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Olympic qualifiers other results
in italics the results of the first two weeks, played 2003
Egypt - Nigeria 0:2
Tunisia - Senegal 0:0
Senegal - Egypt 2:0
- see live report below
Nigeria - Tunisia 1:1
- 1:0 ('15) Segun Abiodun, 1:1 ('72) Isaam Jomaa
Senegal - Nigeria 4:3
Senegal won the match seconds before the final whistle. The Nigerian coach was sacked the next day.
Egypt - Tunisia 1:3
After a 0:0 halftime score and a quick goal opining the second half, Tunisia ran through a probably frustrated and seemingly demotivated Egyptian defence (third defeat in a row) with ease and could have scored on several more occasions, taking a comfortable 3:0 lead anyway. The Egyptian goal came late on a penalty.
Mali - Côte d'Ivoire 3:0
Congo D.R.- Cameroon 1:4
Côte d'Ivoire - Congo D.R. 4:1
Cameroon - Mali 2:0
- goals: Daniel Wansi ('45), Achille Webo ('55)
Côte d'Ivoire - Cameroon 1:1
Congo D.R. - Mali 0:2
Uganda - Angola 1:2
Morocco - Ethiopia 4:0
Ethiopia - Uganda 1:0
- goal: Taffesse Pesfaye ?
Angola - Morocco 0:0
Uganda - Morocco 1:1
Ethiopia - Angola 1:0
Algeria - Zambia 1:0
Ghana - South Africa 1:0
South Africa - Algeria 4:1
- 2 goals by striker Ryan Botha in the first four minutes
Zambia - Ghana 0:0
South Africa - Zambia 0:1
- missed first half penalty by Ryan Botha this time, goal Mbesuma ('48)
"Both teams had more chances to score as the match went on with AmaGlug-glug having the better chances.
Zambia must be commended for the win as they came to South Africa wanting to play and really took the game to the hosts. After spending 23 hours on a bus to get to the venue from Zambia the team did not seem to be in any way affected by the long journey.
Zambia maintained ball possession throughout and the South African’s did not gel as a team on the day."
Algeria - Ghana 1:0
- first match after Zumdick for Ghana
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Olympic qualifiers 2nd week:
1605 GMT Senegal - Egypt 2:0
Egypt under pressure after they started with a shock home loss against Nigeria in a tough group with Senegal and Tunisia who drew 0:0 at Tunisia in the first match. (Only the group's first will qualify!)
Senegal starting very concentrated and well organised, dominating midfield with constant pressing and good passing. But Egypt looked solid in defence and did not allow opportunities, helped a worse passing game by the hosts in that area.
And so it wasn't a dangerous situation when a cross from the right sailed into the Egyptian penalty area but an Egyptian defender unluckily headed the ball into his own net (about after 20 minutes).
In the following Egypt discovered that their own strikers were well capable of creating chances against a weaker Senegal defence, provided the visitors had achieved to play through that tight midfield which they more and more were capable towards the end of the half as Senegals grip loosened. Senegal themselves had one dangerous counter attack but in total Egypt had more penalty area situations.
Senegal defended successfully against constant Egyptian attacking attempts. The match was decided by a well played counter attack 10 minutes to the end. Conspicous attackers were #9 who set up brilliantly the second goal and offensive midfielder #10 a smaller player with technique and vision.
Egypt seem to set forth a North African tradition of goal shyness in important matches while playing quite well on the field. Anyway in this match the team did not look as impressive as this years under 20 team or the one from two years ago
FIFA Under 20 World Youth Cup (in the United Arab Emirates) final:
1645 GMT Brazil - Spain 1:0 (final)
Spains strength have been their compactness. Without scoring many goals they have dominated midfield with good organisation based on a very solid defence. Midfielder Iniesta (FC Barcelona) is their most conspicious player.
Brazil started very arrogant into the tournament, conspicious in the annoying penetrant use of diving to get free kicks and penalties. But they have mutated to a fine playing team during the tournament, possibly helped by the defeat at the hands of Australia and the difficult round 16 match against Slovakia. Many talents have begun to shine through although Brazil like most other teams are not at their full strength.
