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CAF disqualifies Rwanda from 2015 AFCON

Rwanda disqualified from AFCON

Rwanda disqualified from AFCON

The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. 

The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady.

Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir.

Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport.

A subsequent Confederation of African Football (Caf) investigation looked at documents provided by the federations of Rwanda, Congo and DR Congo and also heard a testimony from the player on 11 August at Caf headquarters in Cairo.

Whilst the Rwandan FA maintained that to their knowledge the player Dady Birori had one identity, investigations revealed that he was summoned as Etekiama Agiti Tady to join the national team of Rwanda.

Caf established that the player also uses a different age in his passport, and that the two identities referred to a single person.

They have therefore suspended the player until further notice and have banned him from playing for both his club and country.

Rwanda, who beat Congo on penalties over two legs to reach the group phase are disqualified. Congo progress to Group A of qualifying for Morocco 2015 as a replacement for Rwanda where they will meet Nigeria, Sudan and South Africa.

Vincent Nzamwita, the Rwanda FA President confirmed to BBC Sport in Kigali that he had been notified of the news.

“Yes we received communication from Caf about the disqualification.”

He however refused to reveal the next step of action.

Caf say they reserve the right to comment on whether they will impose additional sanctions at the next meeting of the Organising Committee scheduled for 17 September 2014.

African football’s ruling body also urge other “players and stakeholders to regulate the situation of dual identity.”

Caf say the decision takes effect immediately and say that if Rwanda choose to appeal, they will have to do so in accordance with Caf regulations.


CAF okays Calabar as venue for Nigeria v Rwanda AFCON qualifier

Nigeria v Rwanda to go ahead in Calabar

Nigeria v Rwanda to go ahead in Calabar

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Rwanda will go ahead in Calabar on September 6.

The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) had written to African football’s ruling body over worries about the threat of Ebola in Nigeria but CAF has declined a request to shift the game to another country.

The Secretary General of Ferwafa, Olivier Mulindahabi said CAF rejected Rwanda’s request, saying that there are no Ebola concerns in Calabar, the venue of the match.

The other two teams in Group A with Nigeria and Rwanda are South Africa and Sudan.

Mulindahabi said: “They (CAF) told us that the game will go ahead in Calabar because there are no Ebola concerns in that part of the country, but that could change depending on the situation of the disease in that country.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation and see if we will send our team there and if we find the situation is not right to risk our players, we will definitely make another appeal to CAF, but for now, the game remains in Calabar,” he noted.

Meanwhile, CAF has ordered Guinea and Sierra Leone to move their African Nations Cup qualifiers next month to neutral territory following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people.

Sierra Leone had already asked Ghana to host their game against the Democratic Republic of Congo next month but have received an uncertain response.

The Ebola epidemic – the world’s deadliest so far – has killed over 1,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as it predicts the epidemic will continue for months.

“CAF has asked the three federations to relocate matches to a neutral country their teams are hosting in the CAF competitions up to mid-September,” said a statement from continental soccer governing body.

Guinea were due to host Togo on September 5 in their opening Group E qualifier while Sierra Leone’s first home game is on September 10 against DR Congo in Group D.


Ebola-hit Sierra Leone still searching for AFCON qualifier venue

Sierra Leone still in search of venue

Sierra Leone still in search of venue

Sierra Leone are still looking for a venue for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo on 10 September.

A request from the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to play in Ghana has been rejected by Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hannah Tetteh.

The SLFA have been forced to move the tie to a neutral venue because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

“We are yet to receive the final word from our Ghanaian counterparts,” Christopher Kamara, the SLFA secretary-general told BBC Sport.

“But if Ghana do turn down our request we’ll contact other countries. We are looking at Ebola free countries like Morocco and The Gambia.

“The issue of us withdrawing is out of the question.”

Sierra Leone will undergo tests for Ebola and then be certified as safe by the World Health Organisation before entering an Ebola free country.


Togo appeals to choose new venue for AFCON qualifier against Ebola struck Guinea


The Togolese national team

The Togolese national team

Togolese football officials have appealed to the Confederation of African Football to move a game out of Ebola-affected Guinea as the outbreak of the deadly disease threatens to badly disrupt the African Cup’s final qualifying round.

Games involving Sierra Leone are already under scrutiny after that country said it would not host any soccer matches until further notice because of Ebola.

The Togo soccer federation’s request refers to its first game of the final group stage in Guinea in the first week of September. The Togo federation said over the weekend that its players and officials feared traveling to Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak started and where over 300 people are believed to have died from the virus.

“We are scared by the situation prevailing in that zone,” the Togolese federation said, adding it would follow advice from its government, which would likely prevent the party traveling to Guinea.

Ebola has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa after spreading from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia and most recently Nigeria.

Togo stressed it would not “put in danger” the lives of its players and officials and said some of the squad members had already expressed fears over going to Guinea. The African soccer confederation is yet to rule on requests from Togo and Sierra Leone to move qualifying games away from Ebola-affected areas.

