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Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, B.Faso ,Cape Verde advance

Le 30 avril 2014, 04:20 dans Humeurs 0

Minnows Cape Verde brew a shocker by eliminated Tunisia from the World Cup Africa zone qualifying competition on Saturday after winning 2-0 in Rades. FIFA 14 Ultimate Team PC Coins The home side Tunisia needed just a draw to win the group by goals from Platini and Nhuck in the first half gave the Blue Sharks the three points that saw them through . Earlier in the day Ethiopia had come from behind to defeat Central African Republic 2-1 in Congo and finish top of Group A with 13 points, two more than 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, whose 4-1 home win over Botswana in Durban proved futile.

Ethiopia, bottom seeds in a mini-league expected to be dominated by SouthAfrica, join Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria in two-leg play-offs.

Nigeria overcame Malawi 2-0 in Calabar to win Group F with the match settled early in the second half when Victor Moses converted a penalty and Malawian Limbikani Mzava was red carded. Emmanuel Emenike put the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winners ahead in first-half stoppage time against opponents who never threatened to clip the 'Super Eagles' wings.

Prejuce Nakoulma scored nine minutes after half-time to earn Cup of Nations runners-up Burkina Faso a 1-0 Group E win over Gabon in Ouagadougou and top place. Long-time leaders Congo Brazzaville needed maximum points in Niger, but could manage only a 2-2 draw after falling behind twice to goals from Mahamane Cisse and Daouda Kamilou. Fabrice Nguessi levelled four minutes after coming off the bench and Ulrich Kapolongo grabbed the second equaliser for the 'Red Devils' 14 minutes from

time.

In another closely fought encounter in Group J , Senegal left it late against Uganda who were down to ten men for all of the second half after Godfrey Walisimbi saw red in the 36th minute. Senegal score a late winner in the 84th minute through Sadio Mane to clinch top spot in the group and ensure passage to the play offs.

Cameroon are at home to Libya Sunday and a win for either country would take them through to the final round with the draw scheduled for September 16 in Cairo.

"Not qualifying for the final round is a huge personal disappointment," admitted South Africa coach Gordon Igesund, "but I am thrilled with the display." Igesund, a highly successful domestic coach with four Premiership titles, succeeded sacked Pitso Mosimane after draws with Ethiopia and Botswana. He led a much-changed team to three victories, but they lost 2-1 away to Ethiopia last June in what proved to be the decisive match.

Minyahel Teshome was an ironic 61st-minute match-winner for Ethiopia in a match switched from Bangui to Brazzaville because of post-C.A.R. coup security concerns. Teshome played in an away win over Botswana when suspended, resulting in Ethiopia being docked three points and having qualification put on hold. Central African Republic, out of the reckoning after four losses in a row,took the lead when Salif Keita scored FUT 14 PS3 Coins midway through the opening half in the Congolese capital. After both goalkeepers made outstanding late opening-half saves, Salahdin Ahmed levelled three minutes into the second half.

USA vs. Mexico 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Le 29 avril 2014, 06:51 dans Humeurs 0

Extensive Coverage of USA and Mexico National Teams on Sept. 6 and 10 FIFA International Match Days

ESPN media platforms will FIFA 14 PS3 Coins combine to provide unprecedented coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between USA and Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 10, live from Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN’s presentation will begin with a special 90-minute ESPN FC preview show from the stadium at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by a one-hour pregame show beginning at 7 p.m., and leading into live match coverage at 8 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN.

In addition, ESPN Deportes Radio will broadcast the match. ESPN Deportes TV’s Spanish-language news and information coverage will include full editions and segments of shows from Columbus on programs such as SportsCenter, Futbol Picante and Raza Deportiva.

The USA-Mexico match will potentially qualify the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) for Brazil 2014. More than 220 credentials have been issued to ESPN personnel providing match and surround content to fans via a myriad of platforms, making USA vs. Mexico the most comprehensive commitment by a media company in the United States for a single soccer event.

