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Libya Withdraw From Hosting Africa Cup Of Nations
Category: African Sports
Tags: Sports News Libya Football CAF

Libya have withdrawn from hosting the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, citing the unstable security situation in the country.

Initially due to host the tournament in 2013, Libya were forced to pull out of staging it in 2011, due to political upheaval.

South Africa were named as replacement hosts following an agreement that Libya would put on the 2017 edition, which South Africa had originally been due to host.
On Saturday, however, it was announced that Libya would once again have to withdraw after officials from the country met with Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

A statement on CAF’s official website confirmed the news and that the search for a replacement host will now begin.

“The designation of the host for this competition will be made according to the statutory provisions of CAF, especially in conformity with articles 27 to 47 of the Regulations Governing the Application of CAF Statutes,” the statement read.

“The CAF headquarters in Cairo will receive applications until Tuesday September 30, 2014.
“In addition to the government guarantee, and considering the limited time left for the organisation of the 2017 edition, the CAF Executive Committee will select a host country whose dossier guarantees that accommodation, transportation and hotels facilities, as well as training sites and stadiums already exist.
“The designation of the host country will be made at a meeting of the Executive Committee in 2015.”

Source: CAF

Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala Won Both Golden Ball and Golden Boot (VIDEO) FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014
Category: African Sports
Tags: Football Sports FIFA Nigeria Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria’s Falconets, who scored 7 goals in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014, prove to the World that Nigeria women’s football has improved drastically and that the Falconets has what it take to the win the Women’s u-20 football championship. But Nigeria came short in the final of the --losing to Germany 1 - 0 on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Canada; Germany was crowned World champion in Women’s football.

And even though Germany stole Nigeria’s win, the Falconets forward Asisat Oshoala, jersey # 4 of Nigeria, was voted the Most Valuable player at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

She won the Golden Ball award as the best player and Golden Boot after scoring seven goals.

Asisat Oshoala scored four-goals against Korea DPR, and Nigeria won 6-2; the win over Korea DPR gave Nigeria a lot of confidence.

Asisat Oshoala’s 7 goals has helped coach Peter Dedevbo’s Falconets team to a formidable success throughout the tournament.
 
And “the Falconets' victory over the Koreans was the biggest win ever in the semi-finals of the competition and it saw Oshoala become only the third player to score four goals in a match in the history of the competition.”

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Source: Lartink@beeafrican.org

Samuel Eto'o: Everton Set To Sign Former Chelsea Striker
Category: African Sports
Tags: Samuel Eto'o Sports Football Cameroon

Everton are close to agreeing a two-year deal for striker Samuel Eto'o after he was released by Chelsea at the end of last season.

Liverpool had been interested in the 33-year-old Cameroon international.

But the completion of their £16m move for Mario Balotelli left the way clear for Everton to hold talks with Eto'o.

Talks are ongoing but Everton could sign Eto'o in time for him to be in line for a debut against his old side at Goodison on Saturday.

Everton have already signed Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m this summer and taken Christian Atsu on loan from the west London outfit.

Saource: BBC

Nigeria 0 - 1 Germany Wins FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 (HIGHLIGHTS)
Category: FIFA WORLD CUP
Tags: FIFA Sports Nigeria Football

Germany have won the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup for a record-equalling third time after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nigeria at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Lena Petermann scored the title-winning goal eight minutes into extra time to settle a match that, like the semi-final against France, had seen the Germans outplayed for long stretches. For the second match in succession, though, the Europeans' will to win shone through, as did the quality of goalkeeper Meike Kamper - again named player of the match.

This clash of styles and football cultures was always expected to produce an open, engaging final, and so it proved, with the first chance created after just 40 seconds. Germany were the team to make the early running, with a quickly taken free-kick releasing Marine Dafeur for a left-foot shot that Kim Chol-Ok saved fairly comfortably.

Nigeria quickly gained a foothold, though, and went on to dominate the first half, creating the better and more numerous chances. An inability to convert those chances was their only failing, and the most guilty party was tournament top scorer Asisat Oshoala.

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The in-form striker, who had scored four times in the semi-final win over Korea DPR, was lively throughout but missed her first golden opportunity after 22 minutes. In fairness, she created the opening out of nothing, robbing Margarita Gidion, outpacing the German defence and rounding Kamper in a stunning display of speed and strength. She could not, however, find the finishing touch, managing only to shoot into the side-netting from an acute angle.

With Nigeria's superior physical attributes a telling factor on the big Olympic Stadium pitch, it wasn't long before more chances arrived, with Oshoala again given a sight of goal seven minutes before the break. Again, though, her sights were out, with the ball flashing wide after Chiwendo Ihezuo had done well to snatch possession from Rebecca Knaak at the byline and cut the ball back.

