FIFA introduces stricter punishment for racist behaviour

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On Thursday, the international governing body of football (FIFA) has updated their disciplinary code regarding racist and discriminatory behaviours.

In fact, FIFA has expanded the scope of what is considered discriminatory behaviour to anything related to "race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political opinion, wealth, birth or any other status or any other reason".

World soccer's governing body has doubled its minimum ban for racist and discriminatory incidents to ten games.

In addition, it has announced that players are allowed to make victim statements and participate in the proceeding. This updated FIFA law will take effect on Monday.

These changes are made due to several incidents last season in domestic and international football.

For instance, Inter Milan were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after their supporters racially insulted Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly.

A statement on FIFA’s official website reads as follows:

"The scope, definition and content of our anti-racism and anti-discrimination vision have been fully aligned with the highest international standards,  including the prosecution of any discrimination on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political opinion, wealth, birth or any other status or any other reason;

"As a general rule, a match is automatically forfeited if the referee decides to abandon it after having applied the three-step procedure for discriminatory incidents;

"For reoffenders involved in racist or discriminatory incidents or if the circumstances of the case require it, the disciplinary measures now include the implementation of a prevention plan to foster education on diversity and fight discrimination in football.

"Also, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee may permit the victim to make a statement, allowing the latter to participate in the proceedings. F I F A will not let down victims of racist abuse."

Tanzanian striker announces Mamelodi Sundowns move

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Mamelodi Sundowns FC have reportedly signed Tanzanian striker Habib Kyombo who was on a trial with the club back in 2018. The news of officially being a Sundowns player has been confirmed by Kyombo on his social media and the club are yet to announce the signing. Kyombo’s impressive campaign at Singida United in Tanzania’s Premier League earned him the contract with Sundowns. On his official Instagram account, Kyombo wrote: “First of all I would like to thank God for everything. “I would like the the amazing fans of Singida United, players, technical bench and staff for being with the whole season you were truly the best for me…thank you so much. “But also I would like to thank my management @shadakasports for handling the deal from where I was to where I am now. “I’ve officially started a new chapter of my football journey with my new club Mamelodi Sundowns and I pray to God to lead me to the right path until I reach my goals InshaAllah.” The signing of Kyombo is the second recruit of Sundowns ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 season after announcing the signing of the Uruguayan striker Mauricio Affonso.
 
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Awali ya yote napenda kumshukuru Mwenyezi Mungu kwa yote, Niwashukuru pia mashabiki, wachezaji, benchi la Ufundi pamoja na uongozi wa Singida United kwa kuwa nami katika kipindi kizima cha msimu uliopita, hakika mlikuwa bora sana kwangu ...nawashukuru sana! Lakini pia nawashukuru sana wasimamizi wangu @shadakasports kwa kuhakikisha kila kitu kinakwenda sawa kwangu mimi kutokea nilipokuwa hadi hapa nilipofikia. Nimeanza rasmi ukurasa mpya wa safari yangu ya soka katika klabu yangu mpya ya Mamelodi Sundowns, namuomba mwenyezi Mungu aniongoze vyema niweze kufikia malengo InshaAllah. 🙏🏾 #Sundowns #ForeverYellow First of all I would like to thank God for everything, I would like the the Amazing fansof Singida United, players, Technical Bench and Staffs for being with the whole Season you were truly the best for me.. Thank you so Much But also I would like to thank my management @shadakasports for handling the deal from where i was to where i am now I've officially started a new chapter of my football journey with my new club Mamelodi Sundowns and i pray to God to lead me to the right path until i reach my goals InshaAllah. 🙏🏾 #Sundowns #ForeverYellow

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Africa Cup of Nations Final: Senegal vs Algeria probable lineups

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The final tie of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between Senegal and Algeria kicks off at 21:00 CET at the Cairo International Stadium. Senegal’s Lions of Teranga will be playing their first AFCON final game since 2002, while Algeria’s Fennecs are in their third AFCON final and their first since 1990. During their paths towards the final, Algeria did not register a single loss neither in the group stage nor in the knockout phase while Senegal were beaten 0-1 only once at the tournament at the hands of Algeria in the group ties. The Lions of Teranga have reached the finals on the back of Tunisia 1-0 whereas the Fennecs have become finalists after clinching a thrilling 2-1 win over Nigeria. Senegal possible starting lineup: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Sane, Sabaly; Ndiaye, Saivet; Diatta, Gueye, Mane; Niang Algeria possible starting lineup: M'bolhi; Atal, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Guedioura, Mahrez, Feghouli, Bennacer; Belaili, Bounedjah

2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification draw

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is coming to an end with the grand final between Algeria and Senegal,19 July, thus, attention will be shifted to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification draw was released in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday. 48 teams will be participating in the 2021 AFCON qualification. Those teams will be divided into 12 groups of four and each to teams topping their groups will be playing at the tournament in Cameroon. Full 2021 AFCON Qualification draw: Preliminary round:
  • Liberia v Chad
  • South Sudan v Seychelles
  • Mauritius v Sao Tome e Principe
  • Djibouti v Gambia
Groups:
  • Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia/ Chad
  • Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan/Seychelles
  • Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius/Sao Tome
  • Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti v Gambia
  • Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, CAR, Burundi
  • Group F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda
  • Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros
  • Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
  • Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini
  • Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea
  • Group K: Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia
  • Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho

What Algeria’s Belmadi and Senegal’s Cisse said before the anticipated final

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Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final tie between the Desert Fennecs and the Lions of Teranga, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse have revealed their thoughts on the anticipated game. At the pre-match press conference, Aliou Cisse praised his players for reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final and claimed that he believes his side can lift the trophy, for the first time in their history. "Our philosophy is to have every game at a time. The defeat to Algeria in the group stage made us come back stronger. Our players are very good and we will be ready. There's no big difference between both teams," said Cisse. "We are not under pressure, but we wake up every day happy that we are here and that we are lucky to work with passion. We represent our country, our supporters and our flag. That is a very big motive for us. We always play to win." the coach added. Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi, on the other hand, declared that his side is one hundred percent ready for the game and that underestimating Senegal, regarding defeating them in a group stage tie, is a great mistake. "We are preparing in the best conditions and we are playing this match just to win. The group stage game is totally different; this is a decisive match. Both teams are on another psychological level, "we are playing against the best African ranked team, and they played in the previous World Cup, so we can lose, they are the favorites." said Belmadi. He concluded :"We are not tired, but 100% ready." The final between Algeria and Senegal kicks off at 21:00 CET at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Grand Final: Senegal and Algeria live the African dream

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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) is coming to an end with the final tie between the two finalists: Algeria Fennecs and Senegal Lions of Teranga. The Fennecs will take on the Lions of Teranga today,19 July 2019, at the Cairo International Stadium (21 :00 CET). In fact, the two sides were among favourites to lift the trophy, way before the beginning of the tournament. Expecting Senegal and Algeria to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final was reinforced by the overwhelming campaigns of both teams at the competition. Indeed, during their paths towards the final, Algeria did not register a single loss neither in the group stage nor the knockout phase while Senegal were beaten 0-1 only once at the tournament at the hands of Algeria in the group ties. The Lions of Teranga have reached the finals on the back of Tunisia 1-0 whereas the Fennecs have become finalists after clinching a thrilling 2-1 win over Nigeria. The two finalists have met each other on eight occasions before where Senegal have just two wins. Their last tie before the tournament, back in 2017, ended in a 2-2 draw.