NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
FROM THE AFRICAN
Africa going all out for AFCON
anti-xenophobia campaign would be rolled out in
collaboration with the Confederation of African
TOWN (Xinhua) — Host cities for the
Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) are rolling up
sleeves for the event next year, organizers said
marketing campaign will be launched in the coming
weeks and more funding will be poured in for the
tournament, the Ministry of Sports revealed.
cities would spend an excess of 132 million rand
(15 million US dollars) to ensure the success of
the event, with Durban spending 28 million rand
(about 3.3 million dollars), Rustenburg 25 million
(about 2.9 million dollars), Nelson Mandela Bay 27
million (about three million dollars),
Johannesburg 18.5 million (about 2.2 million
dollars) and Bombela 33.8 million (about 3.9
million dollars), according to
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
government has set aside 205 million rand (about
24 million dollars) for the event.
said the government was ready to address whatever
shortall that might incur.
said an anti-xenophobia campaign would be rolled
out in collaboration with the Confederation of
African Football following the stoning of a bus
transporting the Zambian soccer team in South
Africa last week.
stoning of the bus by two small boys: that is a
naughty act. With regard to security, we are not
leaving anything to chance with regard to AFCON,”
team bus stoned
after friendly in South Africa
(Xinhua) — Two Zambia players were
injured Wednesday night when the team’s bus was
stoned following a friendly win over South Africa,
the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said on
Kennedy Mweene needed stitches in his head after
the bus windows were shattered by “huge rocks”
as the team left Johannesburg’s Soccer City
Stadium for its hotel, according to the FAZ.
Midfielder Felix Katongo was also hurt.
vice-president Boniface Mwamelo described the
attack “shameful” and hinted that they will
lodge a formal complaint with South African
African Football Association (SAFA) president
Kirsten Nematandani has apologized to his Zambian
counterpart Kalusha Bwalya for what he called
“regrettable and barbaric acts of
hooliganism”, according to www.kickoff.com,
a South African website.
far two youths have been arrested in connection
with the incident.
said the incident is a wake-up call for the South
African organizers of the 2013 Africa Cup of
scored the lone goal through striker Collins
Mbesuma in the 63rd minute, silencing the vocal
South African fans.
soccer team resumes
training for regional tourney
(Xinhua) — Kenya national football
team Harambee Stars left on Thursday for the
regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup that kicks
off in Kampala on Saturday.
coach James Nandwa confirmed the development as
the team resumed training on Monday in Nairobi
with another separate squad preparing for the
Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier
squads are training separately since one is
taking part in a tournament and the other
preparing to feature in a knock-out tie. We are
confident they will both come up with good
performances,” Nandwa, who was appointed to be
the local assistant to Frenchman Henri Michel,
face hosts and archrivals Uganda in the opening
CECAFA tie in Kampala on Saturday after having
been drawn in a tough Group A that features 2013
Nations Cup bound Ethiopia and Southern Sudan.
got out in the preliminary stages last year and
our aim is to improve on that. Our first match
will be difficult but if we can avoid defeat,
then we can hope to go far,” Nandwa observed.
Kenya Federation (FKF) named two squads last
Friday with the CECAFA side featuring 25 players
who did not feature during last week’s 1-0
friendly defeat to Tanzania in Mwanza.
CHAN line-up will feature those who made the
Tanzania trip minus the country’s foreign based
players since the second tier continental
competition is open to domestic players only.
has won the CECAFA championship on five occasions,
the last in 2002 with second division players,
Lawrence Olum and Patil Omotto the only surprise
inclusions in the team.
has adopted a lenient attitude towards the
regional tourney since it does not count towards
FIFA rankings as he battles to lift Kenya from the
lowly position 130 the country occupies in the
will play Burundi in the first week of December in
their CHAN qualifiers first-leg.
Martin Musalia (Mathare United), Boniface Oluoch
(Tusker FC), Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka FC)
Ibrahim Shikanda (Azam), Thomas Wanyama (Sofapaka
FC), Abdallah Juma (Sofapaka FC), Milton Milimo
(KCB FC), Joseph Shikokoti (Tusker FC), David
Owino (Gor Mahia FC), Jockins Atudo (Tusker FC),
Martin Imbalambala (AFC Leopards), Lawrence Olum
(Kansas City), Patil Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks).
Bernard Mangoli (AFC Leopards), Humphrey Mieno (Sofapaka
FC), Antony Kimani (Sofapaka FC), Francis Kahata (Thika
United), Paul Were (AFC Leopards), Clifton Miheso
(Thika United). Enditem
Michael Baraza (AFC Leopards), Ramah Salim (Gor
Mahia), Allan Wanga (AFC Leopards), Edwin Lavasta
(Gor Mahia), Enock Agwanda (Sony Sugar), Paul
Kiongera Mungai (KCB).
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