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We Will Take Revenge – Salah Speaks After Afcon Loss

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We Will Take Revenge – Salah Speaks After Afcon Loss

Mohamed Salah made a rallying speech to his Egypt teammates after their AFCON final defeat to Senegal, urging them to ‘take revenge’ in March.

The Pharaohs lost on penalties in Sunday’s showpiece in Yaounde after the two teams drew 0-0 over 120 minutes.

Salah was down to take Egypt’s fifth spot-kick but never got the chance to step up after his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane decided the game by scoring Senegal’s fifth penalty.

In the dressing room after the match, Egypt captain Salah addressed his tired and forlorn teammates.

“We played four matches all 120 minutes in about 12 days,” he said. “But it’s in the past now, we have the games against them next month and inshallah we will take revenge on them.”

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Egypt will take on Senegal over two legs in the World Cup African playoffs at the end of next month.

Both countries finished top of their groups in the second round of qualifying and have now been drawn against each other to battle for a place at the Qatar tournament later this year.

The first leg will take place in Cairo on 23 March before the second leg in Dakar on 29 March.

While Senegal’s victory in the AFCON final will certainly give them confidence ahead of the fixtures, it will also give Egypt extra motivation.

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‘”It’s well known that we, Egypt, do not just take a fall,’ Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski told Goal. ‘When we fall, we get up, even though the fact we’ve lost today makes us feel like we’re in a difficult and delicate situation.

“We have other challenges ahead of us next month, with the same teams involved, and if it’s God’s will, we will continue and pursue our objectives.

 

“We have several more matches coming up in the coming months, and we have to win.”

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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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