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May 22, 2004

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The News Review:

* England poised for World Cup bid
* Cameroon thanks Fifa
* Uncertainty over Jordaan’s future
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Zambia 0-2 Malawi
* Africa and Asia: a new era
* Milla appeals to Fifa
* Liberia call up Debbah
* Botswana offer coach new deal
* Sports Briefs: Colorado jury convenes
* ‘Tappa’ Whitmore craves a return to national colours
* Mido not wanted by Tardelli
* FIFA celebrates 100 years of soccer
* Cup of salvation?
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* CHUKWU’S NINE-POINT SURVIVAL PLAN!
* Grand jury hears evidence regarding Colorado scandal

England poised for World Cup bid
Telegraph.co.uk – May 22, 2004
Under the rotation policy introduced by FIFA, football’s world governing body, South Africa were last week awarded the 2010 tournament, while the 2014 version is certain to go to South America. That means Europe is likely to be chosen four years later, by which time the Football Association, with Wembley as their flagship, believe they have a credible chance of securing the big prize. Four years ago, England’s bid to stage the 2006 World Cup ended in a humiliating defeat to Germany when the FA’s campaign attracted only two votes and they were eliminated in the first round of the ballot. However, the success of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the expertise acquired during the… The outcome of that could have a bearing so we want to wait for the 2012 bid to be resolved before we progress any further. “The FA, who have been sounded out about a 2018 bid, last night welcomed the Government’s initiative. “Hosting a World Cup would be a brilliant boost for English football,” said a spokesman. “We have shown that we can host major events, with Euro 96 being an outstanding example, but we still need to get a clear impression of the Government’s thinking. “Although a final decision will not be made until after the International Olympic Committee choose the city to host the 2012 Olympic Games in July next year, a World Cup bid will not necessarily hinge on whether London is successful. John Scott, UK Sport’s director of international relations and major events, said: “If we are going to be the Olympic host there is a huge responsibility in terms of test events and that could have an impact on the timing of bidding for other big events. “We need to be absolutely confident we are not over-stretching ourselves financially because these mega-events are a big call on the public purse, especially with the increases we are seeing in security costs.

Cameroon thanks Fifa
BBC News – May 22, 2004
The Minister speaking on behalf of the government went onto urge the Cameroon football federation (Fecafoot) to be more responsible and not to disobey Fifa’s orders in the future. The Indomitable Lions were docked six points from their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign by Fifa’s disciplinary committee for using a one-piece kit in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The punishment was revoked by Fifa’s centennial congress on Friday after Cameroon received the unanimous backing of Caf at their extraordinary general assembly on 19 May. “The government and the people of Cameroon are very grateful for Fifa’s decision to lift the sanction on the Indomitable Lions,” the Minister said. “On behalf of the Government of Cameroon and its President Paul Biya, I thank firstly Fifa’s Centennial Congress and secondly Sepp Blatter for the timely decision. ”

“I also wish to thank the Confederation of African Football – Caf – whose intervention was laudable and all those countries that supported Cameroon during these difficult times… “The government and the people of Cameroon are very grateful for Fifa’s decision to lift the sanction on the Indomitable Lions,” the Minister said. “On behalf of the Government of Cameroon and its President Paul Biya, I thank firstly Fifa’s Centennial Congress and secondly Sepp Blatter for the timely decision. ”

“I also wish to thank the Confederation of African Football – Caf – whose intervention was laudable and all those countries that supported Cameroon during these difficult times. ”

“I also thank the people of Cameroon for their patience while the government was doing everything to see that the problem was solved. ”

The Minister went on to urge Fecafoot to respect all of Fifa’s rules and regulations in all competitions. “I call upon all authorities of Cameroon football from the bottom to the top to respect all the rules and regulations governing football in the interest of all those practicing the sport and their fans. ”

Cameroon are in Group B of the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside Egypt, Ivory Coast, Benin, Libya and Sudan.

