CAF boss says he is making progress in fight against corruption [Sport]

Ahmad refused to comment on Kwesi Nyantakyi and Salisu Yusuf cases but insisted his office has made huge progress in recent months towards fighting graft.

On Sunday 29, July CAF President Ahmad was in Mauritius attending the Cosafa Under-17 final which was won by Angola, who beat South Africa 1-0 to claim their first ever regional title



President Ahmad said that his office is making strides in its fight against corruption in football.



Recall that in June, former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from the posts he held with Fifa and Caf after he was filmed apparently receiving $65,000 in cash from an undercover reporter.



Then again recently Nigeria’s Football Federation confirmed it is investigating an allegation of bribery against coach Salisu Yusuf, after a similar expose by the controversial journalist Anas Anas from Ghana.



Ahmad refused to comment on those individual cases but said Caf has made huge progress in recent months towards fighting graft.



Cameroon: Doubts cast over AFCON 2019 hosting



At the same time Cameroon’s ability to stage AFCON 2019 has been under scrutiny with concerns over their preparations for the tournament.



Ahmad was asked for his comments on that but he refused to answer questions on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, saying only that it would be discussed at Caf’s extraordinary congress in September to be held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.



Remember that earlier this year CAF sent in an inspection team to assess preparations after CAF president Ahmad Ahmad repeatedly cast doubt over Cameroon’s credentials to stage the expanded tournament.



The inspectors apparently insisted on another visit in the coming months but a CAF official said at the time that hosting was now “not in question” but sources indicate that a damning inspection report has been submitted.



Nigeria or Morocco are being said to be lined up as potential replacement hosts for the tournament that for the first time will involve 24 teams.



Pierluigi Collina steps down as UEFA refereeing boss



Away from the continent, UEFA’s refereeing boss has quit after eight years, citing personal reasons.



The Italian is also head of FIFA’s refereeing committee, where he has been a firm supporter of the VAR) system which was used at the World Cup for the first time this year. UEFA, on the other hand, has decided not to use VAR during this season’s Champions League.



There was no suggestion, however, that UEFA’s refusal to use VAR was behind Collina’s decision step down from his role.



A major highlight of his career was at the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany. But let’s now listen to his comments about the use of VAR in football.



Mexican Aguirre appointed new Egypt coach



Earlier this week there were rumours that Thierry Henry was heading to Egypt, to be Egypt’s new head coach. But now it’s official that Former Mexico and Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre will be in charge of the Pharaohs.



Aguirre will lead the country during their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign after Hector Cuper vacated his position in June after the Russia 2018 World Cup.



The 59-year-old is no stranger to World Cups, having guided his native Mexico to two tournaments in 2002 and 2010, while he also spent time in charge of Asian powerhouse Japan



Sports court delays verdict on Semenya's case against IAAF

South African 800-metres double Olympic champion Semenya is seeking to overturn a new set of IAAF regulations that are aimed at lowering the testosterone levels of hyperandrogenic athletes.

Five days before it was to deliver a verdict on the case between South Africa’s star athlete Caster Semenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday it would postpone its decision until the end of April.

South African 800-metres double Olympic champion Semenya is seeking to overturn a new set of IAAF regulations that are aimed at lowering the testosterone levels of hyperandrogenic athletes.

The IAAF contend that Semenya and other female athletes that are classed as having differences in sexual development (DSDs) gain an unfair advantage due to their higher testosterone levels, but only in races between 400 and 1,000-metres.

READ MORE: How the case between Semenya and IAAF unfolded

Under its new rules, athletes classed as having DSDs must reduce their blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of six months before they can compete. They must then maintain it below that level continuously.

A wide coalition has rallied behind Semenya’s cause, including the government in her native South Africa and rights activists worldwide.

Some scientific experts have argued that barring Semenya from competition due to naturally high testosterone levels would be like excluding basketball players because they are too tall.

CAS explains delay

CAS have called the hearing “one of the most pivotal CAS cases” that could have a wide reaching consequence not just for the future of athletics, but sport in general.

The body had been expected to announce its decision on March 26, six months prior to the World Championships in Doha.

It said on Thursday that since the Feb. 18-22 hearing, the parties have filed additional submissions and materials. No specific date for the decision has been set.

IAAF reacts to delay

The IAAF said that, given the delay, it would alter the six-month rule for the world championships in Qatar in September and introduce a “special transitional period” so that affected athletes could still compete.

“The IAAF has decided that the delay should not prejudice the affected athletes,” it said in a statement.

It added that, assuming its new regulations were upheld, affected athletes who comply with the new limit from one week after the final CAS decision until the start of the world championships in September would be allowed to take part.

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Italian giants AS Roma launch pidgin English Twitter account

It is the first official account that targets a strictly African audience with the club stating in a March 20 statement that « it will help serve the audience on a daily basis in a style that suits the

AS Roma, the Italian football giants, continue their cozy engagement with its African audience especially Nigerians with the launch of a Twitter account operated with pidgin English.

It is the first official account that targets a strictly African audience with the club stating in a March 20 statement that “it will help serve the audience on a daily basis in a style that suits them.”

The club has since the run up to the 2018 World Cup developed a relationship with Nigerians through the national football team – the Super Eagles. Their Twitter account has also celebrated football clubs across the world with a special focus on African clubs.

“The new account – which is being run out of Lagos and can be followed at @ASRomaPidgin – was set up after fans in Nigeria contacted the club to request an account to cater specifically for Naija (Nigeria) Twitter.

“Roma’s popularity amongst Nigerian football fans has been growing ever since the club featured Lagos radio personality Mark Otabor’s epic commentary of Roma’s comeback against Barcelona on the club’s English Twitter account and then ‘adopted’ Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the World Cup,” an official statement read.

“After Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup and we chose to support the Super Eagles, followers in Nigeria have been asking for a Pidgin English Roma account,” Roma’s Head of Strategy, Paul Rogers said.

With the launch of the new Pidgin English account, the Rome-based team now interacts in 13 different languages with fans on social media.

Other official accounts are operated in their native Italian, English, Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Bosnian, Turkish, Dutch, Farsi and Chinese.

Much of African support for European football is concentrated in the English Premier League – between Manchester, Liverpool and Arsenal. In Spain, support is predominantly between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Milans – AC and Inter plus Juventus are also widely followed. AS Roma has in the last year made inroads with the management style of its English Twitter handle.

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.