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Egypt won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations

February 1st, 2010 No comments

phpEsxF8ySubstitute Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagui scored in the 85th minute at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final to defeat Ghana 1-0 on Sunday in Luanda. It is the Pharaohs’ seventh continental trophy and third on the trot, which is a new Cup of Nations record.

All five of tournament top-scorer Nagui’s goals in the event came from off the bench, and he never played much longer than half an hour in any of the matches. He entered the final in the 70th minute for Emad Moteab, and a quarter of an hour later broke brave Ghanaian hearts with the match’s only moment of attacking brilliance.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ finalists Ghana brought an injury-depleted team to Angola, but punched well above their weight to reach their first final since 1992.

The four-time CAN champions had won each of their last three matches by a 1-0 score, and for most of the final they stymied the vaunted Egyptian attack and showed they were every bit deserving of their place.

But in the end, Egypt extended an historic march with their 19th match unbeaten. Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hassan, Emad Moteab, Essam Al Hadary and Wael Gomaa all lifted their third trophy, with Hassan, who was also named the tournament’s best player, becoming the first to win four medals (also 1998). Al Hadary also picked up his third consecutive Best Goalkeeper at the CAN. Read more…

Malawi 3-0 Algeria

January 12th, 2010 No comments

phpAifcKrAlgeria defeat Malawi 3-0 in a duel continued group qualifier, Angola 2010 African Cup of Nations, Monday (1/11/2010). These results make Malawi lead Group A with three points plus a collection of three-goal difference. Results are not separated from the results of the 4-4 draw with Angola and Mali reached the previous party. Malawi saw this as an opportunity to step on the gas led the top of the league, to put pressure on other participating countries. To realize ambitions for it, immediately Malawi strong pressure to Algeria since the early minutes. Unexpectedly, Algeria could barely handle the pressure and eventually conceded by Russell Mwafulirwa in the 17th minute. Goals stems from a long feed from midfield into the penalty box Algeria. Goalkeepers Algeria, Chaouchi, then moved forward and hit the ball. The ball then fell at the feet Mwafulirwa, who immediately sent the ball into the net Algeria. Do not want to give opportunities, Malawi continued their aggression. This time, their efforts had scored a defensive game hampered by Algeria. However, after waiting until the 35th minute, they were able to double the advantage over Elvis Kafoteka. Exploiting cross Chavula, Kafoteka to send the ball into the top left corner of the goal. Read more…

TOGO Coach : We’ll go as soon as possible even if Obama himself comes here

January 10th, 2010 No comments

phpRpwLH2Togo is ready to resign from Angola 2010 African Cup of Nations, following the shooting a terrorist act against their contingent team, Friday (8/1/2010). Contingent felt there was no point in forcing yourself to follow this event.

Togo contingent bus shot shortly after crossing the border daro Congo to Angola, Cabinda city exactly. the shooting lasted about 20 minutes. According to latest reports, and killed the head of the contingent communication, Stanislas Ocloo, Amnalete Abalo assistant coach, and the bus driver.

In addition, there are a number of other news about the number and condition of victims who are still mixed. Striker Jonathan Ayite, for example, confirmed that goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale killed. However, in his official website, club Obilale, GSI Pontivy, said, stating that Obilale still alive.

This confusing situation was still continuing and disturbing the focus of this team. ak would be useless if forced to appear in the tournament.

“Even if you bring in here the president (Angola) and (President of the United States, Barack) Obama himself comes here, we’ll go as soon as possible. We returned to the house,” he said.

“This is a barbaric action. Actually, we are here to party African football. We left the hospital a while ago and we can unite. In this situation, you become a little paranoid. You doubt everything. We do not feel that the authority be seriously handled this case, “said the coach of Togo, Hubert Velud. Read more…

Drogba has been crowned the 2009 BBC African Footballer of the Year

January 8th, 2010 No comments

phpvWiIreThe striker beat Samuel Eto’o, Michael Essien, Yaya Toure, and Tresor Mputu Mabi to the title.

The results of the poll - voted for by football fans around the world - were announced live from Angola on the BBC African Service Fast Track programme.

Drogba is preparing to lead his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, where the Elephants are favourites.

After a disappointing start to the year, Drogba saw his footballing fortunes vastly improve throughout 2009.

