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Gordon Igesund South African Coach

Gordon Igesund South African Coach

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund will learn the findings of the commission of inquiry called to investigate allegations against him at a news conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Igesund is accused of inciting players to strike for more money before the 2014 African Nations Championship.

The 57-year-old, who has been in charge of South Africa since 2012, has has strongly denied the claims.

If found not guilty, he is set to see out his contract which ends in June.

That would mean he would take the team on their two-match tour Down Under next month, but it would almost certainly be the last assignment for the coach after the failure at last Africa Cup of Nations and this year’s CHAN tournament.

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan will address the conference at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport.

The commission was headed by Cape Town lawyer Norman Arendse, a former president of Cricket South Africa who is also a provincial football association president.

Arendse told reporters on Wednesday that several witness called had refused to provide testimony. “And we do not have the power to force them,” he said.

But Arendse and five other members heard evidence from others, including from Igesund.

Regardless of the outcome of the inquiry, South Africa are expected to appoint a new coach in June to allow time to prepare for the start of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers in September.

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Nigeria striker Odemwingie to receive £22,000, by Court Order

Peter Odemwingie Nigerian International

Peter Odemwingie Nigerian International

A lifestyle coach who defrauded Premier League footballer Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of more than £80,000 has pledged to pay them back.

Claire Duke, 38, of London Colney in Hertfordshire, admitted seven frauds.

Stafford Crown Court heard how she had charged clients for holidays and flights but used the money for herself.

Stoke City striker Odemwingie was defrauded out of £22,000, the court heard. Duke was given a two-year year suspended prison sentence.

At the time of the frauds, Duke had run a business offering concierge services and organised holidays and trips abroad.

‘Sincere apologies’

Recorder David Mason QC accepted that Duke’s business had encountered difficulties and had not been set up or designed as a fraud from the outset.

Duke sobbed in the dock as the judge told her: “You appear to be someone who on the face of it is terrified of the court’s powers, and accepting that what you have done was appalling.

“You have pleaded guilty to seven matters of fraud involving professional, hard-working people wanting to spend money on holidays and treats.”

All the victims would no doubt be shocked and appalled that their money had been “shifted in different directions” by Duke, the judge said.

“Some of these people may have been wealthy, but that doesn’t make any difference. It’s their money.”

As she left the court, Duke said she was deeply sorry for the stress and upset she had caused.

“I would just like to pass on m

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“We’re coming ready to play”, USA Vice President Joe Biden warns World Cup opponents Ghana

Ghana have beaten USA in the last two editionms of the World Cup

Ghana have beaten USA in the last two editionms of the World Cup

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden,  will attend a USA national team fixture at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The USA are drawn in group G alongside Germany, Portugal and the side the met in the last two world cups, Ghana.

VP Biden attended the American side’s 1-1 draw with England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and it has been confirmed that he will again be on hand to watch the national team in action on the world stage.

Biden, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, welcomed the World Cup trophy to Dulles International Airport near the nation’s capital of Washington on Monday and said that he was excited about supporting Juergen Klinsmann’s team.

“It was an honor to be at the last World Cup, watching Spain win,” said Biden.

“It was a thrill to actually stand here with the cup, it’s the real deal.

“You have to attend a World Cup, if you ever wonder what it means to people. It’s the most unusual sporting event I’ve ever attended, and I’ve attended thousands, probably, in my career. It’s a feel, and you can feel it even before you get anywhere near the stadium, you can feel it even before you land.

“It’s in the air, it’s a palpable sense of energy that I’ve never quite experienced before. It’s the most consequential sporting event in the world. It’s amazing how deeply, deeply, deeply passionate every country is about the World Cup.”

Biden added: “When it comes to soccer, America is coming on.

“It’s not historically been our game … but 25 million people in the United States play soccer; 80 percent of them are young people who will be players and fans for years to come. And our Major League Soccer teams are selling out stadiums, and our national teams are looking strong.

“And the world should know: We’re coming ready to play.”

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AS Roma to challenge Juventus for ace Ivorian striker Didier Drogba

Drogba's contract with Galatasaray will end this summer

Drogba’s contract with Galatasaray will end this summer

AS Roma have made contact with Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba.

The Chelsea legend is off contract in June and is keen to play on next season.

Le Sport 10 says Roma coach Rudi Garcia has asked his board to move for the Ivorian and talks have been initiated with his camp.

Drogba’s agent also was in Turin last week to meet with Juventus officials.

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Defending Champions Zambia confirm participation in 2014 Cosafa Cup competition

Zambia won the 2013 edition of the COSAFA Cup

Zambia won the 2013 edition of the COSAFA Cup

Defending champions Zambia have joined Mozambique to confirm their participation in the 2014 Cosafa Cup to be held in Botswana from September 13-28.

The pair join hosts Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Seychelles, Lesotho and Swaziland as having stated their intention to take part in the regional championship which was once described by Fifa president Sepp Blatter as the best in the world.

Only the island nations of Comoros and Mauritius have yet to put their names forward, along with Angola who are expected to make a decision in the coming days.

