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May 1, 2004

Cameroon lifted by three awards

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The News Review:

* Morocco threatens to destroy 2010 dream
* Friendly match round-up
* Madiba, Tutu on a World Cup mission
* Cameroon lifted by three awards
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
* Maradona says he feared he would die
* Talking Football: Eriksson must see there’s life in the old job…
* Pressure mounts on Vogts as Scotland lose again
* Eriksson: I’m staying with England
* German coach offers no excuses after humiliating five-goal defeat
* Schafer criticises FIFA decision on Cameroon
* Kenya squad named
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Song and Kane share lead

Morocco threatens to destroy 2010 dream
Independent Online – Apr 30, 2004
When the vote is taken in Zurich next month by Fifa’s executive board, South African football rulers could well see themselves facing a repeat of the nightmare of 2000 when they lost the right to host the 2006 World Cup to Germany by a single vote. The decision stunned South Africa and when Fifa president Sepp Blatter promised that the 2010 World Cup would go to Africa, South Africa were quickly made firm favourites and expected to revenge the 2000 vote. ‘Morocco have been campaigning very, very hard and it seems to be paying off’Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are also vying for the 2010 World Cup but Fifa officials admit it is a two-way battle between South Africa and Morocco.

Friendly match round-up
BBC News – Apr 29, 2004
The Indomitable Lions were reduced to ten men eight minutes into the second half with Lucien Mettomo getting himself sent off. Berbatov doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 54th minute before Zdravko Lazarov completed the scoring just two minutes later. The match was part of Cameroon’s build-up to the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers where they are in a group with Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan and Benin. Cameroon are due to start that qualifying campaign with a six point deduction imposed by Fifa for wearing their controversial one-piece kit during the Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Cameroon are however appealing against the decision and hope to have the points reinstated before their opening game at home to Benin on 6 June. Beaten Cup of Nations finalists and World Cup host hopefuls Morocco narrowly lost 1-0 in Casablanca to former World Champions Argentina. Argentina dominated the game and deservedly went ahead in the 52nd minute with a close-range shot form Inter Milan’s Kily Gonzalez who pounced on a ball that goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri failed to control after a shot from Chelsea’s Hernan Crespo… Dagui Bakari of Lens then wrapped up the game with a strike in the 68th minute. World Cup quarter-finalists Senegal narrowly edged out their hosts French first division side Guingamp 1-0. Diomansy Kamara, who plays his football for Modena in Italy, won the game for the Teranga Lions with a goal two minutes before half-time. Ghana and Angola drew 1-1 in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium. After a goalless first half in which scoring chances were few, Angola took the lead 55 minutes into the second half through Fofana Domingos heading home a cross by Chino Alveida’s cross

Ghana came close to equalising when Godfred Yeboah’s long range effort came back off the crossbar and William Tiero headed goalwards only to see Angola goalkeeper Nuno make an acrobatic save. Nuno was however beaten by another header, this time from Abladey Morgan in the in the closing minutes of the game. Both coaches felt the game had served a vital purpose.

Madiba, Tutu on a World Cup mission
Independent Online – Apr 29, 2004
Head of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation, which helps children orphaned by Aids, Mandela is scheduled to visit a home for children living with HIV and Aids in Trinidad on Thursday and meet with government leaders before talking with soccer officials in Grenada on Saturday and Sunday. Fifa has reserved the 2010 World Cup for an African country. The continent, which has never hosted the event, was angered when Germany beat South Africa for the 2006 tournament by one vote after a last-minute abstention by New Zealand’s delegate. The four other bidding nations are Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya. After some wrangling between the government and Concacaf officials, it was agreed that it would be Prime Minister Patrick Manning, and not the President of Concacaf and Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner, to greet Mandela and Tutu when their plane lands on Thursday afternoon.

Cameroon lifted by three awards
go.com – May 1, 2004
‘FIFA, please give us our six points (because) the situationis difficult for us,’ Schaefer said. The central African country face an uphill task when theybegin their qualifying campaign with a home match on June 6against Benin. The Ivory Coast, Angola, Libya and Sudan are alsoin the group from which only the top team will qualify for the2006 World Cup in Germany. Your views on this story?.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – Apr 30, 2004
0 Sat Feb 03 03:46:08 2007 –> McCarthy ruled out of Bafana’s World Cup qualifiers April 30, 2004, 07:45 Benni McCarthy, the in-form FC Porto forward, will not be considered for South Africa’s first two World Cup qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. According to a report in a Johannesburg daily newspaper Stuart Baxter, the Bafana Bafana coach, revealed after the overseas training camp held earlier this week, that no agreement had yet been reached with McCarthy, over his return to international football. Thus the FC Porto striker will probably miss the home game against the Cape Verde, as well as the all important away fixture in Ghana. Baxter has expressed his satisfaction with the camp held in Europe, and says he’s now looking forward to the local camp. McCarthy who is also the leading goal scorer in the Portuguese league, retired from international soccer before the cup of Nations citing a dispute between him and the South African Football Association.

Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Spartanburg Herald Journal – Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription… – May 1, 2004
Kluivert would once again enter EURO 2004 wearing the famous #9 jersey for his country. But it would be a tournament to forget, as a stubborn Dick Advocaat would not turn to Kluivert even once in the tournament — Kluivert would end up being the only member of the Dutch squad not to get even a single minute at EURO 2004. Apart from being left out of the 2006 World Cup squad by coach Marco van Basten, Kluivert was not called up to play in any of the qualifying games leading up to the World Cup either. This was partly due to the fact that he suffered persistent injuries which prevented him from playing for his club during the 05-06 season. The international career of Patrick Kluivert seems all but over now that Marco van Basten will continue to be the national team coach until Euro 2008. Kluivert remains the all-time leading goalscorer for the Dutch national team with 40 goals (as of 2006). Personal life

In 1997, Kluivert was charged with manslaughter following his involvement in a fatal car accident, to which he received community service and a driving ban.

Maradona says he feared he would die
San Diego Union Tribune – May 1, 2004
Mandela, 85, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, both Nobel Peace Prize winners, represented one of four African nations competing for the tournament. Representatives from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya will make similar pleas to officials this weekend at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) annual conference on the island of Grenada. South Africa is counting on Mandela's celebrity to win the World Cup bid. The country lost the 2006 bid to Germany by one vote. Gauchos stop BlitzNoel Musicha's goal in the 34th minute proved the difference as the San Diego Gauchos beat the visiting Utah Blitz 1-0 at Southwestern College. Outside defender Juan Nuñez assisted on the goal. The Gauchos (2-1), who outshot Utah 18-7, face the Blitz (0-1-2) tonight at 7 at Balboa Stadium.

Talking Football: Eriksson must see there’s life in the old job…
Telegraph.co.uk – May 1, 2004
Understudies like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Scott Parker hit the form of their lives. Why throw it all away now to oversee Juan Sebastian Veron’s underachievement at Chelsea?Where’s the sense, Sven? England possess the personnel to reach at least the last four of this summer’s Euro 2004; even Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s manager and a proud Scot, believes England’s team spirit could drive them to the podium in Portugal. Passage to the 2006 World Cup finals is hardly problematic. England are lucky to have Eriksson but he is also blessed. The players admire him, would run through brick walls for their calming guide. The fans adore the man who orchestrated defeats of Germany and Argentina, who put the pride back in the Three Lions. So, Sven, step past the irritating paparazzi on your doorstep, stroll through the beautiful parks that fringe your home, take a seat in that wonderful Greek restaurant you favour and ponder the myriad of positives as England’s head coach… Sadly all the smoke-signals puffing out of west London indicate a beacon burning to herald Eriksson’s arrival at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2004. Abramovich respects the coaching acumen of Eriksson, who comes highly recommended by Pini Zahavi, the agent and putative kingmaker who guided Eriksson through that front door. Many within football remain convinced this is a date that will blossom into serious commitment. Many of Chelsea’s recent signings boast Eriksson connections (Lazio or England). Eriksson misses the day-to-day contact with players, the rhythm of training-ground life. His career, particularly at Lazio, reveals a coach who loves building teams with constant recourse to the chequebook. But Abramovich must beware alienating those in thrall to England and Chelsea, a significant sub-plot to the “Eriksson for Chelsea” saga.

Pressure mounts on Vogts as Scotland lose again
4RFV – Apr 29, 2004
However, a 60th minute header from Denmark’s Ebbe Sand consigned Scotland to defeat in this Copenhagen friendly and put paid to any hopes of a revival in Scottish international football. Denmark, of course, are playing in this summer’s tournament something only Scotland can dream about having lost to Holland in the qualifying play-offs. Since then however defeats to the hands of Wales and Romania have led many to call for the manager’s head. Vogts tried to play on whatever plus points he could take from last night’s match… The Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, played out a 0-0 draw with Poland, one of Northern Ireland’s opponents alongside England and Wales in the forthcoming World Cup Qualifying campaign. The plus points for Brian Kerr’s men, who were missing several first team players including Roy and Robbie Keane, was Liam Miller and Andy Reid. Both men played some neat football with Miller having a great second half chance, however he snatched at it and put it over the bar. There were very few chances for either side in what was quite a dour game but it was a purposeful exercise for Irish manager who had a chance to try out some new faces. “I had 11 players who withdrew from the squad and another four or five who were not even available and they were quite near their best team,” said Kerr. “We had a team with a lot of young players with potential. “It wasn’t much of a game but the pitch was too grassy and the ball did not move well for either team.

Eriksson: I’m staying with England
Ananova – Apr 29, 2004
The England coach has reacted to speculation that he was ready to quit England in the summer for the chance to lead Roman Abramovich’s Stamford Bridge side. The Swede is adamant he has been made no offer other than the one from the Football Association to extend his contract with England. His current deal runs until after the 2006 World Cup finals, but the FA want Eriksson to sign up for a further two years. Eriksson wants to leave that decision until after this summer’s Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. “I am amazed and surprised every time this matter comes up because I have a contract until 2006,” said Eriksson. “I don’t have an offer to go anywhere else, and that’s the truth.

