitate to scout for more legs that will help maintain the good form.”



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Uganda name 2017 CECAFA Cup Squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 18:30


Ugandan national team coach Moses Basena has named his squad ahead of the 2017 CECEAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya.

Basena has assembled a squad of 26 players to start training on Wednesday ahead of the regional tournament.

The regional tourney kicks-off on Sunday, December 3 until December 17 as the Cranes will want to defend their trophy.

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Uganda are in Pool B against Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.

The full squad:

Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS),Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Juuko Murushid Simba-Tanzania), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Savio Kabugo (Proline FC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Stephen Mugisha (Police FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Batte Seif (Bright Stars FC), Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC), Basse Methodious (Mbarara City FC).



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Kenya names 2017 CECAFA Challenge squad


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 15:30


Kenyan national team coach Paul Put has named his squad for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled to kick-off on December 3.

Put named his 25-man squad which is dominated by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

The team will be in camp on Sunday ahead of their CECAFA crunch opener against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda.

Fresh from bagging their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, Gor has the highest number of players such as goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, defenders Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Wellington Ochieng, midfielders Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna as well as striker George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.

On the other hand, KPL top scorer Masud Juma leads the list of players from Kariobangi Sharks alongside midfielders Patillah Omotto and Ovellah Ochieng.

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The Harambee Stars are drawn in Group A, also featuring Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Heroes and guest team the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.

Kenya full squad

Goalkeepers:

Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

Defenders:

Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars)

Midfielders:

Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)

Strikers:

Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar)



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Munamba Numba names the provisional U20 Zambia squad for COSAFA


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:36



Zambian U20 coach Mumamba Numba has named a 45 provisional member-squad that will compete at the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup in Kitwe next month.

Numba has named the bulk of players from the 2017 U17 Cosafa Castle Cup winning squad while others have been added from the pool that participated in the U17 Africa Cup Qualifiers in 2016.

According to FAZFootball.com, team manager Mwansa Kapyanga released the names and the team iss expected to assemble for camp on Sunday in Lusaka.

Zambia will want to defend the COSAFA crown they lifted under coach, Beston Chambeshi last year in South Africa.

GOALKEEPERS:

Danny Sikanyika (Lusaka Dynamos), Ben Mwale (Zanaco), Bradley Mweene ( LusakaYouth Academy), Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Mphasi Emmanuel Mphasi (Golden Celtic)

DEFENDERS:

Jack Chisha (Young Zesco), Justine Mwanza (Young Nkana), Poncilio Kapampa (Kabwe Warriors) Hillary Mwiinga (Red Arrows), Joseph Phiri (Kamwala Academy), Kasonde Mulenga (National Assembly), Chrispin Kawezya (Malalo Police), Andrew Phiri (Kafue Celtic), Jonathan Kapelembe (Romeki), Victor Kasokola (Konkola Blades), Godfrey Mwila (Kamwala Academy), Christopher Katongo (Kasama United Youth), Kingsley Hakwiya (Kansanshi High School), Dalitso Banda (Young Zanaco)

MIDFIELDERS:

Jonathan Tembo (Gomes), Dauti Silwimba (Young Zesco), Kelvin Kapumbu (Lumwana Radiants), Godfrey Chanda (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Napsa Stars), Kunda Nkandu (Zanaco), Musonda Kalale (Chambeshi FC), Mukuka Chanda (Gomes), Harry Milanzi (Young Green Buffaloes), Benson Kolala (Nchanga Rangers), Jimmy Hamanzuka (National Assembly), Niza Simutenda (Mphande Youth Academy), John Mulalangabo, Michael Kafusha (Kasama United Youth), Muma Mumba (Zamcoal Diggers), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Clinton Lubula (Kabwata Dynamos), Alex Bulaya (Nakambala Leopards)

STRIKERS:

Lameck Banda (Nkwazi), Gamphani Lungu (National Assembly), Martin Njobvu (Nchanga Rangers), Christopher Phiri (Kafue Celtic), George Nyimbili (Young Zanaco), Damiano Kola (Zanaco), Francisco Mwepu (Chambeshi FC), Paul Mwachisemu (Kafue Celtics)



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Bright announces Botswana squad for Gabon friendly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 14:00


Botswana head coach Major David Bright has announced the Zebras squad for the upcoming match against Gabon.

The Zebras are scheduled to take on Gabon’s Panthers in an international friendly match in Libreville on the 14th of November 2017.

The squad which is dominated by players, who ply their trade in the BTC Premiership will report to camp on Sunday 05th November 2017.

Platinum Stars forward Thabang Sesinyi and Baroka FC midfielder Mpho Kgaswane are the two foreign-based players, who have been called up by Bright.

