SA: Foster set for Uefa Youth League debut with Monaco

Foster set for Uefa Youth League debut with Monaco.png
Lyle Foster in action with Monaco colours

South African striker Lyle Foster is set to get his first taste of continental football in Europe as Monaco visit Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.

Foster has been included in the Monaco U-19 squad that on Monday travelled to London to take on The Blues at the Cobham Training Centre tomorrow evening (19h00 SA time).

The 18-year-old recently scored his first goal for the Monagasques Reserves as they beat rivals Nice 3-0 on February 8 in what was only his second appearance since joining from Orlando Pirates in January.

Having missed out on Amajita’s 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations campaign, the burly goalpoacher will now get to strut his stuff in the under-19 version of the UEFA Champions League.

Should the Bucs youth graduate feature against Chelsea, he would become the third South African, alongside national teammates Khanya Leshabela (Leicester City) and Tashreeq Matthews (Borussia Dortmund, now on loan at FC Utrecht) to have appeared in the competition in recent times.

Source Kickoff

SA: Amajita claim bronze at Africa Youth Championships

By MIHLALI BALEKA

Amajita claimed bronze in the Africa Youth Championships following a 5-3 win in the lottery of penalty shoot-outs against Nigeria in the third/fourth place play-offs after the game ended 0-0 in regulation time at Stade General Seyni Kountche on Saturday night in Niger.

Captain Khulekani Kubheka was yet again the hero for the South Africans as he pulled off an important save in the Flying Eagles’ initial spot kick in the shootouts.

This was a continuation from the qualifiers for the Amajita goalkeeper and captain as he had ensured that they made it to this tournament after spot-kick saves against Lesotho.

Amajita will now exit the tournament on a high especially with the qualification of the World Cup and third spot secured.

Coach Thabo Senong made six changes to the team that lost to Senegal in the semi-final of the tournament as he gave starts to Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Malebogo Modise, Simphiwe Ncami, Njabulo Blom, Bayanda Shangase and Luvuyo Phewa.

Amajita started the encounter on a high note as they could easily combine the passes going forward. Their penetrative effect was centred around Ngcobo, who was a link between attack and defence.

Midway through the first half, they should have taken the lead when Ngcobo connected with Siphesishle Mkhize but for the latter to only deliver his header wide of the target.

The Nigerians nearly punished Amajita for that missed opportunity, but Paschal Durugbor also put his header wide. Durugbor is no stranger to scoring goals having netted the equaliser that took them to the lottery of penalties against Mali in the semi-final.

Kobamelo Kodisang, who plies his trade for Associação Desportiva Sanjoanense in Portugal, was the standout man for Amajita in the first half as he also came close to putting his name on the score-sheet but only to fluff the opportunity.

The second stanza lacked flow as both teams wanted to maintain their defensive record. Prior to this encounter, Amajita had kept two clean sheets while conceding only twice. On the other hand, the Flying Eagles had only conceded once against Mali in the semi-final.

The Nigerians, did, however, have numerous chances to take the lead in the second half but only to be denied by some brilliant goalkeeping from Kubheka or with their long-range attempts failing to hit the target.

However, neither side could find the breakthrough in regulation time and the two teams went straight into penalty shootouts. Senong’s men got all their kicks on target, while Mkhize scored the all-important decider that ensured that they grabbed their first ever third spot – and ultimately walking away with the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Senegal will be hoping for a third-time-lucky charm when they play Mali in the final on Sunday, and with kick-off at 5:30 pm. In the previous edition, the Young Lions of Teranga finished second as they went down to hosts Zambia.

Source iol

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.

Source citizentv

Zimbabwe giants Dynamos call on Cameroon ex-youth in rebuilding exercise


By Michael Madyira


The Zimbabwean giants have endured a trophy-dry spell for the past four seasons

Dynamos will next week assess three players from Cameroon as they move a gear up in their rebuilding exercise.

Former Cameroon youth international midfielder Herve Vincent Mbega, Theodore Landry Tsala and Claude Ngahan Junior are expected in Zimbabwe next week for trials.

Ngahan is also an ex-Cameroon U-20 national striker while Mbega represented Cameroon at the 2011 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

The Harare giants have gone for the past four seasons without winning the league title after enjoying a dominant run from 2011 to 2014 that saw them claim the league crown in those seasons.

Much emphasis has now been placed on recruiting a striker among the players who will undergo trials. “We are expecting one other striker from Cameroon and the other from Ivory Coast and even if they arrive, it will be a bonus. Otherwise, I think we are comfortable with what we have,” Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe told The Herald.

“Last week we had two Ghanaians. One of them is here and the other one I think is now training at CAPS United. We will retain the midfielder, we are impressed with his qualities.

“We are going to propose to the executive that we have a training camp probably in Zambia or in Malawi but it’s all subject to the budget allowing.

