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D’Tigress Wins Historic Fourth African Title.

D’Tigress, the Nigeria national women’s basketball team emerged as the champions of Africa again after their electrifying 84-74 win over Senegal in the final of the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament. 

The female national team’s victory on Saturday was historic as the Nigerian Ladies have the second basketball team ever after Senegal to win the title four consecutive times. 

The team waited for 12 long years with no title to show for their efforts but eventually ended the drought as they won the championship title in 2017. D’Tigress then followed up with victories in 2019, 2021, and now 2023 in a fantastic way. 

At the beginning of the tournament, not many saw the light in the D’Tigress because they were largely dominated by rookies except for one or two experienced players. Although from their first match against Congo DR, Rena Wakama, the team’s coach continued to shut down critics.

After they played against the host Rwanda and defeating in the semi-final, D’Tigress had sent a message they were going for the top prize and that was what played out at the BK Arean in Kigali on Saturday. 

During the first minutes of the match, D’Tigress’ Amy Okonkwo scored the first two points in the first quarter and controlled it winning 19-10 and still had controll in the second quarter though with little margin of 24-21. At half time, the team was already halfway through to achieving their goal with 43-42 points taking the lead. 

D’Tigress won the last quarter of the match with 22-17 and evetually winning the game with 84-74 points.

Additionally and a double win for Nigeria’s national team, the coach of D’Tigress, Wakama is the first female coach to win the Afrobasket title. Many believed in her and the fact that there is room to dream of bigger things in the future.

The team’s Amy Okonkwo was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, as she finished the final with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. 

With their victory at the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasketball Championship, it has secured them spot to compete at the women’s basketball event of the 2024 Olympics

Algerian Footballer, First from his Country to Win UEFA Champion League Title.

Algerian footballer Riyad Mahrez became the first player in Algeria to win the coveted UEFA Champions League title in over 30 years after Manchester City beat Inter Milan at the games.

Mahrez, who plays as a winger for the club, also became the second Algerian overall to win the top European trophy, after Rabah Madjer achieved the feat with Portuguese side FC Porto in 1987.

Manchester City defeated Italian side Inter Milan in a 1-0 match in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium after Spanish player Rodri scored the winning goal in the 68th minute after a first half of no goal.

The English team’s victory on Saturday also gave them their first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy, capping off a stellar season in the sport which saw them become Premier League and FA Cup champions. The Champions League trophy sealed what is known as a “treble” in football for the team, which is when a club wins three significant trophies in the same season.

In the match against Inter Milan, Mahrez who captains the Algeria national team did not play although cheered on his teammates from the sidelines as a substitute. However, having scored three goals in nine matches, he proved to be a key player throughout the competition.

The Algerian winger celebrated with his teammates on the pitch over their victory as well as his family and wife, Taylor Ward English model later in the evening. He also celebrated the win on his social media pages with a picture of himself holding the prestigious trophy, captioning the photo with “A dream come true, #alhamdulilah”.

Faz Hussain social media personality and Manchester luxury limousine company who is associated with the club was seen saying “Alhamdulilah”, the Arabic word for “praise be to God” with several players of the club including Mahrez, in commemoration of their victory.

Mahrez has played for Manchester City since 2018 and is one of the Premier League’s most-known Muslim players and has previously expressed support for the Palestinian cause. Mahrez, born in France made his international debut for Algeria in 2014 and represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021. His team won the 2019 tournament and in 2016 was named CAF’s African Footballer of the Year.

Morocco Announces Friendly Games Ahead of 2023 Women’s World Cup.

On Wednesday, the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced that the Women’s national football team is warming up for the forthcoming 2023 World Cup with a series of friendly games in preparation for next month’s World tournament. 

The Moroccan football governing body has disclosed the three countries that the team, led by coach Reynald Pedros, will face in their preparations for the tournament scheduled to take place from 20th July to August 20th in Australia and New Zealand.

Morocco’s Atlas Lionesses will kick off their friendly fixtures against Italy on July 1, then a match scheduled against Switzerland on July 5. The third and last friendly match for them will take place on July 16 against Jamaica as stated in the FRMF statement. However, venues for these matches have yet to be announced.

The Lionesses team will have numerous opportunities to improve their tactics and develop team camaraderie throughout the World Cup warm-up games.

As they attempt to attain their optimum form prior to the famous competition, coach Reynald Pedros will constantly analyze his players’ performances during these games. The North African women’s national team will be competing in their first Women’s World Cup, and they will face difficult opponents.

The Lionesses have been drawn in Group H alongside Colombia, Germany, and South Korea in the 2023 World Cup. they will commence their World Cup campaign on July 24 against Germany two-time champions and runners-up in 1995. 

On July 30, they will face South Korea, a team that has reached the round of 16 twice (2003 and 2015) and was eliminated in the group stage only once (2019). While on August 3, the Lionesses will play their final group match against Colombia.

The Cafeteras took part in two prior iterations but were eliminated both times in the round of 16.

A major turning point for Moroccan women’s football is the country’s participation in the World Cup. A new generation of female football players will definitely be motivated by the team’s development and accomplishments on the international scene, which will boost the sport’s popularity in Morocco.

Mukansanga to Officiate at 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • She became the first African woman referee to officiate at the Men’s World Cup in 2022 in Qatar.

  • She was selected alongside three other African women referees.

  • The tournament is to take place in Australia and New Zealand.

Salma Mukansanga, Rwandan international referee has been selected to officiate in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to hold from July 20th to August 20th in Australia and New Zealand. 

34-year-old Mukansanga made history at the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar where she became the first African woman referee to officiate at the tournament. She is currently ranked among the top African referees, having also been the first woman to handle the men’s game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The referee was selected alongside three other African female referees including Vincentia Amedome from Togo, Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi, and Akhona Makalima from South Africa. She has also officiated at the Olympics games, WAFCON, and CAF Women’s Champions League.

The 9th edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring together 32 teams to compete for the glittering trophy. The tournament will be the first Women’s World Cup to take place under FIFA’s overhauled commercial structure that was announced in 2021 and was for the first time “unbundled” the women’s game from the men’s, allowing brands to take up dedicated partnerships exclusively for its women’s football programmes.

In 2022 when she became the first woman to referee at the African Cup Nations, she led an all-woman officiating team of Fatiha Jermoumi from Morocco, Cameroon’s Carine Atemzabong and Bouchra Karboubi from Morocco as the VAR.  She was also an official at the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup that was held in France. 

Mukansanga was the fourth official when France, the defending champions, defeated Australia 4-1. She also earned recognition as one of the BBC 100 Women in December 2022. 

 

Jebet, Naibet win as African, world athletes partake in maiden Abuja International Marathon.

  • Again, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet has won a marathon in Nigeria. His first was in Lagos, and the Abuja International Marathon is his second.
  • Ruth Jebet, a Bahrain runner of Kenyan ancestry, defied previous career challenges to win her first international full marathon.
  • Other elite runners and fun seekers from other African cities and the rest of the world converged to take part in the inaugural and historic Abuja International Marathon; they left with prizes and happiness.

On the 29th of April 2023, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet and Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet emerged inaugural winners of the men’s and women’s respective categories of the first international full marathon in the FCT, the historic Abuja International Marathon, backed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, with routes calculated and calibrated by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS, and approved by World Athletics, with the theme ‘Celebrating the Best of FCT’.

 

Ruth Jebet, winner of the women’s full marathon. Source: www.eurosport.com

 

According to the Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, “About 50 foreign elite runners and 120 local elites registered to participate in the race’’. They were joined by thousands of Nigerian runners that registered to participate in the three categories. The race, a first of its kind in Abuja, was earlier slated for the 17th of December 2022 but was later rescheduled to hold on the 29th of April 2023, with the weather showing kindness to the notable event.  The lovely city of Abuja typically experiences torrential rainfall in April but on the 29th, the city offered the ideal weather making it more convenient for Kenya’s Naibet as well as Jebet, Kenyan-born long-distance runner and steeplechase specialist who competes internationally for the Asian country Bahrain, to win the two categories respectively.

 

Emmanuel Naibet, winner of the men’s full marathon. Source: www.naijanews.com.

 

Naibet won with a time of 2:13:45, a winning time considered the best ever documented in any first edition of Marathon races in Nigeria. This is his second marathon win in Nigeria having also won the 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. “It was a great race for me though a bit challenging with some hilly parts on the routes, but overall, I am happy to win this race and add it to my achievements,” the animated titleholder said in a chat with journalists. Benard Sang finished in second position with a time of 2:13:49 while Ezekiel Koech secured his third place to seal up the win for Kenyans in the men’s category with a time of 2:13:51.

