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Cameroon, Cape Verde and Senegal Remain On Course Tags: CAF Cameroon Cape Verde Senegal Sports Football

Cameroon, Cape Verde and Senegal maintained their winning momentum in the qualifiers with victories in Day Two (Wednesday) of the journey for places at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.

There were also wins for Algeria, Congo and Tunisia, who cemented their places at the summit of their respective groups.

Seven-time winners, Egypt succumbed to their second successive loss, after North African fellows Tunisia pip them 1-0 in Cairo, just as former winners Ethiopia and Sudan.

Below is the round-up of the groups

Group A
Congo cruised to their second win of the campaign beating Sudan 2-0 in Pointe-Noire. Ferebory Dore and Prince Oniangue scored in either half to power Diables Rouges to the summit of the group with the maximum six points from two games.
Elsewhere in Cape Town, South Africa were held to a barren draw by African champions, Nigeria.

Results
Pointe-Noire    Congo 2-0 Sudan
Cape Town    South Africa 0-0 Nigeria

Group B
Ethiopia crushed to their second defeat losing 3-2 to Malawi in Blantyre. Atusaye Nyondo scored a brace and the other from Frank Banda, the other scorer whilst Getaneh Kebede and Yussuf Saleh were on target for the Ethiopians
Carl Medjani’s goal seven minutes from was enough to hand Algeria a lone goal win over visiting Mali in Blida.

Results
Blantyre    Malawi 3-2 Ethiopia
Blida     Algeria 1-0 Mali

Group C
Les Etalons of Burkina Faso brought Luanda to a sleep beating the Palancas Negras 3-0. Striker Aristide Bance scored two minutes to half time before Jonathan Pitroipa increased the tally four minutes from the break. Pitroipa wrapped up the game with the third goal on 57 minutes.
Elsewhere, Lesotho were held 1-1 by Gabon in Maseru. Emmanuel Lekhanya opened the scores for the hosts on 65 minutes only for Levy Madinda to restore parity three minutes from time. 

Results
Luanda    Angola 0-3 Burkina Faso
Maseru    Lesotho 1-1 Gabon

Group D
Cameroon tore apart Cote d’Ivoire 4-1 in Yaounde with in-form Clinton N’jie and Vincent Aboubakar netting a brace each. Yaya Toure’s 25 minute served the consolation for the Elephants.
A goal each in the second half from Firmin Mubele and Jeremy Bokila gifted DR Congo a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone in Lubumbashi. The Leone Stars, who were hosting the game in Lubumbashi due to the outbreak of Ebola in their country, are pointless after the two opening games. 

Results
Yaounde    Cameroon 4-1 Cote d’Ivoire
Lubumbashi    Sierra Leone 0-2 DR Congo

Group E
Uganda moved to the summit of the group thanks to a first half brace by Geoffrey Massa powered them to a 2-0 win over Guinea in Kampala.
Elsewhere in Lome, Frank Atsu scored a late winner for Ghana’s Black Stars to edge neighbours Togo in a five-goal thriller. The Togolese went up after only 11 minutes through Floyd Ayite. Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan restored parity on 23 minutes before Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu put the visitors up before half time. Emmanuel Adebayor leveled on 76 minutes before Atsu nailed the game five minutes from time. 

Results
Lome     Togo 2-3 Ghana
Kampala    Uganda 2-0 Guinea

Group F
Cape Verde overpowered Zambia with a 2-1 win in Praia. Ze Luis and Ryan Mendes scored for the Islanders whilst Jacob Mulenga was on target in between for the Zambians.
In Maputo, Mozambique were held to a 1-1 draw by Niger. On five minutes, Domingues opened the scores for the Mambas and Mahamane Cisse canceled the scores on 25 minutes to earn the Nigeriens their first point of the campaign. 

Results
Maputo    Mozambique 1-1 Niger
Praia     Cape Verde 2-1 Zambia

Group G
Tunisia made matters worse for Egypt after inflicting a painful lone goal victory on their North African rivals Egypt in Cairo. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored on 14 minutes scored the only goal.
In Gaborone, Sadio Mane and Dame N’Doye were on target in each half as Senegal silenced Botswana away.


Results
Gaborone    Botswana 0-2 Senegal
Cairo     Egypt 0-1 Tunisia

Source: CAF

Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifiers Set To Gather Momentum Tags: CAF Sports Football African Cup OF Nations

The 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations group qualifiers begin on Friday after a troubled build-up dominated in part by the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Guinea, a West African country at the epicentre of the Ebola crisis, have been forced to move a home fixture against Togo to Morocco. And only a late u-turn by the Côte d’Ivoire government allowed Sierra Leone, where the virus has claimed hundreds of lives, to play in Abidjan.

