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.

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Ghana must look past their clash against Uruguay to progress from the group stage at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to former international John Paintsil.

Defender Paintsil was part of the Black Stars side beaten on penalties by the South Americans in the quarter-finals of the 2010 tournament.

The match famously saw Uruguay forward Luis Suarez sent off at the end of the second half of extra-time after a handball on the goal line, with Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then missing a spot-kick which would have made the West Africans the continent's first World Cup semi-finalists.

After Friday's draw, Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku declared "it will be revenge time" when the two sides meet again later this year.

"The game that is going to be mouth-watering and that people will be looking forward to is Uruguay-Ghana, because of the incident that happened in 2010 in South Africa," Paintsil, 40, told BBC Sport Africa.

"As football people we don't think about revenge - but we always thought about how we can go forward.

"At the end of the day, it is not only Uruguay that we will play in the group. If you beat Uruguay but don't beat the rest, it will be a problem."

Ghana will face Portugal, who beat Ghana 2-1 in the group stages on their last appearance at the tournament in 2014, and South Korea in Group H in Qatar before their anticipated re-match with two-time World Cup winners Uruguay.

Former Fulham defender Paintsil believes the group facing Ghana is "very, very tricky".

"I would call it a group of death," he added.

"Seeing Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea... they area all strong sides. We are going to take one [game] at a time and take it as it comes.

"We are not just going to say 'because we are in a group with Uruguay, we will put all our strength on them'. We need to put all our strength on all the teams that we are going to play so we can come out of the group successfully."

However, having beaten fierce rivals Nigeria on away goals to qualify for the finals, Paintsil is hopeful Ghana can reach the knock-out stages for the third time.

"I believe our current squad is a very balanced one, with youth and experience," he said.

"The two matches they played against Nigeria gave all of us hope that they can go further. We trust that they will do it."

Ghana 'have great players' says Portugal boss

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says he will have to do his homework on Ghana before facing the West Africans in their opening game at the tournament on 24 November.

"We see certain competitions and tournaments less in Europe," Santos told BBC Sport Africa. "That's the reality, so we really have to analyse Ghana now.

"They have great players, a lot of them play in Europe. It's one thing to have great players playing in Europe, but you need to have a collective. You can have one or two players here and there, but it needs to be a team."

However, the veteran coach, who took charge of Portugal after the 2014 World Cup and led the side to 2016 European Championship glory, believes Group H is "open".

"It is difficult to make an assessment," the 67-year-old said.

"It's four continents and four completely different styles. I don't really know how to assess it clearly because it's different styles, different cultures, and different forms of play.

"However, the opening matches are going to be decisive.

"If it comes to points on the ranking, clearly Portugal is ahead. In 2002, Korea eliminated Portugal. Obviously, Portugal is a candidate to progress from the group."

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Former Manchester City and Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes will take a role at world football's governing body Fifa to help develop the game in Africa.

Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Fernandes will become director of member associations of Africa on 1 August.

The 35-year-old will be tasked with strengthening the development of African associations through Fifa's Forward Programme.

The scheme aims to provide countries with "tailor-made support" via investment in operational costs, construction of facilities and other projects.

"It's a big honour and I'm very proud to join Fifa," Fernandes said.

"I am an African and if you get an offer like this, you must do it because it is a way of giving something back to Africa as an African.

"I see it as my obligation to work for Africa and its football. This mission that I will start in August includes all aspects around my roots and this continent, showing my gratitude and support and giving my all for African football."

Fernandes, who holds the position of vice-president at Swiss club FC Sion, scored two goals in 67 international appearances.

He will take on the role previously held by Swiss-Congolese Veron Mosengo-Omba, who is now general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Fernandes, who also had spells in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal and Germany during his playing career, is ready to tackle the challenge of raising standards in Africa.

"We will look for solutions to constantly improve the situation," he said.

"Everybody has to be involved. This continent has incredible potential. I come from this continent; I am one of the many stories of this continent.