The star of the team and arguably best player of the tournament is Daniel who plays on the right side but is to find almost everywhere on the pitch, constantly switching positions with his teammates and running into spaces. He also kicks corners from the left and soem of the free kicks. As some kind of reinterpretation of Roberto Carlos style football he would make a perfect follow up to Michel Salgado at Real once in the future.
-('4) the Italian referee makes himself the star after 4 minutes: a red card against the Spanish captain and defender Melli for holding. Melli had been the last man but it had not been a real opportunity: almost 50 meters to the goal and only a high cross into the Spanish half which the attacker would not have been able to control a way to make the attack dangerous immediately.
-('5) Brazil: Daniel's shot is deflected against the crossbar by the keeper
-('6)-('15) several good opportunities for Brazil who cannot be stopped by Spain. Still Spain with a few good attacks themselves.
-('16)-('30) the match has calmed down a bit, with defences better organised now
-('31)-('45) some more scenes in front of the goals again.
Spain seem handicapped anyway by being one man down, they are outnumbered when attacking.
A number of late challenges by the Europeans have led to yellow cards, something that could have an impact in the second half: Spain will have to defend more carefully against the Brazilians who are consequently seeking one on one situations to prevent themselves to be further reduced. Expect Brazil to profit here and score, provided they stick to the strategy.
-('46)-('60) it is still an open match and Spain see, that they do have a chance in attacking as their passing game is able to cut holes intio the Brazilian defence.
-('61)-('75) Spain push - being one man down seems to have fired up their fighting spirit. Brazil are back to diving attempts
.('87) A dangerous corner by Daniel finds Fernandinho who beats his opponent and the keeper, who has run nervously forth and back - 1:0
-('88) almost the equaliser for Spain, but they are unlucky today
.('89) Dagoberto dives and gets the free kick - the Spanish are furious and Brazil start extensiive time wasting - embarrassing
and: it takes some minutes in which something seems to have happened between the players. However - the referee sends off the goalscorer Fernadinho
-('injury time) Brazil manages to waste several minutes at the corner flag, getting successive corners and free kicks
-('injury time) Spain have a last chance with a volley across the bar
final score: 1:0
It could have been a great final, without a referee seeking the limelight (although most of the match he has taken the right decisions). So it was at least a good one thanks to a Spanish team who fought perfectly though one man down the entire match.
golden ball: Matar (UAE) (I have not been able to see UAE apart from their weak opening game)
silver ball: Dudu (Brazil)
bronze ball: Daniel (Brazil) (to me clearly the most conspicious player I have seen in this tournament although some others, too, like Cavenaghi have shown they will make an impact in the future)
Brazil - Argentina 1:0
A convincing Brazil overcoming their Argentina jinx in a close match. Argentina hit the goalpost with only seconds to go. goal: Dudu
Spain - Colombia 1:0
A close match with unlucky losers. A handball penalty decided the match with only few minutes to go (Iniesta '86)
Brazil - Japan 5:1
Brazils strange love for diving in this World Cup paid off when Carvalho brilliantly converted a free kick after only few minutes. The nervous Japanese fell apart immediately and with 3:0 after 15 minutes the match was over.
Argentina - USA 2:1 a.e.t.
A last minute equaliser saved Argentina from defeat and Cavinaghi converted a penalty for his second successive golden goal.
Spain - Canada 2:1 a.e.t.
Colombia - U.A.E.
FIFA Under 20 World Youth Cup (in the United Arab Emirates) round last 16:
1700 GMT Burkina Faso - Canada 0:1
0:1 ('59) Simpson
1700 GMT USA - Côte d'Ivoire 2:0 (final score)
Before the match: USA are proving that their sport friendly highschool and college system will produce more and more talented football teams although the peak sportsmen will decide for the bigger professional perspectives in non-soccer leages. Well organised and smart USA teams from now on will probably a regular in the round of last 16 in this kind of tournament.