Gabon is ranked 92nd on the latest FIFA ranking, while the Zebras are ranked 147th in the world.

Township Rollers defender Simisani Mathumo is expected to captain Botswana against Gabon.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

1. Kabelo Dambe, Township Rollers

2. Mwampule Masule, Township Rollers

3. Michael James, BDF XI

Defenders

4. Edwin Olerile, Township Rollers

5. Simisani Mathumo, Township Rollers

6. Tebogo Sosome, Galaxy

7. Mmoloki Kebalepile, Extension Gunners

8. KelapileTerata, BDF XI

9. Katlego Masole, Police XI

10. Tapiwa Gadibolaye, Police XI

11. Mosha Gaolaolwe, Township Rollers

Midfielders

12. Lesego Galenamotlhale, Mochudi Centre Chiefs

13. Maano Ditshupo, Township Rollers

14. Mpho Kgaswane, Baroka FC

15. Kobamelo Kebaikanye, Orapa United

16. Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Gaborone United

17. Thabang Sesinyi, Platinum Stars

18. Segolame Boy, Township Rollers

19. Keagile Kobe, BDF XI

20. Motsholetsi Sikele, Township Rollers

21. Edwin Moalosi, Township Rollers

22. Alphonso Modisaotsile, Gaborone United

Striker

23. Tebogo Sembowa, Galaxy

24. Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Township Rollers

25. Boipelo Oaitse, Gaborone United

26. Tumisang Orebonye, Gaborone United



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Antunes names Cape Verde squad for Burkina Faso clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Lúcio Antunes Head Coach of Cape Verde talking to the media during the 2013 African Cup of Nations Final Draw at the ICC in Durban South Africa , 24 October 2012

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 11:00


Cape Verde head coach Lucio Antunes has announced the Blue Sharks squad for their upcoming clash against Burkina Faso.

The last match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D will be played at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on 14 November 2017.

The winner of this encounter will keep their slim chances of qualifying for the finals alive if the result between their Group D rivals Senegal and South Africa go their way.

Current Group D leaders Senegal and fourth-placed South Africa will play each other twice and only the group winners will qualify for the finals.

Turkey-based attackers Ryan Mendes and Garry Rodrigues have been called up by Antunes, while veteran goalkeeper Vozinha is also part of the team list.

Kick-off between Cape Verde and Burkina Faso is at 21h30 CAT.

List of 23 candidates:

Goalkeepers: Vozinha (AEL Limassol Cyprus), Márcio Rosa (Chaves, Portugal) and Mário Évora (FC Porto Sub 19, Portugal).

Defenses: Tiago Almeida (Polithenic, Romania), Carlos Ponk (Aves, Portugal), Ricardo Silva (Paços Ferreira, Portugal), Steven Pereira (MVV Netherlands), Fernando Varela (Paok Greece), Felix Mathaus Borges “Diney” (Marítimo, Portugal) and Ianique Stopira (Videoton, Hungary).

Midfielder: Danilson Cruz (Stade de Reims, France), Babanco (Feirense, Portugal), Marco Soares (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Hélder Tavares (Tondela, Portugal), Nuno Rocha (Tosno Russia), Kenny Santos (Saint-Étienne, France).

Ryan Mendes (Kayserispor, Turkey), Garry Rodrigues (Galatasaray, Turkey), Heldon “Nhuc” Ramos (Vitoria SC, Portugal), Júlio Tavares (Dijon, France).



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Odion Ighalo confirms withdrawal from Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Odion Ighalo of Nigeria celebrate his goal with Victor Moses

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 15:00


Odion Ighalo has confirmed that he will miss Nigeria’s upcoming matches against Algeria and Argentina due to injury.

The Chanchung Yatai striker was on Monday named in the Super Eagles’ squad for their final 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Algeria on November 10, followed by a friendly against Argentina in Russia four days later.

However, Ighalo suffered a knock to his knee in Changchun’s latest match over the weekend and is set to be sidelined for approximately two weeks.

“I suffered a knee sprain (ligament) in our last game against Chongqing Dangdai Lifan FC on Sunday, I was able to finish the game because I thought it wasn’t serious, then I started feeling pains after the game,” Ighalo is quoted by Allnigeriasoccer.com.

“I will be out of action for 10-15 days, I won’t be able to play against Algeria and Argentina.”

Ighalo has established himself as the leader of Nigeria’s attack through the World Cup qualifiers and scored the opening goal in the 4-0 win over Cameroon in September.



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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah excluded from Egypt squad for Ghana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 10:30


Egypt coach Hector Cuper has announced his 25-man squad to face the Black Stars of Ghana in their final Group E match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next week.

The Pharaohs coach has called up nine local-based players for the clash on November 12.

