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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old July 25th, 2006, 13:12 Thread Starter
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Friendlies - August 2006

1. Senegal - CIV
Hot hot hot. The drling team in the Africa at the mo' v it's 2002 counterpart. Would love for all players to show up and give a great match. Hopefully this match is online

2. Namibia - South Africa
Who is temporarily coaching Bafana squared while their FA try to convince Parreira to take over? Should be a walk in the park for our 2010hosts even though the match will be in Windhoek

3. Gabon - Algeria
Equal matchup in terms of strength.

4. Tunisia - Mali
WC disappointment v total disappointment. Hopefully Mali is on the ascendency, as on paper, they are one of Africa's brightest. What more can I say about Tunisia - they were my one hope to top their WC group with 9 points, but alas . I predict a draw.

5. Uganda - Libya
See #3

6. Morocco - Burkina Faso.
Morocco beat USA 1-0 before the WC. This team has had an unlucky 2005/2006, having failed to qualify to the WC (only 1 loss in 10 matches, and that loss was v Tunisia in the final match of WCQ) and being drawn in a tough ANC group with Egypt and CIV. The BUrkinabes are a decent side - last time I watched their game was v Bafana in the ANC/WC qualifiers. They utterly dominated the South Africans and won by a comfortable 3-1 margin. Should be a good matchup.

7. Nigeria - Ghana
Is it on, is it off? Last I read, the NFA had cancelled the match because the Nigerian coach was not aware of the match. Oh dear Nigeria, #11 in the latest FIFA rankings but last in organisation. This match woulda been a sweet one to gauge Ghana's true strength in Africa.


Any other matches I have missed?
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old July 25th, 2006, 15:20
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Not that I know off. I read as well that the Ghana - Nigeria match was off. It is a damn shame indeed that the organization of what is supposed to be a dominant force in African football is on par with the organization of São Tomé or the Seychelles. If only the Nigerian FA would have been more structured, we could have been in the Quarter Finals of a World Cup years ago.

Also, I think it would have been a great matchup, between two rivals.

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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old July 27th, 2006, 06:50
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Man we should try to replace Nigeria and play Ghana.

Our shameful EFA is at it yet again.. No decent game scheduled till next Jan (against Greece)..
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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old August 1st, 2006, 05:20
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3. Gabon - Algeria
Equal matchup in terms of strength.
Not trying to big my country up or anything (especially with the recent results we've had) but Gabon are nowhere near Algerian in terms of strength. Like I said, our results are a bit deceiving, sort've like Mali but we definitely have a better squad than Gabon. I think its just a matter of time before our FA straightens things out and we have a strong(er) NT again.

PS. The new coach (Cavalli) will be calling up lots of new players for the upcoming training camp and friendly against Gabon. We will also play a game against a French club (probably FC Istres). So far, the only two players that have been confirmed for a call-up are Yacine Hima (Olympique Lyon) and Mehdi Sennaoui (Olympique Marseille). The complete list of players should be released by the end of the week and we'll see who else will be in there.
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Ghana is trying to play against Cameroon on August 16th in London. Cameroon's other proposition would be to face Guinea in France instead.
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post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old August 2nd, 2006, 20:23
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Cameroon vs Guinea

It should be a good test for both squads. We'll see whether Guinea live up to their new FIFA ranking (4th in Africa, 24th in the world).

Ghana will face Togo as well.
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post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old August 3rd, 2006, 05:29
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Apparently Egypt is playing Uruguay on the international friendly matchday, August 16th, to celebrate the opening of our new stadium in Alexandria.
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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old August 3rd, 2006, 14:22
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What new stadium is that ? Bordj El Arab ? I thought that was in Cairo ?!?!? In any case, truly an amazing stadium. However, they should have gave it a roof or something.
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The Moroccan squad for the friendly against Burkina Faso:

