Exclusive: Senegal's Aliou Cisse talks about life after World Cup ahead of AFCON qualifiers [Football Planet]

After a dramatic exit from the World Cup in June, Karim Balde caught up with Senegal’s Aliou Cisse in Reims, France for a quick question and answer session concerning his post-world cup plans, ahead o

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After a dramatic exit from the World Cup in June, the Teranga Lions of Senegal are preparing for an AFCON 2019 qualifying clash when they travel to Madagascar this Sunday. Our Correspondent Karim Balde caught up with Aliou Cisse in Reims, France and he managed to have a quick question and answer session with him concerning his post-world cup plans.



Cisse drops Khadim Ndiaye dropped, Edouard Mendy called up



Still on Senegal, Horoya AC goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye who was between the sticks for Senegal during the World Cup has been dropped from Cisse’s 23-man squad for the qualifiers. Cisse has handed a maiden call-up for Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Born of a Bissau-Guinean father and a Senegalese mother, Mendy told our correspondent Karim Balde why he first chose the Djurtus of Bissau, before opting to play for the Teranga Lions.



Relegated Stade d’Abidjan win Ivorian Supercup



Stade d’Abidjan won the Ivorian Supercup after trouncing Sporting Club Gagnoa 2-1 on Saturday at the Robert Champroux stadium in Abidjan. Stade d’Abidjan were initially supposed to play ASEC Mimosas who has formally written to the Ivorian football federation saying that they would not be taking part in the final. This forced the federation to replace them with second finishers of the Ivorian League Sporting Club Gagnoa.



Stade d’Abidjan finished the league in position 13 out of 14 and are therefore headed for relegation altogether.



Benin disqualified from U17 qualifiers over age fraud



The WAFU-B zonal qualifiers kicked for the AFCON 2019 kicked off on Sunday with a goalless draw between hosts Niger and Togo. But before the kick-off, Benin were disqualified from the competition over age fraud. After MRI tests were carried out more than half of their players failed the test. Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire had one player each sent home. While all Ghanaian players passed the test. Beninese Football Federation termed the disqualification as a national shame and promised to take action against those responsible. Listen.



Yaya Toure returns to Olympiakos



Yaya Toure is not done yet. The 35-year-old midfielder received a warm reception from Olympiakos fans at their Karaskaikis Stadium on Sunday. Toure last played for Olympiakos in the 2005-06 season. He has been a free agent since leaving Premier League champions Manchester City at the end of last season.



Till next Monday. Excellent week.



Aubameyang 'visits' Wakanda with Black Panther mask in Arsenal win

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Gabonese international and Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in hot form Thursday night as the English premier league side qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League competition.

Despite his two goals helping the Gunners to a three – nil victory over French side Stade Rennes, it was Aubameyang’s celebration that has attracted reactions on social media.

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Supporters at the Emirates Stadium were on tenterhooks after Arsenal lost the first leg 3 – 1 in France. The hosts got off to a quick start as Aubameyang opened the scoring on the fifth minute mark.

Maitland-Niles doubled the lead on the 15 minute mark before Aubameyang sealed the deal with a 71st minute goal. Then he donned the Black Panther mask to celebrate with the fans and team mates.

The club’s Twitter handle titled a photo of mask-wearing Aubameyang and team mate Sead Kolasinac ‘WAKANDA FOREVER’ – in reference to the refrain used by people in Wakanda, the imaginary country where the marvel film Black Panther was staged.

CAF president issued U.S. visa amid denial reports

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Ahmad Ahmad was finally granted a United States visa after reports of him being denied gained currency.

The BBC reported on Thursday that a CAF spokesperson had confirmed that Ahmad was denied a visa to attend a FIFA council meeting.

“I confirm the information. The (CAF) president will be in Cairo,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying. But on late Thursday, a photo of Ahmad’s visa was released – reportedly by CAF.

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

Ahmad serves as vice-president of the FIFA council set to meet today in Miami. The top brass of World Football are expected to be in attendance.

FIFA, Qatar to discuss expanding 2022 World Cup

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

FIFA is keen on seeing the World Cup extended from 32 teams to 48 in the next edition.

It’s a feasible change, according to a study conducted by the technical teams of the football governing body.

But there’s a condition. Qatar will have to accept the idea to co-organise the event with at least one of its neighbours.

The number of matches will increase from 64 to 80, which would be intense for a single country to bear.

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

A FIFA delegation will meet in Miami, United States on Friday with officials from the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

The organizing committee of Qatar declined to comment on the feasibility study. But its spokesman confirmed Qatar’s presence at the Miami meeting.

According to officials, an increase in the number of teams at the next World Cup could generate additional revenues of between 300 and 400 million dollars, including 120 million in television rights.

Reuters

Zidane returns to Real Madrid's training pitch

Zidane returns for a second spell as coach with plans to rebuild the Spanish giants.

No time to waste for the Frenchman. Zinedine Zidane held his first training session with Real Madrid’s squad on Wednesday.

It follow his reappointment to manage the club on Monday, March 11.

Zidane returns for a second spell as coach with plans to rebuild the Spanish giants. The team has fallen into crisis since he left in May after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League.

Zidane also won a Liga title in 2017 among nine trophies before standing down having taken the club to the European summit.

But they have endured a miserable season in his absence, first sacking Julen Lopetegui and then Santiago Solari.

Real president Florentino Perez has again turned to Zidane, who stepped in for Rafa Benitez in 2016.

Zidane then quickly guided the team to Champions League glory, but this time he will be without the club’s all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reuters

LFA second division league, J-2: second win for BYC FC, Watanga and Nimba United

Three teams win they second game in the Orange-sponsored Liberia Football Association (LFA) second division league. BYC FC, Watanga FC and Nimba United were happy winners of the second day. At Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Watanga FC beat Monrovia Club Breweries (0-1). J. Konuwa was the unique scorer of the game (73e). Nimba United beat Keitrace FC (2-1) with a goal of Janeth in additional time (93e). Barrack Young Controllers could count on W.Freeman who scored two goals (55e and 86e) to beat NPA Anchors at Nancy B. DDE Stadium, sunday. FC Fassell have concided its second defeat against Small Town FC (2-1) with an early goal of Bolo (94e). Results J-2: Monrovia Club - Watanga FC 0-1 Small Town FC - FC Fassel 2-1 Jubilee FC - LISCR FC 1-2 Nimba FC - LPRC Oilers 0-0 Nimba United - Keitrace FC 2-1 NPA Anchors - BYC 0-2 1- BYC FC 6 pts 2- Watanga FC 6 3- Nimba United 6 4- LPRC Oilers 4 5- LISCR FC 3 6- Small Town 3 7- NPA Anchors 3 8- Nimba FC 2 9- Jubilee FC 1 10- MC Breweries 0 11- Keitrace FC 0 12- FC Fassel 0