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CAF and FIFA confirm Dates and Kick-Off times for June's World Cup 2026™ African Qualifiers

https://www.cafonline.com/news/caf-and- ... ualifiers/

The African Nations will resume their road to qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2026 next week.

Match Day 3 and Match Day 4 of the Qualifiers will be played between 05-11 June 2024.

Nine African teams are guaranteed to compete at the World Cup. Another will participate in the Play-off Tournament as the global showpiece will host 48 teams for the first time ever.

Winners of each Group will automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ 2026.

The four best runners-up (from the Groups) will play in a CAF Play-Off tournament.

The winner of the CAF Play-Off Tournament will play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament.

Below are the fixtures for the matches to be played over the next seven days. (all kick-off times in GMT)



Match Day 3

Wednesday - 05 June, 2024

Sierra Leone v Djibouti (Group A) | 1600 | El Jadida, Morocco
Togo v South Sudan (Group B) | 1600 | Lome, Togo
Central African Republic v Chad (Group I) | 1600 | Oujda, Morocco
Namibia v Liberia (Group H) | 1600 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea (Group H) | 1900 | Rades, Tunisia


Thursday - 06 June, 2024

Malawi v Sao Tome e Principe (Group H) | 1300 | Lilongwe, Malawi
Guinea Bissau v Ethiopia (Group A) | 1600 | Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Mauritania v Sudan (Group B) | 1600 | Nouakchott, Mauritania
Libya v Mauritius (Group D) | 1600 | Tripoli, Libya
Congo v Niger (Group E) | 1600 | Kinshasa, DR Congo
Egypt v Burkina Faso (Group A) | 1900 | Cairo, Egypt
Senegal v DR Congo (Group B) | 1900 | Diamniadio, Senegal
Benin v Rwanda (Group C) | 1900 | Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Algeria v Guinea (Group G) | 1900 | Algiers, Algeria
Mali v Ghana (Group I) | 1900 | Bamako, Mali


Friday - 07 June, 2024

Zimbabwe v Lesotho (Group C) | 1300 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Mozambique v Somalia (Group G) | 1300 | Maputo, Mozambique
Kenya v Burundi (Group F) | 1300 | Lilongwe, Malawi
Uganda v Botswana (Group G) | 1600 | Namboole, Uganda
Madagascar v Comoros (Group I) | 1600 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Angola v Eswatini (Group D) | 1600 | Luanda, Angola
Nigeria v South Africa (Group C) | 1900 | Uyo, Nigeria
Morocco v Zambia (Group E) | 1900 | Agadir, Morocco
Cote d'Ivoire v Gabon (Group F) | 1900 | Korhogo, Cote d'Ivoire


Saturday - 08 June, 2024

Cameroon v Cape Verde (Group D) | 1300 | Douala, Cameroon
Gambia v Seychelles (Group F) | 1600 | Berkane, Morocco


Match Day 4

Sunday - 09 June, 2024

Sao Tome e Principe v Liberia (Group H) | 1300 | Oudja, Morocco
Djibouti v Ethiopia (Group A) | 1600 | El Jadida, Morocco
Congo DR v Togo (Group B) | 1600 | Kinshasa, DR Congo
Mauritania v Senegal (Group B) | 1600 | Nouachott, Mauritania
Namibia v Tunisia (Group H) | 1600 | Johannesburg, South Africa


Monday - 10 June, 2024

Somalia v Botswana (Group G) | 1300 | Maputo, Mozambique
Equatorial Guinea v Malawi (Group H) | 1300 | Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Madagascar v Mali (Group I) | 1300 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Guinea Bissau v Egypt (Group A) | 1600 | Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Benin v Nigeria (Group C) | 1600 | Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Uganda v Algeria (Group G) | 1600 | Namboole, Uganda
Guinea v Mozambique (Group G) | 1900 | El Jadida, Morocco
Ghana v Central African Republic (Group I) | 1900 | Kumasi, Ghana
Burkina Faso v Sierra Leone (Group A) | 1900 | Bamako, Mali


