Coach Halilhodzic hails Morocco recruits

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Bosnia and Herzegovina-born Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has hailed Spaniard Munir el Haddadi and German Aymen Barkok for altering their worldwide allegiance. 

Midfielder Barkok and ahead El Haddadi had been permitted to change loyalties as a result of they’ve Moroccan mother and father.

“They’re the kind of gamers the nationwide squad wants,” stated the coach earlier than a high-profile pleasant towards Senegal behind closed doorways in Rabat Friday.

Right here, AFP Sport rounds up nationwide crew, league and cup information from the continent.  

Morocco

Halilhodzic says no strain was placed on El Haddadi and Barkok to play for Morocco, who’re ranked fifth in Africa behind Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Algeria.

“Munir and Aymen are right here as a result of they’re connected to their nation of origin. They’re critical and wish to obtain for Morocco,” stated the 68-year-old coach.

Sevilla ahead El Haddadi was capped as soon as by Spain six years in the past and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Barkok represented Germany at three age-group ranges.

Ghana

4-time African champions Ghana will unveil a brand new strip once they meet Mali Friday in Turkish Mediterranean resort Antalya.

The ‘away’ shirt is a mixture of brilliant yellow and black rectangles whereas the ‘house’ model consists of white, gray and black rectangles. 

After enjoying Mali, the Black Stars will stay in Antalya and play 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar Monday.

Sudan

French coach Hubert Velud named a 25-man Sudan squad for friendlies towards Tunisia and Togo on October 9 and 12 which displays the home dominance of Al Hilal and Al Merrikh.  

The championship invariably ends in a duel between the Omdurman golf equipment for the title and the one shock is that present leaders Hilal have six gamers and second-place Merrikh 9.

Velud depends closely on native expertise with just one Europe-based footballer included — ahead Yasin Hamed from Hungarian second-tier membership Nyiregyhaza Spartacus.

Egypt

5-time African champions Zamalek scraped into the Egyptian FA Cup quarter-finals with a comeback 2-1 victory over Smouha in impartial Ismailia

Emam Ashour cancelled the early second half lead Salah Mohsen gave Smouha and Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed snatched the profitable purpose six minutes from the tip of additional time.

The FA Cup last-eight line-up consists of Al Ahly, Zamalek, Pyramids and Al Mokawloon Al Arab, the highest 4 golf equipment within the Egyptian Premier League with three rounds remaining. 

South Africa

Mamelodi Sundowns have changed Pitso Mosimane, who give up final week to educate African and Egyptian giants Al Ahly, with two of his former assistants on the Pretoria membership.

Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena had been named by membership chairman Patrice Motsepe as successors to Mosimane, who received 11 trophies in eight years at Sundowns.

“We needed to recognise the power of our coaches by appointing South Africans and if they can not attain a consensus, the opinion of Mngqithi will prevail,” Motsepe stated.

Mauritania

France-born Mauritania coach Corentin Martins says an October 13 pleasant towards Senegal close to Dakar will inform him the place his crew stands in Africa.

“Senegal are ranked first within the continent and we’re twenty second and I wish to see if these statistics are a real reflection of the groups,” he stated.

Martins was unconcerned that Mauritania haven’t performed for 10 months because of the coronavirus, promising that his gamers “will discover their rhythm rapidly”.

DR Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe and V Membership, one in every of whom have been champions since 2009, skilled contrasting begins to the 2020/2021 Vodacom Ligue 1 season.

Defending champions Mazembe might solely draw 0-0 with Blessing whereas V Membership defeated Rangers 3-1 by means of objectives from Lilepo Makabi, Jeremie Mumbere and Makusu Mundele.

The 2019/2020 season was cancelled final March because of the coronavirus with Mazembe topping the standings adopted by V Membership.

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