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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

Sierra Leone African Cup Of Nations Match Against Seychelles Cancel
Category: African Sports
Tags: Sierra Leone African Cup Of Nations 2015 Seychelles Football Sports

Seychelles have cancelled Saturday's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone because of fears over the Ebola virus. It means Seychelles have forfeited the match and consequently their place in the competition.

Earlier on Thursday it was confirmed to BBC Sport that Sierra Leone were prevented from boarding a plane at Kenya's Nairobi Airport that would have taken them to Seychelles for the second-leg tie.

The decision to stop the team travelling was taken by Seychelles immigration authorities, who are concerned about the spread of the deadly virus.
It followed the news that Sierra Leone's president has declared a public health emergency in the country to curb the outbreak.

Seychelles Football Association president Elvis Chetty told BBC Sport: "The decision is for Seychelles FA to forfeit the match.

"I would like to state that the Seychelles FA lays no blame at the feet of the Sierra Leone FA for this.

"We have taken the decision because of the advice sent to us by the Seychelles Ministry of Health.

"We also received a letter from the Ministry of Immigration saying it would not allow the Sierra Leone team to enter our jurisdiction.

"They are asking us to postpone the game for an indefinite period, so we feel it is right to forfeit now rather than drag it out."

Sierra Leone, who had led the tie 2-0 after last week's first leg, are now set to be awarded a place in the next stage of the qualifiers.

Chetty added: "Looking purely from a football point of view, I am extremely disappointed about the situation. The country has been more excited about this match than it has been for a long time."

Seychelles have informally registered their decision with the Confederation of African Football and will submit a written notice in the coming hours.

Source: BBC

Gourcuff takes Algeria job
Category: African Sports
Tags: Algeria Sports Football Coach

Christian Gourcuff has been appointed as the new coach of Algeria, the Algerian Football Federation have announced. The Frenchman replaces Vahid Halilhodzic who resigned following Les Fennecs' successful FIFA World Cup™ campaign, which saw the north African side reach the Round of 16 in Brazil.

Those heroics led to many, including the Algerian president, to encourage the Bosnian to stay in his post but the 61-year-old decided to join Turkish side Trabzonspor upon the expiration of his contract. And Algeria have wasted no time in moving for Gourcuff, whose deal runs until Russia 2018.

"The Federal Bureau (have) decided to appoint Mr Christian Gourcuff as national coach from 1 August 2014," read a statement on the FAF's website. "A goal for the coming African Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017 and the 2018 World Cup will be implemented. Mr Gourcuff will also participate in the training and development of the National Technical Department."

Gourcuff left Lorient at the end of last season after 25 years at the helm over three spells and has also managed Le Mans, Pont L'Abbe, Rennes and Al-Ittihad.

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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.”

RELATED: Liberia Shuts Border Crossings, Restricts Gathering To Curb Ebola Spreading​

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

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