TUNISIA BACK ON TRACK WITH IMPRESSIVE AFCON WIN OVER CHAD
Tunisia got their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying campaign back on track on Wednesday with a 3-1 win in Chad securing their first points in Group K while Botswana stretched their lead at the top.
Tunisia, who were group favourites, suffered a shock home defeat by Botswana at the start of qualifying last month but goals from Khaled Korbi, Issam Jemaa and Fahid Ben Khalfallah handed them a 3-1 win in Ndjamena to restore their hopes.
Tunisians led 2-0 at halftime. Chad's second half consolation goal came from Ezekiel Ndouassel.Botswana, who have never qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 in Malawi and now have seven points from three matches. Tunisia are second with three points from two games.The visitors took a 62nd-minute lead through Jerome Ramathlakwane but Dave Banda equalised for Malawi 12 minutes later.Group K is the only one of the qualifying sections with five teams. The other 10 groups get underway next month.
BLACK STARS FAIL TO SHINE AGAINST BAFANA BAFANA IN FRIENDLY
New Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane started his rein at the helm with an impressive 1-0 victory the Black Stars of Ghana in an international friendly on Wednesday.
A 44th minute goal from striker Katlego Mphela was enough to give a rude awakening to Africa's most impressive side at the 2010 World Cup.
Ghana looked far from what they were the last time they played at the Soccer City stadium where they suffered a painful elimination at the hands of Uruguay denying them a spot in the semi finals.
On the contrary, South Africa will be delighted at getting back to winning ways after their World Cup disappointment where they failed to make it past the group stage but ended their campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory over a disgraced France.
To be fair, the Black Stars upped their game in the second half but the damaged seemed to have already been done as the South Africans remained resolute in their defending marshaled by captain Aaron Mokoena.
It was also very evident on the day the absence of star players Kevin-Prince Boateng and defender John Mensah who were very instrumental in Ghana's success story during the World Cup.
The only positive Ghana coach Rajevac can take from the game though is giving run outs to all substitutes including giving debuts to Cofie Bekoe and Bright Addae.
South Africa will however feel the better of the two as they managed to beat Africa's top team ahead of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier next month.
ALGERIA LOOSES, ANGOLA FALLS TO URUGUAY AND SENEGAL WINS
Strikes fron Daniel Cousin and Willy Aubameyang handed Gabon an impressive 2-1 victory over 2010 World Cup participants Algeria in an international friendly on Wednesday.The Desert Foxes have blamed their shock defeat on the ongoing Ramadan(a period of fasting and prayer) observed by Muslims of which majority of the players are. A late Rafik Djebbour strike proved mere consolation for Algeria.Meanwhile, 2010 Nations Cup hosts, Angola were handed a 2-0 defeat by Uruguay.After coming on as a second half substitute for his debut, Abel Hernandez earned a penalty that Edison Cavani coolly slotted in after 84 minutes and six minutes later Hernandez netted with a delightful curling shot that flew into keeper Lama’s net. Also, Senegal began their football renaissance campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over fellow African side Cape Verde.Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf scored the winner for Senegal a minute after the restart.
TOURE RAPS BALOTELLI TO JOIN CITY
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has urged Inter Milan’s £25million-rated forward Mario Balotelli to agree a deal at Eastlands.
The two clubs are understood to have been in discussions over a possible transfer for several weeks and it is reported that a conclusion could be reached over the weekend.
Toure spoilt Balotelli’s Italy debut on Tuesday night as he scored the only goal in Ivory Coast’s 1-0 friendly win at Upton Park.
And the Ivorian international has revealed that he spoke with the striker before and after the end of the match in an attempt to convince him that he should move to England.
“I spoke to him before the end of the match and afterwards. I just told him that we are waiting for him, that’s it. Now we hope that the deal will happen,” Toure said to the Daily Star.
The 29 year old defender is also in no doubt that Balotelli has all the attributes to be a success with City, despite his bad-boy reputation in Italy.
Toure said: “Mario’s very strong, he’s technically very good, he’s fast. I think he’s a player for the Premier League, definitely.
“His attitude is very good as well, he reminds me of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira, these type of guys.