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The News Review:

* Body set up to do 2010 World Cup groundwork
* WORLD CUP/NATIONS CUP QUALIFIER:Buzzing Bees storm Abuja for Eagles
* The biggest game in football
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA withdraw Nations Cup bid
* Shoot-out in Luanda
* Houllier names Diouf as biggest failure
* Sports quotas ‘no longer required’
* UP FOR THE LONG HAUL
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Gumbo steps up for Zimbabwe
* Unity Cup: Okocha confronts team-mate
* Saez signs new Spain deal
* Men Of Honour, Vision
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Woodward frustrated

Body set up to do 2010 World Cup groundwork
Independent Online – May 29, 2004
We have observed how host nations of the World Cup have furthered and significantly enhanced their commercial, economic, social, cultural and political objectives. There are opportunities now to significantly enhance prospects for South Africa and the African continent,” said Khoza. Meanwhile, the South Africa Football Association will receive government financial help for refurbishing stadiums before the World Cup, Sports Minister Makenkesi Stofile has said. “The funds will be raised for the budget that we make as the government, but also from the support we get from the private sector and Safa themselves,” he said after a parliamentary briefing. Safa is scheduled to provide about R500 million to refurbish stadiums, according to figures from the country’s bid documents. Stofile said Safa would not be able to finance the improvements on its own. The bid budgeted nearly R1 billion to upgrade stadiums and transport infrastructure for 2010.

WORLD CUP/NATIONS CUP QUALIFIER:Buzzing Bees storm Abuja for Eagles
Vanguard – May 30, 2004
The leading lights of the Nations Cup debutants are presently in Abidjan, capital of Cote d’Ivoire, where that country’s top club, APR FC square up against two-time Cup Winners Cup champions Africa Sport in one of the second leg, second round of this year’s CAF Champions League competition. APR won the first leg 1-0 in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, and will be aiming to put up a stiff resistance against the Ivorian giants not only to become the first Rwandan club to reach the dollar-spinning mini-league stage of the Champions League, but also to stay in great mental condition ahead of the battle with the two-time African champions, Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday. Sources close to the Rwandan team, managed by the itinerant Serbian Ratomir Dujkovic, hinted that the Europe-based section of the Amavubi would join the rest in Abidjan on Tuesday, before the contingent flies down to Abuja on Wednesday for the big game… The team is strong, and we have to be strong to contest against them”, said Kayizari, whose total commitment to the job was one of the reasons why Rwanda made their Nations Cup debut in Tunisia early this year. Kayizari, as well as federation Vice-President Celestine Musabyimana and Secretary-General Janvier Rwagatare would be in the 30-man contingent scheduled to land in Abuja on Wednesday. Rwanda are currently ranked number 100 in the world. Football has given so much succour to the country of about eight million people in the past year, with the sensational defeat of four-time African champions Ghana ensuring that the central African nation, where SIX out of every 10 people live on less than $1 a day, would play in the Nations Cup for the first time. At the Nations Cup, Rwanda’s enthusiastic lads had the continent’s football family impressed at the opening ceremony, holding hosts and eventual winners Tunisia for long periods before losing narrowly 2-1. They then drew with Guinea and defeated Congo DR. Last month, the country’s top club, APR eliminated four-time African club champion Zamalek of Egypt from the CAF Champions League, and then won the eight-team East and Central African Club tournament funded by President Paul Kagame.

The biggest game in football
BBC News – May 31, 2004
And either Brazil or Argentina have appeared in the final of each of the last five World Cups – as well as six of the previous 12. On Wednesday these local rivals and global giants meet with qualifying points as well as prestige at stake. Outside the World Cup finals, this is as good as international football gets. The appeal of the encounter goes way beyond the game itself. Winning the World Cup in Europe has always been the supreme challenge for the South American sides – Brazil’s 1958 triumph in Sweden remains the sole success. Wednesday’s clash is of huge significance as a pointer on the road to
Germany 2006. After the crushing disappointment of two years ago, how successfully is
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa rebuilding his side?