Cuper has decided to give Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah a break from playing as they have already qualified for the World Cup in Russia.

“Cuper decided to call nine local-based players for Ghana match (six from Ahly and the remaining three from Zamalek),” national team supervisor Ehab Leheta announced in a statement.

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Egypt’s 25-man squad for Ghana match:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi), Ahmed El-Shennawi (Zamalek), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly)

Defenders: Omar Gaber (Basel, Switzerland) Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Midfielders: Moemen Zakareya , Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Mahmoud “Shikabala” Abdel-Razek (Al-Raed, Saudi Arabia)

Forwards: Ahmed Hassan “Kouka” (Braga, Portugal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa), Amr Warda (CD Feirense, Portugal), Amr Marei (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia)



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Gernot Rohr could recall Obafemi Martins to Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 13:00


Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins could return to the Super Eagles squad after coach Gernot Rohr has hinted as much.

The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker could gatecrash Nigeria’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia according to Rohr.

The manager has made this revelation during a radio interview when he was asked about the chances of the forward making the squad for the World Cup.

”We will call the best men, for now everybody wants to come because we are in the World Cup. The players who brought us to the World Cup, I don’t forget them. It’s very important “, Rohr said.

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” There are other players we are also looking at calling to beef up the team, but for now we are looking at getting good games for better preparations for the World Cup .“

Martins was part of the Nigerian team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was the only global tournament the 33-year-old has played in his career.



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Zinedine Ferhat delighted to be back in Algeria’s squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Riyad Karim Mahrez of Algeria celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 19:00


After a lengthy absence from Algeria’s national team, midfielder Zinedine Ferhat says he has been “waiting for years” and is determined to prove his worth.

The 24-year-old was called up to the Fennec Foxes squad for their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon this weekend.

It ends a three-year period out of the team for Ferhat, who has been in fine form for French Ligue 2 club Le Havre since the start of last season.

With Algeria mathematically eliminated from the World Cup, coach Lucas Alcaraz has opted to bring in fresh players to the Fennec Foxes squad and Ferhat is the main beneficiary of this new policy.

“I have been waiting for this for years,” Ferhat told Le Buteur in an interview.

“After all that I could achieve here in France with my club, the work ended up paying.

It is first the first impression that comes back into my mind. I am very happy with this selection and I am already looking forward to joining my comrades in training in Sidi Moussa.

“I am prepared mentally, physically and technically to bring the most that Alcaraz expects of me and help my country.”

On his long absence from the team, Ferhat added, “It goes fast, it goes back a long time as you say, my sidelining has lasted too long, I hope that my setbacks are over and can now continue as long as possible in selection.

“I must first thank all the people who helped me in the difficult times.

“I do not hide from you that I went through painful periods and found only my family, my father, my mother and my brothers to overcome all these difficulties. Today, I am happy to make them proud of me.”



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Malo replaces Coulibaly in Burkina Faso squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Diakite Daouda, Burkina Faso goalkeeper instructs his teammate Patrick Malo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Uganda Cranes on 29 March 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 16:00


Burkina Faso international Patrick Malo is part of the Stallions squad that will lock horns with South Africa.

Bafana Bafana will welcome the Stallions in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match on Saturday.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the iconic FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The defender was omitted from the Burkina Faso squad by head coach Paulo Duarte, who stated that the player was repeatedly making “mistakes”.

According to BBC African Football, Malo is back after Le Havre defender Yacouba Coulibaly suffered an injury that has ruled him out of the clash with Bafana.

Malo, who plies his trade in Egypt for Smouha, featured in Burkina Faso’s Group D matches against Senegal last month with both games ending in draw.

Duarte disclosed that the 25-year-old had to rush to the dressing room to find his match shirt when asked to come on as a substitute during the Senegal game in Dakar.

The Stallions are currently sitting at the top of Group D standings with six points, but they are ahead of second-placed Cape Verde on goal-difference with two matches left.

However, third-placed Senegal and fourth-placed South Africa both a game in hand. Senegal will win the group and qualify for the finals if they win all of their remaining games.



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Broos drops Onana from Cameroon squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 10:00


The Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have revealed the Indomitable Lions squad for the encounter against Algeria.

The Indomitable Lions are scheduled to host the Desert Foxes in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group B match on Saturday.

Algeria and Cameroon have both been knocked out of the qualifying race after losing to Zambia and Nigeria respectively last month.

The encounter between Algeria and Cameroon will take place at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in the capital city of Cameroon, Yaoundé.

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos has dropped Andre Onana, who plies his trade in Holland for Ajax Amsterdam as a goalkeeper.

France-based forward Clinton N’jie is back in the Indomitable Squad, while Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo is also part of the squad.

