CAF Clears Iwobi To Play Against Lesotho

Alex Iwobi

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cleared Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, to play in Nigeria’s game against Lesotho.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this in a tweet on Tuesday, hours before the African Cup of Nations qualifier set to be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos today.

 

 

This comes after an earlier announcement that Iwobi had tested negative for COVID-19.

The management of the Super Eagles team had questioned Iwobi’s COVID-19 positive test result that forced the Everton star to miss Nigeria’s African cup of Nations qualifier against the Benin republic last week, Saturday.

The test result also meant that Iwobi, who immediately left the camp and went into isolation, may not feature in the team’s game against Lesotho.

However, the NFF, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, announced that further tests carried out on the player returned negative.

Chad Disqualified From Africa Cup Of Nations

Map of Chad

 

Chad were disqualified from 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Monday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in a statement. 

The move by the Cairo-based organisation follows the unexplained dissolution of the Chadian national football federation by the Sports Ministry in the Central African country.

Chad were already bottom of qualifying Group A.

Namibia and Mali, who were scheduled to play Chad this week in the last two matchdays ahead of the tournament in Cameroon next January, were awarded 3-0 victories.

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Mali have already secured a place at the 24-nation finals while Guinea are two points ahead of Namibia in the contest for the other place.

Guinea host Mali in Conakry on Wednesday and a victory will ensure a top-two finish while any other result would keep alive Namibia’s hopes.

The suspension of Chad will not affect the 2022 World Cup qualifying in Africa as they have already been eliminated.

 

Africa Cup of Nations

Group A

Playing Wednesday

Conakry: Guinea v Mali (1600 GMT)

Sunday

Windhoek: Namibia v Guinea (1300 GMT)

Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)

Mali       5 4 1 0 10  3 13 – qualify

Guinea     4 2 2 0  6  3  8

Namibia    5 2 0 3  6  6  6

Chad       6 0 1 5  2 12  1

Note: Group winners and runners-up qualify for finals

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CAF President Released In France Without Charge

FILES) In this file photo taken on April 22, 2018, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad talks during an interview at his office in Cairo. PHOTO: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

 

The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, was released without charge in France on Friday, a day after being arrested for questioning, the Marseille public prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said Ahmad was arrested in Paris on Thursday and questioned as part of a probe into corruption, breach of trust and forgery.

Ahmad was in Paris for the FIFA Congress ahead of the start of the Women’s World Cup. His confederation’s marquee event, the African Cup of Nations, kicks off in Egypt on June 21.

The French investigation concerns CAF’s breach, shortly after its signature in December 2017, of a contract with Puma to supply equipment and clothes to 580 volunteers at the 2018 African Nations Championship, an event for national teams made up of African players with clubs on the continent.

CAF allegedly tore up the contract in favour of a better offer from a smallFrench-based company which supplies Adidas gear, according to documents seen by AFP.

That company is based in La Seyne-sur-Mer, on the Mediterranean coast east of Marseille, a source close to the case said.

Puma “asked for compensation of $100,000, but CAF did not pay,” Amr Fahmy, a former CAF Secretary General, who is already involved in a separate investigation of Ahmad, told AFP.

In a statement on Thursday, FIFA said that it had “taken note of the alleged events concerning Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, who is being questioned by the French authorities in relation to allegations related to his mandate while President of CAF.”

World football’s governing body said it had asked: “the French authorities for any information” that might be of interest to its Ethics Commission.

Ahmad is already the subject of an investigation by the commission, opened after Fahmy submitted a dossier in March alledging “mismanagement”. Ahmad has denied the accusations.

FIFA’s statement on the arrest concluded: “FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will be at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football.”

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Real Madrid Start Construction Of Football Academy In Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike receiving a jersey from Ambassador of Real Madrid, Ricardo Gallego during the Press Conference to flag off the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt on Monday, May 28.

 

Officials of Real Madrid Football Club and Confederation of African Football (CAF) has performed the foundation laying ceremony for the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.

The Academy was one of the initiatives of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

The foundation laying ceremony which was held on Monday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt had in attendance President of Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Mr Amaju Pinnick; President of International Sports Press Association, Gianni Merlo.

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Others present include President, International Sports Press Association Africa, Mitchell Obi; International Sports Writers, Ex-internationals and top officials of  Real Madrid Football Club.

