P.M. NEWS Nigeria » CAF competitions http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:19:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 AFCON 2015: Rwanda disqualified for fielding ineligible player http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/17/afcon-2015-rwanda-disqualified-for-fielding-ineligible-player/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/17/afcon-2015-rwanda-disqualified-for-fielding-ineligible-player/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:37:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207466 Rwanda

The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), on Sunday disqualified Rwanda from the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

A statement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said the decision followed a protest lodged by the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT), after their match against Rwanda on July 20.

With this development, the Super Eagles will play Congo instead of Rwanda in their AFCON qualifiers on 6 September in Calabar.

“The protest followed the first leg match of the second round of qualifying played against Rwanda on 20 July 2014 in Pointe-Noire.

“It contested the eligibility of a player, Birori Dady aligned with Rwanda, who plays for AS Vita Club of Kinshasa with Congolese (DRC) passport as Etekiama Agiti Tady, and a different age.

“The disqualification decision followed investigations by CAF and on the basis of documents provided by the federations of Rwanda, Congo and DR Congo, and hearing the player’s testimony on 11 August.

“CAF established that the two identities only referred to a single person.

“The Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) maintained that to their knowledge the player had one identity.

“However, investigations revealed that he was summoned as Etekiama Agiti Tady by FERWAFA to join the national team of Rwanda,” it said.

The statement said the organising committee, in accordance with Article 41 of the regulations of AFCON, and Articles 82 and 83.1 of CAF Disciplinary Code, suspended the player until further notice.

“We immediately suspend the player, Etekiama Agiti Tady / Birori Dady until further notice and ban him from playing for club and the national team.

“Rwanda are declared losers of the match against Congo, and consequently been eliminated from the competition.

“Also, we consign Congo to the group phase of the 2015 AFCON in Group A, as replacement for Rwanda.

“We reserve the right to confirm the exact length of the player’s suspension and to impose additional sanctions if necessary at the next meeting of the organising committee scheduled for 1 September 2014

“So, we urge players and stakeholders to regulate the situation of dual identity,” the statement said.

NAN reports that the 2015 AFCON is scheduled to hold in Morocco from January 17 to February 8.

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Ebola Fears: Rwanda Wants AFCON Qualifier Against Nigeria Moved http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/13/ebola-fears-rwanda-wants-afcon-qualifier-against-nigeria-moved/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/13/ebola-fears-rwanda-wants-afcon-qualifier-against-nigeria-moved/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:21:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206871 The football governing body in Rwanda, FERWAFA has requested the Confederation of African Football, CAF to find another venue for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Amavubi and Nigeria due to the spread of Ebola in the country.

Rwanda is scheduled to face the Super Eagles on 5 or 6 September in Calabar for the Group A opener of the last round of qualification for the continental showpiece.

AFCONFERWAFA President, Vincent Degaule Nzamwita expressed his concern, “We are worried about the spread of Ebola in Nigeria.”

“We have requested CAF to switch the match venue to a safer one and we are waiting for a decision to be made. We are also waiting on Government to make a decision on how exactly we can make sure the players and entire delegation are safe.”

The virus was detected in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. Over 1,000 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus in West Africa and authorities are recording 1,848 confirmed or suspected cases. Ten cases have been reported in Lagos State, western Nigeria.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of national emergency last Friday. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation,WHO has referred to the Ebola spread as a world health crisis.

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Setif beats Al-Ahly, edges closer to CAF semis http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/26/setif-beats-al-ahly-edges-closer-to-caf-semis/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/26/setif-beats-al-ahly-edges-closer-to-caf-semis/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:22:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204581 Setif

Setif

Algerians Entente Setif moved closer to a first CAF Champions League semi-finals appearance by defeating Libyans Al-Ahly Benghazi 2-0 in Tunisia this weekend.

El-Hedi Belameiri scored for the ‘Black Eagles’ after 18 minutes at Stade Chedli Zouiten and Sofiane Younis claimed the other goal in stoppage time.

Victory lifted unbeaten Setif to eight points from four Group B matches — four points more than Tunisians CS Sfaxien and Benghazi.

Another Tunisian club, Esperance, are bottom of the table with three points but can climb to second by winning at Sfaxien late Saturday.

Group winners and runners-up qualify for the semi-finals of a competition offering a $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) first prize and a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

Belameiri notched his sixth Champions League goal this season with a low shot across goalkeeper Wissem El-Boudi from just inside the penalty area.

Zimbabwe-born Edward Sadomba wasted several chances for Ahly before Younis struck on 93 minutes with a looping header off a Lyes Boukria cross.

