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Anthony Joshua moves back into mum’s flat despite winning €18 million

Despite winning record-breaking 18 million euros for beating Wladimir Klitschko, world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has moved back into his mother’s 2-bedroon ex-council flat in North London. The humble boxer had been staying in a plush villa in St John’s Wood, north-west London, for which he reportedly paid 100,000 euros per month, before his Wembley mega-fight. But he is refusing …

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Brazil football great Ronaldinho confesses respect for Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha

Ronaldinho Gaucho, former Brazil and Barcelona attacking midfielder, has revealed two attackers who he admired most as a footballer. The player said two former national team captains were his most admired attackers. He named them as former Nigerian and Colombian skippers, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Carlos Valderrama. The Brazilian joined other former football stars in Bahrain for the FIFA congress …

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FIFA confirms nine World Cup slots for Africa

The world football’s governing body has confirmed that at least nine African countries will participate at the World Cup Finals when the competition expands to 48 teams in 2026. Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting …

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Sulley Muntari walks off Italian league match to protest racist abuse

Ghana and Pescara’s  player Sulley Muntari confronted racism boldly on Sunday during a Serie A match  involving his club in Cagliari. The 32-year-old midfielder complained to the referee about racist chants of Cagliari fans but was punished for his complaints, prompting him to take action himself by leaving the pitch in protest. The Ghana international had appealed to the referee …

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Joshua to become global phenomenon after beating Klitschko, says Promoter

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was hailed as “the biggest star in British sport and the biggest star in world boxing” after his exhilarating world heavyweight title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday sky-rocketed him into the global sporting elite. After the British-Nigerian’s 11th round stoppage of Ukraine’s rejuvenated former champion at Wembley Stadium in a heavyweight title fight for the …

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Germany and FIFA support football development in Namibia

An opening ceremony was held for the construction of 45 sports fields for socially disadvantaged youth in Namibia recently. In the future, nearly 14,000 young Namibians across the country will be able to use the sports fields for free to play football or other sports. Germany’s development ministry has teamed up with prominent partners for the project. They include partners …

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Kenyan couple wins Paris Marathon titles

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the Paris Marathon in a quick time of two hours, six minutes, 10 seconds on Sunday and Purity Rionoripo, his wife, won the women’s race in a new record time of 2:20.55. Lonyangata pulled clear when his compatriot Stephen Chebogut, who started with the best personal best of the field, cracked with 5.7km left. The 24-year-old …

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FIFA awards 2018 World Cup’s broadcasting rights for sub-Saharan Africa

FIFA has granted media rights to five major broadcasting entities in the sub-Saharan Africa region for all 2017-2018 FIFA events, after an open tender process for 42 territories*. This includes the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The following broadcasters have been awarded certain media rights with regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup: ▪ Econet …

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Cameroon footballers ordered to leave Russia for staying illegally

Fifteen footballers from Cameroon and one from Belgium have been detained in the Crimean village of Ordzhonikidze for attempting to stay in the country illegally. The players from FC Yaounde II, the second string of Cameroon premier division side FC Yaounde, were taking part in the Open Winter Cup organized by the Crimean Football Union (CFU) in February. For the …

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African football gets new leader as Issa Hayatou is dethroned

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday, ousting Issa Hayatou, the long-serving president of the Confederation of African Football, in an election at the organization’s congress in Ethiopia. The 57-year-old former government minister, who goes by just a single name, won the CAF presidency by 34 votes to 20 in the poll, bringing to a …

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FIFA expands World Cup to 48 teams; Africa to get more slots, Jose Mourinho supports, Germany against

The FIFA Council has unanimously decided in favour of increasing the number of teams playing at the World Cup from 32 to 48 with effect from the 2026 edition of the global sporting event. The world football’s supervisory and strategic body held its third meeting at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 9 and 10 January, and decided on …

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Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh appointed coach of Dutch club, Fortuna Sittard

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has been appointed as the new head coach of Dutch second division side Fortuna Sittard. The 42-year-old former Nigeria captain signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the club. Oliseh who quit the Nigerian national team job in March is expected to resume duties as coach on 2 January 2017. “It’s a new …

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Formula 1 goes Africa as Econet commences broadcast to the continent’s viewers

Econet Media has added Formula 1 racing to its portfolio. The African broadcaster has successfully concluded a three-and-a-half-year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited which gives its free-to-air (FTA) platform, Kwesé Free Sports, exclusive free-to-air English language rights across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. The deal means that Kwesé Free Sports will now broadcast same-day delayed coverage of Formula 1 racing …

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Jerome Boateng as 2016 German footballer of the year

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been voted German Footballer of the Year by sports journalists in Germany, the German magazine kicker said. Boateng won the vote by a landslide after getting 163 votes, far more than fellow Bayern players Thomas Müller (95) and Robert Lewandowski (90). Boateng is the first defender to win the accolade since Bayern Munich and …

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