These were nonetheless worrying times for Germany, whose best effort had come from a Lina Magull free-kick comfortably saved by Sandra Chiichii. But Maren Meinert's side began the second half brightly, with Theresa Panfil and Lena Petermann combining to tee up Sara Daebritz for a powerful left-foot shot that skidded into the arms of Chiichii.

Oshoala remained a constant source of danger, though, and she again came to life three minutes later, jinking in from the left wing past two German defenders. All that was lacking was the final touch, with the No4's first effort striking a team-mate before the rebound was sliced high and wide.

However, missing chances wasn't restricted to Oshoala and Nigeria. Germany also spurned their opportunities, with Pauline Bremer stealing in unmarked on a Sara Dabritz free-kick only to head wastefully wide. The Super Falconets then had to call on the bravery of their keeper, with Chiichii racing from her line to dive at the feet of Lena Petermann, picking up a bruised jaw in the process.

Play still tended to rage towards the other end, though, and with five minutes remaining Nigeria had the ball in the net only for their celebrations to be cut short by the assistant referee's flag. That left extra time to settle this pulsating affair and, after Oshoala had again gone close for Nigeria, it was Germany who found a breakthrough.

Petermann scored it, slotting home from six yards, but the plaudits went to the energetic Bremer, who had robbed left-back Gladys Abasi before driving towards the byline and delivering the perfect cutback.

Nigeria, who had given so much to the match, proved unable to respond. Germany saw out the remaining minutes with a degree of comfort and can now savour the familiar feeling of being crowned champions of the world.

Source: FIFA

Cameroon Striker Ebosse Dead After Hit By Object
Category: African Sports
Tags: News Cameroon Sports CAF Football

African football must not become a “breeding ground for hoolignanism”, CAF president Issa Hayatou warned Sunday after Cameroonian striker Albert Ebosse died when he was hit by a projectile during an Algerian league.

Ebosse, 24, had scored the lone goal for his club JS Kabylie in a home match in what turned out to be a 2-1 defeat against USM Alger, on the second day of the Algerian championship.

The Cameroon forward was hit by an object thrown from the stands following his team’s loss and was declared dead after he was rushed to a hospital at Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers, where the match took place.

Fans had started throwing objects from the stands inside the Tizi Ouzou stadium after the match as the players were returning to their changing room.

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Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF, the sport’s governing body on the continent), expressed his condolences.

“My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad,” Hayatou said in a statement.

Hayatou cautioned that “African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever”.

“We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence. Violence has no place in African football in particular and sports in general.

“We remain resolute and state in the strongest terms our determination to eradicate all forms of violence and unsportsmanlike conduct in stadiums on the continent.”

Ebosse joined JS Kabylie in 2013 and was top scorer in the 2013-2014 Algerian championship.

The Algerian interior ministry ordered an investigation to search for the culprit.

The Algerian National Professional League also ordered the Tizi Ouzou stadium shut and called an extraordinary board meeting on Monday to investigate the incident.
Also present will be officials from JS Kabylie, the match referees and the match commissioner.

League president Mahfoud Kerbadj, who was present at the game, called the death a “catastrophe for national football”.

“Something unfortunate cost the life of a young player who, in the space of one season, won the hearts of thousands of Algerians in all stadiums in Algeria,” Kerbadj said.

“Talented, as his record as top goal scorer in the 2013/14 season attests, he was also much admired by his teammates and opponents for his big human qualities.”
Ebosse, 24, had scored the lone goal for his club JS Kabylie in a home match in what turned out to be a 2-1 defeat against USM Alger, on the second day of the Algerian championship.

The Cameroon forward was hit by an object thrown from the stands following his team’s loss and was declared dead after he was rushed to a hospital at Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers, where the match took place.
Fans had started throwing objects from the stands inside the Tizi Ouzou stadium after the match as the players were returning to their changing room.

Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF, the sport’s governing body on the continent), expressed his condolences.

“My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad,” Hayatou said in a statement.

Hayatou cautioned that “African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever”.

“We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence. Violence has no place in African football in particular and sports in general.

“We remain resolute and state in the strongest terms our determination to eradicate all forms of violence and unsportsmanlike conduct in stadiums on the continent.”

Ebosse joined JS Kabylie in 2013 and was top scorer in the 2013-2014 Algerian championship.

The Algerian interior ministry ordered an investigation to search for the culprit.

The Algerian National Professional League also ordered the Tizi Ouzou stadium shut and called an extraordinary board meeting on Monday to investigate the incident.
Also present will be officials from JS Kabylie, the match referees and the match commissioner.

League president Mahfoud Kerbadj, who was present at the game, called the death a “catastrophe for national football”.

“Something unfortunate cost the life of a young player who, in the space of one season, won the hearts of thousands of Algerians in all stadiums in Algeria,” Kerbadj said.

“Talented, as his record as top goal scorer in the 2013/14 season attests, he was also much admired by his teammates and opponents for his big human qualities.”

Source: vanguardngr

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