German coach offers no excuses after humiliating five-goal defeat
Expatica – Apr 29, 2004
We were really taken to the cleaners in the first half and there can be no excuse at all,” he said. Not since 1913 – when it crashed to a 6-2 defeat to Belgium – has a Germany team found itself losing by four goals at the break. Only a late consolation goal prevented a loss which would have been Germany’s worst for some 50 years – matching the 8-3 defeat to Hungary at the 1954 World Cup (which Germany later won by beating Hungary in the final). Germany, who had only been beaten once before by Romania, more than 36 years ago, suffered a similar 5-1 home thrashing by England in September 2001. But as Kicker sports magazine pointed out, the German team did at least play some football in that game against their old rivals in Munich. “The performance this time was far worse,” it said. For the three-time world champions and Euro 96 winners, the question now is: Where we do go from here? According to Hamburg’s daily Abendblatt the Germans can no longer be regarded as one of the world’s top nations ahead of the European Championships starting June 12 and just two years before the World Cup comes to Germany… But as Kicker sports magazine pointed out, the German team did at least play some football in that game against their old rivals in Munich. “The performance this time was far worse,” it said. For the three-time world champions and Euro 96 winners, the question now is: Where we do go from here? According to Hamburg’s daily Abendblatt the Germans can no longer be regarded as one of the world’s top nations ahead of the European Championships starting June 12 and just two years before the World Cup comes to Germany. “This was no debacle, no fiasco, it was the final destruction of a once-great footballing nation,” it wrote. Voeller, who had to compensate for some late injuries to key players, took much of the blame for picking a line-up with two midfielders in Carsten Ramelow and Jens Jeremies playing in central defensive roles. It prompted Voeller to admit he chose the wrong side, the wrong tactics and should have called up more replacements from the under-21 and Team 2006 squad. “It was a catastrophic performance especially in the first half.

Schafer criticises FIFA decision on Cameroon
SI.com – May 1, 2004
A high-ranking delegation has travelled to FIFA’s Zurich headquarters to appeal the case. Last week, Cameroon’s sports minister Bidoung Mkpatt became the first casualty of the affair, fired by the country’s President Paul Biya who Cameroon soccer officials said was furious at the setback. Cameroon Football Federation elections, which were expected to return Mohamed Iya to his post as president, have also been postponed on government instructions. The six-point deficit is a major blow for Cameroon’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for a fifth successive time. They are in a difficult group with Egypt and the Ivory Coast also serious contenders. Only the group winners qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Kenya squad named
BBC News – Apr 29, 2004
Six players have been axed while eight newcomers have been drafted into the squad due to begin training next week for the opening match against Guinea on 5 June in Nairobi. Veteran goalkeeper Francis Onyiso, Seychelles-based defender Moses Gikenyi and Issa Kassim have been left out of the squad while Japhet Waweru, John Muiruri and Walter Odede are all unavailable because of injury. All six were part of the Harambee Stars squad that played in the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Former national captain Nicholas Muyoti has been recalled while Ibrahim Saidi and Abdillai Mohammed have been brought in from the under-23 squad.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Apr 29, 2004
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… Chairman of the Zebras Supporters Club Maokaneng Maokaneng has told BOPA
that they are ready and keen to assist Botswana Football Association (BFA)
raise the necessary funds for the national squad. The BFA announced early this year that it was in dire financial straits and
that if funds were not secured on time, the Zebras may be forced to withdraw
from the World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying games that start in
June. However, Maokaneng who said they were equally shocked to hear that observed
that it would be a national embarrassment if the Zebras pulled out due to
lack of funds. He said they are a very strong supporters club with branches in South Africa
and Palapye, hence a number of their members have also shown keen interest
in helping BFA raise funds for the Zebras.

Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe
BBC News – May 1, 2004
The game was organised to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Gabon Air Disaster in which Zambia lost 18 players. Both sides were also using the match to prepare for their upcoming 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. The Zambian team, which included seven under-23 players, were unable to take advantage of playing at home and impose
themselves on proceedings. Zambia’s best chance of the first half was when Dudley Fichite headed wide from a good Noel Mwandila cross in the 14th minute. Zimbabwe nearly took the lead when striker Albert Mtano tested Kakonje in goal with a great shot that the goalkeeper was able to deal with. Zambia’s coach Ben Bamfuchile then introduced Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa which seemed to the game to life… The two sides will meet in another friendly on 16 May in Harare. Meanwhile the Zambian’s under-20 side beat their Zimbabwean counterparts 2-1. The two side clashed in the final of the men’s football event at the Southern Africa Development Community games in Maputo, Mozambique.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Song and Kane share lead
BBC News – May 1, 2004
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