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26.12.2007 Football News

War of Captains!

By vanguardngr/Toni Ubani

FIRST it was the war of the Coaches.And Ghanian Coach Claude Leroy has been shooting from the hips for everybody to hear. He says it loud and clear that Ghana would win the African Nations Cup which they are hosting.
Nigerian-German handler Berti Vogts refused initially to join the boisterous squad has joined in the mouth battle telling all that his Eagles have all it takes to win the Nations Cup.

Many believe that Ghana with home advantage would win the Nations Cup but Vogts after seeing the exploits of his foreign legion thinks that no team in Africa would stop the Eagles from soaring to the Zenith in Ghana. As if that is enough, captain of the different African teams have come to back up their coaches.

Senegalese captain and Bolton star, El Hadji Diouf said that Senegal was in better position to win the Nations Cup. He was reacting to the row of Club versus Country when he said that he would be available for the African Nations Cup.

“I am going home to lead my people to Ghana to win the Nations Cup. I know that it is an uphill task but we have better players and the determination to win the Nations Cup”, Diouf who waited until last week for his first goal of the season, and scored for the second successive game as Bolton Wanderers defeated Birmingham 3-0 at the Reebok Stadium said.

Diouf capitalised on some poor defending to open the scoring with a neat finish. Nigeria's Captain, Nwankwo Kanu was not as boastful as others when he instead encouraged his colleagues not to be bothered by the row of playing for Club or Country.

“It is not problem that concerns players and I want my colleagues not to dabble into that and concentrate. We have a mission in Ghana and that is winning the Cup. I want total concentration for the Nations Cup”, Kanu said. Malian player, Frederic Kanoute played a lead role in Sevilla's 4-1 demolition of high-flying Racing Santander.

Kanoute opened the scoring in the first half with a smart finish after a dazzling one-touch passing movement. And yet another Malian, Real's midfielder Mahamadou Diarra was on the winning side as his team edged a tight encounter 1-0, partly due to Diarra's ability to stifle the Barcelona midfield.

The Malians are so sure of winning the Nations Cup. And Camerounian hotshot Samuel Eto'o has been redhot after injury sidelined him.