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Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

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Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The Championship club say Ikeme, 31, returned "abnormal blood tests" during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis. Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers. Thirty-three of those came last season, having previously been in the team that won the League One title in 2013-14. "It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl's diagnosis," said Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple. "That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within ...
Malawi football stadium stampede kills eight

Malawi football stadium stampede kills eight

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Eight people - including seven children - have died in a stampede ahead of a football match in Malawi, police say. Dozens more were injured in the crush at Lilongwe's Bingu national stadium. The stampede happened as thousands of people rushed for seats ahead of a friendly between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers. Despite the deaths, the match did go ahead in a packed stadium, although President Peter Mutharika did not attend as planned. He offered his condolences and said the government would do all it could to assist the families of the bereaved. He said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy. The BBC's Frank Kandu in Malawi said gates at the 40,000-capacity stadium were supposed to open at 06:30 local time (04:30GMT) to allow free entry of people - but th...
Steven Pienaar joins Bidwest Wits in the South Africa

Steven Pienaar joins Bidwest Wits in the South Africa

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Former South Africa captain Steven Pienaar has returned home to play for Premier Soccer League champions Bidwest Wits. The 35-year-old former Everton man joins on a one-year deal after his contract with English premiership club Sunderland ended last month. Steven Pienaar has spent the last 16 years of his life playing in Europe, with spells at clubs in the Netherlands, Germany and England. He can now look forward to playing in next year's African Champions League. Pienaar's message on social media was " I am officially a Clever Boy" referring to the nickname of his new club which used to be the Wits University team.
South African footballer Ntuthuko Radebe dies in a car crash

South African footballer Ntuthuko Radebe dies in a car crash

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KAS Eupen have confirmed that South African defender Ntuthuko Radebe has passed away following a car accident, aged 23. The defender had been playing at the Belgian club for the past five years, making a total of 43 appearances, although he had plans to move to the PSL in the near future. KAS Eupen confirmed the news on their official website [translated]: KAS Eupen received a terrible news from South Africa in the late afternoon service. Ntuthuko Radebe, who has played for KAS Eupen for five years and also last season, has died in his home country with a car accident at the age of only 23 years. This message has shaken the entire community of KAS Eupen and has been deeply saddened. As a graduate of the Aspire Academy Ntuthuko Radebe came with the first group of
Liverpool completes Mohamed Salah move

Liverpool completes Mohamed Salah move

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Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp. At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player. Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "He has the perfect mix of experience and potential - this is a really exciting signing for us. "I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player. "His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this

McCarthy takes over as Cape Town head coach

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Former South African striker Benni McCarthy has been appointed the new head coach of Premier Soccer League club, Cape Town City. South Africa's record goal-scorer with 32 goals signed a three-year deal to replace Eric Tinkler who joined SuperSport United last week. "It's my first job and Cape Town City is gambling on me," the 39-year-old said at his unveiling on Tuesday. "I know what I have to do to achieve and succeed and hopefully I'll prove that my appointment is a good one. " I've set targets for myself and the club. Cape Town City finishing third in the league last season was incredible but I hope that the players want to go a step better. "In my role as a coach, I have stolen a little bit from all coaches I've worked with. "But, in the end, I still want to be my...
Super Eagles refuse to blame SA footballs for defeat

Super Eagles refuse to blame SA footballs for defeat

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The fall-out from Nigeria's dramatic defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday looks set to continue after one player branded the absence of official match balls a "national disgrace". Bafana Bafana won 2-0 in Uyo to record their first victory over the Super Eagles in a competitive match. But the game was overshadowed by the use of footballs borrowed from the South African camp. The Super Eagles turned up at the ground without balls approved by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) because the entire consignment of 250 sent to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is still stuck at a port awaiting clearance. Nigerian players had been training with footballs from their kit sponsors and only got a feel of the 2017 Caf balls during the pre-...
Italy knock Zambia out of Under-20 World Cup

Italy knock Zambia out of Under-20 World Cup

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Zambia's hopes of becoming only the second African nation to win the Under-20 World Cup are over after a 3-2 defeat to Italy on Monday. A thrilling quarter-final tie in Suwon, South Korea, was settled in extra-time by a goal from Luca Vido. The Zambians paid dearly for giving the Italian play-maker the freedom of the Zambian penalty area in the second period of extra-time. The Zambians will also be kicking themselves for failing to take advantage of playing against 10 men following the expulsion of Giuseppe Pezzella just before half-time. Pezzella received a straight red card for a professional foul on goal-bound Edward Chilufya. Although the referee awarded Zambia a penalty before reversing his decision after consulting the video assistant referee, he still sent Pezzella ...
Zambia U20 coach hails team’s ‘fighting spirit’

Zambia U20 coach hails team’s ‘fighting spirit’

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Zambia U20 coach Beston Chambeshi has hailed the fighting spirit of his team ahead of their quarter-final clash with Italy at the Fifa U20 World Cup. Despite being African champions, the Junior Chipolopolo entered the tournament with huge question marks hanging over their title aspirations. But after sealing a place in the last eight with a dramatic 4-3 extra time win over Germany on Wednesday, Chambeshi was full of praise for his team. He credited the players' fighting spirit for their triumph over the Germans which set up Monday's quarter-final showdown against Italy. "It's amazing and I'm happy to see this team go this far. I'm proud of my team and my technical staff," said the Zambia U20 coach. "The most important thing is that we have character in the team, we have pl...
Zambia the first team qualify for U-20 second round

Zambia the first team qualify for U-20 second round

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Zambia produced a remarkable second half performance to beat Iran 4-2 at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in South Korea on Wednesday. The African champions fought back from 2-0 down to win this Group C encounter played in the city of Jeju and book their place in the second round. Second half goals from Fashion Sakala, Enock Mwepu, Emmanuel Banda and Patson Daka sealed an extraordinary win for the Zambians.