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Morocco Defeats Ghana By A Goal

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Morocco Defeats Ghana By A Goal
Ghana kicked off the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in defeat after losing to Morocco in their opening Group C game.

The Black Stars were largely passive and were punished for their profligacy in the second half when Sofiane Boufal took advantage of a defensive lapse to score what proved to be the winner.

Milovan Rajevac named a very strong line-up but also picked five debutants for the game against the Atlas Lions.

Joojo Wollacot, Alexander Djiku, Joseph Paintsil, Baba Iddrisu and Kamaldeen Sulemana all started their first AFCON game, with Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey bringing experience to the team.

And the Black Stars made a quick start to the game, with their early pressure earning them three corner-kicks in succession.

The North Africans proved dangerous on set-pieces, with Roman Saiss using his height to terrorise the Black Stars defense.

The first real chance of the game came in the 32nd minute when Partey’s 35-yard free-kick flew just inches wide.

Morocco responded with an effort of their own with Selim Amallah displacing his marker before firing his effort over the bar. Paintsil had Ghana’s best chance of the first when he dribbled past two players to open up space but his shot was way off target.

The second half started pretty much like the first, with Morocco dominating possession and the Black Stars sitting deep.

A few minutes later, Paintsil nearly put Ghana in front but his curling effort was tipped over for a corner-kick by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Andre Ayew was the next to test the Moroccan goal but his header was too feeble to trouble the goalkeeper.

Morocco finally found the breakthrough in the 82nd minute when Boufal took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the opening goal.

Rajevac left it late to effect his changes, bringing on Fatawu Issahaku, Daniel Kyere and Benjamin Tetteh in the final 10 minutes but the substitutes had very little effect as the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Atlas Lions.

The Black Stars will face Gabon in their second Group C game on Thursday.

 

 

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Ivorian Football Federation Elects Idriss Yacine Diallo As New President

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Ivorian Football Federation elects Idriss Yacine Diallo as new President

Idriss Yacine Diallo has been elected as the president of the Côte d’Ivoire Football Federation, following a second round of voting in Abidjan on Saturday.

The President of the Ivorian Football Federation polled 63 votes against his challenger Sory Diabaté who polled 61 votes.

Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba didn’t get enough votes in the elections to become new president of Ivorian Football Federation and dropped out in the first round.

The Chelsea legend now has failed failed twice and could not join the list of former footballers like Samuel Eto’o, Denis Obua (Uganda), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Leodgar Tenga (Tanzania), Walter Nyamilandu and Congolese Jean-Michael M’Bono who later become President of their various country’s football governing body.

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Iddris Yacine Diallo will lead the Ivorian Football Federation for the next four years.

 

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF].

A statement by the NFF on Thursday, March 31, reads: “Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.

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“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

The sacked crew included ex-internationals like Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo.

Eguavoen took charge of the Super Eagles before AFCON 2021, after former coach, Gernot Rohr, was sacked due to unsatisfactory performances during the first round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The former Super Eagles full-back, Eguavoen, initially stepped down after Nigeria’s Round 16 exit at the AFCON in Cameroon but was rehired to take charge of the final playoff round against Ghana.

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Nigeria were eliminated by virtue of the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 at home in the return leg, with the first leg in Ghana ending goalless.

 

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

An official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly died following the chaos that erupted after the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Zambian medical practitioner.

He was CAF’s designated Doping Officer for the game.

Dr Kabungo, according to reports, lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium, leading to a stampede.

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British-Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana announced this on his Twitter page.

He indicated the cause of death has not been confirmed by the Zambian government and the bereaved family has been duly confirmed.

Ghanaian journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who might have witnessed the unfortunate incident said the deceased was rushed to an ambulance closer to Ghana’s dressing room.

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But all attempts to resuscitate him proved futile.

 

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