Emma Hayes does not expect Chelsea to be intimidated by partisan crowd in Paris

Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2024 by PA

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes does not expect her players to be intimidated by a partisan home crowd in Paris in their final Women’s Champions League group match.Hayes’ side, who secured their place in the knockout stages by beating Real Madrid 2-1 last week to finish top of Group D, face a Paris FC side who can also progress with victory.Paris must win at the Sebastien Charlety Stadium on...Full Story »

Bubista taking nothing for granted as Cape Verde face Mauritania in last 16

Posted Monday, January 29, 2024 by PA

Cape Verde coach Bubista is taking nothing for granted when they face fellow underdogs Mauritania in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.Both countries were surprise qualifiers from the group stage, with Cape Verde beating Ghana and Mozambique and earning a draw with Egypt.Mauritania, meanwhile, finished third in Group D courtesy of a shock win over Algeria.Bubista, speaking at his pre-matc...Full Story »

Marwan Attia confident Egypt can progress without ‘great loss’ of Mohamed Salah

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Midfielder Marwan Attia insists Egypt can cope with the “great loss” of Mohamed Salah as they gear up for their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash with DR Congo in San Pedro.Salah is back at Liverpool for treatment on the hamstring injury he picked up in the second group game, with the hope he might be able to rejoin the national team should they reach the latter stages of the tourn...Full Story »

Equatorial Guinea looking to build on Ivory Coast upset with Guinea scalp

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Equatorial Guinea boss Juan Micha believes his side can continue surprising people at the Africa Cup of Nations.The team known as ‘National Thunder’ caused an AFCON storm by beating hosts Ivory Coast 4-0 to top Group A.While Ivory Coast dropped to third spot to set up a daunting last-16 tie against reigning champions Senegal, Equatorial Guinea will meet Guinea in Abidjan on Sunday.&#...Full Story »

Rigobert Song unconcerned by pressure ahead of Cameroon’s crucial Gambia clash

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Rigobert Song is unconcerned about speculation over his position as Cameroon boss heading into their crucial Africa Cup of Nations clash against the Gambia.The five-time champions started their campaign with an underwhelming draw against Guinea before losing to Senegal and almost certainly need to beat the Gambia to have a chance of progressing from Group C.Victory at the Stade de la Paix in Bou...Full Story »

Guinea FA tells fans to ‘celebrate carefully’ in wake of supporter deaths

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Guinea head into their final Africa Cup of Nations group game urging supporters to “celebrate carefully” after several fans were killed in the aftermath of Friday’s 1-0 win over Gambia.Kaba Diawara’s side face Senegal in a clash between the top two in Group C against a backdrop of tragedy and concern.A number of supporters were killed amid scenes of celebration on Friday ...Full Story »

Angola and Burkina Faso ready for qualification decider

Posted Monday, January 22, 2024 by PA

Angola coach Pedro Goncalves will have his sights set firmly on qualification for the knock-out stages of the Africa Cup of Nations when his side face Burkina Faso on Tuesday.Perhaps surprisingly, the sides go into the match as the top two in Group D, level on points and facing what amounts to a play-off for top spot.But with Algeria two points back ahead of their game against Mauritania, defeat...Full Story »

Jose Peseiro sights still set on AFCON title as Nigeria chase spot in last 16

Posted Monday, January 22, 2024 by PA

Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro is standing by his bullish claim that he will lead the Super Eagles to their first Africa Cup of Nations title since 2013.Peseiro’s men head into their final Group A game against already-eliminated Guinea-Bissau in Abidjan on Monday knowing just a draw will be good enough to secure their place in the knockout stages.But after watching his side shrug off their slu...Full Story »

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 »

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