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CAF postpones 2024 Women’s AFCON, announces new date

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced dates for the CAF TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the Women African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) billed for Morocco.

CAF Executive Committee ratified the dates at a meeting on Friday and published them on its website, with AFCON scheduled for Dec. 21 2025 to Jan. 18, 2026.

The Women’s tournament which was scheduled for this year has now been postponed to hold from July 5 to July 26, 2025.

The President of CAF, Patrice Motsepe said the delay in the announcement of the dates was due to the extensive global football calendar.

He is, however, hopeful that the tournaments in Morocco would be the best in the continent’s history.

“The announcement of the dates of the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 took much longer than expected, as there were complex and at times challenging discussions with various interested parties, in the light of the extensive International and Domestic Match Calendars.

CAF is committed to protecting and advancing the interests of African players, playing in football clubs in Europe and worldwide.

“CAF is also committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with the ECA, UEFA, other Football Confederations and FIFA.

“We will continue to make significant progress in developing and ensuring that African Football is globally competitive and amongst the best in the World,” Mosepe said

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Super Eagles drop to 39th in latest FIFA world ranking

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have fallen one spot to 39th in the FIFA World Ranking for July. The team retained its June points total of 1,498.93 but slid further down the global ranking table.

The team had previously experienced a significant drop from 30th to 38th in June following underwhelming performances in the World Cup Qualifying matches.

Despite the global decline, the Super Eagles maintained their 5th position in Africa, trailing behind Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The latest ranking reflects a busy period in international football, with three continental competitions and numerous friendlies taking place in June and July, totalling over 125 matches worldwide.

Argentina remains at the top after successfully defending their CONMEBOL Copa América title. Following their semi-final appearance in UEFA EURO 2024, France holds the second spot.

Spain, newly crowned European champions, jumped five places to third. England climbed to fourth, surpassing Brazil, who dropped to fifth, while Belgium fell three places to sixth.

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NFF calls for applications for position of Supersand Eagles’ Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has requested for applications from suitably qualified candidates for the vacant position lol of the Coach of Beach Soccer National Team, otherwise known as Supersand Eagles.

The public notice, which is on the Federation’s website has specified for candidates to have attended at least one beach soccer refresher course organized by the NFF, be conversant with, and abreast of, the ever-changing rules and dynamics of the game and possess at least CAF C Coaching License.

A candidate must also have been involved in beach soccer activities in the last three years to be considered, while playing experience locally and internationally could prove to be an added advantage.

Applications will close at midnight of Friday, 12th July 2024, with a successful candidate to be named in a matter of days, as the Supersand Eagles get set for a two-leg Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against their counterparts from Mauritania.

 

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France beat Portugal on penalties to reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

France defeated Portugal 5-3 on penalties on Friday to qualify for the semi-finals of Euro 2024 in Germany, setting up an encounter with Spain.

The match ended goalless after 90 minutes which necessitated an extra time, which also ended goalless.

Penalties were therefore needed to decide which country progresses to the semi-finals and France carried the day, scoring all five of their kicks, with Juan Felix missing his kick for Portugal.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s last Euro competition as he is 39 years old.

Earlier in the 63rd minute, Vitinha blew a huge opportunity. He was totally unmarked and fired a first-time shot towards goal from a few yards out, but Mike Maignan reacted superbly to keep the ball out.

In the 70th minute, Eduardo Camavinga spurned a great opportunity from inside the 6-yard box. The ball flew narrowly wide off the left post.

Four minutes later, Ousmane Dembele created a yard of space for himself and tried an effort from the edge of the box, but it went just wide off the left post.

In the 108th minute, Joao Felix latched onto a lofted pass from Francisco Conceicao on the edge of the six-yard box, but misdirected his header and sent it just wide of the left post

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