Ivorian defender Serge Aurier is patiently waiting for his move from Toulouse to PSG to be finalised.
The Ligue one giants are willing to land the Ivoirian full-back as well as Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria this summer, after already signing Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz for € 50 million ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
PSG are now moving cautiously as they need to comply with the UEFA financial fair-play regulations.
However, Aurier returned to training at Toulouse and says that he is ready to take on the Parisian challenge.
“There are some contacts. Discussions are currently ongoing but I cannot say any more about it. There is something to be done in Paris, if I move there of course,” Aurier told France Football.
“The team has great individuals as well as a strong collective. And on the European stage, they have achieved some good results since the Qataris took over the club.
“It is a great challenge for their players. They need to perform at each game, and there is a lot of competition.
“When I arrived in Toulouse, I had to fight to secure my place. In Paris or somewhere else, I will always enter the pitch with the same envy and the same enthusiasm. I like competition.
“If PSG recruit me, it will be the same thing. I will move forward and give my best.”
Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has seen a move to Qatar’s Al Gharafa fall through.
The Daily Express says a deal has broken down over personal terms.
The 33-year-old defender, who has one year left on his current deal, has an agreement with Liverpool that he can leave for nothing if he finds a suitable club.
But it appears that this particular avenue into the Middle East has now closed off.
Kenya`s head coach Adel Amrouche has received a one-year suspension for his undisciplined behaviour against a match official.
In a letter to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Monday, the continental football governing body Secretary General Hicham El Amrani said Amrouche was suspended after being found guilty of spitting at a match official.
Amrouche is accused of spitting at the fourth official during Kenya`s match against Comoros last month, an offence that saw him sent off.
CAF will, however, not fine the Belgian coach.
“The suspension is effective from Sunday,” El Amrani’s letter has said.
Amrouche is still away in Maseru where Kenya played Lesotho in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier match. Kenya lost the match 0-1 and will host the southern Africa side in Nairobi in a fortnight.
The coach was earlier slapped with a two-match suspension pending the submission of the matter to the CAF Disciplinary Board.
The board, chaired by Raymond Hack from South Africa, held its sitting Thursday at CAF headquarters in Cairo.
In its ruling, the board found Amrouche guilty of breaching Article 129 (c) of its rules, which provides for a 12-match ban to anyone spitting at a match official.
The decision, the letter says, will be communicated to the world governing body FIFA, which may extend the sanction internationally.
“The decision can be contested before CAF appeal board. The party intending to appeal shall announce this intention in writing within three days of notification of the decision,” said the letter from CAF.
However, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said he is not aware of the suspension.
“It is true we had appealed against the two-match suspension slapped on Amrouche because we felt it was unfair. We are still waiting for an answer from CAF on the matter,” said Nyamweya.
Amrouche, who was hired last year in February, took over from Frenchman Henri Michel, who quit after seven months in office.
Ivory Coast football officials have revealed a five-man shortlist as they seek to appoint Sabri Lamouchi’s successor as the country’s head coach.
Francis Gillot, Frederic Antonetti, Herve Renard, Jose Manuel De Jesus and Luis Fernandez are the men being considered by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).
Lamouchi stepped down from his role after Ivory Coast failed to reach the knockout rounds of World Cup for the third straight tournament.
Drawn against Colombia, Japan and Greece in Group C, Lamouchi’s side opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over the Asian nation before defeats to Colombia and Greece, the latter via an injury-time penalty, sent them out.
Of those shortlisted to take the job, only Renard and Fernandez have previous international experience.
Fernandez managed Israel in an unsuccessful qualification campaign for UEFA Euro 2012, but Renard is well-known to African terrain, having led Zambia to a memorable 2012 Africa Cup of Nations triumph after a short stint in Ghana as a Physical trainer.
The five were whittled down from a total of 37 applicants, including former Italy and Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, France legend Didier Six and Ruud Krol – a World Cup finalist in his playing days and ex-coach of African clubs in Egypt, South Africa and Tunisia.
None of the six Ivorian applications were considered further, but FIF president Djedje Benjamin refuted any suggestion that their nationality had played a role.
He said: “I will not go into the details but I can say that candidates who have been selected are consistent with the criteria required by the application process.”
The chosen candidate’s first task will be to qualify Ivory Coast for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon and Congo DR stand in their way in Group D of qualifying as well as the winner of Benin and Malawi’s play-off clash.
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has hinted that the new Bafana Bafana head coach will not be a locally-based coach.
Jordaan stated that Safa would “engage” with the new coach, before making the much-anticipated announcement at their headquarters in Nasrec, Soweto next Saturday, where the coach would be asked to be present.
“After finalising everything, we then ask him to come to South Africa, so that he is present when we make the announcement on Saturday,” Jordaan was told the Sunday Times.