Uncertainty over Jordaan’s future
Independent Online – May 22, 2004
You work as a team and as a team we’ll discuss this matter when we get home,” Jordaan told Bonnet. SA 2010 chairman, Irvin Khoza, said yesterday that the Safa executive, to whom Khoza said the 2010 Soccer World Cup had been officially awarded by Fifa, would meet in Johannesburg next week to plot the way forward. For the good of the tournament on South Africa’s shores in six years time, Jordaan should surely be earmarked for a key role, similar to that of Franz Beckenbauer, who is the president of Germany’s 2006 World Cup Organising Committee. Government involvement in the World Cup is also crucial and the Germans have killed two birds with one stone by also making Beckenbauer Germany’s Interior Minister. Whether it’s in the role of “president” of the organising committee or not, a key 2010 role for Jordaan is imperative. Khoza is surely set for a crucial leadership role as well, but Jordaan has the political and football savvy to be the steady hand guiding the logistics of the 2010 World Cup. A former ANC MP, he’s been working on trying to win the World Cup for South Africa from the first day a bid was even mooted and has made a number of important contacts after serving on numerous Fifa committees for several years.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Zambia 0-2 Malawi
BBC News – May 22, 2004
Hellings Mwakasungulu and Heston Munthali scored in each half for Malawi to continue with their supremacy over Zambia. Malawi outplayed their neighbours and controlled the whole match. The visitors’ first chance came after 11 minutes when Munthali blasted a wide shot after Zambian defender Evans Chisulo failed to clear. ?
However just four minutes later the Flames took the lead when Mwakasungulu’s long range shot proved too hot to handle for Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene to hold.

Africa and Asia: a new era
BBC News – May 20, 2004
The decision of the four Asian members of the Fifa executive to back Germany, rather than South Africa, led to a breakdown in ties. Suspending the Afro-Asian Cup, played between the champions of Africa and Asia, was the immediate consequence of that vote.

Milla appeals to Fifa
BBC News – May 20, 2004
Cameroon have had six points deducted from their 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign for wearing their controversial one-piece kit in Tunisia. Milla was speaking as he collected a special Fifa merit award on behalf of African football. “I hope the sanction will be lifted,” said Milla. Fifa president Sepp Blatter refused to condemn Milla’s comments. “Mr Milla had a diplomatic message to convey,” Blatter
replied obliquely… “Mr Milla had a diplomatic message to convey,” Blatter
replied obliquely. According to Fifa’s press release, Africa received the award for the continent’s contribution to the world game. “Although no African nation has yet won the Fifa World Cup, African football has achieved so much,” the release said. “Players from this continent have played themselves into the hearts of football fans around the world for many decades. “African football reflects the African mentality – enthusiastic, excitable, atmospheric, cordial, likeable and modest. “Millions of African footballers play outside of their homeland and thrill their clubs and fans with their ability and their character. “Countless clubs, including numerous big names, have benefited from the totalling class of Africa.

Liberia call up Debbah
BBC News – May 22, 2004
One of the biggest surprises in coach Kadala Kromah’s squad is the Bahrain-based James Debbah, who announced his retirement from international football after the 2002 Nations Cup finals in Mali. Oliver Makor, who plays for Ionikos in Greece, is also included despite his refusal to play for the Lone Star in protest over the government’s failure to support the team in Mali 2002. Spain-based Prince Daye, who has often turned his back in Liberia as he tries consolidate a career in Europe, is named too. Other overseas-based players in the squad are goalkeeper Sunday Sieh, who plays in India and defenders Jimmy Dixon and Dioh Williams who both ply their trade in Sweden.

Botswana offer coach new deal
BBC News – May 20, 2004
Jelusic has already made a reputation for himself since taking over as coach of the Zebras in 2002. He has guided Botswana into the quarter-finals of the Cosafa Castle Cup for a second successive year with a penalty shoot-out win over Lesotho. Botswana have also made it to the group stages of the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers, which start next month. Botswana Football Association president David Fani has said that a new deal is to be offered to Jelusic, who has also coached Angola as well as working with club sides AS Aviacao and InterClube of Luanda. Fani went to say that talk on the new deal are already underway. He also slammed local newspapers for stories about the coach’s future which have linked Jelusic with the South African side Jomo Cosmos, although this has since been denied by the club’s owner Jomo Sono. “It’s simply not true that Jelusic is leaving and the story has hurt him,” Fani said.

