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International Round-Up: Kudus scores again in Ghana win

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Mohammed Kudus was on target for the second time in September’s international window as Ghana defeated Liberia in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

Fresh from netting in the Black Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic last week, the West Ham United summer signing was at it again in Accra, helping his country to a 3-1 win.

The score was locked at 0-0 at half-time, but Ghana took the contest away from their visitors in the second period, with Ernest Nuamah breaking the deadlock on 52 minutes.

Kudus then added his team’s second, before Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew scored a third, meaning Liberia’s late reply was nothing more than a consolation.

Kudus now has nine goals from his 26 international caps.

Elsewhere, Saïd Benrahma started in Algeria’s 1-0 friendly victory away at Senegal.

The Irons forward was part of a front three in Diamniadio, where Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Farés Chaibi scored the winning goal with 64 minutes on the clock.

Like Kudus and Ghana, Algeria’s attentions will now turn to January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast.

Nayef Aguerd’s Morocco returned to action following the tragic earthquake suffered in the country last week, defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in a friendly in Lens, France.

Aguerd played the 90 minutes in the centre of defence alongside former Wolves man Romain Saïss, as his nation kept a clean sheet, ensuring Azzedine Ounahi’s first half goal was enough for victory.

Maxwel Cornet, meanwhile, was among the substitutes for Ivory Coast’s friendly against Mali in Abidjan. However, that match was abandoned due to weather issues at half-time with the score at 0-0.

Switching continents, Edson Álvarez’s Mexico were in action for a friendly against Uzbekistan in Atlanta, USA.

Álvarez played an hour, winning his 71st cap for El Tri, as they drew an entertaining contest 3-3.

Raúl Jiménez gave Mexico an early lead, only for Uzbekistan to score twice to leave Álvarez’s side chasing the game.

They did so successfully, and looked to have won the contest when they notched twice inside the final ten minutes through Jiménez again and Uriel Antuna, but Uzbekistan found a stoppage time leveller to ensure the spoils would be shared.

Finally, Alphonse Areola was an unused substitute as France were defeated 2-1 by Germany in a friendly.

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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NFF appoints Manu Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

 

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

 

Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

 

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

 

The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

 

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