"Football can change the lives of so many people. Football can do so much; it has a lot of power. I will give everything with all my heart. It's a great challenge and one that I am proud to accept."

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said he was "delighted" to welcome Fernandes to the Zurich-based organisation.

"Gelson had a fantastic career as a footballer, and the experience he gained will be important to carry out his tasks to the best of his ability," Infantino added.

"I have no doubt that Gelson will do some excellent work for us."

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Ghana are out for "revenge" after being drawn with Uruguay in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup.

Their encounter in Group H, where the Black Stars will also face Portugal and South Korea, will be a repeat of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final.

Ghana were eliminated by Uruguay on penalties in South Africa, having seen Asamoah Gyan miss an extra-time spot-kick after Luis Suarez was sent off for handball.

"We believe that it will be revenge time," Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku told BBC Sport Africa.

"We thought we had clearly won that particular game but for that save from Suarez. It is very interesting for us to pitch against them again, obviously with fond memories [this time].

"It is important that we all set the record straight."

Striker Suarez, now 35 and at Atletico Madrid after stints with Liverpool and Barcelona, is still playing for two-time World Cup winners Uruguay, but Ghana are unlikely to have any survivors from their side from 12 years ago.


Elsewhere in Friday's draw, Tunisia were paired with defending champions France and Cameroon were put into the same group as five-time winners Brazil.

Africa Cup of Nations holders Senegal will take on hosts Qatar and Morocco are in the same group as Belgium, who are second in the world rankings.

The Fifa World Cup takes place between 21 November and 18 December.

Only three sides from the continent have ever progressed to the quarter-finals; Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Who will the African sides face?

Senegal have been Africa's top-ranked side for the past three years and won the Nations Cup for the first time in January.

The Teranga Lions are in Group A, and will face three-time runners-up the Netherlands in their first game before clashes against Qatar and Ecuador.

Morocco will open up against 2018 runners-up Croatia in Group F and have also been drawn with Belgium and Canada, who have qualified for the first time since 1986.

Tunisia have been drawn with defending champions France in Group D.

The Carthage Eagles will start their campaign against Denmark, and will also face the winner of an intercontinental play-off - which will be either Peru, Australia or the United Arab Emirates.

Cameroon, who are in Group G, have met Brazil twice in previous tournaments, losing 3-0 to the South Americans in 1994 and 4-1 in 2014.

The Indomitable Lions, have qualified for an African record-extending eighth World Cup finals, have also been drawn with Serbia and Switzerland, who they will face first.

Ghana, returning to the tournament after missing out on Russia 2018, take on Portugal in their first game in Group H.

The Black Stars, who at 60th in the world could be the lowest-ranked nation at the tournament, have also been paired with South Korea as well as the Uruguayans.

Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty against Uruguay which would have made Ghana Africa's first-ever World Cup semi-finalists in 2010


Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic: "Croatia are World Cup runners-up, Belgium are second in the rankings but what can one do?

"It's a difficult group but I know the World Cup a little, and everything is possible. I took Algeria to the second round in 2014, even almost winning against Germany, why not repeat the same with Morocco?"

Former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku: "Senegal have been the best team on the continent for the last four or five years.

"They are really one of the best African teams, collectively, that I have seen. Sadio Mane is fantastic up front form the left side They have a top-class keeper [Edouard Mendy], have a superb centre-half in Kalidou Koulibaly and a in midfield they are strong.

"They are a team to be feared. I am hoping and expecting that they can wave the Africana flag high and proud. I am hope they can go to at least the quarter-finals."

Meanwhile, Ghana striker Felix Afena-Gyan tweeted one word: "Believe".

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Mane has now scored the winner in successive penalty shootouts against Egypt

Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty in a shootout to send Senegal to the 2022 World Cup after Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah missed his spot-kick for Egypt.

In a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal were left jubilant at the final whistle after winning on penalties, with Egypt's players disconsolate and Salah - one of the world's best players - left contemplating his absence from November's tournament in Qatar.

