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May 19, 2004

BBC NEWS | Africa | Is South Africa the right decision?

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The News Review:

* Dempsey congratulates SA
* London’s Olympic bid
* ESPN.com – NHL – Slovakia’s World Cup roster geared for goals
* BBC NEWS | Africa | Is South Africa the right decision?
* Kenya face World Cup ban
* Cameroon kit probe deepens
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Waseige signs Algeria deal
* Only Bafana’s best for 2010
* Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World club event goes ahead
* ESPN.com – MORESPORTS – One HS football fund-raiser is a load of…
* Stange’s return to good old days
* Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
* RTÉ.ie Radio1: Press Releases
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kampamba snubs Zambia
* France and Brazil defy FIFA on substitutes
* Bafana match moved to Bloem

Dempsey congratulates SA
BBC News – May 17, 2004
“I have sent my congratulations to the South Africans and I’ve no doubt it will be a wonderful tournament,” he said. New Zealander Dempsey abstained from the vote for the 2006 World Cup host, which ensured South Africa’s defeat to Germany four years ago. Dempsey was the delegate of the OFC on Fifa’s executive committee when the vote took place in Zurich in 2000. Although he had been instructed by his region to vote for South Africa, he said that his lawyers advised him to abstain from the vote after he was put under pressure from unknown quarters… “I have sent my congratulations to the South Africans and I’ve no doubt it will be a wonderful tournament,” he said. New Zealander Dempsey abstained from the vote for the 2006 World Cup host, which ensured South Africa’s defeat to Germany four years ago. Dempsey was the delegate of the OFC on Fifa’s executive committee when the vote took place in Zurich in 2000. Although he had been instructed by his region to vote for South Africa, he said that his lawyers advised him to abstain from the vote after he was put under pressure from unknown quarters. Dempsey resigned from his position a week after the 2006 World Cup ballot. His decision not to vote attracted fierce criticism from the international football community, which accused him of failing to live up to his responsibilities.

London’s Olympic bid
News & Star – May 18, 2004
The city last held the Olympic Games in 1948 and London 2012 is promising a “compact Games for the modern Olympic movement” centred largely in east London but drawing on its strong historic, cultural and sporting ties. The 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and football’s Euro 96 were seen as huge international successes but on a much smaller scale than the Olympics. Sporting fiascos such as the delayed new Wembley Stadium, having to abandon the Pickett’s Lock Stadium, the 2005 World Athletics Championship bid and the failed 2006 football World Cup bid must be overcome. The Queen will also celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002 was seen as a successful and colourful national celebration. MADRID

Spain’s vibrant capital city, rich in its own sporting history, would provide a colourful backdrop for the games. With a good transport system, the planned Olympic village would be only five minutes from the city’s airport. But the IOC may feel it is too soon after the 1992 Barcelona games for Spain to be given the Olympics again.

ESPN.com – NHL – Slovakia’s World Cup roster geared for goals
ESPN – May 19, 2004
Slovakia announced its team for the tournament Wednesday,loading the 26-man roster with proven NHL scorers. Of the 15 forwards, seven have posted 30-goal seasons in their careers, including.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Is South Africa the right decision?
BBC News – May 18, 2004
Having lost out to Germany by one vote for the 2006 World Cup perhaps you think South Africa was the deserved winner. Or maybe you think Morocco should have won having tried unsuccessfully on four other occasions. BBC’s Africa Live asks: What should South Africa’s priority be to successfully host the world’s largest single sporting event?

What impact do you think the World Cup will have on South African and the rest of the continent?

Join the BBC’s Africa Live debate Wednesday 19 May at 1630 & 1830GMT. Use the form to send us your comments – some of which will be published below. If you would like to take part in the discussion, e-mail us with your telephone number, which will not be published… Alex Kajobinyi, Egypt

South Africa should seriously work on their crime rate, particularly gun possession. Desire Sundire, Zimbabwe

Blatter helped South Africa win the bid for reasons that have nothing to do with football. Morocco was the best choice due to its football history and the proposed project “Football sans Frontiere” that would have benefited the whole of Africa. Thanks Africa for voting for Morocco. Shame on the FIFA’s boss Blatter. Youssef, Moroccan in Germany

South Africa is definitely not the right decision. The crime rate is very high and they don’t have enough sports facilities for such an event.

Kenya face World Cup ban
BBC News – May 19, 2004
Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne told BBC Sport in Zurich that the sanction could be imposed if the country’s government continues to put obstacles in the way of electing a new executive for the Kenyan Football Federation (KFF). Earlier this month, Fifa ruled that the present KFF board remains the legitimate authority in charge of Kenyan football after a court action stopped them from organising elections for a new executive… “If the crisis affecting football in Kenya is not resolved soon, there is a serious possibility that they could be banned from the World Cup. “We really do not want to apply this sanction, because it is the innocent football players and fans in Kenya that will suffer as a result but we could be left with no other option,” Champagne said.

