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African nations update

It was feared that the African nations could see Pompey without their African contingent for around 4 or 5 weeks - but as it stands we could have all but 1 back in England by the start of next week - at the latest, with is quite possible that 2 - maybe all 3 - of the rest could be back in time to face Chelsea at the weekend!

Ironically enough though the player that we would most want back - in my opinion - is the only one that is guaranteed to be out in Ghana for the knockout stages, this man being Sulley Muntari, who scored again today as Ghana beat Morocco to finish well clear at the top of their group - and they look a very good bet to go all the way.

Kanu and John Utaka could be eliminated with Nigeria tomorrow night.

The Nigerian's must beat Benin to have any chance - but even then they might have to win heavily. Should Mali claim a point against the Ivory Coast no matter what Nigeria do they will be eliminated.

So by Wednesday morning Kanu and Utaka could be on their way back to the South Coast, but by the weekend Papa Bouba Diop will almost certainly be back, as Senegal look nailed on for elimination.

Senegal would have to beat South Africa heavily and hope that the game between Tunisia and Angola produces a winner - although with both sides only needing a point they might not exert themselves too much...

I reckon that Muntari will be away until the end of the tournament but Bouba Diop will almost certainly be back by the beginning of next week, quite possibly by the weekend.

At this point in time I think that Nigeria will be eliminated so Kanu - 'if fit' - and Utaka will probably be back in time to feature at the weekend - it could be possible for them all to get back in time if Nigeria and Senegal both get eliminated, but it could be asking a bit too much of Bouba Diop to play as he would only return on Friday...

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Date:Monday January 28 2008

Time: 9:23PM

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Didnt Muntari get stretchered off tho? Hope it's not too bad!
pompey4me
as i said on the nuge article thread i didnt watch the game but i cant find anything about him being stretchered off so hopefully it isnt too serious...
pompeyrug
Just saw it on the sky sports news flicker. Dont know any more.
pompey4me
Muntari assist for Essien to score the first & then he scored the second. Not sure about going off? Ghana could go all the way, which would keep SM out for another 3 weeks. Not sure if Kanu & Utaka coming back early will really help us. Diop yes we do need him but they, Senegal, could qualify. My actual concern is Muntari will attract a lot of interest & you can see someone tempting him away from us come the summer.
storagematt
Just read the BBC sport write up on the game, another Ghanian was stretchered off. Muntari had a lively game & played the 90.
storagematt
Good then, sky must have got it wrong...hopefully!
pompey4me
thats what i thought, 3 changes but muntari wasnt one off them... senegal need to hammer south africa tho dont they and hope angola and tunisia - who only need a point apiece to assure a place in the next round - can produce a winner. nigeria should win tomorrow but mali are no pushovers so with them only needing a point you never know... agreed tho, i dont think having utaka and/or kanu back at this point in time will help - apart from increasing the numbers we have...
pompeyrug
hopefully - they were wrong with the woodgate stories earlier wernet they, hopefully they were wrong about who was stretched off too... i also agree matt about your thoughts on muntari - if he keeps performing a 'big club' will be in for him, im not sure he will stick around if that is the case...
pompeyrug
hope no-one comes in to nick muntari...although other than the top 4, he wouldnt move, and do the top 4 actually NEED anyone new in midfield? diara mooved on from both chelsea and arsenal, and he has been, well, immense the lst few games!
pompeycarpet
Just read what f-oz had to say on another thread, sky too were reporting it was Muntari, got it wrong i think, but like i said there, this is the place for the most reliable info!
pompey4me
I agree, Munter was the one we wanted most but he's also the one you would most want to succeed for his country so, what the hey . . .
Et_tu_Pompeii
yep, agree Et_tu_Pompeii - i would be happy to see muntari and ghana do well, my youngest brother spent 3 months out there helping a few years back so i have even more reason for this...
pompeyrug
I'd take Utaka and Kanu back in a heartbeat. We've not seen the best out of Utaka yet, probably because he hasn't had the freedom to roam that he needed (spell Diarra) and Kanu of the bench is a must. Besides, at least it gives us options. I also doubt Muntari will be moving on any time soon, unless it be for a ridiculous fee. He likes it here, has a house next door to Arry's and a knockout girlfriend waiting there for him who apparently enjoys the south coast. If he did go, we'd have enough dough to buy pretty much whomever we want to fill the midfield void, and with Diop & Diarra as anchors (so long as the latter sticks around) we'll still be in great shape come summer. Besides, when was the last time he scored 2 games straight for us ?
Toronto4Pompey
Toronto, if Muntari's girlfriend is a knockout then we should move him on and keep her as the supporters mascot. Then even if the match is boring we can still raise a sweat.
frattonaussie
Just want them all back and in a Pompey shirt .. the sooner the better..
Chix
...better still aussie, send her here on an extended holiday to the Great White North
Toronto4Pompey
So Nigeria through after all then .. Kanu and Utaka will be staying a little longer... Toronto.. Sulleys bird (sorry ladies) is 'red' hot .. REALLY red hot..
Chix
ive got to try and google mrs sulley muntari to check her out!
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