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Zamalek knocked out of Confed Cup

Posted BBC Sport

on  Monday, March 19  2018 at  10:34

Egyptian giants Zamalek suffered a humiliating exit from the African Confederation Cup on Sunday, losing 4-3 on penalties at home to Ethiopia's Welayta Dicha in the second leg of their last-32 tie.

Zamalek, five times former champions of Africa, were beaten by a side playing in an African club competition for the first time.

Welayta Dicha have now qualified for the Confederation Cup play-offs where they will face one of the African Champions League last-32 losers.

First leg

The Ethiopians came armed to Egypt with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg of the continent's second-tier club tournament.

On Sunday, the scoreline was reversed with Zamalek winning their home leg 2-1.

Ahmed Madbouli had given the Egyptians a 2-0 lead, but Welayta Dicha levelled the aggregate score to 3-3 with a goal from Abdel-Samad.

That took the contest into a tense penalty shoot-out in front of Zamalek's own fans.

League standings

The pressure told on the hosts who missed two of the spot-kicks, with the visitors winning 4-3 to record a famous victory.

It is a further blow for Zamalek, whose arch-rivals Al Ahly won the domestic league title in Egypt last week.

Zamalek are currently third in the Egyptian league standings.

African Confederation Cup last-32 second leg fixtures:


  • SuperSport United (South Africa) 2-1 Petro Atletico (Angola) (SuperSport win 2-1 on aggregate)
  • Al Ahly Shendy (Sudan) 2-1 La Mancha (Congo Brazzaville) (La Mancha win 4-2 on aggregate)


  • APR (Rwanda) 2-1 Djoliba (Mali) (Tie ends 2-2 on aggregate. Djoliba win on away goals)
  • Al Hilal Obied (Sudan) 6-0 Olympic Star (Burundi) (Obied win 6-0 on aggregate)
  • Nkana (Zambia) 1-0 Belouizdad (Algeria) (Belouizdad win 3-1 on aggregate)
  • Al Masry (Egypt) 0-0 Simba (Tanzania) (Tie ends 2-2 on aggregate. Masry win on away goals)
  • Club Africain (Tunisia) 0-1 Renaissance Berkane (Morocco) (Berkane win 4-1 on aggregate)
  • Nouadhibou (Mauritania) 2-4 Raja Casablanca (Morocco) (Raja win 5-3 on aggregate)


  • Cape Town City (South Africa) 1-2 Costa do Sol (Mozambique) (Tie ends 2-2 on aggregate. Costa win on away goals)
  • Enyimba (Nigeria) 3-2 Energie (Benin) (Enyimba win 5-2 on aggregate)
  • Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) 1-0 Port Louis (Mauritius) (Fosa win 3-0 on aggregate)
  • USM Alger (Algeria) 1-1 Maniema Union (DR Congo) (Tie ends 3-3 on aggregate. USMA win on away goals)
  • Deportivo Niefang (Eq Guinea) 1-0 DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo) (Niefang win 2-1 on aggregate)
  • Akwa Utd (Nigeria) 1-0 Al Ittihad (Libya) (Tie ends 1-1 on aggregate. Akwa win 3-2 on penalties)
  • Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) 3-1 CARA (Congo Brazzaville) (CARA win 4-3 on aggregate)
  • Zamalek (Egypt) 2-1 Welayta Dicha (Ethiopia) (Tie ends 3-3 on aggregate. Dicha win 4-3 on penalties)
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Old Cameroon lions return to the den

Posted NDI EUGENE NDI in Yaoundé

on  Tuesday, March 13  2018 at  13:40

Some Cameroon soccer stars who snubbed previous call ups have returned to the Indomitable Lions' squad to prepare for a friendly against Kuwait.

The African champions' interim coach, Alexandre Belinga, said the March 25 clash in Kuwait City will also be part of the Indomitable Lions' preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

Idriss Carlos Kameni, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, Jean Armel Kana Biyick, Andre Onana and Allan Nyom are among a 23-man Indomitable Lions squad called to camp.

Belinga made public the list during a press conference at the headquarters of the Cameroon Football Federation in Yaoundé on Monday.

The return of the players who local sports analysts have described as “the prodigal sons”, was highly expected following a “reconciliation meeting” between the president of the normalisation committee of FECAFOOT in Paris last week with some of them, including the legendary Samuel Eto’o.

Cameroon soccer pundits say though the return was a good thing, the technical staff have to be tactful in managing the squad now, to avert disenchantment among those who persevered with the team to win the Afcon 2017 in Gabon.