Sierra Leone wants to play its home qualifiers in neutral countries — possibly Gambia, Morocco or Senegal — because of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, which led to the declaration of a public health emergency and ended all soccer until further notice. Nearly 300 people have died there.

Even away games involving the Sierra Leone and Guinea teams could be problematic after the Seychelles prevented the Sierra Leone squad from entering its country last month because of fears they could bring in Ebola.

After Seychelles authorities refused to let the Sierra Leone party in, the Seychelles soccer federation was forced to forfeit the game and its place in qualifying. African soccer body CAF said it was investigating that move by the Seychelles, which could result in soccer sanctions.

Sierra Leone is due to play big-name teams Ivory Coast and Cameroon, as well as Congo, in the last round of qualifying, which runs from early September to mid-November. Guinea was drawn in a group with Ghana, Togo and Uganda.

The qualifying competition will decide the 15 teams to join host Morocco at the African Cup of Nations finals in January and February.

In Liberia, which is not part of the final qualifiers, former AC Milan striker and world player of the year George Weah has recorded a pop song to raise awareness of Ebola.


Ghana FA begins search for Technical adviser for Black Stars coach

Coach Kwesi Appiah to get a Technical adviser

Coach Kwesi Appiah to get a Technical adviser

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have instituted a three-man committee to appoint a technical adviser for the Black Stars.
This decision was taken after an Executive Committee meeting on Monday following a review of the technical direction of the senior national team.
The three-man committee is headed by the GFA vice-president Fred Crentsil who will work with executive committee member Fred Pappoe and Francis Oti Akenteng, the Technical Director of the Association.
The committee will work with Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah to find the person capable of steering the national team in the right direction and advise the head coach.
The committee is due to submit its report to the Executive Committee next week.

Janza names 26-man squad for Chipolopolo training camp

Janza names 26-man squad

Janza names 26-man squad

Newly appointed Zambia coach Honour Janza has called 26 players for his first domestic players training camp on Monday.

Janza took charge of the team this week following the departure of Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle to join his mentor Herve Renard as Cote d’Ivoire assistant coach.

The training session will be held over three days in Lusaka starting on August 11. Janza has handed an interesting recall to Zesco United defender Nyambe Mulenga who has been banished from the side since late 2012.

He has also made two surprise call-ups after naming striker Josphat Kasusu and midfielder Jacob Banda from struggling Kabwe Warriors.

Kasusu’s former club mates at National Assembly defender Alick Tembo and midfielder Timothy Mbewe have also been named in the 26-member team.

Other new faces are Nkana’s Simon Bwalya and Power Dynamos defensive midfielder Richard Kasonde. And Janza has also called a number of bench-warmers for his first training camp.

Power Dynamos midfielder Julius Situmbeko and Zanaco defender Jackson Kapumbu have seen very little league action for their respective clubs this year, get a chance to train with Zambia on Monday.

Furthermore, Red Arrows goalkeeper Daniel Munyau who has yet to see any competitive action since suffering an injury in late September, 2013 has also been summoned for the training camp. Goalkeeper Edson Phiri who did not even make Green Buffaloes team in their 2-2 away draw against Zesco on Wednesday has also been included in the team. Meanwhile, three Zesco call-ups are set to miss the training camp.

They are Nyambe, midfielder Justin Zulu and striker Jackson Mwanza who currently leads the 2014 top scorers chart with 11 goals. The trio will be away with Zesco in Tanzania until Tuesday to play Simba this weekend in the Dar-es-Salaam clubs 78th anniversary.

Team: Goalkeepers: Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Toaster Nsabata (Nchanga Rangers), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Edson Phiri (Green Buffaloes) Defenders: Jimmy Chisenga (Red Arrows), Alick Tembo (National Assembly), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), George Chilufya (Nchanga Rangers), Christopher Munthali (Nkana), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Rodrick Kabwe, Fackson Kapumbu (Both Zanaco) Midfielders: Julius Situmbeko, Kennedy Mudenda, Richard Kasonde (All Power Dynamos), Justin Zulu (Zesco United), Timothy Mbewe (National Assembly) Jacob Phiri (Kabwe Warriors), Simon Bwalya (Nkana), Evans Musonda, Shadreck Malambo, Bruce Musakanya (All Red Arrows) Strikers: Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Josephat Kasusu (Kabwe Warriors), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United)


Ian Gorowa steps as Zimbabwe coach over unpaid salary

Zimbabwean coach Ian Gorowa

Zimbabwean coach Ian Gorowa

Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa has resigned as the national side’s coach over issues with the country’s football association.

The Herald newspaper in Zimbabwe published a letter within which Gorowa stated he had not been paid for seven months. Having taken over from German Klaus Dieter Pagels in July last year, after losing just two of his 17 matches in charge.

The 42-year-old led The Warriors to the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship earlier this year, which he also states he is owed pay with a bonus payment for his success with his side is also yet to be paid to him.

This adds up to the  number of money problems for African football over recent months, especially before and during the World Cup in Brazil.

