Chipolopolo coach ALJOSA ASANOVIC has named his 23-member squad for the 2022 Hollywood bets Cosafa Cup.

The all-local squad is a blend of youth and experience as ASANOVIC has made new inclusions and recalled some familiar faces for the tournament.

Among the youngsters roped into the Squad are Zesco United’s ENOCK SAKALA, JIMMY MUKEYA of NAPSA Stars and JOSHUA MUTALE of Power Dynamos while Green Eagles Defender WARREN KUNDA is among the experienced players summoned to camp.

And following his switch to Zesco United newly Goal Keeper CYRIL CHIBWE has been included into the COSAFA bound team.

The ASANOVIC tutored side will join the tournament at the quarterfinal stage with a tie against the winners of Group A that comprises Botswana, Angola, Comoros, and Seychelles.

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Cyril Chibwe (Zesco United), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows)

(DEFENDERS)

Prosper Chiluya, Allan Kapila, Benedict Chepeshi, (all Red Arrows), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Warren Kunda (Green Eagles) and Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos).

(MIDFIELDERS)

Kelvin Kapumbu (Zanaco), Sadam Phiri (Red Arrows), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Patrick Gondwe, Harrison Chisala (both Nkana), Kelvin Kampamba, Spencer Sautu (Zesco United), Albert Kangwanda (Red Arrows), Abraham Siankombo (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars), Ricky Banda (Red Arrows), Enock Sakala jnr (Zesco United).

The 2022 Cosafa tournament will run from July 5-17 in Durban, South Africa.

Source: ZNBC

The Egyptian Football Association has sacked Ehab Galal as coach after just three games in charge of the national team.

Galal, 54, replaced Carlos Queiroz in April after the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

But he was dismissed after a shock 2-0 defeat to Ethiopia in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and 4-1 friendly loss against South Korea.

EFA board member Hazem Emam said they will look to appoint a foreign coach.

Galal was appointed by Egypt after a season at Cairo-based Pyramids and previously managed several other club sides including Zamalek, El Masry, and Al Ahly Tripoli.

In his first match in charge in June, Egypt claimed a late 1-0 win over Guinea in a Nations Cup qualifier.

But the two losses - both missed by their captain and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah through injury - proved costly for Galal.

Emam said the EFA was "in talks with several foreign coaches" and will also bring in a technical director.

"I would like to thank coach Ehab Galal, a very respectful man, who has worked under some tough circumstances," he added. "I want to apologise to him, but sometimes the pressure is too much and we saw it would be better for everyone to change."

Queiroz, the former Portugal and Iran coach and assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, had led the record seven-time African champions to the final of the Nations Cup in February in Cameroon, where they were beaten on penalties by Senegal.

Egypt then lost to the same opposition - again in a spot-kick shootout - in Africa's play-offs for the World Cup in Qatar.

Source: BBC

Wilson Mulinda-Zambia has redeemed it’s hopes of qualifying to the 2023 AFCON after beating Comoros by 2 goals to 1.

The Chipolopolo had to come from behind after conceding early in the match.

A mixup in communication between THANDI MWAPE and goalkeeper TOASTER NSABATA resulted in Comoros taking the lead through EL-FARDOU BEN MOHAMED in the 13th minute.

That early deficit seemed to spark life into the Chipolopolo as they took control of the game.

Winger LUBAMBO MUSONDA tried an effort from range with halftime approaching but was beaten out by the Comoros shot stopper.

Skipper ENOCK MWEPU pulled the team level deep into first half stoppage time with a clever finish after controlling and shooting past Comoros defenders.

Comoros started the second half stronger with a series of attacks but luck was on the side of the Chipolopolo.

Chipolopolo Coach ALJOSA ASANOVIC rang the changes in the second half, bringing on KLINGS KANGWA, LAMECK BANDA and KELVIN KAMPAMBA.

A moment of magic from KANGWA gave the Chipolopolo the lead as he curled a free kick into the top left corner with 2 minutes of normal time left after he was brought down.

The Victory sees Zambia move from bottom of the table ahead of the next round of qualifiers in September.

