On the brink of signing with the Republic of Congo, Mauritania
’s head coach Patrice Neveu has finally renewed his contract with the ‘Mourabitounes’.
“It’s done; I have just renewed my contract with the Mourabitounes until 2015. I will work in keeping with what we have started in January 2012, and the government has decided to jump in by investing more money to prepare for the next competitions,” he said.
“I want to finish what I started; I will have more financial means. It is a decision carefully thought through,” declared Neveu, who intends to quick start their preparation for the competitions ahead.
2014 CHAN Finals Draw
The Orange African Nations Championship Sousht Africa (CHAN) 2014
official draw took place in Cairo this afternoon at CAF Headquarters.
After some nerve wrecking CHAN 2014 qualifier
encounters, the final 16 teams descended on 6th of October City in Egypt to gear themselves up for yet another ground-breaking football tournament as the quest for the crowning of Africa’s Home Champions gets underway from 11 January to 1 February 2014.
The sixteen participating teams, the media, and high profile sport delegates came in large numbers to see the teams being drawn into groups. For the host cities, there was keen interest in seeing popular teams being drawn into the group they are hosting.
Senegal vs. Mauritania in the qualifiers
The stage is set for the draw for the 3rd Orange Africa Nations Championship
(CHAN) final draw which will be held on Wednesday, 18th September at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Sixteen (16) teams including hosts South Africa will enter the draw to be conducted by CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani at 12h30 GMT.
All the qualified teams with the exception of hosts South Africa, will be ranked based on their performances during the last two editions of the CHAN
competition in 2009 (Cote d'Ivoire) and 2011 (Sudan).
The four seeded teams are South Africa , DR Congo, Ghana and Zimbabwe. Pot 2 is made up of Gabon, Mali, Libya and Uganda with Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia and Nigeria in Pot 3 whereas Congo, Mauritania, Morocco and Mozambique constitute Pot 4.
A short-handed Canadian national team conceded eight minutes into the second half and lost 1-0 to Mauritania
in the second of two friendlies
between the two nations on Tuesday, bringing a disappointing end to head coach Benito Floro's first camp in charge.
Canada had the best chances early, with Issey Nakajima-Farran getting the first shot of the game in the opening minutes.
The Canucks had four early corner kicks and, in the 18th minute, Marcus Haber got on the end of a Pedro Pacheco corner but didn’t get the best contact with his head, allowing Mauritanian goalkeeper Souleymane Diallo to make a routine save.
Youthful Canada and Mauritania
played to a 0-0 draw Sunday in an international friendly played at the Oliva Nova Beach and Golf Resort.
The physical encounter featured frequent fouling and stoppages in play. That combination prevented either team from developing a rhythm in their first-ever meeting.
Mauritania pressured from the outset and was issued two early cautions for fouls against the Canadians. Kyle Bekker went down after making a pass in the 11th minute and, seconds later, Kyle Porter was felled and required treatment.
Canada’s best chance of the match came in the 21st minute, when Jonathan Osorio received a pass from Ashtone Morgan on the left side of the field. The Toronto FC midfielder, 21, cut inside and fired a right-footed shot that was tipped over the crossbar for a corner kick.
Mauritania vs. Senegal
, coached by Frenchman Patrice Neveu, reached the finals of the 2014 African Nations Championship
(CHAN) with a shock win over Senegal
They defeated Senegal 2-0 on Saturday in Nouakchott to win 2-1 on aggregate.
The other qualifier from the West 'A' region will be decided on 28 July, Mali lead Guinea 3-1 from the first leg.
Ghana, Libya, Morocco and hosts South Africa have already qualified for the finals of the tournament.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Dakar, the Mauritanians drew level on aggregate in first-half stoppage time through Moulaye 'Bessam' Ahmed.
Tunisia vs. Morocco
Morocco shocked title-holders Tunisia and Nigeria overpowered Ivory Coast in 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers
A brace from star midfielder Sunday Mba helped Nigeria trounce nine-man Ivory Coast 4-1 in Kaduna and virtually seal a place in the finals for the first time.
Morocco are equally well-placed to compete in South Africa next January after a 1-0 win away to Tunisia via a late Abdessamad Mbarki goal.
Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso built leads at home in other matches while a FIFA ban forced Cameroon to cancel their fixture against Gabon.
can take positives from Saturday's goalless draw with the Maurabitones of Mauritania
in the second international friendly
meeting between the two sides in a space of four days.
Following a 2-0 defeat in the first game on Wednesday, the Scorpions were the better side in the second and final installment of the two-game series played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Following a disappointing performance in the previous encounter, Luciano Mancini's side looked to make amends for the poor showing and should have taken the lead in the early exchanges of the game when Tijan Jaiteh's effort from just outside the opposition half was saved by the keeper.
The Maurabitones of Mauritania
Wednesday secured a shock 2-0 win over the Scorpions of The Gambia
in the first of a double header friendly international played at a far from full Independence Stadium in Bakau.
A goal either side of the break from Abdoullah Gueye and Ismaila Diakite proved the difference between the two sides. The two sides will face off again on Saturday for the second game.
The Scorpions featured three foreign-based players in the match - captain Dawda Bah and Tijan Jaiteh in midfield and Abdou T-Boy Jammeh in defence.
The Mauritanians, coached by well travelled Frenchman Patrice Nouvou executed their game plan to perfection and were better than their Gambian hosts in all departments, a fact admitted by the vice chairman and spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee of the Gambia Football Association.
Football Association (GFA) Monday held a joint press conference with its Mauritanian counterpart at the Bamboo Hotel in Kololi ahead of the two country's friendly international in Banjul.
The press conference was meant to brief the public about the double header friendly between the Scorpions of The Gambia and the Maurabitones of Mauritania
slated for Wednesday and Saturday with both games to be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Speaking at the press conference, the head coach of Mauritania, Patrice Naveij, expressed his gratitude to the GFA for creating a conducive atmosphere for them. He said that the test game is very important for his team since it will create a room for him to know how competitive his players are.