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Clinton Njie Left Out of Cameroon Preliminary Squad Ahead of FIFA Confederations Cup – News

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Posted: 20 May 2017
Time: 12:07


Clinton Njie will miss out on the Confederations Cup next month after Cameroon dropped the Tottenham Hotspur winger from a 30-man preliminary squad for the tournament in Russia.


Njie, on loan at Olympique Marseille this season, has had a lack of game time at club level and also lost his place in the national team during Cameroon’s run to the African Nations Cup title in Gabon at the start of the year.  

Andre Onana, who will play for Ajax Amsterdam in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Manchester United, has also been included by coach Hugo Broos despite being one of nine players who refused to go to Gabon in a clash of club versus country loyalty.

Olympique Lyonnais defender Nicolas Nkoulou is the only other player from the 23-man squad at the Nations Cup who does not return as he has since retired from international football.

The squad is also for a 2019 Nations Cup qualifier at home to Morocco on June 9 and a pre-Confederation Cup friendly against Colombia in Getafe on June 13, the Cameroon Football Federation said.

Cameroon meet Chile, Australia and Germany at the Confederation Cup which Russia hosts from June 17-July 2.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jules Goda (Ajaccio), Georges Mbokwe (Mjondalen), Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Fabrice Ondoa (Sevilla)

Defenders: Jean Louis Castelletto (Red Star), Fai Collins (Standard Liege), Mohamed Djettei (Gimnastic Tarragona), Jerome Guihoata (Panionios), Ernest Mabouka (MSK Zilina), Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui (Slavia Prague), Jonathan Ngwem (Progresso Sambizanga), Lucien Owona (Alcorcon), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact), Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux)

Midfielders: Petrus Boumal (CSKA Sofia), Franck Boya (1860 Munich), Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian), Georges Mandjeck (Metz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient), Edgar Salli (St Gallen), Sebastien Siani (Oostende), Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille)

Forwards: Olivier Boumal (Panathinaikos), Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas), Christian Bassogog (Henan Jianye), Robert Ndip Tambe (Spartak Trnava), Nicolas Ngamaleu (Rheindorf Altach), Jean Pierre Nsame (Servette Geneva), Karl Toko Ekambi (Angers), Jacques Zoua (Kaiserslautern).


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Luiz Earns Brazil Recall for June Friendlies

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Rio de Janeiro: Chelsea defender David Luiz has returned to Brazil’s national squad for football friendlies against Argentina and Australia next month.

The 30-year-old has not represented the Selecao for more than a year but earned a recall after impressing coach Tite with his performances in Chelsea’s English Premier League (EPL) title-winning campaign.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was also included in Brazil’s 24-man squad, having missed the team’s World Cup qualifiers in March with a foot injury.

Barcelona star Neymar and Juventus right-back Daniel Alves were surprisingly left out, having been given a break after hectic seasons with their respective clubs.

“The emotional side of the game drains us … the adrenaline is at a million miles per hour every single day, the players need mental rest,” Tite said at a press conference.

“There is team-building and there is consolidation, but this is about construction at the moment.”

Brazil will confront Argentina on June 9 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before facing Australia at the same venue four days later.

As expected, China-based players Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Gil were among those named by Tite. New faces included uncapped Monaco centre-back Jemerson and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina’s attack against Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi replaces Aguero in a squad believed to have been chosen by Jorge Sampaoli, the Sevilla coach who is poised to take over Argentina in a bid to rescue their World Cup hopes.

Playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who has enjoyed a good season for West Ham in the Premier League, gets his first international call-up.

Before they get back to the business of qualifying for Russia 2018 in August, Messi and Argentina play Brazil in a June 9 friendly in Melbourne in what is likely to be Sampaoli’s first game in charge of his country.

Four days later Argentina travel to Singapore for a friendly against the city-state.

Barcelona star Messi had a four-game ban from competitive internationals for swearing at an assistant referee lifted earlier this month, giving a major boost to Argentina’s foundering World Cup hopes.

They are fifth in qualifying in South America, with only the top four earning automatic places in Russia.

In addition to the absence of Aguero, there is also no place in the squad for Ezequiel Lavezzi, the forward who last year swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune.

Brazil squad: Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica).

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern).

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriginho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Diego Souza (Sport), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar).

