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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

Liberia Suspends Football to Help Contain Ebola Outbreak Tags: Liberia News Football West Africa Ebola
All football-related activities have been suspended in the West African country of Liberia, amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history, according to multiple reports.


The President’s Cup scheduled for August will be postponed and all training has been called off, Liberian Football Association Secretary General Alphonso Armeh said by phone today. The ban may be lifted before league play is scheduled to start in October, he said.

The Ebola virus outbreak originated in neighboring Guinea this spring, and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as Liberia. More than 670 people have died so far, including a top doctor who was lauded as a "national hero" for treating victims of the outbreak in Sierra Leone. At least two Americans in Africa have also been infected.

“We have decided to suspend all football activity while we help the government combat the deadly Ebola disease,” Liberian Football Association secretary general Alphonso Armeh said on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “We also want to use this time to create awareness. In its initial stages, we didn’t give this the attention it needed.”

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Ebola is highly contagious through bodily fluids including sweat. Early symptoms include fever, body aches and sore throat; it can worsen to include massive internal bleeding, as well as bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears. Ebola is considered one of the world's deadliest diseases, partly because it tends to occur most often in less developed parts of the world, where treatment and containment are more challenging. There is no cure or vaccine.

Liberian soccer star George Weah — who was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and remains the only African to have won the award —- has joined a domestic campaign to create awareness about the spreading disease, the BBC reported.

Liberian officials have also asked FIFA executives to cancel planned visits to the country in August and September, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, two African airlines have temporarily halted flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone in hopes of quelling Ebola's spread.

Source: Times

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

Algeria And Ivory Coast Rank High In Africa: FIFA
Category: African Sports
Tags: Algeria Cote d'ivoire Ivory Caost Sports Football FIFA

Four days after the 2014 World ended in Brazil, the International Football Federation (FIFA) has published, this July 17, its monthly ranking. Algeria and  Côte d'Ivoire appear in top ranking on the African continent. 

This ranking gives an idea of the benefits of the five African representatives in Brazil. While Algeria and Nigeria have reached the knockout phase, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon were eliminated for their part in the group stage. 

Regarding the rank of FIFA, Algeria is ranked 24th globally and ranks first in Africa. It is closely followed by Cote d'Ivoire, which now ranks second on the continent and 25th globally. followed by Nigeria, Africa or third world 34th, eighth and 53rd in Cameroon the world and Ghana is the world's fifth 38th. 

observations First, it should be noted that the African champions are now third. The country has increased dramatically winning ten seats. For its part, the Côte d'Ivoire (25th worldwide) dropped two places with this new classification. This loss can be explained by the elimination of Elephants in the group stage in Brazil. 

Ghana loses and finds a place 38th. Cameroon has won three seats with his new world in spite of his performance. At the head of the world rankings, note that Germany, the new world champion, is ranked first, followed by Argentina and the Netherlands . 

respectively, second and third addition to the 21st and 22nd Togo Benin in Africa 

Finally, the list of the top 12 teams on the continent is now as follows: 1. Algeria 2. Côte d'Ivoire 3. Nigeria 4. Egypt 5. Ghana 6. Tunisia 7. Guinea 8. Cameroon 9. Burkina Faso 10. Mali 11. Senegal 12. Libya.

Source: koaci

Germany Lift Trophy, Crowned World Champions (PHOTOS-VIDEO)
Category: FIFA WORLD CUP
Tags: 2014 FIFA Wordld Cup World Football Sports

Germany are the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ champions, lifting the Trophy for the fourth time in their history after overcoming Argentina 1-0 courtesy of an extra-time goal by Mario Gotze at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.


