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Fifa insists Isha Johansen is still SLFA president

Fifa insists Isha Johansen is still SLFA president

African Sports
Fifa has overturned a decision by Sierra Leone's Football Association (SLFA) to set aside Isha Johansen from her role as president, ruling it 'invalid'. Last month, the SLFA Executive Committee ruled that both Johansen and her general secretary, Chris Kamara, should be removed during a trial brought by the country's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). "We deem that the dismissals are invalid and the SLFA President and General Secretary remain in their function," stated Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura. The ACC may take issue with the decision since its rules state that public officials indicted with corruption charges must be suspended until their case reaches a conclusion. Johansen and Kamara made their first appearance in a Freetown High Court on 30 October, when both d...
Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

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Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offenses committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Gabon fielded an ineligible player - Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended - in the 3-0 home defeat by Ivory Coast on 2 September. The Panthers effectively escape with a fine as the main sanction for the error is to forfeit the match 3-0. Several teams suffered similar sanctions in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has been fined just over US$30,000 and issued with a warning after fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on 1 September. DR Congo were also given a warning and also handed a major fine, forced to pay Fifa around US$20,000, for incidents during their match against Tunis...
Emmanuel Eboue Transfer ‘On Hold’ After ‘Abnormal Blood Values’ Found in Medical

Emmanuel Eboue Transfer ‘On Hold’ After ‘Abnormal Blood Values’ Found in Medical

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Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has had his transfer to Cypriot side Turk Ocagi Limasol put "on hold" after his medical revealed "abnormal blood values." According to Goal's Chris Wheatley, Tekin Birinci—who acted as an intermediary in the deal taking the free agent to Cyprus—confirmed Eboue is now being medically evaluated in England and denied speculation in the Turkish media that the 34-year-old has been diagnosed with HIV: "Emmanuel Eboue signed for a club and, as a normal procedure, we took him for a medical to check him out. "They found abnormal blood values so they didn't issue the licence and we took the decision to send him to England to have medical check-ups there. "It's wrong to say at this point he has HIV. Turkish news reports are wrong. I made it [Eboue’s si
South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

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South African football chiefs have agreed a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie against Senegal should be replayed "on ethical and moral grounds". World governing body Fifa ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match. The South African Football Association (Safa) had been considering an appeal but now says it agrees with Fifa. However it said it would appeal should the referee's ban be overturned. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the original tie last year. On Tuesday Safa said it "has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it". It later added: "We have however, noted that the official at the centre of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts ...
World Cup: South Africa consider replay appeal

World Cup: South Africa consider replay appeal

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South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home last November but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life. Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing. "We're grappling for answers and asking Fifa for them before we decide whether to take the matter forward," said South African FA lawyer Norman Arendse. Arendse, who chairs the legal committee of the South African Football Association (Safa), says his organisation has never been advised by football's world governing body how the match was fixed. "Safa cannot accept (the game was manipulated) because we have got absolutely no details of the all...
No Ghanaian referee for U17 India World Cup

No Ghanaian referee for U17 India World Cup

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There will be no Ghanaian referee for the upcoming 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India in October this year. No Ghanaian referee was name after FIFA, announced the list of officials and their assistants from all the six confederations. For FIFA, it is essential to ensure that the best match officials from all around the world are selected for FIFA competitions. For some of the selected match officials, India 2017 will be another important step in their preparations for FIFA’s flagship competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. At the same time, this competition in India will give other ambitious FIFA referees the opportunity to show their quality while taking another step forward in their career. In all, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 tri
2026 World Cup Morocco confirms it will bid

2026 World Cup Morocco confirms it will bid

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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...
Collins Quarner of Huddersfield to play for Ghana

Collins Quarner of Huddersfield to play for Ghana

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The Ghana Football Association is working on the FIFA nationality switch of Huddersfield Town striker Collins Quarner. Quarner, who stands at 6’3ft could be set for the Black Stars upcoming World Cup qualifiers. German-born striker Collin Quaner, has declared his readiness to play for Ghana despite playing for Germany’s U-20. The former FC Union Berlin man has been officially contacted by Ghana’s technical handlers and is in the process of facilitating his nationality switch to feature for the Black Stars. Quarner, who helped Huddersfield Town to secure promotion into the English topflight, was born in Düsseldorf Gerresheim, Germany, where his parents still live. But the powerful 26-year-old forward, despite having featured for Germany at the Youth level, has a
Ouakam suspended by Senegal FA after tragedy

Ouakam suspended by Senegal FA after tragedy

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US Ouakam have been suspended by Senegal's Football Federation (FSF) following a stampede which resulted in the deaths of eight fans. Nearly 100 other spectators were injured as Ouakam fans clashed with those of rivals Stade de Mbour during Saturday's League Cup final. "US Ouakam are temporarily suspended," the FSF said in a statement. The FSF's disciplinary committee will decide on sanctions against Ouakam shortly, it added. The AFP news agency said multiple witnesses reported seeing the team's fans throw stones and other objects at the Mbour supporters. This came moments after the visiting side had taken a 2-1 lead in extra-time of the final. A wall at the Demba Diop stadium in the capital Dakar collapsed following the fighting between fans. Police responded with tea...
Sudanese clubs disqualified from African competition after Fifa ban

Sudanese clubs disqualified from African competition after Fifa ban

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Football's world governing body Fifa has banned Sudan because of government interference in the sport. A warning was issued last month after the government installed a new FA President. The suspension means that Sudan's three clubs in continental tournaments have been disqualified by the Confederations of African Football. Al Hilal and Al Merreikh have been barred from the Champions League and Al Hilal Obeid from the Confederation Cup. It means that Friday's two Champions League final Group A matches featuring Hilal and Merreikh will not now go ahead. Al Merreikh had been due to face Etoile du Sahel in Tunisia this evening, with a chance of making it to the knock out stages while the already eliminated Al Hilal were supposed to be hosting Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique....