Afcon coaching casualties replaced in Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt

Since July, when eventual winners, Algeria, lifted Africa’s most prestigious football prize, authorities in Cameroon, Guinea, Morocco, South Africa and Egypt have announced new coaches.

African football giants Cameroon and Egypt were part of the nations that parted ways with their national team coaches following disappointing campaigns at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.



The other countries whose coaches were either sacked, poached or forced to resign include Zimbabwe, Morocco, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda.



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Since July, when eventual winners, Algeria, lifted Africa’s most prestigious football prize, authorities in Cameroon, Morocco, South Africa and Egypt have announced new coaches.



Cameroon



Cameroon’s sports ministry on Friday named Portugal’s Toni Conceicao as their new coach, to be deputised by the country’s World Cup hero Francois Omam Biyik.



The 57-year-old journeyman has had 16 different coaching posts in the last 15 years.



He replaced Clarence Seedorf, who was dismissed after Cameroon lost in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in July.



It is the first national team job for Conceicao, who last worked at CFR Cluj in Romania.



He has coached at nine different Portuguese clubs and also had briefs spells at clubs in Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.



Omam Biyik scored the goal that allowed Cameroon to beat holders Argentina in the 1990 World Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals. He also played at the 1994 and 1998 finals.



Omam Biyik, 53, has coached clubs in Gabon, Mexico and Togo.



He returns to the national team coaching staff where he was previously assistant coach to Javier Clement from 2010-11.



Cameroon are set to host the next Cup of Nations finals in 2021. The first match in charge for the new coach will be a friendly against Tunisia on Oct. 12.



Egypt



Last week, Egypt also named former Al Ahly player and coach Hossam El-Badry as manager to replace sacked Mexican Javier Aguirre.



Aguirre was dismissed in July after The Pharaohs’ shock home elimination in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.



The 59-year-old former Egypt defender has completed three stints as head coach of Cairo-based Al Ahly, starting in 2009 and most recently from 2016-18. He has also coached clubs in Sudan and Libya.



Badry will be the first Egyptian to coach the national team since Shawky Gharib in 2014. Argentine Hector Cuper preceded Aguirre.



Morocco



Vahid Halilhodzic was in August named as new head coach of Morocco, signing a four-year contract with a tough list of targets by his new employers.



The 67-year-old Bosnian replaces Herve Renard, who quit after Morocco were eliminated in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt despite being one of the favourites.



It is a return to national team management for the former Yugoslavia international striker, who took Algeria to the last-16 of the 2014 World Cup.



He also helped Ivory Coast qualify for the 2010 World Cup and Japan for the 2018 edition in Russia but on both occasions he was fired before the tournament.



But the new coach has been tasked with reaching the semi-finals of the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, qualifying Morocco for the Qatar World Cup the year after and winning the Cup of Nations in 2023.



“Failure to achieve any of these targets will automatically result in termination of the contract,” said Moroccan soccer federation president Fouzi Lekjaa.



“It is a big responsibility to coach Morocco, a challenge and an honour,” the new coach told reporters.



Halilhodzic will receive a monthly salary of 80,000 euros ($89,000).



South Africa



South Africa, also replaced their national team coach at the beginning of this month, appointing Molefi Ntseki to replace his former boss Stuart Baxter.



Molefi Ntseki who has neither played professional football, nor served on the bench of an elite club, was Baxter’s assistant during the disappointing Africa Cup of Nations where the Bafana Bafana were knocked out in the quarter-finals.



“I think I’m ready to coach the national team,” said Ntseki the day before the announcement.



“I did my apprenticeship as close as I could to this demanding position, and it’s time for me to move up to the next level,” he added.



The former school teacher was previously in charge of the women’s national team in South Africa and the country’s U17s. He has also been the assistant to three Bafana-Bafana coaches, including Baxter.



Guinea



Frenchman Didier Six was earlier this month appointed as the new coach of Guinea’s football team,replacing Belgian Paul Put, who was dismissed in July after Algeria eliminated Guinea in the Round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations.



65-year-old Six, is not new to coaching on the continent, having already coached Togo between 2011 and 2013 and Mauritius in 2015.



Six signed a three-year contract, and is tasked with working to qualify Guinea for the African Cup of Nations in 2021 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.



Zimbabwe



Zimbabwe in August appointed Joey Antipas as the caretaker coach for the national team.



Antipas replaced Sunday Chidzambga, who resigned after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.



Dynamos and national under-23 coach Tonderayi Ndiraya along with Harare City boss Lloyd Chitembwe are his assistants.



The trio, who are still contracted with their clubs, only serving as national team coaches when there are assignments, have already delivered qualification to the 2020 World Cup qualification group stages.



Antipas won the domestic league with Motor Action in 2010 and his current club, Chicken Inn, in 2015, and has had two previous spells with the Warriors as assistant coach.



Namibia



Since the departure of long-time Namibia coach, Ricardo Mannetti in July this year, the national team has been managed by interim coach, Bobby Samaria.



Samaria has already delivered qualification to the 2022 World Cup qualification group stage, and will be hoping to also lead the country to the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Cameroon.



Tanzania



Tanzania’s caretaker coach, Etienne Ndayiragije has also secured qualification to the 2022 World Cup qualification stage.



Ndayiragije, was appointed in an interim role, following the sacking of Nigerian, Emmanuel Amunike.



Amunike, was in charge as the Taifa Stars failed to progress past the group stages at the Africa Cup of Nations, losing all three matches against Senegal, Kenya and Algeria.