Full Squad:

Goalkeeper

1.Ondoa Frabrice (Sevilla FC, Spain)

2. Goda Jules (AC Ajaccio, France)

3. Bokwe Georges (Mjondalen, Norway)

Defenders

4. Ngadeu Ngadjui Michael (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

5. Teikeu Adolphe (FC Sochaux, France)

6. Mabouka Ernest (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

7. Castelleto Jean Charles (Brest, France)

8. Leuko Serge (CD Lugo, Spain)

9. Fai Collins (Standard of Liège, Belgium)

10. Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece)

11. Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA)

Midfielders

12. Mandjeck Georges (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

13. Siani Sébastien (KV Oostende, Belgium)

14. Franck Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, France)

15. Boumal Petrus (Urals, Russia)

Forwards

16. Njie Clinton (Marseille, France)

17. Aboubakar Vincent (FC Porto, Portugal)

18. Moukandjo Benjamin (Jiansung, China)

19. Bassogog Christian (Henan Jianye, China)

20. Nsame Jean Pierre (Young Boys, Switzerland)

21. Moumi Ngamaleu (Rheinorf, Austria)

22. Fabrice Olinga (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)

23. Pangop Frantz (Union of Douala, Cameroon)



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Madisha replaces suspended Mathoho in SA squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Motjeka Madisha of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Thabang Klaas of Polokwane City during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 09:00


South Africa international Erick Mathoho has been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad to face Burkina Faso in the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier as he has to serve his two-game suspension for the red card he received in the 2-1 loss to Cape Verde last month (1 September 2017).

Motjeka Madisha of Mamelodi Sundowns has been called up to replace Kaizer Chiefs central defender Mathoho. The defender was part of the 25-man squad called up by Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter, pending a decision from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (FDC), which sat on Friday, 28 September to deliberate on the match ban.

According to a communiqué from FIFA:

“Erick Mathoho is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 c) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code by committing an act of unsporting conduct against an opponent in the scope of the match played between the representative teams Cape Verde Islands and South Africa on 1 September 2017 within the frame of the Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.”

The player Erick Mathoho is suspended for two matches including the automatic match suspension, which was served in the match played between the representative teams of South Africa and Cape Verde Islands on 5 September 2017.

The following match suspension has to be served during the match to be played between the representative teams of South Africa and Burkina Faso, scheduled on 7 October 2017.

The player is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 5,000 in accordance with art.10 c) and art. 15 of the FIFA Disclipinary Committee (FDC). Mathoho has once again apologised to the nation for the incident.

“Words fail me when I think of the incident and the red card itself, but from the bottom of my heart I want to once again apologise for my actions – to the entire Bafana Bafana team and all the football loving fans,” said Mathoho on the South African Football Association (SAFA) website.

“Let me also take this opportunity to wish the team all the best against Burkina Faso in this crucial match. I know it’s not going to be easy but I have confidence that they will get positive results. We did not do well in the last two matches but I believe we will rise again, starting with this upcoming clash. Good luck to all.”

Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 1 October and will face the Burkinabe on Saturday, 7 October 2017 at FNB Stadium. Kickoff is at 15h00.

South Africa played to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou in October last year. Dean Furman scored for Bafana Bafana.

The West Africans remain unbeaten in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, on six points – level with Cape Verde, but Burkina Faso lead the group due to a better goal difference.

Senegal lies in third position with five points, while South Africa is bottom of the table with one point.



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Garry Rodrigues headlines Cape Verde squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Dean Furman of South Africa challenges Garry Rodrigues of Cape Verde during the World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Cape Verde on the 05 September 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 14:00


The Cape Verdean Football Federation (FCF) have named the Blue Sharks squad that will take on Senegal next month.

The two nations will meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group D match at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia, Cape Verde on Saturday, 7 October.

Midfielder Kevin Oliveira of Kansas City and central defender Admar of Sporting da Praia have been named in the squad.

Admar has been called by Cape Verde coach Luico Antunes as Greece-based defender Fernando Varela is out nursing an injury.

Garry Rodrigues, the Galatasaray forward, who netted twice against South Africa in two Group D matches earlier this month, is part of the squad.

The Blue Sharks will go top of group standings if they defeat Senegal and the other result between South Africa and Burkina Faso go their way.

List of 23 players :

Goalkeepers: Vozinha (AEL Limassol / Cyprus) and Márcio Rosa (Desportivo de Chaves / Portugal).

Defenders: Tiago Almeida (Polithenic Iasi / Romania), Ricardo (Paços de Ferreira / Portugal), Steven Pereira (MVV / Holland), Fernando Varela (PAOK / Greece), Vally Ponck (Sport of the Birds / Cape Verde) and Admar Almeida (Sporting of the Beach / Cape Verde).

