Bafana Bafana made three changes for Cameroon clash

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba has made three changes to the team that will face Cameroon in the second leg of the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that will take place on today, 29 March 2016.

Kickoff is at 19h00 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune retains his place in goals and will again lead the team as captain.

The defence has a different look about it – Sifiso Hlanti will make his debut in place of the injured Thabo Matlaba (concussion) at left back, while Rivaldo Coetzee, who started on the bench in the last match, resumes his partnership in central defence alongside Eric Mathoho. Thulani Hlatshwayo moves to right back to replace Anele Ngcongca (calf muscle strain).

Hlatshwayo played with Mathoho in central defence in the first leg in Limbe. Naija and Bet

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Congo fight back to hold Zambia

Jordan Massengo scored the equalising goal for Congo who managed to salvage a point in their Africa Cup of Nations, Group E match against Zambia which ended 1-1 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday.

Winston Kalengo opened the scoring for Zambia on the hour mark before Massengo levelled matters to see Congo stay on top of the qualifying group on goal difference.

Both Zambia and Congo have five points to their name after registering a win and draw each in their first two qualifying games. Congo, though, have a positive goal difference of two to Zambia’s one as their head-to-head match ended in a draw.

The two will lock horns again on 27 March at the Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat in Brazzaville where neither team can afford a loss. Naija and Bet

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Cameroon players ready for Bafana of South Africa

Cameroon are ready to play South Africa said their new coach Hugo Broos in the build-up top the African Nations Cup qualifier between the two former winners on Saturday.

Cameroon host South Africa in Limbe in the Group M qualifier and the two sides meet each other again three days later in Durban in matches that Bafana Bafana must win to have any chances of reaching the finals in Gabon in 2017.

Broos had his first training session with the players on Monday and said, “the first contract went really well, it has given me a little more clarity”.

The Cameroon squad have been preparing at the CAF Technical Centre near Yaounde. “It’s been ideal for preparation with all the conditions perfect for good work. The players in the squad look ready. I have confidence in them,” he said.

“Bafana Bafana are a dangerous opponent. We have studied our opponent and seen a team who know how to play,” the Belgian born coach added. Naijabet.com

Belgium v Portugal friendly match cancelled

Belgium have cancelled next week’s friendly against Portugal in Brussels after Tuesday’s attacks in the city, which killed more than 30 people.

The Belgian Football Association says the authorities in the capital city asked for the match to be postponed for “security reasons and precaution”.

The national team cancelled a training session in the immediate aftermath of the suicide and bomb attacks.

Captain Vincent Kompany was “horrified and revolted” by the incidents.

“I wish for Brussels to act with dignity. We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be,” he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Netherlands’ match against France in Amsterdam – 108 miles away from Brussels – will go ahead as planned on Friday. Naijabet

Ahmed Musa Promise To Score for Nigeria on Friday

Captain of the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa has said that he has a strong feeling that he will score against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Friday when they clash in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

Speaking after the Super Eagles trainin, Musa said while the ultimate will be to beat Egypt soundly in Kaduna, he has strong feelings that he will score at least one goal in the game.

“I am not desperate to score against Egypt but I get this inner feeling that I will register my name on the score sheet on Friday, The important thing is for us to play as a team and win the match but I will take my chance if it comes. We are determined to win here and go to for the return leg in Alexandria with all our might to get a result” . Naijabet.com

“We are not under pressure to beat Egypt because we are at home and our fans will be rooting for us all through the game. They should be the ones under pressure because we shall go at them with all we have and ensure that they crumble.”he said

He stated that the Super Eagles have the quality and experience to pick the maximum points with a good win on Friday, adding that Ramoa’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny do not scare the Nigerians at all.

 

Tottenham are ready to fight for Premiership at the last Minute .

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is readying his squad for a final tilt at the Premier League title, aware that he can ask his players to remain focused on one game at a time when a most of them return from the international break.

Spurs are second in the table, five points behind Leicester City with seven games remaining, but after being knocked out of the cup tournaments, Pochettino is happy to be concentrating on just the league.

“It’s true we go into a different period now to recently,” he said.

“After the international break, we’ll play one game every week, and we’ll have time to prepare games in a different way, to training, to improve and do a lot of things that were impossible before.

“We are in a moment where we need to see our future in a very good way. It’s important to keep working hard and fight in every game.”

Spurs next face Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield after a two-week break for international friendlies with the reverse fixture ending a 0-0 draw in the German’s first game in charge of the Merseyside club. Naijabet.com

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Super Eagles have to score goals against Egypt

Nigeria will have to score goals against Egypt when the two sides clash in the back-to-back games next week.

The Super Eagles are behind on goals difference and are in second place. A win sees Nigeria leapfrog Egypt to the top of the table before the return leg in Alexandria.

Goals will count, Nigeria is condemned to score them, not just for the Kaduna game but moving forward in the qualifiers. Naija and bet

Two goals in two games isn’t exactly a bad return but considering Egypt have scored eight goals, it’s a tough ask for Nigeria. Whatever the case maybe, Nigeria needs to start scoring and scoring real soon.

The game against Egypt provides an opportunity for the strikers to close the gap-goals difference wise, just in case it comes to that at the end of the qualifiers.

Interim coach Samson Siasia called up 13 strikers for the game but that has been pruned down to ten as the game against Egypt looms.

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Giggs ready to step in as United next manager’

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Ryan Giggs is ready to become Manchester United’s next manager if Louis van Gaal is shown the door a year early at the end of this season.

Out of work former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been tipped to takeover at Old Trafford but Robson says United great Giggs, who has been assistant to Van Gaal, would be a perfect choice.

“The thing for me is that Van Gaal was always going to be a three-year contract with Ryan working under him so that they could see whether he was ready to step in,” Robson said at the launch of United’s partnership with Gulf Oil International at the club’s Carrington training centre. Naija and bet 

“Ryan was a great player for this club, he loves playing football the United way, he’s done all his badges and for me he’s in the right place at the right time.”

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Are Leicester City really going to win the title?

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Claudio Ranieri says his Leicester side are “on the home straight” after the Premier League leaders beat Crystal Palace  maintain their five  points lead.

“We have to be focused,” said Ranieri.

“Sometimes I’ve said we are at the last turn and now we are on the final, home straight. Now I want to see my horses, how they run.”

Leicester have not won title yet – Morgan

The Foxes supporters sang “we’re going to win the league” solidly for 15 minutes after the final whistle, and it took repeated announcements from the stadium announcer to persuade them to leave. Naija and bet

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Manchester United ‘have big chance’ of a top-four place : Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United’s top-four hopes would have been over had they lost to Manchester City, but believes they now have a “big chance” of Champions League qualification.

Marcus Rashford’s goal earned a 1-0 derby win over City on Sunday.

Van Gaal’s side are sixth in the Premier League, but lie just a point behind their local rivals in fourth.

“The gap would have been too big if we had drawn or lost. It would have been very difficult,” said the United boss.

“Now it is in our own hands but we have to win our games. We have more home matches than away and we don’t lose so much at Old Trafford – so we have a big chance.”

United won at Etihad Stadium for the first time since December 2012, just three days after being knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool. Naija.com

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