With the much haped supertalent Freddy Adu, who immigrated with his family from Ghana, they hope to have a star that will put soccer in the limelight like other sports have experienced with Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan etc.
But Freddy is only 14 yet (sometimes his age is put into doubt) and it will have to be seen whether he will be a Pele, a Nii Lamptey or something in between.
Côte d'Ivoire, despite missing their Beveren stars, have been one of the attractions of the tournament so far. Their total attack approach exites the crowds and their vulnerability in squandering chances and allowing opposite attackers many chances makes all their matches thrilling even if they dominate clearly.
This will be the big question of the match: Will well organised USA shoot down the flying Elephants or will they be able to defeat the Americans in flamboyant style... (or will the match look surprisingly different?)
1st half: Côte d'Ivoire: Tony (Antonin Koutouan) only on the bench.
Both teams with a nervous beginning and Côte d'Ivoire with a huge goal scene after 4 minutes, cleared off the line by a USA defender. The Americans answer only a minute later. The African defence seems porous, open and slow against counter attacks.
('7) a through ball on Mapp, who runs away with the ball and beats the keeper with a shot into the second corner - 1:0
Still the Americans look tactically superior but
('16) the Ivorians have settled a bit and Gosso makes a slalom through the American defence but finsihes wide, 2 minutes later a dangerous long distance attempt by Mondakan Mahan
('22) The Ivorians start the fireworks, Tohoua and Gosso take the defence apart but a brilliant save by the American keeper denies the first Ivorian goal
- the Ivorians have shaken off their nervousness but the defensive chain still looks vulnerable against through balls and event against wing play.
('28) A fine, patient attack by Côte d'Ivoire and within 60 seconds two dangerous attempts by Labi and Tohoua
('30) Another fine attack by the technically brilliant and fine combinating Ivorians. Thanks to a player loaded defence their attempts are blocked by legs of the defenders
('32) Another fine save by the American keeper, this time against Francois Zoko
('41) direct play by the Americans, Drissa Touré, the Ivorian keeper, tries to intercept a pass on Freddy Adu, but comes late - penalty
('42) Convey beats the keeper who has had the fingertips at the ball - 2:0
('43) Côte d'Ivoire are unlucky again, when Gosso lobs the ball over the keeper but it is just a few centimeters too high and bounces upon the roof of the net
('45) a cruel decision by the referee against keeper Drissa Touré, who has handled the ball on the edge of the penalty area (after another through ball caught the Ivorian defence too slowly reacting). It seems to have been a centimeter outside the box for a second when he tried to get it under control. The keeper who has already seen a harsh yellow card for the foul against Adu (which led to the penalty), now sees the red card and the Ivorians have to replace a field player by their other keeper Daniel Yeboah.
Côte d'Ivoire with a flamboyant Real Madrid like style, what they are loved for. But on this level too vulnerable against the very intelligent counterplay of the Americans who have also achieved to keep the Africans goalless with a crowded defence. Despite being unable to stop their attacks, they achieved to obstruct the direct ways to the goal.
With a man down, it remains to be seen, whether there is enough moral left with the West Africans, to try to stage a comeback.
--Côte d'Ivoire with an anxious beginning, attacking only with 4 players, leaving the back four against one luring attacker of the USA, who start relaxed.
('52) Ivorians with a half chance though. (Labi wide)
('53-'63) the Ivorians do not dare to take chances at this moment, are not enough players upfront to aplply pressing and the USA do what is appropriate: cycle the ball around among the defenders and midfield players.
('64) The Africans seem to seek stabilisation and speculate on single situations - they do have a free kick but it is relatively harmless
('67) The Ivorians make two changes, Tony comes on - a signal?
Côte d'Ivoire do not seem to believe in their chance, when a player breaks through he is left alone.
('74) Suddenly the biggest opportunity when Tony conquers the ball from an unconcentrated defender. But he squanders the opportunity firing wide
('75) the USA have a similar opportunity, here after a through ball on Johnson, eventually wide too
Resignation characterises the game of the Ivorians, especially when USA are in ball possession.