Midfielders: Danilo da Cruz (Stade de Reims / France), Marco Soares (AEL Limassol / Cyprus), Platiny (Polithenic Iasi / Romania), Hélder Tavares (Tondela / Portugal), Jamiro Monteiro (Heracles / Holland), Nuno Rocha Babanco (Feirense / Portugal) and Kévin Oliveira (Kansas City / USA).

Forwards: Garry Rodrigues (Galatasaray / Turkey), Ryan Mendes (Kayserispor / Turkey), Nuno da Costa (Strasbourg / France), Ricardo Gomes (Nacional / Portugal) and Wuilito Fernandes (Orange County / USA).



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Burkina Faso announce squad for Bafana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso challenged by Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon SemiFinal match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 12:30


Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa next month, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte has announced his full squad.

In his 24-man squad, Duarte has included experienced campaigners such as Aristide Bance‚ Charles Kabore‚ Bakary Kone as well as the Traore brothers, Alain and Bertrand Traore.

On the other hand, clubless Jonathan Pitroipa has been overlooked while defender Patrick Malo has been dropped out for mistakes.

“Everyone makes mistakes‚ but Malo is making too many‚” said Duarte to the BBC.

“There’s one thing I will not tolerate and that is being unprofessional with a country’s dream to go to the World Cup.

“Malo is the player with whom I have most individual meetings in my squad. I communicate with him‚ one hour‚ two hours before the game.

“I emphasised to him: ‘no risk‚ no clumsy tackles‚ no dangerous pass in defence.’ But every time these words don’t get through.”

Squad

Goalkeepers:

Daouda Diakite (AS Vita Club‚ DR Congo)‚ Herve Koffi (Lille‚ France)‚ Germain Sanou (Beauvais‚ France)

Defenders:

Yacouba Coulibaly (Le Havre‚ France)‚ Bakary Kone (Strasbourg‚ France)‚ Mohamed Gnontcha Kone (Lokomotiv Tashkent‚ Uzbekistan)‚ Mohamed Ouattara (Wydad Casablanca‚ Morocco)‚ Dylan Ouedraogo (Monaco‚ France)‚ Issouf Paro (Niort‚ France)‚ Steeve Yago (Toulouse‚ France)

Midfielders:

Yaya Banhoro (Santos‚ Brazil)‚ Adama Guira (Aarhus‚ Denmark)‚ Charles Kabore (Krasnodar‚ Russia)‚ Stephane Aziz Ki (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Bakary Bouba Sare (Belenenses‚ Portugal)‚ Ousmane Junior Sylla (CS Constantine‚ Algeria)‚ Ibrahim Blati Toure (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Alain Traore (Al Markhiya‚ Qatar)

Forwards:

Aristide Bance (Al Masry‚ Egypt)‚ Cyrille Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol‚ Moldavia)‚ Banou Diawara (Smouha‚ Egypt)‚ Anthony Koura (Nancy‚ France)‚ Prejuce Nakoulma (Nantes‚ France)‚ Bertrand Traore (Lyon, France)



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Iwobi included in Nigeria squad for crucial clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi (right) and Manchester City‘s Kelechi Iheanacho

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 10:00


The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have revealed the Super Eagles squad that will lock horns with Zambia next month.

The two nations will square off in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group B match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Saturday, 7 October.

England-based forward Alex Iwobi, who did not feature in Nigeria’s two Group B matches against Cameroon earlier this month, has been called up.

Nigeria senior players such as John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa have all been named in the 23-man squad.

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Afeez Aremu are the two home-based players, who were called up by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the crucial clash.

If the Super Eagles defeat Zambia’s Chipolopolo, they will qualify for next year’s finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)



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Brian Mandela left out of Kenya squad – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 10:00


Kenya head coach Stanley Okumbi has excluded several foreign-based players from the squad that will travel to Asia for friendly matches next month.

The Harambee Stars are scheduled to lock horns with Iraq and Thailand on October 5 and October 8, 2017 respectively in Asia during the the FIFA international break.

Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela have all been left out of the squad as they are currently out injured, while Belgium-based Johanna Omollo misses out due to club commitments.

According to the Football Kenya Federation, (FKF) due to the KPL fixture congestion, local-based players are set to report to camp on the evening of October 1, 2017, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before departure on October 2, 2017. Foreign-based players will link up with the team in Iraq

Travelling Party

Goalkeepers

Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)

Defenders

Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)

Midfielders

Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)

Strikers

John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)

Technical Bench

Stanley Okumbi (First Coach), Musa Otieno (Assistant Coach), Frank Ouna (Assistant Coach), Haggai Azende (GoalKeepers Coach), Mikael Igendia (Strength and Conditioning), Wycliff Omom (Team Doctor), Benson Otieno (Kit Manager)



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Le Roy announces Togo squad for Iran friendly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 19:00


The Togolese squad that will face Iran next month has been announced by coach Claude Le Roy.

