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May 25, 2004

Turkey will be a force: coach

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The News Review:

* Was Fifa right over Cameroon?
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Rwanda offer coach new deal
* Support for English World Cup bid
* Turkey will be a force: coach
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt humble Zimbabwe
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Minister begs Zambian stars
* BBC SPORT | Football | Other European | Real sack Queiroz
* Scolari ruffles feathers
* Morocco stand firm
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Unity Cup: Eagles Told to Win for Okocha
* Jamaica Step Up Preparations for Unity Cup
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Internationals | Northern…
* S.Korea name squad for friendlies
* Africa, Asia to Resume Soccer Ties
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Wie handed US Open entry
* NFA Threatens Supporters Club with ‘Emergency Rule’

Was Fifa right over Cameroon?
BBC News – May 23, 2004
Each week we throw up a different subject to let followers of African football have their say. Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme
On 21 May, Fifa’s centennial congress in Paris decided to revoke the six-point deduction from Cameroon’s 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign for using illegal kit at the African Cup of Nations… I am very bitter that Fifa lifted their six points deduction from Cameroon’s 2006 World Cup campaign. This is the second time that Cameroon have worn kits different from all other nations. What is special about Cameroon as a nation? Why should they be trying to differentiate themselves from other African countries? Fifa should have allowed the punishment to stand and serve as a deterrent to other nations that might want to imitate them. Dalhatu Aminu, Nigeria

Fifa has done well to lift the sanction.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Rwanda offer coach new deal
BBC News – May 23, 2004
They will try and get the coach to sign a contract before they kick-off their 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations campaign. The country’s football federation president Celestin Musabyimana has said he expects details to be finalised before their opening game against Nigeria on 5 June. Dujkovic led the Amavubi to this year’s African Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia where they failed to get past the group stages. The 58-year-old, whose two-year deal ends next month, was
one of three nominees for Caf’s Coach of the Year award
in April. While Dujkovic missed out on that title, the Rwandan team picked up the Most Impressive Achiever of the Year award.

Support for English World Cup bid
go.com – May 23, 2004
Scottish lawyer Will, one of the 24-man FIFA executive committee who decide onWorld Cup hosts, believes an England bid would have much more chance of successthan when they bid for the 2006 tournament but polled just two votes. Will told the Press Association: ‘I would think England would have a verystrong bid. The English bid for 2006 was much stronger than appeared from thepattern of voting but so much has changed since then anyway. ‘Since they bid for 2006 the FA have started an enormous internationalassistance programme. ‘They suddenly realised after the 2006 bid that the FA had become a littlebit unknown in some parts of the world and have started this huge programme -that’s bound to help. ‘Many other things have been developed too that would make a bid muchstronger next time. ‘Will said there was a ‘strong likelihood’ that the 2018 tournament would bein Europe – under FIFA’s new rotational system South Africa are the hosts in2010 and a South American country – probably Brazil – in 2014… We don’t want to dilute the potencyof our bid for 2012. The outcome of that could have a bearing so we want to waitfor the 2012 bid to be resolved before we progress any further. ‘An FA spokesman added: ‘Hosting a World Cup would be a brilliant boost forEnglish football. ‘We have shown in the past that we can host major events with Euro 96 beingan outstanding example but at this moment we still need to get a clearimpression of the Government’s thinking. ‘UK Sport have been ordered to develop a strategy on bidding for ‘mega-events’up to the year 2022. Part of this includes a campaign to boost Britain’s profileon international sporting bodies and develop a more professional footing beforebidding for major events. John Scott, UK Sport’s director of international relations and major events,said a bid for the World Cup would not be determined by the success or failureof the Olympic campaign.

