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AFCON QUALIFIERS TIPS & PREVIEWS: What You Need To Know About Friday Games: Togo Yet To Register A Win!

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Friday AFCON games:

Cameroon vs Malawi5:30

Gabon vs South Sudan 6:00

Angola  vs Mauritania 6:00

Guinea vs Rwanda 6:00

Togo – Gambia 8:00

Mali vs Burundi 9 :00

Algeria vs Benin 9:00

 

Togo and Gambia will be hoping to re-ignite their respective hopes of reaching the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they lock horns in a third round qualifying match at the Stade Municipal in Lomé on Friday evening.

The two nations have yet to register a win between them after two rounds of fixtures with Group D rivals Algeria and Benin currently occupying the two automatic qualifying spots.

Togo suffered a 1-0 defeat away to the Fennec Foxes before being held to a goalless draw by the Squirrels of Benin in their most recent qualifier.  Gambia have also conjured a mere point thus far with a 1-0 loss in Benin last year followed by a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Algeria last month.

The Scorpions head coach Tom Saintfiet has kept faith in the players that helped Gambia to a well-earned point at home to the more fancied Algerians, with the likes of Bubacarr Trawally, Omar Colley, Hamza Barry and Modou Barrow all overlooked.

Instead, Saintfiet will be counting on the likes of Atalanta’s Musa Barrow as they set their sights on what would be a first AFCON appearance in Cameroon next year.

“For the other people (the missing players) it is not a selection against them, it’s a selection for the people we choose,” Saintfiet said.

“It would be unfair as a coaching team not to recognize that, not to respect that and to drop people who have shown me as a new coach that they’re ready to fight and die for the country.”

Claude Le Roy’s Togo can still count on former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor who is still scoring goals in Turkey’s top flight.

In three previous meetings between the two sides, both Togo and Gambia have claimed a win apiece with the other game ending all square.

Verdict:

Adebayor to score and Togo will edge it out.

Togo – Gambia-1

Mali’s inform striker Moussa Marega

Can Burundi Upset The Inform Mali?

Mali will be aiming to build on their unblemished record when they play host to Burundi in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on Friday evening.

The Eagles currently occupy top spot in Group C following two wins from two matches. Mali followed a 2-1 win at home to Gabon with a 3-0 thumping of South Sudan in Juba last month, and will be eyeing a third successive victory in the Malian capital.

Mali head coach Mohammed Magassouba has handed maiden national call-ups to Cheick Oumar Doucoure and Alimani Gory for their back-to-back games against Burundi.

There is still no place for captain Yacouba Sylla who has struggled for game time in Belgium, while West Brom’s Bakary Sako was also not summoned.

Mali boast an exciting squad with the likes of Amadou Haidara,Yves Bissouma and Moussa Marega in their ranks. Haidara has especially caught the eye for Red Bull Salzburg and has been tipped for a bright future. Burundi currently occupy second spot in the group with a 3-0 win over South Sudan.

Verdict:

Mali vs Burundi-1/gg

Zaha is ready despite being in great form at Crystal Palace

Can Ivory Coast Blow Away CAR

Ivory Coast will square off with Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group H match.

The encounter will be played at the Stade Bouake in Bouake on Friday, October 12.

The Elephants secured a 2-1 over Rwanda away in their previous 2019 AFCON qualifier last month.

The win extended Ivory Coast’s unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions having two draws and two wins.  The West African giants will be targeting nothing but a victory against an unpredictable CAR side.

Meanwhile, CAR suffered a 1-0 defeat to Guinea away in their previous 2019 AFCON qualifier last month.

The defeat ended the Wild Beasts’ four-match unbeaten run in all competitions having recorded two draws and two wins.

The West African side will be hoping to cause an upset against a strong Ivory Coast side.

Verdict:

Ivory Coast – Central African Republic-1/over

More betting tips Friday:

Gabon -South Sudan-1

Angola – Mauritania-1

Guinea – Rwanda-1/gg

Cameroon – Malawi-1

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Betway Brands The Home Of Express FC

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Express FC sponsors betway have branded the entire Mutesa II stadium.

On 5 November, betway, one of the World’s top betting companies partnered with ‘mukwano Gwabangi’ and unveiled a deal worth Shs400m at Hotel Africana.  This partnership includes shirt sponsorship and Stadium naming rights, packaged with a leveraging budget as development partners for the team and management of Express FC.

“Things are happening at Wankulukuku stadium the home of Express,” Kiwanuka Kiryowa, the Express chairman tweeted.

Having dropped two points against Vipers in a game that led to the suspension of the match officials for accepting an offside goal, Kefa Kisala’s Express is expected get three points off a coach less Onduparaka.

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Struggling Villa Appoint Bamweyana Who Almost Sunk Express, Timbe And Mugerwa

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Sam Timbe (L) and Bamweyana (R)

SC VILLA interim committee have decided to change the entire technical team and appointed Douglas Bamweyana as head coach.

Bamweyana was named on the team to take over the technical duties at Villa Park. The team also had Sam Timbe Simon, Peter Mugerwa and is headed by William Nkemba. It is now a year since Douglas Bamweyena was sacked at Express during Nakiwala Kiyingi’s reign over poor results.

“The interim committee would like to inform the football fraternity that in view of the poor results the club has been posting this season so far, they have agreed to terminate Moses Basena’s contract by mutual consent. The club appreciates Mr. Basena’s efforts,” Villa interim committee said.

The official communication from Villa, further said that Mr. Bamweyana’s appointment as head coach takes immediate effect.

Who is who on this technical team?

 Sam Timbe: He is going to work as a technical director overseeing the work of Bamweyana and Mugerwa. Timbe has been jobless since partying ways with Tusker of Kenya last year.

Bamweyana: He was appointed as the head coach replacing Moses Basena, and he is expected to handle the club professionally without any excuses. Villa have not won a game this season.

Simon Mugerwa: He has a lot of experience when it comes to finding good players. He won the post primary tournament with Buddo SS but he failed to take the Masaza Cup with Buddu.

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Villa Woes Deepen – Club Coach Basena Resigns

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SC Villa Woes have deepened after coach Moses Basena resigned.

Sources told the Grapevine that Basena could not stand the pressure from Villa fans who have always been humiliating him for failing to win a league game in eight games played this season.

“Basena  had to step down and do other things but the Villa job has been very tough because the big men are not willing to inject funds into the club,” a person close to Basena told the Grapevine.

Former Cranes and SC Villa defender Nestroy  Kizito, who has been working with Basena as his assistant told The Grapevine that Basena was bitter with the Villa fans who abused him after the Tooro United draw. “We were abused and the fans told us to leave their club,” Nestroy said.

What went wrong at Villa?

It should be remembered that Villa woes started when they kicked out former president Eng. Ben Misagga.

It is alleged that when Misagga got information that he was going to be fired from the club’s presidency, he sold off all the good players and by the time Omar Mandela’s team took over, Villa had only four players left (Ambrose Kirya (Villa captain), Joseph Nsubuga, Samson Kirya and Yusuf Wasswa.

Villa fans blame Misagga for leaving the team with average players and the new leaders for buying rejects like Savio Kabugo, Habib Kavuma and Manko Kaweesa, during the transfer market.

Villa maybe in the Express dilemma of being relegated like Express last season because each game that passes the situation is worrying. Rejected players like Savio Kabugo, Habib Kavuma and Manko Kaweesa are part of the Villa team struggling in the league.

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