-('76-'90) nothing happens, no attempts by Côte d'Ivoire, the USA are passing the ball around, the Africans are watching them as if it was a group game which saw both teams through at this score
final score 2:0
A disappointing passive second half by Côte d'IIvoire. One man down it showed that their flamboyant attacking game of the first half depends on the engagement and the running of the other players, not in ball possession.
USA did not have to invest anything in the second half and almost perfectly carried the match home.
1400 GMT Japan - Korea 2:1 after golden goal extra-time
0:1 ('38) Choi Sung Kuk, 1:1('82) Daisuke Sakata, 2:1('105) Daisuke Sakata
1400 GMT Argentina
- Egypt 2:1 after golden goal extra time
Nov 30 African Champions League final 1st leg:
Enyimba (Nigeria) - Ismailia (Egypt) 2:0
In a competition that has raised its price money up to 3 Million US $ in total but has lost much of its other values by the drain of top players especially to Europe and the fan lock out in parts of the world because of the transfer from public into Pay TV, Eniymba of Nigeria could finally break the jinx on Nigerian football clubs which have never won the most important club trophy of the African continent.
It comes as a little surprise as Nigerian clubs are suffering from player exodus as much as most clubs from other African countries. But since a few years the North African powers experience the problem as well, at least with their top players. Apart from clubs from European top leagues, African players have been hired by lower division clubs of the leading European countries as well as have been from clubs from minor important leages as Poland or Ukraine. Some clubs specialize in speculation on reselling, the most famous example are Beveren from Belgium who have or have had under contract almost an entire squad of players from Côte d'Ivoire champions ASEC Abidjan and their famous football school.
But African clubs as well speculate as Esperance Tunis did with Nigerian Julius Aghahowa and did try with others, even Brazilian players (Reinaldo).
Another Market are the Arabian leagues as Qatar, U.A.E, or Saudia Arabia with their financial ressources which lure players and especially their agents despite the limited perspective for the future of the players career concerning the competition aspect.
Leaves a competition in Africa which does not see any team consistency anymore. The face of a team like ASEC Abidjan radically changes each year as scouts and money makers come from all over the world to lure the talents away to leave the club with a little money which leaves the club with the choice either to hire the best from who was not thought good enough by the clients or continue investing into grooming players for others.
And now the Chamopions League games have vanished into pay TV. Pay TV can offer more money in the first minute but will deprive the competition from cultural meaning in the long term. In competition with the rights from leagues where the best African players play, the disappearance of Champions League from public will lead to the fact that for example in Egypt a fan will rather be able to name the 15th of the English Premier League than the Champions League representative from Ghana. This will not only decrease the cultural value and the importance of the competition but also make sponsorship unattractive.
FIFA (Under 20) World Youth Cup:
A promising start for the 4 African teams at the World Youth Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Columbia - Egypt 0:0
Chances for both, good goalkeeping in a match between the teams who could be the group favorites. Egypt are African champions.
Mali - Uzbekistan 3:2
Mali, as Burkina Faso, successful with their youth program in recent years, not at last thanks to their early foundings of football schools, and like Burkina Faso two years ago at the Under 17 World Cup and here today with half of the squad from two years ago, are in a difficult group with youth football giants Argentina and Spain. They escaped in injury time from losing two valuable points when a header broke the 2:2 deadlock.
Burkina Faso - Panama 1:0
Burkina Faso arrived with several players of the squad who finished third at the Under 17 World Cup 2001, like ->Mali have been successful with their youth program in recent years and are rated as promising outsiders.
The Burkinabé are reported to have dominated the game and scored 9 minutes from time.
Côte d'Ivoire - Mexico 2:1
Côte d'Ivoire had been designed to be the main African challengers of this generation by the long term program of the ASEC Abidjan football school. But the founders fell into argument with each other and the case has become one between Belgium club Beveren, who have or have had almost an entire squad of former ASEC or Sifcom (the name of the school) players under contract, and ASEC. FIFA and courts are involved in the solution and the latest twist is the absence of key players from Beveren (especially captain Yaya Touré) from the squad.
