Tag Archives: 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Nigeria FA President apologizes over FIFA sanctions


Nigerian FA President Amaju Pinnick has apologized after the Super Eagles forfeited their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria. Nigeria were given a 3-0 walkover loss by FIFA on Tuesday for fielding an ineligible player in the game against Algeria in November which ended in a 1-1 draw. Nigeria midfielder Shehu Abdullahi was to serve an automatic one match ban ...

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Wakaso, Ampomah start for Ghana against Egypt

Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso

Coach Kwesi Appiah has included Mubarak Wakaso and debutant Nana Ampomah in his starting lineup to face Egypt in the final 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium. Wakaso is making a return to the team after not being called up through the qualifiers while Belgium-based Ampomah is making his first start for the team. Ampomah will play ...

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2018 World Cup Playoffs: Croatia cruise, Swiss earn away win

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Croatia and Switzerland stepped closer towards earning qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after first-leg victories in their two-leg European zone play-off ties on Thursday evening. Croatia eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory at home to Greece, while Switzerland scored a second-half penalty to earn a valuable 1-0 win in Northern Ireland. The performance of the evening came ...

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No Black Stars player in CAF World Cup Qualifiers Best XI

Mohammed Salah was crucial for Egypt in Brazzaville (Image credit: Reuters)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released the best XI for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the list does not include any Ghanaian player. The Black Stars who have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 11 years take on Egypt in their final qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday. The ...

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Egypt’s Hegazi out of Ghana game


Egypt international defender Ahmed Hegazi will miss the Pharaohs final World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Sunday due to family reasons. The Pharaohs will face Ghana on Sunday in Cape Coast having already sealed qualification to the World Cup. The Egyptian FA announced that the West Brom defender, Hegazi, left Egypt’s training camp for family reasons on Wednesday and therefore will not be available for selection ...

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“Lack of unclassified payments cost Ghana World Cup place” – Osei Kwaku Palmer

Wilfried Osei, GFA Executive Member

Vice-Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee, Wilfred Kweku Osei “Palmer”, has suggested that Ghana would have qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup if money was made available to pay unclassified and indemnity payments to referees. A Commission of Inquiry set up in 2014 after the shambolic showing in the World Cup that year revealed the country spent approximately ...

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Black Stars begin camping for World Cup qualifier against Uganda


The Black Stars opened their training camp in Kenya on Monday in preparation for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala. Coach Kwesi Appiah has pruned down the Black Stars squad to 24 players ahead of the start of training to be held in Nairobi. Coach Appiah named a provisional 26-man squad last week for the match against the Cranes of Uganda. Captain Asamoah Gyan and midfielder ...

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Black Stars to camp in Kenya for Uganda clash


The Black Stars will prepare for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on October 7 in Kenya. This was made public by the Communications Director for the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Saane Daara, on Wednesday in an interview with Asempa FM. He revealed that the team’s handlers had taken the decision to camp in Kenya because its proximity ...

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South Africa vs Senegal 2018 WC Qualifier to be played again

Following the decision to hand Ghanaian referee, J.O. Lamptey, a lifetime ban for manipulation over incidents in a match involving South Africa and Senegal in 2016, FIFA has announced that the said match will be replayed in November this year. Referee Lamptey’s performance was criticized by Senegalese officials after he awarded a penalty to South Africa when the ball clearly ...

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