SportsCenter and Other Additional Coverage:

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 8, SportsCenter will preview the USA vs. Mexico match including reporting by award-winning journalist Jeremy Schaap (USA) and ESPN’s Mexico City-based reporter John Sutcliffe (Mexico). ESPN’s USA vs. Mexico highlights:

11 English-language on-air commentators across ESPN’s match telecast and studio programming: Bob Ley (match host) and Dan Thomas (ESPN FC host); Ian Darke (play-by-play); Shaka Hislop, Kasey Keller, Alexi Lalas, Alejandro Moreno, Jorge Ramos and Taylor Twellman (analysts); and Schaap and Sutcliffe (reporters);

ESPN Deportes Radio match broadcast: Ramos and Hernan Pereyra;

Six Spanish-language commentators headline ESPN Deportes’ news and information programming: José Ramón Fernández (host), Roberto Gomez Junco, Luis Roberto Alves (better known as “Zague”), Rafa Puente, Ricardo Puig, and Heriberto Murrieta;

In all, ESPN will use 18 on-air commentators – studio hosts, match play-by-play commentators, analysts, studio analysts and reporters – to cover the match across TV and audio networks;

For the first time, ESPN FC on TV will be on site to present a 90-minute pre-match show live from Columbus on ESPN2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.;

Schaap, who covered the U.S. Men’s National Team’s last two FIFA World Cup campaigns (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010) returns to reporting the team’s news through Brazil 2014;

Three studio set locations: Event host set for one-hour pre-match show, halftime and post-match shows (on the field); ESPN FC set inside the stadium by the “Fan Fest” entrance; and ESPN Deportes set on the stadium parking lot;

SportsCenter interviews and reporting, throughout the day beginning at 9 a.m. through post-match segments on the overnight edition (1 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT) of ESPN’s flagship program, hosted by Ley;

Immediately following the end of the match, ESPN3 will carry a 30-minute ESPN FC Boot Room Extra and ESPN2 will air a 30-minute ESPN FC program at 2 a.m. (11 p.m. PT) recapping the USA-Mexico match;

From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., ESPN Classic will air the last three U.S. Men’s National Team wins over Mexico’s National Team in Columbus, all 2-0 victories in FIFA World Cup qualifying contests (Feb. 28, 2001; Sept. 4, 2005, and Feb. 11, 2009). The marathon will include the 0-0 tie at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on March 26, 2013.

USA vs. Mexico on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio – Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 PM

Commentators: Darke, Twellman and “El Tri on ESPN” analyst Moreno;

Sideline reporters: Schaap (USA) and Sutcliffe (Mexico);

Studio: Ley, Keller, Lalas and ESPN Deportes’ Ramos;

One-hour pre-match will include interviews with players on both teams by Schaap (USA) and Sutcliffe (Mexico);

Schaap profiles of DeMarcus Beasley, who capped his career resurgence leading the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 2013 Gold Cup title this summer. Beasley plays for Puebla A.C. and is one of many U.S. players competing in Mexico’s Liga MX;

Sutcliffe travelled to Valencia, Spain, for an all-access look at Mexican National Team midfielder Andrés Guardado, who has played in Spain’s La Liga since 2007 and is currently with Valencia CF.

DateTime (ET)ProgramNetworks

Tue, Sept 105:30 p.m.ESPN FC on TVESPN2 & WatchESPN

6 p.m.Futbol Picante – USA/Mexico PreviewESPN Deportes & WatchESPN

7 p.m.USA-Mexico Pre-MatchESPN & WatchESPN

8 p.m.USA vs. MexicoESPN, WatchESPN & ESPN Deportes Radio

10 p.m.Futbol Picante – USA-Mexico Post-gameESPN Deportes & WatchESPN

ESPN’s Spanish-language media platforms – ESPN Deportes, ESPNDeportes.com and ESPN Deportes Radio – will provide comprehensive news and information coverage of the USA match live from Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPNDeportes will feature live updates and onsite reporting throughout the day.

ESPN Deportes’ studio news and information programming around USA-Mexico: Raza Deportiva (10 a.m.-10:55 a.m.); Destino Brazil (1-1:55 p.m.); Futbol Picante – preview special (6 –8 p.m.); Futbol Picante – post-game special (10 p.m.-12 a.m.); and SportsCenter (1-2 a.m.).

ESPN FC on Digital Platforms

ESPNFC will cover the USA-Mexico match with writers and commentators reporting from Columbus and around the globe. Doug McIntyre and Roger Bennett will be on site to cover the match complete with previews, post-match coverage, player grades and exclusives surrounding the U.S. Men’s National Team. Additionally, comprehensive coverage of the Mexican National Team will be provided by ESPN FC bloggers Eric Gomez and Andrea Canales. In collaboration with ESPN Deportes, ESPN FC will coordinate coverage to deliver key analysis specifically aimed at Hispanic-American fans from Rafa Ramos and David Faitelson. ESPNFC.com will also host a live 2.5-hour Boot Room chat during the match with digital content tied to segments of ESPN FC on ESPN2.