Create tension

“If Kameni is coming to the national team to challenge for a regular starting berth, that could destabilise and create tension with the other two goalkeepers who are of high quality,” said Francis Ajumane, a sports analyst and Editor of This is Sports Magazine.

“Andre Onana is clearly Cameroon's best goalkeeper in terms of performance and statistics. Kameni, who is not even a starter at his club, Fenerbache would be of great importance if he can offer his experience to the young ones,” Ajumane said further.

He noted that Nyom's return was important because he is versatile and can play right back as well as left back- a position he says Cameroon has struggled to fill for over five years now.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Ondoa Fabrice, (Sevilla-Spain), Onana Andre,(Ajax-Holland ), Kameni Carlos, (Fenerbahçe-Turkey)

Defenders: Fai Colins, (Standard de Liège- Belgium), Eboa Eboa Félix, (FC Guingamp-France) Ngah Fabrice, (Jadidi DifaHassani-Morocco), Ngadeu Ngadjui, (Slavia Prague Czech) Teikeu Adolphe, (FC Sochaux-France), Yaya Banana, (Panionios-Greece), Kana Biyick Jean Armel, (Kayserispor-Turkey)

Midfielders: Zambo Anguissa, (Olympique Marseille France) Siani Sebastien, (FC Anwerp-Belgium) Nyom Allan, (West Bromwich Albion FC England), Mandjeck Georges, (FC Metz-France), Bassogog Christian, (Henan-China), Njie Clinton, (Olympique Marseille-France) Moukandjo Benjamin,( FC Jiangsu Suning-China)

Strikers: Olinga Fabrice (FC Moucron-Belgique) Aboubakar Vincent, (FC Porto-Portugal) Bahoken Stéphane, (R. Strasbourg-France) Choupo Moting Eric-Maxim, (Stoke city England) Toko Ekambi (FC Angers-France) Tawamba Leandre, (Partizan Belgrade Serbia)

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Cameroon hunt for new soccer coach

Posted NDI EUGENE NDI in Yaoundé

on  Sunday, March 11  2018 at  14:19

The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has launched a tender for the recruitment of a head coach for the Indomitable Lions to replace Hugo Broos.

The post became vacant in December last year when Broos lost his job for several reasons, including failure to qualify the African champions for the 2081 World Cup in Russia.

The Belgian also refused to take up residence in Cameroon.

According to the tender published on the FECAFOOT website on Friday, applicants who may be locals or foreigners must, among other requirements, have good knowledge of African football and be ready to permanently reside in the Cameroon during the period of the contract.

FECAFOOT says besides football coaching certificates, applicants have to show proof of a rich experience at international or club soccer with a stable track record and trophies won, either as a player or coach.

Candidates for the job who should have a good mastery of the English or French languages, will in addition to their cover letter, attach a two-year draft work programme for the period 2018-2020.

The successful candidate must have a good spirit of team work and aptitude to adapt to the Cameroonian realities, the tender said.

The job advert, signed by the president of the FECAFOOT normalisation committee, Dieudonne Happi, has given candidates up to midnight of March 24 Cameroon time, to submit their files at the general secretariat in Yaoundé.

Interim manager

A FECAFOOT committee will examine all applications and publish a shortlist of three among who Broos’s successor will be selected.

The successful candidate must have a good spirit of team work and aptitude to adapt to the Cameroonian realities, the tender said.

Meanwhile, the Cameroon FA also named Alexandre Belinga, who was one of Broos's two assistants, as interim manager of the Indomitable Lions.

Belinga will head the technical bench of the five times African champions until a new head coach is recruited.

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Holders Wydad score big in opener

Posted BBC Sport

on  Thursday, March 8  2018 at  13:10

Wydad Casablanca began the defence of their African Champions League crown with a thumping 7-2 win over Cote d'Ivoire's Williamsville.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring in Morocco, and at half-time it was 2-2 - but in the second period Wydad scored five times to earn an emphatic win.

Ismail el Haddad scored a hat-trick on Wednesday and coach Faouzi Benzarti is confident of back-to-back successes in the elite African club competition.

The other highlights from Wednesday's last-32 first-leg matches included a 4-0 home win for former champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo, who beat Songo of Mozambique thanks to a hat-trick from Ben Malango.

There were mixed results for some of the other big names in the draw.

And Nigeria's MFM earned a good 2-1 home win against Mouloudia Alger, but that away goal could make the difference when the second leg of the tie is played in Algeria later this month.