It still contains players from the school and seems strong: they dominated the match against Mexico but wasted several good opportunities.
Germany - South Korea 0:2
Germany without many key players dominated first half but South Korea with better finishing.
Paraguay - USA 1:3
USA demonstrated their talent turning around a 0:1 halftime standing against before high rated Paraguay
Czech Republic - Australia 1:1
Japan - England 1:0
England, as Germany, lacking all players who have made a breakthrough into 1st team Premnier League football were outplayed by eager Japan as could be expected under these circumstances.
Ireland - Saudia Arabia 2:1
Argentina - Spain 2:1
The top match of the first round saw a well combinating Spain taking the half time lead against a disappointing Argentina, lacking midfield byte and operating with a lot of long balls. But early in second half two headers from set pieces turned the match around against the run of play and gave the Argentinians around River Plate star Cavenaghi and Boca Juniors revelation Franco Cangele a winning start despite of the absence of Carlos Tevez who refused to play in favour of taking opart in the Intercontinental Cup between Boca Juniors and AC Milan in december.
marred by the absence of many key players, who have broken into first team football in Europe or Brazil (examples Rooney, Milner for England, Lahm for Germany, Mido for Egypt, Diego, Rubinho, Alex for Brazil, or special case Tevez for Argentina) and diminished in relevance because of the invisibility of matches hidden in Pay TV in many areas (or for many games), the World Youth Cup is not a spectacle has it had been in years before.
It is still an exciting event but it has to be feared that locking out the public by taking away the event from free TV will not help the acceptance.
Nov 14-16 World Cup 2006 qualifiers, preliminary knock-out round, 2nd leg:
(already qualified for the group phase: Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, D.R.Congo, Burkina Faso)
Mauritius - Uganda 3:1 a.e.t. (1st leg
Benin - Madagascar 3:2 (1st leg 1:1)
2nd leg: Easy success and more clearly than expected the Algerians dominated the visitors in front of 50,000. (halftime 4:0)
Mauritania - Zimbabwe 2:1 (1st leg 0:3)
reports summary: Mauritania surprised the possibly overconfident vistors by taking a 2 goal lead after only 10 minutes. It took until the 85th minute before a late valuable away goal by Mwbando secured progress into the group phase for Zimbabwe against the complete outsiders and made the result look easier.
Mali - Guinea-Bissau 2:0 (1st
Malawi - Ethiopia 0:0 (1st leg
Zambia - Seychelles 1:1 (1st leg 4:0)
Gabon - Burundi 4:1 (1st leg 0:0)
Cape Verde - Swaziland 3:0 (1st leg
Kenya - Tanzania 3:0 (1st leg 0:0)
Namibia - Rwanda 1:1 (1st leg 0:3)
Eritrea - Sudan 0:0 (1st leg 0:3)
Sierra Leone - Congo 1:1 (1st leg 0:1)
Togo - Equatorial Guinea 2:0 (1st leg
Angola - Chad 2:0 (1st leg 1:3)
Lesotho - Botswana 0:0 (1st leg 1:4)
Mozambique - Guinea 3:4 (1st leg 0:1)
Liberia - Gambia 3:0 (1st leg 0:2)
Libya - Sao Tome 8:0 (1st leg 1:0)
Ghana - Somalia 5:0 + Wednesday
both legs are played at Ghana because of the difficult situation in Somalia. Ghana scored four second half goals in the first leg to make it clear already who will advance. Isaac Boakye, thie surprise of Germany's 2nd Bundesliga (at Bielefeld), scored twice.