The Sparrow Hawks are scheduled to face off with Iran in an friendly match during the FIFA international break which will take place between 2-10 October, 2017.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Mathieu Dossevi and Laba Fodoh are some of the established players, who were named in the 23-man squad.

South African-based duo Sadat Ouro-Akoriko and Dove Wome have also been called up by the French tactician.

Togo will use the friendly match as preparation for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Benin.

The qualifier is scheduled to take place in Togo in March, 2018 and both teams are in Group D which also includes Algeria and Gambia.

Goalkeepers

1) Abotchi Dové (AS Togo Port – Togo)

2) Alhassani Dida Fatoa (Liberty – Ghana)

3) Bassa Djeri Sabirou (Gbikinti – Togo)

Defenders

4) Djene Dakonam (Getafe – Spain)

5) Issifou Bourahama (AS Togo – Togo)

6) Kouloun Maklibè (Dyto – Togo)

7) Lawson Steve (Neuchatel Xamax – Switzerland)

8) Ouro-Sama Hakim (Togo Port – Togo)

9) Ouro-Akoriko Sadat (AmaZulu FC – South Africa)

10) Wilson Akakpo (Al Masry – Egypt)

Midfielders

11) Agbegniadan Komlan (Wafa – Ghana)

12) Atakora Lalawélé (Adana Demirsport – Turkey)

13) Atchou Franco (Enyimba – Nigeria)

14) Ayite Floyd (Fulham – England)

15) Bebou Ihlas (Hannover 96 – Germany)

16) Dossevi Mathieu (FC Metz – France)

17) Nya-Vedji Elom (Foot-Togo Planet – Togo )

18) Seko Atsou Serge (Progresso – Angola)

19) Dove Wome (SuperSport United – South Africa)

20) Yenoussi Guillaume (Dyto – Togo)

Strikers

21) Adebayor Emmanuel Shéyi (İstanbul Başakşehir – Turkey)

22) Laba Kodjo Fo-Doh (RS Berkane – Morocco)

23) Mlapa Peniel (Dresden – Germany)



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Aliou Cisse to name squad for Cape Verde clash on Wednesday – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 17:00


Aliou Cisse will on Wednesday name his squad for Senegal’s clash away to Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed that the Teranga Lions’ list of players will be unveiled on September 20.

Senegal are set to face the Blue Sharks at the National Stadium in Praia on October 7. They are placed third on Group D on five points though they have a game in hand on co-leaders Burkina Faso and Cape Verde (six points each).

This follows FIFA’s decision to annul Senegal’s 2-1 loss away to South Africa last year. The match will be replayed in November and could be decisive in terms of which teams qualifies for Russia 2018.

Senegal’s squad list may well included the name of Torino forward M’Baye Niang. The 22-year-old has represented France at junior international level, but it still eligible to switch his allegiance to the West African country.



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Yusuf names strong Nigeria squad for WAFU Cup of Nations – African Football


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 16:00


The Super Eagles squad for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations has been revealed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Ghana between 9th-24th September.

Salisu Yusuf, the Nigeria assistant coach, will be in charge of the squad at the West African tournament.

The tactician has selected goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, and 16 other players for the competition.

Nigeria will play Sierra Leone in the first round of the tournament (which is a knock –out) on Saturday, before eight teams emerge for a group phase competition.

Nigeria squad

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Osas Okoro (Rangers International); Adeleye Olamilekan (FC IfeanyiUbah); Daniel James (Plateau United)

Midfielders: Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors); Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)

Forwards: Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars); Peter Eneji (Plateau United); Ubong Friday (Akwa United); Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)



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Choupo-Moting named in Cameroon squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Cameroon striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has choosen club ahead of country

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 13:00


The Cameroon squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria has been announced.

The Indomitable Lions will face Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Uyo on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Yaounde three days later.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has retained the core of the squad that represented Cameroon at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo who plays for Jiansung in China, is part of the squad, while new Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has also been called up.

The reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Cameroon are placed second on the Group B standings with two points from two games.

Group leaders Nigeria have six points from two matches with four games left. Only the group leaders will qualify for the finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.