 

Athletes from around the world gather in Abuja for the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Photo by Light Oriye. Source: www.premiumtimes.ng

 

In the women’s category, though her first attempt at the full marathon after dominating in other long-distance races, Ruth Jebet from Bahrain dwarfed other runners to grab the number one spot with a time of 2.36.08, Mercy Kwambai from Kenya finished second with a time of 2:38:17, while Ethiopia’s Dida Negasa held on to the third place with a time of 2:40: 16. An excited Jebet says, “I can never forget the Abuja International Marathon, it is my first full marathon and I won it, I hope to be back next year to defend my title”.

 

Three different races took place in Abuja. Apart from the elite runners who took part in the full marathon that spanned about 42.195 kilometres, students from across the Abuja metropolis as well as fun contenders also keenly competed for prizes in the 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races. Thomas, the race director, pointed out that one of the big ideas behind the racing event is the establishment of an elite athletes’ development program to groom exceptional local athletes. “What makes the race unique is that it is the first race that will give local athletes recognition not just in terms of appearance fee or bonuses, but we are trying to set up elite athletes development program because we believe that Nigerians have what it takes to do what the Kenyans and Ethiopians are doing,” he said. All finishers of the Abuja International Marathon got medals and certificates signed by the FCT Minister of State.

 

Cross section of runners at the Abuja International Marathon. Source: www.gazettengr.com

 

Also, the Managing Director of Abuja International Marathon, Mrs.  Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo mentioned the available incentives for young participants. She said “We also want to encourage the culture of running because the youths have to be encouraged. Sports bring the community together. It is something we want embedded in the youths to know that hard work and determination count.”

 

Activities that led to the Saturday Marathon began on Friday with an expo at The Pavillion, beside the International Conference Centre, opposite Radio House, Abuja. According to Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, the Marathon Expo, with the theme ‘Showcasing the best of FCT,’ prepped the participants for the event. There was refreshment, entertainment from the FCT Arts and Culture Department, and prizes for participants. Visitors were also treated to a city-wide tour. “For those interested in FCT landmarks and tourist attraction centres, officials of the FCT Tourism Department will be on ground to take them around the FCT with tour guides that will answer their questions.”

 

Route Calibration by Norrie Williamson of the World Athletics/AIMS A Grade South Africa, together with his team. Source: www.abujainternationalmarathon.com

 

Thomas highlighted the gains of the Abuja Marathon pointing out that they outweigh the few road closures and other inconveniences that came with the event. He said, just before the event, that: “We need to start telling our stories with activities like Abuja International Marathon. Abuja is a beautiful city, no doubt, but how many times have we showcased the city to the world? This is probably the first time that Abuja will be beamed to the world for four hours. This race will show the best part of Abuja and its landmarks to the world for hours so let us all work with the FCTA to make the epoch event a huge success.’’

 

A week-long Marathon Expo preceded the race with numerous lead-up activities, including the unveiling of the Marathon Logo, the High School that won in the production of the theme song for the Abuja International Marathon, and the presentation of race ambassadors. The event attracted stakeholders in the industry including fun runners, FCTA officials, sponsors, and elite runners abroad and at home. Abuja International Marathon seeks to be the first race in the world to win the prestigious World Athletics Label after its first edition. The majority of elite runners officially invited for the race are Gold Label Runners.

 

Participants at the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Source: www.gazettengr.com

 

Abuja, a stunning city with an excellent network of roads, while playing host to the international marathon, did a good job showcasing her beauty to the world. Another big idea behind the Abuja International Marathon (AIM) is to make the FCT more beautiful and tourist-friendly, even as it presents new and thrilling experiences to both fun and elite runners, in and outside Nigeria.  Abuja International Marathon (AIM) aims to become a qualifier for the Olympics Games, World Athletics Championships, and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago Tokyo and New York City), within three years. The National Hospital Abuja and other prominent hospitals partnered as reference centers for the race. African News media have kept up with updates before, during, and after the event. It would seem like Kenyans are built for races seeing that they sweep key prizes anywhere races are organized in the continent, and indeed around the word. What do you think? Share with us in the comment section.

 

 

Nigeria’s Agbalaka, Njoku Listed Among CAF ‘Best XI’

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles duo Solomon Agbalaka and Augustine Njoku have been listed among the CAF Best XI of the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Egpyt. Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the list of the game’s best players that spotlighted four players of the winning team of Senegal.

The CAF list also featured Gambia and Congo with two players each and one from Uganda. The Flying Eagles defenders were the only Nigerians on the list that was dominated by Senegalese footballers.

19-year-old Solomon Agbalaka plays as the left-back defender for the Flying Eagles as an ever-present figure, scoring one goal as Nigeria finished third in the competition. He was named Man-of-Match winner in the 1-0 win against hosts, Egypt and Mozambique in the tournament’s group stages.

Augustine Chimezie Njoku on the other hand is an 18-year-old right-back defender and mainstay of the team. He played four games for the Nigerian side although missed out on the beginning lineups in the semifinals and 3rd place final. He was the key player in Nigeria’s 1-0 win against Uganda in the quarter-finals, earning Nigeria a place in the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

Some other Nigerian players envisaged to make the CAF XI but missed out include Benjamin Frederick, who plays as a center-back, and Ibrahim Muhammed – a forward.

Nigeria, formerly called the African Youth Championship and a seven-time winner of the tournament, is expected to join Tunisia, Gambia, and Senegal as African representatives at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia that scheduled to hold May 20 and June 11, 2023.

Israel Breaks Personal Record.

Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 22nd of June, 1989. He is a professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer with multiple championships in all three disciplines.

Adesanya attended  Chrisland School, Opebi and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury. In 1999, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand, at age 10 and attended Rotorua Boys’ High school. H

Adesanya was bullied during his high school years and attributes the mistreatment he experienced to his decision to pursue martial arts later in life.

He has won so many fights; in May 2010, he won the first fight in a seven-fight winning streak. He made his Glory debut at Glory 15, he was defeated by his opponent but in a rematch at Glory of Heroes 3, he won by a unanimous decision.

Israel Adesanya recently fought with Alex Pereira to reclaim the UFC Middleweight Championship and he knocked him out. Some celebrities placed bets on Israel to win; Drake placed a $400,000 bet on him to win by knock out. He has won $1.84 million. This puts an end to his 0-3 losing streak against Pereira. Drake also placed a $500,000 bet on Israel Adesanya to defeat Alex Pereira and won $885,000.

CAF Announces Dates for AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023

  • This will be the 34th edition of the tournament.

 

The CAF has officially confirmed the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023, with the opening match scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2024 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan. On February 11th, the four-week competition between the top 24 countries in Africa will be concluded.

 

 

The competition will be in its 34th year. After taking place there for the first time in 1984, when Cameroon won for the first time, the month-long competition returns to Cote d’Ivoire. The route to Cote D’Ivoire is progressively taking shape as the world prepares for Africa’s largest football show as the Afcon qualifiers near their conclusion.

 

 

Following the spectacular qualifying round this past weekend, six nations joined the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the competition. They are Senegal, the reigning African champions, South Africa, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Morocco, and Morocco. Also, Veron Mosengo-Omba, general secretary of the CAF, added that the bi-annual assignment’s final draw will take place in September of this year.

 

In due course, the time and location will be determined.

The African football governing body anticipates record global TV audiences and stadium attendances for next year’s edition of its flagship competition, which also currently holds the record as being Africa’s biggest event. This is due to the rapidly growing global interest in CAF competitions that have been recorded in the last few months.

 

 

With the introduction of cutting-edge broadcast technology and digital engagement, CAF has made significant strides in enhancing the viewing and stadium attendance experience of its competitions, as is evident in the recently concluded CAF competitions. This has led to the creation of a world-class product that is consumed in real-time across the globe.

 

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the governing authority of beach soccer, futsal, and association football in Africa. It was founded on February 8th, 1957 at Khartoum Sudan’s Grand Hotel by the national football associations of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Sudan.

UGANDA: AIRTEL LAUNCHES ITS FIRST FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME SERVICES.

 

  • Airtel Uganda has launched its first fibre-to-the-home services for residential and business users.
  • Connectivity from this service is being offered at peak download rates of 10Mbps, 20Mbps, and 50Mbps, according to a report from Capital Radio Uganda.
  • Airtel already offers fixed broadband connectivity via its 4G LTE network.

 

 

Airtel Uganda has launched its first fibre-to-the-home services for residential and business users.

 

 

The new service is called Airtel Xtreme and it is available at 125 locations in the capital Kampala there are plans for further expansion in Kampala and beyond.