After five rounds they
top South America’s World Cup qualification table, and several promising
players have been introduced to the team… The appeal of the encounter goes way beyond the game itself. Winning the World Cup in Europe has always been the supreme challenge for the South American sides – Brazil’s 1958 triumph in Sweden remains the sole success. Wednesday’s clash is of huge significance as a pointer on the road to
Germany 2006. After the crushing disappointment of two years ago, how successfully is
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa rebuilding his side?

After five rounds they
top South America’s World Cup qualification table, and several promising
players have been introduced to the team. On the other hand, there has been an air of uncertainty about the side, not
helped, of course, by the boos from those in the stands who are not yet
ready to forgive their 2002 first-round elimination. Is Bielsa still sure
about his 3-3-1-3 system? Might his attacking approach make his team buckle
under pressure?

It is undeniable that Argentina’s fixtures have been
relatively easy – until now.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA withdraw Nations Cup bid
BBC News – May 31, 2004
Football association president Molefi Oliphant said South Africa would prefer to host the Confederations Cup in 2009 as a dress rehearsal. “Hosting three major football tournaments in as many years is
not a good idea so we are withdrawing our 2008 African Nations Cup
bid,” Oliphant said. That leaves Ghana and Libya in the running with the Confederation of African Football executive expected to decide later this year after World Cup-style inspections of the candidates. Ghana hosted the event in 1963, 1978 and were co-hosts with Nigeria in 2000. Libya staged the event in 1982. Egypt will host the 2006 edition of the 16-team event in Cairo.

Shoot-out in Luanda
Vanguard – May 29, 2004
The other entrants, Julius Berger FC were disgraced out in the preliminary round by a Burkinabe club. Even though the have Enyeama, named the Best Goalie at the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia early in the year, the champions would miss the services of strong defender, Seyi Ogunsanya, also in London to see to the re-launching of an oft-troubled international career. How did Enyimba find themselves in this state? Questions are being asked by many football followers who could equally not understand why the African champions have been a shadow of themselves this year, at home and abroad. Enyimba romanced disaster in the first round of the competition, beating Diaraf of Senegal 3-0 in Aba but conceding 2-0 in Dakar. In the local Premier League, the club that had won three consecutive titles is struggling on the log, with the race firmly in the grip of Dolphin of Port Harcourt. Many commentators have blamed the hasty retrenchment of Coach Kadiri Ikhana, honoured as Coach of the Year at the African awards in Cameroon… The other entrants, Julius Berger FC were disgraced out in the preliminary round by a Burkinabe club. Even though the have Enyeama, named the Best Goalie at the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia early in the year, the champions would miss the services of strong defender, Seyi Ogunsanya, also in London to see to the re-launching of an oft-troubled international career. How did Enyimba find themselves in this state? Questions are being asked by many football followers who could equally not understand why the African champions have been a shadow of themselves this year, at home and abroad. Enyimba romanced disaster in the first round of the competition, beating Diaraf of Senegal 3-0 in Aba but conceding 2-0 in Dakar. In the local Premier League, the club that had won three consecutive titles is struggling on the log, with the race firmly in the grip of Dolphin of Port Harcourt. Many commentators have blamed the hasty retrenchment of Coach Kadiri Ikhana, honoured as Coach of the Year at the African awards in Cameroon.

Houllier names Diouf as biggest failure
BBC News – May 30, 2004
It also shows how far Diouf’s career has gone off the rails. The temperamental star will have to get his act together if he is not to be reserved pride of place in the list of wasted talents. As Houllier points out, what is infuriating about Diouf is that he does have special ability – yet he is not using the best of it. Now Houllier has left Liverpool, Diouf will have the chance of a fresh start with the club’s new manager.

Sports quotas ‘no longer required’
Independent Online – May 29, 2004
We need to sit down and strategise our needs. “We still have a world cup in 2006 and we need to prepare our players and our administration. We still have the Olympics. “We can’t just be a 2010 bid department; we can’t just be a soccer world cup country,” he said.