ESPN3

The live multi-screen sports network available in 85 million homes, will offer three different feeds of the USA-Mexico match – each focusing on an exclusive camera angle. Highlights:

The “Goal Line Cam” – a robotic camera with a unique view of fans and action around the goal line and penalty box. The camera will be mounted on the awning high above one of the goals on the field;

“Star Player Cam” – a manned camera that will follow key U.S. National Team players (Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, et al) throughout the match; and

“End Zone Cam” – A wide-angle view of the entire field.

USA and Mexico on FIFA Match Day Friday, Sept. 6

ESPN media networks and digital outlets will cover the U.S. and Mexican national teams on FIFA international match day (Friday, Sept. 6), highlighted by the live presentation of Mexico vs. Honduras (ESPNEWS and WatchESPN, 9:15 p.m.) as well as news and information reporting for Costa Rica vs. USA. ESPNEWS’s presentation will be live from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Commentators: Fernando Palomo, Moreno and reporter Sutcliffe;

ESPNEWS’ coverage of Mexico-Honduras will feature an isolation camera tracking Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – Mexico’s Manchester United striker – throughout the match;

ESPN FC on TV: Thomas (host) and analysts Lalas and Twellman will handle halftime segments and a special, one-hour post-game edition reviewing key results from the FIFA international match day on ESPNEWS at 11:30 p.m.;

Bob Ley, traveling with the U.S. FIFA 14 Ultimate Team PC Coins Men’s National Team, will report for SportsCenter from San Jose, Costa Rica beginning Thursday, Sept. 5.

STEPHEN KESHI- My daughter lured me into coaching

Le 26 avril 2014, 07:03 dans Humeurs 0

Twice he was kicked out after helping to qualify Nigeria and Togo respectively for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup. But this time around, ‘Big Boss’ Stephen FIFA 14 Ultimate Team PS3 Coins Keshi looks good to break that jinx and take Super Eagles to Brazil 2014 World Cup. On the margins of his recent parley with the media in Lagos, Keshi speaks to Taiwo Alimi about the people, philosophy and ideas behind his success story.

BUT for his immediate family, ‘Big Boss’ Stephen Keshi would have stayed permanently away from the world of football after the 1994 World Cup in the United States of America (USA). A combination of factors, the incumbent Head Coach of the Super Eagles, said made him to take the decision to go into retirement and stay far away from football. One, the 52-year old was left devastated by Nigeria’s famous ouster in the second round of the World Cup to Italy. Two, his closeness to the then Eagles manager; Clemense Westerhof, exposed him to the politics, intrigues, conspiracy, scheming and deception that rule the world of football and staying back to be part of it could translate to early grave for him.

In spite of these factors, the former NNB star came back to football as a coach and has successfully weathered the storm that is a constant companion of all coaches. He has been hired and fired. And at the moment it appears he is set to take Nigeria to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Said he:”After the 1994 World Cup I told Westerhof I was done with football and he said no! No! No! He has his own way of speaking English. He says ‘hey you, my captain, you Igbo boy, you will coach Nigeria one day.’ I said never. With all these struggles with Victor Ikpeba, Babayaro and the rest of the troubles I have seen you go through coaching the Nigerian team, I don’t want a part of it. He said ‘I tell you today, one day you will coach Nigeria’ and we argued and argued and I insisted no way. There is no way I want to be a coach. There are easier jobs that I would like to do.”

Keshi continued: “So I went back to the United States of America (USA) to be with my family little did I know that it was my daughter that would make me come back to football. My first daughter just came to meet me one day and said that they were looking for a soccer coach in their school and she would like me to do it. I told her I am not a coach. She said but you played professional football in Europe and played at the World Cup. I said that is all true but that does not qualify me to be a coach but she was adamant insisting that I would be coaching children of 14 and 15 years and I can tell them anything and they would listen and do whatever I say. That was how I succumbed to her plea and returned to football. It was from here that my interest in coaching was kindled and I decided to go back to school and earn coaching certificates and take it on headlong. So looking back I have Westerhof and indeed my daughter to thank for pointing me to the right way. These people believed in me even when I did not see it and they made me believe that I could do it. What I leant from Westerhof is that you may not be a fantastic coach because Westerhof is not too fantastic a coach but he knows how to fire you up. Westerhof knows how to make a player give more than a 100 percent of himself in the field of play. He could turn an average player to a super player and those are the things I have imbibed from him. Discipline and team spirit is also vital. When average players play as a team they can defeat they best set of legs in the world that are not together. That is why football is called team work.”

