South Africa: Liverpool manager Klopp donate R190,000 to South African youth club

The Reds manager visited the Cape Town based club in 2017 and has not forgotten to help them with their football development this season too.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp contributed to the Joy is Round initiative, run by Hout Bay United Football Community in South Africa.
The Cape Town club only has children aged between seven and 18-years and aims to instill hope in the community.

Co-founder of Hout Bay United, Jeremy Elson shared the following glowing words for the German coach.

“Jurgen is a fantastic chap to have associated with the club,” Elson said, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

“He came and did a talk in 2017, where he spoke about his time as a manager, his philosophy, football, his ambitions.

“He spoke for over two hours in total, everyone was captivated by him.

“The most amazing thing about him is how humble he is.”

One can follow the start of the social media reaction from South Africa to Klopp’s donation, and also watch the Liverpool manager talk about the initiative in a video below.

Written by Zain Khan Goal reporter

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Nigerian Flying Eagles enter semis, book World Cup ticket

By Eric Dumo

The Flying Eagles on Friday booked their place in the semi-finals of the ongoing Total U-20 African Cup of Nations in Niger Republic after defeating the hosts 1-0 in Group A.

The Flying Eagles will meet the winners of the tie between Ghana and Mali in Group B on Saturday (today). Senegal emerged winners of the group to also book a place in Poland.

The Flying Eagles’ lone strike, which came in the 73rd minute through Adamu Alhassan, equally saw the Nigerian youngsters book a spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland between May 25 and June 16.

The encounter, which had the Seyni Koutche Stadium in Niamey, the Niger capital, filled to the brim, stretched the coach Paul Aigbogun side to the limits, especially in the second half, when the opponents piled intense pressure on the young Nigerians.

Despite the overwhelming support the hosts enjoyed throughout the match, the Flying Eagles, captained by Ikouwem Utin, held their nerves, taking their foes head on for the duration of the battle.

Though the Flying Eagles showed glimpses of brilliance during the tie, they were wasteful and quite anxious for the larger part of the game – areas many observers think Aigbogun, one-time Enyimba and Warri Wolves coach, must quickly work on ahead of the semi-final duel against the runners-up in Group B.

The Flying Eagles began their campaign on a winning note, beating Burundi 2-0 before playing a goalless draw against South Africa. That result meant that the team had to get at least a draw against Niger on Friday to remain in the competition and also book their place in Poland.

The Nigerians kept their cool and picked up the win to guarantee their spot at the global youth championship later in the year.

Nigeria, seven-time winners of the competition, have an impressive history in the AFCON U-20 over the years, producing several stars in the process.

The team won the competition for the first time in 1983 by defeating Ivory Coast 2-1. It clinched the next three editions in 1985, 1987 and 1989 by beating Tunisia, Togo and Mali in the finals respectively.

The 2005, 2011 and 2015 editions were also won by the team after it saw off Egypt, Cameroon and Senegal respectively in the final matches, making it the competition’s most successful side.

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Sports: Moses’ Arrival Knocks out Algeria’s Yacine Benzia

By Samson Emmanuel

The arrival of former Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses from Chelsea of England on loan at Fernebahce of Turkey, has accounted for the exit of Algeria’s Yacine Benzia from The Yellow Canaries. learnt that Moses comes highly recommended, with a hefty pay day in an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea, which has left Fernebahce opting to let go of Benzia to make way for the new arrival.

Moses has already justified his signing by scoring in only his second game with the Istanbul-based side, even after going on as a substitute in both, such that Ferne will feel justified to create space for him.

Where Moses is gaining, with props and chants rolling in his favour, reverse is the case for Benzia, who Fenerbache have already omitted from their squad for the second half of the Turkish Super Lig season.

The 24-year-old Benzia, who is a former France youth international, is on a season-long loan in Turkey from Lille.

He played 13 Super Lig games in the first half the season and his most recent appearance was in the club’s 2-0 win over visiting Goztepe on 1 February.

Amazingly, though, while he is not on Fenerbahce’s list for the league he keeps his place alongside Moses in their UEFA Europa League squad.

