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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...
Uganda coach terminates contract over unpaid wages

Uganda coach terminates contract over unpaid wages

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Head Coach of the Ugandan national team Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has terminated his contract over the issue of unpaid wages. His future as coach of The Cranes had been the source of much speculation all week which led to him meeting Uganda FA (Fufa) officials on Monday. The 47 year old had been in his position as Uganda coach since his appointment in May 2013. During his tenure, he famously guided The Cranes to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in 39 years when they qualified for Gabon 2017. Uganda's FA issued a statement on Saturday saying they  "will forever keep those memories with them" They thanked the coach for his services and wished him well for the future. The past year has been dogged by issues surrounding Micho's salary arrears and he had recently
Johannesburg stadium crush kills two

Johannesburg stadium crush kills two

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Two people have been killed and 17 injured in a crush at South Africa's biggest stadium, in Johannesburg football officials say. It took place during the Soweto derby between football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg. Orlando Pirates said the crush happened when people attempted to push their way through the gates into the 87,000-capacity FNB stadium. Authorities allowed the pre-season cup game to continue. Public safety official Michael Sun said on Twitter that all gates at the stadium had been opened to ensure crowd control and that the situation was later brought under control. Of the 17 injured, one is in a critical condition, the stadium managers said. Reuters said live television coverage of the match, which Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0, showed no ob...
Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr ‘rejects Barcelona’ for Rennes move

Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr ‘rejects Barcelona’ for Rennes move

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Senegal international winger Ismaila Sarr says he rejected a move to Spanish giants Barcelona to sign for French side Stade Rennes. The 19-year-old Teranga Lion has secured a four-year contract in a deal worth $20m (£15.2m) as he switched from rivals Metz. "I could have gone to Spain and join the great Barcelona, but leaving Metz to join them was too early," he said. "I saw Rennes as a club that will help me progress and reach great heights." With just six caps for his country, Sarr has already been compared to former Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, who now plays for Borussia Dortmund. However the teenager is keen to create his own legacy. "I still have to progress defensively, offensively with more flair, and be more decisive in my approach towards goal," he added. "Wi
Zamalek sack coach Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio

Zamalek sack coach Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio

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Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio has been sacked by Egyptian giants Zamalek after less than four months in charge of the side. Pressure had been mounting on Inacio after the Cairo club missed out on the semi-finals of this season's African Champions League. Their draw with Al Ahly Tripoli signalled their fate in Africa's premier club competition. Zamalek also lost to Lebanon's Al-Ahed in the Arab Championship this week.That defeat placed more pressure on 62-year-old Inacio with Zamalek's president, Mortada Mansour, summoning the Portuguese coach to a meeting. There were subsequent claims that the coach had been detained at the club and was prevented from leaving, claims which Zamalek vehemently denied.Another meeting followed, after which Zamalek announced that a financial agree...
Wilfried Zaha accuse Man Utd and Liverpool fans of racially abusing him

Wilfried Zaha accuse Man Utd and Liverpool fans of racially abusing him

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United and Liverpool fans of calling him a "black monkey" in messages on social media. The 24-year-old posted on Instagram: "If Man United and Liverpool fans feel better by calling me a black monkey in my messages .. feel free to carry on if it makes your day better." Ivory Coast international Zaha signed for Manchester United in 2013. Zaha is in Hong Kong with the club for the Premier League Asia Trophy. He posted the message following the 2-0 win over West Brom on Sunday in which Palace manager Frank de Boer said the winger had been the victim of rough treatment.  Source: BBC