Seven-Goal Thriller Ends In Muhoroni's Favor As Ulinzi, SoNy Share Spoils

Muhoroni Youth put their six-match winless streak aside with a 4-3 win over Nakumatt FC on Saturday October 7 at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Collins Agade took the visitors ahead after calmly controlling a ball from Hassan before sending a swerving ball that cruised past  Nakumatt keeper Sammy Okinda. Hassan then turned from the provider to the scorer ten minutes from the break, doubling Muhoroni's lead with a header after connecting to a looped ball from Maxwell.

In the second half, Nakumatt restored parity with two quick goals from Kennedy and Njoroge but Hassan was quick to reinstate Muhoroni's lead with his second goal of the match.

Nzuki made it 3-3 after converting a penalty that Nakumatt had been given but a late goal for Muhoroni gave coach George Maina a winning start to top flight football.

SoNy Sugar vs Ulinzi Stars

At the Awendo Green Stadium, SoNy Sugar and Ulinzi Stars played out to a 1-1 draw. David Simiyu had given SoNy the lead early on in the game before Cliff Kasuti equalized for the Soldiers to earn them a point away from home. 

 

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Sofapaka have confirmed the acquisition of striker Kepha Aswani from Nakumatt FC.

The 29-year old was key to Nakumatt's survival in the 2017 season where he scored 13 goals, only second to top scorer Masoud Juma and Meddie Kagere of Gor Mahia.

Aswani, who was until Sunday busy with Harambee Stars in the just ended CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, was also being trailed by AFC Leopards and Tusker FC.

As Sofapaka celebrate the marquee signing, Nakumatt have been left pondering on the effects of letting go the Kenyan international. 

“He (Aswani) was a vital cog in Nakumatt’s attacking line and we will dearly miss him. We wish him well at his new club,” said Nakumatt Secretary General Albert Wesonga who is on Christmas and New Year vacation at hi rural home.

Aswani becomes the second player to join Batoto Ba Mungu after country mate Stephen Waruru also signed for the club from Ulinzi Stars FC.

Strong title challengers

After finishing the 2017 season second behind Gor Mahia with a huge 19-point gap, Sofapaka will be seeking to mount a stronger title challenge come 2018. 

Aiseche chase

The Sam Ssimbwa coached side is also understood to be pursuing Kariobangi Sharks defender Elli Asieche, who has a solid 2017 season where his side finished third in their maiden top flight season.

They however face stiff competition from the Tanzanian duo of Mbeya City and Singida United (Zanzibar) who are also eyeing a move for Asieche.

 

 

Harambee Stars are this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup champions after edging Zanzibar 3-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in extra time on Sunday December 17, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was the hero of the day, saving three penalties to save the hosts' sinking ship on an underwhelming evening.

Kenya were first to score, Ovella Ochieng curling in a wonderful free kick six minutes into the match past keeper Mohammed Abrahman to send the full-packed stadium roaring.

The goal seemed to have awakened Zanzibar players who started dominating proceedings, but were dealt a huge blow in the 17th minute when veteran midfielder Abdulaziz Makame had to limp out with an injury, with his place taken by Feisal Salum.

Second half

In the 42nd minute, The Heroes got their first solid chance as Kassim Suleiman Selembe raced down the right flank and floated in a good cross only for Seif Abdlah Karihe's feeble header to be stopped easily by keeper Patrick Matasi.

Zanzibar came back into the second half more vigorous as they frantically searched for an equalizer. With the match seemingly headed to Harambee Stars in normal time, an unmarked Abdul azizi Makame took the scores level with an 87th minute goal after connecting to Mwinyi Haji's cross from the left flank.

Extra time

Seven minutes into extra time, Masoud Juma, who had replaced Kepha Aswani, dragged Kenya back into the steering wheel after burying the ball into the top right corner following keeper Mohammed Abrahman horrendous goal kick. The hosts had however not finished celebrating when Abdul azizi Makame brought Zanzibar back level with his second of the day three minutes later capitalizing on Musa Mohammed's defensive errors to smash the ball past Matasi.

Penalties

Kenya would however has the last laugh, edging their opponents 5-3 to secure their seventh CECAFA title. Matasi saved Adeyum Ahmed, Issa Dau and Mohammed Issa Banka's spot kicks as Feisal Abdalla and Mudathir Yahya found the back of the net for the Heroes.