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Sports: Ghana and Senegal set sights on U-20 World Cup ahead of Wednesday clash

By Prince Narkortu Teye

Amadu Nurudeen and Youssouph Dabo talk about their teams’ readiness and ambitions for the midweek encounter in the continental youth championship

Ghana U-20 assistant coach Amadu Nurudeen says his outfit are determined to beat Senegal at the ongoing Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger on Wednesday to secure qualification for the summer World Cup in Poland.

Following a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Monday, the Black Satellites are set to take on the Young Teranga Lions, who beat Mali 2-0 in the other group game, at the Maradi Stadium.

Both teams are tied on three points at the top of Group B, a win for either side will secure one of Africa’s four tickets for the global showpiece in May/June.

“Senegal are a strong side because they have a good youth set-up,” Amadu said at the pre-match conference on Tuesday.

“We have put yesterday’s win [over Burkina Faso] aside and we’re now concentrating on Senegal.

“Whatever be the case, we will play and we’re motivated to win.

“We want to qualify to the next stage of the competition as well as the World Cup.”

Senegal coach Youssouph Dabo also shared his thoughts on the midweek duel.

“The match will be very important for both teams,” said, the young Teranga Lions boss.

“We will do our best to win and confirm our place in the next round which is our objective.

“Ghana are a strong team but they have their strengths and weaknesses.”

Ghana will wrap up their group stage campaign against Mali on Saturday.


SA: Kaizer Chiefs release Godfrey Walusimbi after signing Reeve Frosler and Daniel Akpeyi

By Austin Ditlhobolo

The Soweto giants have beefed up their squad with the signing of two players with the transfer window set to close on Thursday night

Kaizer Chiefs have announced the departure of defender Godfrey Walusimbi five months after joining the club.

The left-back joined Amakhosi from Kenyan football powerhouse Gor Mahia at the end of the July-August 2018 transfer window.

A club statement read: “Kaizer Chiefs have parted ways with left-back Godfrey Walusimbi. The player has opted to go back home to Uganda. We would like to thank Godfrey for his contribution to Kaizer Chiefs and wish him all the best.”

Walusimbi. who made 14 appearances in all competitions for Amakhosi, enjoyed regular game time under Italian coach Giovanni Solinas, but he fell out of favour following the arrival of German coach Ernst Middendorp in December 2018.

The Uganda international’s departure has freed up one of Chiefs’ five foreign spots with the club having recently promoted Happy Mashiane, who is expected to compete with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya in the left-back position.

The Soweto giants have since confirmed that they have snapped up Nigeria international Daniel Akpeyi, who has joined the club from Chippa United.

“Kaizer Chiefs would like to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United. He has signed a contract for 1 year and 5 months,” a club statement read.

The 32-year-old player is expected to solve Chiefs’ goalkeeping problem with the Namibia keeper Virgil Vries having struggled while deputising for injured Itumeleng Khune.

Lastly, Chiefs revealed that they had reinforced their defence with the signing of talented right-back Reeve Frosler, who has been on the books of Bidvest Wits.

“Kaizer Chiefs would like to confirm the right-back Reeve Frosler from Bidvest Wits. He has signed a contract for 3 years and 5 months,” another statement read.

The former South Africa youth international fell out of favour at the Clever Boys after refusing to extend his contract with the former PSL champions.

Frosler is expected to compete with Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko in the right-back position.


Sports: Ghanaian youngster Emmanuel Besea joins Venezia FC on loan

By Emmanuel Besea

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Besea has completed a loan move from Frosinone Calcio to Venezia FC in the ongoing transfer window.

The 21-year-old endured a difficult season with the Canaries after failing to register a single appearance in the first half of the campaign.

The former Modena youth product will hope to make a great impact for Walter Zenga’s side after reposing their trust in securing his services in their quest to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Besea’s compatriot Raman Chibsah has so far been an integral member of the Lazio-based side’s set-up in the ongoing campaign.

Venezia is currently languishing in the drop zone with 22 points after 19 game matches.

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Egypt’s Pyramids signed Peru international Cristian Benavente

By Tarek Talaat

Egyptian side Pyramids FC have announced the signing of Peru international Cristian Benavente from Belgium side Charleroi.

No other details about the deal for the 24-year-old midfielder have yet been made public.

The news was published on the Facebook page of the club’s Saudi Arabian owner Turki Al-Sheikh

Spain-born Bonavente spent part of his youth career at Spanish giants Real Madrid and played for the their B team.

