CAF president Ahmad assures of complete AFCON success in Egypt

By CAFonline  Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad says everything is ready for a successful hosting of the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations being hosted by Egypt. Addressing a press briefing at the Cairo International Stadium on the eve of the opening of thefinals, Ahmad hailed “the outstanding commitment of the Egyptian president to organize this edition in less than five months.  “All the organizers of this competition have come together to make it…

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Egypt win opener; Nigeria up against debutantes Burundi

By CAFonline  Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’s beauty of a goal in the 41st minute proved to be the difference as Egypt kicked off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a winning note with a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe at a fully packed Cairo International Stadium on Friday night. Roared on by their enthusiastic home fans who came to the stadium in full voice and full color, the Pharaohs should have won by a bigger margin had they been…

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Malawian Airlines once more flies out golfers to Kenya tourney

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawian Airlines has once more come to the rescue of Malawi Professional Golfers Association (PGAMW) by sponsoring three return air tickets for golfers Paul Chidale, Victor Kachepatsonga and their accompanying official to participate at the at the Karen Masters 2019 tournament in Nairobi, Kenya from June 27–30. Malawian Airlines have responded to an appeal for sponsorship by PGAMW last week made to stakeholders and the corporate world. This is not the first time for Malawian Airlines…

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FIFA president Infantino to grace 2019 AFCON opening ceremony

By CAFonline  FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino will be in attendance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony joining many football dignitaries including Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) AFCON ambassadors and ex-footballers, as the African soccer event gets underway Friday night at the Cairo International Stadium. The opening match will be between the hosts Egypt 🇪🇬 against Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) representatives, Zimbabwe 🇿🇼. CAF’s deputy general secretary in charge of development, Anthony Baffoe has…

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Representation by countries where AFCON players are currently plying their trade

France 🇫🇷 has the highest number of players that are playing in its league and are representing their countries at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals that kick off on Friday, June 21 in Egypt. The French league has 88 players in total and coming second is South Africa 🇿🇦 with 46 players and England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 with 41 players on third. Portugal 🇵🇹 has 28 players, Turkey 🇹🇷 (27 players),  Egypt 🇪🇬 (24), Belgium 🇧🇪 (21),  Spain 🇪🇸 (20), …

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Senegal fear no team — coach Cisse

By CAFonline Senegal coach Alliou Cisse says his side will adopt a match-by-match approach at the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 with the aim to do better than the quarter-finals outing at the last edition in Gabon in 2017. Cisse is one of few coaches who will be making back-to-back appearances, from the last edition. The Teranga Lions are in Group C with Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania.  Asked by CAFonline.com of Senegal’s chances ahead of the kick…

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Caster Semenya accuses IAAF of using her as a ‘guinea pig experiment’

By Sean Ingle, Guardian South African Caster Semenya has accused International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of using her body “as a human guinea pig experiment” by forcing her to take medication to control her testosterone levels.  The double Olympic 800m champion stepped up her attacks on the world athletics’ governing body after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) released its 163-page judgment explaining why it decided to rule against her in a landmark case last month. Semenya…

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All eyes will be on Egypt’s Mo Salah

By Angu Lesley, www.kick442.com Ahead of the kick off of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday, June 19 with the hosts dating Zimbabwe in the opener, all eyes will certainly be on Mohamed Salah, the current African Footballer of the Year and the 2019 UEFA Champions League winner, who is expected to lead the Pharaohs’ charge for their 8th continental title after the disappointment of losing to Cameroun in the final of the last edition in Gabon….

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Two Zampira Promotion winners to watch Real Madrid’s La Liga match in Spain

By Duncan Mlanjira Two lucky winners of the first round of the TNM Super League’s Zampira promotion for football fans will be flown to Madrid, Spain to watch a La Liga match involving the great Real Madrid. TNM Plc, sponsors of the country’s flagship league, when it launched the 2019 season of the Zampira promotion, which is part of TNM’s drive as league to actively engage the soccer fans. “This year marks 12 years of our commitment to the…

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Former UEFA president Platini ‘detained over awarding of World Cup to Qatar’

Former Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president Michel Platini has been detained and questioned by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to news agency Reuters. Reports say prosecutors are investigating suspected corruption and bribery on Platini, 63, who was head of European football’s governing body until he was banned in 2015 for ethics breaches. The former France midfielder and three-time Ballon d’Or winner has always denied any wrongdoing. He was banned…

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