On their part, Kenya scored five penalties through Atudo Joackins, Onguso Wesley and Samuel Onyango while Duncan Otieno's effort was saved by Abrahman . 

Matasi top awards

For his impressive displays in the tournament, Patrick Matasi bagged the Golden Glove and the player of the tournament award. KCCA FC forward  Derrick Nsibambi meanwhile went home with the Golden Boot gong after topping the scoring charts with four goals.

 

 

Jose Mourinho has made three changes to the side that beat Bournemouth on Wednesday as Manchester United prepare to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Marcus Rashford is the big change, with the youngster replacing Anthony Martial in the lineup. Ashley Young and Ander Herrera are in for Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay. Former West Brom man Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for his side.

For the hosts, Manchester United academy graduate Jonny Evans will be leading West Brom against his former side, with Ben Foster another player up against his previous employers.

West Brom Starting XI: Foster, Nyom, Gibbs, Hegazi, Evans, Livermore, Yacob, Krychowiak, Rondón, McClean, Burk

Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Brunt, Barry, Rodriguez, McAuley, Field.

Manchester United Starting XI:  De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Lindelöf, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay, Ibrahimovic, Martial.

 

Uganda Cranes left it late to secure third place of the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after staging a comeback to edge Burundi 2-1 in a third place playoff match played on Saturday December 17, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Pierre Kwizera had given Burundi the lead early on with a well-taken free kick from outside the box which went past Uganda keeper Benjamin Ochan and into the net. They then had a chance to double their lead shortly before halftime through Laudit Mavugo but the Muzinga forward could not find the target even with the net empty.

Second half

The Cranes however came back more composed and settled in the second half, Saddam Juma taking his side back level with a goal just three minutes after the restart. The goal seemed to have awakened them as they started searching for a second one more vigorous than ever in the match.

The goal finally came in the 75th minute, Issa Dau curling a beautiful free kick past a stranded Jonathan Nahimana in goal after Saddam Juma had been fouled.

The win secures third place for Uganda, who were unable to successfully retain the title they won in 2015 while Burundi finish fourth.

Uganda Starting XI: Ochan Duncan, Muwanga Bernard, Nicholas Wadada, Timothy Awany, Maddi Aggrey, Mucurezi Paul, Tom Masiko, Sadam Juma, Muleme Isaac, Derrick Nsimbabi, Nelson Senkatuuka,

Subs: Ismail Watanga, Tom Ikara, Opolo Daniel, Shafiq Bakaka, Tadeo Lwanga, Hood Kawesa, Allan Katerrega, Muzamir Mutyaba, Milton Kalisa, Kyambadde Allan, Nsubuga Joseph.

Burundi Starting XI: Jonathan Nahimana (GK), Pierre Kwizera (C), Rachid Leon Hererimana, Tresor Ndikumana, David Nsimirimana, Omar Moussa, Gael Duhayindavyi, Shasir Nahimana, Hussein Shaban, Laudit Mavugo, Fiston Abdoul Razak

Substitutes: MacArthur Arakaza, Onesme Rukundo, Steve Nahimana, Youssuf Ndayishimiye, Bienvenue Shaka, Moussa Mossi, Moussa Haphizi Herimana, Cedrick Urasenga, Eric Ndoriyobija,

 

 

Two changes have been made to Harambee Stars Starting lineup that is set to battle it out with Zanzibar Heroes in the final of this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Saturday December 17, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium.

Gor Mahia's Ernest Wendo, who was involved in Stars' last two games, has been dropped to the substitutes list with Duncan Otieno taking his place in midfield. Joining Wendo on the bench is Vincent Oburu, whose place has been handed to Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt FC.

Captain Musa Mohammed has also recovered from the injury that forced him out the match against Burundi and will line up in defence alongside Jockins Atudo, Dennis Shikayi and Wesley Onguso.

The match kicks off at 15:30

 

Starting XI:

Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohamed, Jockins Atudo, Dennis Shikayi, Wesley Onguso, Omotto Pattillah, Whyvonne Isuza, Ovella Ochieng, Duncan Otieno, George Odhiambo, Kepha Aswani

Subs:

Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samwel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellingtone Ochieng, Isaac Kipyegon, Vincent Oburu, Ernest Wendo, Chrispin Oduor.

