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AFCON 4 year routine proposal: Eto’o & Drogba Clash

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Drogba a Revolutionary while Eto’o more  Conservative as both legends disagree on FIFA’s AFCON 4 year routine proposal.

FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino proposed on February 1, 2020 that AFCON should be played after every four years instead of the traditional 2year routine.

This was in a CAF general Assembly meeting held in Rabat, Morocco.

But since this proposal was made, African football stakeholders received the proposal with mix feelings as the two most decorated African Players in the 21st century, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o both have different views concerning the subject matter.

Drogba’s view:

Former Ivory Coast international “the monster, Mr. Invincible” Didier Drogba agrees with Gianni Infantino’s revolutionary proposal of spacing the AFCON to be played after every 4 years.

Speaking to Africanews, Drogba argued that playing the competition after two years will be a disadvantage to African players plying their trade in Europe judging from the fact that a bulk of Africa Stars now ply their trade in Europe.

Drogba also gave his experience in his playing days as the two-year routine of the AFCON jeopardized his place in the starting line-up while playing for Chelsea.

“It was really complicated, not to mention the weather conditions. So it’s going to be an interesting debate and I hope to contribute too”

Drogba added.

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Eto’o ‘s view

The former Cameroon international “Goal Accountant”, Samuel Eto’o disagrees with Infantino’s proposal of organizing the AFCON after 4 years.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward is against the proposal as he made it clear that the four years routine is for the benefit European clubs as they always want to hold on to Africa’s best like Moh Salah, Sadio Mane, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and others to avoid consistent AFCON called ups.

“FIFA defends the interest of European clubs”

said the for goal accountant Samuel Eto’o.

Though both Legends have different views on the subject, the two former strikers are yet to give solutions on how the AFCON will not affect the cordial relationship between European clubs and African stars when called up for AFCON duty.

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U23 AFCON: Cameroon bows out of the competition after losing to Egypt

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The indomitable U23 lions crashed out of the competition after losing to the host country. A brace from Mustapha Mohhamed, top scorer of the competition with 4 goals was enough to annihilate the hopes of an entire nation.

Cameroon, however, reacted after Egypt opened scores at the 28th minute. Eric Ayuk got the equalizer for the lions 10 minutes later but the joy of the qualification will not be everlasting as the Egyptians will bounce back with a second goal from goal poacher, Mustapha Mohhamed who will offer the final victory to the Pharaohs.

The indomitable lions who only needed a draw to qualify for the semis bow out of the competition with 4 points tied with Ghana but who thanks to their 2-0 win against Mali progress to the semis thanks to a goal difference. (+1)

Match highlights thanks to @cafonline

 

 

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AFCON EGYPT 2019

Ghana 2-0 Mali – Kwabena Owusu’s brace fires Meteors to the Semis

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Black Meteors defeated Mali by 2-0 to qualify to the semi finals of the ongoing U23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

 

Two late goals from susbtitute Kwabena Owusu secured the victory for Ibrahim Tanko’s side.

Coming into the game and knowing his side still has a chance of qualification, Tanko made on change to the team that started against Egypt.

Prince Polley was given his first start ahead Kwabena Owusu

Mali had a good start to the game and could have get the opener in as early as the 4th minute, but Tine was twice denied by the impressive Kwame Baah.

The Black Meteors grew up in the game began to take control of the game.

 

The Malians came close again in the 30th minute, but Allio Dieng effort was saved again by Kwame Baah.

Despite dominating the first half of the game, Mali couldn’t get the breakthrough till the blast of the half time whistle.

Ghana came from recess with an improved performance.

Yaw Yeboah came close to give Ghana the lead but his effort went wide.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko effected the first substitution of the game by bringing on Kwabena Owusu for Prince Polley.

 

Yaw Yeboah also went off for Frank Arhin as Ghana pushed for the opener.

Ghana finally had the breakthrough in the 74th minute, Kingsley Fobi crossed found Kwabena Owusu who headed home to give Ghana the lead.

Kwabena Owusu added the second for Ghana with four minute to go, capitalizing from a defensive howler to put the ball at the back of the net.

Ghana maintained their lead till the blast of the final whistle.

Whlith Egypt beating Cameroon in other game, Ghana joins Egypt in the semi finals of the competition.

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AFCON EGYPT 2019

Egypt snatches late win in dramatic game against Ghana

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The Young Pharaohs of Egypt had to twice come from behind to record their second win in the ongoing U-23 AFCON, beating the Black Meteors 3-2 at the Cairo International Stadium.
In a high-intensity game, Egypt put up a spirited performance in front of the crowd to collect the maximum points after twice going down in the match.

Ibrahim Tanko made two changes to his line up that played against Cameroon with Emmanuel Lomotey and Samuel Obeng getting the nod over Simon Zibo and Issah Abass.

Ghana had the perfect start after Yaw Yeboah raced them into the lead in the 6th minute. He arrived early in the box to tap home after Samuel Obeng has gone past his marker.

Kwabena Owusu came close to doubling the lead for Ghana but the weight on his lob was too much as the ball went over.

Mostafa Mohamed drew the young Pharaohs level after rising highest to nod home a cross from Ahmed Fatouh.

Kwame Baah stood tall when he saved Ramadan Sobhi’s shot on the stroke of time.

Samuel Obeng increased the tally for Ghana a minute after the recess latching onto a loose pass from Egyptian player and rounding the keeper to drive home.

Egypt thought they had drawn level in the 56th minute but the goal was ruled offside. Moments later Kwame Baah came to Ghana’s rescue with a point-blank save.

Coach Tanko introduced Samuel Zibo in place of Michael Agbekpornu to shore up the midfield as the Egyptians were mounting pressure on Ghana.

Ramadan Sobhi equalised before Yasser Rayan put the North African side in front for the first time in the game.

The loss puts Ghana’s qualification in jeopardy as they will need to win their last game against Mali and hope for a favourable result in the game between Egypt and Cameroon..

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