The substitute settled a tie that was in the balance from the first minute until the last with a finish of startling composure given the circumstances, pressure and surroundings. His strike proved the difference, with Argentina unable to respond in what little time remained, adding another star to the Europeans' crest following their triumphs in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

A naturally frenetic beginning to the encounter brought an early sight of goal for Gonzalo Higuain. The genesis of the chance was actually a Germany free-kick, with rapid pressure from Ezequiel Lavezzi on the loose ball ultimately forcing an opportunity for his team-mate, who sought the far left corner with a low drive from an acute angle but dragged the effort wide.

Initial Nationalmannschaft dominance in possession petered out before the quarter-hour and, in succession, Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta and Philipp Lahm were left bemoaning a lack of reachable targets inside the danger zone as they carefully picked out crosses from wide.

Neither participant in the finest opening of the first 20 minutes had anybody to blame but himself. Toni Kroos miscalculated a header back to his goalkeeper, merely finding Higuain unmarked and uncatchable. The Argentina forward seemed a certain scorer as he bounded towards Manuel Neuer but contrived to instead hook a right-foot shot off target to the left.

With 30 minutes on the clock, the Albiceleste No9 did put the ball into the net, but luck continued to desert the South Americans as the officials rightly adjudged him offside. After collecting a pass in freedom on the right flank, Lavezzi had swept a vicious centre along the corridor of the Germany penalty box to Higuain, who expertly guided home first time with a side-foot. But the flag was correctly raised and it remained goalless.

VIDEO: Crowned World Champions

A moment later, Andre Schurrle was introduced by Joachim Low in place of the injured Christoph Kramer, who himself had been named in the starting XI at the last moment following an issue in the warm-up for Sami Khedira. The Chelsea attacker was involved almost immediately, controlling a Thomas Muller delivery and quickly blasting at goal only for Sergio Romero to pull off a save.

Though Germany largely contained Messi in the first half, the Barcelona superstar caused alarm before the break when he galloped along the right touchline and to the near post before being crowded out by a combination of defence and goalkeeper. At the other end, composed hold-up play by Miroslav Klose teed up Kroos for a shot that was simple for Romero.

There was still time in an absorbing period for defender Benedikt Howedes to thunder a header from Kroos’ precise corner against Argentina’s right post, with Muller ruled offside as he attempted to acrobatically send in a rebound from close range.

When the two sides returned after the break, Alejandro Sabella had decided on a change, with Sergio Aguero replacing Lavezzi in an advanced position. They started the brighter too and, as previously with Higuain, Messi dispatched a shot off his strongest foot wide of the far post from a narrow angle, having been found by a cute Lucas Biglia pass.

Trademark movement from the World Cup’s all-time top scorer, Klose, married with a lofted Lahm cross but the striker's header was little trouble to Romero. With each passing minute, the match became increasingly stretched, with neither team yielding in their attacking ambitions.

Enzo Perez was somewhat fortunate to pick out talisman Messi in the 75th minute, prompting the 27-year-old to arc around a series of German challenges at the outer edge of the area. The strike was always coming but when the No10 did unleash a curler and the massed ranks of Argentinians in attendance drew breath, it skewed harmlessly off target.

Back at the other end, Mesut Ozil was accurate in passing across the field to the onrushing Kroos, who realised the need to hit the ball instantly as opponents closed in. However, Romero was able to watch his cool side-foot drift wide. The Albiceleste goalkeeper was then equally comfortable in keeping out a Gotze daisy-cutter, heralding extra time in Rio.

The pace from the outset of the additional period was relentless; Schurrle smacked straight at the keeper, Aguero looked for a colleague from the left at the conclusion of a counter-attack and saw none, while substitute Rodrigo Palacio looped the ball over Neuer but lost control after taking down a fine Marcos Rojo inswinger in space.

Then, with seven minutes of the 120 remaining, the decisive moment arrived. Schurrle bulldozed past three Argentina defenders on the left flank, drawing Sabella’s charges out of shape and clipping over them to Gotze. The 22-year-old’s technique was exquisite, cushioning the ball on his chest and volleying at an awkward height, finding the far corner of the net to write his name into German and World Cup football folklore.

Source: FIFA

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