Tuesday - 11 June, 2024

South Sudan v Sudan (Group B) | 1300 | Juba, South Sudan
Mauritius v Eswatini (Group G) | 1300 | St. Pierre, Mauritius
Zambia v Tanzania (Group E) | 1300 | Ndola, Zambia
Kenya v Cote d'Ivoire (Group F) | 1300 | Lilongwe, Malawi
Lesotho v Rwanda (Group C) | 1600 | Durban, South Africa
Cape Verde v Libya (Group D) | 1600 | Praia, Cape Verde
South Africa v Zimbabwe (Group C) | 1600 | Bloemfontein, South Africa
Congo v Morocco (Group E) | 1600 | Kinshasa, DR Congo
Chad v Comoros (Group I) | 1600 | Oujda, Morocco
Angola v Cameroon (Group D) | 1900 | Luanda, Angola
Gabon v Gambia (Group F) | 1900 | Franceville, Gabon
Seychelles v Burundi (Group F) | 1900 | Berkane, Morocco
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Cameroon replace coach Brys after Eto'o argument

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/ar ... gg89g9enzo

Marc Brys has been replaced as head coach of Cameroon - without taking charge of a game - after he was involved in a heated exchange with Samuel Eto'o, the president of the country's football federation (Fecafoot).

Martin Ndtoungou was named as interim boss of the Indomitable Lions following an emergency meeting of Fecafoot's executive committee.

A statement from the governing body cited "disrespectful comments" by Brys and "an outright refusal to collaborate" among several reasons for replacing the Belgian, as well as "inappropriate behaviour" by the coach and his assistants.

Brys was appointed in early April by Cameroon's sport ministry but Fecafoot expressed its "great astonishment" at the move and said the decision had been "taken unilaterally".

Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Eto'o had reportedly drawn up his own list of higher-profile candidates for the role, and was not present when Brys, 62, was unveiled as boss.

The two men met at Fecafoot's offices in Yaounde on Tuesday, but videos on social media showed a fiery conversation between the pair before Brys swiftly left.

Eto'o, who has been president of Fecafoot since December 2021, was also shown having a row with an official from the sports ministry.

The ministry is yet to comment on this latest development in the power struggle between itself and Fecafoot.

The drama comes in the build-up to next month's qualifiers for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, with Cameroon hosting Cape Verde on 8 June before travelling to Angola on 11 June.

Ndtoungou, 66, is scheduled to announce his squad for those games during a news conference on Thursday.

The Central Africans are top of Group D with four points from two games, with the group winners assured of a place at the finals in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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amenina wrote: Mon May 27, 2024 07:55
Firnen wrote: Sat May 25, 2024 15:38 Why was he ineligible?
He was born in Mallorca, and played for Spain at youth levels (won 2007 Euro U17 and 2011 Euro U21).

In 2013, he switched to play for EQG where his father came from. He played two matches in 2014 WCQ, scoring a hat-trick in one match, but FIFA later declared him ineligible for those two matches, and the results were forfeited: https://web.archive.org/web/20130917012 ... d=2138188/

It was not clear if the first eligibility issue was "temporary" (perhaps the EQG FA had not filed the necessary documents for the nationality switch) or "permanent". But for some reason, he still continued to play for EQG, including 2015, 2021 and 2023 AFCON (where he was top scorer), and also during 2018 WCQ (1 match) and 2022 WCQ (6 matches, 2 goals).

And before the AFCON earlier this year, he played 2 matches of 2026 WCQ in November 2023, and scored both goals in two 1-0 wins. But of course those wins have been forfeited.

FIFA did not specify a reason and just said they were "comfortably satisfied that the player was ineligible". No idea why he could still play such a long international career, including multiple WCQ matches, for EQG between the two FIFA disciplinary actions in 2013 and 2024, and what prompted FIFA to once again ban him.

The FIFA article also says "a six-month ban from playing for any representative team of any association upon the player Emilio Nsue López". So does that mean he can once again play for EQG (or some other national team) six months later?

Anyway, a truly bizarre case.
It doesn't make any sense. He was a known La Liga player, not some obscure Uruguayan playing for Nicaraguan clubs, as was the case that sent us back to Concacaf League B for another season. FIFA are the ones acting shady here, it seems to me.
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mspm89 wrote: Thu May 30, 2024 18:09
amenina wrote: Mon May 27, 2024 07:55
Firnen wrote: Sat May 25, 2024 15:38 Why was he ineligible?
He was born in Mallorca, and played for Spain at youth levels (won 2007 Euro U17 and 2011 Euro U21).

