CAF boss says he is making progress in fight against corruption [Sport]

Ahmad refused to comment on Kwesi Nyantakyi and Salisu Yusuf cases but insisted his office has made huge progress in recent months towards fighting graft.

On Sunday 29, July CAF President Ahmad was in Mauritius attending the Cosafa Under-17 final which was won by Angola, who beat South Africa 1-0 to claim their first ever regional title



President Ahmad said that his office is making strides in its fight against corruption in football.



Recall that in June, former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from the posts he held with Fifa and Caf after he was filmed apparently receiving $65,000 in cash from an undercover reporter.



Then again recently Nigeria’s Football Federation confirmed it is investigating an allegation of bribery against coach Salisu Yusuf, after a similar expose by the controversial journalist Anas Anas from Ghana.



Ahmad refused to comment on those individual cases but said Caf has made huge progress in recent months towards fighting graft.



Cameroon: Doubts cast over AFCON 2019 hosting



At the same time Cameroon’s ability to stage AFCON 2019 has been under scrutiny with concerns over their preparations for the tournament.



Ahmad was asked for his comments on that but he refused to answer questions on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, saying only that it would be discussed at Caf’s extraordinary congress in September to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.



Remember that earlier this year CAF sent in an inspection team to assess preparations after CAF president Ahmad Ahmad repeatedly cast doubt over Cameroon’s credentials to stage the expanded tournament.



The inspectors apparently insisted on another visit in the coming months but a CAF official said at the time that hosting was now “not in question” but sources indicate that a damning inspection report has been submitted.



Nigeria or Morocco are being said to be lined up as potential replacement hosts for the tournament that for the first time will involve 24 teams.



Pierluigi Collina steps down as UEFA refereeing boss



Away from the continent, UEFA’s refereeing boss has quit after eight years, citing personal reasons.



The Italian is also head of FIFA’s refereeing committee, where he has been a firm supporter of the VAR) system which was used at the World Cup for the first time this year. UEFA, on the other hand, has decided not to use VAR during this season’s Champions League.



There was no suggestion, however, that UEFA’s refusal to use VAR was behind Collina’s decision step down from his role.



A major highlight of his career was at the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany. But let’s now listen to his comments about the use of VAR in football.



Mexican Aguirre appointed new Egypt coach



Earlier this week there were rumours that Thierry Henry was heading to Egypt, to be Egypt’s new head coach. But now it’s official that Former Mexico and Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre will be in charge of the Pharaohs.



Aguirre will lead the country during their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign after Hector Cuper vacated his position in June after the Russia 2018 World Cup.



The 59-year-old is no stranger to World Cups, having guided his native Mexico to two tournaments in 2002 and 2010, while he also spent time in charge of Asian powerhouse Japan



Syria: first league football match in 7 years

After a 7 year armed conflict rendered Syria utterly hostile to football, the sport has returned to Bashar al-Assad’s country, which is slowly recovering from armed insurgency.

Football has returned to Syria for first time in seven years. The first official Syrian League football match in the northern city of Hassakeh is the first match in the war-ravaged region in 7 years due to the security situation.

The Islamic state group controlled a greater part of the province, cutting off most of the city’s access roads until an offensive by forces of the US-led international coalition forced it to recede.

According to Al-jazeera Football Club President, Abdel Nasser Kirko,security has revived football in the region.

“After 7 years of absence from Hassaké‘s sports, the city has become safe again, thanks to the efforts of the Syrian army. And this security allows us to bring teams into the fields because the roads are safe again. The city is stable, and it brings sportsmanship back to Hassakéh governorate.”

Football fans were delighted to make a return to the stadium despite losing friends to the nearly six-year war.

Al-jazeera football club fan, Ahmad, said, “It’s a historic game for the club, and we hope to win this game, and get back to the top level. We want to play outside the region, but also in the heart of Hassaké security has returned thankfully.”

Football action in Syria stalled since the conflict erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests, where more than 310,000 people have been killed and millions have fled their homes.

CAN 2019 Qualifiers : Adebayor refuses to play

Emmanuel Adebayor courts controversy again. The captain of the Hawks of Togo refused to play a game against Gambia during a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Lome due to the poor nature of the p

Emmanuel Adebayor ceases not to court controversy. The captain of the Hawks of Togo refused to play a game against Gambia during a 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

A decision based on the poor condition of the pitch at the Lomé municipal stadium where the match was played.

There will be a lot to talk about the 2019 CAN qualifiers where some matches were played on match days three and four last weekend.