Post-Moamer Kadhafi regime lawlessness in Libya forced Benghazi to play in neighbouring Tunisia.

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NFF Sacks Maigari http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/24/nff-sacks-maigari/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/24/nff-sacks-maigari/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:54:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204242 Taiwo Adelu

The Executive Committee of the board of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has sacked its president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.

The Executive Committee met at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja early Thursday to review the crisis rocking the federation after the vacation of a court injunction as well as the lifting of suspension by FIFA, and resolved that after thorough deliberations on the secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the federation and failure to call a meeting of the Executive Committee for the past eight months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the board, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on Maigari.

According to the Communique signed by Drafting Committee Chairman, Alhaji Muazu Sulyeman, the committee approved the immediate dismissal of Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee on grounds of alleged financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.

The Committee resolved to mandate the 1st Vice President, Chief Mike Okeke Umeh as Acting President, to preside over the affairs of the federation, pending the composition of the new NFF Executive Committee after the elections of Tuesday, 26 August, 2014.

The Executive Committee commended world football governing body, FIFA and the Confederation of African Football, CAF, for its keen interest in the development of Nigeria football and pledged that the country will continue to abide by the dictates of FIFA and CAF Statutes and the FIFA –approved NFF Statutes.

 The Executive Committee thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and all Nigerians from far and near for their patience and understanding during the crisis period and reiterated that concerted efforts are geared towards the development of football in Nigeria.

In attendance at the meeting today were Maigari, Chief Mike Umeh (Vice President); Chief Emeka Inyama (member); Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma (member); Alhaji Ahmad Muazu Kawu (member); Chief Effiong Johnson (member); Barr. Christopher Green (member); Shehu Adamu (Member); Alhaji Muazu Suleyman (member); Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu (member); Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (member); Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu (member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (member). Secretary, Musa Amadu, also in attendance.

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CAF Shifts Eaglets, DR Congo Tie To 27 July http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/17/caf-shifts-eaglets-dr-congo-tie-to-27-july/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/17/caf-shifts-eaglets-dr-congo-tie-to-27-july/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:31:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203305 The Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Thursday moved the 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifying match between Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, set for Lubumbashi, from Sunday 20 July to Sunday 27 July.

CAF’s decision comes as a welcome relief to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, whose officials patiently await positive communication from FIFA on the suspension clamped on the country on 9 July, due to a court order barring the Aminu Maigari–led Executive Committee from functioning.

On Wednesday evening, in Jos, the case was withdrawn by the plaintiff, and on Thursday, the NFF communicated same to FIFA, praying the suspension be lifted since the principal reason for the clampdown had been met.

In its letter to the NFF, the Federation Congolaise de Football Association (FECOFA), FECAFOOT and the match officials, CAF declared that it was granting the grace of seven days with high hopes that the suspension on Nigeria would be lifted in a couple of days.

File Photo: The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria: UAE 2013 World Cup winning team

File Photo: The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria: UAE 2013 World Cup winning team

“Following the suspension of Nigeria Football Federation by FIFA few days ago, please be informed that CAF is hopeful that an end to this crisis will be found soon.

“However, in view of the upcoming match scheduled between DR Congo and Nigeria U-17 national teams on 20 July, 2014 in Lubumbashi, we wish to ensure that the African youth players maintain their chance of playing competitive football for their respective countries.

“As such, please be informed that CAF decided to postpone the above mentioned match from 20 July to 27 July, 2014.”

The match is the first leg of a 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifying fixture, and is Nigeria’s first step towards defending the world title she won in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Venue of the match remains TP Mazembe Stadium, Lubumbashi, and kick-off is 3.30pm Congo time (2.30pm Nigeria time) on the new date.

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Nigeria Vs Argentina: Predict & Win http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/24/nigeria-vs-argentina-predict-win/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/24/nigeria-vs-argentina-predict-win/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:22:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=200112 As we did in Nigeria’s game against Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina, win a Super Eagles’ jersey by predicting the scoreline in the World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina on Wednesday.

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World Cup: ‘We Can Go Far’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/23/world-cup-we-can-go-far/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/23/world-cup-we-can-go-far/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:35:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=199995 Osaze Odemwingie believes Nigeria can go all the way in the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil provided the players play to their potential.

The 32-year-old, who scored the only goal of the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Cuiaba on Saturday, said that Nigeria has what it takes to make it to the final.

“I saw a Brazilian on the street who told me he foresaw Nigeria playing the final against Brazil and I said to myself why not, going by the level of our players and the fact that they are yet to peak,” Odemwingie said at the post-match press conference.

