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Salah retains African best player award, Oshoala dethroned



Mohamed Salah has again emerged as the African Player of the Year 2018.

While the Egyptian is keeping the coveted award for the second time in a row, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala has been dethroned as the best female player on the continent.

Last year, Salah, 26 , became the first Egyptian player to win the CAF Best Player Award since the introduction of the event in 1992.

With the Liverpool striker keeping the award in 2018, he has joined the list of the few players who won two awards in a row such as El Hadji Diouf from Senegal (2001, 2002), Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon (2003, 2004) and Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast (2011, 2012)

In the Women category, Thembi Kgatlana was voted as African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 ahead of the Nigerian duo of Oshoala and Francisca Ordega.

Oshoala was hoping to score a fourth win after her first three victories in 2014, 2016, and 2017 but that was not to be in Dakar on Tuesday night.

The Super Falcons won the first award of the night; as they were voted as the Best National Women Team for the Year.

In the male category Nigeria was not even nominated and it was won by Mauritania who for the first time in their history qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in style in 2018.

Though Super Falcons Coach Thomas Dennerby was nominated, it was South Africa’s Desiree Ellis that won the African Women’s Coach of the Year 2018.

For the Men’s Coach of the Year 2018, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was not in the final shortlist and it was Morocco coach Herve Renard that was voted as the continent’s best gaffer.

Borussia Dortmund and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi beat Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi to the Young Player of the Year Award.

For the Goal of the Year; a new addition to the CAF Awards, South African female striker, Kgatlana was the proud winner.

Ydnekatchew Tessema Trophy for the Federation President of the Year was won by Fouzi Lekjaa president of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football.

There was big heartbreak for many Nigerians as no player from the country made the cut for Africa Best XI for 2018.

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Carmelo Anthony denies cheating again on wife Lala after he was pictured on a yacht with a mystery woman



Carmelo Anthony wasn’t with wife Lala on her birthday, instead he was pictured with a mystery woman on a yacht in the South of France.

Lala’s birthday was on Tuesday, June 25. He sent her a birthday message on Instagram but hours later, photos of him with a voluptuous lady on a boat surfaced on the internet.

The mystery woman is not Carmelo’s alleged mistress who gave birth to his side baby. It was a mystery woman and this led to speculations that Carmelo was cheating again even after his wife forgave him for having a baby outside of their marriage.

Carmelo Anthony denies cheating again on wife Lala after he was pictured on a yacht with a mystery woman

But Carmelo, who split temporarily from Lala in 2018 because of infidelity on his part, has denied having an affair with the woman and said the lady was there with her husband. He said they were all there on a business retreat.

In a video shared by TMZ Sports, Carmelo, who married Lala in 2010, said: “Listen, I’m gonna address this one time and one time only. And I’m really only addressing it for my family. Keep my family out this, man. I’m over here trying to do my business retreat. I’m over here trying to have a good time. I’m on a boat with some friends. Them people are married, man. They ain’t got nothing to do with anything. Y’all trying to expose – y’all exposing somebody’s wife. Y’all exposing somebody’s kids to all that. like, c’mon.

“Leave that alone, man. That ain’t cool. Now, I got to deal with that. I got to deal with that with my son. I got to deal with that with my wife. That ain’t cool, man. That’s not cool at all. Let those people live, all them bloggers trying to put that out there, that shit is not cool at all. It’s not cool at all.”

Carmelo added that the woman was on the yacht with her husband, and he (Melo) was only on board as a friend. .

He continued: “Let that family be. They’re family. They’re married. Let them people be them people. Them people are some real discrete people. And y’all putting them people out there like that? They don’t need to be [out] in the world like that. They do their own thing.

He added: “Y’all doing too much. The only reason I’m addressing this is because this is affecting my family now. And y’all got me out here looking crazy. Usually, I don’t address this, but I had to address this. Can’t let this one slide, ‘cause this shit ain’t cool no more. Peace.”

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Former UEFA President Michel Platini arrested by French police for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar



Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

French legend Platini was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee. French publication Mediapart claim Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar.

Platini is reported to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF). Back in December 2010 Qatar was controversially revealed as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, following on from Russia in 2018.

A number of people have issues have arise regarding the decision to select the peninsular Arab country, including human rights concerns and the status of homosexuality. In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam, shortly before casting his vote for Qatar.

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LMC fines Kano Pillars N8m, hands Rabiu Ali 12 match ban



The League Management Company on Wednesday announced a number of sanctions against the Kano Pillars Football Club over Monday’s incident involving their supporters and players.

Salihu Abubakar, LMC’s Chief Operating Officer said in a statement that the sanctions were as a result of crowd disturbances and harassment of match officials.

The misdemeanour was committed by Kano Pillars’ fans and players during and after one of Match Day 4 fixtures at the Nigeria Professional Football League Championship Playoffs in Lagos.

“Kano Pillars have been fined the sum of N8 million, while their captain, Rabiu Ali, has been banned from all NPFL activities and matches for a period of 12 matches,” Abubakar said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that supporters and fans believed to belong to the Kano side had invaded the pitch, damaged perimeter fences and advertising panels.

They had also hauled objects at the VIP stands at the end of the fixture between Kano Pillars and Rangers International which ended 1-1.

LMC, in a summary jurisdiction notice, charged Kano Pillars with four breaches of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL including breaches of Rule B13.18, C9, C1.1.

Ali was charged with accosting the match referee and, in so doing, he had incited others to commit acts of violence and misconduct in breach of Rule C1.3

The notice to Ali read, “Consequently, and taking into consideration your role as the captain of the team, by which your conduct is deemed to be an aggravated breach with a view to imposing more severe sanctions pursuant to Rule C19, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction.

“By this, LMC will impose on you the following sanction: a ban from all NPFL matches and activities for a period of 12 matches, commencing immediately”.

In the charge against Kano Pillars, the breaches covered offences such as the hauling of objects towards the field of play by some of their supporters in violation of Rule B13.18.

Kano Pillars were also charged for failing to control and ensure proper conduct of their players and officials who accosted the match referee in protest.

This constituted a breach of Rule C9.

The third charge read, “you are in breach of Rule B13.18 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.

“This is because on Monday, immediately after your NPFL Championship Playoff Match against Rangers International, some of your supporters encroached onto the field of play, pursuing match officials”.

The fourth count was hinged on the violent conduct of the supporters in a manner capable of bringing the league to disrepute.

This also includes injury to spectators and damage to facilities and equipment in violation of Rule C1.1.

It is an act which is punishable by virtue of B15.17 and B13.23 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.

For the first three breaches, the LMC fined the club N1 million for each count and N5 million for the breach of Rule C1.1.

Furthermore, the club have been ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors.

They also stand to forfeit three points in the new season, 2019/2020, should they be found in further breach of the charges during the duration of the new season.

The player and club are required by the rules to accept or appeal the charges and sanction in writing within 48 hours.

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