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Mali, Gabon begin the quest for AFCON 2019

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Mali and Gabon will kick-off their Group C campaigns in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they meet in Bamako on Saturday. The match is set for Stade du 26 Mars at 21h00 CAT.

Mali have appeared at the last six successive AFCON tournaments, with Egypt 2006 the last time that they did not participate in the finals of the continental showpiece.

The Eagles, led by coach Alain Giresse, start as favourites to top Group C and qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon. Yet their French tactician has warned that it will be no easy task.

Gabon have appeared at four of the last five AFCON tournaments (though two of those were as hosts/co-hosts). The Panthers, who have Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho as their coach, will look to likes of Didier Ndong, Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for inspiration.

Mali and Gabon have met in 10 official international matches according to FIFA statistics and it’s good news for the Panthers, who have claimed five wins and suffered just one defeat.

The teams met as recently as November last year, playing to a goalless draw in a Group C 2018 World Cup qualifier at the very same Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako. A repeat result would be considered a success for Camacho’s side.

The other Group C match this weekend sees Burundi host South Sudan in Bujumbura on Saturday afternoon.

Source:  africanfootball.com

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Debate: Is CAF right to unload Kenya from the 2018 CHAN?

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This Saturday, CAF has formalized the withdrawal of the organization of CHAN 2018 in Kenya. A decision that opens the debate on the choice of host countries.

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), among other decisions, met in Accra, Ghana, to announce the withdrawal of the organization of the 2018 CHAN in Kenya.
« With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw from the competition in Kenya in the light of the accumulated delays and various reports of the inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017, « said the umbrella body of African football in a statement.

As soon as a call for candidature has been launched and the new country that will host the event will be known within 15 days.
« Instruction has been given to the Secretary-General of CAF, to immediately open a call for candidacy for a new host country. The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days starting Sunday, September 24th. The identity of the host country will be announced within a maximum of 15 days from the opening of the call for applications, « the committee decided.

This decision by Ahmad Ahmad and his executive bureau is salutary to save the competition of a country that is not ready. But the CAF could have avoided these disappointments which could carry a heavy prejudice to African football. Cameroon could have had the same fate as Kenya for CAN 2019.

On what criteria are countries selected to house continental games?
Is there no patronage in the choice of the host country?
What can we do to stop falling into such situations?

We are interested in the debate on Africasports24

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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia – As it happened

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Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe and Liberia from the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on Sunday 11 June 2017.

LINEUPS:

Liberia: Desouza, Varney, Glay, Dennis, Kennedy, Nimely, Maculey, Numah, Saydee, Kranger, Paye

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Chipeta, Bhasera, Jaure, Hadebe, Nakamba, Phiri, Mahachi, Musona, Rusike, Ndoro

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Full time in Harare: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

90′ Chigova collects a dangerous ball into the box. He has been on a holiday, Liberia have failed to give hi tough times

87′ Zimbabwe sub: Karuru on for Mahachi

85′ Zimbabwe knocking the ball around comfortably as the visitors are chasing shadows. Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

80′ Excellent save by Desouza to deny Kamusoko from close range. What a save by the Liberian keeper.

75′ Musona continued to trouble the Liberians as he hits the woodwork trying to chip Desouza away from his line.

70′ Zimbabwe sub: E. Rusike for Ndoro

70′ Zimbabwe are enjoying the ball possession, good passes and understanding. Mahachi offside.

GOAL- Musona scores again to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute. He bags his hat-trick as he converts Partson Jaure’s cross from the left wing.

61′ Yellow card for Nyumah after a dangerous tackle on Nakamba.

60′ Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia: Another set piece for the visitors on the edge of the box, but the referee sees an offside as Chigova parries the ball away.

57′ Sub for Liberia: Krangar and Paye off

55′ Chipeta misses a free header after Musona delivered a great cross from a short corner.

51′ GOAL – Musona bags his brace in the 51st minute after receiving a perfect cross from Mahachi on the right flank. Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia.

50′ Liberia pushing to get an equaliser, but they fail to get something out of their set piece on the edge of the area.

46′ Second half starts.

46′ First half comes to an end. Zimbabwe 1-0 Liberia

45′ Liberia nearly silenced the crowds when Nimely failed to capitalise on a defensive error, his curler missed the left post.

40′ Mahachi rattles the cross bar after a beautiful set piece with his right foot.

40′ Zimbabwe still chasing for another goal and Musona fouled by Marcus Macauley on the edge of the area.

35′ Tendai Ndoro sees his great header going wide off the far posts resulting from a corner, with Desouza beaten.

31′ Liberia receive a free kick in a goo area in Zimbabwe’s half and Chipeta is the guilty party. Macauley sees his attempt off target.

25′ GOAL – Musona breaks the deadlock when he catches the Lone Stars’ defence sleeping from a Danny Phiri pass. 1-0 to the Warriors.

20′ Liberian side now settling down in the match, good touches in the middle of the park. They receive a free kick in their own half.

15′ Liberia struggling to hold on to the ball, they lose possession easily to their hosts. No golas after 15 minutes.

10′ Musona shows his quality in the box, beats his marker and takes a shot which deflects off the defender’s hand, but a penalty is not given.

05′ Liberia showing good signs of dominance in the early stages of the match. Zimbabwe now attacking, the visitors stable at the back.

Source:  africanfootball.com

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