Turkey will be a force: coach
The Age – May 23, 2004
Asked just how good his side can become, he answers without hesitation that Turkey can become a powerhouse of global football, perhaps the best team in the world. Speaking after his talented side had beaten an undermanned and out of sorts Australia 3-1 in the opening game of their two-match series in Sydney on Friday night, Yanal, who took over as national team coach earlier this year, made it clear that his ambitions for the status of Turkish football knew no bounds. The sky is the limit for the most improved country in world football – as long as it believes in itself and its potential, he said. “The Turkish national team, as long as it plays to its ability (and makes) its presence felt in world soccer, there’s nothing it cannot achieve,” he said through a translator. “We believe we can set our own style of play and it will be talked about throughout the world. Our technical ability is great and we think we can negate anyone else. “It all started with the change (of coach); we won 3-2 in Belgium and we have continued with the success in Australia… It’s a very important step for us. Our team is about learning and developing. No result is good enough for us. We always want to get better with every performance.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt humble Zimbabwe
BBC News – May 25, 2004
Al Ahly strikers Mohamed Abu Treka and Osama Hosny scored both goals in the second half. Treka opened the scoring with a half-volley sturck off a cross by his club-mate, while Hosny converted a penalty to score his first goal for Egypt. The game also marked the 162nd international appearance of captain and veteran striker Hossam Hassan, who failed to complete the game. Both Hassan and Hazem Emam were substituted by manager Marco Tardelli.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – May 24, 2004
‘Several candidates’”There were several candidates, but at the end only two were right; Brane Oblak and Srecko Katanec,” said NZS president Rudi Zavrl. “Today the choice was Oblak. ” He replaces Bojan Prašnikar, who was dismissed on 7 May. Oblak optionZavrl admitted Oblak was chosen after former coach Katanec had turned down the position, saying: “Oblak has been an alternative for a long time, his work with the U21 team was good, so he is a logical choice… He was also Slovenia’s most successful player, playing for a number of Europe’s top clubs including FC Bayern München, FC Schalke 04 and HNK Hajduk Split and represented the former Yugoslavia at international level. World Cup bidSlovenia lost to Croatia in the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2004™ and recently suffered friendly defeats by Poland, Latvia and Switzerland. Oblak is expected to lead the side in their bid to reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Slovenia have been drawn alongside Italy, Scotland, Norway, Moldova and Belarus in qualifying Group 5. All rights reserved.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Minister begs Zambian stars
BBC News – May 23, 2004
Three players Gift Kampamba, Mwape Miti and Moses Sichone have declined to play against Togo on 5 June in a 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier for various reasons. Kampamba, who plays for Rostov in Russia says he will not play for Zambia until he is paid the US $1,600 owed to him by the football association. Striker Miti, who is with Danish side OB Odense, insists he has retired from international football while FC Cologne defender Sichone has not agreed his playing terms with the association. Sports minister Reverend Gladys Nyirongo says that the players should be more patriotic. “I think these professionals must know that playing for their country is an honour,” she told BBC Sport.

BBC SPORT | Football | Other European | Real sack Queiroz
BBC News – May 24, 2004

Camacho, who arrives from Benfica on a contract until June 2006, is a Real Madrid legend who played 414 matches for the Spanish giants between 1974 and 1989. He also won 81 caps for Spain and coached the national team at Euro 2000 and
the 2002 World Cup. It will be his second spell in charge at Real. He spent 23 days in charge in the
summer of 1998 before falling out with former president Lorenzo Sanz… ”

Camacho, who arrives from Benfica on a contract until June 2006, is a Real Madrid legend who played 414 matches for the Spanish giants between 1974 and 1989. He also won 81 caps for Spain and coached the national team at Euro 2000 and
the 2002 World Cup. It will be his second spell in charge at Real. He spent 23 days in charge in the
summer of 1998 before falling out with former president Lorenzo Sanz. “Camacho will be have a large amount of input into new signings,” said Perez.

