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Tuesday, September 11, 2001
African digest

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, officials said.

Much of the planning has been held under the personal supervision of Ghana's new sports minister, Papa Owusu Ankomah, officials added.

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 Monday.

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.


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