CAF takes disciplinary action against referees [Sport]

8 referees and assistant referees were banned from all CAF related activities. The 8 are all from Ghana. David Laryea, an assistant referee got a life ban while the rest got a 10-year ban each.

On Sunday 5th of August 2018, the Disciplinary Board CAF held a meeting in order to decide over the cases of the referees named by media as being corrupted on CAF and Federation Matches.

The CAF Disciplinary Board made the decision in which 8 referees and assistant referees were banned from all CAF related activities. The 8 are all from Ghana. David Laryea, an assistant referee got a life ban while the rest got a 10-year ban each.

Another decision also saw 14 others provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the next meeting of the Disciplinary Board. They include referees and assistant referees from Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Benin, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Madagascar.

The first ever athlete from Ghana to compete in the skeleton event at the Winter Olympics finished in last place in the event at the Pyeongchang games in February.

Akwasi Frimpong’s last place status did nothing to dampen his spirits. He is upbeat for better performance at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. He also recently he got nominated for the Africa Exclusive Men of the Year Award 2018 for his contribution to sports development in Ghana.

Africanews touched base with him and asked him about his journey as an Olympian, and about the Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation of Ghana which he founded in 2016. Below is an full excerpt of his comments:

_It’s been an honour to be nominated for the Africa Exclusive Men of the Year Award 2018 in the category of sportsmen of the year. In 2016 i started as Africa’s first black skeleton athlete in the history of the sport. In 2017 I had the privilege to compete at the world championships in Königssee, Germany and then in 2018 when my dream became a reality, after working so hard I represented Ghana going head-first. I have learned a lot, I have accomplished a lot. Going to win Africa’s first medal in the winter olympics is going to be hard.

Gold for Africa, gold for Ghana. It’s so interesting to see that there are so many people from the continent that are interested in winter sports. I think it’s only the beginning. In terms of Ghana we have done about 4 clinics, Bobsleigh and Skeleton clinics we have done one in Europe, and we’re probably going to do another one in Europe pretty soon. The challenge is now finding funding to support these athletes. Remember they’re away from home and away from their jobs to be able to focus on this whole thing. That’s something we are still working on. About our board members we are trying to reorganize some things here and there in the next two years to see where I’d fit best because right now I am the president of the federation and still the athlete.

We hope to be able to work with the government because that has been a challenge with the government of Ghana and to be able to get things going it’s not easy. People have been reaching out, which is good but we want to be able to have a good foundation for them as well so we are working hard and we are not giving up and we hope to have a Ghana Bobsleigh team in Beijing 2022 and more than just me. The goal is to have more athletes there, and more african athletes in general._

Cameroon legend Eto'o joins Xavi and Sneijder at Qatar Sports Club

Eto’o, a four-time African footballer of the year, becomes the latest big-name arrival to join the Qatar Stars League after ex-Spain international Xavi and former Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijd

African football legend and ex-Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o has joined the 13th club of his long career when he signed for Qatar Sports Club on a free transfer, days after leaving Turkish club Konyaspor by mutual consent.

Eto’o, a four-time African footballer of the year, becomes the latest big-name arrival to join the Qatar Stars League after ex-Spain international Xavi and former Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

The 37 year old striker played with Xavi at Barcelona and Sneijder at Inter Milan, winning the Champions League with both teams.

Eto’o is Cameroon’s all-time leading goalscorer with 56 goals, and twice an African Cup of Nations winner.

Cameroon appoints Clarence Seedorf as new head coach of the Indomitable Lions

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FIFA threatens to ban Ghana over govt meddling in football

The letter was addressed to head of a Ghana government liaison team that was tasked to hold talks with FIFA to avert a ban after government suspended local football activities.

Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has warned the government of Ghana over plans to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following a corruption scandal led by an investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

In a statement issued on August 13, 2018; and signed by FIFA General-Secretary Fatma Samoura, the body said it was particularly worried about government’s undue interference in the affairs of the GFA in clear contravention to FIFA statutes.

The statement read in part, “Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on article 16 paragraph 1 of the FIFA statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12h00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect.

“The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof,” the statement added.

The letter was addressed to head of a Ghana government liaison team that was tasked to hold talks with FIFA to avert a ban after government suspended local football activities.

One June 12, 2018, an Accra High Court placed an interim injunction on the activities of the GFA following an application by the Attorney General.

A month later, another High Court in Accra ordered that members, directors and officers of the GFA be restrained from exercising their powers in relation to the body’s activities. It also appointed a state body as liquidator.

All local football activities have been grounded since June this year after the investigative piece revealed corruption on the part of match officials across the football chain.

