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Jordaan eyes Exco position
World Cup 2010 LOC CEO Danny Jordaan will this week find out if his candidature for a place on the FIFA Executive Committee has been successful. Jordaan is one of five candidates contesting two of Africa’s four places at this week’s CAF Congress in Khartoum, Sudan. Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma is seeking re-election after the end of his four-year term, while the position of the disgraced Amos Adamu – suspended by FIFA after being caught up in the Sunday Times “cash for votes” expose – is also up for grabs. Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya, Mohamed Raouraoua of Algeria and Suketu Patel of Seychelles are also standing for election. “It’s not all about Danny Jordaan. SA is now a major player in the world after a successful World Cup,” Jordaan told South Africa’s Sunday Times. “The time has come for us to take our rightful place in CAF and FIFA so that we can contribute in the development of football in the region.” Fifteen candidates will meanwhile contests six seats on the CAF Executive Committee.
Hosts make CHAN last four
This week’s CAF Congress will be set against the background of the closing stages of the 2011 African Nations Championship (CHAN). Hosts Sudan are the surprise package of the tournament, which sees the continent’s national teams comprised only of those players who ply their trade on African soil. “My team is gradually gaining the confidence to play. Their performance moves up match after match and that is very critical to the progress of the team,” said Sudan’s head coach, Mohamed Abdallah, after they saw off Cameroon 8-7 on penalties in the quarter-final. His team will face Angola in Merreikh tomorrow evening, while Algeria will face Tunisia in Khartoum. The final is to be staged in Merreikh on Friday.
Egypt Premier League seeks post-revolution restart
Egypt’s Premier League clubs have called for the resumption of their season, which was postponed indefinitely after revolution brought an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year rule. Most Premier League clubs met the Egyptian FA yesterday and agreed upon a series of extraordinary measures to ensure that the league is concluded swiftly. These include the possibility of annulling relegation this season, playing games behind closed doors, and bringing in strict financial controls, including a salary and transfer cap.
Egypt national team seek postponement
The Egyptian FA will this week ask CAF to postpone by three months its African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa because of the unrest in the country. Egyptian football website FilGoal.com report that the postponement will be requested because the postponement of the country’s league has set its players back. “The team must have suffered a dip in form after the league was halted, so we want to put off the game with South Africa,” Egypt’s assistant coach Hamada Sedki said. “We will send a letter to CAF on Wednesday. We will ask them to play the game in June should they accept our request.”
FIFA sponsors target Brazil
FIFA’s main sponsors have concluded a three-day workshop in Sao Paolo as attention moves to the 2014 finals in Brazil. Executives from adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai-Kia, Sony and Visa attended the event, which was designed as a knowledge-sharing platform. Delegates also received updates on preparations for the finals on topics that included stadium construction, security and communication. “The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be a unique event and represents a great opportunity for Brazil,” said Brazilian Federation president and FIFA Exco member, Ricardo Teixiera, who opened the event. “It will not be the same as it was in Germany and it will not be the same as it was in South Africa. It will have a local, Brazilian flavour and will show the world the many facets that this country has to offer. You will play a vital role in ensuring the success of
Japan target 2014 World Cup glory
Asian Champions Japan have set their sights on the next World Cup, after celebrating success in last month’s AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. “This is nothing but a starting point for us,” coach Alberto Zaccheroni said at a party celebrating the nation’s AFC Asian Cup conquest. “I want to help Japanese football grow like every industry in Japan keeps on growing. And I want to help Japan qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and fight for the top spot there.” Zaccheroni said that he expected Japanese football to grow in influence over the next three years and for more Japanese players to join top European clubs. Left back Yuto Nagatomo last month joined Inter Milan on loan from Cesena.
Slovenian FA elect new president
Slovenia’s Football Association (NZS) has elected 43 year-old lawyer, Aleksander Ceferin, as its new president. Ceferin has pledged to improve the quality of Slovenia’s domestic league and its standards of organization. “I sincerely thank you for your support. This is not only an honour but also a strong commitment to work in the future,” Ceferin was quoted by uefa.com. “Despite being a small country, we have many areas where we have achieved great success, including in football.”
Ferguson slams UEFA’s “Killer” ticket
Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has slammed UEFA’s “killer” pricing for this year’s Champions League Final at Wembley. UEFA last week unveiled minimum prices of £150 for the May 21 encounter, with many fans forced to pay an administration fee of £26 on top of that price. “It’s unbelievable and disappointing,” Ferguson, whose United team play Marseille in a round of 16 game this week, said. “It’s a killer and a corporate deal, that. Managers and players can’t do anything about it. I don’t know what you can do. You have a booking fee also of £26 or whatever it is, so dearie me.”
King Kenny seeks closure over Liverpool’s darkest day
Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, has attempted to bring closure on the club’s role in the Heysel Stadium disaster, when rioting by the club’s fans led to the deaths of 39 fans at the 1985 European Cup Final against Juventus in Brussels. Liverpool have previously encountered criticism for not facing up to their role in the tragedy, but Dalglish says that the ban on participation in European football was justified and that other clubs had even bigger grievances. “Obviously I wish the ban had never happened as that would have meant Heysel had never happened. And that would have been the wishes of every single person. But what happened happened and we had to pay some punishment, and that [a six year ban] was it,” said Dalglish, who last week managed Liverpool in Europe for the first time – some 25 years after first taking the job. “It wasn’t just Liverpool who suffered, Everton didn’t play in the Champions League and they were innocent. They weren’t even at Heysel, so there’s people with a lot greater grievances than us. Heysel was a terrible tragedy, for so many people to lose their lives in a football match was appalling. And it was right that somebody was punished.”
Ranieri walks as Roma implode
AS Roma are seeking a new manager following Claudio Ranieri’s resignation yesterday, after his team threw away a three goal lead to lose 4-3 against Genoa. It follows a 3-2 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk last week in the Champions League and angry fan protests after the latest defeat. Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, who is helping broker the club’s sale to an American consortium, denied that the upheaval will scupper the sale of the heavily indebted club. “I think we are talking about a consortium made up of experts who won’t be scared,” Alemanno told reporters.
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