President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad while laying the foundation said the Academy is not only for Port Harcourt or Nigeria, but for the entire Africa continent. He noted that the Real Madrid Football Academy will promote international football best practices in the continent as well as raise future stars.

Rivers State Governor in his address said that the academy will help in building a new crop of International stars across the country.

“When we initiated this project, people doubted it, making different cynical comments. However, today, this project has come to fruition. It will be a solid foundation for our children.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Ambassador of Real Madrid, Ricardo Gallego and President, International Sports Press Association, Gianni Merlo during the Press Conference to unveil the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt on Monday at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

 

“We are proud to be associated with the best club in the world. Therefore, we will groom the best set of footballers,” he said.

Governor Wike said that the project will be completed in seven months and inaugurated for use by members of the public.

Children to be admitted into the school will be between aged of eight to 16years.

In his remarks, President of International Sports Press Association, Gianni Merlo said Real Madrid as the best club in the world will develop a new set of stars from the Academy in Rivers State.

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinick said that with the Real Madrid Football Academy, Nigeria will ensure the emergence of another generation that will keep the nation’s flag flying in the international football circle.

Other officials of Real Madrid who graced the occasion include: Inigo Arenillas, Manager, Real Madrid Foundation, Africa/Middle East and Oscar Diaz, Real Madrid Fund-Raising Officer.

President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad; President of International Sports Press Association, Gianni Merlo; Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye and President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinick during the Foundation Laying Ceremony for Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Africa To Get More Space In FIFA Competitions – Pinnick

pinnickPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, says plans are ongoing to get more space for African teams in FIFA competitions.

The newly elected executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed that the number of teams in CAF competitions would also be increased.

On the development of football in Nigeria, he gave assurance that Nigerian referees would be given their pride of place in the comity of nations during his tenure.

Mr Pinnick made the remarks when he visited the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba, the state’s capital.

He thanked Governor Okowa for his support in the development of human resources in the state, south-south Nigeria.

“l am in the state to say a big thank you to you and the people of the state for your encouragement and support for my election,” the NFF President said.

Governor Okowa, on his part assured Pinnick that his administration remains committed to the development of human resources and sports infrastructure in Nigeria.

He congratulated the NFF President on his election into the CAF Executive Committee, and his appointment into the FIFA Organising Committee.

“We give glory to God for your success in your election. I believe that when God has blessed a process to be, no one can stop it. I want to urge you to continue to look up to God and stay committed to your duty as you move on.

“We as a state look forward to greater things that will come your way but be rest assured that we will continually give the best of our support. We are confident in your ability and understanding of the game of football and we believe that you will perform very well.

“Always look up to God and stay committed as you move up in sports administration. We pray that God will guide you to remain focused in carrying out your new functions; when you progress, Delta State is progressing,” he said.

Pinnick’s CAF Victory A Big Success For Nigeria – Dalung

Pinnick's CAF Victory A Big Success For Nigeria - DalungThe Federal Government has congratulated the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on his success at the just concluded Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee elections held on Thursday in Addis Ababa.

Pinnick defeated the incumbent Benin Republic’s Moucharafou Anjorin by 32 votes to 17 to emerge the third Nigerian to serve on the executive seat of CAF.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, in a statement expressed delight that a Nigerian has joined the inner caucus of CAF after many years.

A Big Achievement

“When I became Minister, I asked why there was no Nigerian representative in the Executive Committee of CAF. With a population of over 170 million people, there was no way the CAF Executive Committee will be constituted without Nigerians as stakeholders.

“I encouraged the Federation to try and ensure that they are represented hence our support for the President of the NFF. This is a big achievement for Nigeria and our re-entry into African football politics,” Dalung said.

The Federal Government also congratulated Mr Ahmad Ahmad, following his election as the CAF President, but maintained it support for regional interest.

“Nigeria’s position remains in favour of our national interest but the will of the people has prevailed and we congratulate them all,” the statement said.

Mr Dalung advised the newly elected board to be magnanimous in victory and run an all-inclusive government.

Super Falcons Arrive Cameroun Ahead Of African Women Championship

Super Falcons Arrive Cameroun Ahead Of African Women ChampionshipSuper Falcons have arrived in Cameroon, ahead of the African Women’s Cup Of Nations, which kicks off on November 19, and runs till December 3, 2016.