“Otherwise if it can’t be done we will find somewhere to camp locally and make sure that we bond away from the glare of the public.”

Dynamos have already signed Congolese striker Ngandu Mangala while they also close to securing the signature of Ghanaian midfielder Robert Saki.


Source Goal.com


Algeria’s Yacine Benzia omitted from Fenerbache league squad.


By Mohamed Fajah Barrie


Algeria international Yacine Benzia has been left surprised by his omission from Fenerbache’s squad for the second half of the Turkish season.

Benzia is on a season-long loan in Turkey from French club Lille.

While the 24-year-old is not on Fenerbahce’s list for the league he is in their Europa League squad.

He played 13 Super Lig games in the first half the season but is now left struggling for playing opportunities ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

His most recent appearance was in the club’s 2-0 win over visiting Goztepe on 1 February.

According to Fifa regulations he is unable to return to parent club Lille outside the transfer window.

Fifa’s regulations also prevent players for playing for more than two different clubs in the same season.

With Benzia having played for both Lille and Fenerbahce so far this season his options to play seem limited to joining a club whose season begins in the coming months such as China or MLS in the USA.

The Fifa transfer regulations state that “A player is only allowed to be registered with a maximum of three clubs in one season but the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”

“However, a player may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season if he has moved between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (ie, start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring).”

In order for such a move, both Lille and Fenerbahce would have to agree to a deal.

Benzia played for France at youth level, featuring at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, before switching allegiance to Algeria.


Source BBC


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.


Source Goal.com


Ghana U20 deputy coach Nurudeen eyes victory over “strong” Senegal tomorrow


The Ghana U20 team will leave no stone unturned in their second match in Group B of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations, according to the assistant trainer.


Black Satellites assistant coach Amadu Nurudeen has said that his team are confident of beating Senegal in their second game on Wednesday.

The one-time FIFA U20 World Cup champions will be battling out with Senegal at the Stade de Maradi tomorrow.

He believes his side is highly motivated to record the another win after whipping Burkina Faso in the Group B opener on Monday.

“Senegal is a strong side because they have a good youth set up but we have put yesterday’s win aside and we’re now concentrating on them [Senegal].” Coach Nurudeen said ahead of the match.

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


Source Kick Ghana


Senegal: Abdou Diakhate joins Parma on a long-term deal from Fiorentina


By Taiye Taiwo


The Senegal youth international has joined Roberto D’Aversa’s charges until 2023 after finding playing time difficult with La Viola.

Parma have confirmed the signing of Abdou Diakhate on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina.

The 20-year-old rose through the ranks at Fiorentina’s academy but never had the chance to make his Serie A bow in Stefano Pioli’s team.

He joins the Crusaders in his quest for regular playing time and he teams up with countryman Yves Baraye and Cote d’Ivoire winger Gervinho.

“Parma Calcio 1913 announces the signing of Abdou Diakhate (Dakar, Senegal, 31 December 1998) from ACF Fiorentina. The player has signed a contract running until 30-06-2023,” read a club statement.

Parma, placed 12th in the Serie A table with 28 points from 22 outings, are five points adrift of a place in the Europa League playoff spot.

Diakhate was an unused substitute at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as Parma bowed 3-2 to SPAL on Sunday.


Source Goal.com


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


Nigeria name squad for 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations


By Femi Badmus


Coach Paul Aigbogun has announced his squad for the youth championship billed for Niger Republic in February.


Nigeria have named a 21-team squad for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations billed for Niger Republic.

The seven-time African champions have been zoned in Group A alongside South Africa and Burundi with the semi-finalists making it to the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland.

The squad includes team captain Ikouwem Utin, Detan Ogundare, Yahaya Nazifi and Effiom Maxwell.

Others include Akpan Udoh, Olawale Oremade Mike Zaruma, midfielders Peter Eletu, Quadri Liameed , Aniekeme Okon and Adeshina Gata and Ibrahim Abubakar.

The Flying Eagles face Burundi’s Junior Itamba in their first match at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on February 2, 2019 before facing the hosts and South Africa’s Amajita at the same venue.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Akpan Udoh (Unattached); Olawale Oremade (Oasis FC); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United)

Defenders: Mike Zaruma (Plateau United); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba International); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenburg FC, Norway); Solomon Ogberahwe (El-Kanemi Warriors); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba International); Olasunkanmi Aliyu (Emmanuel Amuneke Academy)

Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem Academy); Quadri Liameed (36 Lions); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Afeez Aremu (IK Stat, Norway)

Forwards: Adamu Alhassan (Kano Pillars); Yahaya Nazifi (Sonderjyske FC, Denmark); Ibrahim Aliyu (Oasis FC); Adeshina Gata (Wikki Tourists); Ibrahim Abubakar (Plateau United); Okoh Victor (Real Sapphire FC); Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba International)


Source Goal.com