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South Africa beat Botswana in 2018 Women’s U17 WC qualifier


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Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 11:00


The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) defeated Botswana 5-1 in the first leg first round of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday, 1 December 2017.

With this being a new squad, South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu gave debuts to 11 players, and they did not disappoint.

Goals from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade as well as an own goal from Tshegofatso Mosotho were enough to see South Africa take a healthy lead going into the second leg which will be played in two weeks time.

Bantwana started on a high grabbing the first goal in the first minute of play through Dlamini, before Mzoneli made it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

But a minute later the hosts pulled one back when Leungo Senwelo latched on to a defence splitting pass and pushed the ball past an advancing Kaydee Windvogel in the Bantwana goals.

Four minutes before the half time whistle, South Africa extended their lead through and own goal by Tshegofatso Mosotho – leaving the score at 3-1.

In the second stanza, Bantwana continued where they left off in the first half and increased their lead to 4-1 from a Miche Minnies goal in the 56th minute.

Five minutes later South Africa was awarded a free kick and Jessica Wade took it brilliantly to beat Atang Sedimonyane in the Botswana goals.

In the 73rd minute Bantwana captain Kaylin Jordaan was adjudged to have fouled her opponent and Botswana were awarded a penalty.

Esalenna Galekhutle stepped up to take it but Windvogel pulled off a beautiful save to keep the scored at 5-1 to Bantwana.

South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu made two substitutions bringing Holweni for Mzoneli and Micaela Nunens for Wade.

Bantwana travel back to South Africa on Saturday, 2 December. The second leg will be played on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.



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Mali wrap up 2018 WC Qualifiers without a win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Mamadi Fofana of Mali challenged by Gabriel Leveh of Ghana during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ghana and Mali at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 19:06


Mali played to a dull 0-0 draw in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Gabon at Stade de Franceville on Saturday.

The stalemate in front of the away crowds leaves the Malians sitting at the bottom of the standings with four points after six matches.

However with both camps desperately chasing a win, the encounter started on a low note as both sides employed a cautious approach and chances were few and far in the first 10-15 minutes.

But it was the Les Aigles who dominated the proceedings in as far as the ball possession is concerned, yet they were not clinical upfront to grab the lead.

Both camps had a number of attempts at goal, with both sharing four, there were none on target and both goalkeepers, Didier Ovono and Djigui Diarra, were not tested in the opening half.

There were no goals at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second half, coach Yacouba Sylla’s charges pushed forward in search of their opening goal, yet they were unable to break the stubborn Panthers’ defence.

Coach Jorge Costa introduced changes after 10 minutes into the second half, but they were not decisive in the final third to break the deadlock.

With the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosts struggling to find the back of the net, the stalemate sees them consolidating the third spot in the group.

In their campaign, Gabon have won one match, drew three and lost two matches.

Gabon 0

Mali 0

Gabon: Ovono, Ondele, Assoumou (Obambou 74′), Ecuele, Obiang, Palun, Madinda, Meye, Otoo (Biteghe 87′), Biyogho, Ameka (Boupendza 54′)

Mali: Diarra, Kone, Samassekou, Niane, Doumbia, Wague, A. Traore (Djenepo 71′), Sacko, Traore, Bissouma (Diarra 71′), Fofana



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WC U17: Mali 5 – 1 Iraq – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 18:30


That’s all from the DY Patil Stadium where Mali beat Iraq 5-1 in an entertaining match. Mali book their place to the quarter-finals, while Iraq are eliminated from the competition.

Lineups:

Mali XI: Koita, Konate, Kane, Diaby, Haidara, Samake, Traore, Giddou, Camara, N’Diaye, Drame.

Iraq XI: Jabbar, Jabbar, Abdulsada, Abdulabbas Ayad, Albaqer, Ridha, Shakir, Ali, Kareem, Kareem, Adnan.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Mali 5-1 Iraq.

94 +4′ – GOAL! Mali 5-1 Iraq. N’Diaye grabs his brace in stoppage time.

90′ – Iraq sub: Khaled IN, Kareem OUT.

88′ – GOAL! Mali 4-1 Iraq. Seme Camara fires past Jabbar with a left-footed effort.

85′ – GOAL! Mali 3-1 Iraq. Kareem scores a late goal with his right foot.

82′ – Mali sub: S. Camara IN, Traore OUT.

80′ – Mali sub: Sidibe IN, Camara OUT.

75′ – Iraq forward Kareem is caught offside as the the Asians look to pull one back.

73′ – GOAL! Mali 3-0 Iraq. Konate beats Jabbar with a right-footed shot.

70′ – 20 minutes left for Iraq to pull one back, but Mali keeper Koita and his defence have done well thus far.

69′ – Mali sub: Doucoure IN, Giddou OUT.

65′ – Iraq sub: Muntadher IN, Ridha OUT.

60′ – It’s still 2-0 to Mali as we reach the hour-mark.

55′ – Maytham Jabbar misses the target with a header as Iraq look to apply some pressure on Mali.

50′ – Mali goalkeeper Koita is called into action and he denies Iraq forward Ridha.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Iraq sub: Raad IN, Abdulsada OUT.

45′ – Half-Time: Mali 2-0 Iraq.

40′ – Drame tries to extend Mali’s lead, but his right footed shot narrowly misses the target.

35′ – The 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Mali are in complete control of this match.