The games will mark the 12th edition of the biennial international football championship, organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for women’s national teams of Africa.

The 21-member team which has been camping in Abuja since October 11, concluded their preparations with a 2-2 draw with Abess Academy on Monday.

The Super Falcons are expected to be lodged at the Parlementarian Hotel, Buea alongside opening match opponents, Mali.

The defending champions will begin their title defense against Mali on November 20, at the Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe.

Coach Florence Omagbemi has expressed confidence that her team will return home with the trophy.

CAF Clears Guinea To Host International Matches

CAFThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cleared Guinea to host international matches again for the first time in 17 months, after being declared free of Ebola.

On Monday January 4, 2016, CAF lifted a ban that was imposed in August 2014.

With the recent development, all three playing nations, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, that were previously denied hosting home matches, can now play on home soil.

Guinea was declared free of Ebola transmission on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation.

The announcement came 42 days after the last person confirmed with Ebola tested negative for a second time. The country then entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, the U.N. World Health Organization said.

The world’s worst outbreak of the disease began in Gueckedou, eastern Guinea, in December 2013 before spreading to Liberia, Sierra Leone and seven other countries. In all, more than 11,300 people died.

Okechukwu Named U-23 AFCON MVP

OkechukwuThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Nigeria’s Under-23 team skipper, Azubuike Okechukwu, as the player of the tournament at the recently concluded Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal (AFCON).

The Yeni Malatyaspor midfielder was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) by CAF’s Technical Study Group (TSG) after the tournament.

The 18-year-old played in all but one of Nigeria’s matches, missing the semifinal clash with hosts, Senegal, owing to accumulated cards in the group stages.

Warri Wolves forward, Oghenekaro Etebo, emerged the top scorer of the competition with five goals, while Algeria goalkeeper, Abdelkadir Salhi, was adjudged the best goalkeeper at the tournament.

Nigeria’s Under-23 team on Saturday defeated Algeria in the final of the Under-23 Africa Nations Championship to become African Champions for the first time.

 

Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou Arrives In Zurich

HayatouThe President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou arrived at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Thursday, after having assumed the office of FIFA President on an interim basis on October 8.

Fifa.com reports that he was welcomed by Acting Secretary General, Markus Kattner, and addressed the organisation’s staff before spending the rest of the day in the office.

“It’s certainly an unprecedented situation for FIFA,” said Hayatou. “But we remain focused on the necessary reform process, the Presidential election and on supporting the current investigations.

“To restore public trust is a crucial objective. It is essential that FIFA carries on its mission of developing the game and staging international tournaments.”

Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner discussed the main administrational matters with Hayatou and provided an overview of FIFA’s activities over the next few months.

“Operationally, FIFA is working well, as it should, and the best example is the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is about to kick-off in Chile”, said Kattner.

“On top of that, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers are taking place and over one million spectators attended matches this week in Asia. Our football development activities across the globe continue apace and our preparations for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 are also progressing well.”

Acting President Issa Hayatou will remain in Zurich until next week, when he will lead the Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at the Home of FIFA.

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Nominee List

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Norminee ListTwo Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF on Sunday.

The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.

England-based players Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Mame Diouf from Senegal, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Gabon skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the list.

Meanwhile, no Nigerian player plying their trade in the domestic league made the shortlist of 24 players shortlisted for the African player of the year based in Africa.

Hayatou Serves As Acting FIFA President

Hayatou Serves As Acting FIFA PresidentCAF President, Issa Hayatou, has been named the new acting President of the world football’s governing body, FIFA.

The Cameroonian’s elevation is sequel to the suspension of long-term President Sepp Blatter on Thursday.

The incumbent President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1988 is now the first African to lead the football’s foremost body.

As mandated by article 32 (6) of the FIFA statutes, Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA’S executive committee, will serve as acting president of FIFA.

Following the suspension of Jerome Valcke, all operational business matters will continue to be overseen by the acting Secretary-General, Markus Kattner.

Blatter had been provisionally suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethics committee.

Similarly, UEFA President, Michel Platini, who heads the European football governing body and FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, were also banned for 90 days.