Senegal will meet hosts Zambia in Sunday's final of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Guinea 1-0 in Thursday's semis. The Senegalese took an early lead in Ndola as Aliou Badji struck after 12 minutes. In first-half stoppage time, Ibrahima Niana had the chance to double Senegal's lead but his penalty was saved by Moussa Camara. Senegal have reached the final for the second tournament running. They contested the final for the first time in 2015 but were beaten by Nigeria. Neither Senegal nor Zambia, who beat South Africa 1-0 on Wednesday, in have ever won the tournament before. Sunday's game will be played at the Heroes National Stadium in the capital Lusaka. Source :BBC Sports
Soccer loving fans in Ghana have predicted a Ghana, Egypt final in this year's African Nations in Gabon. A lot of Ghanaians fans have said that a repeat of the 2010 final clash between the two teams which Egypt won by a lone goal is likely to happen again this year. Ghana has Cameroon to play in the semi final stage whiles Egypt face Burkina Faso on Wednesday and Thursday respectively but a majority of fans are with the view we might see an all group D final. The Black Stars progressed to the next round of the competition with a 2-1 win over DR Congo while the Pharoahs narrowly defeated Morroco to reach the Semis. With the kind of display from both sides especially in their quarter final games, many followers of the game have tipped these two countries to meet in the final ...
Liverpool's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is set to return from Africa in time for the Chelsea clash on Tuesday night. The Premier League leaders will visit Anfield in a crunch game for Jurgen Klopp’s faltering side and Mane’s presence could prove the lift needed to get the season on track. Mane missed a penalty in a shootout against Cameroon in the AFCON quarter finals on Saturday night following a 0-0 draw and that has ended Senegal’s participation in the competition. Liverpool have looked a very different side without the former Southampton man since he departed for Africa earlier this month and the return of his pace and directness will be a welcome one for the club. It is expected that he will only be able to make the substitute bench for the game after arriving back o
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 Congolese 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 in 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.
Zimbabwe skipper Willard Katsande has retired from international football with immediate effect after the Warriors bowed out of the 2017 Afcon after one draw and two defeats. Katsande, who has played a pivotal role in the team, intimated that it was time to step aside and allow the younger generation to take over as he concentrates on his club career. “I have decided to call time on my national team career after bowing out from Afcon. It comes a time where you have to make the hard decisions as you know I am 31 and it’s just the right time to now fully concentrate on my club career at Kaizer Chiefs,” Katsande told supersport.com. “We played well but we have not been consistent conceding goal despite working hard but we take back lesson home and hopefully things will be differe
Ghana Black Stars have progressed to the quarter final stage of the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon after beating Mali by a lone goal. The Black Stars through skipper Asamoah Gyan recorded a 1-0 over the Malians to qualify for the next round of the competition. The former Sunderland man headed home the only goal of the game when he connected with a Jordan Ayew cross to give his side the win. The Malians came in strong in the second half and kept knocking for the equaliser but failed to turn their numerous chances into goals. Coach Avram Grants men looked lost in the second half as Mali kept controlling the game till the end of the game. Forward Marega nearly got the much needed point in for his side but saw his shot go over the cross bar. They near
Senegal have included five England-based players in the 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Teranga Lions could be spearheaded in attack by Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke. And their midfield could be filled by three more from England in the shape of Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham, Newcastle's Mohamed Diame and Everton's Idrissa Gana Gueye. Senegal begin their campaign in Gabon on 15 January against Tunisia. They will also face Algeria and Zimbabwe in Group B at the tournament, which is being held between 14 January and 5 February. Senegal squad: Goalkeepers: Khadim N'Diaye (Horoya AC, Guinea), Abdoulaye Diallo (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey), Pape Seydou N'Diaye (ASC Niarry Tally) Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Cheikh
Ghana ended this year as the ninth best National team in Africa and 53rd in the FIFA ranking December edition released on Thursday. Senegal came first in Africa urging out Ivory Coast who occupied the top spot in the November list. Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by world governing body Fifa. All the countries bar Nigeria will be among the 16 challengers for the Cup of Nations title when Gabon stages the 2017 tournament between January 14 and February 5. The Ghana Black Stars have suffer a dip in form in 2016 but maintained their position on the list. The Stars will be hoping to move up by exhibiting a sterling performance in the African cup of nations competit
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 Diafra 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