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January 5, 2004

President to help Gambia

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The News Review:

* Sports Features of Tuesday, 30 December 2003
* Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
* Why we need to kick-start plans for a new stadium
* President to help Gambia
* 2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GROUP BETTING ODDS NEWS
* ESPN.com – NCF – Recap
* New kit deal for Warriors
* But in FIFA, It’s A Different Ball Game
* 2004 World Sport Calendar
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 30 December 2003
* – Contingency plans underway if Sven-Goran Eriksson leaves after Euro…
* SOCCER: 2003 – the good and the bad
* Thom avoids Berlin burden

Sports Features of Tuesday, 30 December 2003
ghanaweb.com – Dec 30, 2003
But the decision taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and approved by FIFA to merge the 2006 Nations Cup and 2006 World Cup qualifiers is threatening to ruin small football nations throughout the continent. The thirty countries which qualified from the preliminary series have been placed in five groups of six after the World Cup draw in Germany two weeks ago. The winner of each group will qualify for the 2006 World Cup, while the top three in each group qualify for the 2006 Nations Cup. The twenty-two countries that failed to reach the crucial group stage will be without competitive international football for nearly three years, because of the decision to merge the qualifiers. Some of the fine football nations affected by this decision are Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
Chosun Ilbo – Dec 30, 2003
Hong believes that mastering English is the first step towards making his dream of becoming the president of FIFA a reality. After learning English, he plans to then spend two or three years in England and other European countries studying soccer. Some say that Hong could eventually become a football administrator after establishing himself as a leader in the game, like 2006 World Cup organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer. He said that he wants to become the best at whatever he does, and to do so requires strenuous effort. He added that whatever path he chooses, he??ll do his best to not let the citizens of Korea down. Hong is leaving Korea on Jan. 3 to take part in a farewell game for Japanese football great Masami Ihara, 36, to be held on Jan.

Why we need to kick-start plans for a new stadium
Irish Independent – Jan 3, 2004
Now, not only has Ireland’s joint bid with Scotland been scuppered, we also face the humiliating prospect of playing our home games for the World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign abroad. Instead of entertaining 1998 World Cup champions France in Dublin, it looks like Brian Kerr’s men will have to play Henry, Zidane et al in Britain. FIFA, football’s world governing body, has insisted that temporary seating on the terraces at Lansdowne Road cannot be used. Banning fans at the Havelock Square and Lansdowne Road ends cuts the capacity to a paltry 22,000. FAI chief executive Fran Rooney says it is more preferable to play in a large stadium outside Ireland than in a ground with such a reduced capacity.

President to help Gambia
BBC News – Jan 4, 2004
Jammeh says his government trying to get the best coaches for The Gambia to try and help the Scorpions qualify for the 2010 World Cup. “With the right attitude from the fans and everyone in football we could go further and make the country proud of its football,” he said. The President is talking about trying to get foreign coaches for the under-20 and under-17 squads as well as the national team. Jammeh however also renewed his controversial call for no football to be played during the rainy season. “Let’s play football all the way to June, but when the rainy season comes let’s concentrate on the really ‘big match’ – farming,” Jammeh added. Jammeh’s comments come after the Football Association of Gambia decided to disband the national team, following the Scorpions’ failure to reach the group stages of the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying… Jammeh however also renewed his controversial call for no football to be played during the rainy season. “Let’s play football all the way to June, but when the rainy season comes let’s concentrate on the really ‘big match’ – farming,” Jammeh added. Jammeh’s comments come after the Football Association of Gambia decided to disband the national team, following the Scorpions’ failure to reach the group stages of the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying. That decision came just days after the association sacked The Gambia’s entire coaching staff, including manager Sang Ndong. Instead the GFA will direct its energies towards building a new national team through youth football teams, academies and restructuring the local league. The executive committee has also said it will restructure the under-17, under-20 and under-23 teams, although those teams will continue.

2006 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GROUP BETTING ODDS NEWS
Readabet.com – Jan 1, 2004
attachEvent(“onload”, resizeCaller) else window. “A draw and a win from their first two away games is a decent start and they look to have far too much strength in-depth for anyone in this group,” he said. “It was never going to be easy in Poland and there won’t be many other sides who get maximum points there. “We didn’t have too many doubts beforehand about them winning their section but they look like practical certainties to top this weak looking group now… “A draw and a win from their first two away games is a decent start and they look to have far too much strength in-depth for anyone in this group,” he said. “It was never going to be easy in Poland and there won’t be many other sides who get maximum points there. “We didn’t have too many doubts beforehand about them winning their section but they look like practical certainties to top this weak looking group now.

