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All the Afcon qualification permutations

The remaining teams to make up the 24-team field for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be decided when the final round of qualifiers takes place from March 22-24.Fourteen sides have already sealed their spot, including hosts Egypt, for the tournament that runs from June 21-July 19.That leaves 10 places still up for grabs in what is likely to be an intense final round of matches.SuperSport.com assesses the permutations in each of the qualification pools.GROUP A- Senegal and Madagascar have already sealed their qualification ahead of their meeting in the final round of matches in Dakar on March 23.- Madagascar can finish top of the pool with a win or a score draw that includes six goals or more.- It is a first-ever qualification for Madagascar for the continental finals.- Sudan and Equatorial Guinea are the other teams in the pool and meet in their last game in Omdurman.GROUP B- Morocco have already qualified as they travel to eliminated Malawi in their last game, needing a draw to seal top spot.- Cameroon need just a draw at home to Comoros to seal their passage, but a surprise defeat…

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Togo referee Kokou Hougnimon Fagla ban for life by Fifa

Fifa has banned Togolese referee and football official Kokou Hougnimon Fagla for life after finding him guilty of corruption.Football's world governing body ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.The findings came from Fifa's investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level” and fined US$3,000.Source: BBC

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2019 AFCON qualifier: Kenya coach Sebastian Migne piles pressure on Zesco striker Jesse Were to rise to occasion against Ghana

Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne wants more from Zesco striker Jesse Were.Migne insists he has not made up his mind regarding the striker ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana away.Despite his brilliant form for the Zambian club, Were is yet to make an impact with the national team despite numerous call-ups.He was a last-minute call-up for the current camp after Japan-based Michael Olunga picked an injury.“Were has a good mentality but he has yet to show me that he can deliver at this level. It is a different ball game playing in the Zambian league and at the international level,” the Frenchman said.He added: “I have not made up my mind on whether he will travel to Ghana. He has one training session to convince me that he can play on Saturday.”The 29-year old forward has not scored a single goal for the national team in 23 appearances.But he has been very successful at club level scoring a combined level of 64 goals when he played for Mathare United and Tusker in the Sportpesa Premier League (SPL).He has scored 16 goals for Zesco which he joined in 2016….

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Thomas Partey named among 10 best midfielders in the world

We are reaching the business end of the 2018/19 season of football and like every other season, we have witnessed brilliant football all around the world. In football, every position is important, but the midfield governs a team's performance.The midfielders breakdown opposition play by making timely interceptions, they dictate the proceedings in the middle and they also create goalscoring opportunities. The midfielders also tend to do the dirty work for the team, so that their attackers can do the damage upfield.It was pretty difficult to pick out the top 10 midfielders in the world at the moment, as there have been a number of brilliant performances in the middle of the park. Before beginning with the slideshow, here are the midfielders who just missed out from this list.Honorable mentions: Thiago Alcantara ( Bayern Munich), Casemiro ( Real Madrid), Luka Modric ( Real Madrid), Thomas Partey ( Atletico Madrid), Miralem Pjanic ( Juventus), Piotr Zielinski ( Napoli), Marco Verrati ( Paris Saint-Germain), Lucas Torreira ( Arsenal).All the above players were considered, but they just didn't cut into the top 10 in the world according to me. This list is purely based on performances this season and not…

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Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Twum unhappy about lack of football activities in Ghana

Ghana international Inter Allies midfielder Isaac Twum has expressed his unhappiness about the inactive of football activities in Ghana.The 21-year-old has pleaded with the GFA Normalization Committee to put measures in place for the return of football activities after the airing of the Anas expose on corruption in Ghana football.Football fans have only been relying on National team duties as well as Kotoko’s campaign in Africa as the source of entertainment in the country for the past nine months.Speaking to Happy FM, the skipper of the Black Meteors of Ghana says he wants to see football back in the country.“It is very worrying, I know how it feels because I was once a local player, is frustrating and I sometimes talk to some of the guys,” the former U-17 midfielder said.“The Normalization Committee should try and make football return so these players would get active.“Because they are not playing most of them are not being paid and is very worrying.”Twum who plays for Swedish top-flight side IK Start is expected to lead the Black Meteors team on Saturday in the Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.