Source: ZNBC

Senegal star Sadio Mane scored a 98th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win over Rwanda to maintain the African champions' perfect start to 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The forward settled a drab encounter in the Senegalese capital Dakar when holding his nerve to drill home and finally break Rwanda's resistance.

It is the second time this year the Liverpool forward, heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, has converted a spot-kick deep into added time, after his 97th-minute winner against Zimbabwe in Senegal's opening Nations Cup game in Cameroon.

Mane - who also scored the winning penalty in the Nations Cup final - is enjoyable a memorable spell after netting a hat-trick in Saturday's win over Benin to become the Teranga Lions' record goalscorer.

Despite playing in Dakar in what was actually a nominal home tie for Rwanda, the Nations Cup winners - Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and PSG's Idrissa Gueye among them - struggled for form.

Senegal have played their opening two qualifiers at home, with Rwanda reversing Tuesday's match to enable them to continue renovations on their Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

The Teranga Lions are five points clear in Group L after just two games, but Benin and Mozambique - who have played just once - meet on Wednesday.

Zambia late show

Earlier on Tuesday, Zambia rebounded from Saturday's opening defeat against Ivory Coast when beating Comoros, who picked up three points off Lesotho on Thursday, 2-1 in Lusaka.

The island nation, who stunned Ghana on their Nations Cup debut earlier this year, looked like they might be set for another upset when taking the lead through El Fardou Ben Nabouhane's early strike.

But the sides were level at the break as Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu, who missed the end of the Premier League season with injury, converted two minutes into injury time.

Their winner was also late, as Kings Kangwa scored in the 88th-minute winner to secure the 2012 African champions' first points in the group.

Comoros, Zambia and Lesotho are competing for just one spot at the finals, as Ivory Coast are already assured of a place at the tournament as hosts.

The West Africans meet Lesotho in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Dango Ouattara scored twice as Burkina Faso came from behind to beat Eswatini 3-1 and avoid an upset.

Eswatini had grabbed a point against Togo last Friday and took the lead against Burkina Faso through Sabelo Ndzinisa's 65th-minute effort.

Yet their advantage lasted just four minutes as Ouattara equalised before the Lorient forward then made it 2-1 in the 75th minute.

After Eswatini's Lindo Mkhonta was sent off for a second bookable offence, Stephane Aziz Ki rounded off the scoring five minutes before time to extend Burkina Faso's perfect start and keep the Stallions top of Group B.

Cape Verde appeared at their third Nations Cup earlier this year, reaching the Round of 16, and took their first win in the group when beating Togo 2-0 to go second.

Julio Taveres opened the scoring after ten minutes but they had to wait until Jamiro found the net in the fourth minute of added time to secure the win in neutral Morocco.

Togo are winless after two after a disappointing last-gasp draw at home to Eswatini last Friday.

With all teams having played twice, Burkina Faso top the table on six points, followed by Cape Verde (three), Togo and Eswatini (one apiece), with the next two rounds of fixtures scheduled for September.

Source: BBC

Liverpool's bid to claim the Champions League trophy for the seventh time ended in bitter disappointment as Vinicius Jr's second-half winner gave Real Madrid victory in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp's side ran into a one-man wall of defiance as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced one of the great individual performances to thwart Liverpool time and again.

Mohamed Salah, seeking revenge for his early departure through injury in the 2018 final against Real, was denied six times by Courtois who was simply unbeatable.

The victory also sees Carlo Ancelotti make history by becoming the first coach to win a fourth Champions League title.

Real were always a threat and the decisive moment came after 59 minutes when Vinicius stole in unmarked at the far post to score.

This was also a final marred by chaotic scenes outside Stade de France with thousands of Liverpool fans, some targeted with pepper spray by French police, unable to get into the stadium, forcing the kick-off to be delayed by more than 30 minutes.

Liverpool fall at final hurdle

Champions League: Liverpool will 'go again' says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's magnificent season brought them the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup - both won on penalties against Chelsea - but ended in a double disappointment in the final week of a stellar campaign.

