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Zesco United Monitors Enugu Rangers

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

Zesco United Serbian coach, Zlatko Krmpotic, has revealed his monitoring of Enugu Rangers ahead of their Sunday’s clash in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff.

According to the Zambiareports on line, the coach said he had penned some notes on Enugu Rangers from the Nigerian side’s continental campaign.

“Enugu is a good team, they are champions in Nigeria. We must go with respect but I think Zesco have got chance,” he was quoted by Zambiareports to have said.

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The Zambian side is expected in Nigeria on Wednesday as it wants to acclimatise ahead of the Sunday clash.

While Enugu Rangers are languishing at the bottom of the domestic league, Zesco United are achieving successes at home. Zlatko Krmpotic expressed delight at picking his first piece of silverware in Zambia after his side beat Nkana 2-0 in the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield.

And Nkana coach Zeddy Saileti said the 12 time league champions will challenge for the title in the 2017 season.

The Serbian was handed the reins at Zesco United in February following the departure of George Lwandamina at the close of the 2016 season.

Krmpotic said he was happy for his players but will now focus on their Confederation Cup fixture away to Enugu Rangers in Nigeria over the weekend.

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“I am very happy, congratulations to my players first, this is for my players, it is not for me,” said an elated Krmpotic.

He also reserved some respect for his opponents on the day, “Also congratulations to the opponent, good opponent, good team they put in everything. We give respect they gave everything to this game.”

Meanwhile, Saileti said his side was happy to have warmed up against strong opposition in the Charity Shield where they beat Zanaco 3-0 in the semi finals before being overcome by Zesco United in the final via a 2-0 result.

Zesco will be on continental duty in Nigeria where they will engage Enugu Rangers on Sunday with in the CAF Confederations Cup the return leg set for April 14, 2017 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

The Ndola side had good run in the CAF Champions League last year reaching the semi finals of the continent’s top tier competition.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Zamalek win African Confederation Cup on away goals

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Zamalek claimed the African Confederation Cup on away goals after a 1-0 win over Renaissance Berkane in the second leg thanks to Ahmed Hamdy’s first-half strike on Sunday.

The final ended 2-2 on aggregate following the return in Cairo with the Egyptian giants taking the trophy after scoring an away goal in last Sunday’s 2-1 first leg defeat in Morocco.

Hamdy swept the ball home after 23 minutes when Berkane failed to clear a corner but there were chances for both clubs to add more goals.

The Moroccan side finished down to 10 men when defender Hamza El Moussaoui was sent off in added time.

Sunday’s victory ensured Zamalek’s second success in the Confederation Cup. They beat Berkane on penalties after drawing the 2019 final 1-1 on aggregate.

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Egypt can complete a double in the African club competitions on Saturday when Zamalek’s arch domestic rivals Al Ahly host Esperance of Tunisia in the Champions League final second leg. The first leg in Tunis on Saturday ended goalless.

-Reuters

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Shehu Dikko, Okey Obi get important roles at Confederation Cup final match

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The duo of Shehu Dikko and Okey Sylvanus Sylvanus Obi, both Nigerians have been appointed as Match Commissioner and Security Officer in Sunday’s final match of the CAF Confederation Cup in Cairo.

Dikko, the former chieftain of the governing body of the Nigeria Premier League is already in Cairo for the final match which pitches Zamalek SC against visiting Morocco’s RS Berkane.

Also already is Okey Obi is in Cairo. He is also the chief legal officer at the Nigeria Football Federation.  

The referee of the match is Issa SY. He handled the quarter-final match of Nigeria and  Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations last February. He will be assisted by compatriots, Djibril Camara and Nouha Bangoura. The fourth official is  Omar Abdulkadir Artan of Somalia.

  The Referee Assessor is Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes of South Africa while  Joshua Robert Knipp, also of South Africa, is the General Coordinator for the match.

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The Video Assistant Referee is Pierre Ghislain Atcho of Gabon. Aliou Goloko of Senegal the initially designated Media Officer who was reportedly unavailable, has been replaced by Egypt’s Mohamed Elsesy.

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BREAKING: CAF adopts Yoruba name, “Ola” for official match ball!

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Confederation of African Football, CAF, has adopted a Nigerian language name of its official match ball for the interclubs competitions. Ahead of this weekend’s blockbuster line-up that sees Africa’s top clubs battle for  CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League top honours, the confederation and its matchball producers, PUMA have unveiled a new match ball called “OLA.”

 In a press statement, CAF explains that “OLA,” means “wealth,” “honour,” and “respect” in Yoruba, and “rise” and “success” in Arabic. It explained that the name was chosen to symbolize the dynamic and energetic nature of African football.

Embodying the spirit of Africa, Ola’s design is inspired by the continent’s vibrant colours, art, and traditions.

OLA will be used this weekend – starting in Tunis when Espérance Sportive de Tunis hosts Al Ahly of Egypt in the first leg of the  CAF Champions League Final and on Sunday when Zamalek hosts RS Berkane in the second leg of the  CAF Confederation Cup final at the Cairo International Stadium. 

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