While revealing that the goal against Bosnia helped ease his disappointment at missing out on last year’s Nations Cup in South Africa, Odemwingie reiterated his confidence in the team, insisting that the squad is balanced in all departments.

“But mark my words we have a very resilient defence, a creative midfield and an attack force that can trouble any defence in the world if we play to our potentials we can go all the way,” he declared.

Odemwingie (L) celebrates scoring with Emenike

Odemwingie (L) celebrates scoring with Emenike

Meanwhile, Odemwingie has revealed that the intensity of Saturday’s win over Bosnia-Herzegovina made him forget he netted the winner in the contest.

Odemwingie struck unerringly from inside the box in the 29th minute to give the Super Eagles a priceless win over the Dragons at the Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá.

The Stoke City striker has now spoken about the intensity of the game which temporarily made him forget he’d scored the decisive goal in the game.

“It feels great and I even forgot I scored because the game was so intense. I was impressed by the hard work and the shift that our team put in today,” Odemwingie exclusively told supersport.com.

Odemwingie added that the win was achieved because the team showed great courage and the players were united on the pitch.

“This is what they call a team performance. Right from our goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama who made so many great saves.

“The defenders were fantastic against the likes of Edin Dzeko. In aerial battles and on the ground, they were fantastic.

“They passed the ball brilliantly and showed great quality. The midfielders worked hard too. We did the right things and deserved our win,” he said.

Nigeria had 10 shots on target, a far cry from their total against Iran in their opening game when they only managed a paltry six against Team Melli.

Odemwingie reckons the more expansive display on Saturday was crucial in the African champions recording a win against the highly-rated Bosnia side.

“We had so many shots on target. This meant that we went forward well in our counter attacks. It was very difficult to secure these three points but that’s what you enjoy when you play as a team.

“It was a very special game and an even more special performance from the team,” he said.

Saturday’s goal was Odemwingie’s first in four years for the Super Eagles and he took the time to discuss the implications of the decisive strike.

“It was maybe the most emotional moment for me. It meant even more because I have been out of the team for over a year and a half.

“But to be honest, what was most important was the win for the team and not my goal. We are a family and that’s what we have shown against Bosnia.

“Hopefully, this will be the beginning of many more victories to come,” he said.

Nigeria’s next group game is against Argentina and it will be decided at Estádio José Pinheiro Borba, Porto Alegre, on Wednesday, 25 June.

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Why Eagles Must Beat Iran —Glo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/16/why-eagles-must-beat-iran-glo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/16/why-eagles-must-beat-iran-glo/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:22:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198938 Major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and official sponsor of the Nigerian national teams, Globacom, has said the first group match of the Super Eagles against Iran today in the ongoing FIFA World Cup is a must-win because the three points at stake in the match is vital to their campaign at the World Cup.

Globacom stated that Coach Stephen Keshi and his Eagles should focus on winning the first match against Iran in order to give the team the necessary confidence to forge ahead.

“We urge our darling Eagles to start the campaign on a high note. Victory against Iran will not only increase their chances of qualification but will make subsequent matches easier to tackle,” the company enthused.

•Super Eagles players train ahead Iran match tonight. PHOTO: AFP.

•Super Eagles players train ahead Iran match tonight. PHOTO: AFP.

Globacom further stated that the team should remain focused and work towards qualifying from the group, adding that, with hard work, they will exceed the quarter finals record set by African teams at the World Cup.

The leading telecommunications operator also advised Keshi led technical crew to evolve a winning formula that would put the encounter beyond Iran.

“We wish to remind the Eagles and their handlers that, as African champions, they are the cynosure of all eyes. Therefore, they cannot afford to fail the continent as well as their supporters from across the world. They should go for outright victory to put a smile on the faces of the fans,” Glo said, adding that other African countries are also encouraged to put in their best in their opening matches.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Iran 8pm Nigerian time, face Bosnia on 21 June before ending the Group F’s games with Argentina on 25 June.

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U-17 qualifier: Golden Eaglets face DR Congo http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/15/u-17-qualifier-golden-eaglets-face-dr-congo/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/15/u-17-qualifier-golden-eaglets-face-dr-congo/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:28:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198907 Goal scorers- Alimi Sunday, Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali all scored one goal each in the 3-2 win against Egypt at the AB

The national under-17 male football team, Golden Eaglets, will now face DR Congo in the 2015 African Championship qualifier, an official says.