 

 

Connectivity is being offered at peak download rates of 10Mbps, 20Mbps, and 50Mbps, according to a report from Capital Radio Uganda.

 

 

The Marketing Director at Airtel said, “Our fiber-to-the-home service is designed for all homes and businesses with multiple internets needs across multiple devices through a reliable fiber cable connection … We are putting the right physical and digital infrastructure in place to support the growing communication needs of Greater Kampala residents and businesses. Airtel is laying more fiber, upgrading sites, and innovating solutions ahead of the needs of our custom”. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel already offers fixed broadband connectivity via its 4G LTE network.

 

 

Africans are doing everything necessary to improve internet connectivity in the continent and improve communication, which is commendable.

 

2030 WORLD CUP: MOROCCO TO REPLACE UKRAINE IN SPAIN-PORTUGAL BID

  • Morocco to replace Ukraine and join Spain and Portugal to host the World Cup in 2030.
  • This is due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
  • The proximity between Spain and Morocco makes the partnership more practical.

Last October, a Spain, Portugal, and Ukraine joint bid was backed up by UEFA, European football’s governing body to host the 2030 World Cup, which was seven months after the Russia-Ukraine war. 

 

The Russia-Ukraine war is still ongoing with a new phase of missile attacks this week and the likelihood of Ukraine recovering to host World cup group stage matches by 2030 is increasingly slim.

 

However, there is a new development for Morocco to replace Ukraine and join Spain and Portugal to host the World Cup by 2030. The initial bid was authorized by Ukraine’s President and the Portuguese Football Association (PFA) which was aimed at capitalizing on the power of football to the recovery of a country undergoing reconstruction.

 

After five previous unsuccessful attempts to host the competition in 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, and 2026, Morocco also declared it would bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup in July 2018. This is the sixth time the north African country will bid to host the games and if successful, Morocco will be the first north African country to host the World Cup tournament.

 

Moreso another reason that makes the partnership more practical is the proximity between Spain and Morocco as both countries are only eight miles apart, and between Ukraine and Spain, there are 1,000 miles while Portugal is even farther. 

 

With the Moroccan Football Association as a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a joint European-African bid is seen as a potential vote winner.

 

The Portugal-Spain-Morocco joint bid is likely to face competition from two more joint bids from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece, and a joint South American bid including Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

 

At the 74th FIFA Congress, the selection of countries to host the 2030 World Cup will be announced in 2024.

 

The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams instead of 32 and will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the second edition to feature 48 teams.

 

THE SUNDOWNS RANK BEST IN AFRICA.

  • About Mamelodi Sundown Club
  • Mamelodi Sundown Club achievements
  • Mamelodi Sundown club ranks as the best club in Africa.

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, simply known as Sundowns is a South African professional football club based in Mamelodi, Pretoria in the Gauteng province that plays in the Premier Soccer League, the first tier of the South African football league system. It was founded in the 1970s.

They have won the Premier League title 12 times since its inception in 1996. They also hold a joint record of three National Soccer League Championships and have won 15 league titles in total.

Sundowns won the 2016 CAF championships and the 2017 CAF Super Cup and were voted the 2016 CAF club of the year. Locally, they have won the Nedbank Cup six times, the MTN 8 four times and the Telkom knockout four times. They are also the first South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished 6th place. In 2021, Sundowns became Africa’s first club to win Caf Champions League and CAF Women’s Champions League titles.

This club is owned by a South African business magnate Patrice Motsepe and it is one of the most valuable clubs in Africa by club value.

Mamelodi Sundowns are currently ranked as the best football club in Africa by Football Database dot com. Following closely is the Al Ahly club of Egypt.

NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER BREAKING RECORDS.

Victor James Osimhen, a Nigerian professional footballer has recently been making a lot of waves in his football career. He was recently named the Serie A player of the month for January 2023.

He is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He won the Golden Boot award after scoring ten goals in seven games at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which Nigeria won. He is currently the 9th all-time goal scorer of the Nigeria national team.

Victor recently broke the internet with his career chart. He just reached 100 goals in 197 games which is faster than the other players considered the G.O.A.Ts in football. 

This has gotten so many social media users talking and comparing his achievements with that of other players. A Twitter user, @BeksFCB wrote “Victor Osimhen has been better and more consistent than Rashford but English media are saying Rashford is the best player in Europe right now. Is Victor playing in Kenya”

A football page on Twitter, @goal wrote on their Twitter page “Victor Osimhen reached 100 career goals quicker than the GOATs. Another football page @4footballTV also wrote “Victor Osimhen has broken Christiano Ronaldo’s record for the highest jump for a Serie A header goal. monstrous!!!” 

In the same vein, Victor has also been named the World’s Best Striker ahead of Erling Haaland by the UK newspaper, Daily Mail. 

FOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM FIFA.

Member Associations like Football Kenya Federation are expected to receive approximately USD8 million from FIFA for football development and operational support.

 

 

This action followed after the 2022 FIFA Annual Report was approved. It was highlighted that the world football governing body made a record-breaking revenue of USD 7.6 billion during the 2019-2022 cycle and expects to make USD 11 billion during the 2023-2026 period.

 

 

 

 

This grant to member associations signifies a 29 percent increase from the previous cycle. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said “Fifa’s unprecedented investment in football is the result of our solid financial transparency and stands as a concrete example of how we are aiming to make football truly global. The launch of Fifa Forward 3.0 means that we can do so by providing support for development projects, hand-in-hand with the six Confederations and the 211 Fifa Member Associations. Over this four-year cycle, there will be an increase in investment in Forward of 29 percent compared to the previous period, and that means that solidarity payments have now increased by a factor of seven in the space of just seven years”.

 

 

Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura also commended the inaugural Africa Schools champion cup that was held in Congo in 2022. She said, “It was my pleasure to be at Kinshasa’s Stade des Martyrs in February to witness the inaugural staging of the Africa Schools Champions Cup, organized by Fifa with support from CAF and the African Union. For many of the players, their journey was the first outside their own country, an occasion on which to learn and make new friends through the beautiful game. Our belief in football’s place at the heart of education is unwavering.”

 

 

In the same vein, The Fifa council confirmed the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup in the summer of 2025 will feature four African clubs, four from Asia, four from the Concacaf region, six from South America, one from Oceania, 12 from Europe, and one as a tournament host.

FOOTBALL: EGYPTIAN CLUB EMERGES FOURTH, REWARDED CASH.

Al Ahly is a Sporting Club commonly referred to as Ahly. it is an Egyptian professional football club based in Cairo and plays in the Egyptian Premier League.

The club was founded on the 24th of April, 1907. It has a record of 42 Egyptian Premier League titles, 37 Egypt Cup titles, and 12 Egyptian Super Cups.

Internationally, the club has also won a record 10 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, a record of 8 CAF Super Cups, a record of 4 African Cup Winners’ Cups, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship, an Arab Club Champions Cup, an Arab Cup Winners’ Cup, a record of 2 Arab Super Cups, and has won 3 bronze medals in the FIFA Club World Cup

Al Ahly is considered the most successful football club in African history and was voted by CAF as the African club of the 20th century.

They participated in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco of which they emerged fourth. They will be rewarded with a cash price of $2 million dollars for finishing fourth.

FOOTBALL: NIGERIAN PLAYER NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH.

Victor James Osimhen is a Nigerian professional footballer, born on the 29th of December, 1998. He plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. 

Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, based in Lagos, Nigeria. In January 2016, after being noticed for his performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osimhen committed to a pre-contract with VfL Wolfsburg, stipulating that he would officially join the club in January 2017.

Victor began his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. He made his senior debut in June 2017 and played at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018-2019, before moving to France at Lille. He then transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of 70 million Euros.

He won the Golden Boot award after scoring ten goals in seven games at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which Nigeria won. He is currently the 9th all-time goal scorer of the Nigeria national team.

Victor Osimhen has been named the Serie A Player of the Month for January 2023 and is considered one of the best strikers in Serie A and in the world

Gifted gymnast gathers garbage, goes for life’s goal.

Top-ranked Egyptian athlete, Ali el Sharkawi, has found a unique way to scale the financial hurdles on his track to becoming a global weightlifter. Right in the city of Tanta, Gharbia, in Egypt, he takes full advantage of his day, gathering recyclable waste that translates to money – the much-needed resource for the advancement of his career; while at night, the 29-year-old resumes at the gym for vigorous training.

 

Sharkawi, a two-time bronze medalist at the Country’s national championships, like several other Egyptian sportspersons, has frequently raised concerns regarding finding funding for his career. To finance his career, and generally stay afloat life’s turbulent waters, Sharkawi started collecting garbage for which he gets paid.

