After much speculation about his knee injury, Arsenal’s Alex Song
was finally declared unfit for Cameroon
’s crucial game against Senegal in the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying
fourth round game scheduled for this weekend.
The 23-year-old former Bastia player was made to undergo another medical test in Yaounde a day ago to confirm the authenticity of his injury claim upon receiving a call-up for the Cameroon-Senegal match.
A number of local tabloids had suggested that the player was using a phoney injury to snub coach Javier Clemente and the entire team once again.
FC Groningen’s midfielder Oluwafemi Ajilore, who had secured the club’s last final round ticket with a smashing strike against SC Heracles Almelo, could only watch as rivals ADO Den Haag claimed their place in the Europa League on penalties.
The first leg of the final round had ended 5-1 in favour of Ado Den Haag, but FC Groningen remarkably posted a 5-1 win of their own, to level it up 6-6 on aggregate.
ADO, who finished three points behind Groningen in the regular season, may well have been stunned by Groningen's second-half display, but recovered their composure in time for the shootout and edged it 4-3.
For the Burundi
international, Didier Kavumbagu, the most important issue is to win our two home games against Rwanda and Benin before meeting Cote d’ Ivoire in the last group match.
Kavumbagu spoke to Cafonline.com ahead of the match against neighbours Rwanda in match day 4 of the CAN 2012 qualifiers
over this weekend in Bujumbura Cafonline.com:
What is your forecast for this encounter? Didier Kavumbagu
: We are working hard to win this match against Rwanda which is our hope for the rest of the competition because if we lose our hopes for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations are dashed.
Mwesigwa and Sekagya
The absence of Uganda
’s regular skipper Ibrahim Sekagya for Saturday’s key Orange Africa Cup of Nations Group J
tie against Guinea Bissau
has given his defensive partner Andy Mwesigwa a chance to wear the captain’s arm band. Cafonline.com
caught with Kazakhstan based defender for a chat ahead of the match. Cafonline.com: A win on Saturday against Guinea Bissau will give Cranes a massive boost towards qualification for 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations set for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. How prepared are you for the task? Mwesigwa:
First of all this is the first time I have seen the Cranes so well focused for the task.
Uganda players in a training session
Cranes hosts Guinea Bissau
in a crucial match day 4 CAN 2012 qualifier group J
tie on Saturday. In March this year, Coach Bobby Williamson led Cranes to their first away win against since 2000 against Bissau. Cafonline.com caught up with Bobby as he prepared the team for the return match. Cafonline.com: How important is Saturday’s match against Guinea Bissau? Bobby:
It is extremely important in the light that Kenya will also playing Angola in the same group. We need to maintain our momentum. But all matches are important and we want to remain unbeaten in the group after the game on Saturday.