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.



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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.

Zidane returns to Real Madrid's training pitch

Zidane returns for a second spell as coach with plans to rebuild the Spanish giants.

No time to waste for the Frenchman. Zinedine Zidane held his first training session with Real Madrid’s squad on Wednesday.

It follow his reappointment to manage the club on Monday, March 11.

Zidane returns for a second spell as coach with plans to rebuild the Spanish giants. The team has fallen into crisis since he left in May after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League.

Zidane also won a Liga title in 2017 among nine trophies before standing down having taken the club to the European summit.

But they have endured a miserable season in his absence, first sacking Julen Lopetegui and then Santiago Solari.

Real president Florentino Perez has again turned to Zidane, who stepped in for Rafa Benitez in 2016.

Zidane then quickly guided the team to Champions League glory, but this time he will be without the club’s all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

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LFA second division league, J-2: second win for BYC FC, Watanga and Nimba United

Three teams win they second game in the Orange-sponsored Liberia Football Association (LFA) second division league. BYC FC, Watanga FC and Nimba United were happy winners of the second day. At Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Watanga FC beat Monrovia Club Breweries (0-1). J. Konuwa was the unique scorer of the game (73e). Nimba United beat Keitrace FC (2-1) with a goal of Janeth in additional time (93e). Barrack Young Controllers could count on W.Freeman who scored two goals (55e and 86e) to beat NPA Anchors at Nancy B. DDE Stadium, sunday. FC Fassell have concided its second defeat against Small Town FC (2-1) with an early goal of Bolo (94e). Results J-2: Monrovia Club - Watanga FC 0-1 Small Town FC - FC Fassel 2-1 Jubilee FC - LISCR FC 1-2 Nimba FC - LPRC Oilers 0-0 Nimba United - Keitrace FC 2-1 NPA Anchors - BYC 0-2 1- BYC FC 6 pts 2- Watanga FC 6 3- Nimba United 6 4- LPRC Oilers 4 5- LISCR FC 3 6- Small Town 3 7- NPA Anchors 3 8- Nimba FC 2 9- Jubilee FC 1 10- MC Breweries 0 11- Keitrace FC 0 12- FC Fassel 0

Photos: Arsenal's Ozil kits young Kenyan fans he 'met' on Twitter

The retired German international hailed social media power as he celebrated being kit the two young fans with authentic jerseys and pairs of boots.

Arsenal skipper Mesut Ozil on Monday shared the story of how Twitter facilitated a ‘meeting’ with two Kenyan fans.

The retired German international hailed social media power as he celebrated being kit the two young fans with authentic jerseys and pairs of boots.

“The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. And look at Lawrence now – it’s so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy,” he wrote in a post accompanied by the two lucky beneficiaries spotting their kits and enjoying admiration by friends.

The entire episode started in early December 2018 when a Kenyan sports journalist Eric Njiru tweeted a photo of one of the boys with an Arsenal shirt with Ozil’s name and number written with a marker.

His hope was for Ozil to see the photo and to get a real shirt for the young herder. That dream materialized despite having taken months. And Ozil said he was happy to assist – off the pitch in this case.

Arsenal is one of the most loved English Premier League sides across Africa but especially in East Africa. The club has a formal sponsorship with Rwanda Tourism and President Paul Kagame is a staunch fan of the side.