A statement from the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, on Sunday in Abuja, said the pairing was due to Burundi’s withdrawal from the qualifier.

The Golden Eaglets were initially billed to face the winner of the first round tie between Congo DR and Burundi.

The first leg of the match was scheduled for 28 June in Burundi with the return leg in Congo DR a fortnight later.

“Nigerian Under-17 national team was originally scheduled to meet the overall winner of the first round fixture between Congo DR and Burundi.

“But according to the continental soccer governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), Burundi has withdrawn from the competition.

“With this development, the Golden Eaglets will now travel to Kinshasa on July 18 and 20.

“And the return fixture will be on the weekend of August 1 and 3,” the statement read.

Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach Emmanuel Amuneke said the players would be ready, irrespective of the opposition.

“We don’t have the luxury of picking the team we want to play as such, but we will be ready to play the Congolese.

“Of course, Congo-Kinshasa will be different from Congo-Brazzaville that we met in Morocco, but we know that the Congolese in whatever shape, are a strong side; but we will be ready.

“We remain focused about the challenges ahead and the series of upcoming friendly matches will be used to fine-tune the team’s rough edges,” Amuneke was quoted as saying.

NAN recalls that the Golden Eaglets defeated Congo Brazzaville 7-0 at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco in 2013.

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Al-Ahly, Etoile in Sousse showdown http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/23/al-ahly-etoile-in-sousse-showdown/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/23/al-ahly-etoile-in-sousse-showdown/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 08:49:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=195626 Al Ahly celebrates winning CAF Confederation Cup

Al Ahly celebrates winning CAF Confederation Cup

Tunisians Etoile Sahel host Egyptians Al-Ahly this weekend in a CAF Confederation Cup Group B showdown between two of the three most successful African football clubs.

Ahly boast a record 18 CAF titles, winning the Champions League eight times, the Super Cup six times and the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup four times.

That haul puts them nine titles above Cairo neighbours Zamalek and 10 ahead of Etoile, the only side to win every CAF club competition.

The team from Mediterranean resort Sousse have lifted the Cup Winners Cup and CAF Cup trophies twice and the Champions League, Confederation Cup and Super Cup once.

Ahly and Etoile met twice in Champions League finals during the past decade with honours even. The Egyptians won 3-0 overall in 2005 and the Tunisians 3-1 two seasons later.

Although the mini-league stage of the second-tier Confederation Cup kicked off only last weekend, pundits are already predicting an Ahly-Etoile decider.

The initial results did nothing to question that view with Ahly comfortable 2-0 home wnners over Zambians Nkana while Etoile forced a 1-1 draw at Ivorians Sewe San Pedro.

Ahly owed their success to aerial power with early second-half headed goals from Amr Gamal and Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy securing maximum points.

Sahel fell behind during the opening half in Abidjan and had to wait until 11 minutes from time before levelling through Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah.

“It will be tough,” admitted Ahly caretaker coach Fathi Mabrouk before the midweek departure for Tunisia.

“My staff have been watching videos of recent Etoile games to learn how they play.

“I want to win our first three group matches as that will leave us well placed to reach the semi-finals.”

Veteran French coach Roger Lemerre has extended his six-month contract with Etoile and hopes to add the Confederation Cup to his list of successes.

Assistant to Aime Jacquet when hosts France won the 1998 World Cup, Lemerre guided ‘Les Bleus’ to the 2000 Euro title and Tunisia to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

Both teams have been hit by injuries with Rami Bedoui out of the Etoile squad and fellow defender Radhouene Felhi doubtful.

Abdullah Al-Saied has been sidelined for three months after breaking a foot bone against Nkana and fellow midfielder Hossam Ashour is another Ahly casualty.

Post-Arab Spring security concerns mean the crowd will be restricted to 8,000 in the 30,000-seat Stade Olympique.

“We have to win at home,” conceded Nkana coach Masauso Mwale ahead of the match against Sewe in central city Kitwe.

San Pedro will hope the start of their visit is not a sign of things to come as the bus sent to collect them was impounded for speeding.

Nkana midfielder and captain Sydney Kalume returns after missing Cairo through suspension and striker Festus Mbewe is available having returned from a loan spell with South Africans Golden Arrows.

Cameroonians Coton Sport host Malians Real Bamako and Ivorians ASEC Mimosas have home advantage over Congolese AC Leopards in Group A fixtures.

