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'Africa Must Win FIFA World Cup by 2063' - Dr. Dlamini Zuma to Issa Hayatou
Category: African Sports
Tags: News Sports Football Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

“By 2063 Africa should have won the FIFA World Cup at least once: not just host, but won”, African Union Commission Chairperson H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said to Mr. Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) when they met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18 September 2014.

The CAF President paid a courtesy call on the AUC Chairperson ahead of CAF’s annual Executive Committee meeting holding at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Hayatou thanked the AUC Chairperson for hosting the meeting during which CAF will decide on the host nations for AFCON 2019 and 2021.

Having attracted massive attendance from national delegations including very high level representatives from the five countries vying to host, the AU has become both Africa’s political and football capital during these days, Mr. Hayatou said.

“CAF has a special place not only in the AU, but also in the continent. The organization enables our young people to do sports, while demonstrating their great talents. Most importantly the games embody enormous capacity to enhance our integration and social cohesion”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said while welcoming the CAF President and his delegation to feel at home at the AU headquarters.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma took the opportunity of the meeting to brief CAF on Africa’s development and transformation agenda. Focusing on Agenda 2063, she invited CAF, like many others have been doing, to also reflect and contribute its ideas on the Africa it would like to see in 2063.

Teasing out some popular aspirations emerging from national consultations in contribution to Agenda 2063, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said the youths would like to have common African curricula so that they can study and work anywhere on the continent; The businesspeople would like to have an African passport to freely travel around the continent without the hurdles of applying for visas; the women would like to have more access to land and modern inputs to carry out agricultural activities. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also said Africa would like to connect its capitals with high speed trains, provide broadband connections to every village, build modern transport infrastructure; make renewable energy abundantly available and more.

The AUC Chairperson and CAF President also discussed the situation of the Ebola epidemic as well as other issues of development and peace that the continent is currently faced with.

“Listening to you and hearing your thoughts, we know Africa is in good hands. Africa is on the right path. I can assure you of CAF’s presence and support in dealing with all these key continental issues”, the CAF President said, while re-assuring the AUC Chairperson that Africa is doing everything possible to not only continue hosting the World Cup, but to also win it even before 2063.

 

Source: AU

Football for Gangsters In South Africa (VIDEO)
Category: African Sports
Tags: Sports Gangster Football South Africa Youth

Townships in Cape Town can be dangerous places. Youngsters can easily slip into a life of crime. But there is an alternative, at least for some: playing football at the Amandla Soccer School can help them off the pitch too, in all kinds of ways.

A young German named Florian Zech who came to the Cape in 2006 set up Amandla. It now comprises 135 teams and helps keep thousands of kids off the streets. The coaches also talk to the youngsters about personal problems and encourage them to believe in themselves and make something of their lives.

The Numbers Gang - South Africa's Biggest Gang

Source: dw

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

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