UP FOR THE LONG HAUL
Vanguard – May 29, 2004
The series that would produce FIVE qualifiers for the World Cup and 15 for the Nations Cup in Egypt will be contested over 17 months, with the WINNER of each of the SIX groups heading to Germany, and the FIRST THREE teams in each joining hosts, Egypt, in the 25th Cup of Nations. By the new rule that has now come into effect, and which has also gone to work in the FIFA World Cup competition, with Cup holders, Brazil, competing for a place in Germany, the holders of the African title would also have to qualify this time. This means Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles are not automatic visitors to nearby Egypt in January 2006. Last week, the Confederation of African Football laid down new rules at the Extra-ordinary Congress in Paris, France. The CAF elections would no longer take place in the year of the Nations Cup, meaning there would be none of the usual commotion and politico-fisticuffs that characterize the opening chapter of every other Nations Cup competition. Back to the qualifying series, Algeria’s Desert Foxes and Angola’s Palancas Negras open the 17-month, 150-match campaign with what promises to be an open confrontation in the northern Algerian city of Annaba on Friday next week, with the rest of the weekend taking in 14 more games to rabid excitement and great expectations all over. The two teams have new coaches following the last World Cup and Nations Cup campaigns.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – May 31, 2004
Addressing the Port Elizabeth Press Club today, he said every possible effort would be made to ensure that all supporters attend matches. Jordaan said the first guiding principle for any ticketing solution for the World Cup is that it must be affordable for ordinary football fans. He says the organising committee knows that most South African soccer fans earn low wages, or are simply unemployed. “So we have to pitch it in a reasonable bracket. In Germany it would be about R120 for 2006, so we find that as a workable base. He said the price might be less in 2010… He says the organising committee knows that most South African soccer fans earn low wages, or are simply unemployed. “So we have to pitch it in a reasonable bracket. In Germany it would be about R120 for 2006, so we find that as a workable base. He said the price might be less in 2010. “It is something that we cannot determine on our own – we have to talk to FIFA, and show them how by introducing a fourth category. And having four categories instead of three, we will be able to reach the ticketing target and yet to reduce the lowest or unreserved seats for ordinary football fans.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 30, 2004
The match between the two regional powers was the key contest in the Oceania Nations Cup, which doubles as a preliminary qualifier for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Bresciano?s goal in the 39th minute stood out among a string of wasted chances by an Australian team which dominated possession… The match between the two regional powers was the key contest in the Oceania Nations Cup, which doubles as a preliminary qualifier for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Bresciano?s goal in the 39th minute stood out among a string of wasted chances by an Australian team which dominated possession.

Gumbo steps up for Zimbabwe
BBC News – May 30, 2004
For the past two years Gumbo has been assistant coach to Sunday Marimo, who quit on Friday. Gumbo told BBC Sport that he will be meeting with Zifa on Monday to discuss his long-term future with the Warriors. A former Zimbabwe midfielder, Gumbo led Highlanders to consecutive domestic championship titles in 1999 and 2000, but failed to take the team to the group stage of the Champions League. Zifa chairman Rafik Khan told BBC Sport that attempts to make Marimo change his mind were in vain.

