My endearing memory of Alan Giresse is his cross to
Marius Tresor in the 1982 World Cup Semi Final in Seville.Tresor’s goal gave France a 2-1
lead.It was not the first time
that I had foolishly written off the Fatherland.Enjoy the highlights.
Gabon beat Lesotho 2-0 last weekend to maintain their chances of advancing to the next round of the 2010 World Cup African qualifiers. Fabrice do Marcolino scored twice for Alan Giresse's side in Libreville. Gabon are now 3 points behind joint Group 5 leaders, Ghana and Libya, with two games remaining.
FIFA has ordered Chad and Sudan to play their Group 10 games
at a neutral venue.Sudan’s home
fixture was due to have been played in the first week of June.The game was called off because of
“political tensions”.In May,
Darfur’s rangey rebels known as the Justice and Equality Movement attempted to
attack Khartoum. In February, Chadian rebels who had been using Sudan as a base
almost sacked the presidential palace in Ndjamena.
The venue for the games that will be played on September 6th
and 10th has yet to be determined. It promises to be end-to-end
President Mugabe of Zimbabwe is now attracting attention at the African Union talks in Cairo. His host, President Mubarak, has somehow avoided the repetitive and tired (unfortunately) clichés about democracy, despite never subjecting himself to a free and democratic test of his popularity.
Perhaps the press have been more impressed with the marksmanship of the Pharoahs. The African champions have scored 8 goals so far in their World Cup qualifying group.
This is less prolific by half than the shooting going on the Egyptian-Israeli border. This past weekend the Egyptian police killed two African migrants, including a seven-year-old Sudanese girl, as they tried to cross the border into Israel. Their deaths bring to 16 the number of migrants killed at the border this year. Hospital sources said the other victim was an unidentified African in his thirties, killed by a gunshot wound to his back.