ESPN.com – NCF – Recap
ESPN – Dec 31, 2003
Clemens completed 32 of 43 passes for three touchdownsand one interception. “That was a whale of a football game and I figured it would godown to the team that had the ball last,” Oregon coach MikeBellotti said. “I’m very proud of Clemens. He played very welltoday, but can play better. He is the kind of young man that canmake a difference on a team.

New kit deal for Warriors
BBC News – Dec 30, 2003
Zimbabwe will play other teams that are sponsored by L-Sporto, including El Salvador, Jamaica, Colombia and Uruguay. In 2002 negotiations between L-Sporto and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) fell through over the requirement that the GFA buy jerseys from L-Sporto. A deal with Kenya in 2002 was also unsuccessful for the same reason, but L-Sporto had a four-year deal with Zambia that ended in 2001… Zimbabwe will play other teams that are sponsored by L-Sporto, including El Salvador, Jamaica, Colombia and Uruguay. In 2002 negotiations between L-Sporto and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) fell through over the requirement that the GFA buy jerseys from L-Sporto. A deal with Kenya in 2002 was also unsuccessful for the same reason, but L-Sporto had a four-year deal with Zambia that ended in 2001.

But in FIFA, It’s A Different Ball Game
Pacific Magazine – Jan 1, 2004
Our reputation is already on the brinks of collapse. "
The former Tongan journalist and media manager has a very personal experience
of what he’s talking about. In September 2003, a special meeting of the
Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in Auckland purported to sack him
as a FIFA executive committee member and in his place, the meeting elected
Sahu Khan. The cause of OFC’s action? FIFA’s decision to withdraw Oceania’s one
place direct entry to the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Members, especially Fiji’s Sahu Khan accused Fusimalohi of failing to
put up a strong case for Oceania and called for his removal. Fusimalohi’s purported removal and replacement by Sahu Khan has however
been nullified by FIFA, noting that Fusimalohi is an executive of FIFA
and it is the world body that will decide on the matter, not OFC. Rugby playing nations in the region will only hope the IRB won’t use
FIFA as a case in point to prove that the status quo need not change urgently,
that island nations just lack the maturity and discipline to become an
active world player… "
The former Tongan journalist and media manager has a very personal experience
of what he’s talking about. In September 2003, a special meeting of the
Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in Auckland purported to sack him
as a FIFA executive committee member and in his place, the meeting elected
Sahu Khan. The cause of OFC’s action? FIFA’s decision to withdraw Oceania’s one
place direct entry to the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Members, especially Fiji’s Sahu Khan accused Fusimalohi of failing to
put up a strong case for Oceania and called for his removal. Fusimalohi’s purported removal and replacement by Sahu Khan has however
been nullified by FIFA, noting that Fusimalohi is an executive of FIFA
and it is the world body that will decide on the matter, not OFC. Rugby playing nations in the region will only hope the IRB won’t use
FIFA as a case in point to prove that the status quo need not change urgently,
that island nations just lack the maturity and discipline to become an
active world player. Fusimalohi believes those behind his removal had motives other than what
they have publicly stated.

