Thursday 14 December 2017
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation of African Football, or C.A.F., the regional soccer governing body, which accused Moroccan officials of being alarmist in wanting to delay the Cup of Nations by six months or a year. Ebola has not been detected in Morocco, the organization...
(Pana 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). “What has been lacking many times we make structural adjustments is the capacity to implement programmes. We keep moving forward and backward,” he remarked at the Ninth African Economic Conference being held 1-3 November 2014 in Addis...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player you wish to vote for to +447786202008. Standard international text rates apply. Please check with your service provider. SMS votes are limited to one vote per mobile phone number. Terms and conditions apply. The winner will be announced on Monday,...
(BBC 11/08/14)
The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president, Walter Nyamilandu, has confirmed the Flames will honour the final Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite financial problems. Malawi's last two 2015 qualifiers are at home to Mali on 15 November before travelling to Ethiopia four days later. Fam had said last week that it might be forced to withdraw from the qualifiers due to a lack of funds. Nyamlindu also announced a revised budget of US$100,000 for the games. Originally Fam had budgeted US$155,000 with the government had said they were not in a position to provide any funding for the ties. Nyamilandu said that they must complete the qualifiers as Malawi still have a realistic chance of reaching the finals in January.
(BBC 10/30/14)
Malawi may be forced to pull out of qualifying for next year's Africa Cup of Nations because they do not have the money to play their final two games. They sit in third place in Group B, with matches against second-placed Mali and bottom side Ethiopia to come. Malawi Football Association general secretary Suzgyo Nyirenda told BBC Sport they are trying to secure sponsorship to fulfil their fixtures. Nyirena said: "The cut-off point for a decision will be 4th/5th November." Continue reading the main story “ It is pathetic we have reached this position ” Suzgyo Nyirenda Malawi Football Association general secretary Malawi are scheduled to host Mali on 15 November and travel to Ethiopia for their final match four...
(Pana 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Host Morocco is an automatic...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling among participants that African teams had played their part in the overall success of the World Cup. For the first...
(Malawi 24 10/02/14)
Blantyre United F.C has expressed optimism of TNM Super League survival despite being stuck at the bottom of the log table. The team’s Technical Director , Lawson Nakoma believes, that his side will, put up a great fight to avoid being relegated in the top flight with the remaining 7 games. This follows recent verbal attack on the team’s players from coach Leo Mpulura after a late gasp loss 1-2 to Airborne Rangers at Kamuzu Stadium over the weekend. But Nakoma said that the team is trying to be resilient and ensure it survives in the league. - ” Let’s not blame the players this time around and perhaps let us say we are eyeing survival in the league” said...
(Malawi today 09/22/14)
Malawi national team on Wednesday 10th September revived hopes of making it to Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after surviving Ethiopia scare at Kamuzu Stadium. They deservedly beat the visitors Ethiopia 3-2 but the team’s failure to defend the three goals left many sceptical. Coach Young Chimodzi lived up to his promise of going flat out to get goals. He featured three strikers: South Africa based trio of Robin Ngalande, Gabadinho Mhango and Atusaye Nyondo who grabbed a brace. Ngalande operating just behind Gaba and Atusaye, was the link needed between the strikers and attacking midfielders Robert Ng’ambi and captain Joseph Kamwendo. Atusaye opened the score sheet after flicking in a Joseph Kamwendo corner kick in the 18th...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
LUANDA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Angola will host the next Southern Africa Develoment Community (SADC) Games in its central Bengela province in November 2016, the official news agency Angop reported on Wednesday. The protocol to host the games was signed in Luanda on Tuesday by Angolan Secretary of State for Sports Policy Albino da Conceição Jose and the chairman of the Executive Commission of the SCSA for the event Veii Vatumuavi. The ceremony was also attended by Angola's National Director for Sports Policy Antonio Gomes, Chairman of the Angolan Paralympic Committe Leonel da Rocha Pinto, Chairman of the Angolan Athletics Federation Carlos Rosa and other sports officials of the African country.