The second leg of the play-off tie in Senegal's new 50,000-seater stadium finished 1-0 to the hosts and 1-1 on aggregate after extra time, sending the game to a tense and dramatic shootout.

Mane had netted the penalty which won the Nations Cup and the Reds forward notched the decisive spot-kick once again after keeper Edouard Mendy had given Senegal an advantage by saving from Mostafa Mohamed at 2-1.

Egypt captain Salah was one of four players to miss the first four penalties of a shootout marked by a vast number of green laser pointers directed at the visiting players and goalkeeper.

Salah was one of several players targeted by laser pens shone form the crowd as he prepared to take his penalty

Senegal's Boulaye Dia was the scorer of the only goal in normal time - notching after just four minutes with a shot that hit the body of Pharaohs defender Hamdi Fathi.

Elsewhere in Africa's World Cup play-offs, Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon also clinched qualification - with Nigeria, Mali, DR Congo and Algeria all eliminated.

It is the second time in six weeks that Senegal have beaten Egypt on penalties to a major prize.

In February it was the Nations Cup final in Cameroon. There, two Egyptian misses meant their goalscoring icon Salah did not even get the chance to take one.

This time around they made sure he went first - and with an eye on securing a crucial early advantage following Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly hitting the bar with the first effort of the shootout.

But Salah could do no better. Indeed he did worse, his shot going nowhere near Mendy's goal as it sailed over the bar.

Neither Ciss nor Zizo could score either and it seemed clear the raft of laser pointers being directed at players from both sides - which had increased in intensity as the match drew to a close - were having an effect.

Ismaila Sarr did finally find the net, but that was matched by Amr El Soleya. Bamba Dieng then struck confidently to put the Teranga Lions ahead, but when Mostafa attempted to reply for Egypt, Mendy saved well and put Senegal in command.

It was a situation Mane took full advantage of, blasting his effort down the middle and sparking scenes of celebration.

That the game would be settled on penalties was not the obvious conclusion given the scoreline.

Dia's deflected strike was a strange repeat of the one that had given Egypt victory in the first leg in Cairo - in the same minute.

It came after Egypt failed to defend a dangerous free-kick. Dia pounced on a headed clearance to shoot, but Fathi challenged at the same time and the ball went under visiting keeper Mohammed El Shenawy.

In Senegal's brand new home, which unlike most major African stadiums has no running track and created a more intense atmosphere, the roof nearly came off.

Egypt offered little throughout, sticking to a gameplan of maintaining a tight defence and breaking down any Senegal attacks with heavily contested challenges,

But the hosts had two great chances - both of which fell to Sarr - to seal the success, before penalties decided the outcome.

The first was on 82 minutes when he was put clean through, but El Shenawy made himself big to make sure Sarr's effort drifted wide.

Then, presented with most of the goal to aim at from a Mane cross in extra-time, the Watford man failed to connect properly and his effort spun into the body of El Shenawy.

Zizo lifted Egypt with a couple of mazy runs, but they seemed to play for penalties and ultimately paid the price.

Black Stars and Indomitable Lions among others to progress

Ghana were the first side to qualify after a 1-1 draw earlier on Tuesday saw the Black Stars overcome Nigeria on away goals in Abuja.

Thomas Partey's opener for the visitors was cancelled out by William Troost-Ekong's penalty, and Super Eagles fans reacted angrily at full-time after their side were knocked out, showering the Ghana players and staff with missiles.

Cameroon clinched an eighth World Cup qualification - a record for an African side - following a dramatic finale in Algeria.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Karl Toko-Ekambi's first-half goal sent the game to extra time.

Algeria looked to have won it courtesy of Ahmed Touba's 118th-minute header, but Toko-Ekambi struck again in the fourth minute of added time to stun the home crowd in Blida and win the tie on away goals.