All the results to come later. We will also take stock of games on match day four played on Sunday which continues on Tuesday October 16.

The first teams to book their ticket for Cameroon 2019 will be known at the end of match day four.

Also you can find a report on the involvement of young South Sudanese students in the search for peace in the country through football.

Ex Ivorian footballer Bonaventure Kalou elected mayor

Bonaventure, 40, is elder brother of Solomon Kalou. He featured in the 2006 World Cup in Germany playing two matches and scoring once.

Former Ivorian international Bonaventure Kalou has been elected mayor of Vavoua, a city located in central part of the country.

The former Paris Saint Germain, PSG, Auxerre and Feyenoord player was elected during last Saturday’s municipal elections, he run as an independent candidate.

“I have a feeling of pride and I have an emotional thought for my father, (who died in 2016) who would have liked to be mayor of this area, I’m following in his footsteps,” he said after his victory was confirmed.

Mayor Kalou will be leading a city of over half a million inhabitants. The last census in the area put the population at 400,000 (2014). Vavoua is located in the center of the main cocoa region of Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer.

It is however saddled with poverty, the roads are muddy and strewn with garbage cans, and many of its inhabitants live without running water or electricity.

“There is a sense of pride and also relief at having been elected against an electoral apparatus,” Kalou told the media.

“This fight was also for other footballers. It is often thought that footballers are good only to hit the ball, we confine them in a role. I wanted to get out of this scheme. You can be a footballer and do politics or become an intellectual,” he added.

Kalou reached fifty caps with the Elephants before retiring from international assignment. He won the Coupe de France twice during his time at PSG and Auxerre. He also won the Dutch championship with Feyenoord.

Bonaventure, 40, is elder brother of Solomon Kalou. He featured in the 2006 World Cup in Germany playing two matches and scoring once. He is the latest ex player to join politics.

Liberia’s president George Weah in 2018 won the presidency after three attempts. He contested and became a senator after losing his second bid. He succeeded Africa’s first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Kenya's former sports minister, 5 others accused of corruption

An investigation had laid the blame on Hassan Wario, the sports minister at the time, and five other former senior officials. They will be charged with 10 counts of abuse of office and failure to comp

Kenya’s former sports minister will be charged in court in relation to the siphoning of funds meant for athletes who competed in the Olympics in Brazil two years ago, the chief prosecutor said on Saturday (October 13).

The East African nation enjoyed its most successful Olympics in Rio, winning six gold medals, six silvers and one bronze, all in track and field, but the performance was blighted by claims of corruption among senior government officials and team bosses.

An investigation had laid the blame on Hassan Wario, the sports minister at the time, and five other former senior officials. They will be charged with 10 counts of abuse of office and failure to comply with the law, said Noordin Haji, the chief prosecutor.

Wario, who was appointed Kenya’s ambassador to Austria this year, was not immediately available for comment. The other five ex-officials, including Kipchoge Keino, who headed the national Olympics committee, were also not immediately available.

“The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sportsmen and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” Haji said in a statement.

Wario and others will be charged in relation to the loss of a total of more than 55 million shillings ($545,905), Haji said.

Dozens of senior government officials and business people are facing various charges related to corruption, part of a fresh attempt by President Uhuru Kenyatta since May to crack down on widespread graft.

Critics have accused Kenyatta of failing to deal with corruption during his first term which ended last year, despite promises to do so when he was first elected in 2013.

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Video: Salah scores straight from corner as Egypt beat eSwatini

Coach Hany Ramzy said of Salah’s injury: « Primary diagnosis confirm it’s just a strain and no tear is apparent, but the player will need to undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury and the

Egyptian International Mohammed Salah was on target for his country in their Cup of Nations qualifier against eSwatini on Friday evening.

The Liverpool player scored a stunner after he struck a corner kick which went past all the players in the box, past the goalkeeper into the net.

It was the Pharoah’s fourth goal on the night even though eSwatini later got a consolation. It was Salah’s first goal after a mini drought.

Egypt’s earlier goals were scored by Ahmed ElMohamedy, sixth minute; Amr Wada on 11th minute mark and Mahmoud Trezeguet on half-hour mark. Salah’s goal came on stroke of half time.

There was bad news to come as he limped off the pitch with minutes to the end of the game, reports indicate that he had a muscle strain but the extent of damage had yet to be known.

Speaking on his injury, coach Hany Ramzy said: “Primary diagnosis confirm it’s just a strain and no tear is apparent, but the player will need to undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury and the time to heal.”

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