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Ghana Under-15 in Manchester United Premier Cup
RIGHT to Dream Football Academy, a Ghanaian under- 15 football team, grabbed the bronze medal as a third placed team in the 2009 World Manchester United Premier Cup. The African champions joined other 20 academies from around the world after beating the Egyptian under-15 academy ENPPI 2-1 in the regional final played in Holland.

Hosted in Manchester from 5-8 August, the teams were spread into four groups. Right To Dream was in group D alongside Werder Bremen, MTK Hungaria, Atlas FC and Salgaocar SC. After three wins and a draw the Akosombo based under- 15 topped their group. Right To Dream won the quarter final tie with South Korea’s Boin Middle School but then lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Sao Paulo FC of Brazil. The Ghanaian under-15 then grabbed the third place prize after beating the German under-15, Werder Bremen.

Orlanda Pirates U-15 also participated in the tournament. The South African champions were in group A with KRC Genk, Boin Middle School, West Bromwich Albion, Changchun Yatai FC. In their four group matches the Orlando boys won two and lost two, and didn’t qualify for the knockout stage.

Manchester United Premier Cup is no kick about. This is where some of the finest U-15s football is played as talented youngsters come up against the best of the best from around the world.

Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) started out as a regional tournament in 1993 and has grown into one of the largest and best known football events of its kind. Over one million players have taken part, with over 9,000 teams from more than 43 countries competing (in regional stages) this year.

Manchester United and Nike are passionate about the beautiful game so they decided to partner up and get involved with the MUPC in 2003. Since then the Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals have been held in the United States, Manchester and Hong Kong.
Free tickets for South Africa World Cup
FIFA has launched a fund to give away 120,000 free tickets to poor South Africans for the 2010 World Cup. The tickets will given to people involved in social development in the country as a reward for their efforts. “The tickets will enable people who would never have had a chance to attend the World Cup games to see the event,” said Danny Jordaan, chief of the LOC. Fifa already set low prices for South Africans, starting at US$17 compared to US$80 for international tickets.

But with more than a quarter of the work force unemployed, and many of those who do have jobs earning US$10 a day or less, even cheap seats are out of reach.

Some 40, 000 tickets have been allocated to construction workers who are building stadiums to be used for the tournament but other citizens must pay to watch the matches.

“I urge those who can afford to buy tickets to go and buy them now, the free tickets are targeted at very specific people,” said Jordaan.

The second phase of ticket application is closing on 16 November.

It will be the first time the Fifa World Cup is played on African soil.
Zambia blames Ghana defeat on poor preparation
WHILE Ghana’s Serbian coach, Milovan Rajevac, is happy his team’s 4-1 win over Zambia in a World Cup warm-up in London on August 12 will further boost the confidence of his squad, the Zambian officials are blaming themselves for a very poor preparation to the friendly. Zambia had just nine players available for the meeting with the Black Stars and two more arrived just before half-time of the match at Leyton Orient’s ground in London.

Zambia had to field three British-based students in the game after their South African-based players failed to get visas to travel to Britain in time. They added the students Lyson Zulu, who was a former Premier League player in Zambia, as well as Kasase Kabwe and Lengwe Kapotwe, who was the only player on the bench. But he came on after just eight minutes when Njambe Mulenga was injured. Emmanuel Mayuka, who plays in Armenia, and William Njobvu, who had just moved to Israel, came to the ground 10 minutes before half-time and were immediately brought on, replacing Kabwe and Kapotwe, by then running out of breath. Zambia played the last 50 minutes down to 10 men after defender Denis Banda was sent off.

The preparation to the friendly is an embarrassment to Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya, who is also a 2010 World Cup ambassador. It has exposed poor planning and inefficiency among his staff members, many of whom are drawn from his group of close friends. A bid to get visas for key players to travel to London was only made on Monday August 10, two days to the match. Not surprisingly the paperwork was not concluded in time to get the players to travel to Britain. The five Premier Soccer League-based players, including Free State Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and Lamontville Golden Arrows captain Joseph Musonda, attempted to get their visas at the British High Commission in Pretoria on Monday August 10, which was closed because it was a public holiday.

All the goals were scored in the first half of the friendly encounter. Sulley Muntari opened the scoring before an own goal from Zambia’s Stoppilo Sunzo doubled Ghana’s lead. Zambia pulled a goal back before Junior Agogo scored from the penalty spot after Samuel Inkoom was brought down inside the box. Haminu Draman scored the fourth and final goal.
Bekele wins fourth successive 10,000m world title


ETHIOPIA’S Kenenisa Bekele claimed his fourth successive 10,000m world title with a stunning performance in Berlin’s World Athletics Championship.

