Ivory Coast boss stresses ‘destiny is in our hands’ as AFCON hosts chase last 16

Posted Monday, January 22, 2024 by PA

Ivory Coast coach Jean-Louis Gasset is confident having “destiny in our hands” will help his side secure qualification for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.Defeat to Nigeria last time out has left the hosts third in Group A and while that could be good enough to secure their progress as the four third-best finishes also get through, Gasset wants to make sure against E...Full Story »

Rui Vitoria warns Egypt players mistakes will be punished by Ghana

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2024 by PA

Egypt coach Rui Vitoria has warned his team that Ghana will punish any mistakes ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash on Thursday.Egypt were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique in their opening game of the tournament on Sunday.Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s penalty claimed a point for his country and Portuguese manager Vitoria has told his side they will need to be on top of t...Full Story »

Alex Iwobi targeting Africa Cup of Nations glory with Nigeria despite slow start

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2024 by PA

Fulham midfielder Alex Iwobi admits beating the Ivory Coast on Thursday night is the only way his Nigeria side will quieten the critics after a lacklustre Africa Cup of Nations opener.The Super Eagles could only manage a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea, a side 46 places below them in FIFA’s global rankings, and next face a tough test in Group A challengers and AFCON hosts Ivory Coast.Su...Full Story »

Trezeguet hopes double final heartbreak can inspire Egypt to go a step further

Posted Saturday, January 13, 2024 by PA

Midfielder Trezeguet hopes Egypt’s final heartbreak of 2022 can act as motivation for Africa Cup of Nations success this year.Egypt have not won the tournament since 2010 and have fallen at the last hurdle in their last two final appearances, more recently two years ago when they lost on penalties to Senegal.The Pharaohs begin their campaign on Sunday when they take on Mozambique in Group ...Full Story »

Emma Hayes says ‘disgusting’ abuse has affected Lauren James’ mental health

Posted Thursday, December 14, 2023 by PA

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said Lauren James’ mental health has been affected by the latest racist abuse she has received on social media.James was booked in Chelsea’s 4-1 Women’s Super League defeat at Arsenal on Sunday after appearing to stamp on Lia Walti and was withdrawn by Hayes soon after.Chelsea have condemned the online abuse, while Hayes compared the treatment of James t...Full Story »

Carlo Ancelotti says Jude Bellingham may need shoulder surgery if injury recurs

Posted Saturday, December 09, 2023 by PA

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti remains confident Jude Bellingham is getting stronger every day from his shoulder problem – but feels surgery cannot be ruled out if the issue flares up again.The England midfielder is enjoying a standout debut campaign with Los Blancos, having scored 15 goals so far in all competitions.Bellingham, 20, had been sidelined ahead of the international break,...Full Story »

A win would be nice – Keeper Nick Pope urges Newcastle to upset PSG

Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2023 by PA

Nick Pope has told Newcastle they have to believe they can win every game if they are to be thought of as a top team.The Magpies head into Tuesday night’s crunch Champions League clash with Paris St Germain knowing their first campaign in two decades could be over if they lose.Memories of October’s 4-1 demolition of the French champions at St James’ Park, which took Eddie Howe&...Full Story »

Kylian Mbappe in line to feature for Paris St Germain against Toulouse

Posted Saturday, August 19, 2023 by PA

Luis Enrique said Kylian Mbappe is in a good state of mind to return to his Paris Saint Germain side ahead of Saturday’s Ligue 1 meeting with Toulouse.The striker was absent from the squad for the opening-weekend goalless draw with Lorient following a tumultuous summer in which a dispute over his future left him training separately from the first team.The 23-year-old has only a year to run...Full Story »

Millie Bright confident England can cope with hostile atmosphere in Sydney

Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2023 by PA

Captain Millie Bright expects the hostile environment England will encounter against Australia in their World Cup semi-final to feel like well-trodden territory for the European champions.Wednesday’s game is a sell out at the 75,000-plus capacity Stadium Australia in Sydney, with the vast majority issued to home supporters, who have backed their side in rapidly-rising, record-smashing fash...Full Story »

Frankie McAvoy ready for tough test as Hearts face Rosenborg

Posted Thursday, August 10, 2023 by PA

Hearts head coach Frankie McAvoy is expecting a “real tough game” when his side come up against Rosenborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round first-leg in Norway.The Jambos will be looking to make it to the group stage for the second consecutive year but need to beat the 26-time Norwegian champions and would then meet either Hajduk Split or PAOK if they are to...Full Story »

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