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Djibouti face a monster uphill battle in Ethiopia

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 Djibouti will want to avenge their massive defeat at home when they visit Ethiopia for the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Championships qualifier on Sunday.

The Shoremen of the Red Sea failed to ignite at home and are now under pressure to bag a win in the second leg.

A 5-1 drubbing at home was not a result they wanted, but they will now hope to find their scoring boots and overturn the result.

Although it will not be easy, coach Noureddine Gharsalli has to uplift the morale of his players and ensure they get a win at all costs.

Shifting focus to the Walia Ibex, as hosts they have an added advantage coming to this encounter as they have a massive goal advantage.

Scoring five away goals has bascially secured their passage into the next round of qualifying, but they still have to remain disciplined at the back to ensure they do not concede.

The winner of the two leg affair will set up a thriller against Burundi or Sudan on 11 August 2017 in the next round of CHAN qualifiers.

The encounter will be staged at Hawassa Stadium in Ethiopia at 18:00 (CAT).

Source:   africanfootball.com

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Ghana: Kwesi Appiah defends continued exclusion of Ayew brothers!

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In recent months, the Ghanaian selection has had bad results. Some players were ousted by the coach whose brothers Jordan and André Ayew. Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah defended the continued exclusion of the Black Stars Ayew brothers.

The 57-year-old tactician did not call Andrew and his younger brother, Jordan, because the duo was out of Ghana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville for injuries and illnesses .

André and Jordan, who play for England’s West Ham United and Swansea City, respectively, were also dismissed by Appiah when he played for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2013.

However, Appiah said in an interview with KweseESPN that he is simply doing what he thinks is in the best interest of the team.

« Someone I call, people will complain, it’s something I’m used to, » Appiah said. « There are so many players doing very well and there is no way I can call everyone. « .

The Black Stars endured a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign that saw the West African side fail to reserve its place in next year ‘s final.

« The most important thing is that I have to make good selections with those who are good for this team as the head coach, » he continued.

« And do not allow people to complain about influencing it. If I have to worry about it, I’ll call a hundred players.  »

It remains to be seen whether Appiah will remember the Ayew brothers before the CAN 2019 CAN qualifier against Kenya in October of next year.

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Eto’o vs Drogba: Who has scored more doubled, tripled and quadrupled?

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We will never end comparing these two monuments of African football. Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o remain two phenomena of the African sport king and continue to thrill the fans. Africa Sports plunges back into the numbers to shine. Pending the verdict of the numbers, who of the two has more than doubled, tripled and quadrupled in their respective careers?

Out of a total of 845 games, former indomitable Lions captain Samuel Eto’o has planted 412 goals in his career in all competitions. The striker of Antalyaspor has 7 doubled, 8 triplets and a quadrupled (Nov 8, 2008: Barcelona 6-0 Real Valladolid).

Opposite, the Ivorian Didier Drogba also presents similar figures even if he has never managed a quadrupled. In a total of 783 games, the former captain of the Elephants of Ivory Coast, scored 362 goals in his career including 8 doubled, 7 triplets and 0 quadruplets.

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old Ducrocq – « Okocha pretended to defend »

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In the After Foot Monday night, Pierre Ducrocq briefly returned to his experience with Jay-Jay Okocha. The Parisian community spoke of the talent of the Nigerian, but also his low propensity to defend.
Pierre Ducrocq and Jay-Jay Okocha rubbed shoulders between 1998 and 2001 until the Frenchman’s departure. The two men were probably one of the most beautiful midfield pairs in the 1999-2000 season, after which PSG finished second in the championship. A good memory for the player trained at the club. Even if he had to kill the work for two.

« It was not a labor war thunderbolt »

During the show « After Foot » on RMC and BFM Sport, the discussion turned on the experience of Ducrocq with his Nigerian partner, for which he admires: « I watched him play, he pretended to defend but I did not I was not bothered because I knew his qualities that I did not have, and vice versa, so we were complementary, maybe he’s the player with the most qualities I’ve seen.  »

Ducrocq knows that the old number 10 could go higher: « He had a hair in his hand, he was not a thunderbolt working war, but he was a genius, an artist. he had, he could do a lot, a lot more.  » He shone against Bordeaux Columnist Daniel Riolo recalled the two superb goals scored by Okocha against Bordeaux (one in Gironde since his arrival in August 1998, the other at the Park in September 1999). We invite you to see them again.



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