Scolari ruffles feathers
BBC News – May 24, 2004
Whereas Sven-Goran Eriksson’s success had been in club football, Portugal employed a man who had already won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s appointment was widely welcomed in Portugal, but since arriving he has not been afraid to ruffle feathers in his adopted country. His decision to pick Porto midfielder Deco initially caused uproar. Deco, Brazilian-born but resident in Portugal since he was 17, became a Portuguese citizen at Scolari’s request and scored on his debut against Brazil. But his arrival in the squad upset Portugal’s veterans like
Luis Figo and Rui Costa, though Scolari bluntly ignored their complaints.

Morocco stand firm
BBC News – May 25, 2004
Morocco, bidding for the fourth time, was four votes behind the South Africans, who got the backing of 14 members of the 24-man Fifa executive. “We presented a good bid and we worked on it with all our hearts,” said Kettani at a news conference on Monday, his first in Morocco since the vote. Some observers in the Moroccan media have questioned the impartiality of Fifa president Sepp Blatter in the bidding process, with one journalist accusing him of working against Morocco’s bid shortly after the decision was announced at the World Trade Centre in Zurich. While Kettani said that promises might have been made to South Africa after it lost by a single vote to Germany for the right to host the 2006 finals, he said no blame should be laid at Fifa’s door.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 24, 2004
We don?t want to dilute the potency of our bid for 2012. 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. ? England suffered a humiliating defeat when they bid for the 2006 World Cup, picking up just two votes and going out in the first round. afpAsashoryu defeats Hokutoriki to take Summer SumoTOKYO: Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Hokutoriki in a playoff Sunday to win his second bout of the day and capture his third straight Emperor?s Cup on the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Asashoryu defeated Chiyotaikai in the final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan to set up the dramatic playoff after makuuchi debutante Hakuho upset Hokutoriki in an earlier bout as both wrestlers finished at 13-2. In the playoff, Asashoryu came charging out of the blocks, got both hands on the back of Hokutoriki?s belt and calmly lifted the top maegashira out to claim the title, denying Hokutoriki his first Emperor?s Cup. ?When I lost to him earlier in the tournament, I was determined to get another chance,? Asashoryu said.

Unity Cup: Eagles Told to Win for Okocha
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 24, 2004
“Our players are in the top bracket of leading club sides in Europe. They play with these other nationals from the nations tipped to win the World Cup so why can’t they equally combine to win the same trophy. If we can organise well, we can surprise the world in 2006 softening the grounds for an encore in 2010 in South Africa. ”
A member of the Nigerian Football and Other Sports Association said, “It was beneficial that we did not win in Tunisia. I was there to support them and will be in all their friendlies and competitive matches. ”
Asked her views of the World Cup qualifiers she said, “this Unity Cup is part of it all. All matches I hope will be played as if it is the last match to determine our qualification.

Jamaica Step Up Preparations for Unity Cup
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 23, 2004
By Monday the leagues in the UK and Jamaica would have been completed for the season, and only the players involved in the US Major League Soccer will still be active. Brown will not be taking any chances. Defeat would mean a swift, brutal end to Jamaica’s 2006 Germany World Cup campaign, and no more meaningful football for the senior Boyz until the 2010 campaign. And facing an uncomfortable foe as Haiti in what should be humid conditions in Florida, Brown believes that good conditioning can compensate for the adverse effects of the humidity on particularly the British- based players. “We want to do some work with them there and then use the last week before the game against Haiti to finalise the tactics and technical work that we need. ”
The technical director also told the Observer that captain Theodore Whitmore, who has missed all three friendly internationals for Jamaica this year, will be back in the camp after recovering from an ankle injury. “Good news I would say, we just heard that he has signed with Tranmere Rovers for one year next season which I am certain will motivate him and inspire him to continue his football.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Internationals | Northern…
BBC News – May 25, 2004
The deal is believed to be worth in the region of ?200,000 for the Irish Football Association. Northern Ireland last week unveiled a new playing strip and announced gear and sponsorship deals with Umbro and JJB Sports. Lawrie Sanchez’s side begin a three-game Caribbean tour against Barbados on Sunday with matches against St Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago following later next week. The latest sponsorship is in addition to Nationwide’s
continued support of the Nationwide Irish Cup. Nationwide’s Head of Sports Marketing, Peter Gandolfi said: “We are delighted with the presence we have built in Northern Ireland through
football… ”
Meanwhile, Lawrie Sanchez says his target for the Caribbean tour is that his team go through the three-match tour unbeaten. “It’s a big ask when you consider that Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago are above us in the world rankings,” said Sanchez. “I want the players to believe they can do something in the World Cup group. “If we can go into the Poland game on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, it will give us confidence.