Other dramas included Rwanda being barred over a dual-identity player and Mali wanting a fixture moved from Algeria after Cameroonian Albert Ebosse died there when struck by a rock leaving a pitch.

The qualifiers offer top-ranked African team Algeria a chance to build on a great 2014 FIFA World Cup™, forcing eventual champions Germany into extra time before ending gallant 2-1 losers.

Cameroon, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire hope to put behind them disastrous campaigns in Brazil with team-mates fighting each other, stars sent home for indiscipline, and the inevitable bonus rows. Nigeria start the defence of a title won in Soweto last year by hosting Congo Brazzaville in Calabar.

There will be notable absentees as the quest begins among 28 countries for 15 places at the January 17-February 8 tournament with hosts Morocco automatic participants.

Old icons, new heroes
Talismanic strikers Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire and Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon have retired as they enter the twilight of their careers and Ghana dropped veteran midfielder Michael Essien. That leaves Côte d’Ivoire midfielder and triple CAF Footballer of the Year title-winner Yaya Toure and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor to lead the way until new superstars emerge.

Manchester City dynamo Toure is thrilled at the appointment of Herve Renard, who guided Zambia to an emotional triumph in 2012, as coach after a World Cup first-round exit led another French handler, Sabri Lamouchi, to quit.

"It's fantastic," Toure told reporters. "This is a coach with a lot of experience in Africa. He has great charisma and temperament. I hope he can take us far. I really want to win something for my country before retiring," added the 31-year-old colossus.

Côte d’Ivoire  are serial Africa Cup 'chokers', going into the last five tournaments as favourites but failing to win any. Côte d’Ivoire (ranked second in Africa), against Sierra Leone (seventh) is one of two top-10 matchday 1 clashes. The other brings Senegal (10) and Egypt (fifth) together in Dakar at the start of Group G, branded the 'group of death' as it also includes Tunisia.

Egypt are out to regain a place among the elite having failed to qualify in 2012 and 2013 after lifting the African trophy a record three consecutive times. Coach Shawky Gharib, assistant to Hassan Shehata during the golden 2006-2010 period has put the emphasis on youth but still found room for 41-year-old goalkeeper Essam al-Hadary.

Stephen Keshi this year became the first black African coach to reach the World Cup last-16, but Nigeria did not renew his contract after a second-round loss to France. He will guide the 'Super Eagles' against Congo and South Africa, working with a squad chosen by officials before he agreed to a caretaker role.

South Africa will lack injured goalkeeper-captain Itumeleng Khune and several axed regulars of recent years in Sudan with new coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba vowing his youthful team will "fight".

Other attractive pairings include Ethiopia-Algeria in Addis Ababa, Democratic Republic of Congo DR-Cameroon in Lubumbashi and Ghana-Uganda in Kumasi.

Source: FIFA

Rwanda Disqualified, Congo qualify: African Cup Of Nations Tags: News African Cup Of Nations CAF Congo Rwanda Football Sports

The Organising Committee of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday, August 17, 2014 disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.

The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT) during the first leg match of the second round of qualifying played against Rwanda on 20 July 2014 in Pointe-Noire.

The protest by Congo contested the eligibility of the player Birori Dady aligned with Rwanda, and plays for the AS Vita Club of Kinshasa with Congolese (DRC) passport as Etekiama Agiti Tady, and a different age.

Following investigations by CAF and on the basis of documents provided by the federations of Rwanda, Congo and DR Congo, and hearing the player's testimony on 11 August 2014 at CAF headquarters in Cairo, CAF established that the two identities only referred to a single person.

While the Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) maintained that to their knowledge the player Dady Birori had one identity, investigations revealed that he was summoned as Etekiama Agiti Tady by FERWAFA to join the national team of Rwanda.

Based on these and other findings, the Organising Committee of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in accordance with Article 41 of the regulations of the Africa Cup of Nations, and Articles 82 and 83.1 of CAF Disciplinary Code, decided as follows:

1. Immediately suspend the player Etekiama Agiti Tady / Birori Dady until further notice and ban him from playing for club and the national team

2. Rwanda declared losers of No.37 against Congo, and consequently being eliminated from the competition

3. Consign Congo to the group phase of the qualifiers of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations - Morocco in 2015 in Group A, as replacement for Rwanda

4. Reserved the right to confirm the exact length of the player's suspension and to impose additional sanctions if necessary at the next meeting of the Organising Committee scheduled for 17 September 2014

5. Urged players and stakeholders to regulate the situation of dual identity

The decision of the Committee takes effect immediately and with option for appeal in accordance with the regulatory provisions in force in CAF Disciplinary Code.

