October's African football news in brief

Riyad Mahrez hit a brace for Algeria in their victory over Colombia in Lille.

African football stories in short for October including build-up to the next international window.

Wednesday 16 October:

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced that the derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek has been postponed for security reasons.

The Cairo rivals were set to meet on Saturday in the fourth round of the Egyptian League.

"We decided to postpone the derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek on Saturday after a recommendation from security forces. We will announce the new date later," the EFA said.

Al Ahly are currently top of the Egyptian League table with 9 points from three matches while Zamalek are fourth with 7 points.

African champions Algeria were 3-0 winners over Colombia in a friendly international in France on Tuesday night.

The contest in Lille was the Desert Foxes' first match on French soil in 11 years.

There were two goals from Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez with Baghdad Bounedjah opening the scoring.

The victory means Algeria are now unbeaten in 16 matches.

In other friendly internationals on Tuesday, Morocco were beaten 3-2 at home by a Gabon side captained by Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The striker did not score in Tangiers but did play most of the match as they defeated a strong Morocco team. Nordin Amrabat scored both of the Atlas Lions' goals.

Guinea also lost 3-2 in a friendly against Chile in Alicante in Spain and the match between Mauritania and Libya ended 0-0.

Boubacar Sanogo
Former Ivory Coast internationa,l Boubacar Sanogo

German Bundesliga club Union Berlin have given former Ivorian international Boubacar Sanogo his first coaching job - with his son amongst the group of players he has been assigned to train.

36-year-old Boubacar, who hung up his boots last year, will serve as the individual trainer for the club's youth team strikers - including his 15-year-old son Malick Sanogo.

"I'm very pleased to announce that I have signed my contract with Union Berlin for the offensive players in the youth academy," Sanogo said.

Union Berlin are playing in Germany's top flight for the first time this season and the signing of Sanogo - who played for several German outfits including Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim, Hamburg and Kaiserslautern - is seen as a big boost for the club.

He won 21 caps for Ivory Coast, scoring eight goals.

Sierra Leone coach Sellas Tetteh has named a 24-man home-based squad to start preparing for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Lesotho and Benin next month.

All 21 players that represented Sierra Leone at the just-concluded West African Football Union (Wafu) Cup in Senegal are in the squad including Suffian Kolokoh who scored the only goal against Liberia to take Sierra Leone to the quarter-finals.

The Leone Stars will start off their Group L campaign with a contest against Lesotho which will be played in an empty stadium in Freetown on 13 November after Fifa ordered them to play the match behind closed doors following their World Cup qualifier against Liberia last month.

Sierra Leone will then travel to Cotonou to face the Squirrels of Benin a few days later.

Tuesday 15 October:

Egypt beat Botswana 1-0 in a friendly to ensure new head coach Hossam El Badry got off to a winning start in his first game since replacing Javier Aguirre.

Aguirre was sacked after the Pharaohs' poor showing at this year's Cup of Nations where the hosts were eliminated in the last-16 by South Africa.

Al Ahly midfielder Hamdi Fathi scored the only goal of the game in Alexandria on Monday.

El Badry's first competitive game will see Egypt host Kenya in qualification for the 2021 Cup of Nations.

Rwanda and Tanzania played out a goalless draw in their friendly in Kigali.

Monday 14 October:

Joe Aribo continued his excellent start to life as an international footballer by scoring a well-taken opening goal as Nigeria drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly played in Singapore.

It was only the Super Eagles' second game against the five-time world champions, following a 0-3 defeat in Abuja in 2003.

Aribo's 35th minute strike was cancelled out by Real Madrid's Casemiro just after half-time.

"They didn't want to leave Singapore without beating an African team," Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr told the Super Eagles YouTube channel.

"They had the advantage to know the pitch because they played already here four days ago (a 1-1 draw with Senegal).

"It was not easy for our young team. We have a lot of things to improve of course but we are on the right way."

