The Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) has kick started an investigation into the suspected assault of members of the Black Stars playing body after last Saturday's World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Zambia in Ndola, Zambia.
Reports after the match did indicate that some members of the Ghana team; Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro) and Ben Acheampong (Kumasi Asante Kotoko) had been manhandled by the Zambian police after the referee's final whistle.
Football was supposed to be the dominant factor in last Saturday's game between Zambia and Ghana but these alleged incidents after the match have taken the shine off of what was supposed to be a classic matchup. But the authorities in Zambia are expected to take steps in order to address the alleged incidents after the match. Speaking on Monday, the spokesperson for the FAZ, Eric Mwanza said his outfit has taken measures to address the matter.
According to Mwanza, 'the Zambian FA have requested for tapes on the match from the national television station and have also implored on any private individual who has a tape covering those incidents to submit it to them.'
Somalia's hope of using football to wash away some of their dreadful past and making it to a major football event came to a disappointing end after they suffered a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Ethiopia on Wednesday, May 16 in the second leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Somalia's national football team, the Ocean Stars,had high hopes of making it to the next round of the qualifiers after the first leg played in Djibouti last weekend ended 0-0.
Ethiopia thus qualify on a 5-0 aggregate scoreline and joining the other Africa elite teams. Shemeles Bekele and Getaneh Kebede both scored a brace in the second-half after Omod Okwury gave them the lead in the fifth minute.
Somalia failed to match up the footballing prowess of the Ethiopian players, who dominated the ball throughout the game and powered through a porous Somali defence.
A crestfallen Abdirashid Oman, Technical Advisor of the Ocean Stars said "the way we played in Djibouti, we didn't play like that today. We tried to do something here, but we didn't get what we wanted from Addis,".
Nigeria released their squad for their upcoming World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday.
Notably missing was Chelsea stalwart, John Mikel Obi.
The midfielder, who is enjoying the finest season in his Chelsea career, and patiently waiting to answer the roll call in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena on May 19, has yet to convince the current Nigeria manager of his battle-readiness.
Mikel had been asked by Nigeria Coach, Stephen Keshie to show his readiness to play for the team before he will hand him a call up.
The Chelsea stalwart is yet to feature for the Nigerian side since Stephen Keshie took the reins of the coaching job in Nov. 2011.
Keshie denounced the notion that there was a rift between the two and insisted that Mikel remains very much part of his plans.
"Mikel is in my plans but we will give other players an opportunity as well," Keshie explained.
"We need to give players from the local league a chance. After all, how many knew about such players as Uche Kalu, Ejike Uzoenyi or Godfrey Oboabona, before now?"
New Ghana Coach, James Akwesi Appiah has named a provisional 30-man squad for next month's run of World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zambia on June 1 and 9 respectively.
A surprise call up was handed to Europe based Ishmael Yartey, who was sacked from the camp of the victorious Ghana U-20 team of the 2009 FIFA Youth Cup for levelling an unsubstantiated bribery allegation against then-coach Sellas Tetteh.
But consistent superlative display over the past weeks has earned him a new start and a possible fresh beginning at the national level.
Europe-based youngster Ishmael Yartey, together with Christian Atsu, were among the six players who were handed their maiden Black Stars call-ups.
Defending Ghana Premier League champions, Berekum Chelsea dominated the nine call-ups from the local league with the trio of Ernest Sowah, Emmanuel Clottey and Richard Kissi Boateng coming from their stable.
A non-residential camp in Accra by the team will start on May, 21, 2012. The squad will be pruned before the team departs to Kumasi on May 27 ahead of the match against Lesotho on June 1, 2012.