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Morocco replace Kenya as 2018 CHAN hosts

Morocco replace Kenya as 2018 CHAN hosts

African Sports
Morocco replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organisers announced on Sunday. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea. They replace Kenya, who had their rights to host withdrawn by Caf due to a lack of preparation. The tournament for locally-based players is scheduled to take place in January and February 2018. The decision to move the competition was made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Third candidates, Ethiopia, were not considered, after not providing a letter of guarantee from the country's government. The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco's place - now freed up as host...
Sports Ministry declares Ghana readiness to host the 2018 CHAN

Sports Ministry declares Ghana readiness to host the 2018 CHAN

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Ghana’s Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah says the country is ready to bid and host the 2018 CHAN tournament. Original host Kenya have been stripped of the hosting rights following CAF executive meeting in Accra last Saturday. CAF cited slow preparations for the January 12-February 4 tournament as the reason of taking the hosting rights from Kenya. With the Black Stars B failing to qualify for the tournament-many have suggested that Government should bid for the championship to enable Ghana participate in the competition. Hon Isaac Asiamah says the country is ready to host any CAF organised competition. “Ghana is already hosting CAF Africa Women Championship in 2018. We just got the information that CAF have stripped off the hosting right from Kenya due to some reaso
Ghana Coach Maxwell Konadu: WAFU success makes up for CHAN failure

Ghana Coach Maxwell Konadu: WAFU success makes up for CHAN failure

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Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu believes winning the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations will make up for their inability to qualify for next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament. The Black Stars clobbered arch-rivals Nigeria 4-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, September 24 to defend the title they won four years ago on home soil. Striker Stephen Sarfo scored just before the half time whistle when he fired home from inside the box. Second-half substitute Patrick Razak made a huge impact winning two penalties when he came on in the 57th minute. The first one was converted by defender Vincent Atingah who was sent off late on after picking up a second yellow card. Sarfo was at hand to convert the other and register his tournament's fourth goal to win the Golden Boot a...
Kenya stripped of hosting rights for CHAN 2018

Kenya stripped of hosting rights for CHAN 2018

African Sports
Kenya has been stripped of the right to host the CHAN 2018 following a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee meeting in Accra. The decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day meeting headed by Caf's president Ahmad. The Confederations of African football (CAF) announced that the decision to move the tournament was made "in light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country." The 16-team tournament for locally-based players only, is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018. A Caf inspection team visited Kenya from 11 to 17 September 2017 and found that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the event. Some Caf officials in Accra also expressed concern about t...
Kenya: Caf calls off next week’s CHAN inspection visit

Kenya: Caf calls off next week’s CHAN inspection visit

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has called off its forthcoming inspection visit to Kenya, hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). The visit was scheduled to begin on Thursday 7 September, but Kenya's Football Federation (FKF) said the current political situation in Kenya prompted Caf to take the decision. On Friday, a Supreme Court ruling annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's election victory in the recent Presidential elections. "We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings, Caf will be sending its 2nd Vice president Mr. Constant Omari Selemani to assess the political and security situation of the country, before they can proceed with the inspection visit," said FKF president Nick Mwendwa. "Consequently, the planned inspection visi...
Kenya: Work begins on CHAN stadia as CAF lays open options

Kenya: Work begins on CHAN stadia as CAF lays open options

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Upgrading of stadiums for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) has began as Kenya strives to beat the deadline to host the tournament. This even as it emerged that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has identified a standby host in case Kenya fails to be ready for the event. The tournament could go to Morocco. “I can confirm that works have began at Nyayo Stadium and the rest of contractors will be on site from tomorrow. We completed giving out the contracts at the weekend,” he said.He added: “The contractors understand the urgency of the works and we expect them to ensure that they have done a huge chunk of it before the inspectors arrive.” Apart from Nyayo Stadium, other stadia that will be upgraded are Kipchoge Keino, Meru and Machakos. Football Keny
Match Report: Ghana fails to qualify for CHAN

Match Report: Ghana fails to qualify for CHAN

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The Black Stars B side of Ghana failed to qualify for the CHAN tournament after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home against Burkina Faso. After playing a 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou in the first leg, The Burkinabes put up a splendid performance to eliminated the two times finalist in a game played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. Burkina Faso scored two goals in the second half through Mohammed Sydney Sylla and Herman Nikiema to end the first half 2-0 in their favor. The Ghanaians came into the second half stronger with the hope of getting back into the game by mounting intense pressure on the Burkinabes and pulled one goal back through Felix Addo. Ghana kept knocking on the doors of Burkina Faso for the equalizer but the likes of Thomas Abbey, Isaac Twum and Patrick Razak...
Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

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The African Nations Championship (CHAN) holders, the Democratic Republic of Congo, failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Kenya following a shock elimination by Congo Brazzaville. DR Congo could only draw 1-1 with their rivals in Kinshasa, having drawn the first leg of their qualifier 0-0. It put Congo Brazzaville through on the away-goals ruling. Also on Saturday, Zambia knocked out South Africa with a 2-0 win in Ndola to progress 4-2 on aggregate. In other results on Saturday, Uganda progressed 3-2 overall despite a 2-0 defeat in Rwanda, and Nigeria overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit against Benin to qualify 2-1 overall thanks to a 2-0 win at home in their second leg. On Friday,Morroco and Libya knocked out Egypt and Algeria respectively as they booked their places at Ke...
BlackStars B returns from Ouagadougou

BlackStars B returns from Ouagadougou

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Photo credit: Tophic Abdul Sienu The Black Stars B side has arrived in Ghana after their CHAN qualifier game against Burkina Faso on Saturday in Ouagadougou. The locally based Ghanaian national side arrived in the country on Sunday morning after their 2-2 stalemate with the Burkinabe side. Black Stars will host Burkina Faso at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi on Sunday August 20, 2017a for the return leg. Coach Maxwell Konadu's side will be hoping for a win on the day as they seek to make it to the competition in Kenya next year January.  
Black Stars B poised for Victory over Burkina Faso

Black Stars B poised for Victory over Burkina Faso

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The Black Stars B will be eyeing a good results Today when they play as guest to Burkina Faso in the CHAN qualifier. The game slated for the Stade du Auot will see the locally based national side will play their West African neighbors as they bid to make it to next year's competition in Kenya. Coach Maxwell Konadu will hope his side gets a convincing results to make the return leg an easy ride. Ghana will be relying on players like Saddick Adams, Winful Cobbina, Patrick Razak, Thomas Abbey,Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Awal Mohamed, Zakaria Mumuni, Gideon Waja and among others. Despite losing their last friendly against Attram Academy, the technical handlers of the team are still confident the players will put up a good show. Ghana are bent on making this competition t...