Source: CAF

Mozambique hold Tanzania in Dar es Salaam Tags: Mozambique Tanzania Football Sports News CAF African Cup Of Nations

Tanzania’s Taifa Stars played out a 2-2 draw against visiting Mozambique in their 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) second round, first leg qualifier at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

All goals came in the second half with Taifa Stars paying for defensive lapses, conceding in the dying minutes to put a huge dent on their bid to qualify for the group phase of the qualifiers.

The game started off at a cracking pace with both teams generating a number of chances in the opening exchange. 

The home team gradually took command and launched incursions into Mozambique’s area but wasted several clear chances through John Bocco, Mrisho Ngassa and Erasto Nyoni.

Bocco ought to have broken the deadlock midway through the first half after being played in by Mbwana Samata but his effort was no problem for the Mozambican goalkeeper.

Mozambique’s defense frustrated Tanzania for much of the game while their attack created a couple of legitimate scoring opportunities, with Isaac Pelembe proving handful to the Stars defense.

After a goalless first half, Elias Pelembe shot Mozambique into the lead from the spot on 47 minutes. The Mambas were awarded the penalty after Tanzanian defender Kelvin Yondan brought down Helder Pelembe inside the vital area.

Tanzania responded strongly and went close to cancel the visitors’ lead minutes later when towering striker John Bocco’ shot struck the post and Mbwana Samata fired in the rebound, but his joy was cut short when he was flagged offside.

Substitute Mcha Hamis, who had replaced ineffective Mrisho Ngassa early in the second half, finally succeeded to draw Taifa Stars level on 65 minutes with a stunning shot and six minutes later, the diminutive attacking midfielder put the home side 2-1 up from the spot. 

Isaac Carvalho stunned the sizeable home crowd when he netted the equalizer on 87 minutes, barely two minutes after coming on for Josemar Machaisse.

Tanzania has never eliminated Mozambique in the AFCON qualifiers and faces a tall mountain to climb in the return leg due in in Maputo on 3 August.

The winner will face Zambia in the Group F opener on September 6. Cape Verde and Niger are the other teams in the group.

Source: CAF

Lesotho Clip Kenya, Benin Beat Malawi Tags: Lesotho Kenya Benin Malawi Football Liberia Sports African Cup Of Nations

Kenya's hopes of a first CAF Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 11 years suffered a setback Sunday when they lost a qualifier 1-0 in Lesotho. Bushy Moletsane, a 30-year-old central midfielder, scored the lone goal on the hour mark at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru.

Lesotho upset Liberia in the previous elimination round for the 2015 Africa Cup in Morocco and are seeking to reach the finals for the first time. Kenya were forced to field a depleted team with clubs in Belgium, Norway and France not releasing four players as the qualifier fell outside official FIFA international dates.

Among those missing were goalkeeper Arnold Origi and star striker Dennis Oliech. But midfielder Victor Wanyama was freed by English Premier League club Southampton for the third-round, first-leg clash.

Kenya went into the match confident after 16 players and four coaches watched FIFA World Cup™  matches in Brazil last month. The trip was a reward from President Uhuru Kenyatta after the Harambee Stars won the regional CECAFA Challenge Cup last December. Belgium-born head coach Adel Amrouche watched from the stand in Maseru as he is serving a two-match touchline ban.

Tanzania were another east Africa country to disappoint as they could only draw 2-2 at home against Mozambique. The Taifa Stars failed to beat the Mambas in four previous Africa Cup of Nations clashes and a late Isac Carvalho goal salvaged a draw for Mozambique in Dar es Salaam.

Elias 'Dominques' Pelembe from South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns converted an early second-half penalty to put the Mozambicans ahead. Zanzibar-born Mcha Khamis responded with two goals in seven minutes, including one from a spot-kick, only for Carvalho to net three minutes before time. Tanzania are coached by Mart Nooij from the Netherlands, who spent four years from 2007 in charge of Mozambique.

Midfielder Stephane Sessegnon from English Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion scored the 18th-minute goal which gave Benin a 1-0 win over Malawi in Cotonou. It also lifted Sessegnon to the top of the scoring charts in the qualifiers with four goals after he struck three in a second-round victory over Sao Tome e Principe. Congo took 70 minutes to score against Rwanda in Pointe-Noire through Cesaire Gandze and Ferebory Dore added a second for a 2-0 victory.

The three Saturday games produced 2-0 home victories for Botswana over Guinea-Bissau, Uganda over Mauritania, and Sierra L:Leone over the Seychelles. Return matches are scheduled for August 2-3 and the seven aggregate winners advance to the group stage. Defending champions Nigeria are among 21 countries who received byes into the mini-league phase.

Source: FIFA

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