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Caf Confederation Cup Round-Up: Bucs dismantle CF Mounana, Royal Leopards bow out

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eight teams have made it to the play-off round of the Caf Confederation Cup after the round of eight second leg ties played this past weekend
After the return leg matches of the round of eight played during the weekend, eight teams marched on to the next round, while the other eight crash out of the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup.
Asec Mimosas and AS Vita Club have claimed their tickets to the next round, as well as South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Tunisian sides Club Africain and ES Sahel.
Warri Wolves from Nigeria defeated DR Congo’s MK Etancheite home and away to book their place, with Ghanaians Hearts of Oak narrowly escaping shock elimination after losing 1-0 at home. However, their 2-1 away win from the first leg kept them in the competition.

Results in full:

MK Etancheite (RD Congo) 0-1 Warri Wolves (Nigeria) (1 st leg 1-2)
Club Africain (Tunisia) 1-0 ASO Chlef (Algeria) (1st leg 1-1)

ES Sahel (Tunisia) 1-0 Young Africans (Tanzania) (1 st leg 1-1)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa) 3-0 CF Mounana (Gabon) (1st leg 2-2)
ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) 2-0 Onze Createurs (Mali) (1st leg 1-0)
AS Vita Club (RD Congo) 4-1 Royal Leopards (Swaziland) (1 st leg 0-1)
Hearts of Oak (Ghana) 1-0 Djoliba (Mali) (1 st leg 2-1)
FUS Rabat (Morocco) 2-3 Zamalek (Egypt) (1st leg 0-0) 
The Qualified teams will be joined by those eliminated from the Caf Champions League second round, with the draw set to take place on May 5 in Cairo, Egypt.

Ibenge: Insidious racism holding black managers back

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo boss says questions have to be asked as to why he was one of just three black coaches at January's Africa Cup of Nations
"Insidious racism" is behind black coaches not being given chances at top clubs and national teams, according to Democratic Republic of Congo boss Florent Ibenge.
The 53-year-old was one of just three African coaches at the recent Africa Cup of Nations, while many have criticised the lack of opportunities available to black and ethnic minority managers in some of Europe's leading leagues.
QPR boss Chris Ramsey - the only black manager in the Premier League - recently referred to the treatment of black coaches as "covert racism" and Ibenge believes more questions should be asked over the issue.
"I was one of three coaches who came from the African continent at AFCON," Ibenge told Perform
"The question is why were there only three? Is it because we are not trained well enough? Or is it a problem of racism? Insidious racism? 
"Does it mean that black guys are good for playing but not good for management? That's almost the case for all jobs. 
"When I look in England and in France, there are many black guys who play. But how many are coaches? How many in England? In France, there is only [Lens boss] Antoine Kombouare. 
"Is it because we are stupid or because nobody gives us a chance? It's a real question. 
"The talent is there." 
Under Ibenge's guidance, DR Congo finished third at AFCON,  beating hosts Equatorial Guinea in the third-place play-off.

Elephants yet to obtain Afcon bonuses

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ivory Coast players are yet to receive bonuses for their victory at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, according to a member of the team, Geoffrey Serey Die.
The 30-year-old defensive midfielder of VfB Stuttgart refuted a claim by the country’s sports minister that the players and technical staff have all been paid their due.
“It’s not true. It’s all rumours. We have not been paid our bonuses. Most of us have been quiet on it because we don’t want Ivorians to feel we come to play for money,” Die told state-owned Radio Cote D’Ivoire.
“However, it is our right. We went for a tournament. We worked hard. We won the trophy. We have to be paid what we were given as promises,” he said.
The Ivorian Football Federation and the Ministry of Sports have been issuing contradictory statements about the issue. Heads of both establishments have not been on good terms following the ministry’s refusal to fund the Elephants’ participation at the 2015 Afcon.
The country’s president, Alassane Ouattara, eventually intervened and issued a cheque of $6 million to the FA to foot their bills at the tournament.
Upon their return, each player from the successful team was promised $97,000 (a $50,000 house plus 47,000 in cash).
Coach Herve Renard would take home $123,000 while another $490,000 would be shared among members of the technical staff.
Ivory Coast won their second Afcon title against Ghana on penalties in Bata, Equatorial Guinea in early February.

Nyantakyi clarifies Caf's Afcon decision

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed Caf's decision to conceal the 2017 Afcon bid results.
The administrator reveals that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) agreed the decision at an Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting before Gabon was named winner.
Africa's football governing body has been heavily slated for a perceived lack of transparency in the voting process that saw the Central African nation named ahead of Ghana and Algeria.
“It was agreed at a Caf Executive Committee meeting that the results of the votes [for Afcon hosting rights] is not published,” said Nyantakyi in Accra.
In the intervening period, some officials of the Ghana and Algeria bid teams have spoken about the nature of administration of votes and results in Cairo last Wednesday.
But the Ghana FA president, who serves on Caf’s Executive Committee says the decision to declare the voting results cannot be an index in classifying the process as radically flawed and unfair.
“There is a feeling that revealing the results will cause some acrimony and therefore this issue was discussed at the meeting and majority of the membership agreed that the results are not revealed,” Nyantakyi told Joy FM in Accra.
Information available from Caf officials to also says that the 2019 and 2023 bid results were - like the 2017 - not made open.
Gabon last co-hosted the Afcon in 2012 with Equatorial Guinea.

Algeria accuses Mali, Benin

Two weeks after failing to win the rights to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria is yet to overcome the shock.
The North African country was highly favoured to replace original host Libya who forfeited their rights due to political instability in the country.
Gabon beat off competition from Algeria and Ghana to win the bid for the second time in five years after the 2012 edition co-hosted with Equatorial Guinea.
The vote to select the eventual host, which took place at Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on April 8, was widely criticised by officials from both losing nations.
They said the normal procedure of revealing details of the result, including the score of each candidate, was not followed this time. Caf president Issa Hayatou simply announced the winner without further details, according a member of the executive committee, who took part in the exercise.
Algeria Football Federation president Mohamed Raouraoua, who had vowed to give an official reaction, said on Thursday that two countries from West Africa, Mali and Benin, voted against Algeria despite promising their support.
“Our reaction took this long because we were doing thorough investigations. I can confirm to you that Mali and Benin voted against us and that is why Gabon won it at our expense,” Raouraoua said.
“Before the vote, we had their word and strong support but they disappointed us so badly. Consequently, we have reached some decisions against the two countries. We will no longer play friendly matches with them. No more aid, no more training workshops for players and coaches like we have always done to help improve their football,” he said.
Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi told reporters days after the vote that members of the Caf executive committee agreed that details of the result should not be published to avoid frustrations.

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