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April 16, 2004

Holland backs Keane return

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The News Review:

* Cameroon docked World Cup qualifying points
* 2010: Khoza woos Africa
* Keane available for Ireland again
* Holland backs Keane return
* DR Congo chase Porto winger
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ghana elects new FA chairman
* Mali set to name new coach
* Mad Brit Diary Edu whines his way to Brazilian call-up.
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* JJB Sports blames weather for speeding sales decline
* Jhulan back in Indian squad
* Summit Daily News for Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper and Frisco…
* Draw made for Lagos tournament
* Capriati loses, Serena withdraws

Cameroon docked World Cup qualifying points
BBC News – Apr 16, 2004
Fifa has docked the Cameroon national team six points from their 2006 World Cup qualifying group as punishment for wearing a one-piece kit during the 2004 Cup of Nations. Fifa say their rules only permit the use of jersey and shorts that can be worn separately. Football’s world governing body also fined the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) US$86,000. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee at Fifa headquarters in Zurich on Friday… Fifa has docked the Cameroon national team six points from their 2006 World Cup qualifying group as punishment for wearing a one-piece kit during the 2004 Cup of Nations. Fifa say their rules only permit the use of jersey and shorts that can be worn separately. Football’s world governing body also fined the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) US$86,000. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee at Fifa headquarters in Zurich on Friday. ‘The punishment was imposed as a result of Cameroon’s failure to comply with the equipment requirements of Law 4 of the Lwas of the Game during the Game during the African Cup of Nations 2004 in Tunisia,” a Fifa statement said. Fifa added that it had shown leniency at the time for Cameroon’s attire in the group stages as Fecafoot had given assurances that the Indomitable Lions would wear authorised playing kit in the knock-out phases. Cameroon failed to do this once they progressed from Group C.

2010: Khoza woos Africa
Independent Online – Apr 15, 2004
“But I think like any team before a big game, you have to go into camp to make sure all the players are focused. There are one or two critical areas that need to be finalised. ”

These include getting the unified vote of Africa, according to Khoza, something South Africa did achieve when they were bidding for World Cup 2006. “We got two votes in the first round and four in the second,” recalled Khoza. “We need to maintain those four votes. ”

There are four Africans on the Fifa executive again this time, but their unified vote is far from guaranteed. Caf president Issa Hayatou, for example, has long been rumoured to be backing Morocco, though his decision to appoint Safa president Molefi Oliphant as his vice president in February, made some wonder as to whether he has changed his tune.

Keane available for Ireland again
The Age – Apr 14, 2004
But the United skipper met with current Republic manager Brian Kerr last week where it is understood he made clear he wanted to play international football again. In February Keane hinted he was contemplating a comeback to the Republic’s colours. “I have always said I have missed international football – but then felt it was important to move on,” Keane explained. “But part of me has always said that I had unfinished business and it will always be that way. “Ireland are due to begin their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup Finals in September against Cyprus… “I have always said I have missed international football – but then felt it was important to move on,” Keane explained. “But part of me has always said that I had unfinished business and it will always be that way. “Ireland are due to begin their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup Finals in September against Cyprus. userAgent; if (agt.

Holland backs Keane return
BBC News – Apr 16, 2004
Manchester United skipper Keane announced his return to the Ireland scene earlier this week after two years in international exile. “Roy’s one of the best players that Ireland has ever produced,” Holland told BBC One’s Football Focus. “With him in the side we have certainly got a bigger chance of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. ”

Holland was part of the Republic of Ireland squad Keane walked out on after a row with then boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup. He said: “It was a shame the way things turned out. But Roy made his decision then to do what he did and has made his decision now to come back.

DR Congo chase Porto winger
BBC News – Apr 14, 2004
The Kinshasa-born player is a Portuguese under-21 international but could switch allegiance under new Fifa rules because he has not played for Portugal’s senior side. The Fifa rules state that a footballer capped at junior level can represent another country at senior level, but only as long as he possesses dual nationality and makes the request to change nationality under the age of 21. Yet football’s world governing body has waived the age limit until October, allowing Bosingwa, who will turn 22 in August, to make the switch should he so desire. The winger, who has been a bit part player this season for FC Porto as they march towards the Portuguese league title and a place in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals, has been named in a pre-selection list of players by DR Congo for their World Cup campaign… Yet football’s world governing body has waived the age limit until October, allowing Bosingwa, who will turn 22 in August, to make the switch should he so desire. The winger, who has been a bit part player this season for FC Porto as they march towards the Portuguese league title and a place in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals, has been named in a pre-selection list of players by DR Congo for their World Cup campaign. On Wednesday, the Congolese football federation Fecafoot released a list of 56 players who will be considered for selection for the qualifiers, which start in June.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ghana elects new FA chairman
BBC News – Apr 15, 2004