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2014 AWC qualifiers: CAF names officials for Nigeria/Rwanda clash http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/30/2014-awc-qualifiers-caf-names-officials-for-nigeriarwanda-clash/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/30/2014-awc-qualifiers-caf-names-officials-for-nigeriarwanda-clash/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:51:46 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=193002 The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday named the officials to handle the African Women Championship (AWC) second round qualifying matches between Nigeria and Rwanda.

According to the list made available by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in Abuja, CAF named Alla Abdelsamad from Sudan as the centre referee for the first leg match in Rwanda.

Nigeria will visit Rwanda for the first leg of the qualifiers between May 23 and May 25.

The return leg match will, however, be played between June 6 and June 8.

Ethiopia’s, Trhas Gebreyohanis, will be the first assistant referee, while Sudan’s Nasrin Mudawi and Batol Ibrahim will be the second assistant and reserve referees, respectively. Genevieve Kanjiga from DR Congo will be the match commissioner for the game.

In the return leg in Nigeria, Sara Ramadan from Egypt will be at the centre, while Mona Atallah and Hanady Ibrahim also from Egypt will be assistant referees one and two, respectively.

Kankou Coulibaly from Mali will be the reserve referee, while Marguerite Rouamba from Burkina Faso will be the match commissioner.

Nigeria qualified automatically for the second round when Sierra Leone withdrew from the qualifiers.

Rwanda on their part qualified from the first round on away goal rule after a 2-2 tie on aggregate against Kenya having beaten the Kenyans 1-0 in the first leg.

Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join hosts, Namibia in the 2014 AWC scheduled to hold from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25.

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CAF suspends Raja Casablanca’s VP http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/29/caf-suspends-raja-casablancas-vp/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/29/caf-suspends-raja-casablancas-vp/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:58:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192854 The disciplinary panel of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended Mustapha Dahnane, the Vice-President, Raja Club Athletic (RCA) of Casablanca from football-related activities for a year.

CAF, in a statement on Tuesday, said Dahnane was suspended from continental participation and the sanction would be subject to an extension at the international level.

The statement said Dahnane would also pay a fine of 30,000 dollars.Caf logo

It said Dahnane was suspended due to his comments after the return match between AC Horoya of Guinea and Raja Casablanca in the 2014 CAF Champions League.

The statement said Dahnane accused CAF and its officials of being bought over by AC Horoya without proffered evidence.

The three-time African champions defeated the Guinean visitors 1-0 at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, only to lose 4-5 on post-match penalty kicks.

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CAF Confed Cup: ASEC snatch victory over Kaiser Chiefs http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/20/caf-confed-cup-asec-snatch-victory-over-kaiser-chiefs/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/20/caf-confed-cup-asec-snatch-victory-over-kaiser-chiefs/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:18:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192065 South African club Kaizer Chiefs were punished for fielding a virtual reserve side as they lost 2-1 against Ivorians ASEC Mimosas in a CAF Confederation Cup play-off on Sunday.

Captain Hugues Zagbayou gave the visitors from Abidjan a first-half lead in the first leg before a small crowd at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Zimbabwean Mathew Rusike levelled four minutes from time only for Koffi Boua to snatch the winner three minutes into stoppage time.

Chiefs’ English coach Stuart Baxter justified fielding a ‘B’ team because his squad face a “long and arduous” end to the domestic season.

The Soweto club are chasing a second consecutive Premiership and FA Cup double and playing twice each week.

“We should have won this game against poor opponents,” said Baxter. “The second goal we conceded was bad with no one tracking back.”

ASEC coach Siaka Traore hailed his young side: “My boys fought tirelessly and we will return to Abidjan and prepare for the second leg.”

Former South Africa and Finland coach Baxter made 10 changes to the team that won a league game at Polokwane City last Wednesday with only midfielder George Lebese retained.

And Lebese, who has been in hot scoring form with three goals from his last two games, retired injured at half-time with Philani Cele taking his place.

Former CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup winners ASEC scored after 36 minutes when unmarked Zagbayou pounced on a loose ball off a corner to fire home.

Chiefs dominated the second half and deservedly equalised four minutes from time as Rusike slammed an angled half-volley across goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare into the far corner.

But Boua silenced the vibrant crowd three minutes into stoppage time, stealing in unchallenged at the far post to finish off a Moussa Traore cross with his right foot.

The return match is scheduled for Abidjan next weekend with the overall winners advancing to the eight-club group phase of the second-tier African competition.

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Bayelsa edge How Mine for next round of CAF Confed cup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/29/bayelsa-edge-how-mine-for-next-round-of-caf-confed-cup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/29/bayelsa-edge-how-mine-for-next-round-of-caf-confed-cup/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:48:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=189584 The Bayelsa United Football Club (FC) on Saturday beat How Mine Club of Zimbabwe 2-0 to advance to the next round of the CAF confederation cup and thus qualified for the next round on a 3-2 goals aggregate.

