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March 21, 2001

Ethiopia back in the spotlight

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The News Review:

* Africans determined to host Finals
* Cup award brings dangers to avoid
* Showy Blatter has got to go
* Ethiopia back in the spotlight
* The Mercenary from Holland
* BOPA Daily News Archive

Africans determined to host Finals
BBC News – Mar 16, 2001
Jordaan, who was bitterly critical of the decision to award the 2006 event to Germany, said: “We have already proved that we are fully capable. The whole world knows that. Morocco went out in the first round of voting for the 2006 World Cup – their fourth attempt at hosting. Joint bid

But Morocco Football Federation official Said Belkhayat, also a member of the Confederation of African Football, did not rule out a joint bid with another North African country to boost his nation’s chances. ”

Tunisia also supported a joint bid, with federation chairman Khaled Sanchou saying two or three neighbouring countries could work together, if that was the only way to meet Fifa’s criteria of producing a viable bid.

Cup award brings dangers to avoid
BBC News – Mar 18, 2001
The first inkling of the executive committee decision came on the Fifa
website. It was made clear that the principle of rotating the hosting
of the World Cup between the different continental confederations had been
accepted – and that Africa would be first to start the proceedings in 2010. On Friday, though, we had to sweat through the press conference in Zurich
where Fifa president Sepp Blatter did not come out and categorically confirm
what his press people had put on the internet.

Showy Blatter has got to go – Mar 12, 2001
Events over the past week in Busan, South Korea, where. A bonfire must be lit under Blatter’s vanities… He has helped bring the World Cup to the Orient in 2002. Now is the time to accelerate this development, actually to award the finals to Africa in 2010 and, more immediately, appoint as president someone such as Chung,.

Ethiopia back in the spotlight
BBC News – Mar 18, 2001
Hotel facilities are available, with first class accommodation in some government and privately owned lodging. Finishing touches

Facilities for journalists had not been planned in advance, but the press will be able to work from the Economic Commission for Africa building which is walking distance from the stadium. All the eight teams have been offered practice pitches just outside the city and security has been beefed up, although crime is not prevalent in Ethiopia. As the final finishing touches have been taking place during the week, fans turned out in their numbers to watch the work in progress. Last week, work in and around the stadium was completed, and a general cleaning programme in the vicinity of the ground. It took the organisers some two months to get everything ready, despite the fact that Caf awarded the tournament to Ethiopia three years ago. The eight teams have arrived to begin battle, not only for the trophy, but also for the four places to the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina in June.

The Mercenary from Holland
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Mar 17, 2001
Earlier, in the first round of the same competition, Nigeria had lost to the Samba boys. For a while, almost everybody felt that it would be difficult to break the Brazilian jinx in Nigerian soccer. But in the semi-final, Nigeria came from 1-3 goals down to level up. And went ahead to send the Brazilians packing through a memorable golden goal scored by Nwankwo Kanu, then captain of the team… But from “wobbling and fumbling”, faltering and falling which have characterised the Super Eagles in recent times, it has become apparent, even to the most fanatical and passionate of Bonfrere’s supporters, that Nigeria probably over-rated the technical adviser. In looking for a coach to replace Bora Milutinovic after France ’98, Nigeria gave as condition, that the technical adviser must be a world class coach. It is depressing that with just four matches to go, Nigeria is trailing Liberia and Sudan in Group B. With both countries having nine points each, Nigeria is left with seven points. The most depressing is the dismal performance of the team last Sunday in Accra, Ghana against the Black Stars, Ghana’s national team. The Ghanaians had given up on the 2002 world Cup ticket.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Mar 16, 2001
Daily News does not publish on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Please email your comments to. bwFrom 6 July 2006, a graphic version of current edition is availableat the… Will that be the last kicks of a Zebra?Still reeling from the shock departure of head coach Heinz Marotzke and the seemingly “fruitless” search for a winning team, many soccer lovers do not know exactly what to expect. ?But soccer pundits will be watching whether the Malawi game will be a turning point or sound the death knell for the Zebras. Already knocked out of the African Nations Cup and the World Cup qualifying games, the Saturday ?clash against Malawi presents the Zebras with the only chance to redeem themselves and restore our pride as a soccer nation. The Zebras have a poor record of having never gone past the quarterfinals of the COSAFA Castle Cup since its inception and have in recent years lost to South Africa and Malawi. ?Mozambique also beat them 3-1 over the past weekend during the four-nation tournament, which involved Lesotho and Swaziland. The Marotzke saga also raised ?many question because only a short while back, after being appointed head coach, he called for a positive attitude towards local football, referring to Botswana as “my love”. “There is pressure as we prepare for this game.

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