In 2013, he switched to play for EQG where his father came from. He played two matches in 2014 WCQ, scoring a hat-trick in one match, but FIFA later declared him ineligible for those two matches, and the results were forfeited: https://web.archive.org/web/20130917012 ... d=2138188/

It was not clear if the first eligibility issue was "temporary" (perhaps the EQG FA had not filed the necessary documents for the nationality switch) or "permanent". But for some reason, he still continued to play for EQG, including 2015, 2021 and 2023 AFCON (where he was top scorer), and also during 2018 WCQ (1 match) and 2022 WCQ (6 matches, 2 goals).

And before the AFCON earlier this year, he played 2 matches of 2026 WCQ in November 2023, and scored both goals in two 1-0 wins. But of course those wins have been forfeited.

FIFA did not specify a reason and just said they were "comfortably satisfied that the player was ineligible". No idea why he could still play such a long international career, including multiple WCQ matches, for EQG between the two FIFA disciplinary actions in 2013 and 2024, and what prompted FIFA to once again ban him.

The FIFA article also says "a six-month ban from playing for any representative team of any association upon the player Emilio Nsue López". So does that mean he can once again play for EQG (or some other national team) six months later?

Anyway, a truly bizarre case.
It doesn't make any sense. He was a known La Liga player, not some obscure Uruguayan playing for Nicaraguan clubs, as was the case that sent us back to Concacaf League B for another season. FIFA are the ones acting shady here, it seems to me.
- After FIFA banned Nsue from representing EQG last week, early this week the EQG FA released the list of player callups for the WCQ matches in June, and Nsue is still on the list: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... 9938886616

- After this year's AFCON, there was this news article about the EQG FA suspending Nsue indefinitely for "disciplinary problems": https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/68294064

- And then in response, Nsue blasted the EQG FA for basically being a corrupt organization: https://sportsbrief.com/football/59203- ... orruption/

- So here, the EQG FA still calls up Nsue, even though 1. he was earlier "indefinitely suspended" by the EQG FA themselves, 2. He is currently suspended by FIFA. Not sure if Nsue will actually "turn up" or be allowed to play (assuming EQG already appealed the FIFA decision). I guess the EQG FA realized that he is by far their best player, and without him they are hopeless to qualify, so might as well try.

- And the timing of the ruling is of course quite "interesting" to say the least. A few months after Nsue had a public falling out with the EQG FA, suddenly FIFA "realized" that Nsue was ineligible to play for EQG. This is purely speculative on my part, but perhaps, a person who has a grudge with the EQG FA and wants to bring them down, and who has "personal" evidence that the EQG FA used shady practices to make Nsue "eligible" to play for EQG, sent those evidence to FIFA such that the EQG results had to be forfeited? That kind of explains why FIFA is so unspecific about what evidence supports their ruling.
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Just a reminder.
CAF qualifiers are streamed for free on FIFA+
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The state of play in Africa's World Cup qualifiers

https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/tourna ... tournament

CAF qualifying resumes on 5 June 2024

Eight nations looking to continue perfect campaigns

Read on for all you need to know about results, fixtures, form and more

After a six-month break in play, CAF qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 26™ is set to resume next month. Matchdays 3 and 4 get under way on 5 June, with everything still to play for across the nine groups.

Current Group F leaders Côte d'Ivoire memorably won their third CAF Africa Cup of Nations in January and are one of eight teams looking to continue their perfect start to qualifying. At the other end of the spectrum, 21 sides are still searching for their first win, with nine of those on the hunt for a maiden point.

Here, FIFA runs the rule over CAF qualifying ahead of its resumption.


