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Profiling the AFCON teams: Mauritania

first_imgMauritania will be featuring in their maiden AFCON tournament. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Mauritania will be featuring in their 1st Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. The Lions of Chinguetti along with Burundi and Madagascar will be making their AFCON debut.In the 2019 edition, Mauritania is in Group E alongside Tunisia, Mali and Angola.Mauritania were not allowed to participate in qualification for the first two AFCON tournaments (1957 and 1959) as they were still part of France.Even after separation from France, they did not take part in qualification for the next nine (9) AFCONs between 1962 and 1978.Their first attempt to qualification came in 1980 where they fell short, the same result which graced them in 1982.For the 1984 edition, Mauritania did not take part in the qualification process.Between 1986 and 2000, the Lions of Chinguetti either failed to qualify, withdrew or opted out of qualification.Between 1986 and 2000, Mauritania did not take part in AFCON qualifiers.For the editions between 2002 and 2010, Mauritania attempted but failed to reach the finals tournament after falling short in the qualification.In 2012, they withdraw from taking part while in 2013, Mauritania did not enter qualification.For the 2015 and 2017 tournaments, the Lions of Chinguetti tried to qualify for the two editions but could not negotiate their way through qualification.CoachCorentin MartinsMartins is a 49-year-old former French attacking midfielder who has been the head coach of Mauritania since 2014.Martins has been head coach of Mauritania since 2014.He started his managerial career in 2006, with lowly Quimper Cornouaille. In the following year he was named his first club’s director of football, but had a brief spell as interim coach in the beginnings of the 2008/2009 campaign; he subsequently stayed on the bench, now as an assistant for the Ligue 2 team.During 2011/12 and 2012/13, Martins acted as caretaker for Brest as a replacement for sacked Alex Dupont. and Landry Chauvin, respectively. After managing to avert top flight relegation in the former season, he lost all eight matches he was in charge in the latter, with the subsequent 20th position in the table and relegation.On 8 October 2014, Martins was appointed manager of Mauritania. In January 2019, he extended his contract until 2021.Star PlayerBessamBessam is a striker who plays at Tunisian side AS Gabes.He started his career with ASC Ksar until he was called to represent the national team by the “then” coach Patrice Neveu. He scored on his first game with the national team, and made an assist in the 2-0 win over Senegal that Qualified the Mauritanian team to the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.In May 2014, Bessam signed a two-year contract with Algerian side JS Kabyile. On August 16, he made his JS Kabylie debut, away to MC Oran, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory.He currently plays at AS Gabes for whomhe has played one game and scored as many goals.Bessam has scored one goal in as many games for his AS Gabes club.Projection: Group StageMauritania’s fixtures at AFCON 2019-Mali vs Mauritania, 24nd June-Mauritania vs Angola, 29th June-Mauritania vs Tunisia, 02th JulyMali’s 23-man squad for AFCON 2019Goalkeeper: Souleimane Brahim (Nouadhibou), Namori Diaw (Kedia), Babacar Diop (Police)Defenders: Aly Abeid (Alcorcon/ESP), Abdoul Ba (Auxerre/FRA), Diadie Diarra (Sedan/FRA), El Mostapha Diaw (Nouakchott Kings), Bakary Ndiaye (Difaa el Jadida/MAR), Sally Sarr (Servette/SUI), Harouna Sy (Grenoble/FRA), Abdoul Kader Thiam (Orleans/FRA)Midfielders: Khassa Camara (Xanthi/GRE), Ibrehima Coulibaly (Grenoble/FRA), Alassane Diop (Hajer/KSA), Abdoulaye Gaye (Nouadhibou), Dialo Guidileye (Elazigspor/TUR), El Hacen el Id (Real Valladolid/ESP). Mohamed Dellah Yali (Tadjenanet/ALG)Forwards: Souleymane Anne (Aurillac Arpajon/FRA), Adama Ba (Giresunspor/TUR), Ismael Diakhite (Tataouine/TUN), Moulaye Ahmed Khalil (Gabes/TUN), Hemeya Tanjy (Nouadhibou)Comments Tags: AFCON 2019AngolaBessamCorentin MartinsMALIMauritaniatopTunisialast_img read more

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Man charged with rape is given passport to attend music festivals

first_imgA man charged with two counts of rape has been allowed to travel to the UK for two music festivals.The man, who is in his 20s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal. The alleged offences took place at an address in Letterkenny on July 29th, 2016.Barrister for the accused man, Mr Ivan Toner, made an application to the court asking if the man’s bail conditions could be varied.A previous court ruled that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should sign on at Letterkenny Garda station and surrender his passport.However, Mr Toner said his client was working at two music festivals in the UK and would not be able to sign on and would also need his passport returned.The man will be out of the country for a total of eight days when he travels to the two festivals.He is to return his passport to Gardai when he returns from the festivals.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan agreed to the application on behalf of the Gardai.Inspector Sheridan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.Among the other condition imposed including a cash lodgement of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.Legal aid was granted to the man.Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case has been adjourned until September 21st.Man charged with rape is given passport to attend music festivals was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalmusic festivalspassportrapelast_img read more