Marseille remain firm over Cameroon winger Bedimo's axing [Football Planet]

Bedimo told French newspaper L’Equipe that his dismissal was unfair and abusive. The winger said he was convinced that the club wanted to terminate his contract by all means without paying him any ben

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Gor Mahia win record 17th KPL title



There are six match days left to the conclusion of Kenya’s Sportpesa Premier League but defending champions Gor Mahia have retained their title, which a record 17th league title for K’Ogalo. We have a report on that.



Uganda qualify for AFCON U17



The Uganda Cubs beat Ethiopia 3-1 to qualify for the AFCON 2017 from the CECAFA zone. The victory means that Uganda join Angola who qualified from the South Zone, Cameroon who qualified from the Central Zone and Tanzania who’ll be hosting the tournament next year. The top four teams at the eight-team tournament will qualify for the Fifa U-17 World Cup in Peru in October next year.



CAF Champions League enters quarters



Matchday 6 and the last round of group stage matches in the CAF Champions League is this Tuesday, which will determine who advances to the quarter finals.



In Group A, Egypt’s Al Ahly SC and Tunisia’s Esperance have already qualified. Congolese giants TP Mazembe have already booked their slot in the quarters from Group B where they sit at the summit with 11 points.



Defending Champions Wydad Casablanca are through to the quarters from Group C, where 2016 champions and South African premier league champions Mamelodi sundowns risk elimination, as they welcome Guinean side Horoya who they must beat to advance.



In Group D Etoile du Sahel are guaranteed a slot in the quarters. Angolan club Primero de Agosto will be battling to secure a second spot with Mbambane Swallows of Swaziland but their hopes will be pegged on Zesco United of Zambia losing against Tunisians Etoile de Sahel.



Olympique de Marseille remain firm over Henri Bedimo axing



Cameroonian international Henri Bedimo is was dismissed by French Club de Olympique Marseille on Thursday over serious misconduct. Marseille accuse him of having built a sports academy in his hometown Douala in partnership with his former club, Montpellier while still under contract. Bedimo said he will take legal action on the club, but the club remained firm and confident on whatever course the case takes. We spoke to Murum Divine, a Cameroonian sports journalist.



2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship



Over 40 Freestylers from over 20 countries around the continent will be heading to Lagos, Nigeria this September for the maiden edition of the 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship, an event that aims to promote and develop freestyle football. We have a detailed report in this episode with all you need to know about that.



Egypt: First cerebral palsy football team



It’s often said disability is not inability and football is a game to be enjoyed by all. A group of soccer players have set up the first team in Egypt for people with cerebral palsy, with the hopes of reaching international competitive stages.Cerebral palsy football is officially present in more than 60 countries around the world. Ignatius Annor and Armelle Nga prepared a report for us.



Palestinian FA boss slapped with FIFA ban



Away from the continent, the head of the Palestinian Football Association was banned from all soccer-related activity for a year by FIFA on Friday on charges of inciting hatred and violence before a friendly planned between Israel and Argentina Jibril Rajoub had protested urged Palestinians to burn shirts bearing the name of Lionel Messi if Argentina’s star went ahead and played in Jerusalem.



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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.

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.

Reuters

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.

Reuters