CAF ban ref, fine Tunisia after penalty drama

CAF have banned Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn for six months and slapped a $50,000 (43,000 euro) fine on Tunisia Tuesday after a controversial Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia.

According to an African Football Confederation (CAF) statement, host nation Equatorial Guinea were fined $5,000 for a pitch invasion and warned to tighten security at match venues ahead of the midweek semi-finals.

The CAF referees committee “regretted” the poor performance of Seechurn, who awarded a dubious late penalty from which Equatorial Guinea equalised before going on to win 2-1 after extra-time against furious Tunisia.

The Mauritian has been sent home from Equatorial Guinea and dropped from the CAF elite referees panel.

The CAF disciplinary board fined Tunisia $50,000 for “insolent, aggressive and unacceptable behaviour of the players and officials of the Tunisian team” during the match.

They will also pay the cost of the damages caused at the Estadio de Bata last Saturday.

CAF have also ordered Tunisia to send a letter of apology, or provide evidence of the unfairness of CAF and their officials, before midnight Thursday.

Failure to do so will lead to additional sanctions against Tunisia, including a possible ban from the 2017 Cup of Nations.

CAF also condemned the conduct of Tunisian Football Federation president Wadie Jary, who entered the pitch to criticise the referee.

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Gor Mahia to play Zambian Power Dynamos at Nyayo Stadium

Gor Mahia will play Zambian league side Power Dynamos in a pre-season build match on Sunday, 1st February 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. The match will kick-off at 4:00pm. Charges will be 500/- for VIP and 200/- for Terraces.

Power Dynamos who are also on a pre-season tour are expected to jet into the country on Friday. The encounter will be K’Ogalo’s fourth friendly match as their pre-season preparations hit top gear.

With the opening CAF champions league assignment barely three weeks away, a high profile foreign opposition would be an ideal test for the KPL champions.

Gor Mahia have so far played four friendly matches registering victories against Bidco United, Western Stima and Mombasa Combined side and lost to Bandari FC.

CAF to announce 2017 Africa Cup hosts in April

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt.

According to the continental football body, there are four candidates to host the competition, with Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana all competing to replace strife-riven Libya, who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals.

The qualifying tournament will begin in June with the host nation taking part for the first time, although their matches will be considered as friendlies and will not count for points.

The draw for the qualifying competition will also take place on April 8 in Cairo.

A total of 52 teams will enter the qualifiers and will be divided into 13 groups, with the winners advancing to the finals as well as the two best runners-up.

The CAF have already confirmed that the 2019 finals will be held in Cameroon, with the Ivory Coast staging the 2021 finals and Guinea 2023.

CAF also announced on Thursday that the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will begin in October.

There will be three preliminary rounds in order to whittle the number of teams down to 20, who will then be divided into five groups of four teams each.

The winners of these five groups will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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CAF unveils 5-man shortlist for 2014 African player of the year

The Confederation of the African Football (CAF) has released its five-man shortlist of nominees for the African player of the year award, including last year’s title holder, Ivory Coast and Manchester City forward Yaya Toure.

Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa are also included on the shortlist, contending with Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 2014 Glo-CAF Awards will be announced 8 January at a ceremony in Nigeria’s Lagos to honour Africa’s best players and officials for their achievements during 2014.

The ceremony also will award African Player of The Year, National Team of The Year, Club of The Year, Referee of the Year and Coach of The Year, all based in Africa.

Equatorial Guinea to host 2015 Afcon

Equitorial Guinea are the new hosts of African Cup of Nations after Morocco were stripped off as hosts after requesting that the tournament be postponed over ebola fears.

Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa’s smallest countries with a population of just over 600,000, hosted the 2012 finals with neighbours Gabon
Morocco was on Tuesday stripped off the right to host the finals with the north African country also disqualified from taking part in the tournament after its request for a postponement was rejected by CAF.

CAF made the decision after having a meeting in Malabo on Friday with Equatorial Guinea’s president Teodoro Obiang and CAF president Issa Hayatou.

“The head of state of Equatorial Guinea agreed to host the competition. As a result, the CAF executive committee confirm that the tournament will go ahead and Equatorial Guinea will compete as the host nation,” a statement from African soccer’s governing body said.

