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German coach Joachim Loew wary of Morocco – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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German coach Joachim Loew wary of Morocco

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 11:30


Germany coach Joachim Loew says Morocco will be a difficult opponent at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after doing well in the qualifiers.

The manager singled out Herve Renard’s men as a threat from the African continent.

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Die Mannschaft lifted the crown in Brazil two years ago after beating Argentina in the final and Loew was speaking about their chances of retaining the Jules Rimet trophy.

”We know some very good teams from all over the World are coming, like in Africa Morocco did well in the qualifying series and they will be the team most people would be expecting to pull surprises from Africa,” said Loew.

Although Nigeria were the first African nation to qualify for the World Cup the Atlas Lions, just like the Super Eagles, stayed undefeated throughout the qualifiers and didn’t concede a single goal.

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Fadlu Davids wary of SuperSport threat – MTN8 2017

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 10:00


Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids is wary of the threat posed by SuperSport United ahead of their MTN8 second-leg semifinal clash in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening.

The Team of Choice play host to Matsatsantsa this weekend with the first-leg in Atteridgeville having ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Davids, though, is not getting carried away just yet knowing that a goal for the visitors will swing the tie right into their favour.

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“Yes we have an away goal, but we know that if SuperSport are to score that will really put us on the back foot,” said Davids. “We know a 0-0 draw will take us through, but other than that we have to go out there and make sure we win.

“SuperSport’s quality has to be respected,” he concluded.

Moreover, club captain Denis Weidlich praised his troops togetherness. The KwaZulu-Natal side headed into the recent international break unbeaten, with two wins from their opening two games also propelling them to the top of the Absa Premiership standings.

“We are a team, we win or lose together. The technical team constantly remind us that we have to play as a unit and I think that has been helping us.

“We are not only playing football, but we are happy playing together and I think that has been a huge contribution to our good start,” the German-born defender added.

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Ivory Coast coach Wilmots wary of Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 14:30


Ivory Coast head coach Marc Wilmots says he respects Gabon even without their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Borussia Dortmund forward was left out of the Gabon squad that will face Ivory Coast in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifiers.

The Panthers of Gabon will host Ivory Coast’s Elephants at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville on Saturday.

”Our goal is to make a good match with a good result,” Wilmots said on NPA News.

“I watched the last game of Gabon against Mali, without Aubameyang.

The return leg match will be played at the Stade Bouake in Bouake, Ivory Coast next week Tuesday.

“It’s a good team that kept the Malians high. With or without Aubameyang,” the Belgian tactician added.

“We respect Gabon. And then, I also have absentees.”

Ivory Coast will be without injured duo Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodja.

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Wedson Nyirenda wary of Algeria threat – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 09:00


With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers taking the centre stage this weekend, Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda expects a thrilling affair against Algeria.

Nyirenda believes the match will not be an easy contest as they welcome the Desert Foxes on Saturday.

Although he wants a victory at home, the former Chipolopolo striker expects his men to approach the contest with caution.

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“Algeria are a strong side and we will have to approach them with a lot of caution but we do not fear them, we just respect them,” Nyirenda said to the Daily Mail.

“It is not going to be an easy engagement for us. We have totally a new team, a mixture of young boys and seniors. We hope to blend them.

“I can see great sparks from the boys U20, this is a group which has nothing to lose but everything to give.”

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier will be staged at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday at 15:00 (CAT).

AfricanFootball.com will bring you a LIVE Play-By-Play of the match.

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Ricardo Mannetti wary of Zimbabwe in Harare

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 15:00


Namibia national team coach Ricardo Mannetti says he is content with their 1-0 win over Zimbabwe and couldn’t ask for more.

A solitary goal through Hendrick Somaeb ensured the Brave Warriors claimed a win in the first leg of their 2018 CAF Africa Championships qualifier this past Sunday.

Although the hosts will travel to Harare and honour the second leg this weekend, Mannetti remains wary of the dangers his counterparts possess.

“I can’t be greedy and ask for more. This victory was long overdue and when Somaeb scored, I prayed and hoped that Zimbabwe don’t spoil the brilliant goal and the memorable occasion for all of us,” said the coach.

“We played well and got the result, we now have to prepare for the second leg and again we remain underdogs and have to play above ourselves again like we did today.

“They will be at home and have depth and we have to counter that.”

Speaking after the win, skipper Ronald Ketjijere emphasised on the need to prepare for the tough encounter as he praised goalkeeper, Lodyt Kazapua.

“We played against giants today and after a very tough first half we had to keep the ball down and play on their ground and in the end we got the goal and now the second half will be a different game and we remain committed,” said the skipper.

“Our goalkeeper really kept us in the game and the support from the public today was exceptional as well and I thank everyone for coming today and means a lot to us.”

Namibia and Zimbabwe will renew their rivalry on Sunday, 23 July at the Harare Sports Stadium for the second leg and the winner will face either Comoros or Lesotho in the third and final round to Kenya 2018.

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