Group A
Standings
1. Egypt | 6 pts
2. Burkina Faso | 4 pts
3. Guinea-Bissau | 4 pts
4. Sierra Leone | 1 pt
5. Ethiopia | 1 pt
6. Djibouti | 0 pts

Fixtures
All kick-off times are local

5 June
Sierra Leone v Djibouti
El Jadida, 17:00

6 June
Guinea-Bissau v Ethiopia
Bissau, 16:00
Egypt v Burkina Faso
Cairo, 22:00

9 June
Djibouti v Ethiopia
El Jadida, 17:00

10 June
Guinea-Bissau v Egypt
Bissau, 16:00
Burkina Faso v Sierra Leone
Bamako, 19:00

Current form
Egypt and Burkina Faso endured last-16 exits at the AFCON, while Guinea-Bissau finished bottom of Group A. Ethiopia recently won and lost one friendly apiece with Lesotho, while Sierra Leone fell to Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco in January friendlies. Djibouti, meanwhile, saw their 2025 AFCON journey end in a play-off defeat to Liberia in March.

Coaching changes
All three sides that travelled to the AFCON opted to change their coach post-tournament. Egypt's winless campaign saw them part ways with Rui Vitoria and appoint Hossan Hassam, while Brama Traore replaced Hubert Velud in the Burkina Faso hot-seat. Luis Boa Morte, who had been working as Fulham's assistant, has now taken charge of Guinea-Bissau following the Premier League season's conclusion, replacing Baciro Cande.


Group B
Standings
1. Senegal | 4 pts
2. Sudan | 4 pts
3. Congo DR | 3 pts
4. Togo | 2 pts
5. Mauritania | 1 pt
6. South Sudan | 1 pt

Fixtures
5 June
Togo v South Sudan
Lome, 16:00

6 June
Mauritania v Sudan
Nouakchott, 16:00
Senegal v Congo DR
Diamniadio, 19:00

9 June
Mauritania v Senegal
Nouakchott, 16:00
Congo DR v Togo
Kinshasa, 17:00

11 June
South Sudan v Sudan
Juba, 14:00

Current form
Congo DR reached the semi-finals at the AFCON, while Senegal and Mauritania were eliminated in the last 16. Sudan, for their part, recorded a win and a loss apiece in friendlies against Tanzania, and Togo defeated Niger and drew with Libya. South Sudan, meanwhile, came through their AFCON play-off duel with São Tomé and Príncipe on away goals.

Coaching changes
No team in Group B has changed their coach since the most recent round of qualifiers.


Group C
Standings
1. Rwanda | 4 pts
2. South Africa | 3 pts
3. Nigeria | 2 pts
4. Lesotho | 2 pts
5. Zimbabwe | 2 pts
6. Benin | 1 pt

Fixtures
6 June
Benin v Rwanda
Abidjan, 19:00

7 June
Zimbabwe v Lesotho
Johannesburg, 15:00
Nigeria v South Africa
Uyo, 20:00

10 June
Benin v Nigeria
Abidjan, 16:00

11 June
South Africa v Zimbabwe
Mangaung, 18:00
Lesotho v Rwanda
Durban, 18:00

Current form
Nigeria reached the AFCON final, defeating South Africa in the semi-finals, before losing to the hosts. During the March friendlies, Rwanda drew with Botswana and defeated Madagascar, Lesotho registered one win, one draw and two losses from their 2024 friendlies, Zimbabwe defeated Zambia and lost to Kenya, and Benin drew with Côte d'Ivoire and lost to Senegal.

Coaching changes
Zimbabwe coach Baltemar Brito departed his position last December and has been succeeded by Jairos Tapera on an interim basis. Despite reaching the AFCON final, Jose Peseiro departed as coach of Nigeria and was succeeded by his assistant – Super Eagles legend Finidi George.


Group D
Standings
1. Cameroon | 4 pts
2. Cabo Verde | 4 pts
3. Libya | 4 pts
4. Angola | 2 pts
5. Mauritius | 1 pt
6. Eswatini | 0 pts

Fixtures
6 June
Libya v Mauritius
Benina, 18:00

7 June
Angola v Eswatini
Luanda, 17:00

8 June
Cameroon v Cabo Verde
Yaounde, 14:00

11 June
Cabo Verde v Libya
Praia, 15:00
Mauritius v Eswatini
Saint Pierre, 17:00
Angola v Cameroon
Luanda, 20:00

Current form
Cabo Verde and Angola made it to the AFCON quarter-finals before losing to Nigeria and South Africa respectively, while Bafana Bafana also eliminated Cameroon in the last 16. Eswatini came through their AFCON play-off with a 5-2 win over Somalia, but Mauritius lost 3-1 to Chad. Libya, meanwhile, are unbeaten in five friendlies this year.