Nigeria were not helped by an injury to 20-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho who had to be stretchered off after 63 minutes and replaced by another 20-year-old, debutant Francis Okoye.

Joe Aribo fires past Brazil goalkeeper Ederson to open the scoring in a 1-1 friendly result in Singapore
Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo fired Nigeria ahead against Brazil after also scoring four minutes into his debut against Ukraine in September

While Nigeria were up against one Neymar, another was scoring the winner for Mozambique against Kenya.

Neymar Canhembe's strike in the 68th minute was enough to hand Os Mambas a 0-1 victory in Nairobi.

In the other African friendlies played on Sunday, there were winning starts for the new coaches of South Africa and Uganda.

Molefi Nteski's South Africa beat Mali 2-1 while Jonny McKinstry's Uganda won 1-0 in Ethiopia.

Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha were among the scorers as Ivory Coast beat DR Congo 3-1 in a game played in Amiens in France.

Equatorial Guinea and Togo played out a 1-1 draw.

It finished 2-2 between Benin and Zambia.

Former Sierra Leone captain Abu Bakarr 'Tostao' Kamara has been named head coach of the country's Under-20 team.

The 49-year-old's first task will be to prepare the Shooting Stars for the West African Football Union (Wafu) Under-20 tournament in Guinea next month.

This is Kamara's second appointment as a national team coach following a spell in charge of the home-based Sierra Leone side in 2017.

"I'm happy for the appointment and I'll ensure that I give out my best to produce good results for the team," Kamara told BBC Sport.

"I want to thank the Sierra Leone Football Association for the confidence placed in me."

Kamara is Sierra Leone's most successful captain having skippered Leone Stars to two Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia in 1994 and South Africa two years later.

He will be assisted by two other Sierra Leonean internationals, Francis Koroma and Hassan Sesay.

Meanwhile, another local coach, Abdulai Bah, has been appointed as the head coach of the Sierra Leone women's team.

They will act as hosts for December's Wafu Zone A tournament.

Saturday 12 October:

New Guinea coach Didier Six began his reign in charge with a shock 1-0 defeat to Comoros in a friendly international in Versailles, France on Saturday.

A 67th minute striker from El Fardou was enough to give Comoros - ranked 147 in the Fifa standings - a famous victory.

Cameroon's new Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao also took charge of the national team for the first time on Saturday.

He watched his Indomitable Lions secure a 0-0 draw away to Tunisia in Rades in another international friendly.

Yassine Khenissi missed a second half penalty for the hosts, with Conceicao satisfied after his first game as Cameroon coach.

"As a technical team, this was an important game providing us with a good idea of what to expect from Cameroon as a team and players," said Conceicao.

"Some were new and some had some experience, this gave us a good idea for the future. We were in charge in the first half but Tunisia dominated the second."

Cameroonian teenage goalkeeper, Simon Ngapandouetnbu

French giants Marseille have handed a professional contract to their Cameroonian goalkeeper Simon Ngapandouetnbu.

The 16-year-old Ngapandouetnbu played for the club at Under-9 and u-10 level before joining the U12s in 2014.

Born in Foumban, Cameroon, he becomes the fifth player from the club's youth set-up to be rewarded with a professional contract in 2019.

Hosts Angola beat Nigeria 2-0 to win the fifth Africa Cup of Nations for Amputee Football on Friday.

A first half brace from Sabino António at the São Filipe stadium in Benguela helped the reigning world champions to their maiden continental title.

Defending champions Liberia finished third after edging Tanzania.

The West Africans came from behind to win 2-1 with goals from Joe Mathew after Alfane Kiyanga had given the East Africans a shock lead in the second minute.

Thursday 10 October:

Uganda's top football executive, Moses Hasim Magogo, has been suspended from all football-related activity for two months and fined $10,000.

The president of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations faces an uncertain future after being sanctioned by Fifa for his role in the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

This will not only affect Ugandan football, which Magogo took charge of in 2013, but also the Confederation of African Football (Caf) of which he is an Executive Committee member.

