The football association of Malawi(FAM) has rubbished reports that it is in talks with Spanish trainer Jordi Condom to take over the Flames coaching job.
Reports made rounds on Monday morning suggesting that the association had reached advanced talks with the former Barcelona youth coach to be appointed as new coach for the Malawian national team who are preparing for the Cameroon African cup of nations.
Jordi Condom who is the current coach for Belgian club Seraign fc was reported to be in talks with the malwian FA for a possible move before January.
However, according to a press statement issued by the FAM secretary general Alfred Gunda , the association has distanced itself from the reports and that Meck Mwase is the national team coach with his contract still running up to February 2023.
The association says, it is not recruiting any coach as they are only concentrating on preparing for Afcon next year with their current coach who helped the team qualify.
Malawi will be making their third appearance at the Africa cup of nations next in Cameroon after 11-years absence from the tournament and preparation have advanced with some soccer fans suggesting that the FA should hire an expatriate coach following their poor performance in the world cup qualifiers.
But the FA says it has already hired Marian Mario as technical director to boost their technical bench ahead of the Africa cup of nations which is set to kick off in January next year.
After struggling for game time under immediate passed Aston villa coach Dean Smith, Zimbabwean Midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has found favor and trust from England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard who was earlier this month appointed as new coach for villa.
Nakamba struggled for game time last season were he played 29 matches in the premier league with only three starts and all appearances coming from the bench.
However, since the appointment of Gerrard, the Zimbabwean has played 90 minutes for the first two matches under the English coach.
He was instrumental in Gerrard first win against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend where completed a total of 27 passes out of 28 , the most he has ever done in his club career.
In the second match which Gerrard’s villa won 1-2 against Crystal palace, the southern african was handed another starting 11 position to head the midfield which he bossed to help his team win a vital away match in the premier league.
The Zimbabwean once again completed 87% of his total passes after making 33 accurate passes out of 38, more than any one else in that match.
His continued brilliant performance in the premier league has had fans wondering why he never got enough game time under the former coach.
Nakamba has also gotten himself accolades from Gerrard who said , “he is a reliable player, very strong on the ball and good at calming down the tempo of the game.”
He has truly found his form and it’s clear he is slowly but surely cementing his position in the Gerrard led Aston villa.
England based Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka has broken another record at Leicester city football club after scoring his fifth goal for the club last night in the UEFA Europa league when the foxes thrashed polish club Legia Warszawa 3-1 a the king power stadium.
Daka opened the score line for the foxes in the 11th minute from close range after dribbling passed two defenders inside the six-yard to become Leicester city’s all time record goal scorer in European inter-club competition history , surpassing club legend and English striker Jarmie Vardy who has four goals for the club.
The Chipolopolo striker also became Leicester city’s second highest goal scorer this season in all competitions with six goals to his name in twelve appearances below Vardy who tops the chart with seven goals in sixteen appearances.
Daka has one goal in the premier league and five goals scored in the Europa league where he is also joint second top scorer in the competition below Cameroonian and Lyon striker Toka Ekambi who tops with only six goals.
Liverpool coach , Jurgen Klopp has come under fire from Africans who are gutted by his demeaqning comments that the Africa cup of nations(Afcon) is ”a little tournament in Africa” .
The Germany national was commenting on his plan for the Liverpool team when some of his players will be summoned for international duty will be while the premier league is ongoing in January.
In what many have described as disrespectful to Africa , the Liverpool manager said he was excited to watch the South American cup and referred to the Africa cup of nations which is Africa’s biggest football tournament as ” a little tournament in Africa”.
Liverpool could be without their African stars Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah who are expected to take part in the Africa cup of nations with Senegal and Egypt next year in January.
Former Croatian player and assistant coach Aljosa Asanovic has been tipped by various soccer fans in Zambia to take over the Chipolopolo top job, African football Greats understands.
Asanovic, 56, is a former Croatian professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 2002. He was one of the best players in the Yugoslav First league emerging as one of five top scorers during the 1989 – 1990 season with 14 goals.
Asanović till date is best remembered for his great performance in the mid-to-late 1990s when he played for Derby County and Croatia during the Euro 96 as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored the first goal in Croatia’s modern history.
During his playing days , Asanovic spent one season with FC Metz, during which he made total of 35 appearances and scored 13 goals. In the summer of 1991, he moved to another French club, AS Cannes, where he also spent only one season. In the beginning of the 1992/93 season he was signed by his third club in France, Montpellier HSC were he made a total of 43 matches and scored 10 goals in the process. He stayed with the club for two seasons, until the summer of 1994.
Asanović played for several clubs in Croatia, France, Spain and England before he moved to Italy to play for S.S.C Napoli in 1997.
In his coaching career, Asonovic became the assistant coach to Slaven Bilic for the Croatian national team in 2006 to 2012.
After his departure from the Croatian national team, Asanović took up another assistant role, this time in Russia, following Slaven Bilic to FC lokomotiv Asanović and departed the club at the end of the season.
