JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A digest of African soccer stories in recent last days.
GHANA - Ghana's two most popular clubs, Kumasi's Asante
Kotoko and Hearts of Oak from the capital Accra, meet for the
first time on Sunday since the stadium disaster last May which
followed the league match between the two bitter rivals and led
to the deaths of 129 spectators.
The deaths were caused by a stampede of spectators after
police fired teargas into a crowd of rioting Kotoko supporters
at the end of the match in Accra.
Sunday's match will be played at the Kumasi sports stadium
and elaborate security measures have been put in place,
Much of the planning has been held under the personal
supervision of Ghana's new sports minister, Papa Owusu Ankomah,
CONGO - Eugene Moldovan has been appointed as the new coach
of Congo, officials confirmed at the weekend.
The Romanian coach is the first expatriate coach in just
under a decade to be appointed to the post and takes over from
Noel Minga, who failed to secure qualification to the African
Nations Cup finals.
Moldovan's appointment is part of a major restructuring of
all technical posts within the association, Congolese federation
president Sylvestre Mbongo said.
RWANDA - A record 11 countries have entered for the East and
Central African Senior Challenge Cup, which is to be hosted by
Rwanda in December, officials said on Monday.
The hosts country will enter two teams as they did two years
when they last hosted the annual regional tournament and Rwanda
B emerged as surprise winners.
The other competitors for the event, which runs from
December 8-22, will be holders Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti,
Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town club Hellenic, the oldest surviving
professional team in the country, have been put up for sale,
chairman George Hadjidakis said on Monday.
The side are struggling at the foot of the South African
premier league table and have for years battled to attract crowd
support and sponsorship because of the dwindling interest in
professional soccer in the city.
The side was founded by Greek immigrants four decades ago
and played first in the whites-only professional league before
soccer's race barriers were broken down in 1978.
EGYPT - African Cup Winners' Cup holders Zamalek are to
protest the appointment of match officials from Algeria to
handle their quarter-final, second leg tie against Tunisia's
Club Africain in Tunis on September 21, club officials said on
The Egyptians claim the match officials will be prejudiced
by the ill-feeling between Algeria and Egypt, following the
incidents at the World Cup game between the two countries in
Annaba, Algeria in July.
Egypt claimed they had been attacked by Algerian fans and
asked FIFA to replay the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw and
effectively cost Egypt a berth in the World Cup finals next
year. The Egyptian protest was rejected by FIFA last month.