1- Tarik Jarmouni (FAR)
2- Nadir Lamyaghri (WAC)
3- Mustapha Chadli (MAT)
4- Talal El Karkouri (Charlton, England)
5- Abdeslam Ouaddou (Olympiakos, Greece)
6- Amine Erbati (Nadi Qatari, Qatar)
7- Aziz Benaskar (Um Salal, Qatar)
8- Oualid Regragui (Racing Santander, Spain)
9- Michael Chrétien (Nancy, France)
10- Hicham Mahdoufi (OCK)
11- Badr Kaddouri (Dinamo Kiev, Ukraine)
12- Youssef Safri (Norwich, England D2)
13- Houcine Kharja (AS Roma, Italy)
14- Abdelkrim Kissi (Herreven, Holland)
15- Zakaria Aboub (Istres, France D2)
16- Jaouad Zaïri (Sochaux, France)
17- Soufiane Alloudi (RCA)
18- Tarik Sektioui (FC Porto, Portugal)
19- Youssouf Hadji (Rennes, France)
20- Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, France)
21- Jawad El Hajri (Brest, France D2)
22- Bouchaib Lambarki (Ar Rayyan, Qatar)
23- M'Barek Boussoufa (Anderlecht, Belgium)
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The Malian squad for the friendly against Tunisia:

Goalkeepers: Cheick Oumar Bathily (Djoliba AC), Soumaïla Diakité (Stade Malien), Mahamadou Sidibé « Maha » (Kerkyra, Greece D2)

Defenders: Eric Chelle (Valenciennes, France), Adama Coulibaly (Lens, France), Fousseyni Diawara (St-Etienne, France), Souleymane Diamouténé (Lecce, Italy D2), Boubacar S. Koné (El Merriekh, Sudan), Sami Traoré (PSG, France), Djimi Traoré (Liverpool England)

Milieux : Mamadou Diarra (Lyon, France), Soumaïla Coulibaly (Fribourg, Germany), Seydou Kéita and Sidi Yaya Kéita (Lens, France), Mohamed Lamine Sissoko (Liverpool, England), Bassala Touré (Lovalokosias, Greece)

Attaquants : Demba Abdoulaye (Alost FC, Belgium D2), Dramane Traoré (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Mamadou Diallo (Nantes, France), Frédéric Oumar Kanouté (Sevilla, Spain)
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The Moroccan squad for the friendly against Burkina Faso:

1- Tarik Jarmouni (FAR)
2- Nadir Lamyaghri (WAC)
3- Mustapha Chadli (MAT)
4- Talal El Karkouri (Charlton, England)
5- Abdeslam Ouaddou (Olympiakos, Greece)
6- Amine Erbati (Nadi Qatari, Qatar)
7- Aziz Benaskar (Um Salal, Qatar)
8- Oualid Regragui (Racing Santander, Spain)
9- Michael Chrétien (Nancy, France)
10- Hicham Mahdoufi (OCK)
11- Badr Kaddouri (Dinamo Kiev, Ukraine)
12- Youssef Safri (Norwich, England D2)
13- Houcine Kharja (AS Roma, Italy)
14- Abdelkrim Kissi (Herreven, Holland)
15- Zakaria Aboub (Istres, France D2)
16- Jaouad Zaďri (Sochaux, France)
17- Soufiane Alloudi (RCA)
18- Tarik Sektioui (FC Porto, Portugal)
19- Youssouf Hadji (Rennes, France)
20- Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, France)
21- Jawad El Hajri (Brest, France D2)
22- Bouchaib Lambarki (Ar Rayyan, Qatar)
23- M'Barek Boussoufa (Anderlecht, Belgium)
I wonder how Boussoufa will do for Morocco. He's quite a treat to watch in the Belgian league.

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He played against USA (and I think a South American team as well) just before the World Cup but he wasnt too impressive. However, it was almost a B team for Morocco so I wasnt surprised. This should be a better test for him. Another player to watch out for is Jawad El Hajri who scored 21 goals in the French 3rd division last year. He's moved up to Ligue 2 this year and he's showing a lot of promise.
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The Guinean squad for their friendly against Cameroon:

1 Camara Kemoko, Hapoel Bnei, Israel (GK)
2 Diarso Naby Laye, Satellite FC (GK)
3 Kalabane Omar, AJ Auxerre, France
4 Jabi Daouda, RC Lens, France
5 Sylla Kanfory, Kallithea Greece
6 Zayatte Camille, RC Lens, France
7 Camara Alseny, TFC Toulouse, France
8 Diallo Alimou, Lokeren, Belgium
9 Camara Ibrahima, Le Mans, France
10 Thiam Pablo, Wolfsburg, Germany
11 Sylla Mohamed, Leicester, England D2
12 Bangoura Ismael, Le Mans, France
13 Youla Souleymane, Lille, France
14 Mansaré Fodé, TFC Toulouse, France
15 Diawara Kaba, Gençllerbirligi, Turkey
16 Bangoura Sambegou, Stoke City, England D2
17 Bangoura Ibrahima, Troyes, France
18 Yattara Ibrahima, Trabzonspor, Turkey
19 Souaré Ibrahima, Martigues, France D4
20 Camara Mangué, FC Rouen, France D4
21 Camara Hamidou, AS Kaloum (GK)
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7. Nigeria - Ghana
Is it on, is it off? Last I read, the NFA had cancelled the match because the Nigerian coach was not aware of the match. Oh dear Nigeria, #11 in the latest FIFA rankings but last in organisation. This match woulda been a sweet one to gauge Ghana's true strength in Africa.[/COLOR]
Have to agree with what you said here!

