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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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Villa’s Bamweyana Hasn’t Won A League Game In 5 Games, Fans Bitter

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HAVING drawn his fifth game in nine games, coach Douglas Bamweyana may be sacked at SC Villa who are fighting relegation in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Bamweyana took the SC Villa job in November last year. He has only managed to win two games, lost two and drawn five.

Angry Villa fans threw tables at Namboole and called for his sacking. “Banweyana may lead us into problems like he did at Express so management must be careful we are tired of his dull tactics,” one angry fan said.

Bashir Mutanda scored for SC Villa and Alfred Onek got an equalizer for Bright Stars who put up a wonderful display as the game ended 1-1. Villa are 12 and three points off the relegation zone which is worrying Jogo fans. Villa have not won a game in the last five games of the league. They take on Vipers, tomorrow a game that is anticipated by many as a cracker on and off the pitch.

 

Last five games played by Villa:

Paidha 0 – 0 SC Villa

Villa 0 – 1 BUL              

Police 2 – 2 SC Villa             

Nkambi Coffee 2 – 0 SC Villa

URA 1 – 0 SC Villa        

SC Villa 1 – 1 Bright Stars

 

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Writer

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Express Fans Call For Kisala’s Sacking, Chairman Kiwanuka Assures Tactician Of His Job

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HAVING lost to Police FC by 2-0, Express FC fans have started calling for the sacking of tactician Kefa Kisala.

Police beat Express with inform Juma Balinya on the score sheet and Ruben Kimera. This means that Express have only won two games in their last six encounters.

Police have not lost a game in the last four encounters. They were last beaten by KCCA FC.  Express is tenth on the table with 21 points then Police is seventh with 24 points.

However, the Chairman Kenneth Kiryowa Kiwanuka, has denied the talk of sacking Kisala saying, “It is not true that we have sacked our coach when we make a decision we will communicate officially.”

 

By Kussam Kalema

 

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SAD!! Kaizer Chiefs Sends ‘Jajja Walu’ Packing After Only 17 Games

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Cranes star Godfrey Walusimbi alias “Jajja Walu” has been told to pack his bags and leave South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Walusinbi fell out of the pecking order at Kaizer Chiefs after the arrival of Ernst Middendorp at the start of December, with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya establishing him self as new left back.
Kaizer Chiefs officially announced on the their twitter page that they have parted ways with the left back who joined the team from Gor Mahia of Kenya.
“Walusimbi opted to go back home to Uganda. We would like to thank him for his contribution to Kaizer Chiefs and wish him all the best,” Kaizer Chiefs stated on their twitter handle.


Walusimbi arrived at the start of the current season but his stint at the Amakhosi has been very short. He made 17 apperances for the club.
Walusimbi is among the most talented left backs you can ever admirer but his professional career is questionable especially when it comes to discipline.

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Analyst

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