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Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

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Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him fromTurkish side Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected an appeal. Onazi has played 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reach the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil a year later. However Nigeria's failure to qualify for the past two editions ...
Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

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Manchester City are set to sign Nigeria international Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal and send him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona. The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria's top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games. Kayode had been linked with a move to Newcastle United. Four other City players are to spend the 2017-18 season at newly-promoted La Liga side Girona. Brazilian £10.7million midfielder Douglas Luiz, right-back Pablo Maffeo, midfielder Aleix Garcia and Colombian winger Marlos Moreno have all signed loan deals with the Spanish club. City are yet to officially announce the deal for Kayode. He scored 24 goals in 48 matches for Vienna last season, including two goals in two games against Roma
World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament

World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament

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The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday, at which point Fifa will confirm the bidders. The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid. The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) gave its backing to a Moroccan bid in July. A total of 48 teams, rather than the current 32, will compete at an expanded tournament in 2026 after changes announced by Fifa earlier this year. The decision on who will host event will be made in 2020. Fifa's rotational hosting policy mean...
Rigobert Song resumes coaching role with local Cameroon team

Rigobert Song resumes coaching role with local Cameroon team

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Former Cameroon captain, Rigobert Song, who suffered a brain aneurysm ten months ago, is preparing for his first coaching mission with the home-based national Cameroon side. The local Indomitable Lions are away to Sao Tome and Principe on Saturday in the first leg of the latest round of qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) - a tournament which is contested by footballers playing in their own domestic league. Song has called up 20 players for the two-legged tie ."Initially I had no idea about Sao Tome and Principe, but I have done my homework to know their playing style," Song told BBC Sport. "I have prepared my team to help them give their best performance and put our opponents in difficulty". Song resumed his coaching job just months after suffering the br...
Ramadan Sobhi signs new Stoke City deal

Ramadan Sobhi signs new Stoke City deal

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Stoke City's Egyptian winger, Ramadan Sobhi, has signed a new five-year contract with the English Premier League club. The 20-year-old only joined Stoke last summer from Al Ahly in his homeland but he impressed in his 19 appearances during his maiden season and has been rewarded with an improved long-term deal. "There's no doubting that Ramadan is an exciting young talent," Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website. "The first year in a new league and it's fair to say new culture is always going to be challenging for a player. "However, Ramadan has adapted to the league and country very quickly and showed that he has enormous potential. "We're delighted to have secured him on a contract until at least 2022," Scholes added. Sobhi has 16 caps f...
Senegalese club US Ouakam gets seven years ban

Senegalese club US Ouakam gets seven years ban

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The Senegalese Professional Football League (LSFP) handed a seven-year ban to US Ouakam following the crowd trouble which left eight people dead during the League Cup final against Stade de Mbour last month. The LSFP's disciplinary committee said it holds US Ouakam "exclusively responsible" for the tragedy at the Stade Demba Diop on 15 July. US Ouakam were further punished with a demotion to the lowest tier of Senegalese football at the end of their seven-year suspension. The 2011 Senegalese League Champions have also been issued with a fine of 10 million francs (CFA) with Stade de Mbour being awarded the trophy as winners. US Ouakam had been temporarily banned in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy which started moments after visitors Stade de Mbour had taken a 2-1 lead in ...
Carl Ikeme grateful for support after leukaemia

Carl Ikeme grateful for support after leukaemia

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Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has thanked fans and colleagues for their "incredible" support since he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July. The Nigeria international, 31, is undergoing chemotherapy. "The support you've shown me has been incredible," said Ikeme in a video message played at Molineux before Saturday's 1-0 win over Middlesborough. "It's really helped me get through these first few weeks and will help me get through the rest of my treatment." Wolves supporters held cards spelling Ikeme's name before kick-off, Wanderers players wore special T-shirts during their warm-up and the cover of the match programme - designed by ex-Wolves captain Jody Craddock. Several events raising funds for Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia have been staged since Ikeme's diag...
Egyptian referee attacked by Faisaly in Arab Cup

Egyptian referee attacked by Faisaly in Arab Cup

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An Egyptian referee, head-butted during the Arab Championship Final in Alexandria on Sunday, says he let the match continue because cancelling it would "not be good for Egypt." Referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din was attacked by players, officials and fans of Jordanian club Al Faisaly who lost 3-2 to Tunisia's Esperance after extra-time. Esperance's 102nd-minute winner sparked violent protests from Faisaly who immediately vented their fury on the referee, claiming the goal was offside. Despite being head-butted and elbowed as he walked off the pitch, the referee felt he was right in allowing the match to continue. "I decided not to cancel the match because it would not be good for Egypt," Ibrahim Nour El Din said after the game. "One of Al Faisaly's officials came to me and said sor...
Ahmad says Cameroon needs ‘to convince Caf’ it can host Afcon

Ahmad says Cameroon needs ‘to convince Caf’ it can host Afcon

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hmad The Confederation of African Football (Caf) president, Ahmad, says Cameroon still needs "to convince Caf of its ability to host" the 2019 Afcon. Speaking on a trip to Burkina Faso, the Caf President gave his clearest indication yet that Cameroon could be stripped of hosting rights for the newly extended event. The 2019 Nations Cup will feature 24 teams instead of 16 and president Ahmad confirmed an inspection team will visit Cameroon later this month. "Cameroon will have to work to convince Caf on its ability to host the event,"Ahmad said. "We will send the experts and we will decide at the end of their inspection mission" he added. On Friday, Cameroon government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary revealed details of the eight-day inspection visit which will begin on 20 Augu...
Liverpool send Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi on loan again

Liverpool send Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi on loan again

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Nigeria youth international Taiwo Awoniyi has been sent for a third loan spell by his English club Liverpool. This time the 19-year-old, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool, has joined Belgian club Mouscron for the season. The striker joined Liverpool on a long-term deal in August 2015 from Imperial Academy in Nigeria. He joins DR Congo's Jonathan Bolingi and Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga on loan at the club. Awoniyi, who helped his country win the Under-17 World Cup in 2013, spent last season on loan at Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. He also played at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, netting twice and then helped Nigeria win the 2015 African Under-23 Championship in Senegal. However he missed out on playing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His o...