Champions League final:
Enyimba (Nigeria) - Ismailia (Egypt)
Aug 22/24 Champions League week 1 results:
USM Algier (Algeria, 0 points after this match) - Espérance Tunis (Tunisia, 6) 0:1
Canon Younde (Cameroon, 3) - Atletico Aviação (Angola, 3) 2:1
Ismailia (Egypt, 4) - Enyimba (Nigeria,
Aug 9/10 Champions League week 1 results:
ASEC Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) -
African Nations Cup 2004qualifiers
Tunisia, Cameroon (hosts, title holders)
Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa (favorites)
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, DR Congo (familiar faces)
Kenya, Guinea (comeback)
Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda (premiere)
African Nations Cup qualifiers Jul 6:
Benin - Zambia 3:0
C.A.R. - Burkina Faso 0:3
Equ. Guinea - Morocco 0:1
Guinea - Ethiopia 3:0
Burundi - South Africa 0:2
Rwanda - Ghana 1:0
Chad - Algeria 0:0
Angola - Malawi 5:1
Lesotho - Gambia 1:0
results, all tables at one glance, plus match details of the matches
African Nations Cup qualifiers Jul 5:
Seychelles - Mali 0:2
Botswana - Congo DR 0:0
Kenya - Cape Verde 1:0
Niger - Liberia 1:0
Madagascar - Mauritius 0:2
Nations Cup qualifiers, the
scenario before the last round Jul 4-6:
*=the best runners up from the groups of four will qualify alongside the 13 group winners, hosts Tunisia and title holders Cameroon
Group 1: Nigeria qualified, Angola, Malawi out
Group 2*: Guinea vs. Ethiopia for 1st place, direct encounter at Guinea, both 9 points, a draw will be enough for Guinea. Niger and Libera still possible to capture the 2nd place from the loser, 2nd place will have maximum 10 points, minimum 9, 9 will not be enough, so Niger and Liberia with now 6 are out!
Group 3*: Benin (10 points) vs. Zambia (11 points) for 1st place, direct encounter at Benin, If Benin win, Benin will be qualified, Zambia 2nd with 11 points. In case of a draw it will be the other way round. If Zambia win, Sudan in theory could become second, depending on goal difference. Tanzania are out. 2nd will have maximum 11 points, minimum 10.
Group 4*: Burkina Faso (10), Congo (8), and
(7) in theory (bad goal difference!) can still win the group. C.A.R. is
out. Burkina Faso will play at C.A.R., Congo will host Mozambique. 2nd
place will have maximum 11 points, minimum 9.
Group 5*: Kenya (10), Cape Verde (9) , Togo
(9), all can
win the group. Kenya plays Cape Verde at home and will qualify, if
Otherwise Togo might snatch in. Togo, who play at Mauritania,
are out. The second will have maximum 12 points, minimum 9 points.
Group 6*: Mali and Zimbabwe lead the group
with 10 points
each. Seychelles and Eritrea are out but play a vital role in the
Mali leads by 2 goals but will travel to the Seychelles who have proved
to be a strong home team while Zimbabwe will play Eritrea at home. 2nd
will have 13 points maximum, 10 points minimum. This means it could
also a shoot out for goal difference with Sierra Leone in group 7 for
best runners up.
Group 7*: Morocco (13) will win the group with
from away match at Equatorial Guinea or Sierra Leone (10) not winning
a sufficient margin at Gabon. Neither Gabon nor Equatorial Guinea can
the 2nd place. 2nd will have maximum 13, minimum 10 points.
Group 8: Senegal are qualified, Lesotho, Gambia out
Group 9*: DR Congo (10), Libya (7), and
all still can win the group. But Libya and Swaziland who play each
in Tripoli, need DR Congo to struggle at Botswana, who are out.
needs to make up the four goals difference to the Congolese as well.
second will have 11 points maximum, 9 points minimum.
Group 10: Egypt are almost qualified,
take their place if beating Mauritus by 17 goals.
Group 11: South Africa need a draw from their
at Burundi to qualify, Côte d'Ivoire can only watch, will sneak
in case of an upset.
Group 12: Algeria qualified, Namibia, Chad out.
Group 13: Despite leading the group,
out. Rwanda vs. Ghana will decide the group: Rwanda wins, they will
it will be Ghana otherwise.