Argentina squad: Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman (Tigres/MEX), Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP)

Defenders: Emanuel Mammana (Lyon/FRA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP)

Midfielders: Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Ever Banega (Inter/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Paris SG/FRA), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Guido Rodriguez (Tijuana/MEX), Leandro Paredes (AS Roma/ITA), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG)

Attackers: Joaquin Correa (Sevilla/ESP), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Gonzalo Higuamn (Juventus/ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA).

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Complete Sports Nigeria | China: Martins on Target in Shanghai Shenhua Home Loss

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By James Agberebi:

Former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins was on target for Shanghai Shenhua but it was not enough as they lost 3-1 at home to Shanghai SIPG FC in the Chinese Super League on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The goal was Martins’ third goal after five CSL games this season.

Lei Wu gave Shanghai SIPG the lead when he scored in the 35th minute.

Martins equalised for Shanghai Shenhua with three minutes left in the first half.

Brazilian striker Hulk put Shanghai SIPG 2-1 ahead in the 89th minute.

And in the 91st minute an own goal from Shanghai Shenhua player Yunqiu Li secured the win for Shanghai SIPG.

The defeat leaves Shanghai Shenhua on seventh on 11 points in the league table.

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N’Jie Dropped From Cameroon Squad for Confederations Cup | Sport | Reuters

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YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Clinton N’Jie will miss out on next month’s Confederations Cup in Russia after Cameroon coach Hugo Broos dropped the Tottenham Hotspur winger from a 30-man preliminary squad for the eight-nation tournament. N’Jie, on loan at Olympique Marseille this season, has struggled for game-time at club level and also lost his place in the national side during Cameroon’s run to the African Nations Cup title in Gabon at the start of the year. Andre Onana, who will play for Ajax Amsterdam in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Manchester United, has been named, despite being one of nine players who refused to go to Gabon in a clash of club-versus-country loyalty. Olympique Lyonnais defender Nicolas Nkoulou is the only player from the 23-man squad that competed at the Nations Cup not to return as he has since retired from international football. The squad would also make up the side for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier at home to Morocco on June 9 and a pre-Confederations Cup friendly against Colombia in Getafe on June 13, the Cameroon Football Federation said.



Cameroon have been drawn in Group B at the Confederations Cup alongside Chile, Australia and Germany in the tournament that runs from June 17 to July 2. Squad:



Goalkeepers: Jules Goda (Ajaccio), Georges Mbokwe (Mjondalen), Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Fabrice Ondoa (Sevilla)



Defenders: Jean Louis Castelletto (Red Star), Fai Collins (Standard Liege), Mohamed Djettei (Gimnastic Tarragona), Jerome Guihoata (Panionios), Ernest Mabouka (MSK Zilina), Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui (Slavia Prague), Jonathan Ngwem (Progresso Sambizanga), Lucien Owona (Alcorcon), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact), Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux)



Midfielders: Petrus Boumal (CSKA Sofia), Franck Boya (1860 Munich), Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian), Georges Mandjeck (Metz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient), Edgar Salli (St Gallen), Sebastien Siani (Oostende), Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille)



Forwards: Olivier Boumal (Panathinaikos), Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas), Christian Bassogog (Henan Jianye), Robert Ndip Tambe (Spartak Trnava), Nicolas Ngamaleu (Rheindorf Altach), Jean Pierre Nsame (Servette Geneva), Karl Toko Ekambi (Angers), Jacques Zoua (Kaiserslautern)





(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by John O’Brien)


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Chinese Championship Results and Standings

