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Team Spirit, Attacking Football To Inspire Algeria In Angola 2010 Nations Cup

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Blackpool’s Hameur Bouazza believes team spirit and attacking football can inspire Algeria to a shock Africa Cup of Nations title in Angola.

The North Africans failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup but confidence is running high following their recent qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

Algeria have been drawn in Group A at the Nations Cup alongside hosts Angola, Mali and Malawi.

“We definitely believe we can win the competition,” Bouazza told Tidesports source.

“As well as beating Egypt twice, we’ve done well against big teams like Brazil and Argentina in recent friendlies.

“We are going to be focussing on winning our first game against Malawi because Mali and Angola are both very strong sides,” says Bouazza.

“Having said that, I think Malawi will be thinking the same thing.

“I would say Angola are the biggest threat in the group because they will have all the supporters with them. Their players will be targeting going very far in the competition.

“It’s going to be a difficult tournament but I really believe we can do something big in Angola.”

The manager likes us to pass the ball and we have lots of quick players, which makes us dangerous Algeria’s Hameur Bouazza

He says that coach Rabah Sadaane is proving inspirational.

“The manager encourages us all the time and that is what we needed, as all players need confidence to do well,” he explained.

“The manager believes we can do well in the competition and that means the whole squad now believes as well.

“We want to remind a few people that Algeria are still here.”

Algeria were among the early standard bearers for African football but have been in the wilderness since hosting and winning the Nations Cup in 1990.

The Desert Foxes have had to watch on in envy as their North African rivals Tunisia (2004) and Egypt (2006 and 2008) have won three consecutive continental titles.

After edging Egypt to the final African spot at the World Cup in South Africa this year, Bouazza insists Algeria are scared of no one as they approach Angola.

“I would love to play Egypt again, to prove that it was not luck that we beat them,” he said.

“We won with hard work and because we have lots of talented players.

“Our team’s got really good character, our team spirit is probably our greatest strength.

“Teams win games when everyone is happy and that is the case with Algeria.”

Saadane is a hero in his home country after leading Algeria to World Cups in 1982 and 1986 as well as South Africa this year.

“It is not all down to the manager,” says Bouazza.

“Attractive football comes naturally to Algerians. He has got the best out of us though.

“We have been playing 3-5-2 recently, which suits us.

“The manager likes Nadir Belhadj to bomb forward and gets lots of crosses in, as we have lots of players who are good in the air up front.

“The manager likes us to pass the ball and we have lots of quick players, which makes us dangerous.”

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Terony Unity Cup Commences Soon In PH

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Terony Sports Foundation says arrangements have been concluded to commence Unity Cup 2022, at the end of this month.
According to the organizer of the football tournament, AminaTamuno, the registration that started December 2021will end next week Tuesday.
He said the competition was slated to take place at Number six field old Port Harcourt Township.
Tamuno explained that the competition will be on knock out bases, saying that the reason for the one month tournament was basically to foster the existing and unity in the area.
“We are organizing this tournament just to sustain the peace and unity we are enjoying.
Besides, will we use it to discover talents from the grassroots and groom them to stardom” Tamuno said.
He equally uses the forum to appeal to well-meaning individuals, corporation organizations and multi Nationals to Sports grassroots football Competitions so that talents will be discovered.

By: Tonye Orabere

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NWFL: Coach Wants Players To Put More Efforts

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The Head Coach of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt Edwin Okon has tasks his (players) to do more if they want to qualify for the continental game.
He said that the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is a strong one, adding that for them to make to super six they have to put in extra effort. .
Okon said this on Wednesday in his post-match interview with sports journalists shortly after his player whitewashed Abia Angels FC 4-0 in the match day four of the NWFL at the University of Port Harcourt Sports complex.
According to him, they need to put more effort to ensure that the team qualifies for Super six.
He thanked God for the victory, adding that they want to maintain their position in the league.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the victory.
The league is a strong one but we want to maintain our position in the league.
We need to put in more effort in the game to ensure we keep to our task” Okon stated.
Despite the four goals scored the number one Female football Coach in the state, said that in every game there are mistakes adding, that he will still go back to the drawing board to perfect those grey area.
Also speaking the head coach of Abia Angels Ann Chiejine, blamed is goalkeeper for the loss, saying that she will go and do more of ball work.
“General my girls played well but we need to go back and do more of technical play,” Chiejine said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Open Trials ’ll Create Opportunities For Youths -Hon Wobo

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Port Harcourt based Football Club Sticmaclloyd, in partnership with 433 Football Agency of Ukraine, Germany football academy and Sports Mate 360 football academy of Poland says arrangements have been concluded to hold a two day Port Harcourt City Open Football Trials, between 17 to 24 years.
The open trials is slated to hold 29th -30th of this month at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt and expected to commence 6:00 am each day.
Speaking with Tidesports in an exclusive interview on Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sticmaclloyd FC, Hon.Wobo I. Stanley, said the opening trials will create opportunity for talented footballers in the State to play in Europe.
According to Stanley, who was an ex international, selected players will also the have opportunity to enhance their football career in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
“My club Sticmaclloyd Fc, is affiliated to 433 football agency, Germany, Poland and Ukraine football academies, besides, we have also signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) haven fulfilled their requirements to ensure that selected players have good contract” Hon. Stanley said.
He further, revealed that players that will go to Poland will combine both studies and football.
“Our foreign representatives have already sent their coaches to do the selection” he stated.
Stanley uses the forum to advice youth in the State to come and show their talents.
“We are sure players that will participate in the trials that selection will be purely on merits. Players who did not make it this time can make it next time” he added.

By: Tonye Orabere

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