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Africa’s 2018 World Cup teams to receive $500,000 – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia


CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 12:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give US$500,000 to each the of the continent’s 2018 FIFA World Cup teams.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will receive the money ahead of next year’s finals in Russia.

CAF released the following statement on their official website.

“At its last meeting held on 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to map out a kind of support to be provided to African representatives to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

“The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia, on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 1 December 2017.

“At the meeting, it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.

“In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “fieldwiz” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players,” a statement read.



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African teams learn 2018 World Cup group rivals – 2018 FIFA World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:37


The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals was conducted at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday.

Thirty-two teams including five African nations were drawn into eight groups of four.

Egypt, who qualified for the finals for the first time since 1990, were pitted against Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and the host nation, Russia.

Their North African rivals Morocco were drawn into Group B along with Portugal, Spain and Iran. Morocco will make their sixth appearance in the finals next year.

Three-time African champions Nigeria, who will also make their sixth appearance in the finals next year, were drawn into Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

North African giants Tunisia were pitted against Panama, England and Belgium in Group G. Tunisia qualified for the finals for the first time since 2006.

Lastly, West African side Senegal are in Group H along with Poland, Colombia and Japan. Senegal will make their second appearance in the finals in Russia.

Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C – France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D – Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan



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Ghana U-17 coach plays down his team’s chances – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 13:00


Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin, the coach of Ghana’s U-17 team, has played down their chances of winning the U-17 World Cup which kicks off this weekend.

The Black Starlets will open the tournament in India by playing in the first Group A match against Colombia in New Delhi on Friday.

Ghana are two-time winners of the U-17 World Cup (1991 & 1995), though they are appearing at the global tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Black Starlets’ pedigree in the tournament and their strong showing at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year has raised hopes that they will be one of the strongest contenders.

But coach Fabin insists that his job is to develop players for the senior Black Stars side, not win trophies.

“I don’t like it when people try to put pressure on the boys,” Fabin said on GHOne TV.

“When you talk about the U-17 tournament, you’re talking about developing players for the future than aiming for the trophy.

“I was so delighted to see five of my players from the 2013 squad handed call-ups into the senior national team; it’s great, it means one thing – which is development.

“This is the notion behind what we’re building.”

Ghana will clash with Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.



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