 

Zanzibar Heroes head coach Hemed Morocco has made two changes in his starting lineup that will take on hosts Kenya in the final of this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Sunday December 17, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Left-back Mwinyi Haji returns to the squad after missing his side's semifinal match against Uganda due to two consecutive yellow cards. He will partner with Ibrahim Mohammed Said, Abdula `Sebo'Salum and Issa Haidar in defense.

Also making his way into the starting eleven is Lipuli FC forward Seif Abdallah Rashid (Karihe), who replaces Feisal Salum upfront.

Zanzibar will be seeking to disappoint Kenya for their first regional trophy since 1995. The match kicks off at 15:30.

 

Starting XI:

Mohammed Abrahman (Wawesha) 18, Ibrahim Mohamed Said (Sangula) 15, Mwinyi Haji Ngwali 16, Abdulla Salum Kheri (Sebo) 13, Issa Haidar Dau (Mwalala) 8, Abdul azizi Makame Hassan (Abui) 21, Seif Abdallah Rashid (Karihe) 12, Mohamed Issa Juma (Banka) 10, Mudathir Yahya Abass 4, Ibrahim Hamad Ahmada “Hilika” 17, Suleiman Kassim Suleiman “Seleembe” 7 (captain).

Subs:

Ahmed Ali Suleiman (Salula) 1, Nassor Mrisho Salim 30, Mohd Othman Mmanga 6, Ibrahim Abdallah Hamad 2, Abdullah Haji Shaibu (Ninja) 5, Hamad Mshamata Makame 9, Khamis Mussa Makame (Rais) 28, Abdul swamad Kassim Ali (Hasgut) 22, Adeyum Ahmed Seif 20, Feisal Salum Abdallah (Fei Toto) 3

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after his side's 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, and praised the 20 year old's contribution at left back, while also assessing Jack Wilshere's performance, the quality of our finishing and his thoughts on Rafael Benitez's job.

on Ainsley Maitland-Niles…

I believe he is the future. He can play left back, right back, central midfield. Of the three positions, maybe the least natural for him is left back, but he adapts very quickly and is a good defender. He has that sense of one against one, he is very strong, he is very quick, he has very quick recovery runs when he comes back. He has some aspects to learn: experience and he has to work on his heading. But overall, what he has done in the last three days is positive.

on Jack Wilshere completing another 90 minutes…

It’s positive. I believe that he has the basic stamina, he is like the rest of the team, he was a bit less sharp than on Wednesday night but overall what was very positive was that he didn’t weaken at all and he had this presence and his dribbling going forward. He did a good defensive job as well and overall, I’d say it’s positive that he can produce two games of that quality in four days. Let’s not forget that Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon is two and a half days, so that’s the most difficult.

on whether the game was hard work…

I would say we had plenty of chances we didn’t take. You could see that we wanted sometimes to force it a little bit, the fact that we didn’t score recently, the chances we had, played a little bit on our mind. But I would have loved it to have been a bit more comfortable on the scoreline but what was even more important was to get the three points and that’s what we did. Overall we had a serious game and you could see that we played three games in six days and the third game is a bit more difficult physically.

on Newcastle threatening to equalise late on…

We knew before the game it was a game where we had to be well-organised on set pieces, long balls and counter-attacks but we are an offensive team. I think we had plenty, plenty of chances but as long as you are at 1-0 you know a moment in the game comes where you are under threat and they have a chance. It is like that in the Premier League. When you look around, Chelsea played at home against Southampton and won 1-0. It is their third game. We are the only team basically that played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.

on whether the problem is the quality of the chances or the finishing itself…

I would say it’s the finishing. The quality of the chances was quite good.

on Rafael Benitez…

I think he is doing a good job because Newcastle is not one of the teams who invested hugely when they came up to complete at the top. So I believe the team overall look to me to be organised, they look mobile, and look to have a good spirit. The job of a manager is to take the best from the potential of his team and I believe Benitez does that very well.

 

 

Mauricio Pellegrino was unable to guarantee Virgil van Dijk will stay at Southampton after leaving the Netherlands defender on the substitutes' bench for Saturday's 1-0 loss at Chelsea.

Marcos Alonso's free kick was decisive as Saints' winless run was extended to five games to keep them in a congested lower half of the Premier League table.

