Senegalese referee who officiated at the world cup speaks out on Video Assistant Referee (VAR)

Senegalese referee Malang Diédhiou confides in Football Planet. The man who officiated the match for third place at the 2018 World Cup talks to us about his Russian experience and gives his views on

Senegalese referee Malang Diédhiou confides in Football Planet. The man who officiated the match for third place at the 2018 World Cup talks to us about his Russian experience and gives his views on the highly controversial Video Assistant Referee.



He was one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia. Senegalese referee Malang Diédhiou was more than a consolation for Africa, who failed to place a team in the second round. The man in black tells us about Russia 2018, VAR and his decision to end his career.



In the champions league, things are gradually becoming clearer for TP Mazembe, who are continuing their flawless run. With three wins in as many games, the Lumumbashi Ravens are just one win away from qualifying for the quarter-finals. In the CAF Cup, on the other hand, the suspense remains firmly in place.



There will be no U-20 African Cup of Nations for Zambia. The defending champions were dismissed by Burundi on Sunday while the Senegalese dolphins qualified. Seven of the eight who qualified for Niger 2019 are now known.

RDC : Jackson Muleka égale le record de buts du championnat

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C’est fait pour Jackson Muleka. L’attaquant de 19 ans du Tout Puissant Mazembe a égalé le record but du championnat national de football de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il a inscrit son 24ème but ce samedi 19 mai  lors du sacre de son équipe (3-0) face au Football Club Renaissance du Congo. Ce record était jusqu’ici détenu par Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele, l’attaquant de l’AS Vclub qui avait inscrit 24 buts en une seule édition du championnat national l’année dernière. Jackson Muleka est également le meilleur buteur de cette 24ème édition du championnat devant Francis Kazadi de l’AS Vclub (17 buts), Ricky Tulenge de Daring Club Motema Pembe (14 buts), Eric Kabwe de FC Lubumbashi Sport (14 buts) ainsi que David Molinga du FC Renaissance du Congo (11 buts). Tout Puissant Mazembe a été sacré officiellement champion pour la 17ème fois ce samedi 18 mai 2019. Formé à l’Ecole de Football (Ecofoot/Katumbi ), l’international Espoir congolais avait inscrit 15 buts en 31 rencontres au cours de l’édition précédente.

First African female sports journalist summit in Africa

We continue in our series of females taking the front row seats in male dominated sports disciplines and today’s segment takes us to Ghana where over 120 participants particularly female sports journa

We continue in our series of females taking the front row seats in male dominated sports disciplines and today’s segment takes us to Ghana where over 120 participants particularly female sports journalist across the continent from Ghana, DRC, Namibia, Zambia, Togo, Uganda and South Africa among others attended the first ever come together for sports female journalists.

The event pushed for greater female inclusion for African women in sports journalism with participants called upon to take their place as the founder and host of the event tells us more.

Top African sports female journalist presented their road maps, challenges on how to get to the summit while addressing key issues like harassment and professionalism.

The initiative will be an annual event hoping to in the near future accompany an array of talented professional female sports journalist from Africa to rub shoulders at the international stage and why not dominate the international scene.

Morocco, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria could host Formula One races

Morocco and South Africa have hosted world championship grands prix in the past, Casablanca in 1958 and South Africa in East London in the 1960s and Kyalami 20 times between 1967 and 1993.

Morocco, South Africa, Rwanda and Nigeria have expressed interest in hosting a Formula One race, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday.

Bratches said they are considering a return to the African continent and are having discussions on the possibility of staging a race in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh and South Africa’s Kyalami circuit.

‘‘We’ve been having very productive conversations in South Africa and to a lesser extent in Morocco about bringing a grand prix… we’re on it. It’s really important to us,’‘ Bratches said at a Sport Industry Breakfast Club event.

Morocco and South Africa have hosted world championship grands prix in the past, Casablanca in 1958 and South Africa in East London in the 1960s and Kyalami 20 times between 1967 and 1993.

“We race on five continents now and the last habitable continent that we don’t race in is Africa,” said Bratches.

‘‘It’s a marketplace in which we would like to race.’‘

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Morocco sees tourism opportunity

Bratches said there was a “high degree of interest” from Morocco in a circuit race in Marrakesh, with the authorities seeing Formula One, owned by U.S.-based Liberty Media, as an economic engine for growth and tourism.

The all-electric Formula E series already holds an annual street race there.

“The vast majority of our grands prix are underpinned by government and it’s because it works. We shine a bright light on these cities,” said Bratches.

Rwanda’s Arsenal advantage

Yath Gangakumaran, Formula One’s director of Strategy and Business Development, told reporters that Rwanda and Nigeria were also keen to be involved in fan events.

“I think Rwanda in particular have seen the benefits of the Arsenal sponsorship deal,” he said. The Premier League club has had a ‘Visit Rwanda’ logo on players’ left shirt sleeves since last year.

“There’s a lot of interest not just for races but for actuations throughout the continent.”

Next season will see two new grands prix added to the calendar, with the return of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort after a 35-year absence and the debut of Vietnam, but Mexico, Spain, Germany and Britain are out of contract at the end of 2019.

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'Rules are rules': Bolt urges Semenya to accept IAAF ruling

Former sprint star Usain Bolt urged South Africa’s Caster Semenya to accept the new rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on testosterone levels because rules are rule

Former sprint star Usain Bolt urged South Africa’s Caster Semenya to accept the new rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on testosterone levels. Bolt spoke to AFP on the sidelines of the launch of his electric scooter brand on Wednesday.

“I heard about her story without following it very closely. For me it’s just the rules. I don’t make the rules, but I enforce them,” said the eight-time Olympic champion.

He added that, in the business world you talk less and take more strategic decisions based on rules and regulations set.“When there is a regulation I never discuss it, I just bend over and move on,“he stated.

The new IAAF regulations, which have been in effect since last week, require that athletes born with a sexual development difference (SDD) to lower their testosterone levels below 5 nmol/L of blood as treatment to enable them run in the female category over distances ranging from 400 m to 1,609 m.

The 28-year-old Olympian had challenged the IAAF over its decision to restrict testosterone levels in female runners for distances between 400m and a mile.

Semenya, who has won the last 29 of her 800m races, was born with intersex traits – meaning her body produces atypically high levels of testosterone.

FIFA World Cup trophy returns to France after 24 nations tour

Matches include the Netherlands-Cameroon match in Valenciennes. France is hosting the Women’s World Cup for the first time this year.

The Women’s World Cup trophy returns to France on Tuesday. The trophy conducted a whistle-stop tour of 24 nations who will take part in the tournament.

The most coveted prize in women’s soccer went on display at a primary school in Paris.

“Today we’ve exceeded 770,000 in tickets sales which is amazing. We’re ahead of our time limit. We’re lucky to have foreign fans who are getting behind it, obviously Americans fans will come in great numbers but also lots of Dutch fans. For example, the match in Valenciennes which is already sold out and we’ve been told that there are more than 13,000 Dutch fans who will be there. We also have a strong English community who will be present ‘’, said Director of Women’s World Cup Organization Committe, Erwan Le Provost.

The trophy will visit locations including city councils, schools and stadia on its national tour which covers all host cities.

The opening match between France and South Korea have already sold out.

Matches include the Netherlands-Cameroon match in Valenciennes. France is hosting the Women’s World Cup for the first time this year.

Reuters

Photo Credit: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019