Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN by Congo Brazzaville

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) holders, the Democratic Republic of Congo, failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Kenya following a shock elimination

 DR Congo could only draw 1-1 with their rivals in Kinshasa, having drawn the first leg of their qualifier 0-0.

It put Congo Brazzaville through on the away-goals ruling.

Also on Saturday, Zambia knocked out South Africa with a 2-0 win in Ndola to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

African Nations Championship qualifiers – first leg scores in brackets
Aggregate winners qualify for finals in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February
Friday: Ivory Coast v Niger (1-2)
Libya 1-1 Algeria (Libya win 3-2 on aggregate) Mali v Mauritania (2-2)
Morocco 3-1 Egypt (Morocco win 4-2 on aggregate) Sudan v Ethiopia (1-1)
Saturday: Nigeria 2-0 Benin (Nigeria win 2-1 on aggregate)
Zambia 2-0 South Africa (Zambia win 4-2 on aggregate) Sunday:
Rwanda 2-0 Uganda (Uganda win 3-2 on aggregate) Namibia v Comoros (1-2)
DR Congo (holders1-1 Congo (Congo win on away goals) Ghana v Burkina Faso (2-2)
Cameroon 2-0 Sao Tome e Principe (Cameroon win 4-0 on aggregate) Tuesday:
Angola v Madagascar (0-0) Guinea v Senegal (1-3)

In other results on Saturday, Uganda progressed 3-2 overall despite a 2-0 defeat in Rwanda, and Nigeria overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit against Benin to qualify 2-1 overall thanks to a 2-0 win at home in their second leg.

On Friday, Morocco and Libya knocked out Egypt and Algeria respectively as they booked their places at Kenya 2018.

Morocco beat Egypt 3-1 in Rabat on Friday to win the tie 4-2 overall.

Libya held Algeria to a 1-1 draw in Sfax to go through to the finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

In Sunday’s qualifiers, Namibia host Comoros looking to come back from a shock 2-1 defeat away from home.

Also, twice runners-up Ghana will aim to reach the finals for the fourth time in five attempts by overcoming Burkina Faso in Kumasi.

Ghana led twice in the first leg only for Iliase Sawadogo to snatch a 2-2 draw five minutes from time.

Despite CHAN matches only featuring locally-based footballers the games have full international status and count toward the monthly Fifa rankings.

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African Nations Championship: Nigeria, Algeria battle for survival

DR Congo have won the African Nations Championship twice in 2009 and 2016

Nigeria and Algeria are among the sides who will need to overturn first leg deficits in order to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Kenya.

Benin won the first leg 1-0 in Cotonou thanks to a late penalty by captain Seibou Mama.

The Libyans quickly levelled and won the match through an early second-half goal from Muaid Ellafi, a consistent scorer this year in the African Champions League.

Libya failed to reach the last CHAN finals in Rwanda but were shock winners of the 2014 tournament after edging Ghana in a penalty shootout.

Nigeria, coached by Salisu Yusuf, are hoping to avoid a shock like the one they suffered in qualifying for the finals of the 2011 tournament for locally-based players when they lost to Niger 2-0 on aggregate.

“We have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Benin coach Oumar Tchomogo.

“That said, I was disappointed we did not win the first leg more convincingly.”

Twice runners-up Ghana should reach the finals for the fourth time in five attempts by overcoming Burkina Faso in Kumasi.

Ghana led twice in the first leg only for Iliase Sawadogo to snatch a 2-2 draw five minutes from time.

Ivory Coast trail Niger 2-1 ahead of the second leg on an artificial pitch at Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan.

Halidou Garba gave the Nigeriens victory late in the first match as they hunt another prized scalp having previously dumped Nigeria.

Defending champions Democratic Republic of Congo host neighbours Congo Brazzaville in Kinshasa after a goalless draw last weekend.

DR Congo have several survivors from the team that outplayed Mali 3-0 in the 2016 final, including goalkeeper Ley Matampi and striker Meschak Elia.

Having surrendered a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 in East London, a severely depleted South Africa have a tough task ahead against Zambia in Ndola.

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League kicks off this weekend and most clubs have refused to release players, saying the qualifiers are not being staged within a Fifa international window.

Egypt are another team in a difficult situation away to Morocco having drawn the first leg 1-1 without any stars from unco-operative leading clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek.