Tamakloe is taking charge of Ghanaian football at a crucial time, with the national team suffering one of the worst periods in its history. Meanwhile, clubs are uncertain when this year’s domestic league will start as the GFA struggles to fix it into a busy schedule. With the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers due to start in June, Tamakloe said an immediate goal will be to make the national team attractive to Ghanaian players. “We need a wide pool (of players) to replace the arrogant and undisciplined players who hold the nation to ransom at the least opportunity,” he said. “It is about time we made footballers realise that playing for Ghana is an honour and not a right. ”

Tamakloe is a prominent politician in Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party but he assured that he will be able to separate his GFA duties from party activities. “No football grouping is an extension of any political party.

Mali set to name new coach
BBC News – Apr 16, 2004
It is believed the Mali-born French international Jean Tigana, who is currently in Bamako, was instrumental in persuading the FMF to take a chance on Moizan. Tigana played with Moizan for France in the early 1980s. Moizan will be expected to lead Mali past Senegal into the 2006 World Cup finals. Mali are in Group 1 of the combined 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying along with Senegal, Liberia, Zambia, Congo and Togo. The Eagles’ first qualifying game is on 6 June against Liberia in Monrovia.

Mad Brit Diary Edu whines his way to Brazilian call-up.
SoccerTimes – Apr 16, 2004
The 32-year-old midfielder had a bust-up with former manager Mick McCarthy, who sent Ireland’s captain home in 2002. Keane met with Ireland’s new coach Brian Kerr and says he wants to return to action for his country. Ireland’s World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign begins September 4 against Cyprus. Who’s number one?Arsenal’s French striker Thierry Henry is a strong favorite to claim the Professional Football Assoctaion’s “Player Of The Year” award in England for a second year running. Henry who has scored 25 league goals this season is one of the six Premier League players nominated for this season’s award. The others are: Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Jay-Jay Okaocha (Bolton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), FrankLampard (Chelsea) and Alan Shearer (Newcastle). The Mad Brit thinks Lampard will win this one.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Apr 14, 2004
‘I am honoured’The 43-year-old agreed a four-year contract with the Turkish Football Association (TFF) today. “I am honoured to be appointed to such a prestigious job,” said Yanal. “I will work to take Turkish football to the place where it should be in the world. We are especially thinking about the 2006 [FIFA] World Cup qualifiers. ”
Local knowledgeTFF president Haluk Ulusoy was delighted to have found a Turkish coach capable of taking on the job, saying: “I always favoured a local coach. I believe in Yanal’s footballing mentality, his personality and friendship. With the national team, your officials and technical staff should be compatible with each other.

JJB Sports blames weather for speeding sales decline
Guardian Unlimited – Apr 15, 2004
“Summer T-shirts and shorts are one of the major areas of decline – the weather last year was much nicer,” said chief executive Tom Knight. “Also there was a slight decline in football replica kits, because last year England had just qualified [for the European football championship] and had a new shirt. ” Sales of tracksuit bottoms and winter coats are up, according to Mr Knight. The benefits of the Rugby World Cup win were felt last year and would tail off this year, he said. Part-time director and senior partner of law firm DLA Roger Lane-Smith sold a chunk of his shares in JJB Sports yesterday after the publication of the figures, making a £44,000 gross profit. He sold his stock at 291p, but the price fell back further in the day, ending down 28… “Also there was a slight decline in football replica kits, because last year England had just qualified [for the European football championship] and had a new shirt. ” Sales of tracksuit bottoms and winter coats are up, according to Mr Knight. The benefits of the Rugby World Cup win were felt last year and would tail off this year, he said. Part-time director and senior partner of law firm DLA Roger Lane-Smith sold a chunk of his shares in JJB Sports yesterday after the publication of the figures, making a £44,000 gross profit. He sold his stock at 291p, but the price fell back further in the day, ending down 28.

