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May 4, 2004

BBC SPORT | Football | Kaka gives Brazil bright future

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA lead the way for 2010
* Says coach has ethnic agenda
* Schaefer pleads for points
* BBC SPORT | Football | Kaka gives Brazil bright future
* – GEN – Report: Players union enabled fed result seizure
* Namibia’s headmaster ready
* Farina’s All Whites wish comes true
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Counting on a little Madiba magic
* Viduka to leave relegated Leeds – BusinessNews –
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Rosales ends title wait
* Kerr hails victorious Irish
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | England face Wales opener

BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA lead the way for 2010
BBC News – May 4, 2004
It highlighted Libya’s lack of experience in hosting international sporting events, insufficient preparation time and lack of accommodation as key drawbacks in their bid. While South Africa are definite favourites they more than anyone
know that anything can happen between now and the announcement of the winner. South Africa went into the last vote for the 2006 World Cup as
front runners only to be stunned and angered when they lost out to
Germany by a single vote. And last month Blatter admitted it would be no shoe-in for
them. “If you are listening around the world then you can imagine that
it will be possibly as close as it was in 2000.

Says coach has ethnic agenda
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 3, 2004
Amokachi yesterday also lashed out at the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) for entrusting the World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign in Chukwu. He also accused the coach of hatching an ethnic agenda. Chukwu’s tactical awareness and ability to successfully see the Eagles through the World Cup campaign has always been questioned. And the Eagles home loss to Senegal last Friday in the LG Cup has drawn the wrath of the fans, which clamoured for Chukwu’s sack. Amokachi lent his voice to the growing anti Chukwu sentiment saying the Eagles played an insipid brand of football against the Lions of Senegal.

Schaefer pleads for points
BBC News – May 2, 2004
Last month, football’s world governing body fined the Cameroon football federation and deducted points from the Indomitable Lions as punishment for wearing a one-piece strip in the 2004 Cup of Nations. The decision has disappointed Cameroon’s German coach. “There needs to be fair play from Fifa,” Schaefer said. The coach, who was speaking in Yaounde following Friday’s African Football awards, even cited the Indomitable Lions’ continued presence in the 2003 Confederations Cup following Marc-Vivien Foe’s death as reason for Fifa to be lenient. “At the Confederations Cup last year, our midfield general Marc-Vivien Foe died tragically,” Schaefer explained… Cameroon are appealing against Fifa’s decision and have told a panel sent to Fifa to plead over the deduction to stay in Switzerland for as long as it takes to reverse the decision. The six-point deficit is a major blow for Cameroon’s hopes of reaching the World Cup for a fifth successive time. They have been placed in a difficult 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup group alongside Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Sudan, Benin and Libya. Only the group winners qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

BBC SPORT | Football | Kaka gives Brazil bright future
BBC News – May 3, 2004
There is no chance of Ronaldo losing his place for the time being, but coach Carlos Alberto Parreira can certainly rest more easily in the knowledge that the ‘phenomenon’ can be replaced if necessary. Parreira is also staring to put his own stamp on the team. Always a believer in possession football, Brazil’s coach has recently complained that his midfield were trying to get the ball forward too early. He wanted more variation in the play, and its benefits were easily apparent last Wednesday. By working the ball more around the field Brazil give themselves more chance to pull the opposing defence out of shape – especially when the opposition have to cope with the runs down the flanks of Cafu and Roberto Carlos. They are stretched into covering their entire defensive line, and there is more space for Brazil’s attackers to cut their way through the middle. On last Wednesday’s evidence the front three can take advantage in magnificent style… They are stretched into covering their entire defensive line, and there is more space for Brazil’s attackers to cut their way through the middle. On last Wednesday’s evidence the front three can take advantage in magnificent style. If they are on similar form in two year’s time then the 2006 World Cup should be one to remember. – GEN – Report: Players union enabled fed result seizure
ESPN – May 2, 2004
In February, four men connected to the Burlingame, Calif. and Bonds’ trainer Greg Anderson, were handed a 42-count indictment for distributing steroids to baseball and football players as well as track and field athletes; all have pleaded not guilty.

Namibia’s headmaster ready
BBC News – May 2, 2004

Yet Johnson faces an uphill battle in turning around the fortunes of Namibian football, and a look at the Brave Warriors’ results in the Cosafa Cup since 1998 highlights this. Namibia have repeatedly failed at the first hurdle in the competition, having lost to Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Swaziland and finally Botswana in 2003. In addition, the country, which reached the Cup of Nations for its only time in 1998, was knocked out of 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying in the preliminary round. Johnson is well aware of the challenges facing Namibian football, highlighting the financial constraints that face the 16 clubs in the top league, few of whom have sponsors, and stressing the need for development from grass-roots level. “It will take preparation, it will take people to be trained as coaches and it will take a lot of organisation,” he explained.