Bayelsa had lost the first leg,1-2 in Zimbabwe on March 22.

The goals were scored by Buhari Jafar and Azubuike Okechukwu in the 58th and 88th minutes.

Bayelsa made several attempts at the visitor’s goal but the goalkeeper of How Mine, Ephraim Mazarura denied them early goal.

The first goal by Bayelsa United forced the Zimbabweans to come out to look for an equaliser but their effort was not good enough to produce the desired result.

Bayelsa United Team

Bayelsa United Team

Bayelsa United coach, Richard Bubagha, commended his players, saying that they played to instructions.

Bubagha said they were looking forward to their next opponent in the championship and assured that his team would not disappoint Nigerians.

“My boys played to instruction. In the second half of the game, we changed our pattern of play to get the needed result.

“We are not going to disappoint Nigeria in this competition, We will be taking the matches as as they come’’, he said.

The captain of Bayelsa United, Solomon Junior, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they had to up their game because a draw would have knocked them out of the tournament.

“It was a difficult match, they came here to defend, but we had to raise our game in the second half to get the goals.

“Lack of concentration at the dying minutes cost us our game over there but we had to make up for it here by beating them to move ahead’’, he said

Junior urged football fans to give them the necessary support and assured that they would win the cup.

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CAF Confed Cup: Bayelsa United vow to oust Zimbabwe’s How Mine http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/28/caf-confed-cup-bayelsa-united-vow-to-oust-zimbabwes-how-mine/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/28/caf-confed-cup-bayelsa-united-vow-to-oust-zimbabwes-how-mine/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:52:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=189398 Nigeria’s Bayelsa United team have vowed to end the CAF Confederation Cup run of Zimbabweans How Mine this weekend.

The clubs clash in Sapele, in Delta State Saturday with the hosts promising to “thrash” the visitors and secure a play-offs spot.

How Mine came from behind last weekend to win the first leg of the last-16 tie 2-1 with Menard Mupera snatching a stoppage-time winner from a spot-kick.

It was a disappointing climax for the Nigerians, who took an early second half lead through Bernard Okorowanta only for Morris Kadzola to level on the hour in Bulawayo.

But 2009 semi-finalists Bayelsa remain favourites to advance with a 1-0 home win sufficient under the away-goal rule.

“Bayelsa will thrash How Mine,” coach Richard Bubagha told SuperSport.com.

Bayelsa United Team

Bayelsa United Team

“We know their strengths and weaknesses and are working on them.”

A strength of the gold miners is striker Kudakwashe Musharu, leading scorer with six goals in the second-tier African cup competition this season.

But after netting in the four previous CAF matches, he was shackled by Bayelsa and failed to increase his tally.

Musharu acknowledges his key role in Nigeria, saying he must get back on the goal trail if the Zimbabweans are to survive.

“Scoring an away goal is critical if we are to win the tie,” the 27-year-old marksman told the Zimbabwean media.

“The first priority is to contain Bayelsa for 30 minutes and then snatch a goal to unsettle them.

“I scored a vital away goal in the previous round in the Seychelles and believe I can repeat the feat in Nigeria.”

While it would be a shock if Bayelsa failed to make the play-offs against the CAF Champions League last-16 losers, fellow Nigerians Warri Wolves are facing elimination.

A goalless home draw with 2013 semi-finalists CA Bizertin has put them on the back foot as Tunisian clubs seldom slip up at home.

Tradition is also against the Wolves with previous Confederation Cup appearances in 2010 and 2012 ending in last-16 exits.

Tunisians Etoile Sahel, winners in 2006 and runners-up two years later, take a 1-0 lead over SuperSport United to South Africa.

Although Egypt are the dominant force in African club football, they have yet to produce a Confederation Cup title-holder.

Debutants Wadi Degla meet vastly experienced Djoliba in Mali holding a 2-0 advantage while 1969 African champions Ismaily play Petro Atletico in Angola after a goalless first leg.

Another former African champion, Ivorians ASEC Mimosas, have to overcome a 1-0 deficit at home to Algerians CS Constantine.

Moroccans Difaa El-Jadida are in an identical situation against Rwandan visitors AS Kigali, whose home-leg winner came from Jean-Paul Niyonzima.

Zambians Zesco United enjoy home advantage against Ghanaians Medeama in central copper city Ndola, but are two goals in arrears.