 

Securing funding or external support has proven quite challenging for many Egyptian sportspersons engaged in various sports, but Sharkawi, though bearing some accolades and national recognition as a weightlifter, including two bronze medals at national championships, has launched out into the unconventional, he has resorted to a humble source of funds.

 

             

Using a horse-pulled cart, he collects recyclable wastes across Gharbia, his birthplace in Egypt’s Nile delta. This earns him up to two hundred Egyptian pounds, which is about $6.59 per day.

 

Pointing out that most of the available financial support goes to better-recognized sports like soccer, Sharkawi wishes for better funding options, even as he keeps seeking state support for his weightlifting career.

 

Despite the daunting confines of his training routine, he draws stimulation and motivation from the popular ‘Big Ramy’, a prominent Egyptian bodybuilder born Mamdouh Elssbiay, winner of the Mr Olympia title in both 2020 and 2021.

             

“He is seeking to participate in an international championship, but a bodybuilding career needs support and funding to provide nutrition”, the young athlete’s coach, Mostafa el-Tamimi, said, also mentioning that Sharkawi came to the limelight when he started training.

MOROCCO BREAKS FIFA RECORD.

Morocco is a culture-rich place and they were proud to showcase their heritage at the FIFA opening ceremony.

This year’s FIFA Club World Cup opening ceremony started with a display of these cultures. There were multiple performances reflecting the cultural heritage.

It begun with a short scene, narrating the story of Moroccan explorer, Ibn Battuta. His life passion reflects Morocco’s long-standing openness to the world.

There were a few traditional performances that showcased the country’s diverse cultural mix. It featured iconic Amazigh music, Jebala music. Aissaoua, and Sahrawi music on a list of 12 performances each reflecting the culture of Morocco’s 12 provinces.

At the second phase of the show, Moroccan rapper Dzdross took the stage to deliver his famous “L’kora 7na Maliha” a song that celebrates Morocco’s historic World Cup run in Qatar.

The third part of the ceremony had Morocco’s national football team Walid Regragui, delivering a short speech paying tribute to the departed football legend Pele, and recalled Morocco’s historic performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The opening ceremony took place in the Ibn Battuta Stadium in Tangier and was followed by the first game in the tournament at 8 p.m Morocco time.

This FIFA World Cup opening ceremony broke the record for the Most Attended Opening ceremony in the tournament’s history. 47,137 were in attendance, breaking the former record of 35,247 attendees in 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA PREPARES TO INK A $52M SPONSORSHIP DEAL

According to an official document released by the Daily Maverick news site, the South African government is taking into consideration a sponsorship deal worth $52 million with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs.

 

The statement reports that the contract is geared toward the promotion of South Africa as a travel destination although the country is considering financing a wealthy football club.

 

It added that the details of the three-year deal are on the brink of being finalized through the marketing branch of South Africa tourism. 

 

The report also read that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa will make an announcement for the deal on 10th February during his state of the Nation Address, although there are no remarks from the president or the minister of tourism yet. 

 

Tottenham Hotspur is an English premier league professional football club located in London, England. It is one of the top flight teams of English football. 

 

The Rwandan government has also had a funding deal worth more than $42 million that involved a “Visit Rwanda” logo exhibited on Arsenal short sleeves. 

FNB STADIUM RANKS TOP 15 IN MOST BEAUTIFUL STADIUM.

A research was conducted by a British sports betting platform. It was a wide-ranging analysis done through fans from across the globe as well as analyzing Instagram hashtags.

 

According to their findings, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa ranked 13th in the most beautiful stadium list. 

 

The First National Bank Stadium is also known as Soccer City or The Calabash. It is an association football and Rugby Union stadium located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the home of Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League as well as key fixtures for the South African national football team. The FNB Stadium is the largest stadium in Africa with a 94,736 capacity.

 

It was built in 1987 and opened up to the public in 1989. The location in which it was built is quite symbolic as that was the place Nelson Mandela gave his first speech in Johannesburg after his release in 1990, it also served as the menu for a memorial service to him on the 10th of December, 2010.  It was also the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, which was played by the Netherlands and Spain. The World Cup closing ceremony on the day of the final saw the final public appearance of Mandela.

 

The outside is designed to have the appearance of an African pot, the cladding on the outside of the stadium is a mosaic of fire and earthen colors, with a ring of light running around the bottom of the pot, simulating fire underneath the pot and there are no restricted views in the stadium.

 

COPA AMERICA TO INVITE MOROCCO NATIONAL TEAM.

Copa America seeks to invite The Morocco National football team.  According to Brazilian sources, Copa America wants to invite Morocco to participate in the 2024 edition of the tournament as a guest of honor. 

 

Copa America was known until 1975 as the South American Football Championship. It is the top men’s football tournament contested among national teams from South America. It is the third most-watched continental football in the world. 

 

Since the 1990s, North American and Asian teams have also been invited to compete. The tournament has generally featured 12 teams; all 10 South American teams and two additional teams from other confederations.

 

Owing to its somewhat limited number of registered national football federations, countries from other continents are usually invited to participate to make up the 12 teams necessary for the current tournament format.

 

The Morocco National football team, nicknamed the Atlas Lions represent Morocco in men’s international football competitions. The team is a member of FIFA and the Confederation of African Football. Internationally, they have won one African  Cup of Nations, two African Nations Championships, and a FIFA Arab Cup.

 

They have participated in the FIFA World Cup six times and made history in 1986 when they were the first African national team to finish top of a group at the World Cup and first to reach the knockout stages.

 

In the 2022 World Cup, they defied all expectations and topped their group. They then became the first African nation to ever reach the semi-finals. They were placed fourth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. as of December 2022, they were ranked as the 11th-best national team in the world.

 

 

9-YEAR OLD CAMEROONIAN, FLEUR RANDA, SEEN COVERING A SPORTS EVENT.

Pictures of a 9 year old Cameroonian sports photographer hit the internet and immediately became viral.

Fleur Randa could be the youngest sports photographer in Africa or even in the world. Photos of her covering the Cameroon national team training was what hit the internet.

Fleur Randa drew her inspiration from her father, Kendji Nick Lionel who is also a professional. In the photos she follows her father around as they travel around with the Indomitable Lions while taking quality photos.

Her passion came from closely watching her father and following him to numerous sports events and learning from him before perfecting the art.

Among the photos that hit the internet was one where she was sharing her work with the Cameroon players, led by Inter Milan-bound goalkeeper Andre Onana. This picture excited fans online as the Indomitable lions seemed fascinated by her work.

This 9 year old is definitely going places.

 

MOROCCAN FOOTBALLER HONORED FOR HIS WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE AT THE 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP.

Achraf Hakimi is a professional football player that was born on the 4th of November, 1998 to Moroccan parents. He mainly plays as a right back for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Morocco national team. He is also regarded as one of the best right-backs in world football and is known for his speed, runs and goal scoring ability.

 

He represented Morocco at various youth levels before making his international debut when he was 17 in 2016. He was previously capped by the nations’ youth teams at under-20. In May 2018, he was chosen in Morocco’s squads for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022 and also the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and 2021 in cameroon.

 

Hakimi made his debut for the under-23s on the 5th of June, 2016, coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win against Canada. He scored his first international goal on the 1st of September, 2017 in a 6-0 home routing of Mali.

 

He started all of his matches in the group stages. He scored a free kick in a 2-2 tie against Gabon. He also scored a free kick against Malawi in the 70th minute gaining his team victory.

 

On the 10th of November, 2022 he was named in Morocco’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar. He was the one that scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out against Spain in the round of 16 which secured a place for his country in the quarter-finals.

 

He has been profiled as a quick, dynamic and powerful right-sided attacking full-back or wing-back, who is tactically and technically adept and capable of playing long accurate passes from defense.

 

Recently, a stadium was named after him in his mother’s hometown, Ksar EL-Kebir in Morocco. This action was to honor him for his wonderful performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It was named The Achraf Hakimi Stadium

 

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR GOES ROUND TOGO TO SUPPORT STUDENTS, YOUNG FOOTBALLERS AND AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS.

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese football player who plays as a striker for the Togolese Championant National club Semassi. Prior to this, he has played for clubs like arsenal, Manchester city, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace as well as some other teams.