Farina’s All Whites wish comes true
Ballarat Courier – May 4, 2004
The Socceroos will warm-up for the May 29-June 6 six-nation tournament with two friendly internationals against Turkey in Sydney and Melbourne on May 21 and 24. Star striker Mark Viduka, Marco Bresciano and Stan Lazaridis are among the big names who have committed to play in the matches against Turkey, which finished third at the 2002 World Cup. Socceroos coach Frank Farina now has the option of releasing some of his big names after the game against New Zealand. The Socceroos’ other four opponents in the round-robin tournament in Adelaide will be decided after two qualifying series in Samoa and the Solomon Islands from May 10-19… The two are heavily favoured to top the standings and then play each other home and away again next year. The winner will advance to a two-legged clash with the fifth-ranked South American team for a berth in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Although Farina could lose some of his stars for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup in Adelaide, others such as Tim Cahill, John Aloisi and Tony Popovic are set to join the Socceroos squad after missing the Turkey matches. Cahill will play for Millwall in the English FA Cup final on May 22. Aloisi is required by his Spanish club Osasuna until May 23 as it is still in the running for a UEFA Cup berth next season. Popovic’s English team Crystal Palace is likely to be involved in the first division playoffs. Other big names such as Harry Kewell (ankle) and Craig Moore (knee) are unavailable for the Turkey games and the OFC Nations Cup.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – May 3, 2004
But one thing is clear; Bhamjee is still angry with South African Football Association (SAFA) and has repeatedly said he will vote for “what is good for Africa”. The question many soccer followers are asking is what precisely Bhamjee means by the phrase “because voting for any of the two leading contenders may be good for Africa to others and bad for some. Last week, Batswana reacted with mixed feelings on whether Bhamjee, who is also COSAFA president, should vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup finals. Bhamjee, who is one of the 24 FIFA executive members who will decide the hosts, is faced with a daunting task when he casts his vote in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 15… Chairperson of the Zebras Supporters Club Maokaneng Bontshetse said Bhamjee should ignore South Africa and voter for either Morocco or Egypt. “SAFA betrayed Bhamjee when he needed them most – so an eye for eye. When they were bidding to host the 2006 World Cup, he threw his weight behind them but now they stabbed him in the back,” he said. Bontshetse also said Bhamjee should not cast his vote for South Africa and he should give them a taste of their own medicine. Another interviewee, who wanted to remain anonymous, pointed to the poor relations South Africans had towards their fellow Africans. He said they used Botswana the way they pleased and as such Bhamjee should hit them where it hurts the most. “South Africans use Batswana as their doormats.

Counting on a little Madiba magic – May 4, 2004
Yesterday, nearly ten years later, Madiba returned from Trinidad, a trip that could just swing South Africa’s chances of once again using sport to catapult the country forward. Mandela’s trip ? taken against his doctor’s advice, the ever-more visible frailty of the great man making a trip to the Caribbean a monumental effort ? may not seem like an overly-significant one. But Jack Warner, President of Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is an important man with important votes to cast come May 15 ? the day FIFA announce who has won the right to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup. And so the significance of Mandela’s visit. Madiba magic might operate a little more slowly these days, but it’s a powerful tool nonetheless. It’s used sparingly, for obvious reasons, but when it is brought into play, the magnitude of the event is underlined. Last year’s 46664 concert was one such example; this is another… Mandela met FIFA inspectors on Robben Island last year, and travelled to Zurich to meet Sepp Blatter ? and he is expected to travel to Europe for the presentation on May 14 in Zurich. A huge delegation is set to include President Mbeki as well (and according to man mountain football scribe Mark Gleeson, Pele is also being persuaded to join), will woo the FIFA committee ? but you can’t help but feel that with Madiba on board, the presentation will have a far greater kick. The disappointment of losing out to Germany for 2006 was bitter for all of us; Madiba, one feels, felt it just as keenly, and wants to give one last sporting shove to the nation he has already done so much for. 1995 was a moment for every South African to treasure. May 15 could herald the path to another. There might not be Springbok number six jersey to so instantly catch the eye this time, but once again Nelson Mandela has worked his magic. And in 11 days time, we’ll know whether it was enough.

Viduka to leave relegated Leeds – BusinessNews –
The Age – May 4, 2004
Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 2-0 with a Danny Murphy penalty and a goal from Emile Heskey, while Aston Villa downed Tottenham 1-0. Liverpool has 56 points, Villa 55 and Newcastle, with a game in hand, 53. ??? Australia begins the long qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals against New Zealand in Adelaide on May 29. The Socceroos contest the nine-day Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup after two warm-up matches against Turkey the previous week. – with agencies Top of Page Page Tools… Liverpool has 56 points, Villa 55 and Newcastle, with a game in hand, 53. ??? Australia begins the long qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals against New Zealand in Adelaide on May 29. The Socceroos contest the nine-day Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup after two warm-up matches against Turkey the previous week. – with agencies Top of Page Page Tools.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Rosales ends title wait
BBC News – May 2, 2004
South Korea’s Kim Mi Hyun was sixth at 12-under. World number one Annika Sorenstam started the day in a share of third, but she slipped back to a tie for 10th on 10 under after a 71.

Kerr hails victorious Irish
Ananova – May 4, 2004
Some players are starting to emerge. “We were inventive and matched them and created a lot of chances and got some great crosses in. Some of the football we played was top rate. “The Brazil match here last month was great, they came to win the game, and the Czech Republic came to have a go, but some of our attacking play was of the highest order, especially as we weren’t a physical team with the likes of Damien Duff, Reid, Keane and Clinton Morrison. “Given the fact Alan Maybury hasn’t played for number of years the back four was a good unit. The only sour note was the sight of Gary Doherty being carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury, but Kerr is hoping the injury is not serious. “His ankle was quite sore after the game but I don’t think it is very serious,” added Kerr.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | England face Wales opener
BBC News – May 4, 2004
The world champions, run close by the Welsh at Twickenham this year, will then face Grand Slam holders France at home before travelling to face Ireland. Sir Clive Woodward’s side will conclude their campaign with home games against Italy and Scotland. The tournament will begin on 5 February 2005 with France hosting Scotland, with the final round of matches on 19 March. There will again be a Sunday fixture on each of the first four weekends of matches, before the final round of matches is all played on another ‘Super Saturday’. England will play Sunday fixtures against France (home) and Ireland (away) and their final home match against Scotland will have a 6pm kick-off at Twickenham.

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