Magogo was still allowed to contest the Caf elections even though he was under investigation by football's world governing body at the time.

Hosts Senegal will play defending champions Ghana in the final of the Wafu Cup of Nations 2019 after beating Mali 2-0 in their semi-final in Thies.

Ibrahima Drame and Elhadji Kane scored the goals in the second half.

Mali were not helped by a straight red card late on for substitute Ibourahima Sidibe.

The final will be played on Sunday 13 October.

The final of the plate competition will take place the day before and sees Guinea up against Cape Verde.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has fined the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) $5,000 for failing to ensure that two of its biggest clubs complied with rules around administration and the standard of their pitch/stadium.

League champions Mekele 70 Enderta and cup winners Fasil Kenema took part in this season's Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments respectively despite not meeting the set criteria.

Both were knocked out in the preliminary round.

The EFF lost its appeal against the fine.

Monday 7 October:

Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara has withdrawn from the squad for their two friendly internationals this month because of injury.

Diawara, who was part of new coach Didier Six's 23-man squad, injured his knee while playing for AS Roma on Sunday.

He has been replaced by uncapped Ibrahima Camara who plays for Portuguese outfit Moreirense.

Midfielder Ibrahima Sory Sankhon, who plays for Belgian club Saint-Truiden, has also pulled out because of a shoulder injury and has been replaced by Turkey based Guy Michael Landel.

Liverpool's Naby Keita and Mohamed Mady Camara who plays for Greek club Olympiacos had already withdrawn from the squad.

The Syli Nationale will face Comoros in Paris on Saturday and Chile in Spain in eight days time as they prepare for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opening qualifying matches next month.

Amadou Diawara
Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara

Sunday 6 October:

Midfielder Mario Lemina has been withdrawn from new Gabon coach Patrice Neveu's first squad because of injury, according to the Gabon Football Federation.

Gabon will play friendly internationals against Burkina Faso in France on 10 October and then Morocco five days later in Oujda.

Lemina, currently on loan to Galatasaray from Southampton, has been replaced by Clench Loufilou who plays for French club Ajaccio.

There is a first call-up for France-based former France youth international striker Kevin Mayi. A host of regular players are also on the list including Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Goalkeeper Didier Ovono is a notable omission. Ovono, capped 106 times, is overlooked because he is without a club.

Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss his country's first ever clash with Brazil in Singapore on 10 October through injury.

Mendy, who plays for French club Rennes, injured his right knee at the end of their 1-0 Europa League loss to Lazio last Thursday.

He was part of a 23-man squad selected by Coach Aliou Cisse and it is not yet known if he will be replaced.

Mendy featured twice for Senegal at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where they finished as runners-up after losing 1-0 to Algeria in the final.

Star players Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly are included in the squad.

Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao and Francois Omam-Biyik
Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao and Francois Omam-Biyik have been given the task of leading Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2021

Details of new Cameroon coach Toni Conceicao's deal have been revealed. The new Indomitable Lions head coach has signed a two-year contract following his appointment last month.

The 57-year-old Portuguese tactician succeeds Clarence Seedorf and is expected to inspire Cameroon to a sixth continental triumph when they host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

"Our prime objective is to win the 2021 Nations cup and qualify for the 2022 World Cup because this nation deserves it," Conceicao told local reporters in Cameroon.

"We have huge ambitions and we want to build a team of players who comprehend what it means to win, to play for this nation and make Cameroon proud."

Conceicao's two-year-deal stipulates that he has to live in the country.

His first game in charge of Cameroon will be a friendly against Tunisia on 12 October in Rades.

Saturday 5 October:

Liverpool's Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah

Egypt's coach Hossam El Badry announced his 23-man squad to face Botswana in a friendly international later this month and, as expected, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been rested and is not included in the list.

El Badry, who said he had spoken to Salah, told local media that the Liverpool star "won't be with us at the training camp for Botswana, but God willing, he will be with us for the official matches."