Unity Cup: Okocha confronts team-mate
Vanguard – May 31, 2004
SPORTS Unity Cup: Okocha confronts team-mate Monday, May 31, 2004 JAY-JAY Okocha and Ricardo Gardner will have the World Cup in their sights when they go head-to-head in the Unity Cup internationals being hosted by Charlton Athletic over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Reebok team-mates will be friendly rivals on Monday afternoon when Okocha captains Nigeria and Gardner returns for Jamaica in the triangular tournament at The Valley. Brian Kerr’s Republic of Ireland make up the trio of nations competing for the Unity Cup, which is an anti-racism initiative, but there will be serious footballing issues at stake for the Super Eagles and the Reggae Boyz, who are warming up for the opening games in their bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. Nigeria take on Rwanda on Saturday, June 5, while Jamaica have a double-header against Haiti — the first leg in Miami, USA on June 12 with the return in Kingston eight days later. Okocha, who committed his future to Wanderers when he signed a new three-year contract last week, will captain Nigeria… SPORTS Unity Cup: Okocha confronts team-mate Monday, May 31, 2004 JAY-JAY Okocha and Ricardo Gardner will have the World Cup in their sights when they go head-to-head in the Unity Cup internationals being hosted by Charlton Athletic over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Reebok team-mates will be friendly rivals on Monday afternoon when Okocha captains Nigeria and Gardner returns for Jamaica in the triangular tournament at The Valley. Brian Kerr’s Republic of Ireland make up the trio of nations competing for the Unity Cup, which is an anti-racism initiative, but there will be serious footballing issues at stake for the Super Eagles and the Reggae Boyz, who are warming up for the opening games in their bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. Nigeria take on Rwanda on Saturday, June 5, while Jamaica have a double-header against Haiti — the first leg in Miami, USA on June 12 with the return in Kingston eight days later. Okocha, who committed his future to Wanderers when he signed a new three-year contract last week, will captain Nigeria. Ireland meet Jamaica in the final game next Wednesday (ko 7.

Saez signs new Spain deal
BBC News – May 31, 2004
Saez, who will now be in charge up to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, says his decision will give his squad a huge boost. “It is the perfect time to announce I’ll be staying because it will give the team renewed confidence,” he said. “Anyone involved in football knows that is important for a team to know that the coach will remain in charge. ”

Saez was offered a contract extension when his side qualified for Euro 2004 after a playoff against Norway. But the former national youth coach said he wanted to see how his players responded before signing it… Saez, who will now be in charge up to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, says his decision will give his squad a huge boost. “It is the perfect time to announce I’ll be staying because it will give the team renewed confidence,” he said. “Anyone involved in football knows that is important for a team to know that the coach will remain in charge. ”

Saez was offered a contract extension when his side qualified for Euro 2004 after a playoff against Norway. But the former national youth coach said he wanted to see how his players responded before signing it.

Men Of Honour, Vision
Vanguard – May 29, 2004
(ii) the team stretched this attitude, nay everybody’s patience, to new heights at Tunisia 2004 by sporting the illegal “siamese” kits all the way to the quarter-finals in total disregard of FIFA’s warnings. (iii) their kit suppliers were alleged to have encouraged them by offering to pay any fines that may be imposed on the team. In a similar circumstance some years ago Nigeria was banned from all age-group competitions for two years. It is shocking, therefore, that a punishment that was upheld by the appeals committee of FIFA only a few days earlier had to be reversed in deference, it seems, to the whims of certain individuals. The seeming arrogance of the Cameroonian FA, believed to be tacitly encouraged by their compatriot CAF President Issah Hayatou, has only just received a boost. The dangers inherent in this volte-face are very obvious… The seeming arrogance of the Cameroonian FA, believed to be tacitly encouraged by their compatriot CAF President Issah Hayatou, has only just received a boost. The dangers inherent in this volte-face are very obvious. Exactly what new information, besides sentiments, was this reversal based on?The days ahead would show that Football Associations all over the world would expect any sanction on them for offences committed to be treated the “Cameroonian way” if only to create a semblance of fairness and evenness. It is obvious that the monster called politics which works against “the good of the game” is already taking centrestage even at the Zurich headquarters.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Woodward frustrated
BBC News – May 31, 2004
Due to the heavy schedule Mark Regan was the only player from the World Cup squad to play in Saturday’s 32-12 loss. “The Barbarians game would be a wonderful fixture if we could play with our full-strength team,” said Woodward. “My job is to pick the strongest side I can and I don’t get excited when we are restricted because of other matches. ”

The inexperienced England line-up was out-scored five tries to nil by a Barbarians team which boasted 688 caps and the likes of Jason Leonard, Brian O’Driscoll and Mark Andrews.

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