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May 7, 2004

Asia chief has no fears

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | South Africa: The frontrunner
* SA scores early in soccer bid
* Fifa backs ousted Kenya federation
* Asia chief has no fears
* Vogts issues rallying call
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Brazil call up Arsenal duo
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Ireland want league place
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mido snubs Egypt
* Voller’s Germany are far from pickled
* Why FIFA invited Gov Kalu
* Football supporter in match ban
* Vogts: Strachan can be Scotland boss
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* 27 for camp ahead of away qualifier
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Triplett takes charge
* Roddick’s Roman holiday cut short by Canas

BBC SPORT | Football | African | South Africa: The frontrunner
BBC News – May 7, 2004
But they should have no excuses after what happened four years ago. They lost out to Germany for the 2006 World Cup after one member of the executive committee opted to abstain in the final round of voting. New Zealand’s 78-year-old member, Charlie Dempsey, was even on his way home when the final round gave the World Cup to the Germans by a vote of 12-11. Although Danny Jordaan’s team now faces a similarly strong challenge from Egypt and Morocco, it is clear that South Africa’s bid remains the one to beat… 22 million square kilometres
Population: 44. 2 million
Capital: Pretoria (1. 3 million inhabitants)
President: Thabo Mbeki
Languages: Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu
(among 11 official languages)
Football Association founded: 1892 (post-apartheid FA 1991)
Joined FIFA: 1952 (suspended in 1964, reinstated 1992)
Joined CAF: 1957 (founder member but suspended in 1958,
reinstated 1992)
Clubs: 1,500
Registered footballers: 524,700. Notable fact: After years of isolation as a result of the then-government’s apartheid policies, South Africa returned to
the international football arena on July 7 1992 when they beat Cameroon 1-0 in Durban. Lucas Radebe is the last remaining
member of that side still playing at the highest level.

SA scores early in soccer bid
Independent Online – May 5, 2004
The South African population “is very enthusiastic about football, spontaneously showing their joy at the prospect of hosting the World Cup”, the report said. The Fifa inspectors said Egypt and Morocco had the ability to organise “very good” World Cups, and Tunisia a “good” one, but Libya would “face great difficulties” in organising a World Cup to the standards required. The Fifa inspectors interestingly gave South Africa’s security situation, widely believed to be its Achilles heel, the thumbs-up on Tuesday – as long as fans stayed away from dangerous areas. “As long as people attending the 2010 World Cup keep within certain boundaries, they should not encounter any trouble. ”

South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid chief executive, Danny Jordaan, said on Tuesday night the report strengthened South Africa’s World Cup chances “significantly”, with the Fifa executive set to announce the 2010 World Cup in Zurich next Saturday… “As long as people attending the 2010 World Cup keep within certain boundaries, they should not encounter any trouble. ”

South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid chief executive, Danny Jordaan, said on Tuesday night the report strengthened South Africa’s World Cup chances “significantly”, with the Fifa executive set to announce the 2010 World Cup in Zurich next Saturday. Morocco’s sour grapes at the report was immediately evident”Already in bidding for the 2006 World Cup we were ranked equal to Germany as a country ready to host the World Cup. If you look at voting patterns during the Fifa executive’s elections for the host of the 2006 World Cup, the technical report led the way for the voting process. ”

“It was therefore important for us to be ranked in the top category again. ”

“This confirms our position and strengthens our chances significantly. It suggests South Africa will be a major player in the final voting rounds.

Fifa backs ousted Kenya federation
BBC News – May 7, 2004
Fifa’s stance is based on a five-page report compiled by their representatives Joseph Mifsud and Ishmael Taha after a fact-finding mission to Kenya last month

The report gives KFF chairman Maina Kariuki the authority to handle all Kenyan correspondence with Fifa, “especially anything the regarding the participation of Kenya in the qualification for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. ”

The report goes on to say the world body will “continue to follow the statutory path between the Fifa Administration and the KFF General Secretariat. ”

On the strength of the report, the KFF secretary-general Hussein Swaleh has now written to Sports Minister Najib Balala. He has threatened to pull the Harambee Stars out of the 2006 qualifiers if the problems between the KFF and the Sports Ministry are not resolved by 11May. Part of his letter read: “While we appreciate your desire to promote football in the country, we strongly believe the way forward to achieve your goal is through dialogue.

