‘CONCACAF could have eight  World Cup spots for 2026’

first_img-Montagliani wants region to take advantage of opportunity CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has asserted the confederation is looking to fill eight spots at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Canada, United States and Mexico.The ambitious plan could come to fruition as a part of a unique set of circumstances that surround the competition.As hosts of the tournament Canada, Mexico and the United States will automatically be granted spots.  The situation will leave the region’s normal three and a half spots available to CONCACF’s other teams.  In addition, however, because it won the bid to host the tournament, Concacaf will receive another half spot.  Half spots are confederation playoffs between teams, which sees the winners advancing to the tournament.According to Montagliani, a major part of the confederation’s focus will be on ensuring the region is able to take full advantage of the situation.“What has been confirmed is that we have six direct spots and then we have a half a spot, which means we go to a playoff.  Now, because we also won the bid and we won the right to host the World Cup, we gained another half a spot.  So, that means we have six plus two halves,” Montagliani explained to the SportsMax Zone in an interview on Monday.“I’ve been very clear that one of the reasons we are investing in the League of Nations, expanded Gold Cup and all the things that we are doing is because we really want to set that bar that we have eight CONCACAF nations at the 2026 World Cup if we can win those play-off spots.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

How livewire Emmanuel Okwi did it!

first_imgIn Conakry, Alkhaly Bangoura scored in stoppage time to give Guinea a dramatic 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Libya in a must-win Group A match for both teams.Leading by two goals from midway through the first half, the Guineans were rocked when Libya netted twice within a minute in the closing stages to equalise.The first Guinean goal was scored by Naby Keita, who agreed this week to join Liverpool from RB Leipzig for the 2018-2019 season.Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who meet Friday in Rades, share the lead with six points, Guinea have three and Libya none.There are five qualifiers scheduled for Friday, including Nigeria hosting Africa Cup of Nations title-holders Cameroon in a top-of-the-table Group B clash.Group E Ghana host Congo Friday in Kumasi and maximum points for the “Black Stars” will bring them back into contention for a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance.Only the five Africa zone group winners qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.Goal hero Okwi celebrates. PHOTO VIA @Atwine_DianaEgyptian raids thwartedLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah had two great chances to equalise after Egypt fell behind.His close-range header off a cross was magnificently parried by Uganda goalkeeper and 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year Denis Onyango.The loose ball fell in front of Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel Moneim, but he was unable to control it and fired over.Six minutes into stoppage time and opportunity knocked again for Salah, who has scored twice for Liverpool in three English Premier League matches this season. 3 Ghana201102−210–06 Nov—1 Sep Emma Okwi had a great game. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAUganda ?? 1 – Egypt 0 ?? : Livewire Okwi puts Uganda top of World Cup groupJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Livewire Emmanuel Okwi scored on 51 minutes to give Uganda a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Kampala Thursday and top place in a World Cup Africa zone qualifying group.Tanzania-based Okwi had been a constant menace down the right wing before scoring the only goal on a hot afternoon in the 45,000-seat Mandela National Stadium.A cross slid off the head of Ugandan Murushid Juuko and dropped at the feet of Okwi just inside the Egyptian box.He cut inside an Egyptian, took the ball across another, then unleashed a low shot that flew past 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary into the far corner of the net.Victory lifted Uganda, who have never qualified for a World Cup, to seven points in Group E. Egypt have six, Ghana one and Congo Brazzaville none. Onyango failed to cut off a corner and Salah connected with the ball at the far post only for the goal-bound shot to rebound off the back of team-mate Ahmed Hegazy.The Egypt team that faced Uganda. PHOTO FUFA MEDIASalah and West Bromwich Albion defender Hegazy were among four Premier League footballers on show.Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny also started and Stoke City winger Ramadan Sobhy was introduced at half-time by Argentine coach Hector Cuper.RELATED: 5 Sep—2–08 Oct TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtscenter_img 2 Egypt320142+26 1 Uganda321020+27 4 Congo200213−206 Nov1–25 Sep— —1–07 Oct1–0 #UGEGY TweetsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more