Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekend African wrap

This African football seasons are winding up and things are looking tight. Really.

Got the White Knights two vital strikes

Egyptian top-flight football is climaxing and Zamalek continued their improved form as they beat Petrojet 2-1. Sherif Ashraf got two fine goals. The White Knights are now unbeaten in four, winning three of those, after a desperate season that had seen them flirting with the relegation zone at one point.

As for Petrojet, the defeat ends any plans they had of securing a Champions League place for next year, though they do remain third in the table. Zamalek have moved up to sixth.

Ahly lead the table with 52 points from 25 matches, followed by Ismaily (51 from 26), Petrojet (46 from 27), ENPPI (44 from 25) and Haras El Hedood (43 from 25).

Over in Gambia, Steve Biko FC and Gambia Under-17 striker Kawsu Jatta died this week due to complications from a heart defect. The forward, who was prolific for his country’s Under-17 side during the 2009 African Under-17 Championship qualifiers, failed to make the trip to the finals in Algeria after he lost consciousness at a Baby Scorpions training session at the Independence Stadium.

Tests conducted by the team’s doctors revealed the player had a heart problem and suggested he seek specialist medical treatment before continuing his career.

Here in Ghana, the season does not resume until May 3.


That's a long way away, but in the interim we've enjoyed some Otumfuo football which Kotoko won.

Sure he didn't fix the matches? Yikes!

And then on the national front, the Under-20 team are in camp today for a six-day training programme ahead of the start of the 2009 Fifa World Youth Championship in September to be hosted by Egypt. Coach Sellas Tetteh has called up a 25 man list for the programme I hear begins today and runs till May 30th.

The boys are on a high after that neat performance in Rwanda. They brought the trophy home, man. Anyway Borbor's list dominated largely by locally-based players also includes one foreign-based player.

And so that is the wrap for the continent. Beep.