CAF Confederation Cup second round, second leg fixtures this weekend (aggregate score in brackets):

SuperSport Utd (RSA) v Etoile Sahel (TUN) (0-1)

Difaa El-Jadida (MAR) v AS Kigali (RWA) (0-1)

Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Medeama (GHA) (0-2)

Bayelsa Utd (NGR) v How Mine (ZIM) (1-2)

ASEC Mimosas (CIV) v CS Constantine (ALG) (0-1)

Petro Atletico (ANG) v Ismaily (EGY) (0-0)

Djoliba (MLI) v Wadi Degla (EGY) (0-2)

CA Bizertin (TUN) v Warri Wolves (NGR) (0-0)

Note: overall winners qualify for play-offs against CAF Champions League second round losers

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Eaglets Begin Screening In Abuja http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/26/eaglets-begin-screening-in-abuja/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/26/eaglets-begin-screening-in-abuja/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:29:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=189196 Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are on the march again as the screening of new players that would defend the FIFA U-17 World Cup title won last year in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, begins in Abuja on Thursday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finalised arrangement for the smooth take off of the usual gruelling exercise at the practice pitch of the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Site.

Team Administrator, Tayo Egbaiyelo informed that players would be called up in batches in order to create an enabling environment for the coaching crew to pick the budding talents.

Speaking ahead of the exercise, Golden Eaglets’ coach Emmanuel Amuneke said he has combed the nooks and crannies of the country in the last one month to fish out some raw talents.

The first batch of 35 players are  due in camp on Wednesday in order to commence the screening on Thursday. More than 4000 players took part in similar exercise before the 2013 World Cup-winning team was assembled by coach Manu Garba  who was incidentally assisted by Amuneke.

The NFF recently promoted Garba and Nduka Ugbade to the Under-20 team while leaving behind the duo of Amuneke and Emeka Amadi (goalkeepers’ trainer) to handle the Under-17 team.

The 2015 Africa Under-17 Championship will be held in Niger. Golden Eaglets are already drawn bye into the second round of the cadet

Championship by CAF  and would meet the winners of the first round tie between Burundi and Congo DR with the first leg scheduled for 18-20 July, while the reverse fixture will be played between 1-3 August.

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CAF Confed Cup: Warri Wolves edge Union Douala http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/09/caf-confed-cup-warri-wolves-edge-union-douala/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/09/caf-confed-cup-warri-wolves-edge-union-douala/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 20:36:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=187747 The Warri Wolves Football Club on Sunday played 1-1 draw with the visiting Union Douala Football Club of Cameroun at the Warri township stadium.

The outcome made Wolves to advance to the second round of the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition after ending both ties on 4-3 aggregate.

In the first leg decided in Cameroon, the game ended 3-2 in favour of the Wolves.

In the return leg played in Warri, both goals were scored in the second half through penalty kicks.

Najare Musa converted a penalty when team mate Oghenetega Otebo was brought down by Union Douala defender at 54th minute.

However, the visitors replied at the 87th minute when Djumo Christian converted a penalty for the Union Douala.

One yellow card was issued to Douala’s number 11 shirt, Achu Clevis, in the 34th minute for wrong tackling.

Both sides missed scoring chances in the explosive encounter.

The Warri Wolves coach, Paul Aigbogun, in his reaction to the match said he was pleased with the performance of his boys.

Aigbogun admitted that his team missed a lot of scoring chances in the game and promised to work on it ahead of the second round of the competition.

The team will meet Club Athletic Bizertin of Tunisia in the next round of the competition.

Also, coach Roques Sebastien of Union Douala said that his team played against a more mature and determined club.

”I accept the defeats, we are a young team and we are learning. Hopefully we will improve in the next season. The officiating was good,” he said.

The captain of Warri Wolves, Goodluck Onamado, said they would improve on their subsequent games, adding that this was just their second game since beginning of the new season.

”There are new players in our midst and we need time to play together and blend,” he said.

The match commissioner was El Shenawi from Egypt, while the central referee was Osiase Koto from Lesotho. (NAN)

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Champions League Fall-out: Enyimba Fire Coach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/03/champions-league-fall-out-enyimba-fire-coach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/03/champions-league-fall-out-enyimba-fire-coach/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:16:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=187302 Enyimba of Aba have fired goalkeeper’s trainer Sulaiman Shuaibu and given an ultimatum to the coaches to win in Mali or be sacked.

This followed the team’s 1-2 loss at home to AS Real Bamako of Mali in a CAF Champions League first round, first leg match.

Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu informed MTNFootball.com after a marathon meeting with the team at Abia Hotels that Shuaibu has been suspended until further notice for fielding an unfit goalkeeper, Femi Thomas.

•Anyansi, Enyimba's boss

•Anyansi, Enyimba’s boss

Anyansi also disclosed that the coaches led by Zakary Baraje have been ordered to win and qualify the team to the next round in Mali or get sacked.

Anyansi-Agwu launched an astonishing tirade at the Enyimba backroom staff led by Zachary Baraje, accusing them of making “so many mistakes”.

“As an administrator, I was upset for the very first time. The coaches made a lot of mistakes and I have already told them.

“I never criticize my coaches but for the first time in my 14 years as an administrator, I was not happy with what I saw.

“The right things were not done (by the coaches),” he said.

Enyimba were lackluster, while AS Real Bamako were a lot more organised and deserved their win.

Anyansi-Agwu said that only a miracle will see his side advance to the second round of the League.

“It’s not impossible for us to qualify for the second round but it will take a miracle to pull it off. We will do everything possible to turn around this result in Bamako,” Anyansi-Agwu told supersport.com after the game.

Anyansi-Agwu who masterminded the club’s two previous successes in the competition in 2003 and 2004 also gave his assessment of the game.

“It was a very good game. I am not really surprised by the performance of AS Bamako. We tried to pass our findings on AS Bamako to the concerned quarters; unfortunately the information we gave was not followed.

“I have already congratulated the AS Bamako people because we are good sportsmen in Nigeria. We also understand that great teams sometimes lose at home,” he said.

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Enyimba Excited Over Defeat Of Togo Club http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/10/enyimba-excited-over-defeat-of-togo-club/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/10/enyimba-excited-over-defeat-of-togo-club/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:09:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=185854 Enyimba have said they are delighted to overcome a scare from Togo’s Anges de Notse and win 3-1 in a CAF Champions League tie at the weekend.

The Nigeria flag bearers came from a goal down to beat the Togo champions in a CAF Champions League preliminary round clash on Sunday.

Anges de Notse, who paraded Nigerian-born striker Vincent Orode, stunned their hosts after 37 minutes courtesy of their skipper Camara Cheik.

Sibi Gwar drew Enyimba level on 83 minutes, before Kingsley Sokari gave ‘The People’s Elephant’ the lead two minutes later.

Gwar then completed his brace in the 90th minute.

“I am happy to have scored the two goals that gave my team victory,” Gwar told MTNFootball.com

“Before the game, I predicted 3-1, but when they took the lead, and it lasted till 80 minutes, I started doubting. I thank God we finally won. I will keep doing my best for the team.”

Rasheed Olabiyi said Enyimba will do the double over their opponents in return leg match.

“They made it difficult for us but we will also beat them in Togo. They made the most of the only chance they got in Aba,” said Olabiyi,

Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas told MTNFootball.com his team threw away several chances.

“We played like a team but we missed a lot of chances which we ought to have buried,” Thomas said.

“I was just praying to God to give us victory after they took the lead, which was as a result of a misunderstanding between me and Semiu Liadi.”

The second leg match is slated for Lome next weekend.

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CAF Champions League: Pillars, Enyimba Face Tricky Tests http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/07/caf-champions-league-pillars-enyimba-face-tricky-tests/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/07/caf-champions-league-pillars-enyimba-face-tricky-tests/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:26:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=185689 Nigerian representatives in the CAF Champions League, Kano Pillars and Enyimba FC of Aba face tricky tests in their respective matches this weekend.

While Nigerian champions, Pillars will play away at AS Vita on Sunday with new coach Okey Emordi aiming for a result in Kinshasa, Enyimba will be at home in Aba against unknown Togolese champions, Anges de Notsè in the preliminary round of the lucrative league.

Former Rangers coach Emordi only took charge of Pillars training a week ago, but he said he is confident his new team will get a result in DR Congo.

“We are not new to continental football and that experience is what we are taking to Congo and hopefully we will come back with a good result,” said Emordi, who led Enyimba to win the 2004 Champions League.

Meanwhile, Officials of Enyimba have admitted that they know nothing about their opponents going into Sunday’s first leg at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.

Technical Adviser of Enyimba, Zachary Baraje revealed that he managed to get some tapes of matches played by Anges de Notsè but said that may be of little help to his side on Sunday.

“I have managed to get some tapes of competitive matches played by our opponents but these are not recent games. I have also been informed that they now have a new coach so their tactical approach to games may be different this time,” Baraje told supersport.com.

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