2004 World Sport Calendar
SI.com – Dec 31, 2003
India, fourth test
2-6 — Cape Town, South Africa — cricket, South Africa vs. West Indies, third test
3 — Klagenfurt, Austria — snowboarding, World Cup
3 — Newcastle, England — athletics, cross country Grand Prix
3 — Auckland, New Zealand — cricket, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, first one-day international
3-4 — Flachau, Austria — skiing, men, Alpine World Cup, slalom, giant slalom
3-10 — Perth, Australia — tennis, Hopman Cup
3-10 — Oberhof, Germany — luge, 39th European championships, Artificial track
4 — Schonach, Germany — skiing, Nordic Combined World Cup
4 — Innsbruck, Germany — skiing, ski-jumping World Cup
4 — New Orleans — college football, Sugar Bowl
4-5 — Megeve, France — skiing, women, Alpine World Cup, slalom, super-G
4-6 — Grand Parry, Canada — luge, World Cup, natural track
5-6 — Bad Gastein, Austria — snowboarding, World Cup
5-10 — Gold Coast, Australia — tennis, WTA Tour, Uncle Toby’s Hardcourts
5-10 — Adelaide, Australia — tennis, ATP Tour, AAPT Championships
5-10 — Chennai, India — tennis, ATP Tour, TATA Open
5-10 — Doha, Qatar — tennis, ATP Tour, Qatar Exxon Mobil Open
5-10 — Leipzig, Germany — volleyball, European Olympic qualification, men (Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, France) and women (Russia, Poland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey)
5-15 — various sites– baseball, Major League Baseball salary arbitration filing
6 — Falun, Sweden — skiing, cross-country World Cup
6 — Bischofshofen, Austria — skiing, ski-jumping World Cup
6 — New York — baseball, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voting announced
7 — Queenstown, New Zealand — cricket, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, second one-day international
7-8 — Les Contamines, Quebec — skiing, freestyle World Cup
7-11 — Poklijuka, Slovenia — biathlon, World Cup
8-11 — Gomel, Belarus — ice hockey, Continental Cup, Super Final
8-18 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — field hockey, 12th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (Australia, Germany, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Spain)
9 — Melbourne, Australia — cricket, Australia vs… India, VB Series one-day international
9-11 — Oberperfuss, Austria — luge, second Intercontinental Cup, natural track
10 — Christchurch, New Zealand — cricket, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, third one-day international
9-11 — Beijing, China — speedskating, World Junior Short-Track Championships
9-11 — Heerenveen, Netherlands — speedskating, European Championships
10 — Belfast, Northern Ireland — athletics, cross country Grand Prix
10-11 — Chamonix, France — skiing, men, Alpine World Cup, downhill, slalom, combined
10-11 — Veysonnaz, Switzerland — skiing, women, Alpine Wold Cup, downhill, super-G
10-11 — Alpe d’Huez, France — snowboarding, World Cup
10-11 — Otepaa, Estonia — skiing, cross-country World Cup
10-11 — Seefeld, Austria — skiing, Nordic Combined World Cup
10-11 — Tremblant, Quebec — skiing, freestyle World Cup
10-11 — Liberec, Czech Republic — skiing, ski-jumping World Cup
11 — Pozza de Fassa, Italy — skiing, freestyle World Cup
11 — Sydney, Australia — cricket, Australia vs. Zimbabwe, VB Series one-day international
11 — Orlando, Florida — athletics, Disney World Marathon
11-18 — Manila, Philippines — boxing, Asian Olympic qualifying
12-17 — various sites, Australia — sailing, Sail Melbourne
12-17 — Auckland, New Zealand — tennis, WTA Tour, ASB Classic
12-17 — Sydney, Australia — tennis, WTA Tour, Adidas International
12-17 — Hobart, Australia — tennis, WTA Tour, Moorilla Tasmanian International
12-17 — Sydney, Australia — tennis, ATP Tour, Adidas International
12-17 — Auckland, New Zealand — tennis, ATP Tour, Heineken Open
13-14 — Stockholm, Sweden — swimming, World Cup
13-14 — Turin, Italy — Olympic Games, IOC Coordination Commission for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
13-19 — Sendai, Japan — basketball, women’s Asian championship, Olympic qualification
14 — Napier, New Zealand — cricket, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, one-day international
14 — Hobart, Australia — cricket, India vs. Zimbabwe, VB Series one-day international
14-19 — Ruhpolding, Germany — biathlon, World Cup
15-18 — Honolulu — golf, PGA Tour, Sony Open
15-18 — Cape Town, South Africa — golf, PGA European Tour, South African Open
15-22 — Casablanca, Morocco — boxing, African Olympic qualifying
16 — Hobart, Australia — cricket, Australia vs. Zimbabwe, VB Series one-day international
16-17 — Strbske Pleso, Slovakia — skiing, Nordic Combined World Cup
16-17 — Arosa, Switzerland — snowboarding, World Cup
16-17 — LaPlagne, France — bobsled, men, World Cup
16-18 — Zoetermeer, Netherlands — speedskating, European Short-Track Championships
16-18 — Cortina d’Ampezzo — Italy — skiing, women, Alpine World Cup, downhill (2), super-G
16-18 — Lake Placid, New York — skiing, freestyle World Cup
16-18 — Jesenice, Slovenia — luge, third Intercontinental Cup, natural track
16-18 — Garmisch, Germany — luge, World Cup, natural track
16-18 — Athens — judo, Judo Open 2004, Pre-Olympic tournament
16-20 — Centurion, South Africa — cricket, South Africa vs. West Indies, fourth test
17 — Laax, Switzerland — skiing, freestyle World Cup
17 — Wellington, New Zealand — New Zealand v.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 30 December 2003
ghanaweb.com – Dec 30, 2003
The match is slated for the June 4-6, 2004 weekend at Kampala’s Nelson Mandela National stadium. Other teams in the Group Two are South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Fasso and Cape Verde. According to the fixtures released this week by the African Football Confederation, Uganda will also wind up the qualifiers at home against Burkina Fasso over the October 7-8, 2005 weekend. The last time Uganda played DRC was in 1991 in the qualifiers for the Senegal 1992 Nations Cup finals… The match is slated for the June 4-6, 2004 weekend at Kampala’s Nelson Mandela National stadium. Other teams in the Group Two are South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Fasso and Cape Verde. According to the fixtures released this week by the African Football Confederation, Uganda will also wind up the qualifiers at home against Burkina Fasso over the October 7-8, 2005 weekend. The last time Uganda played DRC was in 1991 in the qualifiers for the Senegal 1992 Nations Cup finals. Uganda lost the first leg, in Kinshasa, 0-1 but managed to win the return 2 – 1 in Kampala. The Cranes almost made it to the finals but failed to register the required win over Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. On their part, Kenya under tactician Reinhardt Fabisch became the only East African side to make it to the Senegal finals.

