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Crew’s Tchani, Red Bulls’ Abang selected by Cameroon for African Cup qualifiers

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After making his first appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team back in January, Tony Tchani could be cap-tied to a different nation in the coming weeks.

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The Columbus Crew SC midfielder has been called up by his native country Cameroon ahead of the team’s 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier versus South Africa.

The match will take place on March 26. Cameroon currently leads Group M through two games.

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Tchani, 26, holds duel-citizenships with Cameroon and the United States, making him eligible for both countries.

In addition to Tchani, New York Red Bulls attacker Anatole Abang has also received a call-up from head coach Hugo Broos. Abang has previously featured for Cameroon’s Under-17 and Under-20 sides.

West Ham United’s Alex Song has also earned himself a spot in the team. The 28-year old is currently on loan with the Hammers from La Liga side Barcelona.

Here’s the full roster for Cameroon’s match against South Africa:


Goalkeepers: André Onana (Ajax); Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy;) Fabrice Ondoa (Tarragona)

Defenders: Allan Nyom (Watford); Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille); Aurélien Chedjou (Galatasaray); Henri Bedimo (Lyon); Bitolo Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact); Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux); Sébastien Bassong (Norwich)

Midfielders: Jonathan Ngwen II (Unisport Bafang); Stéphane Mbia (Heibei, China); Alex Song (West Ham); Franck Kom (Etoile du Sahel); Landry N’Guemo (Akishar); Dany Ndi (Sporting Dijon); Sébastien Siani (KV Oostende); Tony Tchiani (Colombus Crew); Marvin Matip (Inglostadt)

Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar (Porto); Christian Bekamenga (Metz); Eric Maxime Choupo Moting (Schalke); Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient); Jacques Zoua (GFC Ajaccio); Edgard Sali (St. Gallen); Anatole Abang (New York Red Bulls); Karl Toko (Sochaux)

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Swansea 0-0 West Ham: Both sides wasteful despite need to win

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Swansea and West Ham each have not won since October 24. They both came into the Liberty Stadium desperately needing three points. They both leave the Stadium without the prize.

Both sides proved risk-averse and wasteful as they crawled towards a 0-0 draw on Sunday.

They each bunkered down early, and while Swansea began the more innovative of the teams, but the opening 25 minutes saw few chances on goal. Both teams seemed to have an uneasiness about them, and while the midfield proved physical, there were few risks taken.

The best chance came five minutes from halftime as a wild shot from Bafetimbi Gomis trickled to Jack Cord who backheeled to Andre Ayew. The Ghanan poked an effort on goal but it spun just wide, possibly clipping off a defender.

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The game continued to work in Swansea’s favor as West Ham was forced to defend in bunches, and the home side nearly went ahead as Cork on the hour mark unleashed a monstrous volley destined for the top corner that forced a fantastic save by Adrian.

A minute later Swansea played a beautiful one-two between Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yeung, and the latter pumped a shot that seemed to deflect off the hand of James Collins before falling wide. The Swans implored referee Lee Mason to award them a penalty, but he refused.

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West Ham had a moment of creativity as Alex Song played a delicious ball up the left edge but the cross was too close to Lukasz Fabianski who collected. Swansea brought on Jonjo Shelvey with 18 minutes to go, the first appearance for the England international in a month. Enner Valencia, off the bench at the hour mark, forced a stellar save from Fabianski when he dipped inside to shake Ashley Williams and fired a shot that the Swansea keeper could only leap to keep out.

With seven minutes to go Nikica Jelavic appeared to be through two-on-one but instead crashed straight into Williams in his attempt to go around the defender.

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The teams scratched and clawed their way to the final whistle, neither side able to find a way through. Despite the chance to pull themselves out of the relegation zone, Swansea instead find themselves still two points shy of Newcastle in 17th. West Ham’s defensive game plan saw them draw for the fourth match in a row – three of which finished 0-0 – and a failure to turn one point into three points has them still in eighth, unable to keep pace with Watford who are three points clear in seventh.

West Ham United make fourth signing on Deadline Day, winger Michail Antonio arrives

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What a final day of the 2105 Summer Transfer Window it has been for West Ham United.

Slaven Bilic made Michail Antonio his fourth signing on Deadline Day, with the winger joining from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be around $10 million.

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Antonio, 25, has never played in the Premier League but he has impressed in the Championship with Forest over the past two season’s and he has been involved in 29 goals (16 goals, 13 assists) in his last 50 matches in England’s second-tier.

The attacking midfielder can play on either wing or centrally, as the former Southampton and Reading star has finally made the step up to the PL.

Speaking to West Ham TV, Antonio revealed his delight that he’s returning to his hometown after a long journey throughout non-league and the lower divisions of English soccer.

“I’m buzzing and finally happy to be back in London at a massive club,” Antonio said. “I’ve always been around London and I came to a couple of games here when I was younger, so I’m happy to be finally here and at a club I watched when I was younger. I’ve worked my way from non-league and finally got to the Premier League to show what I can do, and if the fans don’t know me from the Championship, what I bring to the table is pace, power and goals, so hopefully I can do that this season. “

Antonio possesses raw pace and power, plus he also has a monster long-throw which could be very useful for the Hammers. He is hungry to succeed and will be a live-wire in attack for the east London club. As mentioned, Antonio is joined by three other new signings after Alex Song and Victor Moses arrived on loan from Barcelona and Chelsea respectively, plus Nikica Jelavic signed from Hull City for $5 million on a two-year deal.

Big day for Bilic’s boys as they’ve strengthened significantly, especially in attack where they had a few injuries, following two big away wins at Arsenal and Liverpool to start the season.

West Ham United go big on Deadline Day, add Alex Song, Victor Moses, Nikica Jelavic

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West Ham United have gone big on Deadline Day as they made three early signings to jump ahead of the competition.

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Alex Song and Victor Moses arrived on loan from Barcelona and Chelsea respectively, while Nikica Jelavic joined on a two-year deal after a $5 million move from Hull City.

Slaven Bilic’s side have had a peculiar start to the new Premier League season, as they’ve beaten both Arsenal and Liverpool away from home but sandwiched in-between those famous victories have been two home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.

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By bolstering his squad, new manager Bilic will be able to make an assault on the top half of the Premier League as the Hammers aim for success in their final season at Upton Park before their move to their new home at London’s Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season.

Song, 27, returns to the Hammers on loan for a second-straight season as the Cameroonian central midfielder impressed during the opening half of the campaign last year. His form faded as the season wore on and it looked like a return to east London was not going to happen this summer with the former Arsenal midfielder spending preseason with parent-club Barcelona. However another season-long loan move has been tied up and that gives Bilic options in midfield after Kevin Nolan‘s departure last week.

Perhaps the one area where West Ham really need to strengthen was in attack and they’ve done that by adding Moses, 24, on loan from Chelsea. The Nigerian winger has spent the last two season’s on loan at Liverpool and Stoke City and with Jose Mourinho unable to guarantee him minutes at Chelsea, but somewhat bizarrely handing him a new contract on Tuesday with wages in excess of $120,000 per week, it’s no surprise he’s moved to West Ham.

In terms of Jelavic’s move to West Ham, the 30-year-old striker will link up with his countryman Bilic and after an injury-hit season at Hull last year which was a big part in the Tigers being relegated, the Croatian international will look to get his PL career back on track as he’ll provide a physical presence up top.

There’s also a chance that Emmanuel Adebayor could arrive at Upton Park before the transfer deadline at 1 p.m. ET today. Watch this space.