Coaching changes
The only change in Group D came in the Cameroon dugout, where Rigobert Song departed his post after two years in charge.


Group E
Standings
1. Morocco | 3 pts
2. Zambia | 3 pts
3. Niger | 3 pts
4. Tanzania | 3 pts
5. Congo | 0 pts

Eritrea withdrew from qualifying in November 2023 prior to Matchday one, meaning Group E consists of five sides.

Fixtures
6 June
Congo v Niger
Kinshasa, 17:00

7 June
Morocco v Zambia
Agadir, 20:00

11 June
Zambia v Tanzania
Ndola, 15:00
Congo v Morocco
Kinshasa, 17:00

Current form
Morocco exited the AFCON with a last-16 defeat to South Africa, while Zambia and Tanzania drew 1-1 in Group F, although neither advanced to the knockout phase. In friendly action, nothing could separate Congo and Gabon, while Niger failed to win any of their three games.

Coaching changes
Former Morocco goalkeeper Ezzaki Badou took over as Niger boss in December. Tanzania, for their part, sacked coach Adel Amrouche during their AFCON campaign, with Hemed Suleiman promoted from assistant on an interim basis.


Group F
Standings
1. Côte d'Ivoire | 6 pts
2. Gabon | 6 pts
3. Kenya | 3 pts
4. Burundi | 3 pts
5. The Gambia | 0 pts
6. Seychelles | 0 pts

Fixtures
7 June
Kenya v Burundi
Lilongwe, 15:00
Côte d'Ivoire v Gabon
Korhogo, 19:00

8 June
The Gambia v Seychelles
Berkane, 17:00

11 June
Kenya v Côte d'Ivoire
Lilongwe, 15:00
Gabon v The Gambia
Franceville, 20:00
Seychelles v Burundi
Berkane, 20:00

Current form
Despite a rocky start to the AFCON, which led to a change of coach during the group stage, Côte d'Ivoire came through to win their third title. The Gambia were less successful, finishing bottom of Group C. Kenya won both of their recent friendlies, but Gabon and Burundi failed to record a victory across theirs. Seychelles are yet to return to action.

Coaching changes
After Jean-Louis Gasset resigned, former assistant Emerse Fae sensationally lead Les Éléphants to AFCON glory and has since been handed the job on a permanent basis. Meanwhile, the experienced Tom Saintfiet left his role with the Gambia and was replaced by Northern Irishman Johnathan McKinstry in May.


Group G
Standings
1. Algeria | 6 pts
2. Botswana | 3 pts
3. Guinea | 3 pts
4. Uganda | 3 pts
5. Mozambique | 3 pts
6. Somalia | 0 pts

Fixtures
6 June
Algeria v Guinea
Baraki, 20:00

7 June
Mozambique v Somalia
Maputo, 15:00
Uganda v Botswana
Kampala, 19:00

10 June
Somalia v Botswana
Maputo, 15:00
Uganda v Algeria
Kampala, 17:00
Guinea v Mozambique
El Jadida, 20:00

Current form
Guinea saw their AFCON adventure end in a valiant quarter-final defeat to Congo DR, as disastrous campaigns for Algeria and Mozambique saw them finish bottom of their respective groups. Botswana have drawn three friendly matches this year, while Uganda won, drew and lost one. Somalia were defeated by Eswatini in their AFCON qualifier.

Coaching changes
Following their AFCON exit, Algeria parted company with Djamel Belmadi and appointed former Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic.


Group H
Standings
1. Tunisia | 6 pts
2. Namibia | 6 pts
3. Malawi | 3 pts
4. Liberia | 3 pts
5. Equatorial Guinea | 0 pts*
6. São Tomé and Príncipe | 0 pts

Fixtures
5 June
Namibia v Liberia
Johannesburg, 18:00
Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea
Rades, 20:00

6 June
Malawi v São Tomé and Príncipe
Lilongwe, 15:00

9 June
São Tomé and Príncipe v Liberia
Oujda, 14:00
Namibia v Tunisia
Johannesburg, 19:00

10 June
Equatorial Guinea v Malawi
Malabo, 14:00

Current form
While Namibia enjoyed a successful campaign at the AFCON by reaching the last 16, Tunisia crashed out in the group stage. Liberia came through their AFCON qualifiers in March against Djibouti, while São Tomé and Príncipe were defeated by South Sudan. Malawi lost both of their March friendlies.