He spent six months with English Championship club MK Dons before being released and moving to Charleroi.

Pyramids are currently second in the Egyptian league with three points behind leaders Zamalek.

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Egyptian Football Team Sign Kit Deal With PUMA

PUMA have entered into a long-term partnership with the Egyptian Football Association, which will see the German sportswear manufacturers replace adidas as one of Africa’s most successful football nation’s kit supplier.

The EFA and PUMA have once again teamed up in a deal that will see the famous brand supply football apparel to the various national teams in the country’s youth and senior set-ups.

Previous kit supplier adidas ended their sponsorship with Egypt in 2018, which paved the way for PUMA’s relationship with the EFA.

The deal is seen as a statement of intent by PUMA, which is the leading kit supplier of national teams in Africa.

“Egypt has an amazing track record and we are very excited to once again supply them with our products,” Johan Adamsson, Director of Sports Marketing & Sports Licensing at PUMA, said.

“We hope that PUMA and the Pharaohs can continue where they left off, by taking the title in the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

“It is great to be back with the big cat in 2019.”

Egypt will be hoping that the partnership can help bring back the glory days – the Pharaohs won three consecutive continental titles between 2006 and 2010 wearing PUMA kits.

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Ghana: Upper West should make the best out of the Youth and Sports centre

Mr Isaac Asiamah, minister for Youth and Sports, has called on the youth of Wa and it’s environs, to make good use of the multipurpose youth and sports resource centre being constructed at Wa to harness their talent for mother Ghana, when completed.

Mr. Asiamah, who is on an inspection tour at the centre, said the Akuffo Addo led Government was keen on providing the youth of Ghana, the avenue to nurture their talents by providing sporting amenities nationwide.

This, he said, would go a long way to alleviate idleness and curb social vices.

“I am happy that government is intervening in the provision of sporting facilities here to help nurture the youth of Upper West.

“There abound a lot of talents here, but there has not been the facilities to unearth and exhibit those talents, so I believe this has come at the right time for the people here to enjoy this modern sporting facilities being put up here.

“This is the time for the youth to eschew social vices and enjoy this facility, which would could host both indoor and outdoor sporting events, which could win laurels for the country in the future” he said.

In an interview with GNA Sports, Mr Hamidu Chinia Issshaku, Deputy Regional Minister for Upper West said, as a Government there was the need to promote youth development and one way to do that was the creation of modern sporting facilities.

“This multipurpose youth and resource centre would help the youth to develop their capacity in so many ways to the benefit of Ghana in the future.

“There are so many talent going waste in the region due to the lack of sporting infrastructure but with what the government is putting up, Upper West would provide future champions for the nation.

The multipurpose Youth and Sports Resource centre, when completed would have a FIFA standard football playing pitch, tartan tracks, volley ball pitch, basketball pitch, handball pitch, ICT centre, entrepreneursip centre, counselling centre and modern restaurants among others.

Source Business Ghana

Morocco’s Hakimi Wins Africa’s Youth Player Of The Year Award

Uchenna Ajah

Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi claimed the CAF Africa’s youth player of the year top prize in Dakar

The Germany-based midfielder toppled the Nigeria’s Wilfried Ndidi and Cote d’Ivoire’s Franck Kessie to the prestigious award

The 2018 CAF award night was held in Dakar, Senegal

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi beat Super Eagles midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and Cote d’Ivoire’s Franck Kessie to Africa’s youth player of the year top prize.

Hakimi had a decent summer World Cup with Morocco and also playing huge part in Borussia Dortmund’s excellent form in the German Bundesliga.

On the other hand, Ndidi who missed out of the award, plies his trade in the English topflight had a spectacular year with Leicester City.

He represented Nigeria at the summer World Cup in Russia and also played a huge role in qualifying Nigeria for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

While Kessie, on his part remains a regular face in Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan side in the Italian Italian topflight.

Earlier, reported that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfried Ndidi was nominated for the young player award category by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The Nigerian international will battle Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Cote d’Ivoire’s Franck Kessie for the award.

Ndidi had a splendid year with Leicester City in the Premier League while Hakimi had a decent World Cup with Morocco and also played a part in Borussia Dortmund’s dominance in the Bundesliga.