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Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal crashed out of Wafu

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Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire only have themselves to blame after crashing out of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations following their goalless draw in their final Group B game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 19. Senegal came out the blocks firing and created the first chance on goal in the opening minute when Assane Mbodji met a cross from the right, showing good skill to bring it under control before shooting wide from 14-yards out. The action quickly switched to the other end of the field when Ivorian Babou Diarra saw his powerful long range free-kick brilliantly saved by the keeper in the fifth minute. The next opportunity in front of goal only came in the 25th minute when Daouda Dieme cut into the Cote d’Ivoire box from the left flank, beating two defenders before
Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

Salisu Yusif praises Nigeria’s efficiency

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Nigeria coach Salisu Yusif praised the efficiency of his team as they beat hosts Ghana 2-0 on Monday, September 18 in their last Group A match to reach the last four of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. Second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses in a spate of three minutes swiftly improved their fortunes. The Super Eagles had drawn their opening two matches in the group phase and needed a win to remain in the competition. Nigeria's positive response excites head coach Yusuf who made five changes to the starting line-up that faced Guinea. “Against Ghana we took our chances,” said the Super Eagles coach. “In the first half we couldn't score. In the second half, our first two chances we scored the goals and we still missed some two chances. “Like I told you earlie
Burkina Faso go to Cas over South Africa v Senegal 2018 replay

Burkina Faso go to Cas over South Africa v Senegal 2018 replay

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The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over the replaying of a World Cup tie. Fifa ordered the tie between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed due to "match manipulation" by the referee. South Africa won the match 2-1 and decided against appealing the order. The FBF says it "continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority." The statement continued: "the federation, which relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions." Cas confirmed it received the documents from the FBF for the appeal on 19 September. ...
Super Eagles soar into WAFU semifinals

Super Eagles soar into WAFU semifinals

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Second half goals from Anthony Okpotu and Peter Moses handed Nigeria a 2-0 win over Ghana in their final Group A game of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 18 and consequently a place in the semifinals of the competition. The Super Eagles started fast and created their first chance on goal in the sixth minute when John Friday intercepted a bad back pass and was left with just the keeper to beat, but he fluffed his shot wide. A minute later Ghana suffered a big set-back when Isaac Twum left the field injured and was replaced by Ahmed Adams. Nigeria continued to boss the game and almost scored in the 13th minute when Anthony Okpotu broke behind Black Stars defence and even beat the keeper with his shot, but defender Vincent Atingah mad...
TP Mazembe seize quarter-final advantage

TP Mazembe seize quarter-final advantage

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Holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo won the first leg of their Confederation Cup quarter-final against Al Hilal Obeid 2-1 in Sudan on Saturday. Ben Malango struck twice for the defending champions to give them the advantage heading into their home leg next weekend. Mazembe suffered an early blow after defender Kevin Mondeko scored an own-goal to give the hosts a 23rd minute lead. Malongo equalised for Mazembe just seven minutes later, with his winner coming from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute. In other quarter-final first leg matches, Karim Benarif hit a 19th minute penalty to give Morocco's FUS Rabat a slender 1-0 win in their home leg against Tunisians CS Sfaxien. Algerian side Mouloudia Alger also won their home leg 1-0 on Saturday night against ...
Sundowns secure narrow win over Wydad

Sundowns secure narrow win over Wydad

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South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns continued the defence of their African Champions League crown with a 1-0 home victory over Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of their quarter-final. A depleted Sundowns side, missing some key players through injury, found goals hard to come by in a barren first half. After the break, Sundowns brought on Ivorian forward Yannick Zakri for Sibusiso Vilakazi, and the substitution paid off, with Zakri scoring in the 70th minute. Zakri had been a big doubt before the game as he struggled to shake off a groin problem. Sundowns will take their slender lead to Morocco on Saturday 23 September for the second leg. In the other match on Sunday, Al Ahly Tripoli were set to play Tunisia's Etoile do Sahel in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Al ...
Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears early exit

Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears early exit

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Senegal coach Moustapha Seck fears his side could face early elimination after a 2-1 defeat to Niger on Friday, September 15 in their opening Group B match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. The Teranga Lions were the better team in the second half and managed to level the scores in the 61st minute thanks to a goal from Assane Mbodji. This was after Niger had gone ahead on 28 minutes through Victorien Adje Adebayor, but a late goal from Hinsa Issoufou in the 89th minute handed Niger the win. “Let me first congratulate our opponents Niger for winning this match,” said Seck after the loss. “Who said Senegal is a favorite for the tournament. “All the teams here are equal only for the players on the pitch to fight to change things. “Our first match wasn't good but today we
Diabate: Niger are here to win WAFU 2017

Diabate: Niger are here to win WAFU 2017

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Niger assistant coach Chieck Omar Diabate says his inexperienced squad is hungry for success at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. The Menas gave their title winning chance a shot with a 2-1 win over Senegal in their opening Group B match on Friday, September 15. After suffering elimination in the 2017 African Nations Championship, Diabate expects the select band of players to use this tournament to placate their fans. “We have a young team and we started by eliminating Burkina Faso and we have now come to the group stage and our first victim is Senegal. That means we are a good side,” said the assistant Niger coach. “Senegal are not a small team. Technically and tactically they are strong but our boys are really willing to do something because we were eliminated from the
Charbel Gomez goal stun Elephants

Charbel Gomez goal stun Elephants

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A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15. The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goal wards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny. Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again. Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped
Kolo Toure joins Celtic as technical assistant after ending playing career

Kolo Toure joins Celtic as technical assistant after ending playing career

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Kolo Toure says he "couldn't be happier" after returning to Celtic to join the club's coaching staff as a technical assistant. Toure, 36, made 17 appearances for Celtic last season before ending his playing career to focus on coaching. "This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now," Toure told the Celtic website. "I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching." In his new role, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters" and using his knowledge to assist Celtic's various youth levels. After taking up a coaching role with the Ivory Coast national set-up in the summer, Toure is relishing his coaching opportunity in the Scottish ...