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February 7, 2000

Caf chief wants one African bid

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The News Review:

* SNP’s German support condemned
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Soccer submits internal affairs report to Balfour
* Caf chief wants one African bid
* South Africa urging Morocco to drop 2006 bid
* World Soccer : 2 Talents Feel the Tug of Their Roots
* Sports News of Saturday, 5 February 2000

SNP’s German support condemned
BBC News – Jan 30, 2000
England, Germany and South Africa lead the field in the race for the right to host the world’s second biggest sports tournament in six years time. Kenny Gibson, MSP for Glasgow, and Lothian MSP Kenny MacAskill registered their support for Germany’s bid on its official website.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Jan 28, 2000
The Germans were the latest to arrive in the country on their campaigntrail, as Botswana is one of the countries which will determine the venue. And if Morocco and Brazil are also serious about their bids to host theWorld Cup, they are also likely to send their delegations before June thisyear. The delegations all had one goal: to convince Botswana's top sportsambassador to give them his vote when the world soccer body FIFA decides thevenue for the 2006 World Cup games in July. Mr Ishmael Bhamjee, the President of the Botswana Football Association, isthe target of the delegates as he is one of the four Confederation ofAfrican Football (CAF) executive committee members who also has a seat onthe FIFA executive committee… And if Morocco and Brazil are also serious about their bids to host theWorld Cup, they are also likely to send their delegations before June thisyear. The delegations all had one goal: to convince Botswana's top sportsambassador to give them his vote when the world soccer body FIFA decides thevenue for the 2006 World Cup games in July. Mr Ishmael Bhamjee, the President of the Botswana Football Association, isthe target of the delegates as he is one of the four Confederation ofAfrican Football (CAF) executive committee members who also has a seat onthe FIFA executive committee. The others are CAF President, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, Amadou Diakite ofMali and Salim Aloulou of Tunisia. Altogether 24 members of the FIFA executive committee decide by voting thevenue for the quadrennial soccer event. The countries with the least numberof votes are dropped in the following stages of voting until there is aclear winner among the bidding countries. The next World Cup event will be jointly organised by Japan and South Koreain 2002.

Soccer submits internal affairs report to Balfour
Dispatch Online – Feb 1, 2000
South African Football Association chief executive Raymond Hack and other senior soccer administrators met Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour in Cape Town yesterday to hand over reports on the state of Safa and its professional arm, the Premier Soccer League. The delegation, led by Hack and National Soccer League chairman Leepile Taunyane, also included executive members Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung, Denis Mumble and Vincent Baartjes. “We are satisfied that we will meet the requirements of the minister and that we are very much on course to improve the image of our soccer,” Hack said. The sport became embroiled in controversy last year with public clashes between top officials in the PSL and a protracted dispute which threw the lucrative Rothmans Cup competition into disarray. There were also allegations of kidnapping, death threats and financial irregularities… In November Balfour called on soccer authorities in Safa and the PSL to get their act together and issued them an ultimatum to get their house in order by January 31 or face government intervention. He said if the soccer bodies did not “put in place systems within this period to clean up football, government will step in, even if it means introducing enabling legislation to regulate the sport”. The minister’s main concern was that ongoing disputes and public spats would have a detrimental affect on the country’s bid to stage the 2006 World Cup. One of the key elements of Balfour’s ultimatum was that there should be more harmonious relations between the PSL and Safa. He called on individuals, “whether owners of clubs or elected officials who straddle the lanes by serving on both Safa and the PSL” to consider whether there was a conflict of interests in them acting in dual capacities. * Hack, an author of the report submitted to Balfour, also reacted angrily to a local newspaper report yesterday headlined “Throw Hack out — PSL”. The report said the PSL had recommended that Hack be removed from his CEO position as he was a chairman of Wits University soccer club and could therefore not be seen as being neutral.

Caf chief wants one African bid
Dispatch Online – Feb 4, 2000
Hayatou added that any attempt by CAF to find a solution could split the movement. “At the moment CAF cannot support one or the other. It is up to the political authorites in Morocco and South Africa. We must not divide Africa… Hayatou added that any attempt by CAF to find a solution could split the movement. “At the moment CAF cannot support one or the other. It is up to the political authorites in Morocco and South Africa. We must not divide Africa.