Bekele, who has never been beaten at the distance, set a new championship record of 26 minutes 45.11 seconds.

Bekele’s medal haul from the Olympic Games, worlds and world crosscountry championships is quite phenomenal, and the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder over both the 5,000m and 10,000m again looked unbeatable at the Olympic Stadium when winning the 10,000m title.

His history speaks for itself, now with 15 world titles and three Olympic gold medals. He has been the fastest in the world over 5,000m every year since 2004 and is unbeaten in the 10,000m. In Beijing Bekele became the first male athlete to claim the 5,000/10,000m double since another Ethiopian, Miruts Yifter, achieved the same feat in the boycotted 1980 Games in Moscow.

His fourth consecutive world 10,000m title here tied him with former master Haile Gebrselassie’s record over the distance. But the 27- year-old Ethiopian shows no signs of wanting the quiet life. “If no one is beating me, why should I stop?” he asked. “No athletes are beating me, I am enjoying my running and I am so happy. I see no reason to stop.”

Once again Bekele relied on his last-lap kick, an incredible ability to change gears when the bell sounds and destroy his rivals in 50 quick, painful metres. As the bell rang for the final lap, Bekele made his move, seemingly effortless as he ruthlessly motored past Eritrean silver medallist Zersenay Tadese.

When he rounded the bend for the final stretch he raised his finger in the knowledge he had matched his one-time master Gebrselassie’s record. He justified his race tactics, saying: “You can’t win a race from the beginning, it is impossible. Maybe you can dream about it, the best thing is to get comfortable in a race and strong.
Egypt fine Mohamed Zidan
EGYPT Football Federation (EFA) have hit Borussia Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan in the pocket, after he failed to explain why he did not turn up for August 12 World Cup warm-up game against Guinea in Cairo. “We fined Zidan because he did not even answer our calls, nor explain his action,” an official of the Egyptian team.

The official declined to disclose the amount of money Zidan will be deducted.

The Borussia Dortmund man failed to show up for Egypt’s 3-3 draw with Guinea in Cairo on August 12. His German club informed Egypt Football Association (EFA) that he was injured. However, the EFA were still not satisfied that Zidan, who played in Dortmund’s 4-1 Bundesliga defeat to Hamburg on Saturday August 15 despite his apparent injury, did not clarify the matter himself. It is unclear if Egypt coach Hassan Shehata would pick Zidan for next month’s World Cup qualifier in Rwanda. “Our decision to fine Zidan has nothing to do with the technical staff’s stance. Shehata is free to decide whether to recall him,” the Egyptian FA official added.

The six-time African champions are second in Group C of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with four points from three games, three behind leaders Algeria.
Zambia blames Ghana defeat on poor preparation
WHILE Ghana’s Serbian coach, Milovan Rajevac, is happy his team’s 4-1 win over Zambia in a World Cup warm-up in London on August 12 will further boost the confidence of his squad, the Zambian officials are blaming themselves for a very poor preparation to the friendly. Zambia had just nine players available for the meeting with the Black Stars and two more arrived just before half-time of the match at Leyton Orient’s ground in London.

Zambia had to field three British-based students in the game after their South African-based players failed to get visas to travel to Britain in time. They added the students Lyson Zulu, who was a former Premier League player in Zambia, as well as Kasase Kabwe and Lengwe Kapotwe, who was the only player on the bench. But he came on after just eight minutes when Njambe Mulenga was injured. Emmanuel Mayuka, who plays in Armenia, and William Njobvu, who had just moved to Israel, came to the ground 10 minutes before half-time and were immediately brought on, replacing Kabwe and Kapotwe, by then running out of breath. Zambia played the last 50 minutes down to 10 men after defender Denis Banda was sent off.

The preparation to the friendly is an embarrassment to Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya, who is also a 2010 World Cup ambassador. It has exposed poor planning and inefficiency among his staff members, many of whom are drawn from his group of close friends. A bid to get visas for key players to travel to London was only made on Monday August 10, two days to the match. Not surprisingly the paperwork was not concluded in time to get the players to travel to Britain. The five Premier Soccer League-based players, including Free State Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and Lamontville Golden Arrows captain Joseph Musonda, attempted to get their visas at the British High Commission in Pretoria on Monday August 10, which was closed because it was a public holiday.

All the goals were scored in the first half of the friendly encounter. Sulley Muntari opened the scoring before an own goal from Zambia’s Stoppilo Sunzo doubled Ghana’s lead. Zambia pulled a goal back before Junior Agogo scored from the penalty spot after Samuel Inkoom was brought down inside the box. Haminu Draman scored the fourth and final goal.
 

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