The deadline to confirm participation is Friday, April 25.

It is also highly likely that there will be guest nations from outside the region taking part to add a pan-African flavour to the tournament with Cosafa already in negotiations on this score.

The Cosafa Cup returns this year after the successful hosting of the 2013 edition in Zambia last July, with the host nation defeating Zimbabwe in the final to record their fourth tournament win, drawing them level with the Zimbabweans at the top of the list for all-time tournament victories.

South Africa and Angola are the only other to nations to have lifted the title and have three wins each.

 

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Marseille begin moves to sign Esperance’s Ghana defender Harrison Afful

Ghana defender Harrison Afful

Ghana defender Harrison Afful

French side Olympique Marseille are believed to have tabled an offer for Esperance de Tunis defender Harrison Afful.

According to reports in the Tunisian capital, Marseille are looking at snapping up the versatile defender during the next transfer window.

The Ghana international will be relatively cheaper for Marseille to sign now before heading to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup finals.

A publication on gnet.tn claims Esperance are studying the offer but the player is in the dark over a move to Europe.

“I haven’t heard anything yet and I am still keeping my fingers crossed,” the 27-year-old told Africanfootball.com

“ I always here these stories and I know my time will come soon to play in Europe or elsewhere.”

Afful, who joined Esperance in 2009, can play on both sides as a wing-back, right wing and as a holding midfielder.

The former is fondly remembered for his goal which won the 2011 CAF Champions League for Esperance.

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Nigeria referee Peter Edibe slams FIFA for dropping him from World Cup list

Referee Edibe accuses FIFA of favouritism

Referee Edibe accuses FIFA of favouritism

 Nigerian FIFA badged-referee, Peter Edibe has slammed FIFA for its politics which he claims robbed Nigeria of a chance to have a referee at the world cup.

Edibe revealed that he was suddenly removed from the list with no just cause allegeding that FIFA’s god-fatherism is the reason why he was dropped from the world cup party.

Edibe further alledged that and that even his team mates, Alioum Neant and Menkouande Evarist both from Cameroon made the cut because they had Issa Hayatou who is CAF president on their side.

”My elimination from the world cup is a political issue because my team mates that we belong to the same group from Cameroon are there but I was dropped just because I don’t have a God-father, I was removed from the list but no one made noise for me because the Cameroonians had Isah Hayatou and no one could touch them. I’m supposed to be at the world cup too but no one stood for me” Edibe lamented.

Leading the African contingent of referees set for World Cup in Brazil are – Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast), Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia), and Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria).

Other African referees on shortlist include: Doue Noumandiez Desire (Cote d’ Ivoire), Gassama Bakary Papa (Gambia), Alioum Neant (Cameroun), and Bennett Daniel Frazer (South Africa).

The assistant referees nominated from Africa are Yeo Songuifolo (Cote d’Ivoire), Birumushahu Jean Claude (Burundi), Menkouande Evarist (Cameroon), Kabanda Felicien (Rwanda), Achik Redouane (Morocco), Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria), Camara Djibril (Senegal), and Range Marwa (Kenya).

Europe provides nine of the 25 officiating teams, South America has five, Asia has four, Africa and the CONCACAF region have three each, and Oceania one.

The youngest referee chosen is 33-year-old Wilmar Roldan of Colombia, and the oldest is 43-year-old Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast.

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Nigeria striker Aluko admits sitting out of Wembly game made him consider leaving Hull City

Aluko was considering a move out of Steve Bruce's side

Aluko was considering a move out of Steve Bruce’s sideA

Nigerian striker Sone Aluko admits he was considering a move out of Hull City this summer after facing a spell out of action. 

The January arrivals of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long have provided added competition for places at the KC Stadium, with attacking berths now hard to come by.

Aluko has found that out the hard way, with manager Steve Bruce again overlooking him for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Sheffield United at Wembley.

Yannick Sagbo was selected as a lone frontman against the Blades, with Aluko only introduced at the interval as the Tigers battled back from falling behind on two occasions to secure a thrilling 5-3 win.

Aluko admits time spent as a spectator has left him frustrated and, despite only signing a new contract in the New Year, questioning whether his long-term future lies away from the KC Stadium.

The Nigeria international told the Hull Daily Mail: “It was very frustrating not to start (at Wembley).

“I was disappointed I didn’t start. If you are not playing in the league and you are not playing in the cup, then you start thinking, ‘What game am I going to play in?’

“I can only show the manager if I am playing, it’s hard to show in the last 15 or 20 minutes of games. It’s not easy to come on and make an impact on a game if there is a flow to the game or a pattern to the game. I want to play in every game.

“If you are not playing in the league or in the cup games, then pretty much you are not playing at all and you start thinking, ‘Is this for me? Do I need to find a new club?’

“It does go through your head, so it was important for me to come on and make an impact. It was good to show the manager what I can do and hopefully it bodes well.”

Aluko hopes he will have a more prominent role to play over the coming weeks, starting in Sunday’s home date with Arsenal – a side the Tigers will meet again in the FA Cup final on 17th May, by which time their Premier League fate will have been decided.