Van Dijk was one of six changes to the line-up which had begun the midweek mauling by Leicester and his omission at Stamford Bridge sparked suggestions of a January departure.

Pellegrino insisted the former Celtic defender remained a key member of the squad after he started the previous 11 games, but would not rule out a move when the winter transfer window opens next month.

"Virgil is an important player,'' Pellegrino said. "I can't control the market. I'm not the owner of the player. I can have my opinion and this I have give to the technical director, to the chairman, my opinion. After the board can decide altogether which is the best for the team.''

Saints insisted last summer Van Dijk would not be sold despite a dalliance with Liverpool, while Manchester City and Chelsea have also been linked with a bid in the region of £70 million.

Asked if Saints' resolve remained, Pellegrino added: "I can't control this. I will recommend to try to keep our best player here in the club. The club was clear in the beginning and I have the same opinion.''

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expressed his admiration for Van Dijk afterwards and said: "He's a really good player. He had a bad [knee] injury, but I think he recovered very well. I wish him the best.''

Jose Mourinho has made three changes to the side that beat Bournemouth on Wednesday as Manchester United prepare to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Marcus Rashford is the big change, with the youngster replacing Anthony Martial in the lineup. Ashley Young and Ander Herrera are in for Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay. Former West Brom man Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for his side.

For the hosts, Manchester United academy graduate Jonny Evans will be leading West Brom against his former side, with Ben Foster another player up against his previous employers.

West Brom Starting XI: Foster, Nyom, Gibbs, Hegazi, Evans, Livermore, Yacob, Krychowiak, Rondón, McClean, Burk

Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Brunt, Barry, Rodriguez, McAuley, Field.

Manchester United Starting XI:  De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Lindelöf, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay, Ibrahimovic, Martial.

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after his side's 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, and praised the 20 year old's contribution at left back, while also assessing Jack Wilshere's performance, the quality of our finishing and his thoughts on Rafael Benitez's job.

on Ainsley Maitland-Niles…

I believe he is the future. He can play left back, right back, central midfield. Of the three positions, maybe the least natural for him is left back, but he adapts very quickly and is a good defender. He has that sense of one against one, he is very strong, he is very quick, he has very quick recovery runs when he comes back. He has some aspects to learn: experience and he has to work on his heading. But overall, what he has done in the last three days is positive.

on Jack Wilshere completing another 90 minutes…

It’s positive. I believe that he has the basic stamina, he is like the rest of the team, he was a bit less sharp than on Wednesday night but overall what was very positive was that he didn’t weaken at all and he had this presence and his dribbling going forward. He did a good defensive job as well and overall, I’d say it’s positive that he can produce two games of that quality in four days. Let’s not forget that Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon is two and a half days, so that’s the most difficult.

on whether the game was hard work…

I would say we had plenty of chances we didn’t take. You could see that we wanted sometimes to force it a little bit, the fact that we didn’t score recently, the chances we had, played a little bit on our mind. But I would have loved it to have been a bit more comfortable on the scoreline but what was even more important was to get the three points and that’s what we did. Overall we had a serious game and you could see that we played three games in six days and the third game is a bit more difficult physically.

on Newcastle threatening to equalise late on…

We knew before the game it was a game where we had to be well-organised on set pieces, long balls and counter-attacks but we are an offensive team. I think we had plenty, plenty of chances but as long as you are at 1-0 you know a moment in the game comes where you are under threat and they have a chance. It is like that in the Premier League. When you look around, Chelsea played at home against Southampton and won 1-0. It is their third game. We are the only team basically that played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.

on whether the problem is the quality of the chances or the finishing itself…

I would say it’s the finishing. The quality of the chances was quite good.

on Rafael Benitez…

I think he is doing a good job because Newcastle is not one of the teams who invested hugely when they came up to complete at the top. So I believe the team overall look to me to be organised, they look mobile, and look to have a good spirit. The job of a manager is to take the best from the potential of his team and I believe Benitez does that very well.

 

 

Mauricio Pellegrino was unable to guarantee Virgil van Dijk will stay at Southampton after leaving the Netherlands defender on the substitutes' bench for Saturday's 1-0 loss at Chelsea.

Marcos Alonso's free kick was decisive as Saints' winless run was extended to five games to keep them in a congested lower half of the Premier League table.

Van Dijk was one of six changes to the line-up which had begun the midweek mauling by Leicester and his omission at Stamford Bridge sparked suggestions of a January departure.

