Bleary-eyed delegates trooped into the African Union’s imposing hall in Addis Ababa on Thursday to begin the process of possibly changing the leadership of African football.
There was little sleep for many overnight ahead of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Union’s Congress as delegates held meetings into the early hours canvassing for candidates.
The Congress is being held in the Ethiopia capital in the African Union’s Nelson Mandela Building but its 9am start was delayed by the late arrival of the host country’s president. Read more
Antonio Conte has admitted he’s hoping to match Jose Mourinho’s trophy haul at Stamford Bridge ahead of today’s FA Cup meeting.
The Italian boss is on course to win the Premier League this season and he will hope to knock the former Blues manager out at the quarter-final stage of the world-famous cup competition and win the double.
However, he has some way to go to match Mourinho’s seven major trophies during his two spells as Chelsea manager. Read more
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday [March 4 2017].
The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video. Read more
The president of the Djibouti Football Association, Souleiman Hassan Waberi, says he intends to vote for Ahmad Ahmad in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidential election.
Waberi’s stance goes against the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) whose members, at an extraordinary meeting on 4 February in Gabon, agreed to give current President Issa Hayatou their support.
The Caf presidential elections will take place on 16 March in Ethiopia. Read more
Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead in the ninth minute after Firmino latched onto a cross by Mane before the Brazilian calmly slotted the ball past Petr Cech.
Mane then doubled the lead on 40 minutes after firing the ball low into the net. Read more
Former Warriors coach, Callisto Pasuwa has returned the Zifa official vehicle but is now demanding the almost $100 000 he is owed.
It turns out Wicknell Chivayo did not pay Pasuwa for nine months. Zifa reportedly owe Pasuwa nine months unpaid salary ($63 000), a signing on fee ($15 000) and an Afcon qualification bonus ($20 000). Pasuwa also used his own money on fuel and the coach expects a refund on this.
His manager, Gibson Mahachi, said they were waiting to hear from Zifa, but allayed fears of a standoff between the two parties. Read more
Firstly, he offered a ringside seat to boxing legend Manny Pacquaio and now the ambitious promoter of Charles Manyuchi’s big night in Singapore is courting one of Asia’s richest men for a grand show that could be a game-changer in the Zimbabwean boxer’s quest for greatness.
Alexander Shah, the Singaporean businessman who is staging Manyuchi’s super fight when the Zimbabwean defends his World Boxing Council welterweight silver title against Uzbekistan’s Quadratillo Abduqarox, an undefeated boxer whose handlers believe is on the path to superstardom, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the mega bout on March 25 lives up to expectations. Read more
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season, saying he needs to “rest”. The 46-year-old, in his third season in charge of Barca, was speaking after their 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
In his previous two seasons with the club, e won the Champions League as part of the treble in his first year and led them to a domestic double last season.
“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has promised to deliver more trophies at Manchester United after his match-winning display in the EFL Cup at Wembley.
Ibrahimovic headed his second goal of a thrilling EFL Cup final in the 87th minute to break Southampton’s hearts and give United a 3-2 win.
Asked if it is the start of something special for the club, the 35-year-old Swedish star said: ‘I came – that is special.’ Ibrahimovic has now scored 26 goals for United in a remarkable first season in English football, and he promised to deliver even more success to United.
‘This is what I came for,’ he added. ‘I came to win and I am winning. I just have to keep going, but the more I win the more satisfied I get. ‘You appreciate it more the older you get. In the beginning it is more like fun, you don’t realise what a trophy means. Read more
Mario Gotze, the striker who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World cup has been ruled out of football indefinitely as he’s been diagnosed of ‘metabolic disorders’, a condition that has made his performance the last two years worrisome for his last two clubs- Bayern, Dortmund and his country, Germany.
Since 2011, Gotze has missed a total of 39 games due to 10 different muscle injuries. He ‘s been criticized by sports analysts for his general fitness and weight issues as he has struggled to build on his career since he gained world wide recognition after his world cup goal..
After failing to find a place for himself at Bayern Munich, the midfielder returned to Dortmund last summer, and has been a bench warmer this season. Read more