CAF disqualifies Morocco from AFCON 2015

BBC – The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed that Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as planned.

However Caf did not announce a new venue for the tournament that is due to take place between 17 January to 8 February.

Caf’s executive committee also decided to expel Morocco  from taking part in the finals.

Morocco would have qualified for the finals as hosts.

Ghana ‘not in a position’ to host Afcon: Sports Minister

Ghana’s sports minister says his country will not step in at short notice host for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, the fourth nation to rule itself out of contention to replace Morocco.

Morocco has asked the Confederation of African Football to postpone the African Cup from early next year to 2016 because of the Ebola outbreak, and the possible threat of spreading the disease.

CAF, which will meet Tuesday to discuss the issue, has insisted the tournament must go ahead from Jan. 17-Feb. 8.

Ghana was one of the countries approached by CAF as a possible replacement, but sports minister Mahama Ayariga says it was “not in position” to host.

South Africa, Sudan and Egypt have also declined to stage the 16-team tournament.


Morocco opts against hosting CAF over Ebola

Morocco has refused to host January’s African Nations Cup soccer finals amid fears over the spread of the Ebola virus, throwing the 2015 tournament into jeopardy on Saturday.

The country, which had already said it wanted the 16-team event postponed, rejected an ultimatum set by the Confederation of African Football to confirm the hosting of the continental championship due to take place Jan. 17-Feb. 8.

A statement from Morocco’s sports ministry said: “The decision is dictated by health reasons because of the serious threat of Ebola and the risk of its spreading.”

A decision on the tournament will now be made next week when CAF has an executive committee meeting in Cairo but Morocco will almost certainly be stripped as hosts.


Africa Cup of Nations will not be postponed, says CAF

The confederation of African Football has declined Morocco’s plea to postpone the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The competition will be held as scheduled from January 17th 2015 to February 8th 2015. Morocco have till Saturday 8th November to decide if they will be the country hosts for the AFCON.

Morocco had asked for a postponement of the competition because of the Ebola outbreak but in a statement released to the press CAF said, “The Executive Committee of CAF confirms its commitment to keep the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015), while asking the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to clarify the final position of Morocco not later than 8 November, 2014.

This time given also applies to all other CAF national associations wishing to organize the competition on the dates agreed as long as the hosting requirements are met.

A meeting of the Executive Committee will be held 11 November 2014 in Cairo, Egypt to take the necessary decisions.”

CAF rejects request to postpone AFCON 2015 over Ebola fears

The organizer of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations says there are no changes to the dates or schedule despite a request from hosts Morocco to postpone.

Morocco’s government has written to the Confederation of African Football to delay the 17 January to 8 February event because of the Ebola outbreak.

Caf said it will discuss the request at the next meeting of its executive committee on 2 November.

And its president Issa Hayatou will meet Moroccan officials the next day.

More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year.

The Morocco health ministry made its plea on Friday in the wake of its decision “to avoid events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus”.

On Saturday, Caf responded in a statement that read: “Caf has registered the request and wishes to state that there are no changes of the schedules of its competitions and events.

“It must be noted that since the first edition in 1957, the Africa Cup of Nations has never witnessed a deferral or a change in schedule.

“Caf has also been cautious since the commencement of the final round qualifiers of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on the health risks posed by the Ebola virus and has consistently applied precautionary principles, taking into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization and various medical experts.”

Kenya Among Top Contenders To Host AFCON 2017

Kenya has been shortlisted as one of the leading contenders battling to host the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations tournament.

In a statement on their website, The Confederation African Football CAF, confirmed Kenya alongside Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Sudan and Zimbabwe as the only nations which have confirmed their intention to host the tournament.

“By the deadline of 30 September 2014, the Confederation Africaine de Football  received applications from seven Member Associations for the hosting rights of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The seven in alphabetical order are: Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe.” read the statement.

Kenya had opted to co-host the showpiece with neighbours Uganda and Rwanda before abandoning the whole idea with FKF opting to go for it alone.

According to CAF, “The host country will be decided by the Executive Committee during one of its sessions in 2015.”