If Keshi’s daughter orchestrated his come backing, then he says his wife engineered his beginning. “I would call her (his wife) my x-factor and staying power,” Keshi stated before adding. “I met my wife when I was with the New Nigerian Bank FC. Then she was 19 going to 20, while I was 20 going to 21 years. I was the captain of the team then and having her by my side has remained a blessing all along. She is my number one critic and coach. In my playing days, whenever she was around to see our game I was always scared because if I don’t play well, even if we won the match, she would not give me food until I convince her and promise her to do better next time. So, to avoid her query, I played good football anytime she was in the stadium. She had a particular place she sits at the stadium and once I saw her, I would force myself to fine-tune my game. If I fail to play up to her expectation, I would not sleep that night because she would nag all the way for at least two days. So, my wife is the pillar to all I have achieved in life.”

Keshi informed that she is always with him during major tournaments, so the World Cup won’t be an exception. “She is my silent motivator and my manager. She has managed me very well and will continue to manage me. She harassed me when Mali played against Angola during the 2010 Nations Cup and asked me what the heck we played. She has kept my family together and well even in my absence and I am grateful to her. I would be eternally grateful to her.”

Little wonder the former head coach of Mali’s national team insisted his players must have their wives and fiancées with them at the World Cup. “It is a great motivation to have your wife and family members around you at a big stage as the World Cup. I’ve told you how it inspires me even now that I am a coach. It is a great motivation to any player, you cannot undermine it.” Keshi said among sundry issues.

WAGs

Yes, I agree with you that taking wives and fiancées of our players to the World Cup would be a Psychological boost. I experienced it as a player in 1994 World Cup. Westerhof ensured that we travelled to the World Cup with our wives and I believe it was a morale boaster for all of us. When you have your love ones with you during a big tournament like the World cup it has a way of making a player give everything knowing that they are there watching you and cheering. For wives and fiancées fine but I don’t know about girlfriends. Girlfriends no!

Osaze

He sent an apology to the NFF, to me and included all the other people who were mentioned. We have been talking and things are good. Both Osaze and Uche have the same chance as every other player to be in the World Cup training camp. But even if they are invited, they would still have to prove during the camping that they deserve to be in the 23-man list. I have heard people saying so many things about Uche and why I’m not calling him. My response is this I want that person to tell me to my face with evidence in a private place because there is no truth in all these things. I don’t need anybody’s money and I have not asked any player that I’m interested in managing him.”

Memorable moments

My most memorable moment as a player was when Nigeria qualified for the World Cup in 1994 in Algeria, while my worst game as a player was against Sampdoria in 1988 in Sweden, when we lost 2-0 against Roberto Mancini’s team. The denial to take the Hawks of Togo to Germany 2006 World Cup despite qualifying the team was my worst moment as a coach. It was shocking when it happened, but I regarded it as an act of God. If He had wanted me to be there after giving me the divine favour to qualify the team, I would have been in Germany. When Coach Shaibu Amodu and I qualified Nigeria for the World Cup in 2002 after winning bronze medal in the Nations Cup in Mali that same year, we were sacked. Such is life.

Chidi Nwanu

I had nothing against Chidi Nwanu, but he came when we were going to the World Cup. He did not play in the Nations Cup, so it was not easy to accommodate him. Bright Omokaro, Sunny Obhoigbe and Monday Eguavoen were the players that heightened the competition in the defence. But irrespective of the competition, we played for one another and loved each other. It was great.

Philosophy

I’m an optimistic person. I rarely think about negativity. For example I don’t have any negative feelings to any of my players. Not with Yobo, Osaze or Uche. I and Osaze have been speaking all the while when it was reported that we had issues. There was never any problem between us. It was the same thing with Joseph Yobo. “It was just the media reporting that I had problems with Osaze and Yobo when we never had any problems at all. He (Odemwingie) has apologised to all Nigerians He also said sorry to me. I have no problems with him. Everything is fine.

You can say I am stubborn because I believe I must stand for what I believe in. So for that reason you are saying I’m stubborn then it is a good thing.

See what happened to me in Togo. I think I have paid my dues after my career in Ivory Coast, Belgium, France, the United States and Malaysia. In my first national coaching role, I qualified Togo for its World Cup debut only to be discarded and replaced by Otto Pfister for the 2006 tournament in Germany. That experience left a lasting impression on me, but I was vindicated and re-employed by Togo after Pfister’s 14 FIFA Ultimate Team PC Coins disappointing time in charge saw the Togolese players nearly go on strike at the World Cup. Even when it goes bad I still think it is good. There must always be a lesson to add to my future to make it better.

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