– Contingency plans underway if Sven-Goran Eriksson leaves after Euro…
Calcutta Telegraph – Dec 30, 2003
While the FA?s ambition in seeking to recruit the most respected coach in European football is admirable, many obstacles lie in their way. A principled man not given to breaking contracts, Hitzfeld?s Bayern deal expires in 2005 with talks on a one-year extension expected next spring. The feeling in Germany is that Hitzfeld wants to succeed Rudi V?ller as Germany coach after the 2006 World Cup finals. Other problems for the FA include Hitzfeld?s poor grasp of English. The FA would also need to gauge domestic reaction to a German managing England. Hitzfeld?s nationality is less of an issue to Palios, who simply wants to recruit the best, while England?s players would be presented with the opportunity of working with an accomplished coach feted by their own club managers. The big wish within Soho Square is for Eriksson to commit himself to England long-term; if he signed the new deal on the eve of the squad departing for Euro 2004 it would give the players a huge fillip.

SOCCER: 2003 – the good and the bad
U.TV – UTV – Dec 30, 2003
Brockville was adjudged to be unfit for top-flight games and the club`s promise to share a home with Airdrie United was rejected by the SPL, who felt the Bairns would not have first say on fixtures – begging the question what will the top flight make of Hearts` move to the home of Scottish rugby where RBS 6 Nations matches and autumn Tests are played?So what will 2004 bring?We can only hope for good news at Dundee from administrator Tom Burton and for smaller clubs scrabbling in the lower reaches of the Scottish Football League. A new name on a domestic trophy? Probably not, but rely on Hibernian, Livingston and Dundee to give it their best in the CIS Cup. A solid start to the World Cup 2006 campaign will be a welcome bonus, but with Italy, Slovenia and Norway all lying in wait for Vogts and his team, much will depend on the order of games. McLeish will be left with the League Cup for a third successive year with the Scottish Cup set to be battled out between Celtic and Hearts in May. The Hoops have virtually re-claimed the title and only a collapse of epic proportions can deny O`Neill his third crown in four seasons – but will he be around for a fifth?2004.

Thom avoids Berlin burden
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 4, 2004
While many others would have jumped at the chance to take over the tumbling giant, Thom, a calm and media-shy character who completed his Bundesliga coaching licence only four months previously, had to be convinced to accept the challenge. Hertha have grown faster than any other team since they regained Bundesliga status in 1997. They have played in Europe ever since and invested heavily in the team and their surroundings, turning the outdated Olympic stadium into a state-of-the-art venue to host the World Cup final in 2006. But all their success did little to please the demanding German capital, who felt their Old Lady — Hertha is a girl’s name and a boat after which the club was named — should already be able to challenge the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich… The 1997 Coca-Cola Cup is the only trophy he won in Scotland. The striker, born in Rudersdorf in east Germany, still feels that he played a role in paving the way for the re-emergence of Celtic as a serious competitor in European football. “Scottish football changed a lot when I joined Celtic. More and more foreigners came to the Old Firm and the traditional style was replaced. We had Pierre van Hooijdonk, Paolo di Canio and Larsson and the level of football certainly improved. ” Thom never filled the headlines as Paul Gascoigne did, and he always ensured that his private life remained private. “I don’t have any anecdotes for my four kids to tell about me and Gazza strolling round the pubs in Glasgow,” Thom smiles.

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