Earlier this week, current South Africa under-20 and under-23 mentor Shakes Mashaba said he was available for the vacant Bafana post, adding a new twist to the on-going search for a new coach.
Should Mashaba be unveiled on Saturday, he would become the second consecutive South African coach to be handed the reins, after Gordon Igesund.
But Jordaan’s latest comments could quash any chance of a local coach taking over from Igesund, whose contract comes to an end at the end of August and will not be renewed.
Mozambique-born, Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz joins Nigerian Stephen Keshi as the joint-favourites for the position, while Dutchman Frank Rjikaard remains an outside potential.
Chairman of the South African Football Association in the Free State region of Xhariep, Mr Mzwandile Maforvane, has expressed his disappointment at Bloemfontein Celtic’s failure of releasing a player to join the South African Men’s U-20 Soccer team, Amajita, who have jetted off on a tour to West Africa to prepare for their 2015 African Youth Qualifier against Cameroon.
Tshepo Chaine is the player in question and according to Maforvane, he believes the player should have been allowed to represent his country disputing Celtic’s statement the player couldn’t not be released.
Chairman Maforvane’s argument is that if Tshepo could not be released by Celtic, then he would have been in their Celtic Colts team which is participating in the SSD ABC Motsepe League, or even featured in the Bloemfontein Celtic team which was participating in the same U19 Championship.
“What is also disappointing is the fact that the U20 coach would have to find a player who will be available, and that would be a disadvantage to the player that I know is still eager to find himself representing the South Africa with pride and honour,” stated the Maforvane.
“I would categorically state that in my opinion the Bloemfontein Celtic coach does not have the interest of our country at heart, hence he will not support any efforts that would be taken to retain the pride of our country in football,” he added.
Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has been excused from returning to Egypt to do military service.
Earlier this week reports in Egypt had suggested that Salah would be forced to go back to his homeland to serve in the armed forces after his place in an education program was rescinded, meaning he could not travel abroad.
However kingfut.com reported that the country’s prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab then intervened personally in the matter, holding a meeting with his minister for higher education and national team coach Shawky Gharib in which he described the ruling as “threatening” the future of Egyptian football.
And Goal understands that Salah has now been given confirmation that he is no longer obligated to return to his homeland to do military service, which traditionally ranges from 12 months to three years.
On Monday Salah travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad to a pre-season training camp in Austria, and the club considers the matter settled.
Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel for £11 million in January and scored two goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues, netting in home wins against Arsenal and Stoke City.
Algeria has appointed Frenchman Christian Gourcuff as the new head coach of the national football team after the exit of Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic.
Gourcuff was named head coach during a meeting of the Algerian Football Federation leadership in Algiers.
Vahid Halilhodzic, hired in July 2011, refused to extend his contract and decided to take over at Trabzonspor, after leading Algeria through to the knockout stage at the Brazil World Cup.
Christian Gourcuff, 59, will be in charge for the African Cup of Nations 2015 in Morocco and the 2017 edition in Libya, as well as the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The French trainer will officially start his mission with the team on August 1 and will participate in the training and development programme of the national technical direction.
Gourcuff left Lorient after last season, ending an 11-year run at the Ligue 1 club. He has also coached at Le Mans and Stade Rennes and had a one-year spell in Saudi Arabia.
In his eight years at Stamford Bridge, John Obi Mikel has seen Chelsea change like those of leaves changing colour in autumn.
His stay though could come to an end as it has been reported that the Blues are looking to offload the 27 year old Nigeria international for £6 million.
Obi Mikel joined Chelsea alongside Ashley Cole in 2006, and like his counterpart, he could be on his way out of Chelsea to Italy. Mikel, who started all of Nigeria’s four World Cup matches, has recently been the subject of reports of a move to Italy with a host of Serie A clubs looking for his signature.
With the £30 million signing of Cesc Fabregas and links to Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Mikel’s midfield position looks in serious doubt. The 27 year old played a low-key role for Chelsea last season with only eleven Premier League starts.
The draw for the 9th African Women’s Championship – Namibia 2014 will take place on Saturday, 19 July 2014 in Windhoek.
The qualified teams are Namibia (Hosts), Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.
Below is the procedure for the draw;
A1 is the host country: NAMIBIA
B1shall comprise of the cup holder, Equatorial Guinea, who did not qualify for the Final Tournament) or the team having obtained the best ranking in the previous tournament:SOUTH AFRICA
The 6 remaining teams (ALGERIA, CAMEROON, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, GHANA, NIGERIA AND ZAMBIA) are all seeded in the 2nd level in one bowl containing 6 balls.
The ball drawn 1st will be in Group A and a draw will be done to determine its position(A2, A3, A4) from the second bowl.
The ball drawn 2nd will be in Group B and a draw will be done to determine its position(B2, B3, B4) from the third bowl.
B1……………………………………. South Africa