Full Squad:

1. Ondoa Frabrice (FC Seville, Spain)

2. Goda Jules (AC Ajaccio, France)

3. Bokwe Georges (Mjondalen, Norway)

4. Ngadeu Ngadjui Michael (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

5. Teikeu Adolphe (Sochaux, France)

6. Mabouka Ernest (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

7. Castelletto Jean Charles (Brest, France)

8. Leuko Serge (CD Lugo, Spain)

9. Fai Collins (Liège Standard, Belgium)

10. Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece)

11. Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA)

12. Djoum Suitchuin Giles Arnaud (Hearts, Scotland)

13. Mandjeck Georges (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

14. Siani Sébastien (KV Oostende, Belgium)

15. Franck Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, France)

16. Choupo Moting (Stoke City, England)

17. Aboubakar Vincent (FC Porto, Portugal)

18. Moukandjo Benjamin (Jiansung, China)

19. Bassogog Christian (Henan Jianye, China)

20. Toko Ekambi Karl (FC Angers, France)

21. Nsame Jean Pierre (Young Boys, Switzerland)

22. Moumi Ngamaleu (Rheinorf, Austria)

23. Fabrice Olinga (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)



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Burkina Faso squad announced by Paulo Duarte – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Alain Traore of Burkina Faso celebrates with teammates 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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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 12:00


Burkina Faso head coach Paulo Duarte has named the Stallions squad ahead of their two crucial matches with Senegal.

The Stallions will lock horns with Senegal’s Lions of Teranga both home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

The Lions of Teranga are scheduled to host Burkina Faso in Dakar on 2nd September 2017, while the return leg match will be played in Ouagadougou three days later.

Portuguese tactician Duarte has surprisingly left out Burkina Faso’s talisman Jonathan Pitroipa, who is currently without a club.

The Stallions are sitting at the top of the Group D standings with four points with four matches left. Only the group leaders will qualify.

Burkina Faso are also set to take part in the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup which will be hosted by Ghana. The regional tournament will be run from September 9 and 24.

Full squad:

Moussa Germain Sanou (Beauvais / France)

Daouda Diakité (AS Vita Club / DR Congo)

Hervé Kouakou Koffi (Lille / France)

Defenders

Dylan Ouédraogo (U19 Monaco / France)

Issouf Paro (Niort / France )

Arnaud Patrick Malo (Smouah / Egypt)

Issoufou Dayo (Racing Club de Berkane / Morocco)

Mohamed Ouattara (WAC Casablanca / Morocco)

Yacouba Coulibaly (Le Havre / France)

Steeve Farid Yaogo (Toulouse / France)

Midfielders

Ibrahim Blati Touré (Omonia Nicosia / Cyprus)

Cyrille Barros Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol / Moldova)

Charles Kaboré (Krasnordar / Russia)

Alain Sibiri Traoré (Al Markhiya / Qatar)

Aziz Stéphane Ki

Youse Banhoro (Santos / Brazil)

Anthony Koura (Nancy / France)

Attackers

Prejuce Nakoulma (Nantes FC / France)

Aristide Bancé (Al Masry / Egypt)

Isidore Bertrand Traore (Lyon / France)

Banou Diawara (Smouah / Egypt)

Abdoul Gafar Sirima Tamboc / Russia)



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Black Stars name 24-man squad for World Cup qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey (2-R)

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 19:00


James Kwesi Appiah has named a 24-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo.

Ghana will host their Group E rivals for the first match in Kumasi on September 1, with the return game four days later in Brazzaville.

Appiah has included two uncapped players in the shape of Edwin Gyasi and Gideon Waja, while the likes of Alfred Duncan, Christian Atsu and Jeffrey Schlupp make a welcome return to the squad.

However, there is still no place for the likes of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Adam Kwarasey, while Kwadwo Asamoah is still absent despite his promise that he would soon make himself available for the national team again.

Veteran striker and captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the squad, with West Ham United midfielder Andre Ayew as his deputy.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana FC,Ghana).

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus,USA) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal) Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace, England) John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Daniel Amartey (Leicester,England) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew,USA) Nicholas Opoku (Club Africaine, Tunisia), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey).

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Andre Ayew (West Ham Utd, England), Kwadwo Poku (Miami FC, USA), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Edwin Gyasi (Aalesund FC, Norway), Gideon Waja (WAFA, Ghana), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, UK), Raphael Gyamera (FC Zurich, Switzerland).



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Adebayor and Wome named in Togo squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 16:00


Togo head coach Claude Le Roy has named a strong squad ahead of the national team’s two international friendly matches.

Nicknamed the Hawks, Togo are scheduled to host Niger and Malawi on 31 August 2017 and 4 September 2017 respectively.

The Hawks are preparing for the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup finals which will be hosted by Ghana between 9-24 September 2017.

The experienced French tactician has named several home based players like Sabirou Bassa Djeri and Hakim Ouro-Sama amongst others.

Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togo captain, and Dove Wome, who is based in South Africa, have both been called up by Le Roy.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: ABOTCHI Dové (AS TOGO PORT-TOGO), ALHASSANI Dida Fatoa (LIBERTY-GHANA), BASSA DJERI Sabirou (GBIKINTI-TOGO)

Defenders: DOUHADJI Yaovi Joseph (RIVERS UTD-NIGERIA), DJENE Dakonam (GETAFE-SPAIN), GBEGNON Simon (BEZIERS- FRANCE), ISSIFOU Bourahama (AS TOG PORT-TOGO), KOULOUN Maklibè (DYTO-TOGO), LAWSON Steve XAMAX – SWITZERLAND), OURO-SAMA Hakim (TOGO-PORT-TOGO)

Midfielders: AGBEGNIADAN Komlan (WAFA-GHANA), ATAKORA Lalawélé (ADANA DEMIRSPOR-TURKEY), ATCHOU Franco (ENYIMBA-NIGERIA), BEBOU Ihlas (FORTUNA DUSSELDORF – GERMANY), DOSSEVI Mathieu (STANDARD-BELGIUM) (PLANET FOOT-TOGO), SEKO Atsou Serge (PROGRESSO-ANGOLA), WOME DOVÉ (SUPERSPORT United-SOUTH AFRICA), YENOUSSI Guillaume (DYTO-TOGO)

Forwarders: ADEBAYOR Emmanuel Shéyi (BASAKSEHIR-TURKEY), LABA Kodjo Fo-Doh (RS BERKANE-MOROCCO), MLAPA Peniel (BOCHUM-GERMANY), SEWONOU Koidjo (AS TOGO PORT-TOGO)



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Gernot Rohr names Daniel Akpeyi in Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 14:00


Nigerian internationals John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo have both been named in the Super Eagles squad.

The Super Eagles will face Cameroon, who are the reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions, in back to back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has also named goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who was criticised after Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to South Africa in the 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo last June.

Uche Agbo, Henry Onyekuru, Kenneth Omeruo, Aaron Samuel, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Eze and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi are placed on standby.

Nigeria will host the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Yaounde on 4 September 2017.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)



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Uganda name squad for Rwanda clash – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 17:00


As they finalise their preparations for their 2018 CAF African nations Championships Qualifiers clash against Rwanda, Uganda coach Moses Basena has announced the squad to face Amavubi.

The Cranes head to Kigali at the back of a 3-0 win at home in the first leg and will now hope to secure a spot at the tournament in Kenya.

Skipper Bernard Muwanga has promised to command his team to glory against the Amavubi so as to feature at the CHAN 2018 in Kenya.

“The captain is a commander, and the commander is rated after the war. Therefore I’m looking forward to be rated the best after this war against Rwanda” Muwanga told FUFA website.

Muwanga insists that there is no need to sit back and relax because of the 3-0 lead in Kampala whilst Basena stated that they will not take Rwanda lightly.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ismael Watenga, Benjamin Ochan

Outfield players: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Deus Bukenya, Isaac Muleme, Martin Kizza, Bernard Muwanga, Timothy Awany, Paul Musamali, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shafic Kagimu, Tom Masiko, Paul Mucureezi, Milton Karisa, Simon Serukuma, Moses Waiswa, Erisa Ssekisambu and Derrick Nsibambi

The encounter is set to be staged on Saturday at Kigali Regional Stadium, Nyamirambo getting underway at 16:00 (CAT).



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Al Ahly coach names 23-man squad for Egypt Cup final


by
Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 19:00


Al Ahly coach Hossam El Badry has named his squad ahead of the Egypt Cup final against Al Masry on Tuesday.

The teams will meet at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria, with kick-off set for 20h00 tomorrow night.

Having won the Egyptian Premier League title in style, the Red Devils are looking to claim a league and cup ‘double’.

However, it has been 10 years since Ahly last won the Egypt Cup – a competition they have claimed a record 35 times.

El Badry has named a squad which excludes Saad Samir and Karim Nedved due to injury, while Amr Barakat, Hussein El-Sayed and Omar Radwan have also been left out.

Al Ahly squad for Egypt Cup final:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Adel Abdel-Moneim, Mohamed El-Shennawy

Defenders: Mohamed Naguib, Ramy Rabia, Mohamed Hany, Bassem Ali, Ali Maaloul, Ahmed Fathi, Sabry Raheel

Midfielders: Hossam Ghaly, Amr El-Sulaya, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Saleh Gomaa, Momen Zakaria, Walid Soliman, Mido Gaber, Akram Tawfik, Ahmed Hamoudi

Forwards: Emad Meteb, Amr Gamal, Junior Ajayi



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