Saturday, July 18, 2009

The other stories of the week

Cameroon employs Le Guen

Frenchman Paul Le Guen will be installed as the new coach of Cameroon this week, according to the state run Cameroon Radio Television.

The 45-year-old will replace the German Otto Pfister, who resigned suddenly in May.

Le Guen was most recently in charge of French Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain, but the club decided not to renew his contract at the end of last season. He'll be coaching big names like Eto'o.

He will now sign a six-month deal with the Indomitable Lions, hoping to help the side qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Cameroon currently sit bottom of qualifying Group A, but can move to within two points of leaders Gabon if they win their game in hand over Alain Giresse’s side on September 5.

Jones is okey dokey

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is hopeful of returning to the game after undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

The former Ghana and Benin national team coach has been absent for some time now, a situation which has contributed to Liberty Professionals’ poor form and struggle to beat the drop in the Glo Premier League.

But the veteran coach says he is making good progress and expects to be back in business when the new season begins.

“I have almost recovered,” said the coach who guided Hearts of Oak to all of their only continental successes.

“The season will be over this weekend and I’m sure I would bounce back by next season.”

Concerns have been raised about the rate of progression by the coach leading to calls for a review of his health status outside Ghana.

Muntari on Mourinho’s greatness

Inter won the Scudetto last season, but their ultimate goal is to win the Champions League and midfielder Sulley Muntari touched on coach Jose Mourinho's plans for the new campaign.

"Since he is a great champion he does not want to settle for what we achieved last year," he told Sky Sports following a training session.

"Mourinho is very clever. He is our coach, but especially our leader. If he starts sending the right signals, we will react and work well, very seriously as usual."

Despite the fact that the Nerazzurri have begun their preseason training in the United States, Muntari continues to be linked with a move back to the English Premier League. However, he has reiterated his desire to stay with his current club.

Zokora is in Spain now

Sevilla have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora.

The Ivorian holding midfielder has signed a four-year contract with Sevilla after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of €9 million.

Zokora, who joined Tottenham from Saint-Etienne in 2006, made 134 appearances for Spurs, and was part of the side that won the League Cup trophy in 2008. The 28-year-old will have a €30m release clause attached to his contract and will be officially presented next Wednesday.

Hockey matters

The AfHf Ghana 2008 Hockey Nations Cup comes to an end today. Ghana's Black Sticks (men) flopped misearbly after two defeats - one an 8-0 thrashing from South Africa.

The women have made Ghana more proud with a place in the final against RSA's women. Ghana's ladies beat Nigeria 4-1 in the last game.

"We are going all out and we have nothing to loose as this is the final," said Ghana captain Pamela Condobrey.

The tournament has been a good show despite concerns about hype and readiness before it started.

South Africa's men play Egypt in the final and they xpect to repeat the 3-0 beating they gave the North Africans in the group phase.