Tunisia made it back-to-back World Cup appearances after a goalless draw in Tunis saw off Mali 1-0 on aggregate, while Morocco had a comparatively comfortable evening as a 4-1 home win over DR Congo secured a 5-2 triumph over the two legs.

Two goals from Azzedine Ounahi and one each from Tarik Tissoudali and Achraf Hakimi saw the Atlas Lions book their sixth trip to the finals.

The African quintet now await Friday's group-stage draw to discover who they will face in Qatar.

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Tunisia defender Talbi Montassar says the Carthage Eagles still have to 'finish the job' against Mali, as they prepare for the return leg of their World Cup play-off in Rades on Tuesday.

Tunisia have a 1-0 advantage from the first leg after Mali's Moussa Sissako struck into his own net to give the visitors a precious away goal.

On a day to forget, Sissako was later sent off for a foul which means he is out of Mali's line-up for Tuesday's second leg, with Tunisia well-placed to reach Qatar.

"We are very proud but we are also staying focused because we are aware that we haven't finished the job yet," Tunisia centre-back Montassar said ahead of their decider.

Tunisia celebrate after taking the lead against Mali in the first leg of their play-off

Tunisia's victory over Mali avenged their 1-0 defeat at the recent Africa Cup of Nations which came in controversial circumstances, when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe signalled for full-time on 85 minutes, before then ending the match before the clock showed 90 minutes.

"It was a difficult game on Friday against a very good Mali team," Montassar said.

"We had a positive result but we also know that Mali is a dangerous team when they play away from home so we have to stay focused.

"We'll try to do a great game at home on Tuesday to bring back the qualification".

Mali, who are seeking their first ever place at a World Cup, enjoyed an impressive run in the group stages of the qualifiers where they went unbeaten, claiming five wins and one draw to finish top of Group E.

Tunisia are aiming for their second consecutive appearance at football's global showpiece event, having played at Russia 2018.

If they qualify for Qatar, they will equal Nigeria's record for the second-most World Cup appearances by an African nation with six.

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FAZ has warned football clubs against the use of dubious means to register both foreign and local players.

FAZ General Secretary, ADRIAN KASHALA says Football House is disturbed with reports of foreign players, being registered using forged National Registration Cards -NRCs.

KASHALA says going forward FAZ will take stern disciplinary action against football clubs in the habit of registering foreign players using fake documents.

In an interview with ZNBC sports, KASHALA has appealed to the Department of Immigration to help FAZ get rid of illegal immigrants’ masquerading as football players.

KASHALA is disappointed that some clubs have continued finding themselves in conflict with the law, by registering foreign players, who do NOT have the required documents to stay and work in Zambia.

Source: ZNBC

Africa's long journey to the 2022 World Cup will be decided when its five places in Qatar are determined over the next five days.

Ten nations are involved in two-legged play-offs, with the format providing some heavyweight pairings.

Less than seven weeks since going head-to-head in the Africa Cup of Nations final, Egypt and Senegal meet again - this time for a place in Qatar.

Sadio Mane pipped his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah to the African title, and one of those star forwards will now miss out on a place at the global showpiece later this year.

The first legs of all five ties will be on 25 March, with the return legs four days later.

For the first time, the African World Cup play-offs will have Video Assistant Referee technology in use.

Both nations were present at the last World Cup but neither could make it past the group stages in Russia.

Senegal are aiming for a third appearance at the finals while Egypt are chasing a fourth outing at the global showpiece, and second in a row for the first time.

Aliou Cisse has kept the majority of the players that helped Senegal win the Nations Cup for the first time ever as the Teranga Lions aim to qualify for consecutive World Cups after a 16-year absence that ended in 2018.

Pharaohs coach Carlos Queiroz has said 'there is no room for sorrys or tomorrows' on his twitter account.

Egypt will host the first leg, with Senegal's newly inaugurated Stade du Senegal staging the return fixture on Tuesday.

Two of West Africa's heavyweight nations will be going head to head for a place in Qatar, with the tie set to be remembered for quite some times given the rivalry.

