Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Afcon 2015: Double Algeria blow as injury rules out Belkalem, Abeid


Africa Cup of Nations favourites Algeria suffered a double blow on Sunday when Mehdi Abeid and Essaid Belkalem were ruled out injured from the tournament, their football federation said. Newcastle United midfielder Abeid had been doubtful for the event over the past few weeks after struggling with a toe injury and uncapped Ahmed Kashi was placed on standby as a ...

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Ronaldo scores but Valencia end Madrid 22-game winning streak


Real Madrid’s 22-game winning streak was ended by an inspired Valencia in one of the most thrilling games of the season so far, despite Cristiano Ronaldo putting his side into the lead from the spot. Antonio Barragan got Los Che back on level terms before another defender, Nicolas Otamendi headed his side in front to stun Carlo Ancelotti’s side. It ...

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Ghana opponents Bafana beat Zambia to go unbeaten in 10 games

South Africa players

– Bafana Bafana will head to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations still unbeaten under coach Shakes Mashaba after a 1-0 victory over Zambia on Sunday afternoon. Thuso Phala came on in the second half to score in the 80th minute in the friendly match against the 2012 champions. Bafana ensured a perfect send-off and are now set to depart ...

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Avram Grant names 26 provisional man squad for Spain camp


– Ghana boss Avram Grant has named a 26-man provisional squad that will travel to Spain for the pre -tournament camping ahead of the 2015 African Nations Cup. The Black Stars will camp in Seville before travelling to Equatorial Guinea for the tournament, which will begin in a fortnight. Aduana Stars goalkeeper Stephen Adams has been dropped from the initial 31-man ...

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Injury knocks out Mali’s Cheick Diabate from Afcon 2015


FC Girondins de Bordeaux striker, Cheick Diabate, will not be part of Mali’s contingent for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Sudan-based Traore, who plays for Al Merreikh, replaces the injured Cheick Diabate. The giant Malian striker has been ruled out for four months following a knee injury. The 26-year-old is now expected to undergo knee surgery, according to ...

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Stoke beg Senegal to delay Mame Diouf’s Afcon trip


Stoke City have pleaded with the Senegal FA to allow them keep striker Mame Biram Diouf until January 11 when they play Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Diouf has been named in the Senegalese squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and the football federation of the West African expects the striker to arrive their ...

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Aurelien Chedjou named as Cameroon replacement


Aurelien Chedjou was called up by Cameroon on Tuesday after a six-month absence as replacement for defender Brice Nlate in the Africa Cup of Nations squad. Chedjou has not played for his country since this year’s World Cup but Nlate suffered a knee injury in a car accident and will not be fit for the 16-team tournament in Equatorial Guinea ...

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Cape Verde is second team to name final Afcon squad


Cape Verde have become the second country to name their final squad for the 2015 Afcon. The naming of a 23-man team follows Algeria, who did same a fortnight ago. Portuguese coach Rui Aguas delivered his promise of naming his men for the Afcon on Tuesday after initially releasing a 30-man provisional squad last week. Young Vitoria Guimaraes striker Ricardo ...

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Grant names 31-man provisional squad for Afcon

Ghana coach Avram Grant

Coach Avram Grant has named a 31-man provisional squad for the 2015 African Cup of nations in Equatorial Guinea next month. Debut call ups have been handed to five Ghanaian players based in Europe with former U-20 midfielder Frank Acheampong returning to the side. Defender Samuel Inkoom who plays in the MLS with Houston Dynamos has also returned to the ...

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AL-SMITH: Atsu’s injury must force Grant to drop him


Should Christian Atsu be dropped or maintained for Ghana’s Afcon charge? His boss at Everton says they have sent the speedy forward back to Chelsea to quicken his recovery. “We have sent him back to Chelsea and he’s receiving medical attention there. We’re working together with them to make sure he comes back as quickly as possible,” Roberto Martinez said on ...

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