*On 24 May 2024, following a verdict made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in relation to the ineligibility of Emilio Nsue Lopez, Equatorial Guinea's opening two FIFA World Cup 2026™ qualifiers were declared lost by forfeit.

Coaching changes
Tunisia boss Jalel Kadri resigned from his post following the AFCON, with U-20 coach Montasser Louhichi coming in as caretaker.


Group I
Standings
1. Comoros | 6 pts
2. Mali | 4 pts
3. Madagascar | 3 pts
4. Ghana | 3 pts
5. Central African Republic | 1 pt
6. Chad | 0 pts

Fixtures
5 June
Central African Republic v Chad
Oujda, 17:00

6 June
Mali v Ghana
Bamako, 19:00

7 June
Madagascar v Comoros
Nasrec, 18:00

10 June
Ghana v Central African Republic
Kumasi, 19:00

11 June
Madagascar v Mali
Nasrec, 15:00
Chad v Comoros
Oujda, 17:00

Current form
Mali were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the eventual winners, while a late collapse sent Ghana home in the group stage. Comoros went undefeated in their March friendlies, as Madagascar recorded a win and a defeat in theirs. Central African Republic won both of their FIFA Series matches, while Chad defeated Mauritius in AFCON qualifying.

Coaching changes
After less than a year in charge of Ghana, Chris Hughton was sacked in January and replaced by former boss Otto Addo, who coached the Black Stars at Qatar 2022.
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https://www.reuters.com/sports/soccer/p ... 024-06-02/

Poor facilities cost African teams home advantage in World Cup qualifiers
By Mark Gleeson

CAPE TOWN, June 2 (Reuters) - Nearly half of the African countries hosting World Cup qualifiers over the next week are being forced to host their matches in neutral venues as the Confederation of African Football continues to clamp down on poor facilities.

Some 17 of the 43 countries who have a home game scheduled in qualification for the 2026 World Cup between Wednesday and next Tuesday are barred from using their own stadia because they are not up to standard.

The list includes Kenya, who are one of the three countries designated to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2027, and Benin, whose stadium in Cotonou is in disrepair less than two years after a major renovation.

CAF have taken a firm line on tardy facilities over the last two years in an effort to force countries to improve pitch conditions and other facilities like changing rooms and stadium lights.

While it spurred some into action and led to stadium renovations, other countries have moved slowly, or not at all, and with it lost home advantage for competitive qualifiers.

"We have to get all stakeholders within the government, the private sector, everybody involved, everybody that says they've got soccer in their heart, because there is no way you're going to qualify for the World Cup playing 10 matches away. It's not possible until we fix the stadiums," said Namibia coach Collin Benjamin.

Namibia are being forced to play home games against Liberia on Wednesday and Tunisia on Sunday in neighbouring South Africa.
They last played a match in the capital Windhoek in March, 2021.

Morocco offer help for many of the ‘homeless’ countries, as part of a charm offensive across the continent using football co-operation agreements. On top of their own World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Agadir on Friday, a further eight will be hosted over the next week in the north African kingdom.

South Africa is also a preferred destination for countries needing a venue but stadium operators charge a fee to the football associations, cutting into already tight budgets.

Benin, Congo and Madagascar are the latest countries to be banned from using home venues but South Sudan will end a lengthy exile as they play at home at a newly built stadium in Juba in their Group B derby with neighbours Sudan next week.
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Shameful for Kenya
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Current standings after matchday 2

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amenina wrote: Fri May 24, 2024 15:51 https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/tourna ... nsue-lopez

FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions the Equatorial Guinean Football Association and

Published
24 May 2024

Decisions were made in relation to Emilio Nsue López's participation in several matches, including two in the FIFA World Cup 2026™ preliminary competition.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has rendered its decisions in relation to proceedings opened against both the Equatorial Guinean Football Association (FEGUIFUT) and the player Emilio Nsue López with regards to the latter’s participation in several matches of the national team of Equatorial Guinea, including two matches in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2026™ preliminary competition, despite being ineligible.