Aluko added: “Hopefully we are safe, we are almost safe. Maybe we need another win but hopefully we can get that this weekend and by the FA Cup final we will be safe.

“It’s not every year you get to a cup final, some players never get to a final. We are looking forward to it.

“It will be a tough game on Sunday and it will be a tough final as well.

“The pressure is on them in the final, though, because they haven’t won a trophy for a while so hopefully we can play free from that and play well.”

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Stevanovic yet to be confirmed as Ethiopian Coach

Goran Stevanovic

Goran Stevanovic

Former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic is still in limbo over his supposed appointment as coach of Ethiopia’s national after reports  that talks between the Serbian trainer and the EFF has collapsed.

This comes just weeks after EFF overturned the appointment of Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto after hue and cry from Walia fans and football stakeholders.

A close source at EFF intimated to supersport.com that Stevanovic requested to be paid $30,000 per month and in his talks also demanded to bring with him two assistants from Belgrade and Greece to be paid $10,000 each per month a request EFF felt it could not meet at all.

“We cannot afford what Stevanovic has asked for and we find it ridiculous because he demands to bring onboard two assistants yet as EFF we feel he will not be able to transfer the knowledge to our Ethiopian coaches whom we intended to appoint as his assistants”

“Further, his request to travel back and forth from Ethiopia to Belgrade to see his family is not sustainable from our side. His demands are way more than what we expected to pay him and we have decided to consult further,” the source who sought anonymity told supersport.com.

EFF has lined up three other coaches who were in short list to see whom they will settle for as the country waits for a new coach to replace sacked Sewnet Bishaw.

 

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Ahly eyeing CAF Confederation Cup trophy after Champions League exit

Ahly StrikerAbu Trikah

Ahly Striker Abu Trika

Deposed African club football champions Al-Ahly from Egypt begin another CAF trophy-seeking campaign this weekend by hosting Moroccans Difaa El-Jadidi in the Confederation Cup.

Ahly are among seven African title winners involved in the two-leg play-offs which pit Champions League second round losers against Confederation Cup second round winners.

Congolese AC Leopards and Tunisians Etoile Sahel have lifted the second-tier Confederation Cup, which replaced the African Cup Winners and CAF Cup competitions 10 years ago.

Ivorians ASEC Mimosas have won the Champions League and South Africans Kaizer Chiefs, Guineans Horoya and Tunisians CA Bizertin lifted the Cup Winners Cup.

Once Ahly were eliminated from the Champions League after surprising home and away losses to Libyans Al-Ahly Benghazi they were installed as Confederation Cup favourites.

Multi medal-winning defender Wael Gomaa, who intends hanging up his boots permanently later this year at the age of 38, believes the Cairo ‘Red Devils’ can bounce back.

“Ahly can recover quickly,” he assured the Egyptian media. “The defeats by Benghazi are history – you win some football matches and lose others.”

The ‘Red Devils’ are a team in transition with veteran midfield stars Mohamed Abou Trika and Mohamed Barakat leaving large gaps when they retired last year.

Another blow is that striker Emad Moteab, a survivor from the squad that reached four consecutive Champions League finals from 2005 and won three, constantly suffers injuries.

And quicksilver strikers have exposed the understandable loss of pace by centre-back Gomaa at club and national-team levels.

Gomaa and other Ahly defenders know that Ayoub Nanah of Jadidi is the only player to score a hat-trick in 88 Confederation Cup matches this season.

His treble at home to Gambians Gamtel followed a first-leg brace and those five goals make him the joint second highest scorer in the 2014 competition.

A now common handicap for Ahly will be the absence of spectators when they host the first leg at the Air Defence Stadium in the Egyptian capital.

Ahly fans clashed with police after the CAF Super Cup victory over Tunisians CS Sfaxien two months ago, leading to a renewal of a ban on supporters.

Kaizer Chiefs have been forced to move the clash with ASEC Mimosas from Soccer City stadium to another Soweto venue, Dobsonville Stadium.

The 95 000-seat national football stadium is being reseeded because of fungus and also has to be readied for a major pre-election rally by the ruling African National Congress.

While Chiefs lost narrowly to Democratic Republic of Congo outfit Vita in the Champions League, ASEC slammed six goals past Algerians CS Constantine in the Confederation Cup.

Tunisian clubs have dominated the 10-year second-tier competition, producing four winners and three runners-up, and Etoile Sahel and Bizertin play away this weekend.

Etoile visit Horoya, whose Champions League ambitions were ended by another Tunisian club, CS Sfaxien, and Bizertin confront Nkana in Kitwe on the Zambian copperbelt.

Bayelsa United, the last Nigerian challengers for a CAF club title this year, visit Ivorians Sewe San Pedro and Leopards host Ghanaians Medeama.

An all-Mali clash between Real Bamako and Djoliba and Cameroonians Coton Sport against Angolans Petro Atletico in cotton city Garoua complete the eight-fixture line-up.

Return matches are scheduled for the weekend of April 25-27 and a draw in Cairo on April 29 will split the eight qualifiers into two groups.

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