Sports Briefs: Colorado jury convenes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – May 22, 2004
The penalty would have presented Cameroon with a serious obstacle in its attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Tennis

Lindsay Davenport routed defending champion Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, 6-2, 6-0, yesterday to reach the Strasbourg Open final in France. The top-seeded Davenport will play Luxembourg’s Claudine Schaul for the title.

‘Tappa’ Whitmore craves a return to national colours
Jamaica Observer – May 22, 2004
That’s why I am playing some football from now because I definitely want to be in it (Jamaica’s team). I sat down and watched the two games (Venezuela and Uruguay) and I should be there (in the team)," Whitmore said. Whitmore, along with Ian Goodison, is set take up an initial one-year contract at English Second Division club Tranmere Rovers in the coming season. He told Sporting World that qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany is shaping up to be a gruelling affair. The classy midfielder, who spent two weeks in England working out the deal with Tranmere, said the toughest teams to overcome are the ones from the Caribbean… ‘Tappa’ Whitmore craves a return to national colours – JAMAICAOBSERVER. Whitmore told Sporting World that his ligament injury, which he sustained during Seba’s away game to Portmore United, is steadily healing. The injury sidelined him for approximately 10 weeks and his first game since then was played on Tuesday at Jarrett Park in the final of the Western Sports Knock Out competition against Seaview. Seba won that game on penalties coming from 0-2 down. "I just want to get back my foot one hundred per cent ready, because as you saw in the game I was limping around. I just want to get rid of that little nagging (pain), and then we take it from there, because we have the national programme to deal with seriously," Whitmore, arguably the most influential player in Jamaica’s successful 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign, said.

Mido not wanted by Tardelli
BBC News – May 22, 2004
The Italian boss is furious with the player’s attitude after he claimed to be injured and refused to answer Tardelli’s calls. “He has no place on my squad, I don’t think he will ever receive a call
from me,” Tardelli told BBC Sport. Tardelli did not include Mido in his squad that is currently preparing for the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on 6 June. But the coach was shocked and angered to find out later that Mido is currently in Cairo but has refused to join his team mates for a medical check-up. “It’s his own decision, he has brought this upon himself,” Tardelli
said. Hossam Ghali, who plays for Dutch club Feyenoord, could also face Tardelli’s wrath. Ghali has said that he will be late in joining up with the Pharaohs’ squad but it seems likely that he could face the same fate as Mido… Hossam Ghali, who plays for Dutch club Feyenoord, could also face Tardelli’s wrath. Ghali has said that he will be late in joining up with the Pharaohs’ squad but it seems likely that he could face the same fate as Mido. Tardelli is expected to ask the Egyptian Football Association to suspend both players and ban them from representing their country. “Some players think they should receive special treatment, well in
my team there is no place for such players,” Tardelli asserted. Defender Amr Disouki from Turkish side Ankaragucu and Al Ahly midfielder Hassan Mustafa have been drafted in to replace the two banished players. Egypt’s captain the veteran Hossam Hassan supports the action taken by his boss. “Playing for your country is an honour and if you don’t understand that, you don’t deserve to be among us, ” the skipper said.

FIFA celebrates 100 years of soccer
Taipei Times – May 22, 2004
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and IOC president Jacques Rogge also attended. At 100 years old, international soccer has been there, done that and most assuredly sold the T-shirts: Trade disputes, globalization, star power, violence and racism, skyrocketing salaries, but also, some of the most beautiful moments in sporting history. Soccer is played by an estimated 240 million people around the globe, and the quadrennial World Cup is by far the most watched single-sport event in the world. Two years ago, an estimated 1. 3 billion tuned in for Brazil’s victory over Germany in the final. “Football is as old as the world,” Blatter said. “People have always played some form of football, from its very basic form of kicking a ball around to the game it is today… Two years ago, an estimated 1. 3 billion tuned in for Brazil’s victory over Germany in the final. “Football is as old as the world,” Blatter said. “People have always played some form of football, from its very basic form of kicking a ball around to the game it is today. “And now, from its humble beginnings, it has become one of the largest employers in the world, the business with the biggest earnings in the world. ”
FIFA said last month it estimated a US$144 million profit on US$1. 64 billion revenue from 2003 to 2006.

