BRONZE MEDALISTS ZAMBIA MOVE 23 PLACES UP THE FIFA RANKINGS WHILE CHAMPIONS SOUTH AFRICA ARE SECOND IN AFRICA

With the summer women’s continental tournaments now put to bed across the world, FIFA have rearranged their objective rankings for the ladies national teams.

As expected, the best performers in the just ended tournaments would leap up in the rankings while the underperformers set to move in the opposite direction.

In Africa, Champions Banyanya Banyanya have moved from 3rd to 2nd in the rankings after their triumph going past Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon outfit.

Meanwhile, Bronze medalists Zambia moved 23 places up the FIFA rankings from 103rd in June to 80th currently. This sees them break into the top 10 highest ranked countries in Africa.

No African team in the top 10 has seen a bigger gain in FIFA rankings than the 2021 Tokyo Olympics representatives according to the latest release.

However, it is the team that the Copper Queens defeated in the 3rd placed match, Nigeria, that remains top of the African FIFA rankings occupying 46th spot in the world.

In Africa, Ghana follow Cameroon in fourth place, while Ivory Coast and two time WAFCON champions Equitorial Guinea occupy 5th and 6th places respectively.

Hosts and WAFCON finalists Morocco are 7th in Africa fresh from becoming the first North African team to make it to the World Cup.

They are followed by two other Arab countries Tunisia and Algeria in 8th and 9th respectively. Finally, the African top 10 as earlier eluded is rounded off by Bruce Mwape’s Copper Queens side.

On the world scene, the defending world Champions USA remain top of the FIFA rankings as they are the team Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco (and two other African countries awaiting inter-confederation playoffs)
will look to stop at the World Cup in Australia/New Zealand next year.

African FIFA top 10 rankings below:

Napoli FC Wants African Players To Boycott AFCON To Be Signed By The Club

Italian Serie-A side Napoli football club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said his club can only sign African players on condition that they snub the Africa cup of nations.

The clubs president said he is nolonger interested in signing African players unless they meet that requirement henceforth .

Quoted by Football Italia, De Laurentiis further disclosed that African players can only be signed by Napoli until they sign a document agreeing to boycott the Africa Cup of Nations which is Africa’s biggest football showpiece.

“I told them lads, don’t talk to me about Africans anymore!” said De Laurentiis during a streamed event as quoted by Football Italia.

“I love them, but either they sign something confirming they’ll back out of playing the Africa Cup of Nations, or otherwise between that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers in South America, these players are never available!

“We are the idiots who pay salaries only to send them all over the world playing for others” he concluded.

With two players still in the Napoli squad; Victor Osimhen of Nigeria and Andre Zambo Anguissa of Cameroon, it remains to be seen if the club will stop them from playing for their respective countries next year during the AFCON qualifiers or will decide to sell the them.

Copper Queens Promoted In Zambia Army

Zambian female footballers that were part of the 2022 WAFCON squad that won bronze and qualified to the 2023 FIFA World Cup have been promoted in the country Army.

Midfielder Ireen Lungu receives her rank from the Zambia army commander- Picture by Zambia army

The players were part of the Zambia squad that stormed WAFCON semifinals for the first time and only suffered one defeat to eventual champions South Africa.

According to a statement published by the Zambia army official Facebook page monitored by African greats, the Zambia army commander has promoted national team players who play for Green Buffaloes womens team and Soldiers who serve as footballers in the Zambian army.

“Army Commander Lieutenant General Sitali Dennis Alibuzwi has promoted Green Buffaloes Women Club players who featured in the just ended Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco where the Copper Queens qualified to the World Cup and won the third place.”

Speaking yesterday at Army Headquarters in Lusaka when he met the players, Lt Gen Alibuzwi commended them for a splendid performance displayed at the tournament and urged them not to relent as they prepare for the world cup next year.

Picture by Zambia army

“He assured the players of Command’s support in the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Championship League/COSAFA Qualifiers to be held in South Africa this month.

“Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of the newly promoted soldiers, Zambia Women Football Team Captain Banda Barbara, who was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, thanked the Army Commander for recognising their hard work.

She thanked her teammates for qualifying to the World Cup and winning bronze medal in the just ended WAFCON. She further urged them to maintain high levels of discipline as they prepare for the World Cup.

