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AFCON 2019: Meet The 24 Finalist For Egypt 2019

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The CAF African Cup of Nations makes a return after a 2-year break, the tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. The West African nation would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. The Indomitable Lions were also the title holders after winning the previous edition.

On 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in the delivery of infrastructure, Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis. On 8 January 2019, Egypt were chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the new host of the biennial football competition.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June and July has been pushed back by a week to cater for the holy month of Ramadan, the tournament’s chief told AFP.

The four-week long event will now run from June 21-July 19 instead of June 15-July 13, said Mohamed Fadl, a former player who has been handed the task of supervising the continental showpiece by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Also, the 2019 edition will be the first with 24 teams and will also the Video Assistant Referee (VAR ) introduced into AFCON, six venues, Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Salam Stadium in Cairo will host the games

This will be the fifth time Egypt will be hosts after 1959, 1974 1986 and 2006, hoping to be winners after coming second place to Cameroon who won the last edition in Gabon, Nigeria winners in 2013 will hope to return as winners after missing the last two editions.

Algeria will hope to make a statement, while Senegal with their array of stars led by Sadio Mane will look to break the jinx and win the ever elusive trophy, Zaha and Ivory Coast will seek to repeat the 2015 feat when they won it last. Ghana will want to revive their dwindling status as the powerhouse and Morocco will hope to post better performance than what they achieved in Russia last year.

 

GROUP A

 

EGYPT

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Nickname: The Pharaohs

Appearance: 24th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x7)

Coach: Javier Aguirre

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Star: Mo Salah (Liverpool)

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DR CONGO

Nickname: Leopards

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Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x2 1968, 1974)

Coach: Florent Ibenge

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Star: Cedric Bakambu (Villareal) , Yannick Bolaise(Everton)

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UGANDA

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Nickname: The Cranes

Appearance: 7th

Last Appearance: 1979

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1978)

Coach: Sébastien Desabre

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Star: Farouk Miya (ND Gorica)

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ZIMBABWE

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Nickname: The Warriors

Appearance: 4th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group stage (2004, 2006,2017)

Coach: Sunday Chidzambwa

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Star: Khama Billiat (Kaizers Chief), Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht)

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GROUP B

 

NIGERIA

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Nickname: Super Eagles

Appearance: 18th

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: Winners (x3 1980, 1994, 2013)

Coach: Gernot Rohr

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Star: John Obi Mikel (Middlesborough) (Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

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GUINEA

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Nickname: Syli Nationales

Appearance: 11th

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Runners up (1976)

Coach: Paul Put

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Star: Naby Keita (Liverpool)

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MADAGASCAR

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Nickname: Barea

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Nicolas Dupuis

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Star: Faneva Ima Andriastima (Clement foot)

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BURUNDI

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Nickname: The Swallows

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Olivier Niyungelo

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Star: Sadio Berahino(Stoke City)

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GROUP C

 

SENEGAL

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Nickname: The Lions of Teranga

Appearance: 15th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Runner-up (2002)

Coach: Aliou Cisse

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Star: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

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ALGERIA

Nickname: Desert Foxes

Appearance: 18th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (1990)

Coach: Djamel Belmadi

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Star: Riyadh Mahrez (Manchester City)

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KENYA

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Nickname: Harambee Stars

Appearance: 6th

Last Appearance: 2004

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Sebastian Migne

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Star: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)

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TANZANIA

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Nickname: Taifa Stars

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: 1980

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Emmanuel Amuneke

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Star: Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk)

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GROUP D

 

MOROCCO

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Nickname: Atlas Lions

Appearance: 17th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1976)

Coach: Herve Renard

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Star: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund)

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COTE DIVOIRE

Nickname: The Elephants

Appearance: 26th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x2, 2015 & 1992)

Coach: Ibrahim Kamara

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Star: Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)

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SOUTH AFRICA

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Nickname: Bafana Bafana

Appearance: 9th

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1996)

Coach: Stuart Baxter

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Star: Percy Tau (Union SG )

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NAMIBIA

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Nickname: Brave Warriors

Appearance: 3rd

Last Appearance: 2008

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Fillemon Kanallelo

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Star: Rudolf Bester (Alexandra Black Aces)

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GROUP E

 

TUNISIA

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Nickname: Carthage Eagles

Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x1 2004)

Coach: Alain Giresses

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Star: Youssef Msakni (AS Eupen)

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MALI

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Nickname: The Eagles

Appearance: 10th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Runners up (1972)

Coach: Mohamed Magassouba (Interim)

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Star: Adama Traore (Cercle Brugge)

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MAURITANIA

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Nickname: Lions of Chinguetti

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Corentine Martin

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Star: Adama Ba (Gazişehir Gaziantep)

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ANGOLA

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Nickname: Palanga Negras

Appearance: 8th

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: Quarter finals (2008 & 2010)

Coach: Srdjan Vasiljevic

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Star: Gelson Dala (Rio Ave)

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GROUP F

 

CAMEROON

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Nickname: Indomitable Lions

Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x5)

Coach: Clarence Seedorf

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Star: Christian Bassagog (Henan Jianye)

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GHANA

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Nickname: Black stars

Appearance: 22nd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x4)

Coach: James Kwesi Appiah

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Star: Andre Ayew ( Fenerbahçe)

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BENIN

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Nickname: The Squirrel

Appearance: 3rd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Micheal Dussuyer

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Star: Stephane Sessegnon (Gençlerbirliği)

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GUINEA-BISSAU

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Nickname: Djurtus

Appearance: 2nd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group Stage

Coach: Baciro Cande

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Star: Piqueti Djassi (Al-Shoulla)

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

READ ALSO: Mosengo-Omba Is CAF New General Secretary

The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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