The Champions League might have eased the agony of just missing out on the Premier League to Manchester City by one point, only for Liverpool to find themselves on the wrong end of a goalkeeping masterclass from Courtois.

The Belgian was simply perfect as he was a constant thorn in Salah's side, turned Sadio Mane's shot on to the post brilliantly and commanded his penalty area with faultless handling.

Salah held his head in disbelief on many occasions as Courtois manned the barricade for Real, leaving the Egyptian to nurse the pain of another Champions League final defeat by the Spanish giants.

Liverpool were not quite at their best and eventually paid the price for not taking chances as Real pounced in trademark fashion to win this tournament for a record-extending 14th time.

Klopp's side could not have given any more as they pushed to the final whistle but looked jaded towards the end - no surprise given the demands made of them this season.

Liverpool will still take huge credit by maintaining a push for an historic quadruple until the final week of the season but the conclusion will sting.

The occasion left even more of a sour taste given the events outside Stade de France. Liverpool are demanding a full investigation into how thousands of their fans could not get into the stadium, with dangerous numbers packed into small areas as kick-off approached.

Real Madrid kings of Europe again

Real Madrid have been living by the skin of their teeth in the Champions League this season, but any side that beats Paris St- Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to reach their goal answers every question.

This is a side that knows how to get the job done, no matter how late they leave it, no matter how much the odds seem stacked against them.

Real are bolstered by years of experience and quality that gives them concrete-clad self-belief that has seen them navigate their way out of so many tight situations.

And what a moment for their legendary coach Ancelotti, who was brought back to the Bernabeu from Everton a year ago and has won La Liga and the Champions League on his return.

Ancelotti can now lay claim to history with that fourth triumph, once again showing his mastery of managing egos and high-class players who respond to the vastly experienced Italian's promptings.

He was the most relaxed man in Paris at his pre-match press conference, oozing confidence, and can now look back at two Champions League wins over Liverpool, here and for AC Milan in 2007, after losing in the so-called miracle of Istanbul in 2005.

Ancelotti is one of the greats and has proved it again.

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamReal Madrid

Possession

Home54%

Away46%

Shots

Home24

Away4

Shots on Target

Home9

Away2

Corners

Home6

Away2

Fouls

Home13

Away7

Source: BBC

Government has allocated 41 million Kwacha to the men and women’s senior national football teams.

Sports Minister ELVIS NKANDU says of the 41 million Kwacha, 20 million Kwacha has been allocated to the Shepolopolo, while 21 million Kwacha has been given to the Chipolopolo in preparation for the respective upcoming Africa Cup of Nations engagements.

The Shepolopolo will in July this year take part in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations-AWCON- while the Chipolopolo start their AFCON campaign with an away fixture to Ivory Coast on June 3rd, 2022 and will face Comoros Islands on June 7th, 2022.

And NKANDU says the money has been availed to FAZ to ease the burden for the teams preparations.

He however clarified that the money has not been released directly but that FAZ will have access to the funds upon request for various engagements.

Speaking during a press briefing held in Lusaka today, the Minister said the money will also go towards paying the various players allowances while on National duty.

He also disclosed that Government is doing all within its power to grant Defender AIME MABIKA his citizenship.

NKANDU, who also took time to confer with defender FRANK MUSONDA at his office, said government will give support to the FAZ concerning all foreign players that would want to play for the national team.

And MUSONDA said he is happy to be given the opportunity to play for the country.

He said the fans can count on the team to get good results on both games.

 

Source: ZNBC

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced the 2022 finals of its tournament for locally-based players will feature 18 teams instead of 16.

Algeria are due to host the African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January, which will now feature an usual format.

Caf say the finals will have five groups; three of which will have four nations, while the other two will be comprised of just three teams.

It means the top two from the four-team groups will be joined in the quarter-finals by the winners of the other two pools.

The statement from Caf confirmed the regionally-based qualifying draw will be held on 26 May, but did not name a venue.

The Central (set to include Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe) and Western A (set to include Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal) zones will both have an extra qualifying slot under the revised format.