Confed Cup final France - Cameroon 1:0 a.e.t. (Golden Goal)
The tribute match for Marc Vivian Foe.
Cameroon in white, in first half dominant in one on one in midfield, while the French attack was more dangerous and had the biggest chance when Henry set up Cissé.
The second half the match was balanced. Eto'o came on as a sustitute (because he played yesterday in the Spanish Cup final where he scored twice and was fouled for a penalty). He had the biggest opportunity after an Atouba cross.
In Golden Goal overtime then Henry scored after 7 minutes after a small error in the Cameroonian defence, a close decision between on- and offside.
Cameroon, apart from the Foe tragedy, convinced by their presence on the field and featured some very promising talent, among them Mettomo, Atouba, and Olympic gold winners keeper Kameni and especially midfielder Modeste Mbami.
Jun 13-15 + Jun 27-29
Morocco - Gambia, Liberia - Ghana, 1st legs
to prevent from violence
> a selected article about Foe
Jun 22 Nations Cup qualifiers:
Mali - Zimbabwe 0:0
results, all tables at one glance, plus match details
Jun 21 Nations Cup qualifiers:
Jun 20 Nations Cup qualifiers:
Morocco - Gabon 2:0
Algeria - Namibia 1:0
Egypt - Madagascar 6:0
Cameroon - Turkey 1:0
Geremi (pen. '90)
A hard fought match in which Cameroon looked a little too tired in the second half to maintain their physical style after only two days rest. Chances for both to decide the match which would have ended in a deserved draw if not a last minute lucky penalty had decided the match in favour of the Africans
Cameroon - Brazil 1:0
After a nervous start and a balanced first half without goal scenes for the Africans, during the second half Cameroon gained confidence and impact with every minute. It showed how much the Lions game depends on physical fitness and confidence. Towards the end of the match Cameroon claimed the ball almost in every one against one situation and dominated the Brazilians who fielded some less known players in attack but had all their class at the start in back.
Brazil who had clearly outclassed a modest igeria in a friendly at Lagos a few days lost their first official A match against a n African side after having been beaten by both, Cameroon and Nigeria, already on U23 (Olympic) level.
Nations Cup qualifier:
U-17 3rd place playoff: Nigeria - Egypt 3:1, Nigeria qualified for U-17 World Cup
U 17 final: Cameroon - Sierra Leone 1:0 a.e.t, Cameroon African U17 champions for the first time
Jun 6-8 African Nations Cup Qualifiers
2 other matches might have to be closely watched today: In Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire the hunt for goal difference might become crucial. A problem is the 3 team format of the groups. In the last match both teams might have to watch nailbiting while their competitors for the first place, Madagascar and South Africa, will have the advantage of playing the same opponents as the two today, but knowing the scoreline they might need. This all of course is a bit premature because the teams (Egypt - Madagascar, South Africa - Côte d'Ivoire) will face each other first directly in two weeks time and those two matches do not necessarily end with the expected results.