Cup of salvation?
BBC News – May 20, 2004
However, the thirst for yet more European glory after United had won the 1999 Champions League final meant that the FA Cup was relegated to third in the list of Ferguson’s priorities. Once a cup of salvation, Ferguson turned his back on the famous old trophy in 2000. United were under pressure from the Football Association, who wanted them to participate in the World Club Championship in Brazil to aid England’s World Cup 2006, and withdrew from the competition. That single act damaged the prestige of the world’s oldest cup contest and arguably it has never recovered, although Ferguson feels United have had to pay a price too. “We’ve not been in a final for five years and I think we’ve served our penance for not going,” he said after the 1-0 semi-final win over Arsenal. Since their last Cup victory in 1999, United have focused solely on winning the Premiership title – which they have done three times – and challenging for the Champions League… However, the thirst for yet more European glory after United had won the 1999 Champions League final meant that the FA Cup was relegated to third in the list of Ferguson’s priorities. Once a cup of salvation, Ferguson turned his back on the famous old trophy in 2000. United were under pressure from the Football Association, who wanted them to participate in the World Club Championship in Brazil to aid England’s World Cup 2006, and withdrew from the competition. That single act damaged the prestige of the world’s oldest cup contest and arguably it has never recovered, although Ferguson feels United have had to pay a price too. “We’ve not been in a final for five years and I think we’ve served our penance for not going,” he said after the 1-0 semi-final win over Arsenal. Since their last Cup victory in 1999, United have focused solely on winning the Premiership title – which they have done three times – and challenging for the Champions League.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – May 20, 2004
The match was originally scheduled for Potchefstroom Sta- dium on the same day. Safa officials, including newly appointed Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, were in Bloemfontein this week to inspect the facilities ahead of the big game against Cape Verde Islands. – Sapa

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CHUKWU’S NINE-POINT SURVIVAL PLAN!
Vanguard – May 22, 2004
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NFA’s chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima has expressed his delight at the recent decision by Sports and Social Development minister, Colonel Musa Muhammed (rtd) to give the association the go-ahead to hire a foreign coach once it can afford the pay. Sources close to Chukwu, a former national coach of Kenya, told Weekend Sports during the week that the 53-year-old trainer has hatched a plan to ‘kill’ the ‘foreign technical adviser project’, not by opposition, but by way of performance. He wants to do everything to win those matches so that Nigeria would be on top of Group three and in good stead to qualify for both competitions, since there would be 10 matches in all. You would agree that the most crucial part of the race is certainly the beginning.

Grand jury hears evidence regarding Colorado scandal
Seattle Times – May 22, 2004
It is the first indication criminal charges might be filed in a case that has led to sweeping changes in the football program and could cost some university officials their jobs. There are allegations that football players used sex, alcohol and drugs to lure recruits to the school. Among the three witnesses appearing before the grand jury was Pasha Cowan, former manager of an escort service. Cowan has said women from her agency were hired to go to the hotel where Colorado recruits are often housed during campus visits. Maxcey has denied hiring escorts for players or recruits, saying any liaisons were for him. At least nine women have said they were sexually assaulted by Colorado football players or recruits since 1997, but no charges have been filed… Davenport’s opponent is Luxembourg’s Claudine Schaul, who defeated Emilie Loit of France 6-4, 6-1 in the other semifinal. Soccer

Cameroon’s six-point penalty for wearing one-piece uniforms during the African Cup of Nations was lifted by FIFA. The penalty would have presented Cameroon with a serious obstacle in its attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter called the move “an act of grace. ”

Cameroon also was fined $155,000, a penalty that stands. • Blatter signed a declaration supporting the World Anti-Doping Code, a move that should ensure soccer’s continued status as an Olympic sport. • As if a lucrative contract weren’t enough, Freddy Adu has something else to make fellow 14-year-olds envious: a high-school diploma.

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