Morocco will take part in the Northern Zone qualifiers as they bid to win the title for a third straight time, having defended it at the delayed 2020 finals which were held in Cameroon last year.

The delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the World Cup in Qatar in November and December seem to be having a knock-on effect on the CHAN finals, which are scheduled for 8-31 January 2023.

Qualifying spots for CHAN 2022

  • Northern Zone- 2 places + hosts Algeria
  • Western Zone A- 3 places
  • Western Zone B- 3 places
  • Central Zone- 3 places
  • Central Eastern Zone- 3 places
  • Southern Zone- 3 places

Source: BBC

Manchester City have won the Premier League for the sixth time after a stunning fight-back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side finished one point ahead of Liverpool, who beat Wolves 3-1.

And Tottenham secured Champions League qualification, denying north London rivals Arsenal in the process, with an emphatic victory over already-relegated Norwich at Carrow Road.

Spurs needed just a draw to seal a top-four finish, and got the job done after thrashing Norwich by five goals to nil.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and their cousins Manchester United will play Europa league after finishing fifth as they brushed aside Everton by Five goals to one while the Red devils were humbled , a goal to nil by Crystal Palace.

West-Ham United Will Participate In The Europa Conference League Despite Losing By Three Goals To One To Zambia’s ENOCK MWEPU’s Brighton As They Finished Seventh.

And at the bottom, Burnley were relegated from the Premier League on a dramatic final day as a home loss to Newcastle United condemned them to the Championship.

Burnley joins the long queue of  Watford and Norwich to the lower league.

Source: BBC.

Striker JAMES CHAMANGA ,42,  has declined his call up to the Zambia Men’s Senior National Football team.

This is after the Former Chipolopolo Star and Chipolopolo Coach AIJOSA ASANOVIC failed to agree on what specific role he was to play in the team .

And CHAMANGA has maintained his stance of not joining the team to play active football adding that his time to don the national team jersey is long gone.

He has however, disclosed that he is open to provide counsel to players in the national team when called upon in future.

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner has since implored the current crop of National team players to put the interest of Zambians first and work to make their country proud.

Speaking to ZNBC Sports News in an interview CHAMANGA said the players should put club achievements and glory aside and focus on making a name while in National teams colours.

And the former Super United striker said it is high time every Zambian player paid attention to small details such as commitment, focus and discipline if they should excel in their careers.

 

Source: ZNBC

Wydad Casablanca booked their place in the African Champions League final following a 1-1 draw at home against Petro Atletico on Friday.

The Moroccan club progressed 4-2 on aggregate after their 3-1 win in Luanda in the first leg last weekend.

Wydad will face either holders Al Ahly or Algeria's Entente Setif in the final in Morocco at the end of the month.

Egyptian giants Ahly have a 4-0 advantage heading into the second leg of their semi-final tie on Saturday (19:00 GMT).

Angolan outfit Petro had needed to score three goals in Casablanca to have a chance to reach the final for the first time, and took a surprise 21st minute lead when Brazilian import Gleison scored with with a long-range shot after cutting in from the right flank.

However, seven minutes later Wydad centre-back Amine Ferhane headed home an equaliser from a corner.

Petro had more possession after that but could not score again in front of a huge, vocal, largely red-clad home crowd.

Substitute Yano went close with an effort from distance in the second half and right at the death home keeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti made a superb double save to block a shot from Anderson Cruz and the rebound from Job.

Two-time winners Wydad are into the Champions League final for the fifth time - with their most recent appearance in 2019, when they lost to Esperance of Tunisia.

Row over final venue

The final is due to be played in Morocco on Monday, 30 May, but Al Ahly have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the choice of venue.

The Cairo club argue that the decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) "violates laws and regulations" and will give Wydad home advantage.

Caf insists Morocco was the only candidates to host the match after Senegal, the other bidder, withdrew from the running.

Wydad last won the title in 2017, beating record 10-time champions Ahly 2-1 in a two-legged encounter.

Caf says talks are under way to revert from the current one-off final to the previous home-and-away format.

Source; BBC

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