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Kipchoge sets new world record at Berlin Marathon

Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke the record he set in 2018 by 30 seconds. This is the first Berlin Marathon held without restrictions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record by half a minute on Sunday. The previous record was also set by Kipchoge in Berlin. Some 45,527 runners from …

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David Alaba supports SDGs in Nigeria, builds sanitary facility

A modern toilet facility in the town of Ogere Remo in Ogun State, Nigeria, was opened with fanfare on Thursday. The facility, which serves a community market, is a gift from the Austrian football star David Alaba to support Nigeria’s efforts to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 15.3 million-Naira project was commissioned by the Federal Minster of …

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Mane, Oshoala are best African football players

Senegal and Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane has won the 2022 CAF African Men’s Player Of The Year Award. It was his second time clinching the title, having won in 2019 while he was at Liverpool. The 30-year-old, who left the Premier League club last month after signing a three-year deal with Bayern Munich, beat former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah …

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Mo Farah confesses to false identity

British long-distance runner Mohamed Farah has revealed for the first time in a BBC documentary that he lives under an assumed name. The four-time Olympic champion said in pre-released excerpts of the show, titled “The Real Mo Farah”. The 39-year-old, who is from Somalia, said he was born Hussein Abdi Kahin in a region that has since largely become independent …

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Sunday Oliseh appointed new head coach of German Club

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Sunday Oliseh, has been appointed new head coach of German club Sav Straelen. The North Rhine-Westphalia-based side plays in the ‘Regionalliga West’ league. Speaking on Monday, the club’s president Hermann Tecklenburg, the 47-year-old former Nigeria international has already signed a one-year contract to handle the side and will start work this week. Oliseh started …

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FIFA suspends Kenya, Zimbabwe over interference

The Fédération of International Football Association has suspended Kenyan and Zimbabwean football federations due to government interference. This was contained in a statement by FIFA on Thursday. “Without prejudice to investigations by national authorities or other judiciary bodies, the FIFA Council has decided to suspend the Kenya Football Federation and the Zimbabwe Football Federation with immediate effect for undue influence …

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What AFCON 2021 means for Africa’s chances at World Cup 2022

Africa’s footballing showpiece took place in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February 2022.Despite a delay to the tournament originally billed to take place in 2021, there was no denying African football lovers the traditional frills and thrills of the world’s oldest continental football tournament. Contributing Editor, Michael Nnaji, reports. ——- The 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations …

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CAF defends FIFA President’s speech at Council of Europe

The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr Patrice Motsepe, received cellphone calls yesterday from numerous football Presidents of African nations supporting the speech that FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivered at the Council of Europe on Wednesday 26 January 2022; as the speech was in line with previous CAF resolutions. Several commentators unfortunately seem to have misunderstood and …

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Africa Cup of Nations kicks off

After multiple postponements and fears of an outright cancellation, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finally kicks off on Sunday. The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 is a major event on the continent and this year’s edition is eagerly awaited following its postponement in 2021 due to the Covid crisis. The competition, tagged Cameroon 2021 and which will …

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President Weah comments on Samuel Eto’o’s election as Cameroon football chief

President George Manneh Weah of Liberia has expressed his excitement at the election of football legend Samuel Eto’o as President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT). Eto’o defeated Seidou Mbombo Njoya, who serves as Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Saturday. The Liberian Leader, a football great himself who is the only African to have won …

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Eto’o elected head of Cameroon Football Federation

Former Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o was elected president of the country’s football federation on Saturday. The four-time African Footballer of the Year defeated rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth vice-president at the Confederation of African Football with 43 votes to 31. Seven candidates should have contested the elections, but five of them pulled out on the morning of the elections. …

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Jérôme Boateng convicted of assault, fined 1.8 million euros

Jérôme Boateng has been convicted of physical assault. According to the indictment, the former German international allegedly injured his former partner three years ago during a heated argument while on holiday in the Caribbean —- Former German national football player Jérôme Agyenim Boateng has been convicted for intentional bodily harm to his former girlfriend. For the assault, which allegedly occurred …

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FIFA bans former CAF President from football-related activities

FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday handed a year ban from football-related activities to former African Football Confederation (CAF) president Issa Hayatou over a controversial $1 billion TV and marketing rights deal with France’s Lagardere Sports which infringed competition regulations. Cameroon’s Hyatou, 74, must also pay a 30,000 Swiss francs (28,000 euros/$33,000) fine after the committee’s adjudicatory chamber found the former …

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Former President Barack Obama Joins NBA Africa as Strategic Partner

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that former President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner President Obama will help advance the league’s social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion. In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, …

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Belarus: Nigerian footballer’s drowning was an accident – Club

Belarus Premier League side FC Vitebsk have said the drowning of Nigerian footballer Kelvin Odenigbo was an “accident.” The club doctors on Monday explained that following forensic examinations, no violent marks were seen on the 20-year-old’s body. “According to the results of the forensic medical examination, no violent marks were found on the football player’s body, there are no traces …

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Nigerian footballer drowns in Belarus

Nigerian footballer Kelvin Odenigbo has been found dead after the 20-year-old drowned in a lake in Belarus. His Belarusian club FC Vitebsk confirmed the sad incident, explaining that he drowned in Lake Beloye. The football club “Vitebsk” reported that on June 5, 2021, on the lake “Beloye”, in the area of ​​the tourist base “Verasy”, OSVOD employees found the drowned …

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Ex-Nigerian player named Technical Director of top Swiss club Zurich

Ex-Wolves and Nigeria midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, has been named technical director at Switzerland’s most successful club Grasshopper Zurich. The 40-year-old will oversee the football department at the newly-promoted Super League outfit and immediately find the right candidate to fill the ‘position of the head coach’ . The former Stoke City, Hull City and Cardiff City player was snapped from English …

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McLaren signs promising young Nigerian-American driver

Formula1 team McLaren has signed Ugo Ugochukwu, a promising teenage driver who was recently crowned FIA European karting champion. The agreement provides McLaren Racing with an option on Ugochukwu services into the future, supporting the driver’s development and evolution as he progresses through the junior categories of motorsport. McLaren, in press release, said: “McLaren Racing today [22 March 20221] announced …

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