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Ghana’s opponent Egypt names 27 provisional AFCON squad

Ghana’s opponent Egypt names 27 provisional AFCON squad

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Roma forward Mohamed Salah, who has been out with an ankle injury, is among the 27 names on Egypt's preliminary list for African Cup of Nations in Gabon. Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny is another of 11 foreign - based players in the squad. Coach Hector Cuper also handed surprise call-ups for Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim, Al Masry striker Ahmed Gomaa and Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awad. Only four players - Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Ahmed Fathi - have played at a Nations Cup before. The Pharaohs will start preparations on 1 January and play a friendly match with Tunisia on 8 January in Cairo International Stadium. Cuper must cut four players to get his final 23-man squad for the tournament in Gabon, which will be played between 14 January a...
Former Zambian skipper Katongo paves way for coaching

Former Zambian skipper Katongo paves way for coaching

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Former Zambia captain Christopher Katongo has begun studying for his coaching badges as he considers a future career in coaching. The 34-year-old, who led his country to 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title, is still playing for Zambian top- flight side Green Buffaloes. "Now I'm still thinking about playing. But after retiring, I'll know what I want to do next," he told BBC Sport. "Coaching is just one of the options hence me getting the basic training." Katongo has already acquired some coaching qualifications with Zambian Football Association as well as the Confederation of African Football. "It's important for me to get these badges because anything can happen in life," added the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year. "I am approaching the end of my career though I feel 
Injury worries for Egypt ahead of AFCON

Injury worries for Egypt ahead of AFCON

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Egypt will be without the services of their Al Ahly defender Rami Rabia at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon because of injury. It is a blow for the Pharaohs who are back at Africa's showpiece football event after a seven year absence. The last time they featured at a finals - in Angola in 2010 - they were crowned champions for a record seventh time. Egypt will play in Group D of the Nations Cup in Gabon, alongside Ghana, Uganda and Mali. The Pharaohs head coach, Hector Cuper, was already sweating over the fitness of his Roma winger Mohamed Salah, who suffered an injury in Italy. Now, Cuper has a worry in his defence after Al Ahly announced the injury to Rami Rabia. "Rabia picked up an injury in training on Sunday. A scan has shown he will be sidelined for six weeks,
Ghana’s opponent Uganda facing finicial crisis ahead of AFCON

Ghana’s opponent Uganda facing finicial crisis ahead of AFCON

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The Uganda Cranes are facing a financial crisis as they embark on their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon - their first appearance at the finals in 39 years. Decolas Kiiza, the Uganda Football Association's head of Finance, told BBC Sport they are still waiting for a cash-advance which the Ugandan government had promised to give them. Kiiza claims the money is vital to help the Cranes in their preparations and then at the tournament itself. "We made a budget of US$2,122,909 and after consultations and meetings with officials from the Ministry of Education and Sport and the National Council of Sports, the budget was slashed to US $1,226,855. But that money has not come as yet," said Kiiza. He says they have had to fund the team from the FA's own limited resources
Gabon names final squad for AFCON

Gabon names final squad for AFCON

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the cast for Gabon as the hosts became the first team to name their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad. The team captain and Borussia Dortmund star will lead the home players out for the opening game of the tournament against debutants Guinea-Bissau on 14 January in Libreville. Gabon have also named Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong despite the player being left out of November's World Cup qualifier in Mali. Ndong was in the capital city Libreville but failed to turn up for international duty ahead of the Mali game last month, forcing the Gabonese Football Federation [Fegafoot] to send him back to England. But a remorseful Ndong, who held clear-the-air talks with Fegafoot has been included in a 23-man Panthers squad. Other names to ma
Song back from the brink after stroke

Song back from the brink after stroke

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Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song is fit again after a narrow brush with death when suffering a stroke in early October, he explained in an interview published by French daily L'Equipe on Saturday. "I'm back from the brink," the former Liverpool and West Ham defender who led Cameroon to back-to-back African Cup of Nations declared. "My blood pressure was up at like 25 and it felt like my head was exploding," he said of his stroke, suffered at his home in Yaounde October 3. "I was lucky to fall on my side and that way when I went down my tongue came out." "My dog started barking and the concierge came up but didn't dare come in. But then a friend showed up and got me help," he explained. The 40-year-old was airlifted to France for specialist treatment after suffering
Premier league teams to miss key players to AFCON

Premier league teams to miss key players to AFCON

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Leicester could be the hardest hit ahead ahead of the departure of several stars for the january African Cup of Nations competition in Gabon. Players including Ghanaian duo Jeffery Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Yohan Benaloaune of Tunisia will all be away playing for their countries in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Most English clubs will miss most of their stars but it looks like the biggest to suffer the hit is English champions Leicester city. The foxes could lose up to five players to the biggest football festival on the african continent. Arsenal will also miss the services of Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the period but will still have youngster Alex Iwobi of Nigeria around since his country will not be taking part in t
Former Super Eagles captain Daniel Amokachi in Nigeria cash- to – play claims

Former Super Eagles captain Daniel Amokachi in Nigeria cash- to – play claims

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Former Nigeria captain Daniel Amokachi has said the practice of local coaches being bribed to invite players onto the country's national teams is endemic. Despite no one being found guilty of the accusation, there have long been suspicions it happens in Nigeria. "Agents always come to give money for their players to be invited to camp," said Amokachi. "Does it have to be so?" The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked Amokachi to produce evidence to support his claims. If Amokachi has evidence of what he has said, he should bring it forward and we will take it up Mohammed Sanusi, NFF General Secretary The 43-year-old, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1994, says it is time people spoke up about an issue that he says has long bedevilled the Nigerian ga
CAF Player of the Year: Aubameyang, Mahrez and Mane make shortlist

CAF Player of the Year: Aubameyang, Mahrez and Mane make shortlist

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 Borussia Dortmund and Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still in line to retain his African Player of the Year crown after making the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) final three-man shortlist.The 27-year-old will go up against Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez – the BBC’s 2016 African Footballer of the Year – and Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Islam Slimani of Algeria both missed out having made the final five. Caf confirmed that the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday 5 January in Abuja, Nigeria. Aubameyang’s victory last year ended Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure’s run of winning the trophy in four successive years. Mahrez stands a great chance of dethroning him after a stunning 2016 in
Injury worries for  Senegal as Sakho pulls out of AFCON

Injury worries for Senegal as Sakho pulls out of AFCON

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West Ham and Senegal striker Diafra Sakho will miss the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after being ruled out for up to eight more weeks with a back injury. The Hammers said on 30 November the 26-year-old would be missing for six weeks because of a thigh injury, meaning he would not return until mid-January. But boss Slaven Bilic said on Thursday that Sakho faced up to eight more weeks out, taking him to mid- February. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations starts on 14 January. Two years ago, Sakho withdrew from Senegal's squad with a back injury but scored 18 days later in West Ham's FA Cup 1-0 win at Bristol City. As a result, the club were fined £71,000 by world governing body Fifa. Last month, in only his second appearance of an injury- plagued season, he scored in a 1-1 draw