(The Maravi Post 09/10/14)
Malawi Flames handed Ethiopia Walia Ibex their second loss in a row as Atusaye Nyondo’s brace sealed their hopes. The Flames beat 3-2 the visitors from Ethiopia in a five goal thriller in an Afcon 2015 qualifer on Wednesday at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. In doing so Malawi conceded 2 goals to the visitors which does not bode well for the return leg. Mariano Barreto made only one change the team that lost to Algeria over the weekend bringing on Birhanu Bogale in the starting team. Malawi Flames who lost 2-0 to Mali over the weekend came into the game firing from all cylinders after being bruised and it was Atusaye Nyondo who broke the deadlock with a beautiful...
(Pana 09/09/14)
With two second-half goals, hosts Mali Sunday defeated Malawi 2-0 in their opening Group phase match for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Morocco. The Mali-Malawi Group B match was the only game played on Sunday as the other groups were concluded on Saturday. That match, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, was postponed because of heavy rain. Some 28 teams are playing in the group phase - which is the final phase of the qualifying series. The teams are divided into seven groups of four teams each. Each team will play six matches between 5 Sept. and 19 Nov. 2014, after which the top two finishers in each group, plus the overall best third-place...
(AFP (eng) 09/08/14)
Mali survived the red-carding of goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to defeat Malawi 2-0 Sunday in an Africa Cup of Nations matchday 1 qualifier. France-based Samassa was sent off in the second half in Bamako soon after striker Bakary Sacko from English second-tier club Wolverhampton Wanderers had scored for the Eagles. Another French Ligue 1 footballer, striker Cheick Tidiane Diabate from leaders Bordeaux, assured a home victory with a stoppage-time goal. His strike took Mali to the top of Group B on goal difference from Algeria, who defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa Saturday. Mali and Malawi were also scheduled to play Saturday, but torrential rain forced a 24-hour delay. Malawi host Ethiopia Wednesday on matchday 2 while Mali are away to 1990 African champions Algeria.
(Maravi Express 09/05/14)
Leader of delegation for Malawi national soccer side aka the Flames David Dube has complained that the team was accommodated in a substandard hotel with worn-out beds and mattresses and poor washrooms, Maravi Express has learnt. The Flames arrived Wednesday in Mali for an African Cup of Nations qualifiers encounter which takes place in Bamako this coming Saturday August 6, 2014. Dube said that the West African nation did not give the Flames good accommodation as per Confederations of African Football (CAF) rules which stipulate that hosts are supposed to take care of visiting teams. He further explained that the Flames refused to stay at the Olympe hotel and instead opted to camp at the lobby. “We camped at the...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(Pana 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Maravi Express 08/22/14)
All roads in the commercial city of Blantyre are expected to lead to the giant Kamuzu Stadium where the highly anticipated Standard Bank Cup semifinal encounter is going to be played between Mighty Wanderers and Capital City Bankers Silver Strikers. Spins, Sparks, power-packed shots, excellent dribbles and all the other ingredients of a quality match are expected to be the order of the day if what officials from both sides have told the local media is anything to go by. Speaking lately, Wanderers coach Gerald Phiri said they intensified their preparations for the game which their fans are banking hopes to retain as a face saver following their poor run in form in the first round of the TNM Super...
(The Maravi Post 08/14/14)
Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) sports journalist Peter Fote has finally been banned for a year from reporting any football related activities following his acceptance of guilt for offering Benin technical information on how they could beat Malawi. According to FAM chief executive officer, Suzgo Nyirenda, the resolution was made at the Executive Committee meeting held on August 9, 2014 at the Chiwembe Technical Centre. “Fam has resolved to ban Fote for one year from all football related activities, including reporting and football documentary activities,” said Nyirenda. Fote has also been warned that the ban will be extended if he breaches any of the ban conditions. “The ban is as a result of your acceptance that the purported texts came from...
(The Maravi Post 08/04/14)
As Malawians are still celebrating the Flames' victory over Benin, one of the country's journalists is obviously feeling ashamed if the Football Association of Malawi's (FAM) allegations that he tipped Benin about Flames' tactics are anything to go by. Malawi beat Benin 4-3 on Saturday through penalties after the two teams tied 1-1. Malawi performed well in the whole first half but struggled in the second in which Benin outclassed the hosts in all departments. But as the memories of the tough game still linger in the minds of soccer fans, FAM has come in the open, criticizing one of the journalists in the country for feeding Benin tips on how they could beat Malawi. Reports indicate that the accused...

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