Marseille remain firm over Cameroon winger Bedimo's axing [Football Planet]

Bedimo told French newspaper L’Equipe that his dismissal was unfair and abusive. The winger said he was convinced that the club wanted to terminate his contract by all means without paying him any ben

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Gor Mahia win record 17th KPL title



There are six match days left to the conclusion of Kenya’s Sportpesa Premier League but defending champions Gor Mahia have retained their title, which a record 17th league title for K’Ogalo. We have a report on that.



Uganda qualify for AFCON U17



The Uganda Cubs beat Ethiopia 3-1 to qualify for the AFCON 2017 from the CECAFA zone. The victory means that Uganda join Angola who qualified from the South Zone, Cameroon who qualified from the Central Zone and Tanzania who’ll be hosting the tournament next year. The top four teams at the eight-team tournament will qualify for the Fifa U-17 World Cup in Peru in October next year.



CAF Champions League enters quarters



Matchday 6 and the last round of group stage matches in the CAF Champions League is this Tuesday, which will determine who advances to the quarter finals.



In Group A, Egypt’s Al Ahly SC and Tunisia’s Esperance have already qualified. Congolese giants TP Mazembe have already booked their slot in the quarters from Group B where they sit at the summit with 11 points.



Defending Champions Wydad Casablanca are through to the quarters from Group C, where 2016 champions and South African premier league champions Mamelodi sundowns risk elimination, as they welcome Guinean side Horoya who they must beat to advance.



In Group D Etoile du Sahel are guaranteed a slot in the quarters. Angolan club Primero de Agosto will be battling to secure a second spot with Mbambane Swallows of Swaziland but their hopes will be pegged on Zesco United of Zambia losing against Tunisians Etoile de Sahel.



Olympique de Marseille remain firm over Henri Bedimo axing



Cameroonian international Henri Bedimo is was dismissed by French Club de Olympique Marseille on Thursday over serious misconduct. Marseille accuse him of having built a sports academy in his hometown Douala in partnership with his former club, Montpellier while still under contract. Bedimo said he will take legal action on the club, but the club remained firm and confident on whatever course the case takes. We spoke to Murum Divine, a Cameroonian sports journalist.



2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship



Over 40 Freestylers from over 20 countries around the continent will be heading to Lagos, Nigeria this September for the maiden edition of the 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship, an event that aims to promote and develop freestyle football. We have a detailed report in this episode with all you need to know about that.



Egypt: First cerebral palsy football team



It’s often said disability is not inability and football is a game to be enjoyed by all. A group of soccer players have set up the first team in Egypt for people with cerebral palsy, with the hopes of reaching international competitive stages.Cerebral palsy football is officially present in more than 60 countries around the world. Ignatius Annor and Armelle Nga prepared a report for us.



Palestinian FA boss slapped with FIFA ban



Away from the continent, the head of the Palestinian Football Association was banned from all soccer-related activity for a year by FIFA on Friday on charges of inciting hatred and violence before a friendly planned between Israel and Argentina Jibril Rajoub had protested urged Palestinians to burn shirts bearing the name of Lionel Messi if Argentina’s star went ahead and played in Jerusalem.



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Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet after 9 years

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Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet last Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The 1-1 draw went into extra time and it became evident that penalty kicks would settle the deadlock. Bomi County has clinched the trophee after beating Margibi County 4-3 in post-match penalty kicks after regular time 1-1. The 90 minutes plus the extra 30 minutes of play had all the beauty of the game. Both goalkeepers were excellent and kept their team in the game. “It was simply a matter of Bomi winning the match,” said a native of Bomi County. “The 4-3 victory was part of Bomi’s plan, and now let’s see if someone can decide to draw attention to the Blue Lake.” In recent County Meets, Bomi has had difficulties in winning the crown and came to the limelight after beating River Gee 5-2 in 2009. Bomi walked away with LD 500,000 as cash prize, while Margibi took home half of the winner’s price. In the Kickball grand final, Grand Bassa edged Margibi County 2-0 home run, while Nimba County beat Lofa County 7-6 in penalties to win the inaugural edition of the women football in the County Meet. Grand Finals results Football Margibi 3 - Bomi 4 Kickball Margibi 0 - Grand Bassa 1

Serena Williams makes strong start in Australian Open

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide and the American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

Serena Williams made a strong comeback in her quest for a record-equallying 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne Australia on Tuesday.

The tennis legend won 6-0 6-2 victory over German Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open.

The seven-times Australian Open champion was pregnant when she won the last of her 23 grand slam titles at Melbourne Park.

Playing her first Grand Slam since her rant against the umpire at last year’s U.S. Open final, the 37-year old lost only 24 points against Maria.

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide. The American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

Reuters

A second African Golden Ball for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseyn

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf.

In this weeks’s program, the Egyptian striker was named African Player of the Year for the second time in a row. The reward for a breathtaking season. We spoke about this with a former winner, the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf.

It was a smashing start at the Champions League group stage for Wydad, winning 5-2 against Asec Mimosas. Defending champions Tunis Esperance were held in check in Guinea. Find all the results in this program.

And then hero of South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup. Phil Masinga, African champion in 1996, died on Sunday. Sad news for African football.

Egypt launches preps for AFCON 2019

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

The Egyptian sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday launched preparations for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations.

The continent’s largest sporting event will take place from June 15 to July 13.

“Organizing the CAN in three to four months is a great sign of confidence from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and my colleagues at CAF. Egypt has got sixteen votes against one, which shows great confidence in the country, Egypt and our economy, “ said President of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Rida.

Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouli will chair a committee made up of ministers to facilitate work of the federation.

Officials say the opening ceremony and first match will take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International stadium.

The stadium was renovated before the North African nation hosted the 2006 edition of the tournament.

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

Egypt can boast of a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria as well as a road network linking the main cities.

AFP

Uganda's lacrosse players target youth to grow the sport

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport .

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport and improve upon their performances at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.

In a sunny afternoon in Jinja, Uganda, Andrew Mamawi is getting his players in gear.

Mamawi played for the Ugandan lacrosse team at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018. Uganda is the first African country to field a team at the sport’s penultimate event.

“It showed me a lot of things that sports can do. After playing for a while in Kampala, I came back to the community that raised me, so what I didn’t have, what I didn’t get as a child is what I wanted to give back to the community,” said Lacrosse Coach and player, Andrew Mamawi.

The sport was first introduced in the East African nation in 2012 by an American representative of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Secretary of Uganda Lacrosse Association, Donald Atuhire said Uganda is at the forefront, while the rest of Africa is just waiting them to expand

“It’s a very challenging sport, it’s fast and requires a lot of skill holding all that equipment, there is a helmet, gloves, a stick, a ball that is very heavy, it needs so much skill in handling it, so we expect if the kids take it up professionally, they could easily get a payment for it,” he added.

Funds to pay players, buy equipment, manage leagues, organize competitions, facilitate travel, and eventually offer college scholarships are raised through the California-based Uganda Lacrosse Foundation or the Uganda Lacrosse Association both formed to help support the country’s niche community of players and fans.

The Cranes Uganda’s national team – hope to play in the Olympics one day. They may just have enough time to launch that offensive, given that the FIL sees 2028 as the year lacrosse will return to the Summer Games.