International Soccer Matches Return to Libya

International soccer will return to Libya on Monday when local clubs Al Nasr Benghazi and Al Ahli Tripoli meet CSKA Sofia in matches that will mark the first anniversary of the revolution, the Libyan embassy in Bulgaria said.

The 31-times Bulgarian champions will become the first foreign team to play in the African country after the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule erupted on Feb. 17 last year.

“We are very grateful to the Bulgarian team, who agreed to participate in this historic event for Libya,” the embassy told Reuters by email on Sunday.

Ghana’s National Players Accused of Witchcraft in CAN 2012

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft aimed at their own team-mates at the CAN 2012.

The Serbian made his claim in a report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using black power to destroy themselves and also make sure we install discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.

“After losing to Zambia (in the semi-final), there arose so many accusations amongst the players,” Stevanovic said in a report delivered to the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) executive committee, but leaked to the media.

“Some players played to achieve personal fame,  prominence and excellence”

Kwesi Nyantakyi GFA President

“I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players’ behaviour on and off the field,” the report said.

Equatorial Guinea Loses Against Zambia

Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea lost for the first time in the Africa Cup on Sunday in a match against the national team of Zambia. The Malabo game has ensured that both sides will now qualify for the quarter finals.

The Nzalang performed ​​a great first half, controlling the game of Zambia at all times and also creating goal opportunities.

In the second half Fabiani entered the game, replacing Thierry, and the Zambian team jumped onto the field seeking the goal that would ensure the classification and top position in the group.

In the press conference after the match, Gilson Paulo said he would have an immediate meeting with the players to talk about the game in order “to not let their spirits drop. The players are professionals and are not going to be affected by this defeat. We will continue working as usual, we must correct the mistakes and be optimistic.”

Equatorial Guinea Rewards Coach with New Contract

The 62-year-old Brazilian coach of Equatorial Guinea, Gilson Paulo, hired just weeks before the start of the Cup of African Nations, has surpassed expectations with the Nzalang Nacional’s wins over Libya and Senegal and has been rewarded with a new one year contract.

Equatorial Guinea, ranked 151st in the world, lost to Zambia on Sunday night but this has not affected their spot in the quarterfinals.

They face Cape Verde, Tunisia and Sierra Leone in their third-round World Cup qualifying group starting in June.

The Official Ball of the CAN

The Comoequa takes its name from the river Como, whose waters cross the two host countries: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Its technology is the same that has been used to manufacture the Tango 12, the ball designed for the 2012 Eurocup and its predominant color is yellow, with details in the colors of the flags of the host countries.