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Al Ahly gets fans boost after clearance from CAF

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The Competitions Committee of the Confederation of African Football have given former champions, Al Ahly the security clearance to increase the supporter cap for their final CAF Champions League Group D match on Saturday.

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The Red Devils will host Algerian side JS Saoura at the Borg El Arab Stadium. The Egyptian club announced on Tuesday that they have been given permission to up the number of supporters allowed into the venue from 10,000 to 15,000.

Due to security concerns, Egyptian authorities have limited the number of fans allowed inside stadiums in recent years.

“We received official approval to increase the fans at the match at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium to 15,000 instead of the previously approved number [10,000],” Ahly said in a statement on their official website.

“We would like to thank the authorities for supporting Ahly as Egypt’s sole representative at the Champions League by responding to the club’s request to increase the number of supporters in the stands.”

Ahly enter the final game placed second on the Group D log. They need to defeat Saoura in order to guarantee progression into the quarterfinals, though a draw may also be enough, depending on the result of the other group match between Simba and AS Vita in Dar es Salaam.

Both matches kick off at 18h00 CAT.

 

Source: Africanfootball

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Black Stars Converge in Accra ahead of Kenya clash

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The Black Stars of Ghana have converged at the Tang palace in Accra to begin preparations for their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.

The Stars are due to take on the Harambee Stars on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The players who reported on Monday began training at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday afternoon under the guidance of Coach Kwesi Appiah.

Coach Appiah invited Kotoko trio of Felix Annan, Kwame Bonsu and Amos Frimpong into a 24-man squad to play against the Kenyans as they look to end their qualification in style at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Players invited by coach Kwasi Appiah include :

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Martizburg, South Africa) Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy) Lumor Agbenyenu ( Göztepe S.K, Turkey) Andy Yiadom (Reading Football Club, England) Amos Frimpong (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Nuhu Kassim (1899 Hoffenheim, Germany) Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy) John Boye (Metz,France) Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium)

Midfielders: Andre Ayew ( Fenerbahçe S.K, Turkey) Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain) Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England) Kwame Bonsu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Ernest Asante ( Al Jazira, UAE) Thomas Partey (Atlético Madrid) Alhassan Wakaso ( Vitória S.C, Portugal) Jeffery Schlupp ( Crystal Palace, England), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy)

Forward: Caleb Ansah Ekuban(Trabzonspor, Turkey) Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Yifang, China) Kwasi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon, UK)

Ghana defender Andy Yiadom has been ruled out of Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya because of injury.

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Hearts insist Coach Kim Grant still committed to Club

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Hearts of Oak have denied reports indicating Coach Kim Grant has parted ways with the Club.

Multiple reports suggest the former Ghana international is not happy with the departure of former CEO Mark Noonan hence was considering on leaving the Rainbow Club.

The report further claimed the ex-Black Stars forward had already stated his intensions to management of the Club.

Hearts have refuted the said reports insisting the Coach is still committed to the Club.

 

Noonan appointed Kim Grant as head Coach of the Club after the sacking of Henry Willington.

By Frank Darkwah



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CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP : Preview of last round of matches

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The last round of matches in the 2018/19 Total CAF Confederations Cup is set to take place at this very weekend with some mouth watering fixtures.

Most clubs are yet to book their tickets for the quarter finals ahead of the various meetings across the continent.

In Group A, Hassania Agadir will be hoping to keep their CAF Confederations Cup hopes alive when they play host to Group A rivals RS Berkane at Stade Adrar in Agadir on Sunday afternoon.

Agadir will be hoping for a favour from fellow countrymen Raja Casablanca who will also take on Congolese side AS Otoho as both are on five points.

In Group B, Etoile du Sahel will be expected to confirm their place in the knockout stages when they host Salitas at Stade Olympique de Sousse in Sousse on Sunday.

The Tunisian giants head into the fixture in second spot in Group B, two points adrift of local rivals and three-time CAFCC champions CS Sfaxien.

Sfaxien have already booked their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition following a 2-1 win over Etoile last time out, and the Red & White will be expected to join their Tunisian counterparts in the knockout stages with either a draw or win this weekend.

In Group C

Ghana’s Kumasi Asante Kotoko have arrived in Mbombela where they plan to upset Zesco |United in order to qualify for the quarter finals.

Nkana FC will also face Al Hilal in |Sudan and look forward to get at least a point in order to secure a quarter final berth.

In Group D

Zamalek head coach Christian Gross has warned his troops of complacency ahead of their crucial Caf Confederations Cup clash away to NA Hussein Dey in Algeria this coming weekend.

The White Knights recorded their first away win in African competitions since 2016 with victory over Petro de Luanda earlier this month, before beating Gor Mahia 4-0 on home soil in their most recent encounter.

The White Knights lead the group on eight points, followed by Petro and Hussein Dey on seven points respectively. Gor Mahia, who host the Angolan’s in Nairobi on Sunday are on six points and also still in the running for a knockout stage berth.

2019-03-17
13:00
AS |Otoho
vs
Raja Casablance
2019-03-17
13:00
Hassania Agadir
vs
RS Berkane
2019-03-17
13:00
Etoile du Sahel
vs
Salitas FC
2019-03-17
13:00
Enugu Rangers
vs
CS Sfaxien
2019-03-17
16:00
Zesco United
vs
Asante Kotoko
2019-03-17
16:00
NA Hussein Dey
vs
Zamalek
2019-03-17
16:00
Gor Mahia
vs
Petro de Ateletico
2019-03-17
16:00
Al Hilal
vs
Nkana FC

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