 

In 2008, he was voted African footballer of the year, he later on became the most iconic signing in Paraguayan football. In 2020, he was the highest paid player in the country’s history. In the country’s debut in the FIFA World cup in Germany in 2006, Emmanuel represented his country; it was also the country’s only appearance till date. He is also the country’s all-time top goal scorer with 32 goals

 

Even though originally Nigerian, born to parents of Yoruba origin, Adebayor chose to represent the country of his birth. He was a pundit for the BBC sports 2020 FIFA World cup coverage. In 2007, he was BBC footballer of the year. He also scored the BBC goal of the season in 2007/2008.

 

Emmanuel Adebayor owns a foundation called the Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor Foundation (SEA). This foundation takes care of hundreds of children.

 

Adebayor has been traveling around his country, Togo to support students, young footballers and amateur football tournaments. Helping people with talent achieve their goals

 

FORMER MOROCCAN INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER TURNS THIRTY-NINE TODAY.

Marouane Chamakh is a former Moroccan footballer that was born and raised in France. He was born on the 10th of January, 1984. 

 

He started his football career at the age of four playing for local club, Nerac FC in the nearby commune of Nerac. After six years at Nerac, he joined FC Marmandais. He developed his physical skill and traits while in Marmande and earned his first regional selection to play for Aquitaine regional team in the Coupe Nationale. 

 

He plays internationally for Morocco. He made his national team debut in July 2003 and played in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including the 2004 tournament in which Morocco finished as runners-up. In August 2010, he captained the national team for the first time in a 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea. He is a Moroccan international at the senior level. 

 

The Bordeaux’s eleventh highest goal scorer of all time is popularly known for his link up play, tall stature and excellent heading ability

 

Prior to representing Morocco, he played for the under-19 team of France and made his debut on 12th February, 2003 in a friendly match against Czech Republic.

 

Chamakh joined Championship side Cardiff City on a short-term contract in October 2016. He made his debut for the club on the 19th of October as a second half substitute in place of Rickie Lambert during a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. He appeared twice under Cardiff, both as a substitute.

 

Marouane Chamakh confirmed his retirement from professional football on 26th May, 2019 after not playing for two and half years. 

 

Marouane Chamakh turns 39 on this day, the 10th of January, 2023.

COMMENCEMENT OF THE INSTALLATION OF BUCKET SEATS IN MARTYRS STADIUM,KINSHASA.

Stades Des Martyrs de la Pentecote was opened in 1993 in Kinshasa with 80,000 capacity for international matches and 100,000 capacity for national matches.

It is the second largest stadium in Africa and home stadium of the National team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the AS Vita Club and DC the Motema Pembe of championship Democratic Republic of the Congo Football.

It recently started undergoing a renovation and the renovation is almost complete. The Democratic Republic of Congo has commenced the installation of bucket seats in the stadium.

Ghana Armed Forces Recognizes Mohammed Kudus for His Performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Ghanaian Football Player, Mohammed Kudus outstanding performance during the 2022 FIFA World Cup has brought him recognition and honour by the Ghanaian Armed Forces. 

 

Mohammed featured in the victory over South Korea and showcased his soccer qualities in the match against Uruguay and Portugal. 

 

The 22-year old Kudus was also able to score twice against the Asian area and secured the Black Stars only win in Qatar.

In spite of the Black Stars of Ghana elimination in the group round, Kudus is seen as one of the tournament’s shining stars. This has prompted the Ghana Armed forces to honour the Ghana star boy for his outstanding performance in the Qatar FIFA World Cup.

 

The Ghana Black Star Captain, Andrew Ayew has pointed out in his interview with the BBC that the whole world will know more about the midfielder, Mohammed Kudus for his exceptional skills and display during Monday’s win at the Qatar World Cup over South Korea. 

 

Speaking more about Mohammed Kudus, Andrew Ayew said “We know this, I know this, Ghana knows it now, the world is going to know it, you will see, more is coming from my boy.”

MOROCCO PLANS TO LAUNCH GRAND STADIUM OF CASABLANCA IN 2025.

Morocco has planned to launch a 93,000 capacity stadium in Casablanca in 2025. The proposed title of this stadium is Grand Stade de Casablanca.

 

Once completed in 2025, it will be used for football matches and will serve as the home of the Moroccan men’s national team, the Atlas Lions.

 

It is the third highest capacity football stadium in Africa; it will replace Stade Mohammed V upon completion. 

 

The initial idea of the stadium was for the world cup in 2010 but Morocco lost their bid to South Africa. It also would have hosted the finals of the 2026 World cup had the three nation bids of Canada, Mexico and the United States not out done theirs.

 

Morocco is now planning to bid to host the World cup in 2030 with Grand Stade de Casablanca as one of its venues.

THE NELSON MANDELA STADIUM AT ALGERIA HAS BEEN INAUGURATED.

The Nelson Mandela stadium at Algeria was inaugurated today. The Algerian sports minister, Abdel Razzak announced on Tuesday the 20th of December, 2022 that the stadium will be named after Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist.

 

The stadium is a 40,000 capacity stadium in Baraki, Algeria, a suburb of Algiers. It is the first stadium in Algeria where the standard of FIFA would be able to host all the matches organized by FIFA including the world cup.

 

The stadium extends to over a total area of 68 hectares and it includes all infrastructure essential to the organization of international football events. It also includes ancillary spaces which includes 50 accommodation rooms including two suites, a car park with the capacity of 6,000 vehicles on an area of 13 hectares, a heliport for emergencies or the reception of official delegations, a replica field, as well as green spaces.

 

The stadium also has four changing rooms, dressing rooms for the referees, a medical area, a medical analysis laboratory, a hall of honor, a presidential stand, a conference room of 258 seats, a press area, radio and television broadcasting studios, three simultaneous interpretation studios, three 1,000 seat restaurants, fast food areas and some other infrastructures. 

 

This stadium will host the final of the 2022 CHAN and also the opening ceremony of the next African Nations that is scheduled to be held on the 13th of January to the 4th of February,2023.

AMUSAN NAMED AFRICA’S BEST FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Nigeria’s Tobiloba Amusan was named 2022 Africa’s Best Female Athlete of the Year by the Confederation of African Athletics on Tuesday.

Amusan was the winner at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and also the World Championships in Oregon where she had set a new World record of 12.12s in the Hurdles competition. 

She as well won the Diamond League trophy for the second time in the season spotting her rating as one of the world’s best and Africa’s undisputed number one at the moment.

Also, in second and third place is Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey who are both world champions in the 1500m and 1000m tournament.

She started off 2022 with successful defence of her feat as African Championships title in Mauritius earlier in June, then she went to Paris to up her 12.42 seconds African record and ran 12.41 seconds.

Also, at the All Nigerian Championships in Edo State she stressless erased the 12.63 seconds record by Angela Atede in 1997 as she added another title feat to herself, setting a new record of 12.58 seconds. 

Her biggest feat was at Oregon where she ran to a world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinals and a 12.06 seconds in the final to win the gold medal.

In addition, Morocco Soufiane El Bakkali was ranked as Africa’s Best Male Athlete, with Kenyan duo of Eluid Kipchoge and Emmanuel Korir at 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

MOROCCO TO GET $25 MILLION CASH PRIZE FOR COMING FOURTH PLACE IN THE JUST CONCLUDED WORLD CUP.

In the just rounded up FIFA World cup, Morocco was among the semi-finalists, coming out 4th overall.

 

On Saturday night, the 10th of December, 2022, Morocco played against Portugal winning with one score against their zero, qualifying them for the semi-finalist position. This made Morocco the first African nation to get to the semi-finals in the FIFA world cup. 

 

Morocco made history. Sadly, they were defeated by france.

 

Morocco will be awarded with a total sum of $25 million as prize money for coming in as 4th place.

 

Other African countries that won prize money are Tunisia, Cameroon and Ghana who exited at group stage and won $9 million each. Senegal made it through to the round of 16 and won $13 million.

SOUTH AFRICAN MMA FIGHTER RANKS NUMBER TEN IN THE UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKING.

Dricus du Plessis is a South African born on the 14th of January, 1994. He is a professional mixed martial artist that currently competes in the middleweight division of the ultimate fighting championship.

 

He has been a professional since 2013, first amassing an undefeated 4-0. He has previously competed in the middleweight division of Extreme Fighting Championship where he is the former middleweight and welterweight champion.

 

Asides being a two time Extreme Fighting Championship middleweight and former Extreme Fighting Championship welterweight champion, he is also a former KSW welterweight champion. On December 10th, 2022, he won a fight with Darren Till via submission which earned him the “Fight of the night award”

 

As of 13th of December, 2022, Dricus du Plessis ranks no 10 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the middleweight rankings. He has a record of 18-2-0 wins, losses and draws. He is nicknamed “stillknocks”.