Cameroon kit probe deepens
BBC News – May 18, 2004
Cameroon subsequently lost an appeal against the ruling, which also included a US $155,000 fine. Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Geremi Njitap has said that the Indomitable Lions can still qualify for the 2006 World Cup despite the points deduction. “It’s Fifa that manages world football and it has taken a decision that we have to respect,” Geremi said in an interview with the Cameroon Tribune newspaper. “We’ve been sanctioned but we don’t need to be discouraged. “We will play all matches with the aim of getting maximum points to qualify, even with the six point deduction we can still qualify and I promise that we will fight to the end. ”

The Indomitable Lions’ campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany begins next month in a group that includes Egypt, Sudan, Benin, Ivory Coast and Libya… “We’ve been sanctioned but we don’t need to be discouraged. “We will play all matches with the aim of getting maximum points to qualify, even with the six point deduction we can still qualify and I promise that we will fight to the end. ”

The Indomitable Lions’ campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany begins next month in a group that includes Egypt, Sudan, Benin, Ivory Coast and Libya.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – May 18, 2004
There is no conclusive proof. In any way, it is irrelevant,” he said. lThe New Zealand delegate who cost SA the 2006 World Cup yesterday applauded Fifa’s decision to award them the 2010 tournament. Charlie Dempsey said he was delighted with Fifa’s decision, and that SA would now be better prepared to stage the tournament. “A lot of people thought they would not have been ready for 2006, but now they have it I’m very, very pleased,” he told local radio. Dempsey, a Scot, created an uproar in 2000 when, as the Oceania president and delegate to Fifa ,he abstained from voting in the final ballot, effectively handing the 2006 tournament to Germany. l Morocco will rally behind SA for the World Cup, its embassy said yesterday… Dempsey, a Scot, created an uproar in 2000 when, as the Oceania president and delegate to Fifa ,he abstained from voting in the final ballot, effectively handing the 2006 tournament to Germany. l Morocco will rally behind SA for the World Cup, its embassy said yesterday. “Now that the bid competition is over, let us rally, in the true African spirit of brotherhood and solidarity, behind South Africa as our representative in the world of football,” the embassy said. – Sapa

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Waseige signs Algeria deal
BBC News – May 18, 2004
Waseige, who took Belgium to the second round of the 2002 World Cup, will have the immediate task of leading Algeria in the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The 65-year-old had been tipped to take over the Desert Foxes in March but he instead stayed to try and help Belgian first division team Charleroi avoid relegation. According to Algeria’s football federation Waseige has described Algeria as “a hotbed of football. ”

Mohamed Raouraoua, the federation’s president, co-signed Waseige’s contract during a ceremony on Monday in Algiers. Waseige replaces Algerian Rabah Saadane who resigned after a 3-1
loss to Morocco in the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals in
Tunisia.

Only Bafana’s best for 2010
Independent Online – May 17, 2004
And there’s no reason why Bafana cannot show the same improvement when South Africa hosts in 2010. ‘There’s a promising crop of young players’The talent pool is certainly there. Going on the SA Football Association’s habit of changing coaches just before World Cup tournaments it is unlikely Stuart Baxter will be coaching Bafana in 2006 let alone 2010. But then 10 years ago just watching the World Cup live on TV from the United States was a huge treat for SA soccer fans. Hosting the event was light years away. Baxter, who was in Zurich for the announcement on Saturday, is looking to the future. “Winning the bid underpins the work I have to do to get the team to the 2006 World Cup finals and now there is the extra dimension of looking to blood young players a little more quickly than before with the 2010 World Cup finals in mind,” the Bafana coach told the BBC website.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
Chosun Ilbo – May 19, 2004
All that’s left to do is sign it, and that, too, will be completed this week. The official said that as the new technical committee has placed Metsu at the top of its list of candidates for the coaching spot, the finalization of the contract was only a matter of time. Korean football, which met with crisis when coach Humberto Coelho resigned April 19, will see Metsu’s appointment as a turning point. Metsu’s contract is known to be a two-year deal for US$1 million (W1. 2 billion) each year. In fact, it has been predicted for some time that Metsu would seize command of the Korean team. Joining the ranks of the great coaches by guiding Senegal to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, Metsu lead UAE club Al Ain to victory in the 2003 Asian Champions League finals… After Coelho left Korea April 20, Metsu consistently topped opinion polls taken on who should take command of the Korean team in the post-Coelho era. That’s how deeply Metsu’s charisma has impacted Korean fans. Moreover, with the 2006 World Cup scheduled to open in Germany, the France-born Metsu might be quite knowledgeable as far as European soccer conditions are concerned. Meanwhile, the official said, “Metsu will come to Korea next month and begin his full-scale orientation of Korea football. com>englishnews@chosun.