African Champions League last-32 first leg results:


  • Al Ahly (Egypt) 4-0 Mounana (Gabon)
  • Horoya (Guinea) 2-1 Generation Foot (Senegal)
  • Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-2 Township Rollers (Botswana)
  • Etoile Sahel (Tunisia) 4-2 Plateau Utd (Nigeria)


  • Saint George (Ethiopia) 0-0 KCCA (Uganda)
  • Zanaco (Zambia) 1-2 Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
  • Wydad Casablanca (Morocco, holders) 7-2 Williamsville (Cote d'Ivoire)
  • Aduana Stars (Ghana) 1-0 Entente Setif (Algeria)
  • MFM (Nigeria) 2-1 Mouloudia Alger (Algeria)
  • Gor Mahia (Kenya) 0-0 Esperance (Tunisia)
  • Port (Togo) 2-0 Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Zesco Utd (Zambia) 0-1 ASEC Mimosas (Cote d'Ivoire)
  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 4-0 Songo (Mozambique)
  • Difaa el Jadida (Morocco) 1-0 V Club (DR Congo)
  • Primeiro Agosto (Angola) 1-0 Wits (South Africa)
  • Rayon Sports (Rwanda) 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
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Wydad confident ahead of Champions League defence

Posted BBC Sport

on  Monday, March 5  2018 at  19:44

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco begin the defence of their African Champions League crown on Wednesday with coach Faouzi Benzarti confident of back-to-back successes in the elite African club competition.

"There is no reason why we cannot retain the title," the experienced Tunisian said ahead of a last-32 first leg at home to African rookies Williamsville of Cote d'Ivoire.

Benzarti can draw encouragement from Wydad's African Super Cup success last month.

The Moroccans dominated the multi-national stars of TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo more convincingly than the 1-0 score-line suggests.

Kept faith

"It is not easy to succeed against a team of the calibre of Mazembe.

"That victory has convinced me that we can win the Champions League again this year," said Benzarti.

France-born Amin Tighazoui, signed after they edged Al Ahly of Egypt in the 2017 Champions League final, scored the late winner.

Achraf Bencharki, a pivotal figure in Wydad's last Champions League campaign, has moved to Saudi Arabia while Benzarti has kept faith with most of the team.

Williamsville, whose board members include US-based former Cote d'Ivoire star Didier Drogba, upset Stade Malien of Mali in the preliminary round, where Wydad had a bye.

Record eight-time African champions Ahly also start with a home fixture, against Mounana of Gabon, who eliminated Rail Kadiogo of Burkina Faso last month.

Mounana gave Wydad a scare at the same stage of the competition last season, taking the Moroccans to a penalty shoot-out before bowing out.

Ahly coach Hossam el Badry acknowledged the threat posed by the central Africans.

Prize money

"My assistant (Sayed Mouwad) watched them live in the preliminary round.

"We got a fright from Wits of South Africa in a round-of-32 tie last year and I do not want a repeat of that start."

Wydad and Ahly are among 10 winners of the Champions League seeking overall victories and places in the group stage, where prize money starting at $550,000 kicks in.

TP Mazembe, the second most successful club in African competitions after Ahly, should be able to build a comfortable home lead over Songo of Mozambique.

Twice champions Esperance of Tunisia are away to Gor Mahia of Kenya in a repeat of the 1987 African Cup Winners Cup final, surprisingly won by the Nairobi outfit.

Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, who preceded Wydad as champions, play Rayon Sports in Rwanda.

African Champions League last-32 first leg fixtures:


  • Al Ahly (Egypt) v Mounana (Gabon)
  • Horoya (Guinea) v Generation Foot (Senegal)
  • Young Africans (Tanzania) v Township Rollers (Botswana)
  • Etoile Sahel (Tunisia) v Plateau Utd (Nigeria)


  • Saint George (Ethiopia) v KCCA (Uganda)
  • Zanaco (Zambia) v Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
  • Wydad Casablanca (Morocco, holders) v Williamsville (Cote d'Ivoire)
  • Aduana Stars (Ghana) v Entente Setif (Algeria)
  • MFM (Nigeria) v Mouloudia Alger (Algeria)
  • Gor Mahia (Kenya) v Esperance (Tunisia)
  • Port (Togo) v Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Zesco Utd (Zambia) v ASEC Mimosas (Cote d'Ivoire
  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) v Songo (Mozambique)
  • Difaa el Jadida (Morocco) v V Club (DR Congo)
  • Primeiro Agosto (Angola) v Wits (South Africa)
  • Rayon Sports (Rwanda) v Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
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World Cup trophy lands in Nairobi

Posted CELLESTINE OLILO in Nairobi

on  Monday, February 26  2018 at  11:54

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta was Monday due to receive the World Cup trophy at State House in Nairobi.

The six-kilogramme Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) trophy was expected to touch down at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9am (+3GMT) from Ethiopia, before being delivered to the president.

