Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Uganda recall big guns for September 5 Ghana qualifier

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– Three experienced Cranes stars are back in the team after missing out on Uganda’s final preliminary qualifier away to Mauritania. Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, Moses Oloya and Geoffrey all missed the trip to Mauritania early this month due to club duty as the qualifying tie fell on a non-Fifa designated date. But with all 2015 Nations Cup games falling on ...

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Edin Dzeko signs new City deal

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Bosnia and Herzegovina captain Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old striker, who signed for City from VfL Wolfsburg in 2011, penned the new deal to keep him at the club until 2018. “I knew from the beginning when I started here that I wanted to stay ...

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Libya’s war could force Caf to give Afcon 2017 to Algeria

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Algeria is set to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations should Libya be disqualified by the Confederation of African Football following ongoing violence in the country. Algeria football federation president Mohamed Raouraoua said on Sunday that his country has the required infrastructure to organise the continental showpiece if called upon at any time by Caf. “Algeria is ready to ...

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U20 WWC: Nigeria smash North Korea 6-2, qualify for final

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Nigeria blasted their way to the final of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after dismantling Korea DPR 6-2 on Wednesday in Moncton, Canada. Asisat Oshoala was the star of the show as she netted four goals for the Africans to take her tally to seven  in the competition so far. However it was Courtney Dike – scorer of the tournament’s ...

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Milovan Rajevac to return to Black Stars as technical adviser

Milo has been in town for several days.

Citi Sports understands that former Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac is favorite to be technical adviser for the side. “Milo”, as he was fondly known in Ghana, was much loved before he left the Black Stars after South Africa 2010. Sources within the Ghana FA say the well-liked Serbian is one of the names on a three-man shortlist to be ...

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Sami Khedira’s agent flying to London for transfer talks

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Sami Khedira appears to be closing in on a move to the Premier League as his agent prepares to travel to London to negotiate with an unnamed club, reports The Sunday Mirror. The Germany World Cup winner has failed to save his Real Madrid career after crunch talks with Carlo Ancelotti broke down. He is now looking to seal a ...

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Crystal Palace chief explains decision to let Pulis go

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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish does not feel let down by former boss Tony Pulis but expects to see him working again soon. Pulis stunned Palace by asking to leave his role as manager just two days before the season started, with Parish agreeing to his request. Former Stoke boss Pulis – who guided Palace to a miraculous escape last ...

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I’m responsible for defeat – Van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal accepted responsibility after Manchester United crashed to a 2-1 loss at home to Swansea City on Saturday in his first Premier League game as manager. The 63-year-old Dutchman is bidding to transform United’s fortunes after a dismal seventh-place finish last season, but his tenure got off to a similarly disappointing start as Swansea claimed a first league ...

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United, Chelsea and Bayern all fight over Mehdi Benatia

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Roma have insisted “Mehdi Benatia is our player,” but Manchester United and Chelsea are fighting for him while Bayern Munich fly in. The defender has been at the centre of transfer speculation all summer following a contract dispute, just one season into his Giallorossi career. Sky Sports in England claimed last night that Benatia was already on a flight to ...

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