Asia chief has no fears
BBC News – May 7, 2004
“We know that whoever wins will give security the priority it deserves,” he said. South Africa are seen as the favourite to win the right to stage the greatest footballing show on earth after a Fifa inspection
report published this week gave it a glowing review. Asia played a decisive role in the controversial voting for the 2006 World Cup four years ago, when Germany pipped South Africa by one vote. The AFC had initially indicated it would support South Africa but then switched allegiances to Germany as part of an ultimately unsuccessful power-game to de-throne Fifa president Sepp Blatter. The decision to support the German bid saw relations between the AFC and the Confederation of African Football plunge to an all-time low, with Africa severing all footballing links with the region. Bin Hammam is determined to avoid a repeat this time around, and has reiterated an earlier statement that Asia would not be
voting as a bloc. “We took the decision in January that seeing as the vote is between all African nations, we will not vote as one,” he said.

Vogts issues rallying call
Ananova – May 5, 2004
That reverse came hot on the heels of the 6-0 Euro 2004 thrashing at the hands of Holland. Vogts was defiant in the wake of the Cardiff debacle to reiterate he has no intention of resigning and is determined to focus on taking Scotland to the World Cup 2006 finals. Speaking on the Scottish Football Association’s website, he said: “I hope the fans will back me and the team in our aim to reach the 2006 World Cup, and I would like to thank those who have sent me messages of support in the last few days. “As a final comment on Cardiff, what I cannot understand is people asking why I did not select my best team – the straightforward answer is that I could not do so because of the number of injuries, particularly to defenders. “Scotland’s resources are limited, notably in defence, but there is time to put the problems right and get the team into shape for the World Cup campaign. Vogts defended his decision to experiment heavily in the previous friendlies, even though he has won just twice out of those 13 games – against Canada and a Hong Kong XI. But he has promised to select his strongest side for next month’s international against Romania.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Brazil call up Arsenal duo
BBC News – May 5, 2004
France have exceptional players. ”

Brazil, who beat Hungary 4-1 in a friendly last week, will play World Cup qualifiers against Argentina on 2 June and Chile on 6 June. The World Cup holders are third in the South American qualifying group, behind Argentina and Paraguay. The top four teams qualify for the 2006 finals in Germany. Brazil squad:
Dida (AC Milan) and Marcos (Palmeiras), Cafu (AC Milan), Belletti (Villarreal), Roberto
Carlos (Real Madrid), Roque Junior (Siena), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen), Edmilson (Lyon), Junior (Siena), Luizao (Benfica), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Edu (Arsenal), Kleberson (Manchester United), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Julio Baptista (Sevilla), Alex (Cruzeiro), Kaka (AC Milan), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Felipe (Flamengo), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Adriano (Inter Milan), Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona), Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo).

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Ireland want league place
BBC News – May 6, 2004
“Scotland were admitted to the Totesport League in 2003 for a period of three years with a review after that,” Carr told BBC Sport. “We made it clear at the time that no other claims within that period would be considered. “For 2006 the whole structure is in the process of review in terms of competition formats… They were one match away from qualifying for the 1999 World Cup and defeated the Zimbabwe tourists in difficult batting conditions last year. “There are lots of things we compete against like football, rugby and Gaelic sports but the interest is there,” he added. “The wins against Zimbabwe and Surrey are great, but they won’t get us to the World Cup – that is the priority. ”

Surrey have won the County Championship three times in the last four years but Molins insisted he was always confident of victory after restricting them to 261 during a rain-affected first day. “Obviously for a side like ourselves to come up against a full-time side of professionals like Surrey and beat them as comprehensively as we did is massive,” he added.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mido snubs Egypt
BBC News – May 5, 2004
The France-based striker has advised Egyptian football authorities of his unavailability for the tie. “He sent us a fax saying that he’s not psychologically fit to join the national team,” said Samier Adly, administrative manager of the national team. Mido, who plays for Marseille, has faced harsh criticism from the Egyptian media since the Pharaohs failed to pass the group stage at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia. His absence has dealt another blow to the plans of Egypt’s new Italian coach, Marco Tardelli.