MOROCCO TO HOST CLUB WORLD CUP IN 2023

The FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced that Morocco will host the next Club World Cup in February, as the expanded version of the competition is scheduled to start in 2025.

 

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Doha, the FIFA President disclosed that the tournament will take place from February 1st to 11th, 2023.

 

This decision was made following the team’s historic performance at the FIFA World Cup as they became the first African and Arab nation to reach the semi-finals in the tournament. 

 

The 24-team men’s Club World Cup featuring eight teams from Europe will have a new look as revealed by the FIFA president which would be effected in 2025 and feature 32 teams. 

 

After hosting the Club World Cup in 2013 and again in 2014, this will be the third time the North African country will host the competition, while the most recent edition was held in the United Arab Emirates in February.

 

Representing Africa as the 2021/22 CAF Champions League title holder is Morocco’s Wydad Club Athletic.

ZAMBIA WRAPS UP U20 AFCON TRAINING CAMP

The U20 national team in Zambia are about to wrap up the sides’ second week of their preliminary 2023 U20 AFCON training camp in Lusaka. 

This will be Zambia’s first time back at the U20 AFCON after winning it as hosts in 2017 that later saw the team reach the FIFA U20 World Cup quarter finals in South Korea. 

There were 36 players who entered the first week of training camp although 30 remained this week as Head Coach, Chisi Mbewe’s charges intensified early preparations for the U20 AFCON that Egypt is going to host from February 18th to March 12th.

Chisi confirmed overseas call-ups including winger, Richard Ngoma of Maccabi Netanya in Israel, midfielder, Miguel Chaiwa of young boys in Switzerland and striker Peter Chiklola from Croatian club, Gorcia. However, the local training camp does not include any foreign-based call-ups.

The coach said: “We are yet to be given the number of players we are expected to remain with and waiting for regulations from CAF that is the reason why we still have 30 players in camp”.

In October, Zambia qualified for the U20 AFCON after winning the 2022 COSAFA U20 title, where they kicked out Mozambique after a 1-0 victory in the final which took place in Eswatini. 

SUPER FALCONS STAR, NGOZI OKOBI CELEBRATES 29TH BIRTHDAY

Nigerian professional footballer, Super Falcons star Ngozi Sonia Okobi-Okeoghene marks her 29th birthday today 14th December, 2022.

The football star plays as a forward for Swedish club Eskilstuna United DFF and the Nigeria women’s national team and has also been one of Nigeria’s most featured players since progressing from the youth team.

In 2010, she made her first appearance for the Super Falcons and has become one of the veterans in midfield in the past ten years.

In the spirit of celebration, Okobi also celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary. In a message on her official social media platforms, she revealed celebrating her five years wedding anniversary with her husband and thanked him for being an amazing spouse.

She celebrated her birthday with stunning professional photos on her official social media platforms with a message expressing gratitude for being alive.

She started off her professional career with Delta Queens in the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL), which has been a worth-while for her. 

Okobi moved to the United States of America and played for Washington Spirit in the National Women’s SoccerLeague (NWSL), and later returned to Europe with Sweden for top women’s outfit Vittsjo GIK and is currently with rivals Eskilstuna United.

Okobi has been part of the team that won the 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup of Nations (WAFCON), as she is one the key players for the Super Falcons.

Also, she was part of the Super Falcons team that finished fourth at the 2022 WAFCON and is anticipated to return for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

MOROCCO’S AIRLINE PLANS TO JET FANS AHEAD OF FRANCE CLASH IN QATAR

Morocco’s National airline plans to airlift more jubilant fans to the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup, ahead of their semi-final clash against France on Wednesday 14th December in Qatar.

 

On Monday, in a statement by the airline’s management, it said, “In order to allow the many Moroccans wanting to support the national team at its peak and experience the emotion of the World Cup semi-final, Royal Air Maroc has set up an air bridge between Casablanca and Doha”.

 

Recall that the country’s national team defeated Portugal in 1-0 match on Saturday becoming the first African or Arab team to qualify for a World Cup semi-final and ensuing celebrations across the Arab world.

 

The Royal Air Maroc airline called it a “historic rating” and said the jumbo jets would operate the 30 return flights that would leave on Tuesday and Wednesday in time for the match.

 

However, fans had earlier complained online about difficulties at a crowded airport in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital ahead of the Portugal clash.

 

The Moroccan team coach, Walid Regragui who recently took over before the start of the tournament has repeatedly called Moroccan fans “the 12th member of the team”

FIFA 2022: MOROCCO BEATS SPAIN, BECOMES FOURTH AFRICAN COUNTRY TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS

Morocco won their match against Spain in a 3-0 penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Morocco has become the fourth African nation to reach the quarter-finals in the FIFA World Cup, standing as the last remaining team from Africa and the only Arab team left in Qatar. 

The Atlas Lions will face Portugal in the quarter-final on Saturday 10th December.

The match which took place at the Education City Stadium had many Moroccans jubilating with joy when their football team beat Spain. 

Morocco’s Sabiri, Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi converted the first, third and seventh penalties to three goals respectively.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco is the fourth African team to reach the last eight of the World Cup – after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Prior to their victory on Tuesday, Morocco had their best result in the biggest soccer tournament in 1986 when they reached the last 16.

Morocco’s win is victory for all Africans, the Arab World and also all the nations that believed in them.

FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP: SENEGAL DEFEATS ECUADOR IN A THRILLING 2-1 MATCH TO QUALIFY FOR KNOCKOUT STAGE

The Teranga Lions have qualified for the first knockout stage of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup as they defeated Ecuador in a thrilling 2-1 match, which has booked the African team a place in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Ecuador and Senegal kicked-off  their group A match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, as the first attack came from Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye played a good ball from the left aiming for a shot from inside the Ecuador box but missed the target. 

Ismalia Sarr from Senegal converted a penalty to a goal in the 44 minute after being bundled over in the box by Piero Hincapie and gave Senegal a 1-0 lead in the second half. 

After the break, Ecuador desperately searched for way back into the game, and they equalised on 68-minutes when Felix Torres’ near post flick-on was met by Moises Caicedo, who tapped into a practically empty net.

This placed emphasis back on Senegal to find a goal, and within seconds they were back ahead as Kalidou Koulibaly volleyed home from close range after Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick was not cleared.

This will be the first time that Senegal have claimed back-to-back World Cup victories and the third time to have reached the knockout stage in the World Cup. 

Senegal will face England in the round-of-16 on Sunday.

GHANA AND SENEGAL MAKES AFRICANS PROUD AS THEY KEEP WORLD CUP HOPES ALIVE

Senegal and Ghana made Africans proud as the Black Stars and Lions of Teranga defeated their counterparts in the ongoing World Cup tournament in Qatar and became the first two African countries to have a victory-win in the tournament. 

 

THE GLORY OF SENEGAL RESTORED

The Lions of Teranga played their first match against Netherlands on Monday November 21 but lost to Netherlands by two goals to nil.

 

However, the glory of the Teranga Lions was restored after their 3-1 victory against host country Qatar at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha on Friday November 25, after a defensive error gave the African champions a lead.

 

At the sound of whistle by the referee, Qatar started the game as the Teranga Lions won the coin toss with both teams backing off each during the first couple of minutes. Four minutes into the match the African champions began to press, as Senegal’s Ismalia Sarr played a nice cut from the right hand and blasted it into the side netting.

 

In the 35th minute of the match, Qatar appealed for a penalty after Akram Afif was bundled over in a box by Ismalia Sarr, but was ignored. Senegal’s striker Boulaye Dia drilled in their first goal in the 40th minute after Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi tried to make a defensive error and landed on his backside.

 

Famara Diedhiou made it 2-0 a few minutes into the second half of the game with a header from a corner, after Abdelkarim tried to stop a cross in the box.

 

Almoez Ali made efforts to register Qatar’s first shot on target but Senegal’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved the ball. However, Qatar substitute Mohammed Muntari pulled back in the 78th minute with an historic first goal which gave the Asian champions a glimmer of hope and made it 2-1. 

 

Qatar’s unlikely comeback lasted for just six minutes as Ahmadou Dieng restored Senegal’s two-goal lead in the 84th minute.

 

Senegal became the first African side to beat the host nation at a World Cup while Qatar makes history to become the first host nation to lose two matches in a single round of an edition of the World Cup.

 

 

GHANA BEATS SOUTH KOREA

Looking at Ghana’s win after defeating South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling match to revive their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup at Doha’s Education City Stadium on Monday November 28, it was the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup that a team like Ghana has been able to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament according to the team’s coach. 

 

The Black Stars edged out South Korea to 2-0 lead at the first half of the game led by Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus.

