Nigeria’s All African Games Preparation is Faulty – Ebewele

A board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele, says the country is risking its chances of winning the forthcoming African Games following the choice of athletes by the federation to represent the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Games is scheduled to hold in Rabat, Morocco, from Aug. 16 to Aug. 30. But Ebewele told NAN that the country might be preparing to fail going by the selection of under performing athletes at the trials in Kaduna. Ebewele popularly called “Juju Man”…

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Stuart Baxter quits as South Africa coach

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter resigned on Friday and said he felt the time was right to search for new team ahead of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and World Cup qualifiers. His decision comes just weeks after South Africa reached the quarterfinals of 2019 AFCON after knocking out hosts Egypt in the round of 16. It was a second spell in charge of South Africa for the Englishman, who turned 66 later this month. He was first appointed in 2004 with an eye on the 2010 World Cup,…

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FIFA to take over running of CAF

A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary, Fatma Samoura parachuted in as “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources. No announcement has been made by African football’s governing body but CAF president, Ahmad…

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Femi Kuti, others to perform at opening of 2019 AFCON

The Organising Committee of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has announced that Nigeria’s legendary Afro-beat singer Femi Anikulapo-Kuti will perform at the opening ceremony of the competition. Kuti, a four-time Grammy award nominee will be joined by two other musicians Hakim from Egypt and Dobet Gnahore from Ivory Coast. The 2019 AFCON is set to kick off with the new expanded 24 teams on Friday in Egypt, it will be precided with a colourful opening ceremony. In a post on CAF’s official Twitter handle, the continental football body…

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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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