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Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

African Sports
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...
World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament

World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament

African Sports
The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday, at which point Fifa will confirm the bidders. The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid. The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) gave its backing to a Moroccan bid in July. A total of 48 teams, rather than the current 32, will compete at an expanded tournament in 2026 after changes announced by Fifa earlier this year. The decision on who will host event will be made in 2020. Fifa's rotational hosting policy mean...
Africa Cup of Nations expands to 24 teams from 2019

Africa Cup of Nations expands to 24 teams from 2019

African Sports
The Africa Cup of Nations will be contested by 24 teams when the next tournament takes place in 2019, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf's executive committee rubber-stamped the proposal on Thursday at a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa's flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996. A decision on whether the finals will be moved from January and February to June and July is still awaited. The expansion of the tournament could create problems for Cameroon, which will host the next finals, with the Central African nation's sports minister having to deny reports that preparations were behind schedule this week. The move follows a two-day symposium organised by Caf president Ahmad to discuss the state of African football. Further c...
Michel Dussuyer resigns as Ivory Coast manager

Michel Dussuyer resigns as Ivory Coast manager

Local News
Head Coach of the Ivorian National team Michel Dussuyer has left his job following his team's early elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Elephants were knocked out of this year's tournament after losing 1 - 0 to Morroco. The Frenchman's decision to resign after 18 months in the job was announced by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). The Elephants failed to register a win in Gabon, after draws with Togo and DR Congo and the defeat to the Moroccans. The federation's statement praised Dussuyer's "professionalism, commitment and human quality", adding that "the appropriate measures will be put in place to find his successor".
Ghana to play DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday

Ghana to play DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday

Local News
The Ghana Senior men team Black Stars will play  it African Cup of Nations quarter final game on sunday against DR Congo. The Black Stars will travel to Oyem a city in Gabon to face the Cingolese side who topped Group C with 7 points. Ghana finished second behind Egypt after losing 1-0 to the Pharaohs in their last Group D game. DR Congo recorded two wins against Morocco and Togo and drew 2-2 with defending champions Ivory Coast whereas Ghana by lone goals against Uganda and Mali before falling to Egypt ib their last game. The last time the two sides met at the Nations cup tournaments was in 2013 where they settled for a 2-2 draw scoreline. The winner of the tie will play the winner in the Senegal, Cameroon clash.
DR Congo players boycott training over bonus reduction

DR Congo players boycott training over bonus reduction

African Sports
t The DR Congo squad boycotted their training session on Friday, just three days before their opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations. The players are protesting over reduced bonus payments for the finals in Gabon as well as payments owed from 2015. "This has been happening for years and years. We always prepare well but there is always a problem with bonuses," said Norwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. DR Congo are scheduled to play Morocco on Monday in their first Group C match. The Leopards reached the semi-final at the Nations Cup two years ago in Equatorial Guinea and finished in third place. But the players insist they have yet to receive their financial rewards for the achievement. DR Congo's sports minister Willy Bakonga has led a delegation of 100 officials
Morroco’s Belhanda ruled out of AFCON

Morroco’s Belhanda ruled out of AFCON

International News
A toe injury means Nice's Younes Belhanda is set to miss Morocco's campaign at January's Africa Cup of Nations. The 26-year-old midfielder has been ruled out for between four and six weeks by top-of-the-table Nice. He was injured on Wednesday in Nice's goalless draw at Bordeaux. His absence might mean a call-up for Ajax Amsterdam's Hakim Ziyech, who was surprisingly left out of Morocco's preliminary squad. Originally coach Herve Renard said he had no place for the 23-year-old in his list of 26 because Belhanda and Mbarak Boussoufa were his first choices as playmakers. "To play behind the striker, I already have Belhanda and Boussoufa, who are on form and playing in clubs who are leaders of their championship," he said. "At some point, you have to make choices." "I