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Video of Callum Hudson-Odoi playing school football emerges after England call-up

Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years.The winger first came to the public eye when he was a part of England U17s run to the final of the 2017 European Championship.He was given a place in the team of the tournament for his performances.He was then part of England U17s triumphant World Cup-winning campaign just a few months later.Hudson-Odoi would then feature in his first game for Chelsea in January 2018 as he came off the bench in a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Newcastle.The Wandsworth born youngster has since become a squad player for his club side and has so far scored five goals in 23 games.Despite not having made an appearance for England U21s, his performances have been enough for Gareth Southgate to call him up for England's upcoming games against Czech Republic and Montenegro.At just 18, he could make his debut for the national team in just a few days.And, it appears he always had the potential to be an international star.Footage has emerged of Hudson-Odoi playing for his school at the age of just 14.He can be seen tormenting opposition players with quite…

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Afcon hosts Egypt bogged down in domestic football crisis

Little more than three months before it hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, Egyptian football has been plunged into its latest crisis with major clubs squabbling, games regularly called off and security services intervening amid ongoing safety concerns.”This is the hardest season in the history of Egyptian football,” Amer Hussein, chairman of the domestic league's competition committee which schedules matches, told AFP.With leading top-flight clubs also involved in African and pan-Arab competitions, the knock-on effect on the domestic calendar has this year thrown the Egyptian league into disarray.It does not augur well for June and July, when Egypt will host the Cup of Nations for the fifth time, with 24 teams participating for the first time in an expanded format.Egypt was chosen ahead of South Africa after Cameroon was stripped of its hosting duties by the Confederation of African Football. The tournament is due to take place during the searing Egyptian summer, from 21 June to 19 July.The domestic league is set to run on well beyond the end of the Cup of Nations, with the possibility of extended runs in international competitions for Cairo giants Al Ahly and Zamalek potentially making things even more…

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England captain Kane impressed by Hudson-Odoi

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has welcomed Chelsea whiz Callum Hudson-Odoi to the England squad.Hudson-Odoi, 18, was drafted into the senior squad by Gareth Southgate for the first time ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.”He has been great. He wants to take full advantage of his opportunities and it looked like he was enjoying it out there,” England captain Kane told a press conference.”We are excited to have him. Competition for places is huge at the moment, everyone is fighting for a spot and the youth aren't scared to go and express themselves, try their skills and try to score goal and that is what we want.”As an England team we want that flair and flexibility. It is great sign in this country we are producing these type of players.”Source: tribalfootball.com

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2019 AFCON qualifier: Kenya's Mbamba dream alive after securing passport ahead of Ghana clash

Harambee Stars midfielder Chris Mbamba has edged closer to making his 'dream' senior international debut after successfully processing his East African passport from the Immigration department within a day.Thus, the 26-year old will on Thursday morning join his new teammates and head to Accra, Ghana to compete in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against the Black StarsSouth African-based defender Brian Mandela is doubtful for the match after picking an injury during Wednesday's training.Asian based attackers Micheal Olunga and Ayub Timbe are all out injured, but team captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama is available.Timbe's absence could open the door for Mbamba, who was born in Zimbabwe, to a Namibian father and Kenyan mother.The lanky attacker received his football education in Sweden and also enjoyed a short stint at English side Port Vale.Despite featuring for Sweden in the age group matches, he elected to play for Kenya at senior level and has gone on to impress Stars coach Sebastian Migne since arriving in Kenya while traveling on a Swedish passport on Sunday.He is however required by football laws to use an East African passport for identification in all international matches…