Cameroon departed 12 hours later than scheduled for the World Cup with disputes over bonus payments. Whilst Nigeria and Ghana players also clashed with their respective football associations over appearance fees and bonuses.


Zambia appoints technical director Honour Janza as new national team coach

New Zambia coach Honour Janza

New Zambia coach Honour Janza

FAZ technical director Honour Janza will replace Patrice Beaumelle as Zambia national  coach following sthe french man’s departure.

Beaumelle opted not to renew his contract beyond 31 July to join his mentor Herve Renard on the Cote d’Ivoire bench as assistant coach.

The Frenchman replaced Renard as Zambia coach in October, 2013 after the latter took up the short-term appointment at demoted French club Sochaux.

Janza told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that he had received the Chipolopolo job with passion and would work hard with the technical bench to qualify the team to the 30th AFCON finals.

“We are on a plane and as a pilot we have to put our efforts together with a view of landing safely and our destination is Morocco,” he said.

Despite Patrice Beaumelle leaving the Chipolopolo with just a month to go for the AFCON 2015 qualifiers , Janza said the squad would not be affected by the Frenchman’s absence.

“We can’t afford to start crying over spilt milk, the players should just remain focused and moreover the coach didn’t carry the players with him, they remained behind,” he said.

He also called on local senior coaches from clubs to be free to offer advice for the betterment of the Chipolopolo as they begin their journey for Morocco on September 6 against Mozambique.

“We will not underrate or overrate any team. We will ensure we prepare adequately and assemble a strong team for the AFCON qualifiers,” Janza said.

FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya reckons Janza has the necessary attributes to carry on from where Renard and Beaumelle left off stressing that the 48-year old elite CAF instructor “had the requisite credentials to excel in-charge of Zambia”.

“Honour Janza is the indicated one to lead the Zambia Technical Bench. It is also an opportunity for a local coach to show what he has learned in the last 5 years associated with Herve Renard and company,” Bwalya said.

“Chipolopolo has a massive following with huge expectations among our very passionate fans and followers. We are confident that the whole Zambia will rally behind the team, as always, and support Janza and the boys,” the FAZ President added.


SAFA agrees R1bn TV rights deal with Sivaya

SAFA boss Danny Jordaan

SAFA boss Danny Jordaan

The South African Football Association (SAFA), confirmed to the media this past weekend that a R1bn television broadcasting deal between the football body and new broadcaster, Siyaya TV was concluded, and would come in effect in May 2015.

According to the South African FA, the broadcast partnership with Siyaya TV is part of their financial turnaround strategy, with the objective of generating more revenue for the FA with Dominic Chimhavi, the communications manager at SAFA, confirming the partnership on his official Twitter.

“This SAFA/Siyaya partnership is a true game-changer. Soccer cannot continue to live in the shadows of rugby and cricket, ” tweeted Chimhavi.

SAFA and Siyaya TV have currently been in meetings to address the operational and legal matters pertaining to Siyaya TV taking over from the National broadcaster, the SABC.

The deals states that pay-tv broadcaster, Siyaya TV, would own the television rights to broadcast all the national team fixtures including, Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana, and all age group side fixtures from U-23’s and down, in both men’s and women’s teams.

Furthermore, Siyaya TV would have exclusive rights to broadcast the ABC Motsepe League and Sasol Women’s League along with the SAFA Magazine Programme and the annual SAFA Awards.


2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying review: Malawi, Rwanda progress after penalty success

Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Review

Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Review

Malawi became the first nation to reach the group stages of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations with victory over Benin on Saturday.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Young Chimodzi’s side restored parity courtesy of an early goal from John Banda at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

The sides could not be separated during normal time or extra time, with Malawi ensuring their progress courtesy of a penalty shootout victory.

Having overcome Chad on away goals to reach the second qualifying round, Malawi will now move into Group B of the main qualifying section alongside Mali, Algeria and Ethiopia.

Rwanda, ranked 30th on the continent, came from 2-0 down in the first leg to see off Congo on penalties.

After giving themselves a mountain to climb, courtesy of first-leg goals from Cesaire Gandze and Ferebory Dore, Saturday’s hosts levelled the aggregate score shortly after half-time when Michel Ndahinduka and Meddie Kagere struck.

After they levelled the tie, Rwanda came through 4-3 on penalties to complete an impressive comeback and book themselves a place in Group A of qualifying alongside reigning champions Nigeria.

Botswana succesfully defended a two-goal lead against Guinea-Bissau with a 1-1 draw in the second leg at the Estadio 24 de Setembro.

Ivanildo threatened a comeback with a goal after 20 minutes but Jerome Ramatlhakwane calmed any Botswana nerves with a goal in the final minute of normal time to ensure progression.

Sierra Leone and the Seychelles were due to meet in the second leg of their tie with the former leading 2-0.

However, the Seychelles’ Football Federation decision to withdraw, reportedly due to health fears over the Ebola virus, ensured their opponents progressed to Group D.



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