Despite CHAN matches only featuring locally-based footballers the games have full international status and count toward the monthly Fifa rankings.

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Bocco, Kapombe’s fitness is Simba SC ‘current problem’

Yanga, who are Premier League defending champions and Simba, Azam’s Federation Cup winner, will meet next Wednesday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Simba SC training gets underway in Zanzibar but the main reason for the team’s current issues is that John Bocco and Shomali Kapombe are ‘not perfect physically’ ahead of the much-anticipated derby match against bitter rivals Young Africans.

Yanga, who are Premier League defending champions and Simba, Azam’s Federation Cup winner, will meet next Wednesday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in the Charity Shield match to usher-in the 2017/18 topflight league campaign.

Speaking on his team’s preparation in Zanzibar, Simba assistant coach Jackson Mayanja said they need the former Azam duo fit for the start of their league campaign but most importantly the season’s curtain raiser against Yanga.

SIERRA LEONE FA BAN COACH JOHN KEISTER

Sierra Leone coach John Keister has been suspended by the Sierra Leone Football Association after leaking an audio conversation where he is accused of bringing the SLFA ‘into disrepute.’

Keister has been suspended indefinitely as he spoke ill of the FA to Leone Stars goalkeeper coach Tamba Moses and logistics officer Alusine Kabba three weeks ago.

It is alleged that the coach has also called the SLFA President Isha Johansen ‘corrupt.’

Moses and Kabba have also been banned indefinitely following the audio leak, with the FA having verbally warned the manager.

“These officials were found guilty of gross misconduct by bringing the name of the institution into disrepute,” the SLFA said in a statement. Read More 

Bafana’s 2018 World Cup fate to be decided in coming months

Bafana Bafana’s qualification programme for the 2018 World Cup in Russia resumes next month‚ with four important upcoming matches this year in their group scheduled until November.

The South African Football Association released a calendar with national team fixtures‚ outlining the exact dates and venues for Bafana’s upcoming 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Read More

 

Two killed in stampede at South African football match

Two people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium during a football match between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, Johannesburg city officials said today.

“The city has been notified of two fatalities,” said Luyanda Mfeka, the spokesman for the office of the mayor of Johannesburg.

He said the cause of the stampede, which took place at one of the gates of the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final, was being investigated.

Live television coverage of the match, which the Chiefs won 1-0, had shown no obvious disturbance.

In April 2001, a similar stampede saw 63 people crushed to death at Ellis Park, venue for the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, when the Chiefs and Pirates met in a midweek league match.

It was the country’s worst sporting tragedy and came as spectators broke through fences in an effort to get into the stadium.

The Chiefs and Pirates are South Africa’s best supported clubs and have a rivalry stretching back almost 50 years.

Today’s match was a traditional pre-season friendly between the two clubs.

Mbwana Samatta congratulates Msuva on transfer deal to Difaa El Jadida

The pair, who are both play together in Tanzania’s national soccer team Taifa Stars, met last month on Afcon qualifying match against Lesotho in Dar es Salaam. On Friday evening, Difaa El Jadida confirmed signing Simon Msuva with a 3-year contract deal after the 23-year-old passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

KRC Genk striker Mbwana Samatta has congratulated Simon Msuva after his friend moved a step to become a Tanzanian international striker after joins with North Africa giants Difaa El Jadida of Morocco.

The pair, who are both play together in Tanzania’s national soccer team Taifa Stars, met last month on Afcon qualifying match against Lesotho in Dar es Salaam.

On Friday evening, Difaa El Jadida confirmed signing Simon Msuva with a 3-year contract deal after the 23-year-old passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Using his Twitter page, the Samatta posts: “I Congratulate Msuva for joining Difaa El Jadida of Morocco club”.

It’s not surprising to see Samatta congratulating Msuva for joining the North African giants, as the KR Genk player has always been saying that for Tanzania football to grow there is a need of having many players playing outside the country.

The former Yanga player has always been an admirer of Samatta and promised to follow his footsteps.

Samatta journey to Europe started with a move to Democratic Republic of Congo Giants, TP Mazambe where he established himself as a dependable player in the star studded squad.

To climax it all, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) voted African Player of the year for local based players.

At Genk, Samatta is making his presence felt as he is among best scorers and regular starter of the club.

Recently, Samatta become the first Tanzanian to score against English Premier League team, he equalized when his team faced Everton in an international friendly match which KR Genk hosted.

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