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Asked if Saints' resolve remained, Pellegrino added: "I can't control this. I will recommend to try to keep our best player here in the club. The club was clear in the beginning and I have the same opinion.''

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expressed his admiration for Van Dijk afterwards and said: "He's a really good player. He had a bad [knee] injury, but I think he recovered very well. I wish him the best.''

Arsene Wenger should have sold Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez last summer, according to Wayne Rooney.

Ozil and Sanchez have both entered the final years of their contracts at Arsenal and are no nearer to extending their deals. Germany international Ozil has been linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and former club Real Madrid, while Sanchez is expected to leave for either Man City or Paris Saint-Germain.

Former England captain Rooney believes the talented duo will leave Arsenal and has questioned their motivation and desire ‘when the going gets tough. `‘With the two of them not signing contracts in the summer, I think that told you everything,’ the Everton star told talkSPORT.

‘The way it is, I don’t think they will be at Arsenal [next season].

‘I feel they should have taken the money and looked elsewhere because, although they are top players and it is difficult to let those players leave the football club, when the going gets tough – as it is at the minute for Arsenal – you want players who want to be there and you can put your trust in. ‘If they are not going to be there at the end of the season, maybe there are a few question marks.’

Despite Ozil and Sanchez running down their contracts, Wenger remains hopeful that his players will still be at Arsenal when the January transfer window closes.

Asked at the end of last month whether he could rule out selling either or both of Sanchez and Ozil in January, Wenger said: ‘Yes, I rule it out. ‘I do not think every day about that. At the moment I think, as long as they are here, they have to give their best for the team and for the club.

‘In my head, they stay until the end of the season. That was the decision taken at the start of the season – unless something unbelievable happens, I don’t think it should change. ‘They are going into the final year of their contract. Will they stay longer? That is impossible to answer today but they have a contract until the end of the season.’

 

Sergio Ramos has had the pleasure of lifting a trophy on five separate occasions in 2017, the last of them coming in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as Real Madrid won the FIFA Club World Cup for a third time.

“You never tire of winning,” said Ramos, in conversation with FIFA.com in the corridors of the Zayed Sports City Stadium. “It’s been an historic year, an amazing year, and it’s taken a lot of hard work.”

A three-time winner of the competition, like his club, the skipper wore a broad smile in recognition of the fact that he had just achieved something unique, for never before in the club’s illustrious 115-year history has one of its captains hoisted five out of a possible six trophies aloft.

“We were aware of the record,” acknowledged Ramos. “It made us even more motivated for today’s match.”

That perhaps explains why Madrid were at their very best from the moment the final with Gremio kicked off, dominating the match from start to finish despite the narrow 1-0 scoreline, with that only goal coming from Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We gave a complete performance,” added Ramos. “It was the right result and we deserve to take the title back to the capital. Now we need to keep on improving and get our confidence back.”

All down to Zidane

“He’s the captain of the ship and he’s got his hand on the tiller. We were very pleased when he arrived and we’ve been right behind him since day one. It’s been two years of triumphs and titles and he’s had a very big hand in everything that the team’s achieved. We’ve got to try and keep these good times rolling.”

Hot on the heels on Gento

This third Club World Cup takes to 18 the number of trophies the central defender has won with the Madrid giants. “That’s pretty good,” he said. “We’re one step closer to the players who’ve won most titles. On a personal level, it’s also an objective for me.” That objective is to catch the legendary Paco Gento, who won 23 titles in his Madrid career, more than any other player in the club’s history. “It’s a good sign that the team keeps on lifting trophies, because it’s also good for me individually.”

Level with Barça

“It’s not bad at all,” he said with a cheeky grin. “Barcelona have also done really well in the last few years. It’s always important for us to try and catch up with the best and excel ourselves. And now that we’ve pulled level, we’re going to try and move past them.”

Alexandre Lacazette has reclaimed his starting role as Arsenal and Newcastle named their respective squads taht will face each other in a Premier League match on Saturday December 16, 2017 at the Emirates Stadium.

 

Below is how the teams will lineup:

 

Arsenal Starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Wilshere; Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny, Welbeck, Giroud

Newcastle Starting XI: Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Hayden, Merino, Atsu, Perez, Murphy, Joselu

Subs: Clark, Dummett, Gayle, Diame, Ritchie, Aarons, Darlow

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

 

South Africa were crowned Champions of this year's Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships after recording a 2-1 victory over Lesotho in a match played on Saturday December 15, 2017 at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.

