Ex-UEFA president Platini freed from detention

Former France captain Michel Platini was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals to Qatar. Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.” “It was very long, given the number of questions. It was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and FIFA,”…

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Osimhen turns the tables against Libya with hat trick

Former Golden Eaglets star, Victor Osimhen, grabbed a hat-trick on Monday as Nigeria ‘s under-23 male national football team defeated their Libyan counterparts 4-0 on Monday in Asaba, to reach the third qualifying round of the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament. The match, which was played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, was also the second leg of a qualification round for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Nigerian side had lost 0-2 in the first leg played on Wednesday in Tunisia, Libya’s home ground for now, and have…

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Drogba returns to Stamford bridge

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will make an emotional playing return to Stamford Bridge this summer as part of Soccer Aid 2019. The Blues hero, who won 12 major honours with Chelsea, is set to be confirmed as one of the former professionals to play in the annual charity match, scheduled to take place on June 16. It will be the first time Drogba, 41, has played at his spiritual home since leaving his second spell at the club back in 2015. Drogba, who scored 164 goals during his two spells…

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Onuachu scores world’s fastest goal in Egypt

Paul Onuachu scored one of the fastest goals in world football, as Nigeria beat Egypt 1-0 in an international friendly played on Tuesday in Asaba. The Denmark-based striker scored in the opening five seconds of the first half, when he fired a thunderous shot past Egyptian goalkeeper, Abdelrehim Mahmoud from outside the 18 yard box. It was one of the fastest goals that will go into football history. According to Total Sportek, Damian Mori, an A-League striker scored a goal in 3.69 seconds for his Adelaide City club against Sydney…

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Amuneke secures AFCON ticket for Tanzania

Former Super Eagles player Emmanuel Amuneke has qualified Tanzania for the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time since 1980 after a 3-0 win over Uganda. Amunike who signed a two-year deal to coach the Tanzania national team, replaced Salum Mayanga who was sacked in August 2018. The Tafia Stars defeated the Cranes of Uganda at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, on Sunday to claim a spot in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years. Goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni, and Aggrey Morris secured the win…

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FIFA suspends Sierra Leone from football activities

FIFA has suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect, due to government interference in soccer affairs, the sport’s world governing body said on Friday. FIFA’s decision came after it wrote to the African country’s sports minister expressing “grave concern” about the removal of SLFA President Isha Johansen and General Secretary Christopher Kamara. The football governing body had asked for both individuals to be allowed to access SLFA premises without delay to ensure that the operations of the association, including FIFA-funded projects, were not jeopardised. “The suspension will be…

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