Frozen out of Chelsea’s team by then Blues coach Luis Felipe Scolari, the Ivorian striker had scored just one goal in 10 matches by February.

He also earned himself a lengthy ban for a foul-mouthed rant at live television cameras after Chelsea’s elimination from last season’s Champions League.
He ended the year, however, with Chelsea challenging for the 2009/2010 English Premier League title and Champions League crown, an FA Cup winner’s medal in the bag and widely recognised as one of the most influential strikers in world football. Read more…

“I am Rino Gattuso and I cannot wait for someone to get injured in order to play”

November 27th, 2009 No comments

phpILYUnMAC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso will reconsider his future at the club if he does not get more playing time.

The Italy international, who is a reported target of Manchester City, has seen his minutes on the pitch decrease this term, partly due to injuries as well as coach Leonardo’s rotation policy.

“I am Rino Gattuso and I cannot wait for someone to get injured in order to play,” the midfielder told Corriere dello Sport. “I would be lying if I said that everything is okay. At this time I am not happy because of the injury and the fact that I am not being used much.
“I still feel strong and I am disappointed not to be able to prove it,” he went on. “I don´t accept the thought that I am no longer indispensable.” Read more…

MARTIN SAMUEL: It’s crazy to punish Diego Maradona and Sir Alex Ferguson for loony tunes

November 18th, 2009 No comments

Spain Argentina SoccerThere is a standard punishment meted out for disreputable behaviour in football these days: a slap on the wrist. It is what Diego Maradona received for abusing journalists after Argentina qualified for the World Cup, apparently, and Sir Alex Ferguson got one, too, for questioning the fitness of the referee, Alan Wiley.

Indeed, whatever sentence is passed on a football manager or player, it is instantly deemed not harsh enough. Emmanuel Adebayor received a three-game slap on the wrist for his behaviour against Arsenal. Craig Bellamy and Gary Neville did not even get that for foolish interaction with the crowd. More like a tickle on the tum.

Yet Maradona is banned from all football-related activity for two months for some rather fruity language after the win in Uruguay, while Ferguson will not be on Manchester United’s touchline for a Barclays Premier League match against Portsmouth and a Carling Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Read more…

Rooney : I am really proud to have been captain

November 16th, 2009 No comments

phpBshPAFDespite the defeat against Brazil in Doha at the weekend, Wayne Rooney is looking forward to the next time he is given a chance to captain his country.

Rooney took the roll he seemed always destined to take after Chelsea’s John Terry failed to recover from an ankle injury that he picked up in training.

The United striker was proud to wear the captain’s armband, but was disappointed that he could not inspire the side to a win against the World Champions.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “I am really proud to have been captain. I was delighted to get the job. It was a great thing for me to lead the England side out although I wanted the win.

“You dream when you are a kid of doing that and don’t think it will ever happen - but it has - and my family will be full of pride. Read more…

Iniesta on friendly match : That was no friendly, there have been many ugly challenges

November 16th, 2009 No comments

phpFESjUxAndres Iniesta said that Spain’s 2-1 win over Argentina on Saturday, was “no friendly” with a lot of tough tackles going in, particularly from the Albicelestes.

Two goals from Xabi Alonso, including one from the spot won the tie for the European champions as Lionel Messi also scored a penalty for Argentina and afterwards the Barcelona dynamo told AS that it was good to defeat a former world champion.

“That was no friendly, there have been many ugly challenges. The referee is one who has to dispense justice.I was thinking about it but was trying not to get hurt. I had to jump a few times, especially in a tackle from [Fabricio] Coloccini, if I got caught….” he noted.

“There are no friendlies, but the team has shown that we have returned to work fine. Read more…

Van Persie facing months out due to ankle ligament damage

November 15th, 2009 No comments

php9cKOEqArsenal have been dealt a huge injury blow with the news that star striker Robin van Persie could face several months on the sidelines after damaging his ankle ligaments on international duty.
The Dutchman was withdrawn after just 15 minutes of the Netherlands 0-0 draw with reigning world champions Italy, after being brought down by Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini while chasing a through ball.

Van Persie looked in some discomfort and a stretcher was required as he clutched his right ankle.

Coach Bert van Marwijk said after the game: “The first diagnosis is a bad ankle injury. We are waiting for X-rays in hospital. It’s terrible for Robin and is not good for Holland or his club.” Read more…

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