 

South Korea’s Cho Gue-Sung scored with two stunning headers in a three minute spell, which placed parity in the game after 61 minutes.

 

However in the 68th minute, Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus, who had headed in Jordan Ayew’s cross in the first half, added a final twist when he blasted in a third goal for Ghana to defeat their counterparts.

 

More chances fell through in South Korea’s way, as they looked for another equaliser but Ghana had the last laugh.

KIZZ DANIEL THRILLED FANS AT THE QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

Following his tweet on Wednesday 23rd June, 2022, Nigerian music star Kizz Daniel expressed his desire to perform at the Qatar 2022 World Cup after the success of his hit music “Buga”. He tweeted: “God I want to perform ‘Buga’ for the World Cup with a mass choir. Help me say Amen”.

 

However, his wish came true as the singer enthralled the audience with his performance at the World Cup Fans Festival in Qatar with some of his hit songs.

 

The lively and spirited crowd of soccer fans were seen dancing and screaming in a video snippet  which the singer shared on his Instagram account, with the caption, “As a Naija boy, I say thank you Africa”. Kizz Daniel sang his song ‘Buga’ on Wednesday night.

 

Also, Nigerian artistes patoranking will be performing at the ongoing World Cup tournament. Among others includes Canadian actress, dancer and singer Nora Fatehi performing on November 29; American singer and songwriter Trinidad Cardona performing on December 1.

LIBERIA: DARIUS BESTMAN U-20 DEFENDER BEGINS TRAINING WITH SWEDISH TOP CLUB

Liberian footballer, Darius Bestman a Lone Star Under-20 defender has started training with Swedish top club Bollklubben Hacken popularly known as BK Hacken, in Gothenburg.

 

In early November, the Under-20 defender left Liberia to seek greener pasture and got the opportunity to train with the Swedish professional football club.

 

On his arrival to Sweden, Bestman was warmly and gladly received by the officials of BK Hacken. According to footage, he was very impressive in his first training session.

 

The Lone Star currently plays for LFA second division side Garderville FC and hopes to convince the Swedish side to sign him through his training performance.

 

The effort of a former Liberian-International midfielder, Dulee Johnson to give talented Liberian players opportunities to achieve their dream was not a futile one, as it resulted in the departure of Bestman.

 

Under the Johnson One Goal Agency, the former midfielder is working with other Liberians and international partners to give Liberian players opportunities in football.

 

Four players are expected to leave Liberia – Divine Teah and Mohammed Fofana will be joining Bestman in BK Hacken, and Festus Blapoh will be going to Newroz FC in Sweden as well.

 

Dulee Johnson expressed his gratitude to the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia for helping in the visa process for the players.

 

He however urged football clubs to cooperate with him so as to have a smooth movement of players to Europe.

AFRICA CUP OF NATION: ANGOLA WINS WOMEN’S HANDBALL TOURNAMENT

The Angola team took the trophy at the 2022 African Cup of Nations women’s handball tournament on Saturday with a victory over Cameroon by 29-19, in the tournament held in Dakar, Senegal.

This will be the fourth time in a row for the Palancas Negras to win the African Cup of Nations women’s handball, which makes it the 15th continental title for them this year.

Catito Nelson, the Team’s coach said: “It’s the fruit of a lot of hard work, Angola has taken the lead over other African teams”. 

“We must continue to work hard to improve our handball and keep the dominance so that this group of athletes continues to play at the highest level and win titles for Angola”, he added.

On the other hand, the Cameroon coach, Serge Guebogo said: “Faced with a team like Angola with so many qualities: physical qualities, technical qualities, mental qualities and a great tactical sense, it does not forgive”.

He added that the defeat simply means they have to go back to their roots and work to close the gap between Angola and other nations.

Although they might have encountered and resisted the most complicated moments in the 25th edition of the women’s handball ACN, Angolan victory over Cameroon confirms their unbeatable dominance.

However , Angola, Cameroon, Congo and Senegal are amongst the first four classified and qualified for the next World cup.

In the history of Angola, they only lost one final in 1991, in Cairo, Egypt

BORUSSIA’S MOUKOKO BECOMES THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD CUP.

Borussia’s forward, Youssoufa Moukoko got a surprise call up from Germany’s coach, Hansi Flick to play for Germany in the 2022 World cup in Qatar.

 

Youssoufa Moukoko plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and has scored six times in the Bundesliga this season.

 

This call up has come as a surprise in the football world when Hansi Flick announced his 26-man squad, even though really talented, Moukoko is a very young player. He was born on the 20th of November, 2004.

 

Cameroon already picked out their 26-man squad which did not include Moukoko.

 

The 17-year old was picked following the absence of Timo Werner due to his injury.

 

Youssoufa Moukoko will be known as the youngest player to be in the World cup.

GRAND ETHIOPIAN RUN: MORE THAN 40,000 PARTICIPATED IN THE AFRICA’S BIGGEST RUN

At the 2022 Grand Ethiopian Run, more than 40,000 runners have reportedly participated in the event held on Sunday morning in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Eritrean athletes were part of the participants who participated in the race as well as other members of the society.

At the launch ceremony of the race, the FDRE President, Sahle-Work Zewde, Minister of Culture and Sports, Kejela Merdasa, and Mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanech Abiebie, were present, along with other senior government officials, invited guests, tourists, legendary world athletes.

The founder of the Great Ethiopian Run, Haile Gebrselassie said: “I am so glad to organise such a race here in Addis Ababa. I want to do this kind of thing in Mekelle, I want to do this kind of thing in northern Ethiopia”.

He made this statement in reference to the peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan rebels, expressing hopes that the race could be in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray.

Abe Gashaw was the first athlete to win three titles, adding to his wins in 2016 and 2021. He finished in a time of 28 minutes and 32 seconds. In the women’s race a new race winner emerged, in person of Tigist Ketema, in the final 200m.

Both winners were awarded a cash prize of 150,000 birr, making it the highest prize in the race’s 22-year history.

In 2002, the first edition of the Great Ethiopian Run took place in Ethiopia and was pioneered by the famous Ethiopian long distance runner, Haile Gebresellasie. It is the largest street race in Africa and the sixth in the world.

This 22nd edition was a 10 kilometers running event, which started and ended at Mesqel Square in Addis Ababa.

RWANDAN FEMALE REFEREE MUKANSANGA TO OFFICIATE AT FIFA WORLD CUP

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga is one of the three female referees selected to officiate at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

The Rwandan referee made history as the first woman to referee a men’s match at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and this will also be the first time to have a female referee in the men’s FIFA World cup.

Mukansanga was selected alongside Japanese Yamashita and French Stephanie Frappart and three female assistant referees. 

The final list of the 36 match referees was announced by World football governing body (FIFA) on Thursday, 19th May.

Likewise Brazil’s Neuza Back, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt have been included in the 69 assistant referees.

FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina said: “We are very happy that..we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup”.

Mukansanga told reporters in Doha on Friday that they have been selected because they deserved to be. She said: “Back at our confederation, or back at home it is another level, so this is the biggest level of football, so being here means we deserve to be here, it is not a change or because we are women”.

Furthermore, all match officials for the finals will participate in seminars in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha.

BLACK STARS DEFEATS SWISS NATIONAL TEAM IN PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLY

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup to take place in Qatar, the Ghanaian national football team defeated their counterpart Switzerland in an international friendly which took place on Thursday, 17th November, 2022 at the Baniyas Club Stadium, United Arab Emirates.

The Black Stars defeated Switzerland by two goals to nil, which was secured in second half by Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu and Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo in 71st minute and and 73rd minute of the match.

The Ghanaian team has been drawn in Group H alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay. The Black Stars will later take on South Korea on November 28 and Uruguay on December 2.

The coach for the Ghanaian team, Otto Addo has called up a number of Premier League players for the tournament, including Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, Leicester’s Daniel Amartey, Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew and Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, amongst others.

With The exception of Partey, all these players took part in the friendly match over Switzerland.

Regardless of their defeat, the European team has been drawn in Group G, and will take on Cameroon (24 November), Serbia (28 November) and Brazil (2 December).

The Black Stars win has put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians as they have suffered a poor run of results this year.

GHANA’S TALENTED STRIKER OBTAINS A UEFA COACHING LICENSE.

Asamoah Gyan, a 36-year old Ghanian footballer enrolled in the Football Association Wales (FAW) coaching in June and has now completed his 6 months residential training. 

