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.

Source Punch Nigeria


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.

Source Ghanaian Soccernet

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.

Source bbc