Uganda



Uganda, who lost their coach, Frenchman Sebastien Desabre to Egyptian club side, Pyramids FC, are yet to replace him.



The national team is being managed by caretaker coach, Abdallah Mubiru, who told local media he is wary of the federation’s perennial preference for foreign coaches.



“I didn’t apply because there is too much foreign syndrome, people are more obsessed with foreigners and I never want to be taken as an option, I want to be a priority too because that’s what I deserve,’‘ Mubiru said when asked whether he’d applied to be hired on a permanent basis.



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South Africa's rugby team wins World Sports Award

South Africa beat England 32-12 in Yokohama in November to win the World cup. It was their third win led by Siya Kolisi, the first black man to captain the Springboks.

A big win for South Africa’s ruby team as it was named World sports team of the year in Berlin, Monday.

The Laureus Worlds Sports award follows the triumph of the Springboks at the world cup in Japan last year.

“Winning the World Cup obviously, and winning the Laureus Award mean so much and I think the big thing for us is just to continue where we left off and not drop off at all”, said ruby player, Faf De Klerk.

For captain Siya Kolisi “We really enjoyed every single part of it and one thing that I’ll never forget that our coach said: it’s really a privilege to play rugby in South Africa, because you get to impact people’s lives who don’t play rugby and you can bring a country together like we’ve seen in the past couple of weeks.”

South Africa beat England 32-12 in Yokohama in November to win the World cup. It was their third win led by Siya Kolisi, the first black man to captain the Springboks.

Meanwhile, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and football superstar Lionel Messi shared the Laureus sportsman of the year award.

The Laureus World Sports award is sport’s equivalent of the Oscars.

AFP

CAF to roll out ambitious reform program [Football Planet]

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was rolling out an ambitious reform program even as it pushed back against accusations of mismanagement

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was rolling out an ambitious reform program even as it pushed back against accusations of mismanagement. An independent audit revealed potential abuse of power and financial impropriety at CAF.

Also on Football Planet, Egyptian giants Zamalek were crowned CAF Super Cup champions after beating Esperance in Doha.

South Africa's cricket captain steps down

On Monday, Plessis was named in South Africa’s squad for the three-match T20 series against Australia, which starts on Friday.

Faf du Plessis on Monday stepped down as South Africa Test and Twenty20 captain.

In a statement, the 35-year-old said he was acting in the ‘best interests’ of the teams, adding that it was ‘‘one of the toughest decision to make’‘.

Plessis was replaced as captain of the one day side by Quinton de Kock in January this year.

Plessis captained his country 112 matches across all formats in a spell stretching back to 2012.

He was rested for both the recent one-day international and T20 series against England, and in January denied reports he would retire after the Test series.

On Monday, Plessis was named in South Africa’s squad for the three-match T20 series against Australia, which starts on Friday.

Mane scores his 100th goal in England as Liverpool beat Norwich

The goal happened to be his 100th in England. He scored 25 goals for Southampton from where he joined Liverpool in 2016.

Senegal international Sadio Mane was on target on Saturday as Liverpool continued their march towards the English Premier League title.

Mane, out for three weeks with a hamstring injury came off the bench to score the only goal of the game at Norwich. The goal happened to be his 100th in England. He scored 25 goals for Southampton from where he joined Liverpool in 2016.

In a post-match interview Mane expressed delight at his feat and at getting back to action: “It wasn’t easy because a as a football player, everyone wants to play all the time but you have to deal with it (injury). I went for some treatment, I worked hard, I came back.”

In 2016, the then 24-year old moved to Jurgen Klopp’s side after two successful seasons at Southampton, netting 25 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions. According to British media reports, Liverpool paid 34 million pounds ($45 million) for his services.

Since the beginning of 2019, Mané has scored 33 times in all competitions for Liverpool, with 17 percent of those strikes being match winners. 16 of those 32 goals being scored with his right foot, seven with his left, and nine with his head.

He has helped Liverpool to the Champions League trophy along with other African counterparts like Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita of Guinea and Cameroon’s Joel Matip.

Salah is the reigning (2019) African footballer of the year; he beat Salah and Man City’s Riyad Mahrez to the award earlier this year. He was instrumental in Senegal’s push for a first African Nations Cup even though they lost the final to Algeria who were led by Mahrez.

2019 CAF Super Cup final: Egypt's Zamalek beat Tunisia's Esperance

Egyptian side Zamalek are the 2019 Super Cup winners after beating Tunisian side Esperance by three goals to one in a final played in Doha, Qatar.

Egyptian side Zamalek are the 2019 Super Cup winners after beating Tunisian side Esperance by three goals to one in a final played in Doha, Qatar.

The CAF Super Cup is a face-off between the holder of the Champions League title and winner of the Confederation Cup.

This clash was scheduled for last August but was postponed to February 14. This is the second time the African Super Cup is being held in Doha. This is Zamalek’s fourth title after they won it in 2003, 1997 and 1994.

Zamalek’s Youssef Obama struck very early in the game to give his side the lead. The Tunisians hit back early in the second half when Abdelraouf Benguit equalized through a penalty.

Achraf Bencharki put Zamalek in the lead again before increasing the tally to secure the results. The winning coach made history as the first ever to win the Super Cup in two consecutive years with two different sides.

Esperance had aimed to win the trophy for the second time since 1995, but it was the Egyptians who bagged their first trophy after a 17-year drought.