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Uganda captain Denis Onyango has admitted that Egypt are a tough opponent ahead of their double encounter in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Cranes will host the Pharaohs on August 31 in Kampala before traveling to Alexandria to face them at Borg El-Arab Stadium on September 5. They currently sit second in group E, two points behind leaders Egypt, while Ghana sit third with only one point and Congo languish at the bottom of the group with zero points. “It’s going to be fireworks in Kampala because they know what kind of a team we are,”Onyango told BBC Sport.…

Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz has revealed that 70,000 fans will be allowed to attend Egypt’s World Cup qualifier against Uganda next September. The Pharaohs will travel to Kampala to face the Cranes on Thursday, August 31 at the Mandela National Stadium, before hosting them on the 5th of September at Borg El Arab stadium in the fourth round of Group E. The minister added that fans will only be allowed to attend the international matches and not the domestic ones due to security reasons. It’s worth mentioning that the Ministry of Interior allowed 75,000 fans to…

Iran celebrated on Monday as the country’s national soccer team qualified for next year’s World Cup finals by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 with goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi. Azmoun’s goal midway through the first half at the Azadi Stadium put them on track to qualify for a place in Russia before Taremi added a second two minutes from time as Iran reached back-to-back World Cup tournaments for the first time. The three-time Asian champions, who also missed a penalty just after the break, became the second nation after five-times champions Brazil to qualify for the finals by securing a…

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday and looks wide open after the 2015 champions Serbia and beaten finalists Brazil both failed to qualify. Some of the world’s top young footballing talent will be on display with more than 500 players in 24 teams taking part, but the bookmakers are split on who to make favourites. Bet365 make 2013 winners and 2016 under-19 European champions France 6/1 favourites, followed by Germany at 7/1 and Uruguay and Argentina, both at 9/1. But Bwin have Germany 4/1, with Argentina 5/1 and France 7/1 and Italy 9/1. France’s…

Egypt Coach Hector Cuper has named a strong squad ahead of his side’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana on the November 13. The Argentine trainer has handed  goalkeeper Essam Hadary another chance to impress following the veteran shot shopper’s  great displays against Congo Brazzaville in the opening game at the Kintele stadium last month. AS Roma star Mohammed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohammed El Nenny headline the 22-man squad that are scheduled to start camping later this week. The pharos are currently leading the standings in group E with three points after recording a victory on match day one against Congo.…

The head coach of Ghana’s U20 Women’s National team has indicated his side is far from winning the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup which will be staged in Papau New Guinea . The Black Princess are struggling to get funds to embark on a training tour before the  tournament .This has affected their preparation towards the tournament. Didi said ,”Our realistic target is to qualify from the group. Then when qualify and be part of the last eight then we can say what we want”. Speaking on Nhyira Fm in kumasi he added stated that his side want to set…

For some time now there have been a lot of people wondering why 8 key Black Maidens players who played in the qualifies couldn’t make the World Cup Squad. Earlier reports in the Ghanaian media claim the said players prior to the world cup failed the mandatory Magnetic Resonance Imaging test ( MRI ) which is totally untrue. Communications director of the team William Bossman recently granted an interview with Wamputu Sports on Happy Fm in an attempt to explain why the girls were dropped but rather he made things worse, Insisting the girls were Dropped because they were Above…

Ghana’s Black Maidens have arrived in Amman, Jordan for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which will be staged from September 30- October 21. The Ghanaian contingent which included 18- players,  the technical team and management members left Accra on Tuesday evening on board an Emirates flight. The team made a transit in Dubai and arrived in Jordan on Wednesday afternoon as they await the start of the competition next week. Coach Augustine Evans Adotey and his team will continue preparations for their group stage matches with their first game coming up against defending Champions Japan next Saturday in…

Egypt Filgoal TV Journalist Amir Abd Elhalim says the current rift between the Ghanaian Sports ministry and the Ghana Football Association is to the advantage of the pharaoh’s head of the 2018 world qualifiers. Ghana were pitted in a tricky Group E with Congo, Uganda and Egypt in the race to Russia. The Blackstars face a tough competition from their Egyptian opponent as the two are favorites to fight for the sole ticket to the Mundial. The Egyptian sports journalist believes the Maghrebian nation can qualify ahead of the West African country. “Egypt has a very good team with Mohammed…

Vanuatu’s Frederick Massing scored deep into injury time to clinch a 2‑1 win over a 10‑man Solomon Islands in the semifinal of the OFC U20 Championship and send his nation to the FIFA U20 World Cup for the first time in its history. With scores locked at 1‑1 for the entire second half, Massing unleashed a shot that took Vanuatu into the lead. It is the first time Vanuatu has ever qualified for a FIFA event and they join New Zealand who beat New Caledonia 3‑1 in the other semi‑final. They are among 24 teams who play in Korea next…