CAR - Congo 0:0
Title holders Zamalek lose on penalties:
May 16-18 / May 30- Jun 6 African Champions
Qualifiers, 2nd round
results partly unconfirmed
Stade Malien (Mali) - USM Algier (Algeria) 1:1 + 0:2
St Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo) - Canon
0:0 + 1:3
Hassania Agadir (Morocco) - ASEC Abidjan
d'Ivoire) 0:0 + 0:1
Atletico Aviação (Angola) - Hearts Of Oak (Accra, Ghana) 3:0 + 0:2
Enyimba (Nigeria) - Jeanne d'Arc (Dakar, Senegal) 4:0 + 0:0
Highlanders (Zimbabwe) - Espérance
1:1 + 0:6
Simba (Tanzania) - Zamalek (Cairo, Egypt) 1:0 + 0:1 pen.: 3:2
AS Port Louis 2000 (Mauritius) - Ismailia (Egypt) 0:1 + 0:6
Apr 11-13 / Apr 25-27 African Champions League Qualifiers, 1st round
USM Algier - Wallidan (Gambia)
2:0 + 1:2
Stade Malien (Mali) - AS Police (Congo)
1:0 + 1:2
Canon Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Al
5:0 + 0:4
Lupopo (DR Congo) - US Nziami
ASEC Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) - AS
(Niger) 3:0 + 2:2
Hassania Agadir (Morocco) - Al Ittihad
0:0 + 0:0, penalties:5:4
Hearts Of Oak Accra (Ghana)
- AS Douanes (Togo) 1:0 + 3:1
Atletico Aviação (Angola) - SC Villa (Uganda) 1:2 + 2:0
Jeanne d'Arc (Senegal) - ASFA Yennega
Faso) 2:0 + 0:1
Enyimba (Nigeria) - Satellite
Esperance Tunis - Rayon Sport
Highlanders (Zimbabwe) - St. Louisienne
3:1 + 1:1
Zamalek Cairo (Egypt) - Nzoia Sugar
3:0 + 4:1
Santos (South Africa) - Simba (Tanzania)
0:0 + 0:0 penalties: 8:9
Ismailia (Egypt) - Zanaco
(Zambia) 1:0 +
Ferroviario (Mozambique) - Port Louis
2:0 + 0:2 penalties: 1:3
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Ghana - Madagascar 3:3
Ghana squandered a comfortable lead when plaing an unconcentrated second half. Madagascar with nice football, but when Ghana pressured concentrated, they were clearly superior.
The penalty shoot out showed how much easier it is to score from the spot with less pressure than usual in big events: after about 20 converted penalties, Ghana were lucky to finally win.
Tunisia - Cameroon 1:0
Despite a second half domination by the Indomitable Lions Tunisia managed to win the match by a sensational 30 meter Bouazizi strike
Live: African Youth Championship Burkina Faso 2003 final
Jan 18 1840 GMT: Côte d'Ivoire - Egypt 3:4 a.e.t. (final score)
A fast and quite spectacular first 30 minutes, some nice attacking and a few defensive blunders, with Egypt taking a first minute lead (Emad) and Côte d'Ivoire turning the match around (1:1, 8', deflected #10 Romaric free kick cross, 2:1, 22' #5 Yaya netted in a ball that had crushed against the goal post from a 35 meter free kick) before Egypt equalised through a Ahmed Fathi penalty ('30)..
The Ivorian defense entirely lost focus through the penalty decision, began discussing with the rederee and were were outplayed by an almost overenthusiastic attack by Egypt with 7 men (!) which provided for the 3:2 lead after 34 minutes.
A neat Ivorian combination on the left wing exposed a hole in the Egyptian defense in injury time to have the first half culminate in the 3:3 equaliser then (#14 Saki gave the final touch).
The second half saw a midfield dominating Ivorian team trying to play through a rather crowded Egyptian defense while the North Africans focussed on counter attacks by their fast but apparently a little smaller players. More and more long balls into attack proved to be a problem for the Ivorian defenders, but Egypt squandered a one-against-goalkeeper situation after 79 minutes. 5 minutes later the Ivorians had almost outplayed the Egyptian defense but could not get a final touch towards goal.
after 90 minutes 3:3
-('95) a through ball on Ibrahim Emad who beat the keeper from half left by a soft touch with the outside of his foot - 3:4
-('96) the tall Yaya, the Ivorian defensive midfielder, who has been one of the most conspicious players of the match, though a little inconsistent and tempered, has to be substituted exhausted. He is one of the players from the ASEC academy, now under contract with Beveren, Belgium, and (judging from this match) looks like a possible future key player for his country.
Côte d'ivoire after the goal with constant attacking attempts but without a clearcut chance until halftime of the extra-time
In second extratime it was a hard fought match with Ivorian domination but Egypt looking more focussed on the primary goal (for example the were several injury time outs ironically caused by Ivorian players remaining lying on the ground for treatment).
Egypt, who had most of the crowd noise on their side (on the pitch it was a hardfought but apparently very fair match), successfully defended their advantage and won the title a third time against the West Africans
final score 3:4, Egypt champions
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