June’s African football news in brief

South Africa’s Keagan Dolly missed most of the season in France with a broken leg

African football stories in short for June as the countdown to the Cup of Nations in Egypt continues.

Wednesday 5 June:

South Africa’s team doctor Thulani Ngwenya has confirmed that Keagan Dolly will miss the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations with a groin injury.

The 26-year-old, who plays for French club Montpellier, had been named in Bafana Bafana’s provisional squad despite missing most of the season after breaking his leg.

An MRI scan has shown he has “aggravated his niggling groin injury”.

“He’s completely out of the Afcon. There is no chance that his groin injury will recover in time,” said Dr Ngwenya.

Algerian midfielder Victor Lekhal has had his contract with French Ligue 2 club Le Harve extended until 2023 despite he missing the end of the season with an injury.

The 25-year old has not played since March after rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments on his international debut for Algeria in a 1-0 win over Tunisia in a friendly.

After his contract extension Lekhal said: “I’m a warrior, I’ll not let go of anything just because I’m injured.”

Lekhal made 26 league appearances for Le Harve last season before his injury.

Liberia international Tonia Tisdell has renewed his contract with Cypriot top-flight club Nea Salamina Famagusta until 2020, with an option for a further year.

The 27-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season and has seen his debut season at the club limited to just six games due to injury.

Tisdell, who has 12 caps for Liberia, joined Famagusta on a free transfer from Denizlispor in Turkey’s First Lig in early February.

Wydad Casablanca put the controversies of the African Champions League second leg behind them to clinch the Moroccan league title on Tuesday.

The championship was won with a game to spare with a 4-1 win over Olympique Khouribga which put them six points clear of city rivals Raja.

It is a 20th league title for Wydad as defending champions Ittihad Tanger are 18 points further back.

Sambou Sissoko scored the winning penalty for Mali as they beat Argentina in the second round of the Under-20 World Cup

Mali overcame Argentina on penalties after a 2-2 draw to progress to the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

Argentina took the lead shortly after half-time through Adolfo Gaich before Abdoulaye Diaby headed home an equaliser in the 67th minute.

Diaby then scored an own goal just a minute into extra-time to give Argentina the lead again only for Mali to take the game to penalties as Boubacar Konte was on target in injury time at the end of the match.

Sambou Sissoko struck the winning penalty for Mali while Youssouf Koita’s save from Tomas Chancalay’s attempt was the difference in the penalties.

Mali will now face Italy on Friday in the last eight while Senegal will play South Korea a day later.

Tuesday 4 June:

Esperance were crowned Tunisian champions on Monday after a 4-0 victory over JS Kairouane in Rades.

Their victory, just three days after winning the African Champions League, makes it three league titles in a row and a 29th overall for Esperance.

“This is a remarkable achievement that I wish to celebrate with our fans towards the end of the season” Esperance coach Moain Chaabani said.

“Esperance is my team and will forever be grateful for what it has given me. I have spent 15 years as a player and I’m grateful for what it has given me.”

Esperance secured the title with 3 games left for them to play.

Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev have announced the signing of Ghanaian Mohammed Kadiri.

The 23-year-old defender joins from Austria Vienna on an initial four-year deal with the option to extend for another 12 months.

Kadiri spent last season on loan at Russian Premier League side Arsenal Tula, where he scored two goals in 27 appearances.

He is yet to make his international debut for Ghana and has not been included in the Black Stars provisional squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal’s Amadou Sagna has scored four goals at the Under-20 World Cup

Senegal beat Nigeria 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

Amadou Sagna scored his fourth goal of the finals after 36 minutes before Ibrahima Niane, who plays for French second-tier side Metz, added a second just before half-time.

Nigeria pulled one back through Success Makanjuola five minutes after the break but Senegal held on for the victory.

In the quarter-finals Senegal will play either Japan or South Korea on Saturday.

Monday 3 June:

Cameroon beat Egypt to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Holders Cameroon will play three friendlies against Zambia, Mali and Spanish division two outfit AD Alcorcon in the build up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Cameroon’s football federation (Fecafoot) published the Indomitable Lions’ training schedule on Monday, ahead of Africa’s showpiece event which kicks off on 21 June.

They will be based at the prestigious training facility of Spanish giants Real Madrid in Valdebas from 4-10 June.

The five time African champions will face Zambia on 9 June before concluding their stay in Madrid with a friendly against Alcorcon a day later.

The squad will head to Qatar for another training camp from 11-16 June where they will come up against Mali on 14 June in a warm-up game.

The Indomitable Lions have been drawn in Group F at the Nations cup and will play Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Benin.

Ivory Coast’s Football Federation has confirmed two more friendly matches – against Comoros and Ethiopia – ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Elephants, who have named a 27-man provisional squad, will face Comoros on Friday in France where they are currently at a training camp.

They will then move to a second training camp in Abu Dhabi where they will meet Ethiopia in their final warm-up game on 18 June.

Ivory Coast will play in group D at the Nations Cup alongside Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.

Sunday 2 June:

Former Nigeria U-20 forward Suleiman Abdullahi has joined newly promoted German Bundesliga side Union Berlin on a permanent deal from Eintracht Braunschweig.

The 22-year-old switched to Berlin on loan last summer and scored two goals in 19 league appearances as Union Berlin sealed promotion to the German top-flight.

“I’m very happy to continue playing for FC Union Berlin,” Abdullahi told the club website.

“It was a good year for me and I’m looking forward to the new season and the Bundesliga.”

Saturday 1 June:

Tunisia midfielder Saad Bguir has joined newly promoted Saudi top flight club Abha FC on a two-year deal after helping Esperance retain the African Champions League on Friday.

The announcement was made by Abha less than an hour after Esperance lifted the title following a controversial win over Wydad Casablanca in the final.

Bguir, 25, was the hero in last year’s Champions league final, scoring a brace against Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the return leg as Esperance won the competition.

Bguir, who has been capped 11 times by Tunisia, leaves Esperance after four seasons.

Mali booked their place in the last 16 of the Under-20 World Cup in Poland, despite a 3-2 defeat to France in their final match of Group E on Friday.

Mickael Cuisance put France ahead with Sekou Koita equalising for Mali. In the second half, Moussa Diaby and Amine Gouiri made it 3-1 to France with Ousmane Diakite adding a second for Mali in the dying seconds.

Mali will now face Argentina on 4 June for a place in the quarter-finals.

There will be an all-African last 16 tie on 3 June when Senegal and Nigeria face each other.

South Africa’s campaign ended on Friday night with a 1-1 draw against Portugal in their final Group F match.


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Publish date : 2019-06-05 03:58:48

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