Elephants hunting big game
ACCRA (AFM) - While African teams have an impact on several FIFA World Cups, many expect South Africa 2010 to be the event where one of the nations finally reaches the high-water mark of the semi-finals. The team most are tipping to do that are Côte D’Ivoire, who are busy impressing at the Cup of Nations in Ghana. Several of their key players talked to AFM in Accra.
Wide smiles return to Accra
ACCRA (AFM) - Ghana is known as one of Africa’s friendliest nations, but tensions have been running high after a pair of victorious but sluggish performances to start their 2008 African Cup of Nation campaign. The abuse at Ohene Djan Stadium during the 1-0 victory over Namibia got so bad that a pair of players - brothers Asamoah and Baffour Gyan - had their bags packed and threatened to leave the team this weekend, while the President of Ghana himself went on television to ask supporters and media for patience.
Practice makes perfect for Namibia
ACCRA (AFM) - Despite being one of the teams to head home from the 2008 African Cup of Nations after the group stages, with just one point from a very tough Group A, Namibian football is on an upswing. The man likely to lead them towards the glory of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, veteran Dutch coach Arie Schans, talked exclusively with AFM about the ‘Brave Warriors’ emerging stars, the finals in Ghana, why African nations can’t reach the last four at a FIFA World Cup and more.
Give Vogts a chance says Fashanu
ACCRA (AFM) - After Nigeria's disappointing 2-1 loss to ten-man Ghana in the quarter-finals of the 2008 African Cup of Nations, the mood was tense as occasionally angry journalists repeatedly questioned Berti Vogts about his future. There was, though, at least one dissenting voice pointing toward something resembling calm instead of the quick sack for the German coach: former 'Crazy Gang' member, John Fashanu.
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