Nigeria, who decided to keep Augustine Eguavoen after the Africa Cup of Nations, are hunting a fourth consecutive World Cup, while Ghana are looking to return after missing out on Russia 2018.

Otto Addo was appointed interim coach after the Black Stars finished bottom of their Nations Cup group, with former Premier League coach Chris Hughton named technical director, after Milovan Rajevac was dismissed.

Ghana became just the third African side to reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 2010, losing to Uruguay on penalties, and are aiming to secure their fourth appearance at the tournament.

Both these countries have not qualified since Brazil 2014 and will be looking to bounce back after the Africa Cup of Nations for different reasons.

Cameroon, with a new coach in Rigobert Song, had to settle for a third-placed finish on home soil and are bidding to reach their eighth World Cup - the most by any African nation.

Algeria's defence of their 2019 Nations Cup title proved disastrous, with the Desert Foxes scoring just one goal as they finished winless and bottom of their group.

Coach Djamel Belmadi, who took charge in August 2018, had gone 35 matches unbeaten only to surprisingly lose that record against Equatorial Guinea.

Mali are the only side in the play-off round who are yet to play at the World Cup finals, and the Eagles enter their tie against Tunisia on the back of a last-16 exit at the Nations Cup.

The two sides met in the group stages in Cameroon, with the West Africans winning 1-0, but the match was overshadowed by Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe blowing the full-time whistle early after suffering heatstroke.

Tunisia sacked coach Mondher Kebaier following their quarter-final exit, with his assistant Jalel Kadri placed in charge for these two games.

The North Africans are looking to make it to back-to-back World Cups, having been knocked out in the group stage in Russia four years ago.

After a group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup, which included defeats against Iran and Portugal and a draw with Spain, Morocco are keen to return to the World Cup and build on their promising displays in Russia.

The North Africans are looking to secure their sixth appearance at the tournament, with their qualification in 2018 ending a 20-year absence from the biggest stage.

The Atlas Lions were knocked out of the Nations Cup in the last 16 by Egypt earlier this year, but their opponents for a spot in Qatar did not make it to Cameroon.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo have only played at the World Cup once before, with their sole outing coming as Zaire in 1974 when they lost all three group games.

The Leopards are the lowest-ranked side in the play-offs, sitting 66th in the world, and host the first leg in Kinshasa on Friday.

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There is palpable tension on the streets of Algiers ahead of Algeria's crucial 2022 World Cup qualifying tie against Cameroon.

The two African heavyweights both missed the 2018 edition in Russia and are desperate to make an appearance in Qatar this November.

A few months ago, Algeria would have been seen as clear favourites. Heading into the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as defending champions, a 35-match unbeaten streak came to an end in embarrassing fashion as the North Africans were eliminated in the group stage without winning a game.

The catastrophic showing in Cameroon, including a goalless draw with Sierra Leone and a 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea, halted any momentum and plunged the Fennecs into uncertainty.

That tension came to the fore on Sunday morning at coach Djamel Belmadi's pre-match press conference.

Two journalists, known for asking tough and sometimes critical questions of Algerian Football Federation officials, were barred from entering the conference room. Then, when another asked the coach why Charleroi midfielder Adem Zorgane had not been selected, Belmadi snapped.

"Have you ever played football? You don't have the physique of a footballer or even of an athlete to tell me that he (Zorgane) deserves to be called up," the coach demanded.

"Stay in your places, you are no one to tell me that he deserves (to be called up)."

Algeria went from winning the Africa Cup of Nations to failing to get out of the group stage two years later

Belmadi's press conferences have always been media spectacles, but observers noted that this one in particular was more tense than usual.

"There is nervousness in the air, and sometimes for trivial matters," Yazid Ouahib, one of Algeria's veteran journalists, told Jeune Afrique.

"For example, when the press revealed that the national team was going to spend a few days in Malabo before travelling to Cameroon, the coach was very irritated…even though it was not revelatory information."