And mildfieder Lungu Ireen, who has been promoted to the rank of Corporal said the Green Buffaloes Women team is geared for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Championship League/COSAFA Qualifiers.

Corporal Lungu thanked the fans for the massive support they rendered during the WAFCON in Morocco, and urged them to continue with the same spirit.

Those promoted include Nali Hazel, Banda Barbara, Musesa Agness, Mulenga Anita, Tembo Martha, Mweemba Lushom, Lungu Ireen and Nanyangwe Natasha.

Erik Ten Hag Praises McCarthy, Tips Him to Succeed

English premier league side Manchester United football club coach Erik Ten Hag is confident that the appointment of South African legend Benni McCarty will help the team’s be more dynamic .

Speaking to Manchester United Tv, Erik ten Hag revealed that there was one more vacuum in his backroom staff that needed to be filled and it had to be the South African legend.

“There was still one place in our coaching staff that I wanted to fill – someone with a different voice, and Benni [McCarthy] is that one.” He said.

Erik further explained that McCarthy is very experienced as he has coached professional clubs as well his experience as a striker in the premier league for Westham and other big European clubs.

“He has experience as a manager. He was a coach in the professional level and he was a former striker, a really successful striker as well.

Erik further explained that Bennie McCarthy’s role in the team will be to focus on helping the teams play be more dynamic not only the strikers but every department in the squad.

“He will focus on the positioning and attacking. I’m not saying only the strikers, but also the integration from the full-backs and midfielders. Our way of play has to be dynamic.” He concluded.

Zambians Show Emmanuel Banda Love In Sweden

Zambian midfielder Emmanuel Banda on Thursday evening celebrated his Europa conference league qualifiers goal with his Zambian fans who constantly cheered him in the stadium in Sweden.

Banda took some time after the match to celebrate his club’s victory with the small Zambian crowd as they flashed out the multi colored Zambian national flag in the stadium With so much pride.

The Zambian is enjoying fantastic form ever since the season started in Sweden and after fully recovering from his injury which denied him more playing minutes last season.

Banda has scored five goals in his last seven matches including two assists across all competitions for the Swedish side Djurgardens IF.

He scored again last evening, ten minutes after being subbed on in the 74th minute to send Djurgardens IF to the third round of the Europa conference league qualifiers after recording a 2-0 win over Croatian side HKN Rijeka to proceed with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Emmanuel BANDA’s last seven matches across all competitions for Djurgadens;

⚽️. 🆚Sundsvall
🎯. 🆚Hammarby
⚽️. 🆚Helsing borgs
⚽️🎯🆚Varnamo
19’
🆚HNK Rijeka
⚽️ 🆚Hacken
⚽️. 🆚HNK Rijeka

Banda has now been directly involved in seven goals (5 goals + 2 assists) in his last seven matches , the most he has ever done for his club.

FAZ Secures K3M League Sponsorship Deal

The football association of Zambia-FAZ has secured a k3 million league sponsorship deal with the Zambia Breweries company.

The FA announced today at an event in Lusaka that it has penned a K3 million third-tier sponsorship for the Zambian Super League which is currently headlined sponsored by telecommunications company MTN.

The deal has also seen Zambian Breweries pumping in a sum of K250,000 for the 2022 Charity Shield involving Red Arrows and NAPSA Stars on 13 August, 2022.

The FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has since urged the corporate world to also come on board and sponsor both the men and women’s football leagues in Zambia as they have an “open sponsorship policy in order to give the game a huge boost.”

The Zambian super league is a twenty teams league in Zambia which is the highest tier of football in the country and currently being held by Red Arrows football club who will also represent Zambia in the forthcoming CAF champions league.

‘Banyana Banyana & Bafana Bafana To Be Paid Same Amounts Hencforth’

The South African minister of sports Nathi Mthethwa has said the government will be paying both their men and Women’s national teams same amount of allowances.

The Minister further revealed that the Banyana Banyana players and staff will receive an additional R5.8m from the Minister of Sports and Arts and Culture on top of the cash prize from the WAFCON .

The decision has been arrived at after the South African women’s team won the 2022 Africa womens africa cup to end the 26-years trophy drought for South African national team.