It will be the third time the 36 centimetre-tall silverware is making a landing in Nairobi following similar stops in 2010 and 2013, ahead of the World Cup tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

Valued at an estimated $10 million (Sh1bn), the glittering trophy is on an international tour to promote this year’s tournament, which begins in June in Russia, by which time it would have been in 51 countries and 91 cities.

Free tickets

It is made of solid gold and only heads of state are allowed to touch the treasure.

The public will be welcome to view the trophy at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Tuesday before leaving Kenya on Wednesday for Maputo, Mozambique.

US beverage maker Coca-Cola is giving free tickets to those willing to view the ultimate football prize.

“Tickets will be available at the pavilion sites in route cities and distributed through Coca-Cola local partners," Coca-Cola’s brand manager Rodney Nzioka said in a statement to the Nation on Saturday.

Customs clearance

"Fans will be able to see the trophy up close and have their photo taken with it on Tuesday, but they will not touch it.”

The trophy is the most recognised sports symbol in the world, and a former G4S brand manager told the Nation that $40,000 (Sh4m) was spent guarding it when it first landed in Kenya in February 2010.

The responsibility of guarding the silverware through customs clearance has been given to Willfreight Express Cargo Services.

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Wydad Casablanca crowned champions

Posted BBC

on  Sunday, February 25  2018 at  17:12

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco won the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Super Cup after beating TP Mazembe of DR Congo 1-0.

Amin Tighazoui scored for the champions.

The match took place at Stade Mohamed V in Morocco's largest city, Casablanca.

The Super Cup is a competition between the winners of the African Champions League and the second-tier Confederation Cup.

It has been a good run for Moroccan football in the last months.

The summer

Wydad Casablanca won the Caf Champions League in November, the same month that the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the summer.

Earlier this month, Morocco hosted and won the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for home-based players by thrashing Nigeria 4-0 in the final.

With the Super Cup trophy Wydad Casablanca also walk away with $100,000 and get to boast and can claim the title of top football club on the continent.

TP Mazembe pocket $75,000.

TP Mazembe are three-time Super Cup winners, while this was Wydad Casablanca's first try.

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Morocco crowned CHAN champions

Posted NICK CAVELL in Casablanca

on  Monday, February 5  2018 at  10:17

Morocco became the first host nation to claim the African Nations Championship (CHAN) title with a convincing 4-0 win over 10-man Nigeria in Sunday's final.

Key moments either side of half-time turned the match in the hosts' favour as Morocco's Zakaria Hadraf scored just before the break with Nigeria's Peter Eneji Moses sent-off for a second yellow card just after.

Walid El Karti and Hadraf - with his second - added to Morocco's lead in quick succession on the hour mark.

The rout was completed by Ayoub El Kaabi, who had hit the woodwork twice, scoring his ninth goal of the tournament which is for home-based African players.

Overhead kick

Morocco's first chance came in the third minute when Walid El Karti flicked the ball in from close range.

The hosts thought they had scored just four minutes later when Ayoub El Kaabi headed home, only for the assistant referee's flag to go up - claiming the corner had swung out of play before it reached the striker.

El Kaabi then struck the bar with a spectacular overhead kick and Nigeria's goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye had two regulation saves to make before Morocco's pressure told.

Captain Badr Benoun strode down the left wing and pushed the ball through to Abdeljalil Jbira in behind the defence who cut the ball back to Hadraf in the centre to guide the ball home.

A serious save

Nigeria relied mainly on long balls forward for their attacks and Morocco's Anas Zniti did not have a serious save to make before half-time.

Just two minutes after the break Peter Eneji Moses was sent off for a second booking after a clumsy late foul on Mohammed Nahiri.

On the hour mark Morocco doubled their lead when El Kaabi's overhead kick hit the post and rebounded out for El Haddad to fire in another shot which Ajboye could only parry, leaving El Karti with an easy header.

Three minutes later Hadraf scored his second after El Haddad's cross fell to him via a deflection off Kalu Okogbue and another Ajiboye parry.
Caught the eye

Morocco's Ayoub El Kaabi scored against Nigeria to finish as the tournament's top scorer with nine goals.

El Kaabi finally got on the scoresheet after 73 minutes when the ball ricocheted around the area and fell at his feet for him to grab his 9th goal of the tournament.

In truth, Nigeria's 10 men were unable to threaten Morocco at all in the second-half with Anas Zniti untroubled in the hosts' goal.

El Kaabi's goals saw him named man-of-the-tournament and will have caught the eye of Morocco's full national coach Herve Renard who was watching from the stands, as he looks to finalise his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (BBC Africa sport)