Kenya U-15 team thump Uvule Youth in friendly

By Agencies For Citizen Digital

In Summary

  • The national U1-5 team whitewashed Machakos based Uvule Youth Academy 7-1 in a friendly match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
  • Midfielders Kevin Wangaya and James Gachago each hit a brace apiece, with Teddy Sirma, Khamis Nyale, and Oscar Ochieng also on the scoresheet, as the Junior Stars managed a fourth win in as many friendly matches this year.

The national U1-5 team whitewashed Machakos based Uvule Youth Academy 7-1 in a friendly match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Midfielders Kevin Wangaya and James Gachago each hit a brace apiece, with Teddy Sirma, Khamis Nyale, and Oscar Ochieng also on the scoresheet, as the Junior Stars managed a fourth win in as many friendly matches this year.

The friendly is a buildup to the upcoming MIC Football Tournament in Spain in April, where the Junior Stars will be up against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, and Manchester City, among other top European sides, in the U16 category.

An Elite League, set to kick off in March this year, is also in the pipeline. Football Kenya Federation will run an U13 and U15 league made up of top academies across the country, as well as the national U15 team.

The team is currently put up at the Federation’s national center of excellence in Thome, Nairobi, on a homeschooling program that also has them take part in daily training sessions at the Wadi Degla club in Runda.

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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.


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FC Utrecht sign South African youngster Tashreeq Matthews on loan from Borussia Dortmund

By Yusuf Variava

Matthews recently signed for the Bundesliga giants and will welcome his latest move in search of first team football

South Africa youth international Tashreeq Matthews has completed a move to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on loan.

The 18-year-old only recently signed for German giants Borussia Dortmund but has found game-time difficult to come by with the club’s youth team.

Nonetheless, with the January transfer window now in full swing, Matthews has penned a loan deal with Utrecht until the end of the season, but also have an option to buy.

Furthermore, the club have revealed that former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Alje Schut, who is the now the club’s head of scouting, was instrumental in the move.

“The 18-year-old South African is rented (loaned) this season from Borussia Dortmund. In addition, FC Utrecht has negotiated an option to buy on the midfielder,” Utrecht’s football director club’s Football Director Jordy Zuidam said in a statement issued by the club on their official website.

“Tashreeq is a great talent from South Africa, a godsend. A compliment to our head of scouting Alje Schut, who played an important role with his network to bind the player to us,” he added.

“Tashreeq is an attacking midfielder, but he can also attack the flanks and is a technically very skilled player, light-footed and so very agile,” he explained.

“He is a player with speed and a good fit in the legs. We have a lot of confidence in the talent of Tashreeq and look forward to the cooperation,” Zuidam concluded.

Meanwhile, Matthews is set to first battle it out for a place in the club’s reserve team who ply their trade in the Dutch Eerste Divisie.

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Sports: Nigeria Senior Female Soccer Team Wins Her Ninth African Title

By Tunde Eludini

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have emerged as the champions of Africa for an amazing ninth time as they beat South Africa’s Bayana Bayana 4-3 in Saturday’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Although the Super Falcons have always won all their previous final matches in AWCON, they were pushed to the wire on Saturday as they had to go through the tortuous route of extra time and then penalty kicks before they could win this time.

Just as it was in the semifinal match against Cameroon, Tockhukwu Oluehi was the hero for Nigeria, saving the last kick that denied the South Africans a chance to dethrone the Falcons.

The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes in Accra although both teams had decent chances to break the deadlock.

The Super Falcons were gifted a big chance late in the second half when goalkeeper Swart brought down Francisca Ordega in the box.

The referee had no option but to point to the penalty spot.

Unfortunately, Asisat Oshoala who stepped up missed the spot-kick as the final dragged to extra time.

The first clear chance at extra time was carved out by Nigeria.

Oshoala trying to redeem her image went past her marker before releasing a shot that was scrambled away by Swart.

The South Africans also created chances of their own through Chrestinah Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo but goalkeeper Oluehi was as always up and doing.

In the end, the lottery of penalty kicks was required to determine who wears the crown between Nigeria and South Africa.

The Super Falcons started on a wrong footing as Onome Ebi missed her first kick in the shootout.

However, Nigeria still won 4-3 with Ngozi Ebere, Rita Chikwelu, Chinwendu Ihezuo and Chinaza Uchendu converting the next four and Oluehi saving the decisive final kick.

Already, the Falcons have been promised $10,000 each if they win the 2018 AWCON and they would be happy heading to the female World Cup in France next year as African champions again

Source – Premium Times