In addition to the jibes with national media, uncertainty has manifested itself in Belmadi's selection, with six changes made from the 2021 Afcon squad.

One man making a return is 36-year-old midfielder Adlene Guedioura - a fixture in Algeria's 2019 Nation Cup run - despite playing just a handful of matches this season for Burton Albion in the third-tier of English football.

Other regulars that were left out are Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah and West Ham livewire Said Benrahma.

Instead, Belmadi preferred to hand 32-year-old Qatar-based striker Mohamed Benyettou an international debut, also recalling Besiktas winger Rachid Ghezzal in attack.

"This list is made to qualify for the 2022 World Cup," Belmadi summarised succinctly.

Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez and his team crashed out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in the group stage

For players such as Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli, Aissa Mandi and Islam Slimani, who all emerged before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the coming matches are do-or-die.

Their "golden generation" shocked the world by pushing future champions Germany to extra time in the round of 16, but instability at the coaching level seemed to have squandered much of that talent.

Belmadi's arrival in 2018 turned the ship around.

Following the 2019 Nations Cup triumph in Egypt, Belmadi held a meeting with his senior players, with everyone essentially agreeing to make the 2022 World Cup their primary objective.

"Experiencing a World Cup in the country where I started coaching, I see that as a sign of destiny," Belmadi declared last November.

The manager still lives in Qatar, where he spent eight years coaching before taking the Algeria job.

During his time there, he had stints in charge of Lekhwiya (now known as Al Duhail) and the Qatari national team - winning four league championships and one Gulf Cup of Nations.

Yet, the date with destiny is only attainable if Algeria put to the sword an Indomitable Lions side dealing with their own bout of instability at coaching level.

After a 3rd place finish at a Nations Cup on home soil in February, the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) president Samuel Eto'o insisted on dismissing Portuguese coach Antonio Conceicao and hiring former teammate Rigobert Song.

Song will be without Napoli midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa and Young Boys winger Moumi Ngamaleu through injury.

On Tuesday morning, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana escaped unscathed from a serious car accident and looks set to play in the upcoming matches.

Ironically, the first leg will take place at the Japoma stadium in Douala, the venue for all three of Algeria's failures at this year's Cup of Nations.

"We are not traumatised by Japoma stadium…we were traumatised by the pitch at Japoma stadium," quipped Belmadi upon learning of the location of the match.

The return leg will take place at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida, where Algeria have never lost a competitive match, a streak that dates back to 2004 and spans more than 40 matches.

Should that record come to an end, and Algeria fail to make the World Cup, the tough questions - and the pressure - will keep mounting for Belmadi and his team.

Source: BBC

Western Province Minister KAPELWA MBANGWETA has  urged football clubs to form cooperatives for them to benefit from empowerment funds.

MBANGWETA said this in a speech read on his behalf by Acting Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary RICHARD MULWANDA at the Football Association of Zambia -FAZ- Western Region Annual General Meeting.

He, however, expressed concern that football leagues at various levels in the province were limping and characterized by a lot of un-played games in the name of walkovers.

MBANGWETA said walkovers have adverse effects on the province’s leagues as they reduce game time for players hence making it difficult to compete at national level.

The Provincial Minister also congratulated MOSES MATONGO for being given the status of first ever Life Member from Western Province at FAZ national level for the massive contribution he has made to the development of football at provincial and national level.

Earlier, FAZ Secretary General ADRIAN KASHALA said he appreciated youth engagement in sport in the province.

KASHALA said this is key in helping youths stay away from illicit activities while calling for the establishment of a data base so that complaints of leaving them from main activities are addressed.

And FAZ Western Province Chairperson DAVID SIMWINGA said he has noted that there is a lot of fighting and beating of referees by unregistered officials and also club Presidents and Secretaries who sit on the technical bench.

He said anyone who will not have attended a coaching clinic next season will not be allowed to sit on the technical bench.

Source: ZANIS