Ivory Coast's Pepe is Africa's costliest player: Here are top 5 transfers

Arsenal dished out $89m to Lille making Pepe the most expensive African footballer ever. He signed a five-year contract with the London-based side.

There is a new record holder for the transfer of an African footballer anywhere in the world.



The deal includes English Premier League side, Arsenal and French Ligue 1 side, Lille – at the heart of the transfer is Ivorian international, Nicolas Pepe.



Arsenal dished out $89m to Lille making Pepe the most expensive African footballer ever. He signed a five-year contract with the London-based side.



His amount overtakes what Chinese side Beijing Guoan paid for DRC’s Cedric Bakambu from Spanish side Villareal. Reports indicate that the March 2018 transfer of Bakambu was $79m.



Most expensive African players – BBC




  • Nicolas Pepe – $89m from Lille to Arsenal

  • Cedric Bakambu – $79m from Villareal to Beijing Guoan

  • Riyad Mahrez – $72m from Leicester City to Manchester City

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – $68m from Dortmund to Arsenal

  • Naby Keita – $64m from Leipzig to Liverpool



Pepe’s records for Lille stand at 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances. He spent two seasons at Lille having transferred to the side from another French side Angers in 2017.



On his signing for Arsenal, he said: “Being here is very emotional.” He added that he had “come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”





Pepe’s potential impact for the Gunners – Analyst Adrian Clarke



Nicolas Pepe has the tools to help make Arsenal a formidable attacking force, both home and away, in 2019/20.



The skilful winger possesses a gilded left foot, but the 24-year-old’s standout quality is the incredible acceleration he generates over the first five to 10 yards.



Either from a standing start or when running onto a loose ball, the Ivory Coast international has a speedy gear change that can provide Arsenal with a fresh dimension in wide areas.



Unai Emery’s men struggled to stretch opponents on the flanks last season, lacking a natural winger that could make penetrative runs beyond defenders on a regular basis.



With his combination of speed, trickery and technique, Pepe solves that issue.



FULL ANALYSIS: WHAT PEPE WILL BRING TO ARSENAL”:

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FIFA slaps 10-year ban on ex-Tanzania football chief for 'misspending'

Malinzi also received $55,000 in prize money earned by Tanzania’s under-17 team at the African youth championship in 2017.

FIFA has banned a former soccer official for 10 years for mismanaging “a significant amount” of money from the governing body.

FIFA says former Tanzanian soccer federation president Jamal Malinzi received $528,000 over four years to repay alleged loans he made that “lack proper justification or explanation.”

Malinzi also received $55,000 in prize money earned by Tanzania’s under-17 team at the African youth championship in 2017.

FIFA says Malinzi was a member of its development committee — allocating project funds worldwide — and its fair play and social responsibility committee from 2013-17 when he was taking money.

Malinzi was also fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($503,000).

AP

Afcon Cameroon 2021: Qualifiers to begin this week [Football Planet]

The African Cup of Nations version Cameroon 2021 will see qualifiers start this Wednesday. Two games in a week with some interesting fixtures lined up. We’ll come back to it later with a focus on Beni

The African Cup of Nations version Cameroon 2021 will see qualifiers start this Wednesday. Two games in a week with some interesting fixtures lined up. We’ll come back to it later with a focus on Benin after their heroics in the last edition in Egypt.

Afcon U 23. A timid start in the competition . Only two wins in each of the two groups on the first day the success of the host country, Egypt, and the defeat of the defending champions Nigeria, surprised by Côte d’Ivoire.

And finally, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This Tuesday we will see the final of the women’s Africa Zone qualifiers. Cameroon-Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia-Kenya, the second leg of the fourth round of qualifying remains very open as Cameroon held Ivory Coast to a goalless tie in Abidjan.

The Fifa U 17 world cup too strong for Africans as all teams crash out of the round of 16.

Liverpool once again depended on their African man power to comfortably win 3-1 against title rivals Manchester City on Sunday. Salah and Mane scored for the reds.

