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Sports News Round-Up By Osinachi Nwosu

Sports News Round-Up By Osinachi Nwosu

Zanzibar is new Caf member

Zanzibar FA has been admitted as the newest member of Caf, supersport.com can report.
The new development will see Zanzibar as the 55th member of Caf after the 39th Caf general assembly in Addis Ababa unanimously voted to admit the country’s FA.
Tanzania FA president Jamal Malinzi made his presentation on behalf of the Zanzibar FA asking the assembly to admit Zanzibar.
“Zanzibar has been active over the years and it has a running league and they are independent. I don’t see why they should not be admitted as an independent federation because they have their own constitution and statutes,” Malinzi told the Caf assembly on Thursday.
In 2005 Zanzibar’s move to join Fifa was rejected by the congress.

Ahmad Ahmad defeats Hayatou to clinch CAF presidency

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Madagascar’s football chief Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office.
Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed. Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the result was announced.
Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise, and the incumbent was seen as the favourite.
Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.

Ahmad Ahmad is new CAF President

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has won the CAF Presidential elections, defeating Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou who has been in power since 1988 (29 years).
Ahmad won the election 34 to Hayatou’s 20.
The Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki ongratulated Ahmad Ahmad.
Saraki who called NFF President, spoke with the new CAF President and said that he was going to pass the good news to President Buhari.
Ahmad who is also the deputy Senate President of Madagascar visited Saraki when he came to campaign in Nigeria.

Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as head of the Confederation of African Football is over after Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad beat him in a presidential election on Thursday.
Ahmad, 57-year-old, who goes by just a single name, won the CAF presidency by 34 votes to 20 in the poll, bringing to a surprise end the 29-year tenure of the 70-year-old Hayatou, who is from Cameroon.
The result was greeted by cheers at the CAF congress as Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of jubilant supporters to the podium after the result was announced.
Ahmad, previously minister of sport and minister of fisheries in his home country, had been given little chance just a month ago when he announced his candidacy.
But he offered voters a fresh face to a younger generation of soccer association presidents that have emerged.
Hayatou’s long career in soccer is now at an end, although he is still an International Olympic Committee member.

Ahmad elected African football chief

Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office to usher in a “new dawn” for the sport on the continent.
Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.
Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise, and the incumbent was seen as the favourite.
He earlier said his programme was the “reform of the administration of CAF to avoid the involvement of politics in the organisation.”
Cameroonian Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He was credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.
Hayatou was led from the auditorium by aides who brushed off requests for comment from journalists while Ahmad was picked up and carried by cheering supporters.
Seyi Akinwunmi, vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation, called Hayatou a “colossus who has bestrode African football for decades” before adding: “It’s a new dawn, all should be happy.

Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough sack manager after three and half years

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Middlesbrough have sacked manager Aitor Karanka after three and a half years at the club.
Boro are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and currently sit in the relegation zone, three points from safety with 11 games remaining.
They are also the league’s lowest scorers with just 19 goals and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City last weekend.
Assistant head coach Steve Agnew will take control of the first team.
The former Real Madrid assistant manager took over at the Riverside in November 2013 to become Middlesbrough’s first ever non-British boss.
Boro secured automatic promotion to the Premier League last season.
The club met with Karanka and following discussions, Boro said it was in their “best interests” to make the change.
Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is the early favourite to succeed Karanka.

Hannover Insist New Super Eagles Invitee Noah Bazee Will Not Be Released

German club Hannover 96 have insisted that Super Eagles invitee Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee will not be released to any team in the summer.
There has been uncertainty surrounding the future of Bazee at HSV as his contract expires at the end of next season, and he has not yet put pen to paper on a new deal.
A number of Bundesliga teams, including Schalke 04, RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg, are reportedly monitoring the situation of the 20-year-old Bazee.
The offensive all-rounder joined Hannover from TSV Havelse U17 in 2013.

Senegal Name Liverpool, West Ham, Stoke City Stars In 26-Man Roster For Nigeria Friendly

Senegal Name Liverpool, West Ham, Stoke City Stars In 26-Man Roster For Nigeria FriendlySenegal coach Aliou Cissé unveiled on Thursday a list of 26 players selected for the friendly matches against Nigeria on March 23 in London and then Ivory Coast four days later in Paris.
Cisse has handed maiden call-ups to Moussa Wagué (Eupen), Adama Mbengue (Orlando City) and ex-France U20 international Opa Nguette (Metz).
Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji has been named in the roster after he made himself available for selection despite struggling with a knee injury in recent weeks.
And he is joined in the squad list by undoubtedly the star player of The Lions of Teranga, Sadio Mané, Hull City midfielder Alfred Ndiaye, Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf and West Ham star Cheikhou Kouyate.
The Senegalese squad have been booked in to stay at Holiday Inn Hotel, Wembley, and are expected to arrive in London on Monday, March 20.

Senegal Squad For Nigeria Friendly

Goalkeepers : Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Pape Seydou Ndiaye

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly, Kara Mbodj, Saliou Ciss, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wagué, Zargo Toure, Adama Mbengue, Cheikh Mbengue

Midfielders : Idrissa Gana Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Salif Sané, Henry Saivet, Alfred Ndiaye, Cheikh Ndoye

Forwards: Sadio Mané, Diao Baldé Keïta, Mame Biram Diouf, Ismaîla Sarr, Opa Nguette, Moussa Sow, Famara Diediou, Babacar Khouma Gueye.

Issa Hayatou Out, Ahmad Ahmad In

Madagascan football administrator Ahmad Ahmad has been named the new Caf President after defeating incumbent Issa Hayatou in Thursday’s vote.
In the election, which was held at Caf’s 39th General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ahmad defeated Hayatou in a shock result after picking up 34 votes to the 70-year-old’s 20.
Hayatou had been in power since 1988 when he replaced Abdel Halim Mohammad, and has overseen significant growth in the continental game and in Caf’s standing within the global football community.
The Cameroonian who as a result of this defeat will lose his position on the ruling council of world football’s governing body, was led from the auditorium by aides who ignored requests for comment from media.
In contrast, Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of supporters to the podium after the result was announced. He becomes the body’s seventh president after Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957-1958), Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958-1968), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968-1972), Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017).

Whyte Daniel

March 16th, 2017

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