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Glo Caf Awards ceremony now to be held in Accra, Ghana

February 12, 2010

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced a new venue for the Glo Caf Awards ceremony. The event will now be held in Accra, Ghana at the Accra International Conference Centre. The ceremony, one of the biggest events on the continent’s football calendar, was originally scheduled to take place on 25th February of this year in Dakar, Senegal.

CAF has said that the decision to change the venue and time is due to the schedule of the nominees and their clubs.

“The changes have been made to accommodate the club engagements of majority of the nominees and enrich the ceremony,” said Suleiman Habuba, Communications Director CAF.

Ghana does have the experience in hosting this ceremony. This will be the second time it has hosted the event.

The nominees are for the top most award (Glo-CAF Player of the Year) at the ceremony are: Michael Essien (Ghana and Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Inter Milan), Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire and Chelsea), Seydou Keita (Mali and Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire and Barcelona)

Man City and Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor won African footballer of the year award last at the last edition.

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Dindane rescues Pompey while Adebayor seals Citizens victory:Premier League midweek round-up

February 11, 2010

Dindane

Dindane to inspire Portsmouth (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe)

Portsmouth 1-1 Sunderland
Cameroon forward Aroune Dindane was able to salvage a point for troubled Portsmouth at the Fratton Park in a match against Sunderland. Dindane who is on loan at Pompey from RC Lens headed home a deep cross from O’Hara in 5th minute of injury time.

Senegal’s Papa Bouba Diop and Algeria’s Hassan Yebda also started for Portsmouth. Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu replaced Papa Diop in the 76th minute and Nadir Belhadj replaced fellow country man Yebda in the 78th minute. New loan signing, Ghana’s Quincy Owusu-Abeyie was on the bench.

Man City 2-0 Bolton
Togo’s Adebayor scored his ninth goal of the season when he controlled beautifully hit a brilliant volley in the 73 minute to seal Citizens victory against Bolton. Kolo Toure was solid at the back for City.

Fulham 3-0 Burnley
Nigeria’s Dickson Etuhu played the entire 90 minutes for Fulham. He received a yellow card in 37th minute of the game. Defender André Bikey of Cameroon also lasted the full duration for Burnley.

Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool
Arsenal’s Cameroonian midfielder Alexandre Song was one of the better players in this match. Ivory Coast’s Emmanuel Eboue also played the entire 90 minutes for Arsenal.

Everton 2-1 Chelsea
An impressive Didier Drogba led the Chelsea attack but failed to find the net against a very determined Everton side. Mikel Obi lasted 76 minute on the pitch before being replaced by Sturridge. Salomon Kalou came on in the 66 minute for Anelka.

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Nigeria interested in Shehata

February 2, 2010

Shehata

Egypt's coach Hassan Shehata linked to Nigeria job (Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Egypt’s coach Hassan Shehata yesterday revealed to Egyptian television that the Nigerian Football Federation has made contacts with him about taking Nigeria to this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

“They expressed an interest in hiring me to take charge of their team during the World Cup,” the 60-year-old told television station Modern Sport.

Shehata, one of the most respected coaches on the continent is currently on a contract with Egypt which runs till 2012. He recently won the African Cup of Nations with Egypt making it the third straight time. He however came under a lot of criticism when he failed to qualify Egypt for this summer’s World Cup.

Shehata tempted
Shehata did not hide his interest in taking the job but has said the final decision lies in the hands of the Egyptian FA. He sees the possibility of working with the Super Eagles on a short term basis.

“It will be a great honour for me to work in the World Cup, but the Egyptian FA will have the final word on whether I could work with Nigeria on a temporary basis.”

What happens to current coach Shuaibu Amodu
On Friday the Executive Committee of the NFF will meet to decide Amodu’s future with the Eagles. A statement by the chairman of the technical committee of the NFF, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi however suggests that, a total overhaul of the technical crew was inevitable.

Other coaches that have been linked to the job are Mozambique manager Mart Nooij and Zambia manager Herve Renard.

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African Cup of Nations Award winners: Ahmed is Overall Best Player as Egypt sweeps awards

February 1, 2010

Egypt’s inspirational captain, Ahmed Hassan was named the 2010 African Cup of Nation’s Overall Best player after the competition came to an end yesterday. He helped his team win the their 3 consecutive African Cup of Nations title, their 7th in total. Ahmed scored 3 goals during the competition.

Other award winners

Best Goalkeeper
Egypt’s veteran shot stopper Essam El Hadary emerged as the tournaments best goalkeeper. El Hadary kept 4 clean sheets out 6 games. This is the third consecutive time the Ismaily based goalkeeper is winning this award. He won it in the two previous competition- Egypt 2006, Ghana 2008

Top scorer
Mohamed Nagy Gedo of Egypt was crowned goal king after finishing the competition with 5 goals. What is most astonishing is that Gedo started all the games played from the bench. He was also crowned the Discovery of the Tournament. Gedo made his debut for Egypt against Malawi on 29 December 2009 and has won only 8 caps for his country so far.

Overall Samsung Fair Play Award
Versatile Egypt midfielder, Ahmed Fathi won the Fair Play Award.

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2010 African Cup of Nations Best Players

February 1, 2010

The Technical Committee of CAF has released the list of the best eleven players of the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

The list is dominated by Egypt who have as many as 5 players in the first eleven.

First Eleven
Goalkeeper
(1) Essam EL HADARY (EGY)

Defenders
(2) Madjid BOUGHERRA (ALG)
(20) Wael GOMAA (EGY)
(21) MABINA (ANG)

Midfielders
(6) Alexandre SONG (CMR)
(7) Ahmed FATHI (EGY)
(17) Ahmed HASSAN (EGY)
(11) Peter ODEMWINGIE (NGR)

Attackers
(3) Asamoah GYAN (GHA)
(16) FLAVIO (ANG)
(9) Mohamed ZIDAN (EGY)

Substitutes
(22) Richard KINGSON (GHA)
(6) Emmanuel MBOLA (ZAM)
(10) Achille EMANA (CMR)
(10) Kwadwo ASAMOAH (GHA)
(12) Seydou KEITA (MLI)
(15) Karim ZIANI (ALG)
(15) Mohamed Nagy GEDO (EGY)
(13) André AYEW (GHA)
(11) Eric MOULOUNGUI (GAB)
(7) Ogbuke OBASI (NGR)
(7) Jacob MULENGA (ZAM)
(8) Salomon KALOU (CIV)

The Technical committee is made up of Hussein Abdel Moneim, technical director of CAF, Ben Kouffie (Gha), Chief Onigbinde (Ngr), Anthony Baffoe (Gha), Noser Fathy (Egy) and Maalouch Belhassan (Tun).

Source:cafonline.com

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Egypt wins African Cup Nations for the third consecutive time: Ghana 0-1 Egypt African Cup of Nations Finals

January 31, 2010

Egypt

Egypt makes the treble (Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

The Pharaohs of Egypt today beat the Black Stars of Ghana in the finals of the 27th Edition of the African Cup of Nations in Angola by a lone goal.

It was game of very few chances and both teams played cautiously. The goal came in the 85th minute against the run of play, when substitute Gedo converted a reverse ball from striker Zidan to beat a resolute Ghanaian defense.

This victory puts Egypt in the history books being the only to have won the trophy for 3 consecutive times.

Ghana can still take pride for a great show at the tournament after many people had written them off.

More to follow soon.

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