Voller’s Germany are far from pickled
Telegraph.co.uk – May 6, 2004
But if Germans generally are wise – which footballing history has emphasised they are – they will see the tournament in the context of a World Cup to be held on their soil two years hence. Reports that the conveyor-belt of young talent has ground to a halt are exaggerated and two of the best, potentially, have been included in the squad: the Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, outstanding against Real Madrid last season, and Cologne striker Lukas Podolski, just 19. There is more to come before 2006. The defender Christoph Metzelder, for instance, who had an excellent World Cup only to suffer long-term injury. In Switzerland I particularly admired the 20-year-old Philipp Lahm, a right-footed left-back who was quick and constructive enough to put the older spectator in mind of Paul Breitner. The right-back, Arne Friedrich, though not so happy on the back foot, also gets forward well, helping to make the Germans’ diamond system in midfield more coherent than England’s. When they use it, that is; Voller may augment Didi Hamann with another essentially holding midfielder, Torsten Frings, which would drive Ballack wide.

Why FIFA invited Gov Kalu
Vanguard – May 5, 2004
SPORTS Why FIFA invited Gov Kalu Wednesday, May 05, 2004 In appreciation of his unalloyed commitment to the promotion of football in Nigeria in particular and the African Continent in general, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has invited the Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu for its 54th Ordinary Congress scheduled for 20th and 21st May 2004 in Paris. In a letter of invitation endorsed by the FIFA Public Relations Department, the Association asked Dr. Kalu to be a guest of FIFA President, Joseph Sepp Blatter and other executives at a congress that is expected to be attended by top football administrators all over the world… The Governor is enlisted by FIFA in the invitation, to be a Special Guest at the occasion in recognition of his unequalled contribution to Sports development in Africa with particular reference to the Enyimba Football Club success story. Kalu is expected to use the forum to consolidate on his soccer diplomacy aimed at ensuring that Nigeria records a good outing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It would be recalled that the President of CAF, Alhaji Issa Hayatou had in January this year, extended a similar invitation to Dr. Kalu to attend CAF’’s Ordinary Session which held on the 22nd of January 2004. Governor Kalu used the opportunity of that meeting to ensure that Nigeria’s Dr. Amos Adamu was elected an Executive Committee member of CAF as well as making a case for better relationship between CAF and Nigeria.

Football supporter in match ban
BBC News – May 7, 2004
Ginelly, who works as a joiner, has previous convictions for football-related disorder. Northumbria Police’s Football Intelligence Unit had monitored flights at Newcastle Airport on Wednesday. ‘Cause trouble’

Ginelly’s banning order will include the Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Detective Sergeant Paul Evans, of the football intelligence unit, said: “This action demonstrates Northumbria Police’s ongoing commitment to preventing disorder at football matches involving local teams both at home and in Europe. “We are able to achieve this through an excellent working partnership with the clubs and the airport authorities. “This should be a deterrent to those intending to travel and cause trouble.

Vogts: Strachan can be Scotland boss
Ananova – May 5, 2004
Ironically, the former Aberdeen player is the man many of the Tartan Army want to see in charge right now following Wednesday night’s 4-0 thrashing in Wales. But Vogts’ offer was to join the coaching staff after a summer hip operation with a view to taking over after the 2006 World Cup finals. He said: “I will have another talk with Gordon after his operation. “I spoke to him three or four weeks ago and he said then he only wanted to work with younger players. “I thought that would be perfect – he could work with our under-16s, under-17s and under-19s. Strachan is without a job after leaving Southampton to speed up the appointment of a successor after he announced he would quit in the summer… “I thought that would be perfect – he could work with our under-16s, under-17s and under-19s. Strachan is without a job after leaving Southampton to speed up the appointment of a successor after he announced he would quit in the summer. Vogts said: “He isn’t interested in professional football at the moment but I suggested to him if he got back at this level he could take over from me in 2006. Whether Vogts survives until then remains to be seen as the Scots have let in 10 goals without reply in their last two games. And the German admitted he had been contemplating heeding the flood of calls for him to step down. He said: “Yes, I was thinking about those things and in certain moments I have doubted myself. “But I love working here.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – May 6, 2004
“Now we’ll aim to win a [FIFA] World Cup or [UEFA] European Championship qualifier,” Mazza said. “I know it will be difficult because there are other teams that have been playing for longer than us who have struggled. ” Exalted companyTheir first chance to achieve this famous first will come in the qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup. San Marino have been drawn alongside Spain, Belgium, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lithuania, and Mazza is keen for his side to mature in such exalted company. ‘More courage’”I tried to use as many young players as possible last Wednesday so they could gain experience,” he said. “Technically we cannot compete with the biggest European stars. However, we can still improve our condition and approach.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – May 7, 2004
0 Wed Jan 31 16:46:14 2007 –> Jordan presents SA’s 2010 bid case in Asia. He presented South Africa’s 2010 World Cup case and answered questions from the Asian delegates. Jordaan was scheduled to have one on one meetings with Qatar’s Mohammad Bin Hammam, Korea’s Chung Mong-Joon and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi to try and persuade them to vote for Soth Africa next Saturday. The three were part of the 2006 vote, which resulted in Germany winning the race over South Africa. Jordaan will also have a one-on-one with Junji Ogura of Japan. Jordaan says he has worked with Ogura for a while now, and he is confident he will win his vote, but much work still needs to be done… He presented South Africa’s 2010 World Cup case and answered questions from the Asian delegates. Jordaan was scheduled to have one on one meetings with Qatar’s Mohammad Bin Hammam, Korea’s Chung Mong-Joon and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi to try and persuade them to vote for Soth Africa next Saturday. The three were part of the 2006 vote, which resulted in Germany winning the race over South Africa. Jordaan will also have a one-on-one with Junji Ogura of Japan. Jordaan says he has worked with Ogura for a while now, and he is confident he will win his vote, but much work still needs to be done.

