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Kenya manage 3-2 win over Tanzania
in Cairo 'Africa Cup of Nations' thriller

Kenya effect 3-2 win over Tanzanians in Cairo Africa Cup play | Coastweek

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Victor Mugubi Wanyama [left] of Kenya vies with Tanzania’s goalkeeper Aishi Salum Manula [orange shirt] during the 2019 African Cup of Nations Group C match between Kenya and Tanzania in Cairo, Egypt. Michael Ogada Olunga [right] of Kenya heads the ball during the 2019 African Cup of Nations Group C match between Kenya and Tanzania in Cairo. Kenya won 3-2. XINHUA PHOTOS - WANG TENG
 

Algeria advance to AFCON last 16 after 1-0 win over Senegal

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Algeria stepped into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after achieving a 1-0 win over Senegal here on Thursday night in their second match of Group C.

Algeria’s forward Mohamed Youcef Belaili scored the winner in the 49th minute, although Liverpool star Sadio Mane’s Senegal had 55 percent of the ball possession.

Algeria beat Kenya 2-0 in their Group C opener on Sunday, and will meet Tanzania in the third match.

Having three points from beating Tanzania, Senegal are still hopeful for the knockouts, while Kenya and Tanzania, both defeated in their opening games, will meet later on Thursday.

In Group B, Madagascar edged Burundi 1-0 on Thursday with a goal by midfielder Marco Ilaimaharitra in the 76th minute.
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With a previous draw with Guinea, Madagascar have become the second of Group B next to Nigeria who won their first two matches against Guinea and Burundi.

The top two are set for a confrontation end of June.

Hosted by Egypt, the 32nd edition of the AFCON kicked off on June 21 and will close on July 19.
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Namibia eye first win at
Africa Cup of Nations play
off when they face much
experienced South Africa

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibia seek to get their first win at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals when they lock horns with neighbors South Africa on Friday.

 

 Bongani Zungu [center] of South Africa vies with Manfred Starke [right] of Namibia | Coastweek

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Bongani Zungu [center] of South Africa vies with Manfred Starke [right] of Namibia during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group D match between South Africa and Namibia in Cairo. South Africa won 1-0. XINHUA PHOTO - AHMED GOMAA
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Namibia’s football coach Ricardo Mannetti said Thursday in a statement on the country’s football association website that pressure is on South Africa and Namibia will do all they can to get their first win at the finals which are currently underway in Egypt.

"We come into the match with positives from the Morocco game and we need to compete and get the result we want.

"It is not about the next round but the first win for the country and then anything can happen," Mannetti said.

The coach added that the familiarity of the players will also weigh in the outcome of the match.

"This is our moment to enjoy and make memories and we grab this chance to play against the best on the continent. This is our World Cup," said Mannetti.

The match between Namibia and South Africa on Friday will be preceded by the clash between Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire.

Namibia is Group D, alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco and South Africa.
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Uganda beat Democratic Republic of Congo  2-0 in AFCON 2019 Group A

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Uganda beat Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in their Group A opener of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday.

The Ugandans were clearly the better side in the opening half, dominating against the Congolese who seemed to have slowed down on their usual flair and fast paced game.
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Patrick Kaddu, whose goal ensured Uganda earned a place at the AFCON 2019, scored the opener, sneaking in at the near post to glance home a well curled corner from Faruku Miya 14 minutes into the game.

Uganda won the set piece after Marcel Tisserand had deflected an Abdul Lumala cross from the right taking it away from Kaddu who was lurking at the edge of the six yard box. Kaddu also had two other brilliant chances at goal to extend Uganda’s lead.

DR Congo were limited in their scoring chances and on the half hour mark they had a half chance when a corner was floated to Yannick Bolasie’s direction, but he could not get a clean header on target.

Uganda then doubled their score three minutes into the second half as another catastrophic piece of defending by the Leopards off a Miya freekick seeing Okwi rise from just outside the six yard box and plant his header beyond goalkeeper Ley Matampi Matampi.

 

Ovidy Obviuos Karuru  [second right] of Zimbabwe competes with Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi [left] of Uganda  | Coastweek

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Ovidy Obvious Karuru [second right] of Zimbabwe competes with Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi [left] of Uganda during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group A match in Cairo. The match ended with a 1-1 draw. XINHUA PHOTO - WU HUIWO
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Eight minutes later, Matampi redeemed himself with a brilliant save leaping to his right to tip over Miya’s ferocious freekick from range behind for a corner.

DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge made changes, Jose Mpoku coming off for Jonathan Bolingi while Chancel Mbemba was hauled off for Jacques Maghoma, a move aimed at stabilizing a midfield that was dominated by the Ugandans.

Uganda will next face Zimbabwe next Wednesday while DR Congo face a hilly task against hosts Egypt who won their opening match 1-0 against Zimbabwe on Friday night.

The AFCON kicked off Friday and will go through July 19 where 24 African teams will fight for the most prestigious football title in Africa.
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Zimbabwe future at AFCON hangs in the balance as players threaten to walk

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s participation at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt is reportedly hanging in the balance Thursday night after a stalemate between the senior men’s team - the Warriors - and national soccer governing body Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) over player dues.

State-controlled newspaper The Herald, which is accompanying the team to the African showcase, said ZIFA had advised the players they were contemplating the possibility of withdrawing the team from the tournament.

This followed a number of meetings between the two parties which had ended in stalemates.

The players had threatened not to resume training Friday night unless they were paid the remaining 12,500 U.S. dollars each by the same day.

According to ZIFA officials, 5,500 U.S. dollars would be paid into their accounts on Friday.

That amount includes the 2,500 U.S. dollars ZIFA said they had secured for each of the players, and the 3,000 U.S. dollars for each of them, which was promised by the fundraising committee.

That would have left the Warriors needing 5,000 U.S. dollars appearance fees, and 3,000 U.S. dollars bonuses for the draw against Uganda ahead of the match against the DRC.

However, things deteriorated sharply during the night and the Warriors ended demanding their entire dues by Friday or they would not train, the newspaper said.

Following the stalemate, ZIFA officials then sent spokesman Xolisani Gwesela to check with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) the cost of withdrawing from the tournament.

"Gwesela has been sent to establish how much it will cost to withdraw from the tournament because of events that happened today," sources said.

A number of players also confirmed they had told the ZIFA officials they were ready to abandon camp and fly back home.

"We were called in and told of the developments about the possible withdrawal from the tournament and we told them that we were ready to go home because we believe they haven’t fulfilled our contracts," one of the players said.

"We have an agreement with them and it has to be fulfilled."

The players said even though they played the match against Uganda, a chunk of their appearance fees, 2,500 U.S. dollars had not been paid.

It also emerged that players Tino Kadewere and Tafadzwa Kutinyu were set to be sent home as a disciplinary measure after they fought in camp. Kutinyu is currently not playing in the tournament after sustaining an injury during training.

Midfielder Kuda Mahachi was also set to be sent home for allegedly violating the team’s disciplinary code when he went on social media to question why he was being sidelined from selection.

Zimbabwe face the possibility of being banned from a number of AFCON finals, in what would be a huge blow to the next generation of its footballers, if the team pulls out of the on-going tournament, the paper warned.

The team still has a chance to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament if it wins convincingly against DRC following a 1 -1 draw with Uganda on Wednesday and a 0-1 loss to hosts Egypt in the opening game last Friday.

 

             

 

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