RUSSIA 2018 QUALIFIERS RESULTS & STANDINGS
The road to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup took shape over the weekend after Matchday 3. It’s a weekend that witnessed shocking defeats and wins alike.
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana fell 2-1 in the hands of Cape Verde, as defending Champions Cameroon were thrashed 4-0 by Nigeria. Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho were all on target for the Super Eagles.
On Thursday Emmanuel Okwi gave the Uganda Cranes a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Kampala
Senegal and Burkina Faso played to a 0-0 draw at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday evening. Kalidou Koulibaly was given his marching orders by the referee with six minutes remaining in a hotly contested encounter in the Senegalese capital.
And at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday, a brace from Brian Mwila and a goal by Enock Mwepu ensured Zambia bagged a 3-1 win over Algeria in their Group B match of the qualifiers.
Ghana on the other side forced a 1-1 draw with Congo Republic, after Thomas Partey’s goal cancelled the visitors’ lead that had come in the 17th minute thanks to Thievy Bifouma.
The reverse fixtures of these matches will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday 5th and 6th respectively.
SUMMER TRANSFERS: MOVERS AND SHAKERS
The 2017 Summer transfer window officially closed on Midnight GMT on August 31st and there’s nothing quite like the drama of transfer deadline day.
On transfer deadline day Kylian Mbappé who had arguably become the hottest property in European football finally completed his protracted move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain to become the most expensive teenager in the history of football. His signature set back the Parisian club 180m Euros.
On the same note, French club Paris St Germain have been placed under investigation by UEFA to see if their recent transfer spending spree has broken the break-even rules of European soccer’s ruling body known as Financial Fair Play (FFP).
We have reports in this episode with more details on that.
QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP: THE ‘CAP STADIUM’
We’ve got less than 10 months to the Russia 2018 World Cup. And even before we get there, Qatar is almost just showing off yet how beautiful the 2022 global showpiece will be, on its soil.
The organizers have unveiled the designs for Doha’s Al Thumama stadium. The facility is the shape of a traditional Arabian cap, designed by a Qatari architect and will host 40,000 fans at a World Cup quarter-final match.Follow @Muisyo_