Jhulan back in Indian squad
Calcutta Telegraph – Apr 16, 2004
He was sidelined for most of the winter and only earned his place back in the team after Mali?s Mahammadou Diarra left to play in the African Nations Cup. Dhorasoo, who has two France caps, signed for Lyon in 1998 from Le Havre and spent a season on loan at Girondins Bordeaux in 2001-2002. Bolivia sack Acosta

La Paz: Ramiro Blacut took over as coach of Bolivia for the third time and said he was confident his team still had a chance of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. The 60-year-old replaced Chilean Nelson Acosta, who was fired last week following a 0-2 home defeat by Chile in a World Cup qualifier. The defeat left Bolivia bottom of the single South American group with three points from five matches. Acosta resigned after a difficult nine months in charge in which he clashed with local club directors over the release of players and complained that Bolivian domestic football was too slow and uncompetitive. The defeat was an especially bitter blow as Bolivia traditionally depend heavily on the advantage of playing home matches in La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level… The 60-year-old replaced Chilean Nelson Acosta, who was fired last week following a 0-2 home defeat by Chile in a World Cup qualifier. The defeat left Bolivia bottom of the single South American group with three points from five matches. Acosta resigned after a difficult nine months in charge in which he clashed with local club directors over the release of players and complained that Bolivian domestic football was too slow and uncompetitive. The defeat was an especially bitter blow as Bolivia traditionally depend heavily on the advantage of playing home matches in La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level. Suspended sentence

Madrid: Celta Vigo midfielder Vagner has been given a seven-month suspended prison sentence by a court and fined $4,275 for resisting arrest. The 31-year-old Brazil-born player had been convicted over an incident in October 2001 before a match against Valencia. The player, who had not been selected to play in the game, was stopped by two police officers as he drove towards the VIP parking area because he was talking on his mobile phone.

Summit Daily News for Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper and Frisco…
Summit Daily News – Apr 16, 2004
I know golf is tough, but you know, if you screw up with golf, you don’t break your leg. ”
Fleischer offered a different perspective. While he did agree with Viele that former World Cup skiers were primed to succeed in post-ski team pursuits, given their stiffened mental make-up, that didn’t necessarily mean they were happy. In his new trade as a skiing commentator for Outdoor Life Network, Fleischer said that he is excited about all of the opportunities ahead of him. He is also enjoying the freedom of not having his life scheduled out 10 months ahead of time, of not being regimented to a stack of plane tickets and training schedules. But, he says he knows others who don’t share his same ardor for life after their skiing careers have come to an end. “I was talking to a friend of mine who I skied with on the team almost my whole career, Craig Thrasher,” says Fleischer… ”

The nastiest of falls
Thrasher’s story illustrates an obstacle that all high-profile athletes face in retirement, not just skiers. Trying to fill a void that was once satisfied by intense competition and high risk is a tricky pursuit – one that can lead to the deepest of emotional ruts. In a study performed by Newsday on 1,425 former NFL players, 18 percent reported having severe emotional problems after retiring from football. While other sports didn’t have concrete numbers like the Newsday survey, there is a pile of evidence to suggest that the emotional stress of leaving competition can be too much for some athletes. One need look no further than the much-publicized plunges of former stars who have tarnished their legacies once their turn in the spotlight was over to see that life after (fill in the blank) can quickly go south. Skiing itself does not have a Pete Rose or a Jason Williams, but that doesn’t mean it never will. Rose admitted that he bet on baseball specifically because he was trying to get back some of the excitement that he missed from playing baseball.

Draw made for Lagos tournament
BBC News – Apr 16, 2004
All the games will be played in Lagos. On Thursday, Nigeria named a squad made up entirely of home-based players for the tournament. The three African teams are expected to use the competition as warm-up for the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers which get underway in June. Senegal have been drawn in Group 1, Libya in Group 3 and Nigeria in Group 4. The winners of the Lagos-based tournament are guaranteed 50,000 dollars prize money with the runners-up receiving 30,000 dollars. Kenya had been expected to feaeture in the tournament, but the confusion within their football federation seems to have ruled out their participation. Last year Nigeria won a similar tournament which included Cameroon, Ghana and Iran.

Capriati loses, Serena withdraws
pittsburghlive.com – Apr 16, 2004
Maurice Humphrey, of New Britain, Conn. , has been temporarily expelled from the university and faces criminal charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief. Northern Illinois gave football coach Joe Novak a three-year contract extension through 2007 yesterday. men’s soccer team will play Honduras in an exhibition game June 2, a final prep before qualifying begins for the 2006 World Cup. Copyright 2007 Associated Press… men’s soccer team will play Honduras in an exhibition game June 2, a final prep before qualifying begins for the 2006 World Cup. Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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