Kenya's Keter sets new Urban Train record

The 5km road distance has only been recognized as a world record event since November 2017.

Kenya’s Robert Keter has set a new world record. Keter beat a high class field to win the Urban Trail Lille 5km on Saturday, November 9th.

“I’m very happy, very happy”, Keter said.

The athlete sprinted away from the field in the closing stages to cross the finish line in 13:22. This is seven seconds better than the previous mark.

The 5km road distance has only been recognized as a world record event since November 2017.

Although Keter is now the fastest time since then other runners had bettered the time previously.

The fastest time ever recorded for the distance was Sammy Kipketer’s 13:00 clocking in 2000.

Keter’s new record is subject to ratification.

Reuters

CAF scraps controversial $1 bn deal with French outfit

CAF said it had no choice but to cancel the deal after two court judgments went against it.

African football’s ruling body has scrapped a $1 billion television and marketing rights deal with Lagardere Sports in the wake of separate judgments that it breached competition rules, but Lagardere said it would fight to enforce the contract.

The French-based company called the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) move “unlawful, unreasonable and unjustified” and said it would defend its agreement with CAF that runs from 2017 to 2028.

It suggested that it may accept changes to the terms of the deal but that if all else fails it would seek compensation in cash.

CAF said it had no choice but to cancel the deal after two court judgments went against it.

A Cairo court ruled last November that the agreement breached “Egyptian competition rules because Lagardere was appointed as CAF’s exclusive agent for marketing and media rights for an uninterrupted 20-year period without any open tender,” CAF said in a statement on Friday.

The court fined CAF 100 million Egyptian pounds ($6.2 million).

The Competition Commission of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (CCC) had also found in 2017 that the agreement infringed competition regulations.

“Given the above developments, CAF had no choice but to terminate the agreement,” it said.

“Termination of the agreement is the legal consequence of the judgments of Egyptian courts and the recommendations and imminent decision of the CCC,” it said.

Arnaud Lagardere, managing partner at the French firm, said it would fight CAF’s move, accepting changes if necessary – or seeking cash compensation for the lost business.

“We have here a very, very strong case and we’ll do whatever it takes either to maintain the contract, deal with more changes or get a significant amount of cash,” he said in a statement to reporters on Friday.

“This is really unfair and even if I know that no one should be too candid or naïve in this business, I think we don’t deserve such a treatment.”

Lagardere Sports did not directly address the court or the CCC’s view that its agreement breached competition regulations.

Lagardere has been involved in television production of CAF events for almost two decades.

Broadcasters said planned coverage of next week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which Lagardere was responsible for, had been cancelled. Such cancellations have occurred previously, although usually for logistical reasons.

REUTERS

Congo: Les taureaux de Brazzaville win rugby championship

The first edition of the Doppel Rugby championship was played in Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. Les Taureaux de Brazzaville won the competition 15-12 ahead of Les Barbar de Pointe Noire.

The competition kicked off on high gear on Saturday November 1 as the scourging sun welcomed the players on the artificial turf.

A round robing tournament that pitted all five teams against each other.

After day one games Les Intouchables rugby club finished 5th with 4 points

Congolies Rugby club got 11 points on 4th spot, while Stade de Brazzaville finished in 3rd spot.

The top two teams Les Taureaux de Brazza and Les Barbars de Pointe Noire were positioned for the finals.

An intimidating atmosphere, Sunday night the visiting bulls from Brazzaville take a step ahead of their opponents prior to the finals.

Then came hostilities. A tight scoreline that saw three points making all the difference in the championship.

The organizers of the competition say the goal has been attained and such championships will change the story of the sports in the country.

Les Barbar de Point Noire crashed in front of Les Taureaux by 12 to 15. A window to better prepare for the second edition which will likely be coming up next year but before that, they hope to file in a handful of players to the Red Devils who will take on the Indomitable lions in their next international rugby match.