Author Archives: Gilberto
The Zambia national team today, 15th August, 2012 went down 2-1 to South Korea at Anyang Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Overally, it was a see-saw affair with both teams taking turns in attacking each others goal Read More »
Fifa President, Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter is reported as having stated that Africa is unlikely to win a World Cup if it does not place faith in its coaches. The thrust of his argument appears to be that only an African coach is capable of better understanding the mentality of an African player Read More »
Euro 2012 winners pocket US $33.76 million, AFCON 2012 winners scrimp on US $1.5 million: Is the Africa Cup worth the bother?
While there was enough on the pitch to dazzle one in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy, NewAfricanFootball.com was jolted in equal measure by the reported US $ 33.76 million prize money that was on offer to the winners. A few days before Spain pocketed its hefty cheque, Zambia’s Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili announced in parliament that the ... Read More »
The Italian and Spanish sides have delivered two telling lessons in how to break and wear down highly defensive teams through innovatative deployment of intelligent players. The Spaniards -lacking a potent No 9 – have adopted Barcelona’s system of deploying Cesc Fabregas or David Silva as the nueve mentiroso – the famed “false nine”. The Italians, on the other hand, ... Read More »
That the Euro 2012 is, thus far, a polluted tournament is not an understatement. There has been nothing on the pitch to rival the ugly scenes of violence, street fights and plenty of racial incidents. The pitch has served up mechanical football with teams employing rigid defensive formations that cancel out each other. There have been fewer “wow” moments. Most ... Read More »
The farce of using an ineligible player: Will Sudan’s use of Saif El Din Ali against Zambia cost them?
Zambia’s protest to FIFA against Sudan’s bizzare use of Saif Eldin Ali Idriss in crucial World Cup qualifier match played in June in Sudan, has sent blogoshphere into overdrive, with all sorts of permutations being bandied about. Some measure of insults and accusations have also done their rounds. New African Football wishes to weigh in with an analysis on this ... Read More »
In a repeat of the tactics that brought down the Black Stars of Ghana in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, the Chipolopolo of Zambia unleashed superb and rapid counter-attacking football to win 1-0 in a crucial World Cup Group D qualifier at the newly opened Levy Mwanawasa Stadium named after Zambia's deceased third President who died in 2008 Read More »