After considering all elements brought before it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was comfortably satisfied that the player was ineligible and consequently decided to declare the matches of the FIFA World Cup 2026™ preliminary competition in which the player was fielded (namely Equatorial Guinea v. Namibia and Liberia v. Equatorial Guinea played on 15 November 2023 and 20 November 2023, respectively) lost by forfeit by Equatorial Guinea (by a score of 3-0).

In addition, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed the following sanctions:

a fine amounting to CHF 150,000 upon FEGUIFUT; and

a six-month ban from playing for any representative team of any association upon the player Emilio Nsue López.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s findings were notified today to the parties concerned. In accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the parties have ten days in which to request a motivated decision, which, if requested, would subsequently be published on legal.fifa.com. The present decisions remain subject to an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.
Details on the ruling published by FIFA

On the case of Equatorial Guinean Football Association

https://digitalhub.fifa.com/m/6c4ee930c ... 052024.pdf

On the case of Emilio Nsue López

https://digitalhub.fifa.com/m/451be0f53 ... 052024.pdf
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MercedesBenz240 wrote: Mon Jun 03, 2024 13:15 Shameful for Kenya
I would say even more so for Namibia who are more developed than Kenya. Kenya is still a very poor country, but I agree it is a shame for all of the countries who can't play at home including Kenya.
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FIFA: Nsue was not allowed to play for Equatorial Guinea

https://www.africanews.com/2024/06/03/f ... al-guinea/

Top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations five months ago, Emilio Nsue, was never eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea throughout his 11-year international career, FIFA judges have ruled.

FIFA has just published a detailed verdict explaining why its disciplinary committee last month stripped Equatorial Guinea of ​​two victories in qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup held in November.

In both matches, Nsue, 34, scored in 1-0 wins over Namibia and Liberia . The former Spain under-21 and youth international should not have played in those two matches and FIFA has now banned him from playing for the national team for six months.

This is a repeat of FIFA disciplinary verdicts in 2013 which also ordered Equatorial Guinea to lose two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches by default due to Nsue's ineligibility.

FIFA said its disciplinary judges in the most recent investigation upheld the motive for the 2013 cases, namely that Nsue was ineligible because he had played competitive matches for Spain's age-matched teams before acquiring your new nationality.

Nsue "apparently acquired Equatorial Guinean nationality (March 2013) only after playing his first international match in an official competition" with Spain, the FIFA judges wrote in their judgment.

The player had actually made 26 competitive appearances for Spanish teams from under-16 to under-21 levels for six years until 2011. The 15-page FIFA document, dated May 10, 2024, details this which appears to have been a chaotic process ten years earlier for the Equatoguinean federation trying to get Nsue approved.

In 2013, the federation asked Spanish authorities, but not FIFA, to release Nsue, then selected and fielded him in two World Cup qualifying matches without formal authorization. These matches were later canceled by default.

In December 2013, FIFA rejected Nsue's request for a change of eligibility and cited the new, late-acquired nationality. Yet he continued to play for the Equatorial Guinea team.

Nsue "still took part in a substantial number of matches for the FEGUIFOOT (senior men's) representative team over a significant period (while knowing without doubt that he was ineligible)" , the FIFA judges wrote .

He participated in qualifying matches for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup despite these disciplinary cases and missed matches in the 2014 edition. The reason why FIFA did not pursue these cases matches is not clear.

Nsue also participated in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations , hosted by Equatorial Guinea as a replacement host, although he was disqualified from the qualifying program due to an ineligible player. It also participated in CAN 2022, organized outside of FIFA control by the Confederation of African Football .

Nsue has now played more than 40 matches for the national team and has scored 23 goals, including five in January during the last AFCON. The publicity he received in Ivory Coast appears to have provoked a new disciplinary procedure.

The latest investigation was opened by FIFA in March and Nsue was contacted with a six-day deadline to respond to the ongoing accusation. “No position was received from the defendant ,” the FIFA judges wrote.

The judges also explained that they only took action against Nsue's matches for the 2026 World Cup because it is an ongoing competition.

