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Equatorial Guinea appoints Sebastien Migne as the head coach

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The Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (Feguifut) has appointed Sebastien Migne as the head coach after parting ways with former coach Angel Lopez.

Lopez quit his job just one year after taking over, saying he needed a new challenge.

His decision comes after Equatorial Guinea edged South Sudan 2-1 on aggregate earlier this month in the preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Migne, signed an open contract in which any party is free to terminate the deal at any time after six months.

“I do not promise results but hard work. I can’t say that I already know all the players of the national team,” Migne said.

“I have been fortunate to follow the friendly that Nzalang had with Togo in France and I can say that I have a good team.

“My plan is to meet with all the coaches in the country to convey my work philosophy. It is the way we can do a team work.”

His first games as coach will be Nations Cup qualifiers away to Tanzania on 15 November and at home to Tunisia four days later.

Feguifut president Gustavo Ndong Edu Akumu is pleased with Migne’s record in Africa.

Migne has also coached Congo Brazzaville and worked with Claude Le Roy in Oman, Syria and DR Congo.

“We welcome you to Equatorial Guinea and wish you all the luck in the world so that this new adventure is full of joys,” Akumu told Feguifut’s website.

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England dropped Sterling after Gomez altercation

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England and Machester city player Raheem Sterling has been dropped ahead of  Euro 2020 qualifer match against Montenegro.

England Football Association took  to social media to confirm that Sterling had been dropped “as a result of a disturbance in a private team area”.

Sterling and Gomez had an on-field altercation during the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield on Sunday.

But sterling has qunch the fire via his Instagram account, by stating “Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on,”

“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.

“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it – me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10 second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it

“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday,” Sterling added.

England boss Gareth Southgate said on Monday: “Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.

“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.

“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken.

“Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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