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AFCON 2025: Patrice Motsepe goes to Guinea this Friday

 

CAF President Patrice Motsepe will visit Guinea this Friday, September 30. The boss of the continental body will meet with Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. The latter has made the organization of the AFCON 2025, a capital project. A meeting with the Guinean Football Federation (Feguifoot) and the Minister of Sports, Bernard Goumou, is also scheduled for the same day.

This meeting could be decisive for Guinea, regarding the organization of the AFCON 2025. The holding of the competition on the due date has been the subject of controversy for several weeks.

World Cup 2022 - Covid 19: Vaccination is not mandatory for fans

 

Covid-19 vaccination will not be mandatory for spectators of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They will, however, have to present a negative test to travel to the country. "People arriving in Qatar are not required to undergo quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status or country of origin," the government and the Supreme Organizing Committee announced on Thursday, September 29.

They added: "Emergency health care will be provided free of charge in public hospitals for holders of the Hayya card", which serves as a visa for Qatar and a match ticket.

Friendlies - South Africa: Hugo Broos not happy with some of his players

 

South Africa won both of these friendly matches. Bafana Bafana dominated Sierra Leone (4-0) and Botswana (1-0). Despite these two successes, the coach Hugo Broos is not at all happy with some of his players. He even claims that they will not be called for the next camp of the team in November. The reason? They are simply not good enough for international soccer, says the Belgian coach.

"The South African league is something, but international matches are harder; they are faster and different. I chose to have two teams, one for Sierra Leone and another for Botswana to see what these teams can do and what the players can do. Against Botswana, I am not happy. But we won the game and that's the most important thing," said the 70-year-old coach.

He added: "I am not satisfied with what I saw. I'm sorry. That's the way it is. It means that we should take it into account for the next selection. It's a shame for these players but they won't be with us in November."

Al Ahli: Pitso Mosimane expects a big challenge

 

After his dismissal from Al Ahly in Egypt, Pitso Mosimane has found a namesake club. The South African coach has signed for Al Ahli SC in Saudi Arabia. However, despite winning 21 titles since his coaching debut, the former Sundowns man is expecting a difficult task.

"Because of the status of the club and the ambitious owners, this is without a doubt one of the biggest tasks of my coaching career to date. The plan was to take over only an interesting and challenging project that will allow us to make an impact and turn a team into champions. We need to wake up the sleeping giant and bring people back to fill the stadium. It is a very big task, but also an exciting one," Pitso Mosimane told BBC Sport Africa.

The South African's first task is to bring the club back to the top flight. Al-Ahli was relegated for the first time last season since it was founded in 1937.

COSAFA - Beach Soccer Cup: Egypt and Uganda qualify for semis

 

 

We now know the last four of the semi-finals of the COSAFA Cup of beach soccer. Egypt will face Mozambique, the defending champion. The Pharaohs beat Uganda (7-2), on Wednesday September 28 for the final day of Group B. The Egyptians close this group phase undefeated. Uganda takes the second ticket of this group. The Skulls will face Senegal in the semi-final. Despite its victory over Mauritius (5-2), Tanzania is eliminated from the competition.

COSAFA Beach Soccer Cup: Mozambique beats South Africa

 

Mozambique will play the semi-finals of the COSAFA Cup of beach soccer. This Wednesday, September 28 in Durban, the Mozambicans have largely dominated the host of the competition, South Africa (8-4). Defending champion, Mozambique (6pts) finished second in Group A behind Senegal (9pts).

Friendly - Nigeria: Jose Peseiro satisfied with his team

 

 

Nigeria was beaten in a friendly by Algeria (2-1) in Oran. Despite the defeat, the coach of the Super Egales is satisfied with the performance of his team.

"It was a good game, camping showed the quality of our players and their collective effort. It was a difficult match, Algeria is a good team. Our players try to do what I ask them to do in training. It is possible that you lose in soccer, I am sad that we lost. I don't like losing games but I am very happy with the performance of my players. They played well in the game," said the Portuguese coach to the Nigerian Football Federation.

Nigeria will play a friendly match against Portugal in November.

COSAFA-Beach Soccer Cup: Senegal defeat Seychelles

 

Senegal has completed the group phase of the COSAFA Beach Soccer Cup without losing a single game. The Lions of the beach beat the Seychelles this Wednesday, September 28 in the final day of Group A. The champions of Africa in title thus finish in top of this group. They will meet in the semi-final the second of group B.

Togo: Beach soccer officially launched

 

The Togolese Football Federation (FTF) officially launched on Sunday, September 25, the practice of beach soccer in the country through an exhibition tournament. For a first, 4 teams were on the invite. From now on, this discipline is part of the regular activities within the federation.

In terms of results, Marina FC beat Goliath FC by 4 goals to 2 in the first game, while Diamond Stars FC dominated Retrouvailles FC 7-3. In the curtain raiser of this exhibition tournament of beach soccer, a team of journalists from Togo and the team of former international soccer players have neutralized 4 goals each. The main objective of the FTF is to succeed in building a national team that can participate in the qualifiers for the AFCON Beach Soccer 2024.

Nigeria: John Obi Mikel retires

Clap de fin for John Obi Mikel. Aged only 35 years, the former Nigerian international (89 caps, 6 goals) has ended his career. He announced it on his social networks. "There is a saying that all good things must come to an end, and for my professional soccer career, that day is today. This is not a farewell, it is the beginning of another journey, another chapter of my life," he wrote.

Having played for Chelsea from 2006 to 2017, John Obi Mikel won the Champions League with the Blues. The former midfielder also won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles.

 

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