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Salah named African Player of the Year as Egypt wins Nations Cup hosting rights

It’s a double win for Egypt on Tuesday, which had made headlines earlier in the day for securing the hosting rights for the Africa Nations Cup 2019, as its star forward Mohamed Salah was voted the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year. Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang …

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Anthony Joshua honoured by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight boxing champion, has been presented with an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sport. The British-Nigerian received the honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The investiture marks the latest accolade Joshua has collected after he was also given an MBE in 2013. …

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Didier Drogba retires from football

Côte d’Ivoire and Chelsea great striker Didier Drogba has formally announced his retirement from football after a 20-year career. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Côte d’Ivoire’s all-time record goalscorer with 65. Drogba spent the last 18 months of …

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Ghana football association president to appeal FIFA life-ban

Former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has announced that he would be heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to appeal against a decision by FIFA to ban him for life. FIFA handed a life-ban from all football activities to Nyantakyi on Tuesday for various violations of their ethics code, including bribery and corruption. He was also …

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge named UN Person of the Year

Kenyan superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge has been named as the UN Person of the Year by the United Nations team in Kenya. Kipchoge, 33, is regarded as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era. He set a new marathon record in September with a time of two hours one minute 39 seconds in Berlin. Kipchoge burst onto the international …

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Mesut Ozil receives widespread support as German federation denies racism

Mesut Ozil’s decision to immediately retire from the German national team has caused shockwaves not only in the German media but across European football after the Arsenal star accused the German Football Association (DFB) of racism and treating him as “a German when we win, and an immigrant when we lose”. Ozil, who is considered one of the greatest midfielder’s …

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Mesut Özil quits Germany over Erdogan controversy

Footballer Mesut Özil has quit the national team amid the fallout from meeting Turkey’s president and Germany’s World Cup exit. In a strongly worded statement, Özil said he would “no longer stand for being a scapegoat.” Matt Pearson reports. Mesut Özil said on Sunday he will no longer play international football for Germany following the fallout from his meeting with …

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Salah signs new deal with Liverpool

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has signed a new five-year contract with the club. The 26-year-old Egypt international joined the Reds for £34m from Roma last summer and has scored 44 goals in 52 appearances for the club. The financial terms were not disclosed.  “I’m very happy to say I have signed a new contract with the club,” he said. “My …

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Ghana Football Association dissolved after bribery allegations

The Ghanaian government has decided to dissolve the country’s football association after claims, in an undercover documentary, of bribe-taking by referees and kickbacks to top officials. Information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said “the government had decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA (Ghana Football Association) dissolved” because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”. The revelations, filmed over …

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Uproar over Anas Aremeyaw’s documentary on corruption in Ghana football

Hundreds of Ghanaians on Wednesday trooped to Accra to watch alleged acts of bribery involving football officials, including the head of the country’s football association, captured on video demanding kickbacks. Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the FIFA Council, was seen in a hotel room taking a $65,000 (£48,393) bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the …

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Rwanda unveils partnership with Arsenal to increase tourism, investment

The three-year deal will also see ‘Visit Rwanda’ become Arsenal’s official Tourism Partner. The Rwanda Development Board, through its subsidiary, the Rwandan Convention Bureau, has become Arsenal’s first official sleeve partner as part of the country’s drive to become a leading global tourist destination. The three-year deal will also see ‘Visit Rwanda’ become Arsenal’s official Tourism Partner. The ‘Visit Rwanda’ …

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BBC Sport Africa Launches

Starting, Tuesday 1 May, and continuing weekly throughout the year, BBC Sport Africa will bring the issues, the personalities, the buzz, the key moments and the trends in sport from across the continent. The 30 minute programme will cover many different sports including those that are little-known, and will be featuring everyone from the most famous sports stars to rising …

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Kenyans dominate Paris Marathon again

Kenyans won the men and women’s Paris Marathon titles on Sunday as, in a piece of theatre calculated by the organisers, the two champions finished almost together. The women’s race started 16min 26sec before the men, the difference in times between the male and female winners last year. Paul Lonyangata retained his men’s crown and also caught and passed Betsy …

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George Weah’s son makes debut at French club PSG

Timothy Weah, son of the legendary African footballer and now Liberian president, George Weah, has made his senior debut with Paris Saint-Germain, nearly 23 years since his father’s last game with the French club. The 18-year-old striker on Saturday helped PSG win two goals to nil against Troyes, a win that restored the club’s 14 point advantage at the top …

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Blatter supports Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has put his support behind Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup finals, saying the North African country would be the logical choice. Morocco is bidding for the fifth time to host the World Cup finals, having also tried for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments. The only other bid is a …

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