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Reuters

May 20 (Gracenote) – Results and standings from the Chinese championship matches on Saturday Saturday, May 20 Shanghai Shenhua 1 Shanghai SIPG 3 Yanbian Fude 1 Shandong Luneng 1 Friday, May 19 Beijing Guo’an 2 Guangzhou R-F 2 Guangzhou Evergrande 2 Jiangsu Suning 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Guangzhou Evergrande 10 8 1 1 23 13 25 2 Shanghai SIPG 10 7 2 1 23 8 23 3 Guangzhou R-F 10 5 3 2 16 13 18 4 Shandong Luneng 9 5 2 2 14 7 17 5 Hebei China Fortune 9 4 4 1 16 9 16 6 Beijing Guo’an 10 4 3 3 15 15 15 7 Shanghai Shenhua 9 3 2 4 16 15 11 8 Chongqing Lifan 9 2 4 3 10 12 10 9 Liaoning Whowin 9 2 4 3 13 16 10 10 Tianjin Quanjian 9 2 4 3 9 12 10 11 Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng 9 2 3 4 8 12 9 12 Tianjin Teda 9 2 3 4 6 12 9 13 Henan Jianye 9 1 4 4 7 11 7 14 Yanbian Fude 10 1 4 5 6 12 7 ————————- 15 Changchun Yatai 9 2 1 6 8 15 7 16 Jiangsu Suning 10 1 4 5 10 18 7 15-16: Relegation Next Fixtures (GMT): Saturday, May 20 Chongqing Lifan v Tianjin Quanjian (1135) Hebei China Fortune v Liaoning Whowin (1135) Sunday, May 21 Changchun Yatai v Tianjin Teda (0730) Henan Jianye v Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng (1135)

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Guangzhou Evergrande Hang on for Win Against Jiangsu Suning

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Alan Carvalho of Guangzhou Evergrande celebrates with Paulinho after scoring in a 2-1 win against Jiangsu Suning.

Guangzhou Evergrande played out the final nine minutes with 10 men to notch up their sixth Chinese Super League win in a row as two goals from Brazilian striker Alan earned Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side a 2-1 win over Jiangsu Suning.

Li Xuepeng was sent off for a second bookable offence as the game threatened to turn ugly in the dying minutes as Jiangsu sought an equaliser after Xie Pengfei’s goal from long range had given Choi Yong-soo’s side hope of sharing the points.

“Today’s game was very exciting, both teams are strong and created a lot of chances,” said Scolari. “The quality of the game was very high. We controlled most of the game, took our opportunities and won the game.

“Alan’s performance was very good and the highlight was the goals. Our team never relies on individual ability to win, we are a team, and Alan has always been at the core of my team.”

Scolari chose to rest captain Zheng Zhi with the vital first leg of the round of 16 meeting with Kashima Antlers in the Asian Champions League to be played on Tuesday evening, but the absence of the influential veteran did little to harm Guangzhou in the opening 45 minutes.

Alan gave the six-time champions the lead after just 12 minutes when he headed home from close range after Paulinho had glanced Hwang Bowen’s corner into his path.

Three minutes before half-time the Brazilian striker added his side’s second from close range and Evergrande looked to be cruising.

However, Xie’s strike from outside the area nine minutes after the restart gave Jiangsu hope and Li’s dismissal inside the final 10 minutes set the game up for a frantic finish. However, Jiangsu were unable to find a way through as Choi’s team lost for the fifth time this season.

Guangzhou, meanwhile, have now won their last six Chinese Super League games in a row and are now five points clear of Shanghai SIPG, who take on cross-city rivals Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday afternoon in the Shanghai derby.

Earlier in the day, Beijing Guoan scored twice in the final quarter of the game through Zhang Chiming and Song Boxuan to peg back Guangzhou R&F after goals from Eran Zahavi and Xiao Zhi had given Dragan Stojkovic’s team a two-goal lead.

The draw means R&F have now gone four games without a win and are in third place in the standings, seven points behind Evergrande.

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Neymar Won T Make Trip to Australia

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Neymar and several other top Brazilian players have been left out of the national squad for friendlies next month against the Socceroos and Argentina in Melbourne.

The Barcelona striker has played a major tournament every summer since the Copa America in 2011 and he, along with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, who is suffering from a muscle strain, were left out of coach Tite’s reformed squad.

Regulars Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Dani Alves were also spared the trip to Australia.

In their place, Monaco centre back Jemerson and Corinthians midfielder Rodriguinho were called up for the first time. Shakhtar Donetsk striker Taison, who has played just six minutes of international football, was another surprise inclusion.

David Luiz will return in defence and Gabriel Jesus was recalled after two months out injured at Manchester City.

Brazil will play Argentina on June 9 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and face the host Socceroos at the same venue four days later.

BRAZIL SQUAD

* Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)

* Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

* Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

* Forwards: Diego Souza (Atletico-PR), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)


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Injury Update | Eagles Star on Road to Full Fitness

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