In 2015, Asanović became the new technical director of DAC Dunajska streda and in October 2017, he took up a job in Australia, becoming the head coach of National Premier league club Melbourne Knights FC.
In October 2018, Asanović took up an assistant coach role with a Saudi Arabian premier league side Al-Ittihad Jeddah up untill 2019.
Asanović was the Director and Diaspora instructor for the Croatian Football Federation from 2019 to June 2021 before being appointed Technical Director for the Zambia National Football Team, a role he currently holds.
After the Chipolopolo crashed out of the 2022 Qatar World cup qualifiers, multiple fans have continued calling on the Zambian football association especially on social media for the appointment of the Croatian as head coach to take over from Beston Chambeshi who was in charge of the Zambian national team as interim coach.
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Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.
Africa is guaranteed nine places, up from the current five, while a 10th nation will enter a six-team play-off tournament to decide the final two qualifiers, raising the potential of an extra place for the continent.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been lobbying for at least 10 spots, with the continent providing 54 of FIFA’s 211 member associations, a little more than a quarter.
It appears as though a compromise has been reached, though it remains an uneven split compared to the more favoured confederations such as Europe and South America. The latter has only 10 member associations, but is guaranteed that six of those will be at the tournament, with the potential for a seventh through the play-off tournament. It means that 70 percent of the South American nations could compete.
Europe has seen their number of guaranteed slots raised from 13 to 16, while the North and Central American confederation has also seen their number of teams doubled from a guaranteed three to six, while Asia goes up from four to eight. Oceania will now have one guaranteed place, having previously had to go through a play-off with a team from South America.
That makes New Zealand the big winners as they should qualify for every World Cup in the expanded format with little competition coming from their region after Australia jumped ship to the Asian confederation.
The most teams that Africa has previously had at the World Cup was six in 2010 when South Africa (hosts), Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast competed.
Egypt were the first African side to play at the World Cup when they were present at the 1934 tournament in Italy. It wasn’t until 1970 that Morocco made a second appearance from the continent, before Africa’s slots were doubled to two in 1982. That became three in 1994 and the current five in 1998.
Ghana national team captain Andre Ayew has reacted to claims that the black stars dubiously qualified to the final round of the Qatar World cup Qualifiers following a crucial penalty awarded to them by Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye.
The Ghanian skipper who made his 100th appearance for Ghana last night says, Ghana won fair and square.
“We won fair and square. I think we had more clear chances. It was a tough game, South Africa came and they did their job but we won this game fair and square
Ayew adds that, Ghana would have scored more goals and that the penalty was a clear penalty , the referee did not make any mistake to award it to them.
“We could have scored more. I think the penalty was a clear penalty, and I think it was the other way around, the referee should have given two penalties [during the match].”
South Africa only needed a point to qualify to the final round of the qualifers while Ghana needed nothing less than a win.
Meanwhile , the south African football federation says it will file a complaint to FIFA and CAF to investigate the officiating of the match which ended their world cup contest last night in Kumasi.
Ghana beat South Africa 1-0 to proceed to the final round with goal difference advantage ahead of bafana banana who they are level with on 13 points in Group G.
Rangers football club striker Fashion Sakala yesterday became the ninth Zambian player to score a hatrick for the senior men’s national team.
It took 12-years for the country to record a hatrick in the senior chipolopolo team when Sakala carried home the match ball in a Qatar world cup qualifiers match that saw Zambia thrash Mauritania 4-0 at the national heroes stadium to revive their slim chance of qualifying to the playoffs.
The last Zambian to score a hatrick for the senior national team was former TP Mazembe striker Given Singuluma at the 2009 CAF African cup of nations championship.
BELOW IS A LIST OF ZAMBIAN PLAYERS THAT SCORED A HATRICK FOR THE SENIOR TEAM:
Sakala has now scored five(5) international goals and made three(3) assists in fifteen (15) appearances for the Zambian senior national team since his debut in 2017.
Meanwhile his team mate and Leicester city striker Patson Daka who has been Zambia’s most consistent goal scorer also scored his eighth (8) senior national team international goal and made his third(3) assists in sixteen(16) appearances for the chipolopolo.
Daka is now Zambia’s active national team player with the most goals and now racing towards breaking the country’s all time score Godfrey Ucar Chitalu. Who scored 79 international goals and ranks as Africa’s international goal scorer of all times.
The Algeria national team has now gone 32 matches UNBEATEN following their victory today against Djibouti in the 2022 Qatar FIFA world cup qualifiers.
The desert foxes are now Africa’s record holder of the longest unbeaten in football history and only second to Italy in the world.
Italy hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in international football history, which ended at 37 games without defeat.
In September 2021, the Azzurri drew 0-0 with Switzerland in Basel in World Cup 2022 qualification to go a world record 36 games unbeaten and stand a chance of extending their record again today when they play Switzerland in their return match.
Meanwhile, Algeria have thumped Djbouti 0-4 to put one leg into the African World cup qualifiers playoffs.
The desert fox will only need a point at home when they host Burkina Faso for their final match in the group stage of the qualifiers whom they drew with in the first match.