33′ – GOAL! Mali 2-0 Iraq. This time it’s N’Diaye with a good header.

30′ – Mali’s pressure finally paid off and Drame beat Iraq goalkeeper Jabbar with a well-taken shot.

25′ – GOAL! Mali 1-0 Iraq. Drame scores with a right footed shot.

20′- Mali foward N’Diaye’s header from very close range narrowly misses the target.

15′ – Mali qualified for the Last 16 after finishing second in Group B, while Iraq were Group F runners-up.

10′ – Drame, the Malian forward, is looking lively – he’s keeping the Iraq defence very busy.

5′ – Mali are pushing for an ealy goal against their Asian counterparts.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Diego Maradona backs Egypt to reach 2018 WC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda tries to challenge Mohamed Salah of Egypt

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 11:37


Argentina and one of the world’s football icons, Diego Maradona, reveals his wish to see Egypt qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Coached by a fellow Argentine, the Pharaohs are on the verge of making history to reach the global showpiece after a 28-year absence.

Hector Cuper’s side meet the Red Devils of Congo on Sunday hoping to secure a spot in Russia, but will have to bag a win in Alexandria.

ZINEDINE FERHAT DELIGHTED TO BE BACK IN ALGERIA’S SQUAD

The Pharaohs currently sit first in Group E with nine points and are in prime position to qualify with two matches left against Congo at home and away to Ghana.

“I would like to greet Egyptian fans. I hope the Egyptian national team can qualify to the World Cup,” Maradona told ON Sport.

“I hope Egyptians can enjoy such a celebration in peace.”



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Guinea lose U-20 WC opener to S. Korea


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday May 20, 2017. 15:26


Goals from Lee Seungwoo, Lim Minhyeaok and Paik Seungho downed Guinea 3-0 in the 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup Group A match staged at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Saturday.

The win takes the hosts to the second spot with three points and three goals, equal with England as leaders in the group.

Coach Mandjou Diallo took the matters to their hosts as they managed to absorb the pressure and had some good touches going forward.

However, it was Momo Yansane who took a brilliant shot in the 12th minute when he managed to evade his marker, yet he failed to hit the target as it went over the crossbar.

Goalkeeper Moussa Camara was called to action in the 23rd minute when Korea whipped in a dangerous set piece, the 18-year-old keeper punched the danger away.

Towards the 30th minute, consecutive errors by Camara nearly allowed the hosts to score when Lee Sangheon’s header went wide as he tried to catch the keeper out of his line.

With nine minutes to go to the interval, Barceloná’s Lee Seungwoo broke the deadlock as he unleashed a fine strike from the d-line to beat Camara on his right corner, 1-0 to Korea Republic.

On the stroke of half time, the hosts doubled their lead through Lee Youngwook, who finished from close range, but it was later disallowed by the video review panel of referees.

It was 1-0 at half time.

The opposite half failed to create some sparks in the opening stages with the hosts playing from the back to invite the West Africans.

Following good passing in the midfield, Guinea were awarded a set piece and they quickly took it, allowing Yansane to see his well struck attempt saved by Song Bumkeun.

Lim Minhyeaok made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 76th minute when he showed great composure after receiving a wonderful through pass from Seungwoo – the substitute beat Camara with a low shot.

Things became more harder for the Africans as Paik Seungho made it 3-0 with a cool finish from close range after receiving a brilliant header crossing from the left wing.

In the last two minutes, Mamadou Kane showed some great skill in the middle of the field, beating his marker, yet he failed to beat keeper Bumkeun, who swallowed the shot.

However, the loss condemns the Young Menas to the bottom of the log table with zero points from one game, and they will now hope to beat England on Tuesday.



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Guinea eyeing U-20 WC win over S. Korea – 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup


Yamodou Toure of Guinea celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Egypt at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday May 19, 2017. 09:00


Guinea will chase a win as they meet South Korea in their opening 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup Group A match on Saturday.

The Young Menas will be banking on their U-20 2017 Africa Cup of Nations run as they managed to book a spot in the world’s junior tournament.

They reached the semifinals in Zambia back in March and will be inspired to cause an upset against the hosts come Saturday.

Coach Mandjou Diallo is aware that his team carries the hopes of the nation and the continent – and the chance to win their opening match is set to be a huge motivation.

Guinea beat South Africa in the third-place play-off of the continental tournament and will be banking players such as Naby Bangourra and Morlaye Sylla to inspire the team.

However, looking at the hosts, coach Shin Tae-Yong believes their preparations are spot on, but it was difficult to analyse Guinea.

“We were able to call up the player 10 days ahead of our original schedule, thanks to universities and football clubs,” he said.

“It gave the players time to improve their stamina and helped me to organize the team step by step.

“If we played the friendlies without having enough preparation time, we probably would have had some injured players.

“It’s difficult to find video of Guinea’s friendly matches, but I think they’re similar to Senegal, so we must be aware of the quickness of their strikers.”

Ahead of the tournament, the hosts beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 and bagged a 2-0 win over Uruguay last week, before picking up a 2-2 draw with Senegal.

Coach Shin will pin his hopes on his two Barcelona players such as Lee Seung-Woo (known as the Korean Messi) and midfielder Paik Seung-Ho to unlock the stubborn Guinea defence.

The match is set to staged at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju on Saturday afternoon, 13:00 CAT.



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