BBC SPORT | Football | World club event goes ahead
BBC News – May 17, 2004
Football’s world governing body said all six confederations have agreed to send their club champions. The annual event replaces the current World Club Cup which has been played between the champions of South America and Europe most years since 1960. The idea has been opposed by Europe’s top clubs, but they may be swayed by the ?8. 4m prize money on offer. The new eight-day competition was ratified by FIFA’s executive committee meeting in Paris on Monday. The European and South American champions will
be introduced at the semi-final stage, meaning they will play a maximum of two games.

ESPN.com – MORESPORTS – One HS football fund-raiser is a load of…
ESPN – May 18, 2004
— That smell coming from Jefferson County High School’s football stadium this fall? Let’s just say it may not be the hot dogs. Those cheers from the crowd? Not for the team. In fact, the players won’t even be on the field. They’ll be on the sideline, rooting. For what? One lonely cow wandering a 100-yard field in search of a place to heed nature’s call.

Stange’s return to good old days
ic Birmingham.co.uk – May 19, 2004
Between now and then, we have to play matches in other countries and prepare for the tournaments as best we can. “This has been a terrible time for the Iraqis and, because of that, it is time to work on positive events for the people. This football tour is one of them. It is a chance to prove to the world, to England, that there is a lot of good in the country. “Sport can unite the world and succeed where politics fails. I think that, in Iraq, sports should be revived as soon as possible because this will create a new future for players, for coaches and for spectators. “We have come to England to make friends and show people the positive face of Iraq… “Stange, aged 56, took over as head coach of Iraq in November 2002 after occupying a similar position with the East German national team until the reunifi-cation in 1990. He has also worked in Ukraine, Australia and Oman. His dream is to lead Iraq to the 2006 World Cup, which is being held in Germany, and he hopes that his young squad will be reaching its peak in two years’ time. Iraq will kick off their tour, which has been organised by Nabeel Yamam of AKB Media, with a match against a Houses of Parliament XI at Chelsea Embankment tomorrow, after which they will be invited to visit Westminster and meet politicians. It was Tony Blair who invited Stange and the squad to Westminster, yet George W Bush has so far not graced the Iraq head coach with a response. “I wrote to Mr Blair and Mr Bush but only Mr Blair replied,” Stange said. ** The Iraq-Trinidad & Tobago match takes place at The Hawthorns on Sunday May 23 (3pm).

Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
Mmegi – May 18, 2004
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RTÉ.ie Radio1: Press Releases
rte.ie – May 19, 2004
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BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kampamba snubs Zambia
BBC News – May 18, 2004
The Russia-based star was one of the 11 overseas-based players picked for the squad but says he will not play for the Chipolopolo until he is refunded US $1,600 that he has spent on air fares. “I don’t want to increase my debt with the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) and that’s why I am saying they should pay me first,” the Rostov player told the BBC. “Unless they sort out my arrears, I will not come. “It’s a shame that we should still be talking about money which has been owed to me since last year… The Russia-based star was one of the 11 overseas-based players picked for the squad but says he will not play for the Chipolopolo until he is refunded US $1,600 that he has spent on air fares. “I don’t want to increase my debt with the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) and that’s why I am saying they should pay me first,” the Rostov player told the BBC. “Unless they sort out my arrears, I will not come. “It’s a shame that we should still be talking about money which has been owed to me since last year. ”

Kampamba, whose problems over the money started in October last year, has also said that he has not even received an official invitation from Faz to join the squad. German-based Moses Sichone has also said that he has not been informed of his call up to the squad.

France and Brazil defy FIFA on substitutes
Telegraph.co.uk – May 19, 2004
“Santini did not specify how many substitutes each team would use but said “most of the bench will be able to play”. He is anxious to avoid losing a key player through injury before France start the defence of their European title in Portugal against England on June 13. Parreira shares Santini’s concerns as Brazil have a 2006 World Cup qualifier at home to arch-rivals Argentina on June 2. Today’s match is being billed as Brazil’s chance to avenge their unexpected 3-0 World Cup final defeat by France in 1998 in the same stadium. Argentina will be without suspended captain Roberto Ayala and midfielders Juan Sebastian Veron and Esteban Cambiasso for next month’s match against Brazil. Chelsea’s Veron, short of match fitness after back surgery, and Cambiasso, who injured an ankle playing for Real Madrid, were left out of a list of foreign-based players named by coach Marcelo Bielsa to prepare for games against Brazil and Paraguay. Valencia’s Ayala, who will sit out the match at Brazil, was included in the list of 16 as he will be eligible to return against the Paraguayans in Buenos Aires on June 6.

Bafana match moved to Bloem
Independent Online – May 19, 2004
The match was originally scheduled for Potchefstroom Stadium on the same day. Top Safa officials, including newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, were in Bloemfontein earlier this week to inspect the facilities ahead of the big game against Cape Verde Islands. Baxter, who has been talking to various Premiership coaches in the past three weeks, is expected to announce the Bafana Bafana squad for the match early next week.

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