 

He has been out of action for almost two years after sustaining an injury while playing for Ghana League Side Legon Cities FC. This striker was Ghana’s all time leading scorer with 51 goals from 109 matches. He was also Africa’s all time top scorer at the quadrennial football showpiece with six goals from three tournaments. He also scored three goals in the 2010 World cup in South Africa which propelled his team to the quarter finals. He was the poster boy for the Black Stars in many tournaments.

 

Sadly, he has been off course as he has not been in action for up to two years and has not featured for the Black Stars since playing at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

 

He expressed his desire to return to the national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup which would have been his fourth appearance at the global tournament but that desire did not materialize. 

 

However, this striker is not ready to throw in the towel yet with his football career. He has gone ahead to obtain a UEFA-B license to become a coach. On Wednesday, 17th November he posted on his social media “Your new UEFA license coach is here, thanks to all who made it possible and a special one to the Wales FA, this is just the beginning. January 2023, coaching clinic loading.” 

 

 This license is just a level below UEFA-A license and with this license , he can be head coach of men’s amateur clubs, youth teams up to 16 and assistant coach for professional clubs. 

 

He has also made us aware that having a coach clinic is on his agenda and that is something that could happen next year.

VICTOR OSIMHEN BIOGRAPHY, NET WORTH, CARS AND HOUSES

Victor Osimhen is a 23-year-old Nigerian professional footballer alias Mr. Hat Trick currently plays as a striker for Italian Serie A side Napoli at the club level and the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the international level. He is known for his pace, work rate, and aerial abilities.

 

Victor got his first professional contract in January 2017 after his noticeable performance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He was scouted by German club VfL Wolfsburg. He has also played for some clubs in Europe including four-time Ligue 1 champions Lille OSC.

 

Victor Osimhen’s Biography

Victor was born on 29th September, 1998 and goes by the full name Victor James Osimhen. He was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria although he is from the Esan tribe, South-East local government area of Edo state. He was raised by his father, Elder Patrick Osimhen following the demise of his mother. He is the 7th out of his 6 siblings. On May 24th, 2020, his father also passed away at age 80 after a sickness.

 

His Football Career

He started off his early football career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos, Nigeria. He had a breakthrough in his career after his performance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which secured him a contract with VfL Wolfsburg. Following his performance, he was awarded the CAF Youth Player of the year in 2015.

 

He made his senior debut performance for Super Eagles in June 2017, in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo. He moved to the Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018-2019 before going to France at Lille. In 2020, Victor transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of 70 million Euros, making him the most expensive African transfer to date.

 

Salary and Contract

Victor is the second-highest paid Nigerian footballer in the world, and has managed to establish himself as one of the most vicious strikers in the Italian league, earning the award for the Serie A Most Valuable Young Player. 

 

Victor is among the highest-paid players at SSC Napoli. He earns around £5,824,000 annually and a weekly package of £112,000.

 

His present contract with Napoli expires in 2025, but victor continues to be linked with a move away from Italy this summer which could see him almost double his yearly package.

 

Victor Osimhen’s Net Worth

Victor is one of the richest Super Eagles Stars, and has played for top European clubs for over a decade. He has a net worth of $1.5 million, making him one of the richest soccer players in Nigeria.

 

Victor Osimhen FIFA 22 Rating

Victor has a FIFA 22 rating 80 with a potential of 88, with his position as a striker for Napoli. He is rated 88 for his stand-out ability which is his pace. For physicality he was rated 81, for shooting 80 and for dribbling 75, making him one of the highest-rated Super Eagles in the game.

 

Cars and Houses

Regardless of his fame and wealth, Victor does not post any of his cars on his social media page, although he has been spotted with some luxury cars and one of them is the exotic Mercedes G-Wagon that cost him ₦65,000,000.

 

Victor has an apartment in Posillipo, Naples where he is based, the value of the apartment has not been disclosed. 

 

 

NIGERIAN ARTIST, KIZZ DANIEL TO PERFORM AT THE FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP.

Few months back, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe popularly known by his stage name Kizz Daniel posted on his social media page that he would love to perform his hit song “Buga” at the World Cup. He might have just wished upon a shooting star because his wish is about to come through.

 

His song “Buga” was a hit as everyone both old and young were jamming along to it, months earlier. It was a viral Tiktok sound before his recent “Cough” took that position. He has recently seen success with his global tour and it is safe to say this year has been a grand year for him.

 

It was recently confirmed by the football governing body on their instagram page when they released the names of those set to perform that Kizz Daniel will be performing alongside five international artists at the FIFA World cup on the 23rd of November,2022 at Doha, Qatar. This is the most significant sporting event in 2022 and it is a big achievement for the singer; and of course his fans are elated.

 

The singer also confirmed his appearance on his Instagram where he captioned the poster “This one’s for Africa. This one’s for Vado Nation. See you in Qatar World Cup 23/11/2022”.

 

The performance is a form of entertainment that boosts the connection between football and music. The World cup is set to hold from the 20th of November till the 18th of December, 2022.

2022 CAFWCL: BAYELSA QUEENS WINS FIRST MEDAL FOR NIGERIA

At the 2022 CAFWCL, the Nigeria women’s team Bayelsa Queens won Nigeria’s first CAF Women Champions League medal after a third place finish, which took place at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Morocco on November 12, 2022.

On Saturday, Bayelsa Queens of Nigeria defeated their opponent from Tanzania, Simba Queens 1-0 in the third-place match.

During the first half of the match, there was no goal scored by either of the teams, although Glory Edet and Etim Edidiong were close to a breakthrough with good chances for the Bayelsa but Simba Queens hit back with opportunities of their own.

In the second half of the match, however similar to the opening 46 minutes with both sides looking for a decisive breakthrough, Juliet Sunday scored the winning goal for Bayelsa Queens in the 71st minute to win the bronze medal for Nigeria.

The Simba Queens almost came close to parity when a brutal attempt by Clement was saved by Bayelsa’s Bawou Gabrielle.

Bawou Ange Gabrielle, Bayelsa Queens and Cameroon’s safe hands bagged the Woman of the Match award for incredible performance against Simba Queens SC in the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League bronze medal match.

Out of five games, the Prosperity Girls won three and lost the other two to Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies of South Africa and ASFAR FC of Morocco.

In addition, the ASFAR FC of Morocco and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies of South Africa emerged as final two in the 2022 CAFWCL.

AFRICAN FOOTBALL BODY OFFERS SUPPORT TO FIFA’s CALL FOR UNITY

Ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has backed FIFA’s call for unity and inclusion.

The host country Qatar, has been condemned for a range of human rights violations heading into the event.

In reference to this, FIFA sent out a letter earlier this month to the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup to request that football remain the focus, rather than politics.

Patrice Motsepe, the CAF president has offered his support to FIFA ahead of the tournament, stating that as it has been over the years, football can be used as a tool to create unity amongst people.

The CAF president said: “We recognise that football has over the years been an important tool for bringing together and uniting people from different races, language groups and religious backgrounds”.

He went on to say that: “FIFA world cup is an important global sporting event that brings together people from different countries and continents for the development and celebration of football worldwide and the advancement of humanity”.

Ahead of the event which kicks off on November 20, 2022, the South American football confederation CONMBEOL, also offered its support to FIFA.

This will be the first time the World Cup will be hosted in the Middle East in the 92-year history of the tournament. 

Senegal is to enter the tournament as Africa’s leading side behind Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon and Ghana.

AFRICA CUPS: RIVERS UNITED QUALIFIES FOR GROUP STAGE AS PLATEAU UNITED LOSES

Nigerian representatives in the African Cups suffered contrasting fortunes in far away Libya as Plateau United failed to qualify in the Confederation Cup, although Rivers United in the group stage after playing a 1-1 draw against Al Nasr.

 

Prior to this, Plateau United secured a lead score 4-1 in the first leg of the Confederation playoff, but suffered a 3-0 loss at the Benina Martyrs Stadium and left the competition on the away goal rule.

 

In the first half, Plateau United managed to play 0-0 but yielded in the second half when their opponent scored three goals after losing several chances in the first 45 minutes.

 

Fidelis Ikechukwu, the team’s coach later paid for their recklessness as they yielded the first two goals in the 62nd and 87th minute and in the fourth minute of the added time, the “Tin City” boys conceded the third goal.

 

As a result of their bad performance in Benghazi, the champions of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League failed to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

 

On the other hand, NPFL defending champions, Rivers United played a 1-1 draw against the host Al Nasr to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

 

The host Al Nasr scored the first goal by their team player Abdulsalam Al Fitouri in the 39th minute, and in the 57th minute, former Kano Pillars man, Nyima Nwagua scored a goal for Rivers United.

 

This is the first time a Nigerian club won the Confederation Cup title since it was introduced by CAF.