Club Brugge of Belgian midfielder, Nabil Dirar has opted to play for his North African country of birth rather than the much fancied Belgian National team.
The player has accepted an invitation to play for the Atlas Lions in their crucial 2010 World Cup/Nations Cup qualifying encounter against the Wasps of Rwanda.
Manchester United youngster, Manucho has been given his first call up to the Angolan Squad for the ongoing 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifying campaign.
Manucho had been unavailable for the Palancas Negras throughout the qualifying stages after having to nurse an injury since posting an impressive performance in the 2008 African Nations Cup tournament, where his stinging strike in the quarterfinal encounter against eventual winners Egypt was undoubtedly the goal of the tournament.
The Angolan team are currently lying in a distant second in group three, five points behind runaway group leaders, Benin Republic.
Their qualifying campaign was also rocked by the departure of Luis Oliveira Goncalves, who led them to the 2006 World Cup in Germany about two years ago.
A victory in Luanda would see the Angolans ending the round of qualifiers in second place, and giving them a shot to fight for one of the eight best second placed teams.
Head Coach of Nigerian club side Enyimba FC of Aba, Maurice Cooreman is optimistic that his side can go to Cairo and get the necessary result that would see them move to the finals of the 2008 CAF Champions League tournament.
After watching his side play out a drab goalless draw with the visiting "Red Army" at the highly sub-standard Aba International Stadium in the Eastern part of the country, Cooreman is still certain that his side can up their game and move to the finals at the expense of strong favorites, Al Ahly.
"Zero zero is not a bad result. It is just that we did not take our chances when we go them. I am sure we will do better in Cairo," Cooreman told kickoffnigeria.com
Portuguese born coach of Al Ahly, Jose Manuel believes the ugly state of the pitch contributed to the poor display on parade at the Aba International Stadium.
"We have a better side but I must blame the pitch for the low quality of play." Manuel was quoted as saying by the website.
"All through the match there were only two chances at goal, when Abu Treka failed to score and Worgu's cross that was headed badly by Akueme and that is because the pitch did not let us play.
"In Cairo, we will have a better pitch and better football." he added.
Brian Baloyi of Mamelodi Sundowns has been called up to South African senior national team as replacement for Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Joseph Moeneebs who suffered an injury in a weekend clash for his club side.
Media officer for the South African team, Sifiso Cele revealed this information, while also disclosing that 17 of the 23 players invited for the clash against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo this weekend have already arrived in camp.
Baloyi has not featured for the South African side in almost two years, and is getting his first call-up under the new Brazilain tactician.
Assistant coach of Egyptian league Champions, Al Ahly Hossam Al-Badri has warned his players to avoid complacency in the second leg encounter of the 2008 CAF Champions League semifinal clash against Enyimba FC of Nigeria in Cairo in a fortnight.
Al Ahly held the "People's Elephant" to a goalless draw at the Aba International Stadium, in the first leg of the encounter in Nigeria.
"We are yet to secure qualification, the game is still on, I think both teams have equal chances in the return leg in Cairo," Badri was quoted as saying on Al Ahly's official website.
"We were looking for a win on Sunday, but I think that the difficult conditions in Aba impeded us." he added.
The Al Ahly assistant coach also stated that the players would given extra bonuses if they overcome their Nigerian counterparts and scale through to the finals of the tournament.
It would be recalled that last year, Al Ahly travelled to the Tunisian city of Sousse and held Etoile du Sahel to a draw in the final of the competition, only to come back to the Cairo international stadium and lose 3-1.
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