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Banyana gear up for African Champs
Category: African Sports
Tags: Banyana Football Sports South Africa Women

Banyana Banyana are in the final stages of their preparations for the biggest women’s football tournament on the continent - the African Women’s Championship (AWC).

Banyana will play another friendly against Botswana on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, with kick-off at 15h00.

The ninth edition of the AWC will run in Namibia from 11 to 25 October. The top three finishers at the event will qualify for the Women's World Cup, scheduled for Canada next year.

"We have had some good and tough outings in our recent international friendly matches and the goals and big margin victories shows that we are capable of creating chances but the team can do better as we head closer to competing at the Championships,” said Banyana coach Vera Pauw.

Pauw's charges are yet to lose a match since qualifying for the AWC. They have won against Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, while they drew 0-0 against Zimbabwe.

Pauw is in the process of finalising her team for Namibia with just a month left. Thus far, she has trimmed the squad to 26 players, leaving out defender Amanda Sister and striker Kgadi Makoma, who respectively play for Mamelodi Sundowns and Palace Super Falcons in the Gauteng division of the Sasol League.

“We are not far from deciding the final make-up of the squad that will be representing South Africa in Namibia. We have the players in mind and we have to ensure that we get the right balance of the top players and the new recruits. However, we must pick a squad of high quality players,” she said.

“The next few weeks with the girls will see us combine all the tactics, combination play and getting the desired experience of playing in the heat during match situations against Botswana in Rustenburg on Saturday and we are also thrilled that we have the opportunity to test our strength against big opponents such as the Ivory Coast,” she added.

Banyana have been drawn alongside Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana in a tough Group B at the AWC. They play Cameroon in their tournament opener on 12 October.

Banyana gained entry to the AWC after a 13–0 win over the Comoros in a first leg qualifier. Thereafter, Comoros withdrew from playing the second leg in South Africa.

Source: Kickoff

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

Nando Wants To Emulate George Weah's Legacy And Others, MVB
Category: African Sports
Tags: George Weah Sports Football Liberia

Fernando Torres is aiming high as he looks to rebuild his reputation as a world class striker at AC Milan after securing a two-year loan deal from Chelsea.

Torres appears on the front page of Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport saying he wants his work in the No 9 shirt at Milan to rank alongside some of the club's legends. 'My shirt to rank alongside [Marco] van Basten, [George] Weah and [Filippo] Inzaghi,' the headline reads.
The Spaniard appears alongside fellow striker Stephan El Shaarawy who, much like Torres, is determined to show his worth at the club after a lean 2013-14 campaign. 'It wasn't Balotelli's fault I lost my form,' the Italy international said of the now Liverpool striker who was ahead of him in the pecking order before his departure. 

nother Spanish forward, Alvaro Morata, is making vows to his new club after joining Juventus from Real Madrid in a £15.8million deal. 'I'm ready and I won't disappoint, this is a personal battle,' he said in Corriere dello Sport.

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Also the paper says Antonio Conte is likely to favour youth in his first match in charge of Italy with El Shaarawy and Simone Zaza set to feature against Holland and Torres says he'll be 'reborn' at Milan.
Despite Roma looking a better prospect than last season Juve are favourites to defend the Scudetto, says Tuttosport. 'Roma have improved strongly, but the non-sale of [Arturo] Vidal and [Paul] Pogba can make the difference.' 

Spain's sports media are of course reporting the latest blow to Carlo Ancelotti who while keeping Sami Khedira on his books in the transfer window has lost the midfielder for a number of weeks - Marca says six while AS says he could be out for eight weeks.  

In AS, Sergio Ramos has shown Real Madrid team-mates 'who is boss' with the leadership figure telling star Cristiano Ronaldo that 'we must obey the laws of Madrid' after the striker's recent comments about his side's transfer activity. 

Real president Florentino Perez says he's hurt by Ronaldo's criticism of Real losing Xabi Alonso to Barcelona and Angel di Maria to Manchester United, reports Mundo Deportivo. 

The front page however is a smiling Luis Suarez with a child fighting cancer at the Hospital Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona.

Source: DailyMail

Rwanda Disqualification From African Cup Upheld
Category: African Sports
Tags: Rwanda CAF African Cup OF Nations Football Sports News

The Confederation of African Football upheld a decision to throw Rwanda out of the African Cup for fielding an ineligible player, saying the country's federation knew that striker Dady Birori had a "double identity" and was using different names and passports for club and international games.

CAF announced its decision to uphold the disqualification over the weekend after Rwanda appealed. The appeal was heard last Wednesday.

Africa's football body ruled that while representing Rwanda as a naturalized player, Congo-born Birori was registered under a different name — Tady Etekiama — and using a different, Congolese passport and a different date of birth with Congo club AS Vita.

The Rwandan federation knew and committed "fraud" by playing Birori, CAF said in its latest ruling, and was disqualified from the final round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers starting this week.

"Based on the documents on record, it was evident that the Rwandan federation was aware of this double identity but proceeded to feature the player for the national team," CAF said.

CAF upheld the sanction handed out last month by its own 2015 African Cup organizing committee. Rwanda was replaced by Republic of Congo, which lost to the Rwandans in the last round of qualifiers. Republic of Congo goes through to the final round, where it will face Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan in one of seven groups.

Libya reportedly complained after it was eliminated by Rwanda in an earlier African Cup qualifying stage, when Birori scored a hat trick in a 3-0 win in May. However, CAF took no action then.

Birori has played for Rwanda since 2009 and represented it in qualifiers for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Rwanda has never qualified for the World Cup and made its only appearance at the African Cup finals in 2004.

Source: AP

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