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Congo name Migne as new coach

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.



13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 


 By Colin Udoh

Is Gernot Rohr right to ignore the Nigeria Professional Football League?

Gernot Rohr's latest Super Eagles squad has been the topic of fierce debate in Nigeria.

Conversation has raged non-stop since Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's decision to call up just one player from the Nigeria Professional Football League in the last international break.

Instead, the German chose to take the opportunity of the last FIFA window to look at a few Europe-groomed players.

That decision has opened both the coach and his assistants to criticism, with many questioning his rationale for ignoring the homegrown lads, especially at time of marked improvement in the administration...

 By Colin Udoh

Kwesi Appiah must assert authority in leading Ghana

Building better team chemistry will be key for Kwesi Appiah, who this week was given another chance to lead Ghana's national team.

Early this week, Ghana's FA re-appointed Kwesi Appiah as coach of the senior men's national team. Appiah, who left the job by mutual consent, is now back to replace Avram Grant, the man who was appointed to replace him. There is no doubt that as he gets set to return to the job he left barely three years ago, Appiah will be haunted by the mistakes of his last stint.

Here are three things he could do differently this time

1. Stamp his authority on team

The first thing Kwesi Appiah needs to do is...

Better the Appiah we know than the saviours we have no clue about

Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years
Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years

In the end, the timing of the announcement was the real surprise. For weeks now, we have known Kwesi Appiah was going to return as Black Stars coach and on Tuesday afternoon, the executive committee of the body confirmed that. The statement was brief and straight to the point. Appiah, they said was returning as Black Stars coach with 1st May 2017 tied down as his start date

"The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday after approving the report of the six-man coaching...

Ghana hire Kwesi Appiah as national team coach for second time

Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years
Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years

Kwesi Appiah is back as the Ghana coach, two years after he was fired from the same job.

The Ghana Football Association announced Appiah will replace Avram Grant from May 1, after the Executive Committee of the body endorsed the decision of the six-man search party.

Appiah, a former Ghana captain and assistant, will resign from his role with Sudan side Al Khartoum and return to the job he left two years ago. He took Ghana to the 2014 World Cup finals with stunning victories over Egypt and Zambia,...