S.Korea name squad for friendlies
go.com – May 25, 2004
friendly –>Updated: May 25, 2004S. Korea name squad for friendliesSEOUL, May 25 (Reuters) – South Korea named a 24-man squad on Tuesday to face Turkey in a pair of friendlies on June 2 and June 5, and a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Vietnam four days later. Netherlands-based Park Ji-sung returns to the internationalset-up for the first time since February, while four otherforeign-based players were also included in interim coach ParkSung-hwa’s squad. Lee Young-pyo, Park’s team mate at PSV Eindhoven, wasmissing from the squad due to mandatory reservist training withthe South Korean army. The Korea Football Association (KFA) is hoping to sign a newcoach before the end of May and has sent representatives toEurope and Dubai to interview potential candidates. Bruno Metsu, who led Senegal to the quarter-finals of the2002 World Cup, and Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari are theKFA’s favoured candidates for the job, while Sunderland managerMick McCarthy and former Turkey coach Senol Gunes have also beenlinked with the post.

Africa, Asia to Resume Soccer Ties
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 24, 2004
Tunisia, who won this year’s African Nations Cup, will meet the Asian Cup winners in a two-legged match early next year, in a resumption of the Afro-Asian Nations Cup, last played almost five years ago. The Asian Cup is being held in China in July. The game between the continental champions is traditionally played every two years but was halted when CAF cut ties with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) following Asia’s support for Germany over South Africa in the 2006 World Cup bidding race four years ago. Also to be restored is the annual meeting between the winners of the African Champions League and their Asian counterparts. This will start again at the end of the year after both African Champions League and Asian Champions League campaigns conclude in December.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Wie handed US Open entry
BBC News – May 24, 2004
“She is an exceptional talent and has proven herself against the best players in the world,” said Jeanne Myers,
chairman of the USGA Women’s Committee. The 14-year-old made the lowest score by a female in PGA Tour history at January’s Sony Open and has finished in the top 20 in three 2004 LPGA events. Wie will also represent the United States in June’s Curtis Cup in England.

NFA Threatens Supporters Club with ‘Emergency Rule’
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 25, 2004
Ogunjobi said the warning was necessary as the in fighting in the club could affect Nigeria’s World Cup fortunes beginning from next month’s Germany 2006 qualifier against Rwanda. The club has been polarised into two factions headed by the President General Worldwide Rafiu Ladipo and Chairman Nigerian Chapter Waheed Aderenle Yusuf for the control of its soul. But at a truce finding meeting, which brought Ogunjobi to Lagos, the NFA scribe warned the factions to chart the path of peace in the interest of Nigerian football. He told reporters that the federation recognised Ladipo and Yusuf as the leaders of the clubs… Ogunjobi said the warning was necessary as the in fighting in the club could affect Nigeria’s World Cup fortunes beginning from next month’s Germany 2006 qualifier against Rwanda. The club has been polarised into two factions headed by the President General Worldwide Rafiu Ladipo and Chairman Nigerian Chapter Waheed Aderenle Yusuf for the control of its soul. But at a truce finding meeting, which brought Ogunjobi to Lagos, the NFA scribe warned the factions to chart the path of peace in the interest of Nigerian football. He told reporters that the federation recognised Ladipo and Yusuf as the leaders of the clubs. “We are in search of peace.

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