Nsue, who now plays for Spanish lower-tier team Intercity, and his national federation can appeal the sanctions, first to FIFA and then to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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Coaching carousel spins ahead of Africa's World Cup qualifiers

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As the resumption of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in Africa approaches, a wave of managerial changes has swept across the continent, injecting fresh tactics and philosophies into the high-stakes battle for a coveted spot in North America.
The focus is not only on the players but also on the significant coaching changes that have occurred during the six-month hiatus.
Matchdays 3 and 4 are set to kick off on Wednesday, with several teams debuting new leadership in hopes of securing their path to North America.
The coaching carousel has brought a mix of seasoned veterans and promising talents to the forefront, each eager to make their mark.

Group A: Egypt, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Bissau embrace new leadership

In Group A, Egypt leads the pack, but their journey continues under new head coach Hossam Hassan. After a disappointing TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, Egypt parted ways with Rui Vitoria.
Hassan, a respected figure in Egyptian football, has vowed to steer the Pharaohs back to prominence.
"With or without the additional teams, our primary objective is to qualify for the World Cup, and we’re doing everything in our power to achieve this goal," Hassan remarked.
He acknowledged the increasing competitiveness of African football, noting that every match is a test of resilience and strategy.
Burkina Faso, another team from Group A that saw a change in their coaching staff, replaced Hubert Velud with Brama Traore.
Traore's task is to maintain Burkina Faso's strong form, having earned four points from their opening matches.
Guinea-Bissau, meanwhile, welcomes Luis Boa Morte, the former Fulham assistant, who took over from Baciro Cande. Boa Morte's challenge will be to elevate the team from its middling start.

Group C: Nigeria entrusts Finidi George with the reins

In Group C, Nigeria made a bold move by appointing Super Eagles legend Finidi George as their head coach after Jose Peseiro's departure.
Despite reaching the AFCON final, Nigeria felt a change was necessary to boost their World Cup hopes. Finidi George is well aware of the expectations.
"The World Cup qualification matches against South Africa and Benin Republic are a collective responsibility for all Nigerians. I know I am in charge now and the heavy responsibility is on me to win the two World Cup matches," George stated.
His intimate knowledge of Nigerian football and his experience as an assistant coach should provide the Super Eagles with a tactical edge.
Zimbabwe also sees a shift in leadership, with Jairos Tapera taking the helm on an interim basis after Baltemar Brito's departure last December. Tapera’s primary goal will be to navigate Zimbabwe through a tough group and keep their qualification hopes alive.

Group F: Côte d'Ivoire's Resurgence Under Emerse Fae

Côte d'Ivoire, the reigning AFCON champions, look to continue their perfect start in Group F under the permanent leadership of Emerse Fae.
Fae, who led the team to glory after Jean-Louis Gasset's resignation, has solidified his position as head coach. His remarkable turnaround of the team's fortunes has instilled confidence among the players and fans alike.
Kenya and Gabon, also in Group F, face a stern challenge with Côte d'Ivoire’s resurgence. Gabon, under Patrice Neveu, and Kenya, led by Engin Firat, will need to bring their best to upset the group leaders.

Group I: Otto Addo Returns to Ghana

Perhaps the most high-profile coaching change is Otto Addo’s return to Ghana in Group I. After Chris Hughton’s sacking in January, Addo, who previously led Ghana at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, has been reappointed.
“The aim is to qualify. It will be difficult, especially the away game with Mali. They have a very good squad,” Addo acknowledged.
His familiarity with the team and understanding of the pressures of World Cup qualification will be crucial as Ghana seeks to improve on their mixed start.

Other Notable Changes and Upcoming Fixtures

In Group E, Niger is now under the guidance of Ezzaki Badou, while Tanzania has promoted Hemed Suleiman to interim head coach following Adel Amrouche’s exit.
Both coaches face uphill battles to keep their teams competitive in a tightly contested group.
With numerous fixtures on the horizon, including marquee matchups like Côte d'Ivoire vs. Gabon and Nigeria vs. South Africa, the next round of qualifiers promises to be thrilling.
As African nations prepare to take the field, the impact of these coaching changes will be scrutinized closely.
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