"It is in his best interests and those of the national team that he rests," El Badry added.

Egypt begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Kenya in November.

Salah finished fourth in the recent Fifa best player awards, with two of Egypt's votes rejected by football's world body after they were signed in capital letters.

In-form striker Christian Kouame has been called-up by Ivory Coast for the first time.

The 21-year-old is among 23 players selected by Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara for their friendly international against DR Congo in France on 13 October.

Kouame, who plays for Italian club Genoa, has scored three goals in Serie A so far this season.

Injured Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet, midfielder Jean Michael Seri currently on loan to Galatasaray and Wilfred Bony - who is without a club - are all left out.

England based trio of Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe and Serge Aurier are notable names included in the squad.

Ivory Coast are in group K of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside side Madagascar, Niger and Ethiopia.

Tanzania beat Kenya 1-0 on Saturday to win the regional 2019 Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup after an own-goal by John Otieno Onyango.

A floating cross in the box forced Onyango to divert the ball past his goalkeeper Brian Bwire Okoth.

"I am proud of my team and the technical staff," Tanzania's coach Katwila said.

Tanzania's Kelvin Pius John won the top scorer award with seven goals and was also voted player of the tournament.

Kenya's Bwire was the goalkeeper of the tournament, while the Uganda Hippos won the Fair Play Award.

Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor

The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been left out of Togo's squad for a second consecutive time.

His name is not on coach Claude Le Roy's 22-man list for the friendly internationals against Cape Verde and then Equatorial Guinea in France later this month.

No official reason has been given for the omission of Adebayor, who has been in good form for his new Turkish club Kayserispor.

He was also overlooked for Togo's 2022 World Cup preliminary round double-header with Comoros last month.

Togo won 3-1 on aggregate to progress to the group stage of the qualifiers.

The manager of French club Nice, Patrick Vieira, has confirmed that Algeria international Adam Ounas has undergone a successful knee surgery.

The 22-year-old, who is on loan from Italian side Napoli, sustained the injury away to Monaco in the French Ligue 1 last month.

"He's had a knee surgery. It will take month-and-a-half to two months before Adam can return to action," Patrick Vieira confirmed.

Wednesday 2 October:

The Sierra Leone Football Association has expressed its deepest sympathy after the passing of former international Yayah Jalloh following a long illness, aged 38.

"The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) would like to inform the general public, especially football fans, that it has officially received the sad news about the death of a hero in the country's football, Yayah Jalloh, fondly called Mallam Yayah, a former national and East End Lions player," the SLFA said in a statement.

"To that end, the President, Executive Committee and staff of SLFA wish to express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and please know that we are also crying with you all in this moment of extreme sorrow and grief.

"May the Soul of our lost brother rest in peace."

Jalloh was part of the Under-17 Sierra Stars team that won the inaugural Under-17 Wafu Cup in Benin in 1997 before making his debut for the senior Leone Stars side in 2003.

At club level, he spent nearly his entire career with Sierra Leonean giants East End Lions whom he captained to the league title in 2005.

He was also part of the Lions coaching staff following his retirement.

Tuesday 1 October:

Sierra Leone coach Sellas Tetteh
Sierra Leone coach Sellas Tetteh had just four days to prepare his team to face Liberia after replacing Morocco at Wafu 2019

Sierra Leone are into the quarter-finals of the 2019 Wafu Cup of Nations after beating Liberia in a first round match played over two days due to floodlight failure.

Suffian Kolokoh's goal in the 40th minute was enough to give Sierra Leone a 1-0 win in the Senegalese city of Thies.

The match kicked off on Sunday but was paused in the 70th minute because of a problem with the lights.

The same players who were on the pitch at the time played the final 20 minutes on Monday.

Sierra Leone will now face Mali in the last eight on Sunday while Liberia drop into the plate competition for first round losers.

Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo, Ghana and Benin are the other teams who have qualified for the quarter-finals.

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