South Africa urging Morocco to drop 2006 bid
SI.com – Feb 1, 2000
Danny Jordaan, the chief executive officer of the South African bid, told Reuters in a telephone interview from London that his government would be approaching the Moroccan government with the suggestion. “They will talk to the Moroccan government and this will be the message,” Jordaan said from Cape Town. Jordaan added: “The FIFA inspectors have already been to Germany, England and Brazil and will be holding their technical inspection of Morocco later this month and visiting South Africa next month. “I am not saying that Morocco should pull out of the bid, I am saying that FIFA must make their minds up on an objective basis… ” When FIFA officials and organizing committee representatives asked the player to apologize, they were insulted and then physically assaulted by the club officials and their bodyguards, the statement continued. Vasco won the match 2-1 to advance to the final of the competition, but lost that match on penalties to Corinthians. HIDDINK REPLACES GRIGUOL AT BETIS Dutch coach Guus Hiddink is back in Spanish football after taking over at struggling Real Betis from Argentine Carlos Timoteo Griguol, who stood down by mutual agreement on Monday evening. The 53-year-old former Dutch national coach was sacked by Real Madrid early in 1999 after six months in the job. Betis, who once paid a world record transfer fee for Brazilian Denilson, currently lie 16th in the Primera Liga. Hiddink will be the club’s seventh coach since 1996. AUTHORITIES CRACK DOWN ON EXTREME FANS Italian authorities will be able to suspend games if supporters unfurl banners containing racist slogans, interior minister Enzo Bianco has said.

World Soccer : 2 Talents Feel the Tug of Their Roots
International Herald Tribune – Jan 26, 2000
Kuffour, the strong Ghanaian defender who wept so openly when the UEFA Champions Cup was snatched from Bayern Munich last May, has been denied a dollars 20 million move to Fiorentina. But he was allowed to play in the so-called Nations Cup with good grace. Bayern's president, Franz Beckenbauer, is a guest at the tournament and is seeking African votes for Germany's 2006 World Cup bid. England is after those votes too, but Nigeria had to fight tooth and nail to bring home Kanu, the Arsenal forward. There was a tug of war between club and country until Arsenal, warned that FIFA has the power to ban players who refuse the call to national duty, backed down. Poor Kanu: He watched from afar as Arsenal was knocked out of the English cup for want of a goalscorer. "I wanted to be there, to help Arsenal in every game," he said… He was barely 15 when he emerged with the 1991 team and was spirited away to Torino in Italy. The experiment did not do much for Kuffour or the other two adolescents lured by the lire. But how could the boys' families refuse? Reminiscing the other day, Kuffour recalled telling his mother at the age of 13 that he did not want to go to school; he wanted to play football. "I was invited to the national school," he said, "but I had no boots and there was no help from anywhere. " His mother sold the only luxury they had, a small black-and-white television, to buy the shoes. When the team Kuffour played for won an important match he received a bonus and, presto, his mother was able to buy back the TV. This is the player whose strength often looked wild.

Sports News of Saturday, 5 February 2000
ghanaweb.com – Feb 5, 2000
Samuel Osei Kufour, deputy skipper of the Stars who plies his trade in Bayern Munich in Germany apologised to Ghanaians, especially his fans in Kumasi for the loss to the Elephants. He promised that he and his colleagues would atone for the dismal performance on Sunday. He, like Ayew, called on football fans in Kumasi and its environs to fill the stadium on Sunday to cheer the Stars on to victory. Meanwhile Kotoko fans have assured the Stars of their unflinching support in the match against the Bafana Bafana. The Director of operations of Kotoko, Mr Jarvis Peprah, has assured the Stars of his efforts to mobilise Kotoko fans to fill the stadium and expressed the confidence that the Stars would emerge victorious. On their part, the South Africa who are seriously in contention to stage the 2006 World Cup have intensified their campaign for massive support from fans, not only in terms of slogans and buntings all over the place, but also they keep on interacting with the people. Yesterday morning they visited some selected schools to interact with the children… Meanwhile Kotoko fans have assured the Stars of their unflinching support in the match against the Bafana Bafana. The Director of operations of Kotoko, Mr Jarvis Peprah, has assured the Stars of his efforts to mobilise Kotoko fans to fill the stadium and expressed the confidence that the Stars would emerge victorious. On their part, the South Africa who are seriously in contention to stage the 2006 World Cup have intensified their campaign for massive support from fans, not only in terms of slogans and buntings all over the place, but also they keep on interacting with the people. Yesterday morning they visited some selected schools to interact with the children. The schools include the Ridge International School and an orphanage. pattern of play of their opponents to enable him adopt the appropriate strategy for Sunday?s encounter. Kwame Ayew, a key figure in the Stars team, also expressed similar sentiments and urged Ghanaians to forget quickly the Stars? disappointing performance against the Elephants of Cote d? Ivoire.

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