Don't know why but for some reason we can't organise ourselves properly, like other teams! If we can get a good competent staff in our squad, i reckon we can do really wellas a team!

Anyways are they going to show this match on TV?
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The game got cancelled and Ghana will face Togo instead. Nigeria, on the other hand, well let's just say they're still on vacation.
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He played against USA (and I think a South American team as well) just before the World Cup but he wasnt too impressive. However, it was almost a B team for Morocco so I wasnt surprised. This should be a better test for him. Another player to watch out for is Jawad El Hajri who scored 21 goals in the French 3rd division last year. He's moved up to Ligue 2 this year and he's showing a lot of promise.
Thanks Tony. I think the Moroccan team looks promising on a whole. With Boussoufa, Zairi (who is a bit stuck in his progress isn't he?) Chamakh and maybe promising guys like El Hajri, I think the Atlas Lions are definitely a force to watch out for in the next ANC and WC qualifications.

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Actually I think the Moroccan team is slowly on the decline. The team at the 2004 African Cup was its peak and they've slowly changed this up for the worse. Zairi definitely fell off from 2 years ago. He went from a starter in Sochaux to not even cutting it in Saudi Arabia (his team did not even look to extend his stay). Sochaux as well are not relying on him this season either: he's had a couple of trials in England since coming back from Saudi Arabia. Boussoufa definitely has the potential but he has a very frail body and the Africans willl make his life hell. Imagine Boussoufa going up against an Essien. We'll see though, they still have one of the most talented strikers in Africa in Chamakh so anything is possible.
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Yeah, you are right about Boussoufa being ripped apart vs. some African teams.

Morocco should give Sektioui a lot of playing time imo. I have been impressed by him in the Dutch league and now he's moved to Porto. He's a great player on his day. Also, they should call up Nourdin Boukhari again, but apparantly he's having a bad relationship with the coach.

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The game got cancelled and Ghana will face Togo instead. Nigeria, on the other hand, well let's just say they're still on vacation.
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The Algerian squad for Gabon (and a friendly against FC Istres):

Lounès Gaouaoui (JS Kabylie)
Mohamed Ousserir (NA Hussein Dey)
Mehdi Sennaoui (Olympique de Marseille, France)*

Mohamed Meftah (JS Kabylie)
Mohamed Hamdoud (USM Alger)
Fadel Brahami (RAEC Mons, Belgium)
Nadir Belhadj (CS Sedan, France)
Anthar Yahia (OGC Nice, France)
Madjid Bougherra (Sheffield Wednesday, England D2)
Samir Beloufa (KVC Westerlo, Belgium)
Mehdi Meniri (No Club)

Yazid Mansouri (FC Lorient, France)
Yacine Hima (Olympique Lyonnais, France)*
Khaled Kharroubi (Valenciennes FC, France)*
Mehdi Lacen (Deportivo Alavés, Spain D2)*
Ali Moumen (MC Oran)
Arafat Mezouar (MC Oran)
Karim Ziani (FC Sochaux, France)
Hocine Metref (USM Alger)
Kamel Larbi (OGC Nice, France)*

Hamza Yacef (JS Kabylie)
Bouabdallah Daoud (MC Oran)
Mansour Boutabout (CS Sedan, France)
Ali Boulebda (US Créteil, France D2)*
Nassim Akrour (FC Grenoble, France D2)
Rafik Djebbour (Atromitos FC, Greece)*
Chadli Amri (FSV Mainz, Germany)*
Noureddine Daham (FC Kaiserslautern, Germany D2)

A lot of new faces (marked with *) with the new coach trying to see what all the players hvae to offer. A few players missing (Madouni, Saifi, Achiou) but I think we're on the right track. Most (if not all) of the players that will end up making the cut will be playing in a top division, so thats a good start!

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