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Tiemogo: Niger will make people talk in India – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 18:00


Niger coach Soumaila Tiemogo says he cannot guarantee that the Junior Menas will go on to win the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup title in India.

The Junior Menas made history when they qualified for the finals for the first time after finishing fourth at the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

As a result, Niger were pitted against Korea DPR, Brazil and Spain in Group D, and Tiemogo spoke to FIFA.com ahead of the global competition.

“Unlike senior level, when you know who the star players are, it’s harder to judge in youth football,” said Tiemogo.

“If you asked Niger to knock out Ghana or Gabon at senior level, you’d doubt they could do it. But that’s just what we did at junior level. There’s a lot of talent in Niger.”

The Junior Menas will take on Korea in their first Group D match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India on Saturday.

“I can’t guarantee that we’ll go on and win the competition but I can guarantee that we’ll make people talk about us, just like we did in Africa,” he added.

“Maybe we can’t work miracles, but we can do our best.”

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Rwanda FA president dismisses corruption talk

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 14:30


President of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Vincent Nzamwita has denied that he embezzled money belonging to the Federation.

Speaking to AfricanFootball.com on Monday, Nzamiwta, who will be seeking re-election for another term in office, said although some of his executive members are pointing fingers at him, he is an open leader who has changed football in Rwanda.

The Federation Vice president Vedaste Kayiranga and FA lawyer Emmanuel Ndagijimana three days ago asked Nzamwita to explain the irregulatities on the US$100,000 sent by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).

Nzamwita was given an ultimatum to account by August 29th. The members said the FA President misused the funds, also failing to clear taxes due to the Rwanda Tax Authorities.

“I have not misappropriated any money, I sent a request to the federation Finance Manager to deposit US$20,000 on my personal account because it is the money which was promised by CAF as bonus for each president of the member federations. And that is what was done,” he explained.

Although Nzamwita is credited for achieving several aspects to change Rwanda Football including hosting the 2016 CHAN and signing several MOU’s with the Moroccan FA, Germany FA and also on-going construction of a modern hotel to help generate finances for the FA, many also think he has under scored in certain aspects like youth development programmes.

But Nzamwita thinks with the many relationships he has created with the new CAF and FIFA leadership and programmes laid down for the next four years, Rwanda Football will keep getting better. Rwanda is also preparing to bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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