AFCON 2017 qualifiers: nervy moments as Cote d'Ivoire book their ticket

Cote d'Ivoire players celebrating a goal Copyright -StarAfrica
AFCON 2015 champions Cote d'Ivoire will defend their title after they ensured their qualification to the 2017 Orange Africa Cup Of Nations finals.

Salomon kalou and his teammates booked their qualification ticket after a 1-1 draw to Sierra Leone at home. jonathan Kodjia broke the deadlock for the hosts with a beautiful acrobatic finish in the 37th minute.

But a goal from Kei Kamara midway through the second half raised the tension as another goal will see the Elephants out of the tournament next year.

Nevertheless, the hosts managed to hold on to the result thanks to their more experienced players and made sure they have a chance to defend their title.

PSG : Le Tribunal Arbitral du Sport admet son appel sur le fair-play financier

Deux semaines après son élimination de la Ligue des Champions, le PSG a reçu une bonne nouvelle sur son avenir à moyen terme dans la compétition. Il a remporté son appel auprès du Tribunal Arbitrale du Sport quant à la réouverture de l’enquête le concernant au sujet du fair-play financier par l’Instance de Contrôle de Financier des Clubs de l’UEFA. L’institution suisse a ainsi annulé la décision et indiqué « la décision rendue le 13 juin 2018 par la Chambre d’instruction de l’ICFC de l'UEFA, par laquelle l'enquête sur la conformité du Paris Saint-Germain au règlement du fair-play financier de l'UEFA a été clôturée, est donc définitive. » Il avait été alors jugé que les comptes du PSG étaient en conformité avec les règles avec du FPF sur les trois saisons allant de 2014 à 2017.

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CAF Competions produce quarter finalists

African Champions League last day of play in the group stages produces some spectacular statistics with current holders Esperance and TP Mazembe making the cross over. Quarter finalist of both African

African Champions League last day of play in the group stages produces some spectacular statistics with current holders Esperance and TP Mazembe making the cross over.

Raja of Casablanca crashes out of the group stage as six other North African teams book places in the last 8 of the Confederations cup.

Spanish football is on the move to increase it’s fan base in Africa, the competition’s managing director has been canvassing potential ties on the continent.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Piere Aubameyang all in the top five goal scoring chat in the English top flight.

Aubameyang 'visits' Wakanda with Black Panther mask in Arsenal win

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Gabonese international and Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in hot form Thursday night as the English premier league side qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League competition.

Despite his two goals helping the Gunners to a three – nil victory over French side Stade Rennes, it was Aubameyang’s celebration that has attracted reactions on social media.

He pulled on a Black Panther mask after his second goal and Arsenal’s third. The strike sealed qualification in a tense game.

Supporters at the Emirates Stadium were on tenterhooks after Arsenal lost the first leg 3 – 1 in France. The hosts got off to a quick start as Aubameyang opened the scoring on the fifth minute mark.

Maitland-Niles doubled the lead on the 15 minute mark before Aubameyang sealed the deal with a 71st minute goal. Then he donned the Black Panther mask to celebrate with the fans and team mates.

The club’s Twitter handle titled a photo of mask-wearing Aubameyang and team mate Sead Kolasinac ‘WAKANDA FOREVER’ – in reference to the refrain used by people in Wakanda, the imaginary country where the marvel film Black Panther was staged.

CAF president issued U.S. visa amid denial reports

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Ahmad Ahmad was finally granted a United States visa after reports of him being denied gained currency.

The BBC reported on Thursday that a CAF spokesperson had confirmed that Ahmad was denied a visa to attend a FIFA council meeting.

“I confirm the information. The (CAF) president will be in Cairo,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying. But on late Thursday, a photo of Ahmad’s visa was released – reportedly by CAF.

The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and June 12 expiration date.

Ahmad serves as vice-president of the FIFA council set to meet today in Miami. The top brass of World Football are expected to be in attendance.

FIFA, Qatar to discuss expanding 2022 World Cup

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

FIFA is keen on seeing the World Cup extended from 32 teams to 48 in the next edition.

It’s a feasible change, according to a study conducted by the technical teams of the football governing body.

But there’s a condition. Qatar will have to accept the idea to co-organise the event with at least one of its neighbours.

The number of matches will increase from 64 to 80, which would be intense for a single country to bear.

According to media reports, Oman and Kuwait could be chosen to host some of the games of the expanded tournament.

A FIFA delegation will meet in Miami, United States on Friday with officials from the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

The organizing committee of Qatar declined to comment on the feasibility study. But its spokesman confirmed Qatar’s presence at the Miami meeting.

According to officials, an increase in the number of teams at the next World Cup could generate additional revenues of between 300 and 400 million dollars, including 120 million in television rights.

Reuters