REVIEW: LEICESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA

Leicester City returned to winning ways as they put four goals past Aston Villa. Brendan Rodger’s side have only taken two points from their last four league outings and looking further back they have won just two matches in their last eight matches. A poor run of form that has seen the Foxes lose their grip in the race to UEFA champions league spot at the end of the season.

Before their poor run of form, they were the closest to Liverpool and were ahead of Manchester City. They are now 3rd in the league, 5 points ahead of Chelsea in fourth place and 4 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men in second place, albeit they have played a game more.

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SUPER EAGLES CLIMB FOUR PLACES IN NEW FIFA RANKINGS

Other than Zimbabwe’s weird suspension from participating in the qualifiers of last year’s world cup in Russia, this year has been a relatively quiet one for Africa. The Super Eagles of Nigeria continue to be one of the continent’s flag bearers and the latest FIFA rankings saw them move four places to finish the year at 31st.


Nigeria is now behind Senegal and Tunisia in the race for the best team in the tournament while Zimbabwe are still riling from their suspension hoping that nothing funny happens on route the qualification for Qatar 2022.
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Zimbabwe Calls 10 PSL Stars for Afcon Qualifier

Zimbabwe has been able to punch higher than its weights in football and it one of the few remaining sources of national pride for the country. About 11 players from the top-flight of Mzansi have been called for Warriors and PSL continues offering proof that they are in the league and attracting the interest of other countries.

Joey Antipas, the coach of Zimbabwe has named ten players from the Premier Soccer League of South Africa in a provisional squad of 32 man team for the qualifiers of African Cup of Nations that is going to take place in the month of November.

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Zimbabwe Boycott Olympic Football Qualifier

The trouble going on in Zimbabwe women’s football team has not ended yet. The national team is denying to play their second-round Olympic qualifier second leg opposite Zambia on Sunday in Harare. All the players in the team have refused to complete the fixture because they owe allowances from Cosafa Cup of last month in South Africa.

On the night of Saturday, in an extreme step, four clubs asked their players to leave the camp late, and the Zifa attempted to field a club side as a substitute for the national team, but that plan didn’t work. Zimbabwe women team lost the first leg 5-0. The reason they give for their loss in the match was that they traveled to Lusaka by road because of which they didn’t get enough time to get trained for the match. After the match, Sithethelelwe Sibanda the coach of Mighty Warriors said, “Our country has to be blamed for this loss. Our country couldn’t afford time for the team to train.”
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Zimbabwe Blow Their Chances against Uganda

Knowledge Musona’s 2 significant missed have cost Zimbabwe. They were held in a 1-1 draw against Uganda in the entertaining match, which took place on Wednesday at Africa Cup Nations. Uganda managed to follow up the stunning win of 2-0 over the Democratic Republic of Congo. This was the first game that they played. They were leading the game at the 12th minute with the help from Emmanuel Okwi. It was prior to Khama Billiat leveling for Zimbabwe 5 minutes before the break.

Musona needed to equalize before this. However, he shot the ball from a close range. In the second half, he was responsible for a worse effort as he hit the crossbar using the open goal from 6 meters. Uganda has 4 points from 2 games in Group A along with Zimbabwe. They were beaten by Egypt by 1-0 in the first game. However, they are still fighting for the place in the last 16. Sebastien Desabre, the coach of Uganda says that it has been a difficult match for them and they scored first. Following that they didn’t experience the pressure of the game.
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AFCON DRAW: EGYPT TO FACE ZIMBABWE

The 2019 African Cup of Nations draw took place with much pageantry at CAF headquarters in Cairo Egypt. The tournament scheduled to be held in Egypt in June is the first tournament to feature 24 teams in the competition history.

The draws got many talking across Africa as the teams were divided into six groups of four teams. The first match of the tournament would see hosts Egypt face off with Zimbabwe on opening day. The Egyptians are the record holders of the AFCON winning it seven times and were losing finalists to Cameroon in the last tournament held in 2017.
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Emmanuel on Being the Coach

After getting back from his problem the former right side of elephants began his conversation. For the Dimanche de foot that is DDF show on RTI, Emmanuel gave the details of his recent activities to the media in the Ivorian capital. He mentioned that he is known as the eye of the club in Africa. He is the supervisor of the Galatasaray in Africa.

He chooses to be a trainer to be a coach in the future. He is doing his diploma course from England to become a coach. He no longer has the license B to validate so he is waiting for the British Council to pass his license B. While waiting he has taken the role of trainer within the academy of his friend named Olivier Kapo located in Virdi and this training session is being done on the ground of Ivorian Refining Company that is SIR.
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Developments In Zimbabwe Football

Authorities are trying to get Zimbabwe football to conform to international standards. Zifa assembly will decide soon on adopting the August-May schedule for Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. PSL will be proposing that their calendar aligns with CAF. Decisions would be taken in the Annual General Meeting that would be held in Harare. The local campaign would start in March and end by the month of December.

Farai Jere, chairman of the league, stated that a transition plan has already been made and is in place. As per the plan, there are two tournaments that would be held before the next campaign starts. These would comprise of a mini-league and a knockout competition before the break comes in May till August when the new season would commence.
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Zimbabwe: Chipeta Promises To Bring In Sponsors For Football

Stanley Chapeta, the chairman of ZIFA Central Region is running for the post in national association’s election that is to be held on 1st December. He has promised that he is working hard and will clear the way for the traffic conundrum that is anticipated regarding the corporate world in the football industry of Zimbabwe.

Chapeta was praised for securing sponsorship to central region 2nd tier when he had convinced for the fund from Zimbabwe General Medical Aid Fund and also the Elshed Investment for sponsoring individual awards. Chapeta, the veteran administrator has said that he had been demanding a front seat for leading in matters in the national game that has been affected some failure for bringing in the corporate world for returning to the investment game.
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ZIFA MAINTAINS DISQUALIFICATION OFKAMAMBO AND BANDA

The Zimbabwe Football Association ZIFA have decided not to overturn the disqualification of Felton Kamambo and Gift Banda in the race for the presidency and vice presidency of the association, as per reports. There were hopes that the pair would be allowed to run but ZIFA has shut the doors on any hope of the pair competing in the elections.

ZIFA is headed for a return of the incumbent president Philip Chiyangwa and deputy Omega Sibanda when votes are collated and counted on December 1. The challengers were disqualified after the meeting of the electoral committee on Friday to vet candidates. The disqualification means the incumbent would be unopposed at the polls. Despite the push to overturn the disqualification, ZIFA has remained adamant that the ruling stands.
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