Egypt secured third place in the ongoing 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships after overcoming Uganda 3-1 in a third-place playoff match played on Saturday December 16, 2017 at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.

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Tanzanian government have informed SportPesa Limited that they also want to see a Tanzanian team play against Everton on July 12 at the National Stadium. Gor Mahia are the ones with the opportunity after winning the SportPesa Super Cup finals.

Director of Sports Development in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Yusuph Singo confirmed that they have asked the betting firm to organize a friendly match between Everton and one of Tanzania's bigwigs.

``We have asked them (SportPesa) to organse a special friendly match between Yanga and Simba later this month,'' said Singo.

``If all goes well, the winner of the match will confront Everton at the National Stadium. I am sure many local soccer fans would like to see the English Premier League team face one of the top teams in the country,'' he added.

 

Everton are considering a pre-season friendly in Tanzania as part of their expected new sponsorship deal with SportPesa.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released fixtures for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) that is set to be held in Kenya in January.

CHAN is a football tournament which was first announced on 11 September 2007. It is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season. Expatriate players, regardless of where they play, even in Africa, are not qualified to take part in the African Championship of Nations.

The first tournament was held in 2009. It was hosted by Ivory Coast and won by The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The competition was expanded to 16 teams for the second tournament, held in Sudan in 2011. The tournament was won by Tunisia, in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution. The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.

The fixtures have been divided into four groups; West zone A, West Zone B, Central East Zone and Southern Zone. Teams in both West Zones will be playing in their second round of the qualifiers while those in Central East and Southern Zones will be competing in the first round.

In West Zone A, Sierra Leone face Senegal while Guinea clash with neighbours Guinea-Bissau on Saturday July 15, 2017 with the return matches expected to be played a fortnight later. 

In West Zone B, Togo will battle it out with Benin on Sunday July 16, 2017 with the return match a week later in Cotonou, Benin.

Four fixtures will be staged in Central East Zone with South Sudan lined up against Uganda, Tanzania with Rwanda and Djibouti with Ethiopia.

In Southern East Zone, Botswana host South Africa on Saturday 15 July while Zimbabwe visit Namibia a day later.

West Zone A

1.Sierra Leone vs Senegal -15.7.2017 (16:30,Freetown/Siaka Stevens Stadium)

  Senegal vs Sierra Leone-22.7.2017 (17:00,Dakar/Stade Demba Diop)

2.Guinea-Bissau vs Guinea-15.7.2017 (16:00,Bissau/Estadio 24 de Setembro)

  Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau-22.7.2017  (16:30,Conakry/Stade 28 Septembre)

3. Liberia vs Mauritania-16.7.2017 (16:00,Paynesville/Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex)

  Mauritania vs Liberia-23.7.2017 (17:00)

4.Gambia vs Mali-15.7.2017 (16:30,Bakau/Independence Stadium)

  Mali vs Gambia-22.7.2017 (17:00,Bamako/Stade Modibo Keita)

West Zone B

1.Togo vs Benin-16.7.2017 (15:00,Lomé/Stade de Kégué de Lomé)

  Benin vs Togo-23.7.2017 (16:00,Cotonou/Stade de l'Amitié de Kouhounou)

*Exempted  Burkina Faso, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria

Central East Zone

1.South Sudan vs Uganda-14.7.2017 (16:30,/Juba stadum)

  Uganda vs South Sudan-22.7.2017 (16:00,Kampala/Phillip Omondi Stadium)

2.Tanzania vs Rwanda-15.7.2017 (16:00,Mwanza/CCM KIRUMBA Stadium)

  Rwanda vs Tanzania-22.7.2017 (15:30,Kigali/STADE REGIONAL DE NYAMIRAMBO)

3.Djibouti vs Ethiopia-15.7.2017 (15:00,Djibouti Ville/Stade Gouled)

   Ethiopia vs Djibouti-23.7.2017 (19:00,hawass/Hawass International Stadium)

4.Burundi vs Sudan-15.7.2017 (15:00,Bujumbura/Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore)

  Sudan vs Burundi-21.7.2017 (20:00,Khartoum/Khartoum Stadium)