The Banyana Banyana went unbeaten at the 2022 WAFCON to lift their first ever womens Africa cup after six five failed attempts in the finals.

They have also secured their second FIFA womens World Cup qualification and will join Zambia, Morocco and Nigeria as Africa’s representatives at the global womens football showpiece to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.

The Banyana Banyana arrived today in South Africa from Morocco and where received to a heroes welcome as they brought an international trophy to the Southern African country for the first time in 26-years when the country’s senior men’s team won the AFCON.

Emmanuel Banda Scoring For Fun in Swedish League

Zambian midfielder Emmanuel Banda has continued scoring and assisting goals in the Swedish top flight league for Djurgadens IF.

Banda has been electric since the start of the season despite starting only four games out of 14 games in the league which already kicked off last month.

He scored on Sunday to equalize for the Djurdens side that were down by a goal to nil after conceding from the spot kick in the first half to Hackens fc.

Banda stroke home an equalizer with a left foot shot from the center of the box to the left bottom corner to score his fourth goal of the season courtesy of a Victor Edvardsen assist in the 49th minute.

Banda has now been directly involved in six league goals and has scored three goals in his last five league matches as well as providing three assists.

This could be the Zambian’s break through season as he looks set to increase his numbers from last season where he only scored five goals in 22 league matches having suffered a series of injuries and not getting enough game time.

Banyana Banyana Seek To End WAFCON Final Losing Curse

After losing four Women’s Africa cup of nations finals, South Africa will on Saturday night look to end their losing streak in the final and win their first ever Cup of nations trophy when they face hosts Morocco.

The Banyana Banyana started their 2022 WAFCON campaign on a high with a 2-1 victory of Nigeria and since then they have remained unbeaten in the tournament.

However, they have lost four finals with the last one being in 2018 when they lost on post match penalty shootouts to Nigeria who won their ninth title to be the most successful womens national team in African football history.

Banyana coach Desiree Ellis who was named Womens coach of the year at the 2022 CAF awards has said South Africa’s WAFCON campaign will mean nothing if they don’t win the trophy.

Ellis has been in charge of the Banyana side that lost four WAFCON finals and will look to win it in her fifth attempt , a thing she has described as huge boost for the girls who will be returning to the FIFA women’s World Cup.

Banyana Banyana defeated Zambia by a goal to nil in the semifinals after being awarded a penalty in the last minute of the match following a VAR check to book their fifth final appearance.

South Africa’s record in the WAFCON Final:

𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟐: 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐓❌
𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟖: 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐓 ❌
𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟐: 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐓 ❌
𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖: 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐓 ❌
𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐: ⁉️

ETO’O’S FECAFOOT RISKS FIFA BAN OVER UNSETTLED PAYMENTS TO FORMER COACH

The Cameroonian football federation will yet again be forced to pay another former Indomitable Lions’ coach for breaching contractual agreements following what has been termed as “abusive termination of contract,” after Hugo Broos and Clarence Seedorf.

This comes after FIFA ordered Fecafoot to pay the sum of 1,603,500 Euros (1,051,896,000 FCFA) compensation to former coach, Antonio Conceicao for abusive termination of contract.

The Cameroonian FA has been given 45 days to pay him or appeal the decision and in an event that the appeal fails or fecafoot fails to hind to the order by deadline, FIFA will impose sanctions on Cameroon which may affect their 2022 FIFA World Cup participation.

Antonio reported Fecafoot to FIFA over what he termed as unfair termination of his contract and demanded to be paid all his salaries until August 2023, which marks the end of his contract as per agreement with FECAFOOT .

Antonio was hired by the Cameroon FA in September 2019 with the mission of qualifying the Indomitable lions to the FIFA World cup and win the African Cup of Nations but he was sacked and replaced with former Indomitable lions defender Rigobert Song Bahanag as FECAFOOT president Samuel Eto’o made changes on the national team’s techno bench after been elected FA president.

Fecafoot have in the paid 176,000 Euros to Hugo Broos and 316,000 Euros to Clarence Seedorf, who were both former coaches of the indomitable lions that got sacked reporter the matter to FIFA over similar breaches in contract agreements and will again have to pay Antonio Conceiçao 1,603,500 Euros (1,051,896,000 FCFA) or face FIFA’s sanctions.

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