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Portuguese Tactician Returns For Second Spell at Zamalek2 minutes read



Zamalek has announced that Portuguese tactician Jaime Pacheco will become their new coach after the departure of Patrice Carteron. He becomes the 18th different manager to be appointed by the club since the eccentric and controversial Egyptian lawyer Mortada Mansour was elected as club president on 29 March 2014.

He made the announcement on the club’s television channel late Wednesday, bringing an end to a week-long saga.

“Pacheco will sign a one-year contract,” Mansour said.

Pacheco was handed the job after the club’s first choice Jesualdo Ferreira, who had led them to a domestic double in 2015, declined the offer. He has been without a job since leaving China’s Tianjin Teda in 2017.

He returns to the club where he was first appointed in October 2014 as a replacement for the sacked Hossam Hassan. But he unexpectedly quit the then league leaders in early 2015 after falling out with Mansour, leaving with a record of nine wins and two draws from twelve games in charge.

The 62-year-old was a midfielder in his playing days, playing out his entire career in his native Portugal and earning 25 international caps. He started out his coaching career in the same country with Pacos Ferreira as a player-coach. He was responsible for Boavista FC’s greatest ever success.

In his first full season as manager, he led the club to a second-place finish, equalling its best performance in the league since the 1975–76 season. This led to the first-ever participation of the club in the UEFA Champions League in the 1999–2000 edition, and a fourth-place finish in the league.

It was followed by winning the league championship in 2001, followed by another participation in the UEFA Champions League second group stage and a 2002–03 UEFA Cup semi-final run.

Pacheco is widely traveled and has coached on three different continents. His main task will be leading Zamalek to their first Champions League title since 2002 and helping them finish as runners-up in the domestic league, which has already been won by bitter rivals Al Ahly.


Nigeria Begins Bid to Qualify For 2021 Afrobasket November 27



Nigeria senior men basketball team, D’Tigers, will begin its quest to pick up one of the qualifying tickets for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket on November 27, 2020.

The 2021 FIBA Afrobasket is being co-hosted by Rwanda and Egypt. But Nigeria will start her race for qualification against Algeria on Nov. 27 in Algiers. the North African country’s capital city.

The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has said that qualification for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Men’s tournament was non-negotiable.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers, 2015 champions in their last appearance at the Afrobasket showpiece, were second in 2017 behind Tunisia which also jointly co-hosted the event with Senegal.

According to a statement by the NBBF Media Coordinator, Afolabi Oni in Lagos the NBBF would put all logistics in motion to see the D’Tigers qualify.

It said that with gradual return of international basketball following the disruption of the global calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBBF has set its sight on a successful outing.

It also said that the NBBF President, Musa Kida, said preparations had started in earnest to ensure that the Olympics-bound D’Tigers qualify for its 28th Afrobasket tournament.

“We are aware of the huge task before us to ensure another seamless qualification for Afrobasket.

“We know that millions of Nigerians are expecting us to qualify without drama and that is exactly what we are working towards.”

“Currently ranked 26th globally and 1st in Africa, Nigeria is grouped alongside host – Rwanda, Mali and Algeria in Group D.

Kida stressed the need for early training camp and preparations to adequately get the team ready.

“No more minnows in African basketball. All the teams in our group deserve to be there and they deserve our respect.

“We need to prepare early and adequately to live up to pre-tournament ratings by pundits.

“We cannot afford to let our fans down. They are already looking beyond the qualification series from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, and Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021,”Kida said.

D’Tigers, who will be seeking her second championship title when the competition dunks off will conclude its first round of qualification campaign against West African opposition, Mali on Nov. 29.

The top three teams in each group will qualify for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket tournament taking place in Kigali, Rwanda between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, 2021.

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Algeria Coach Belmadi Extends Contract With Desert Foxes



Belmadi has signed a new deal

Djamel Belmadi has signed a new deal with the Algerian Football Federation as he remains the coach of the Desert Foxes.

Belmadi has signed a new deal to keep him as coach of the Desert Foxes until the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.

The Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi said Belmadi’s contract extension was important following his achievements in a short time.

“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Zetchi.

“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.

“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”

Algeria currently sit on top of their Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying table, with six points from two games as they are on course to qualify for the tournament.

Brazil 2014 was the last time Algeria played at the World Cup where they reached the Round of 16, before losing to eventual winners Germany.

The Algerian coach is looking to take the Desert Foxes back to the World stage and also making an impact.

“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi said.

“When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.

“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”

Belmadi replaced Rabah Madjer as the coach of the Algerian national team, following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In less than a year in charge of the Desert Foxes, Belmadi led Algeria to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

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Salah Scores as Liverpool Laboured to 2-0 Win over Midtjylland



Mohamed Salah got on the score sheet courtesy of a penalty as Liverpool laboured to a 2-0 win over Denmark’s Midtjylland on Tuesday in a Champions League Group D match at Anfield.

Portuguese footballer Diogo Jota opened scoring for the English Champions in the 55th minute.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, however, suffered another defensive blow with Brazilian Fabinho limping off in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Liverpool made a slow start and suffered an early scare when Anders Dreyer broke through the middle but shot straight at keeper Alisson.

With Klopp having rested his usual front three and given starts to Jota, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool struggled to break down the determined Danes.

The breakthrough came in the 55th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross was turned in from close range by Jota.

Salah made sure of the win, in stoppage time, from the penalty spot, converting after he had been brought down inside the box.

Liverpool have the maximum six points from their opening two games while Midtjylland remain without a point

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