Image C’est un gros ouf de soulagement que le Sénégal du football a poussé samedi après la qualification des Lions locaux pour le championnat d’Afrique des Nations de la catégorie.
L’équipe A étant éliminée du second tour des éliminatoires de la Can/Mondial 2010, les locaux deviennent porteurs d’espoir. Une revanche contre l’histoire pour ceux qui ont toujours été ignoré par les responsables du football sénégalais.
Le suspens a duré jusqu’à la fatidique séance des tirs aux buts. Battus à Conakry lors de la première manche, sur le score de un but à zéro, les hommes de Joseph Koto ont rectifié le tir à Dakar, sur le même score, grace à un super but de Alpha Oumar Sow, dès la 12e minute. Ce n’est que miracle si la Guinée n’encaisse pas d’autres buts, tant la domination sénégalaise a été outrageuse. C’est finalement aux tirs au but que les lions arracheront leur qualification, grace notamment à son gardien, auteur de deux arrêts.
Image In the Club World Cup competition held in Japan, Al Alhy was defeated in the quarter finals by Pachuca of Mexico 4-2 in extra time.
It is a big disillusion for the whole continent, as the Egyptian team experience combine with the talented group was leading to a better destiny.
A quarter final against the CONCACAF Champion and all the hopes vanished ! The game was very tense and the score was leveled at 2-2 after regular time.
The Mexicans, who seemed to stronger physically, qualified during extra time thanks to Damian Alvarez 98’ and Christian Gimenez 110′: Final score 4-2. Al Ahly exits the competition through the “back door” as Pachuca progresses to the semi finals with an encounter against Liga de Quito (Equator).
The other semi-final will see Manchester United (England) play against Gamba Osaka (Japan).
Image This small Nation who was organizing the tournament for the first time did well by defeating the Cup holder, Nigeria in the semi-final (1-0) last Wednesday.
The South Africa were favourite after their demonstration against Cameroun 3-0 in the semi-finals.
But, the Saturday, Equatorial Guinea lifted for the first time ever an international soccer trophy, the African Women Championship, by beating South Africa 2 -1 in the Final.
For the 3rd spot, Nigeria defeated Cameroon on penalty shoot-outs 5-4 (end of extra time 1-1). The final ranking of the tournament is : 1 – Equatorial Guinea, 2 – South Africa, 3 – Nigeria, 4 – Cameroon.
Image Small Nation of 450.000 inhabitants on the West Coast of Africa, Equatorial Guinea try to get on the spot light in international football … and they succeed ! This month, Equatorial Guinea is organizing the 6th Female African Nations Cup.
After the first round of the competition, the host brilliantly qualified to the semi-finals of the competition – thanks to a victory 1-0 against Cameroon in the opening game.
In group B, Nigeria, the defending champions struggled to qualify to the next round – A victory 1-0 against South Africa this Saturday helped them to grab the second spot of the group, just behind their opponent of the day.
For the semi finals, Equatorial Guinea will play Nigeria, and the second game will see South Africa against Cameroon.