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Nigeria to play Seychelles in Nation’s Cup qualifiers

LAGOS (Xinhua) -- Nigeria’s national team head coach Gernot Rohr on Friday in Lagos announced a 24-man team list for the 2019 Nation’s Cup qualifier against Seychelles.

The Super Eagles will play the national team of Seychelles on Sept. 7 in Victoria, Seychelles.

The German coach, at a news conference in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, said 24 players and four stand-by players were invited for the match.

The list consists of three goal keepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards.

The players are expected to arrive at Seychelles from Sept. 3 from their base, while one of the goal keepers, Ezenwa and the technical crew will leave Nigeria on Sept. 2.

The three points at stake in the match are important to the Super Eagles, having lost their opener to South Africa.

Seychelles have never qualified for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup but they made their debut in the qualifiers for the 1986 African Cup of Nations, losing to Mauritius.

Under Montenegrin coach Vojo Gardasevic, the Seychelles team made their debut in the World Cup qualifiers in April 2000.



Namibia star striker likely to miss crucial AFCON qualifier against Zambia

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibia is set to host Zambia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) football qualifier clash on Sept. 8 in Windhoek at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti said in a statement on Wednesday that his star striker Peter Shalulile is still nursing an ankle injury and is likely to miss the clash.

“We will take this game seriously and we remain focused, but our plans might be derailed as Shalulile is still a doubt and might not be back on time for that match,” Mannetti added.

Mannetti said he has been working with local-based players for the past weeks ahead of the Zambia clash and indicated that he is content with the feedback from the team so far.

“The boys are really pushing themselves hard and they understand that a place in the AFCON qualifiers team is on the line and they are putting in their best as expected,” he added.

Namibia’s first test will be against Zambia followed by the away and home matches against Mozambique between October 8 to 16 and between November 12 to 20 Namibia will host Guinea.

Currently, Mozambique heads up Group K with three points, with Guinea also on three in second place, followed by Namibia and Zambia on zero points after losing their opening games.

The Group winner and runner-up will qualify for the 2019 AFCON. The 2019 AFCON finals will be hosted by Cameroon in June and July 2019.


Zambian trainer names squad for Namibia Africa Cup qualifier match

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- Head coach of the Zambia national soccer team on Friday unveiled a 26-member squad, that includes 14 professionals for next month’s Africa Cup qualifier match against Namibia.

Sven Vandenbroek, who unveiled the squad at a press briefing, has included former captain of the national soccer team Rainford Kalaba, who has not played for the team for a long time after a fall out with the previous trainer.

The Belgian said the door for the national team was open to all players as long as they prove themselves at their clubs.

“What happened in the past I cannot judge, there are rumors, people are telling me things, but I cannot judge so everyone starts from zero. Everyone opens the door for the national team, if they are willing and eager to play for the national team,” he said.

He said the Namibia game was crucial and a must-win in order to brighten the team’s chances of qualifying to the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The team, he said, will play a friendly game with Gabon on September 11 before the encounter with Namibia on September.

Zambia is rooted at the bottom of Group K along with Namibia with no points after the first round of matches which saw the Chipolopolo lose 1-0 to Mozambique.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Defenders: Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Gideon Sichone (Green Buffaloes), Gampani Lungu (Supersport, South Africa), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Stoppila Sunzu (FC Metz-France), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe, Congo DR), Lawrence Chungu (Buildcon), Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel Raanana, Israel)

Midfielders: Nathan Sinkala (TP Mazembe, Congo DR), Salulani Phiri (Polokwane, South Africa), Enock Mwepu (RB Salzburg, Austria), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Lubambo Musonda (Gangzasar Kapan, Armenia), Clatous Chama (Simba, Tanzania), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe, Congo DR), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows)

Strikers: Augustine Mulenga , Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Fashion Sakala (Oostende, Belgium), Patson Daka (RB Salsburg, Austria), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United).


Uganda’s KCCA FC defeat Botswana’s Township
Rollers 1-0 in Champions League tie

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s KCCA FC have defeated visiting Township Rollers FC 1-0 in a Group A game of the CAF Champions League played on Saturday.

In front of a small crowd at Namboole National Stadium, the home side dominated play but failed to score several goals.

After several missed chances by Allan Okello and Saddam Ibrahim Juma, young striker Patrick Henry Kaddu scored the lone goal after 83 minutes. Juma took the free kick before the Township Rollers FC defenders fumbled and Kaddu got space to score.

KCCA FC’s goalkeeper Tom Ikara also had to makes several saves to keep his team in the game.

The win takes KCCA FC to third place on the group with 6 points, while Egypt’s Al Ahly who beat Esperance on Friday top the group with 10 points and Esperance are second. Township Rollers FC are bottom of the group with 3 points.

“I am happy with the result today and the boys have worked hard to win the game. We did not go to the group stage to be passengers but we have showed that we can play good football. The sky is the limit with these young lads,” KCCA FC coach Mike Hillary Mutebi told Xinhua after the game.

The Township Rollers FC stand-in coach said that his team had tried to play well against KCCA FC, but were punished by one mistake. “The home side took their chance and won,” added Motang.

KCCA FC will play their last game away to Al Ahly in Egypt on August 28th. Al Ahly and Esperance have already qualified for the quarter finals of the lucrative competition.



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