The GFA president at the time, who was on FIFA and CAF committees, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was also involved in corrupt practices as captured on tape. he has since been suspended from football activities as a probe continues into the allegations.

AFCON U17 qualifiers: CAF disqualifies 11 overage players [Football Planet]

According to CAF, MRI tests have proved that certain players are overage and not eligible for the tournament.

Former Nigeria winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, was on Monday named Tanzania national team coach on a two-year deal. The 1994 African Cup of Nations winner was unveiled at a press conference by Tanzania Football Federation and will be in charge of the Taifa Stars alongside local assistants and trainers.

The 2019 U-17 African Cup of Nations CECAFA qualifiers got underway in Tanzania on Sunday. Only one team will advance from the qualifiers, from the CECAFA zone, to join the other continental qualifiers at the 2019 U-17 AFCON, slated for May 12-26 2019 in Tanzania.

At the same time, the Confederation of African Football has disqualified 11 overage players ahead of the start of the 2019 U-17 African Cup of Nations CECAFA qualifiers. According to CAF, MRI tests have proved that certain players are overage and not eligible for the tournament.

In this episode we spoke to Jeff Kinyanjui, a sports journalist in Nairobi Kenya. He shares his views on ‘age fraud’ that has been rampant in African youth championships. In April 2013, nine players were excluded from the African Under-17 Championship in Morocco after MRI wrist scans showed them to be over the age limit.

Still on the under 17s Cameroon were crowned champion of the tournament of the Union of Central African Football Federations, after the final played on Sunday against the republic of Congo, at the Malabo Stadium in Equatorial Guinea.

Dutch legends Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert were last week unveiled as Cameroon national team head and assistant coach respectively. The duo signed a four-year contract with the continental champions ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil next year and are tasked to win the tournament. The duo is tasked with qualifying the Indomitable Lions for the 2021 Afcon and 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Guinea's Naby Keita impresses in Liverpool debut

23 year old Naby Keita, who was signed by Jurgen Klopp in July for up to $79m, was excellent on his debut for the English club side, dominating the midfield and playing a role in Mohamed Salah’s openi

Guinea’s national football captain, Naby Keita announced himself on the English Premier League scene with a Man of the Match performance in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.

The 23 year old midfielder who was signed by Jurgen Klopp in July for up to $79m, was excellent on his debut for the English club side, dominating the midfield and playing a role in Mohamed Salah’s opening goal in the 19th minute.

Reactions to Keita’s debut

His performance earned him plaudits from manager, Jurgen Klopp, fellow players, pundits and the fans.

‘‘So Naby is in because he’s a really good footballer and I’ve said it from the beginning that he’s obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig,’‘ said Klopp after the match.

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“I knew he was an aggressive player but by taking the No 8 shirt which has been vacant since Steven Gerrard left Liverpool three years ago, Keita proved before a ball was even kicked that he does not shy away from a challenge,’‘ said former Liverpool midfielder-turned-pundit, Jamie Redknapp.

Liverpool fans have waited almost a year to see Keita in action after he was initially signed 12 months ago from RB Leipzig.

Fellow players, Mane and James Milner also heaped praise on the new signing.

‘‘He is a ball winner with great drive and fantastic ability. I have seen him get out of some ridiculous situations in training where he had no right to do it,’‘ Milner on Naby Keita.

“I’m happy for him. He played very, very well. Everybody was happy about the job he did for us,’‘ said Sadio Mane.

Introducing Naby Keita

Keita, who made his debut for the Guinea national team in July 2013, has played for European clubs RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and FC Istres before his Anfield move.

He is described as a box-to-box central midfielder, with ability to distribute the ball with range and accuracy, while also scoring goals frequently.

Keita has been compared to France’s N’Golo Kanté and Portugal legend Deco.

Liverpool's African kings Salah, Mane score in dominant win over West Ham

Egypt’s Salah, whose record goal scoring earned him the Golden Boot last season with 32 goals, opened the scoring on Sunday at Anfield, tapping in Andy Robertson’s cross.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane picked off from where they stopped last season as they scored in a dominant win over West Ham in the English club’s premier league’s opener.

Egypt’s Salah, whose record goal scoring earned him the Golden Boot last season with 32 goals, opened the scoring on Sunday at Anfield, tapping in Andy Robertson’s cross.

Salah’s goal featured an important contribution from new signing, Guinean Naby Keita, who cost 50 million pounds ($63.84m) from RB Leipzig.

Senegal’s captain, Mane who was recently handed the significant No. 10 jersey scored Liverpool’s second and third goals, in a game that would eventually end 4-0.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on.

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