Southern Zone

1.Madagascar vs Mozambique-16.7.2017 (14:30,Antananarivo/Stade Municipal de Mahamasina)

  Mozambique vs Madagascar-23.7.2017 (15:00,Maputo/Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto)

2.Maurice vs Angola-16.7.2017 (15:30,Belle Vue/Anjalay Stadium)

  Angola vs Maurice-23.7.2017 (16:30,Luanda/Estadio 11 de Novembro)

3.Comoros vs Lesotho-15.7.2017 (15:00,Moroni/Stade de Moroni)

  Lesotho vs Comoros-23.7.2017 (15:00,Maseru/Setsoto Stadium)

4.Namibia vs Zimbabwe-16.7.2017 (15:00,Windhoek/Sam Nujoma Stadium)

  Zimbabwe vs Namibia-23.7.2017 (15:00,Harare/National Sports Stadium)

5.Botswana vs South Africa-15.7.2017 (15:30,City of Francistown/Francistown Sports Complex Stadium)

  South Africa vs Botswana-22.7.2017 (15:00,Moruleng/Moruleng Stadium)

6.Swaziland vs Zambia-16.7.2017 (15:00,Lobamba/Somhlolo National Stadium)

  Zambia vs Swaziland-22.7.2017 (15:00,Lusaka/Heroes National Stadium)

 

 

 

Former Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga has come out to praise the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for the key role he has paid in developing the career of his brother Victor Wanyama.  

The Kenyan International skipper has been a vital part of the Spurs midfield, prove of just how much Pochettino trusts Wanyama. Big Vic first played under the Argentine gaffer at Southampton and were later reunited at Tottenham last summer.

“He (Wanyama) said Pochettino is the coach who has made him. He’s the one who, when Victor came to Southampton, he taught him what to do and how to play, all the things. He’s the one who taught him everything and made even more qualities for Victor. He gave him exposure and confidence. If you don’t have confidence from the coach, you cannot perform well. He’s helped him a lot,” Mariga told ESPN.

Pochettino’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation has suited Wanyama perfectly as he provides cover to the wing backs when they move forward to attack, something that has put Wanyama in favor with both the manager and the Spurs supporters.

The midfielder will be expected to take his spot back in the starting XI for the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea at Wembley this Saturday evening after a minor injury.

As the title race stiffens and Spurs still on track for the cup glory, Wanyama may just be the rock Tottenham needs to win the first trophy in over years.

Work has been completed on the first proposed venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - the Khalifa International Stadium. More than five years before the tournament kicks off, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has confirmed extensive renovations on the 40,000-seater venue are now finished.

The renovations include the installation of revolutionary cooling technology promised during Qatar's successful bid, which will keep the pitch at an optimum 26 degrees and the stands somewhere between 24 and 28 degrees.

SC secretary general H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: "The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.

"As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike. I'm proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for."

The stadium, originally constructed in 1976, will first host the 2017 Emir Cup final on Friday and will also be the venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani added: "Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar's biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976.

"It is therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar's football calendar, the 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, and we look forward to welcoming fans into the magnificent remodelled stadium on Friday evening."

Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has described joining Crystal Palace as the “worst decision” of his career.

The 33-year-old Togolese striker is currently playing for Turkish side ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir after being released by the Eagles in the summer of 2016.

Adebayor signed a six-month deal with Palace at the beginning of 2016 – a decision he says he would reverse if given the opportunity.

“I had some great experiences in England in clubs who are among the best in the country,” he told L’Équipe, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

“I was happy there, my family too. The only error that I made was to sign for Crystal Palace in January 2016.

“I did it just to please my entourage, who were saying to me: ‘Manu, you have to start playing again!’ It was the worst decision of my career.”

He would played 15 senior matches for Palace under then boss Alan Pardew scoring once in a losing effort to Watford.

It turned out to be his worst return for a single club since turning professional nearly 20 years ago with hometown side AC Merlan Lome.

Prior to relocating to Selhurst Park, the enigmatic centre-forward had already plied his trade with three different English clubs, most notably Arsenal from whom he joined Manchester City before returning to North London with Tottenham Hotspur.

In his first season with Ba?ak?ehir, the former Monaco man, has managed to register six goals across 11 league appearances including a hat-trick against Galatasaray.

 

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