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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

Zambia crowned African champions: Final 2012 African Cup Of Nations Tags: 2012 African Cup Of Nations Ivory Coast News Zambia News 2012 African Cup Of Nations Scores News African Sport Football
Zambia conjured up a shock when they toppled star-studded Ivory Coast 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out to claim their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title on Sunday. 

With the sides goalless after extra time Zambia's Stoppila Sunzu converted the magic spot kick after Arsenal striker Gervinho missed for the Elephants. Drogba missed a penalty in the 70th minute when he shot the ball over the bar, The Ivorians got the penalty after Gervinho was brought down.

VIDEO: Zambia Wins Ivory Coast 8 to 7 In Penalties: Full Video

Penalties Zambia 8 - 7 ivory coast

Zambia: Stoppila Sunzu scores (8-7)
 
Ivory Coast: Gervinho wastes his effort (7-7)
 
Zambia: Rainford Kalaba wastes his effort (7-7)
 
Ivory Coast: Kolo Toure wastes his effort (7-7)
 
Zambia: Chisamba Lungu scores (7-7)
 
Ivory Coast: Didier Ya Konan scores (7-6)
 
Zambia: Nathan Sinkala scores (6-6)
 
Ivory Coast: Siaka Tiene scores (6-5)
 
Zambia: Kennedy Mweene scores (5-5)
 
Ivory Coast: Drogba scores (5-4)
 
Zambia: Felix Katongo scores (4-4)
 
Ivory Coast: Max Gradel scores (4-3)
 
Zambia: Isaac Chansa scores (3-3)
 
Ivory Coast: Souleymane Bamba scores (3-2)
 
Zambia: Emmanuel Mayuka scores (2-2)
 
Ivory Coast: Wilfried Boni scores (2-1)
 
Zambia: Chris Katongo scores (1-1)
 
Ivory Coast: Cheick Tiote scores (1-0)
 
Zambia Celebrates Team Wins Over Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui named an unchanged side.
 
The result meant misery for hot favourites Ivory Coast, who failed to claim the title despite not conceding a goal throughout the entire competition until Sunday's shootout.
 
It also revived memories for Didier Drogba, who missed a penalty in the second half of normal time, and company of their 2006 penalty shoot out final defeat to Egypt in Cairo.
 
Zambia, motivated by the memory of the 1993 national team wiped out in a plane crash off the Libreville coast, went into the 2012 climax as outsiders.
 
But they covered themselves with glory, hassling and harrowing their star-studded rivals all the way to the penalty shoot-out, and then holding their nerve to prevail in the dramatic, barely watchable denouement.
 
Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui fielded the same side that saw off Mali 1-0 in the semifinal.
 
His Zambian counterpart, Herve Renard, recalled striker Emmanuel Mayuka, after his starring role in getting the decisive goal in the 1-0 last four defeat over Ghana.
 
He joined captain Christopher Katongo in spearheading the Chipolopolo's (Copper Bullets) attack.
 
Russian-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu came in for Francis Kasonde.
 
A minute of silence was observed before kick-off in memory of the 74 people killed in the Port Said stadium slaughter in Egypt.
 
The game was only seconds old when Zambia almost took a shock lead, with keeper Boubacar Barry doing well to save Nathan Sinkala's close range shot off Katongo's quick pass from a Rainford Kalaba corner.
 
Renard was forced into an unscripted change when defender Joseph Musonda limped off in tears on 11 minutes - Nyambe Mulenga took his place.
 
A shaky start by Ivory Coast gave Zambia hope of an upset and Kalaba's 30m freekick wasn't far away after taking a deflection off Cheik Tiote's leg.
 
The Elephants put together their best passage of play approaching the half hour mark, a neat Drogba backheel setting up Yaya Toure only for the Manchester City midfielder's angled shot to go wide of the far post.
 
A hugely promising first half from Zambia had the Elephants' defence, marshalled by Kolo Toure, under more pressure than they would have wanted, with Katongo leading from the front.
 
Zahoui, ressembling a New York cop with black trenchcoat and baseball cap, walked into the dressing rooms at halftime with a face like thunder.
 
The second half began with a deathly hush descending on the stadium - the final in desperate need of the kiss of life in the guise of a goal.
 
And on 72 minutes one should have come after Ivory Coast were awarded a penalty when Issac Chansa and Mulenga barged into Gervinho.
 
