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FIFA Awards Media Rights To African Companies

FIFA Awards Media Rights To African Companies

Ahead of the 2017-2018 football calendar, soccer ruling body, FIFA, has granted media rights to five broadcasting companies in sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement of the successful media followed an “open tender process for 42 territories” to that effect. The rights guarantees coverage of  FIFA events during  2017-2018, which include FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017; FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017; FIFA Confederations Cup 2017; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018;

Nigeria Ranked 50th in Latest FIFA List

Nigeria Ranked 50th In Latest FIFA List

The Super Eagles moved one place up to 50th spot in the latest FIFA monthly ranking. According to FIFA’s website on Thursday, the Nigerian side reached 619 points in December and gained one step on the list. Despite failing to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in Gabon, Nigeria is seventh in Africa, behind Senegal, Cote d’Iviore, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and DR Congo.

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Why FIFA Council Votes In Favour Of 48-teams

Fifa has voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, with the changes set to be introduced at the 2026 tournament after being approved at a Fifa Council meeting in Zurich. The Fifa council confirmed on Tuesday morning that it had unanimously voted in favour of the new format, which will involve 16 groups of three teams that see the top two qualify for a knockout round of 32.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez  Crowned African Footballer Of  The Year

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been named African Footballer of the Year for his part in the club’s stunning Premier League title triumph last season. Mahrez was chosen ahead of 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane in a poll of African national team coaches. The result was announced at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday night.

John Obi Mikel

Mikel’s Goodbye Letter To Chelsea Fans

To my Chelsea family, After ten years, 374 appearances and eleven trophies, it is time to say goodbye. Where do I begin? I joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old kid from the Norwegian Premier League, making my debut in the Community Shield. I say goodbye as a champion of England, a champion of Europe, and proud captain of my national team. To play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, is every professional


CAF Releases African Player Final Shorlist

Gabonese midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria Winger Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese Winger Sadio Mané have made the final top three for the 2014 African Player of the Year.   The trio made the cut following votes from Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, Media Committee, Technical & Football committee and a panel of Media Experts. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Islam Slimani of Algeria failed to make the final list.  

Joao Havelange

Former FIFA President Dies

Joao Havelange, former FIFA president has died in his hometown of  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the age of 100. The centenarian served as FIFA president from 1974-1998. According to a statement from the Samaritano Hospital, Havelange, who was suffering from a respiratory infection, died early Tuesday morning. In 2009, Havelange backed Rio’s Olympic bid to the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen by inviting members to vote to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday’”

Islam El Shehaby and Ehud Vaks

Rio 2016: Egyptian Judoka Sent  Home

Islam El Shehaby, a 34-year-old Egyptian judoka has been sent home from the Olympics after he refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent, Or Sasson. El Shehaby, who was sent home by the Egyptian authorities, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions. When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd. The


Chelsea Fires Mourinho

After enduring a torrid time this season, losing 9 of its 16 league matches so far, Chelsea Football Club of England’s management finally wielded the big stick against the team’s manager, Jose Mourinho Thursday. A statement by the club’s management said Mourinho is no longer incharge of the club. “Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent,” the club statement read. The decision did not come to many observers as


Issa Hayatou Replaces Blatter As FIFA’s Acting President

Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of AfricanFootball, CAF has been named as replacement for Sepp Blatter whose reign as FIFA president was cut shot yesterday by ethics committee of the organisation. Blatter, 79, was handed a 90-days suspension and stripped of all duties by the ethics committee for allegedly making an over bloated two million Swiss francs (about £1.3million) payment to UEFA president Michel Platini. Hayatou, prior to his appointment, has been a long-standing