23 January, 2006

Row Z - bits and pieces from the weekend

Tottenham Hotspur 0, Aston Villa 0.

Suddenly Spurs can't score. For the second weekend in a row, Tottenham had plenty of chances but failed to capitalise. For the second weekend in three, Mido was out of the country. This time it was with good reason. He was scoring in Egypt's 3-0 win over Libya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations.


Speaking of which, I caught bits and pieces of most of the African Cup games over the weekend. Cameroon looked super sharp, Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o in particular. They beat shock World Cup qualifiers Angola 3-1.

But, the best match was DR Congo's surprise 2-0 victory over another World Cup first-timer Togo. Lua Lua was star of the show, but little Mbala Mbutu caught my eye.

Tonight Nigeria downed Ghana 1-0. That's the third World Cup qualifier to go down to a non-qualifier so far in the tournament!

The quality of play has been breathtaking despite the sometimes comical defending. Expect to see those on display not signed by Arsenal to be at Emirates Stadium next year.


Latest news: Sven Goran Eriksson will step down as England coach after the World Cup. This follows his indiscreet remarks to a News of the World journalist masquerading as an Arab millionaire.

No surprise there. Perhaps incentive for the team to go out and win one for the Gipper Swede.


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