Drogba stepped up but his woeful attempt went soaring into the night sky, even though he appeared to divert blame to the pitch, glaring at the spot.
 
This was his second miss from the spot after he had a penalty saved in the quarterfinal win over Equatorial Guinea, where he went on to score twice.
 
One minute later Max Gradel's shot from the box had Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene beaten, but it rolled wide of the far post.
 
In the 95th minute, substitute Felix Katongo crossed from the right for his brother Christopher with only Barry's toe diverting the goalbound ball off the near post.
 
There was high drama once the penalty shoot out got underway, with Kolo Toure missing the Ivorians seventh penalty, but Zambia's Kalaba also missing his to leave the sides still inseparable.
 
Then after Gervinho failed in his attempt it was left to Sunzu, the defender who plays his club football in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to give Zambia a historic first title, and consign Ivory Coast to another wretched defeat.
 
Ivory Coast 0 Zambia 0 - aet
Zambia win 8-7 on penalties
 
Tiote 1-0, C. Katongo 1-1, Bony 2-1, Mayuka 2-2, Bamba (retake) 3-2, Chansa 3-3, Gradel 4-3, F. Katongo 4-4, Drogba 5-4, Mweene 5-5, Tiene 6-5, Sinkala 6-6, Ya Konan 7-6, Lungu 7-7, K. Toure saved 7-7, Kalaba missed 7-7, Gervinho missed 7-7, Sunzu 7-8
 
Teams
 
Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Joseph Musonda (Nyambe Mulenga 12, Felix Katongo 74), Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Davies Nkausu, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Isaac Chansa, Christopher Katongo (capt), Rainford Kalaba, Emmanuel Mayuka
 
Coach: Herve Renard (FRA)
 
Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Siaka Tiene, Kolo Toure, Souleymane Bamba, Jean-Jacques Gosso, Cheik Tiote, Didier Zokora (Didier Ya Konan 75), Yaya Toure (Wilfried Bony 87), Salomon Kalou (Max Gradel 63), Didier Drogba (capt), Gervinho
 
Coach: Francois Zahoui
 
Yellow cards: Tiote 63, Bamba 66, Mulenga 69
 
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)

Source: BeeAfrican | Supersport

 

Final Ivory Coast Against Zambia On February 13: 2012 African Cup Of Nations Tags: 2012 African Cup Of Nations Ivory Coast News Zambia News African Sport Football
BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Zambia reached the African Cup of Nations final for the first time since 1994, upsetting Ghana 1-0 Wednesday night to advance to the championship against tournament favorite Ivory Coast.
 
Emmanuel Mayuka scored in the 78th minute for Zambia, tied for 71st in the FIFA rankings.
 
Later at Libreville, Gabon, Ivory Coast defeated Mali 1-0 on a 45th-minute goal by Arsenal forward Gervinho.
 
Sunday's final will be at Libreville, the site of Zambia's worst sporting disaster in 1993. A plane carrying Zambia's national team to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal crashed just minutes after taking off, killing 25 players and officials.
 
"There's something written that we have to go to play to honor the memories of the Zambia national team that died in 1993," said Frenchman Herve Renard, Zambia's coach. "It was catastrophic for the nation. The 12 million people of Zambia are waiting for us to go back to Libreville. Immediately (after) we arrive, we will go to the place. We just have to think of them and play for them and play for Zambia because it's a fantastic country."
 
Ghana, which beat the United States en route to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, could have gone ahead in the eighth minute, but Asamoah Gyan's penalty kick was saved by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene. In the World Cup quarterfinals against Uruguay two years ago, Gyan's penalty kick in overtime went off the crossbar, and the Black Stars were eliminated in a shootout.
 
Mayuka entered for the Copper Bullets at the start of the second half. No. 26 Ghana finished a man short after Derek Boateng was ejected in the 84th.
 
"This is the greatest moment ever a player can have to play in the final," Zambia captain Christopher Katongo said. "We go to the final without any pressure. We have to take this cup. This is an opportunity. It doesn't come every day."
 
At Libreville, 18th-ranked Ivory Coast went ahead when Gervinho capitalized on a defensive error to race half the length of the field and shoot past goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite.
 
Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure both hit posts as Ivory Coast dominated No. 69 Mali to reach the final without conceding a goal at the tournament. Les Elephants are seeking their first title since 1992.
 
Source: AP
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