27 for camp ahead of away qualifier
Hindu – May 7, 2004
The All India Football Federation has released the list of 27 players, who have been selected for a coaching camp prior to India’s away match against Japan on June 9 in the preliminary qualifying phase of the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament. The camp is to be held at the Nehru stadium in Margao from May 20. The list: Goal-keepers: Naseem Akhtar (Mahindra United), Prasanta Dora (Mohan Bagan), Sangram Mukerjee (Kingfisher East Bengal), Mark Mascarenhas (Coca-Cola Churchill Bros), Abhijit Mondal (Dempo);

Defenders: Mahesh Gawali (Kingfisher East Bengal), Habibour Rahman (TFA), Satish Bharti (Mohd. Sporting), Deepak Mondal (Kingfisher East Bengal), Debrata Roy (TFA), Selwyn Fernandes (Vasco), Debjit Ghosh (Kingfisher East Bengal), Covan Lawrence (Mahindra United);

Midfielders: Climax Lawrence (Salgaocar), Subhas Chakraborthy (Kingfisher East Bengal), Gourmangi Singh (TFA), Sameer Naik (Dempo), Renedy Singh (Mohan Bagan), Jatin Singh Bhist (Salgaocar), S. Venkatesh (Mahindra United), J… The All India Football Federation has released the list of 27 players, who have been selected for a coaching camp prior to India’s away match against Japan on June 9 in the preliminary qualifying phase of the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament. The camp is to be held at the Nehru stadium in Margao from May 20. The list: Goal-keepers: Naseem Akhtar (Mahindra United), Prasanta Dora (Mohan Bagan), Sangram Mukerjee (Kingfisher East Bengal), Mark Mascarenhas (Coca-Cola Churchill Bros), Abhijit Mondal (Dempo);

Defenders: Mahesh Gawali (Kingfisher East Bengal), Habibour Rahman (TFA), Satish Bharti (Mohd. Sporting), Deepak Mondal (Kingfisher East Bengal), Debrata Roy (TFA), Selwyn Fernandes (Vasco), Debjit Ghosh (Kingfisher East Bengal), Covan Lawrence (Mahindra United);

Midfielders: Climax Lawrence (Salgaocar), Subhas Chakraborthy (Kingfisher East Bengal), Gourmangi Singh (TFA), Sameer Naik (Dempo), Renedy Singh (Mohan Bagan), Jatin Singh Bhist (Salgaocar), S. Venkatesh (Mahindra United), J.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Triplett takes charge
BBC News – May 7, 2004
England’s Luke Donald is three shots off the lead after a round of 67 which included just one bogey. Tiger Woods, on his return after a three-week break, fired a 69. The world number one, who had three birdies in a bogey-free round, struggled off the tee and hit only four out of 14 fairways. “I only hit two really bad tee shots. The others were just a little bit overdrawn or a little bit overcut. I was over-shaping the shots,” he said. “It is a very easy fix, I can go on the practice range
here and fix it real quick.

Roddick’s Roman holiday cut short by Canas
St. Petersburg Times – May 5, 2004
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