La sanction est tombée pour Amine Harit. Le directeur sportif de Schalke 04, Jochen Schneider, a déclaré que le club allemand allait infliger une sanction financière à l'international marocain, qui avait été pris le 20 mars dernier en flagrant délit de violation du couvre-feu imposé par les autorités de Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie en raison de la propagation du coronavirus. Surpris dans un bar à chicha à une heure avancée de la nuit en compagnie d'une dizaine de personnes, l'ancien Nantais en sera donc de sa poche. La formation de Bundesliga a précisé que le montant de l'amende ira à une association locale, préparant des repas pour les sans-abris.
End of the season on mainland with the list getting longer. The Gambia and Rwanda quit after more than two months. Meanwhile, Burundi has resumed and Tanzania is expected to follow soon.
The African transfer market is under threat over COVID-19 and fears of a financial crisis. The stoppage of competitions is a hard blow for clubs, footballers and player representatives. We speak to a players’ agent, Adama Ndiaye.
And will the 2022 Worlc Cup in Qatar be as attractive as hoped? Qatari authorities are trying to reassure the world. They’ve promised an affordable World Cup, despite the high cost of living in the emirate.
Our Wahany Johnson Sambou has the details of these and more on this week’s edition of Football Planet.
Caf release funds to respective clubs
Good news to the clubs featuring this season in African interclub. CAF decided to pay the quotas earlier than expected. A great relief to the teams facing uncertainty linked to the Covid-19.
CAF will soon meet to discuss precisely on the possibility of a continuation of the season.
Senegalese league to resume in November
Senegal is determined to continue the already suspend league to the end of the season. The Federation has scheduled a return to competition in November after a unanimous decision.
Ajax crowned player of the year
The Moroccan striker has been named the Ajax player of the season for the third consecutive year. A nice farewell gift before joining Chelsea this summer.
Despite the ongoing conflict in Libya, golf enthusiasts in the country have tried to revive the neglected sport.
At the Juliana Golf Course of Benghazi, local tournaments are held on a wasteland, covered with wild grass and stagnant water ponds.
Despite its poor condition, this course is considered one of the oldest in the African continent.
The nine-hole course, which was established by British individuals in the late 1940s, is one of only three golf courses in the country.
But the field suffered negligence when dictator Muammar Gaddafi seized power in 1969, and stopped the support for golf, which had been a very popular sport at the time.
Despite those cutbacks, the love for golf still exists and some Libyans have returned to practice after a decades-long absence.
Abdelhalim Al-Hwiti was a professional golfer before he became a coach and represented Libya in several world championships, from 1983 to 2015.
He believes that the younger generation has good potential, but the lack of equipment and negligence for this sport makes it difficult for them to achieve their aspirations.
The head of the Libyan Golf Federation in the eastern region, Mabrouk Mohamed, said that, among the biggest problems faced by the federation, are the lack of resources and support from the state.
Mohamed revealed that, although the country is considered rich because of its oil production, the Libyan governments and the Ministry of Sports show no interest in golf.
Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Libya, like many other countries, has suspended sport activities, such as golf, to limit the spread of the outbreak.
As the race to the Ivorian Football Federation presidency heats up, the association’s former president has stepped up to try and ease tensions
In a special message, Jacques Anouma the former head of the federal body FIF drew everyone’s attention to the need for peaceful elections.
He reminded people that sport in general and football in particular rests on the noble value of fair play.
And In Guinea, the Pro League season comes to an end. A decision that could have an impact on the African campaign of Horoya AC, which is due to play in the semi-final of the CAF Cup of Nations. The team’s coach, Lamine Ndiaye, gave more details.
Al Ahly’s players will not take pay cuts in the next four months despite the suspension of all competitions on the back of the coronavirus spread, the Egyptian giants announced on Tuesday.
A number of Egyptian Premier League clubs have slashed their players’ wages, including Arab Contractors and Ittihad of Alexandria amid calls for an initiative to mitigate the pandemic impact on the sports landscape.
Ahly’s board believes the Cairo club can shoulder the pressure at least on the short term.
“The board reviewed the club’s resources in light of the current suspension and the club’s large monthly commitments and decided the following: Pay the entire salaries of employees and workers at the club so they can fulfill their needs and commitments in these hard circumstances, especially with the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan.”
“Pay the entire wages of players and all staff members in all sports for the next four months starting from 1 April to 1 July,” reads a statement on Ahly’s website.
Ahly’s board will assess the situation again after this period.
Ahly are one of the wealthiest clubs in Egypt. Their budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year was over 126 million dollars with over 20 dollars budget surplus.
The Reds inked in 2018 a record sponsorship deal worth of 32 million dollars with Presentation for four years. They have also signed a 25 million dollar broadcasting deal, the biggest among Egyptian clubs, that runs from 2018 to 2012.
Football in Egypt has been suspended since mid-march, with several measures taken by the government, including a night-time curfew, to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The Egyptian Football Association said their top priority is to resume the season, yet they are open to all scenarios.
Egypt has recorded a total of 3,490 infections including 264 fatalities until Tuesday .