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New Fifa President Gianni Infantino to ‘reunite’ football

Gianni Infantino wants to reunite football after becoming president of world football’s governing body Fifa. The Uefa secretary general succeeds fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter, polling 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, at Friday’s election. Blatter quit in May amid allegations that led to a six-year ban from football, which he is contesting. “I said ...

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Nigeria reappoint Siasia as coach after Sunday Oliseh’s resignation

Nigeria have reappointed Samson Siasia as coach following the resignation of Sunday Oliseh earlier on Friday. The Nigeria Football Federation have ensured a coach is in place for March’s Nations Cup qualifiers against Egypt. Oliseh quit after only eight months, accusing the NFF of “contractual violations” and owing salaries. The NFF responded in a statement, saying Oliseh was this week ...

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Gianni Infantino elected new FIFA president

Switzerland’s Gianni Infantino has succeeded countryman Sepp Blatter as Fifa president. The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes in round two, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was third with four, while Jerome Champagne failed to get any. Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich. The first round of voting had ...

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Fifa election goes second round

Gianni Infantino caused a surprise by polling the most votes in round one of voting in Friday’s election to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president. The Uefa secretary general failed to get enough to seal outright victory, claiming 88 of the 207 votes available at an extraordinary congress in Zurich. Pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa won 85. Prince ...

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Sexwale pulls out of FIFA President race

One of the five hopefuls for the FIFA presidency has pulled out of the race minutes before voting began. South African tycoon Tokyo Sexwale announced he was pulling out of the contest, leaving four contenders. They are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al Hussein and Jerome Champagne. Earlier, FIFA voted in favour of a series ...

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Europa League draw: Liverpool and Man United to meet in last 16

Liverpool will face arch-rivals Manchester United in the Europa League last 16. Tottenham have been drawn against Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Valencia, managed by Gary Neville, will face La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao, while Sevilla – the winners of the last two Europa League titles – are away to Basel, whose St Jakob-Park ground will host the final. The games ...

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Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh resigns

Sunday Oliseh has resigned as Head Coach of the Nigerian football national team, the Super Eagles, just over seven months after he was appointed. Oliseh, who announced his resignation on Twitter, said he took the decision due to the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to honour the terms of his contract. “Due to contract violations, lack of support, ...

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#SOTNGhana: Gov’t to open Boxing gym at Korle-Gonno – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama says a new boxing gym and sports complex will be built by Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) at Korle-Gonno this year. The area is very close to Bukom, where Ghana’s boxing talents have been groomed over the years, but for many decades has lacked a facility to give budding boxers the best training for ...

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Afghan boy bags real Messi shirt – finally

The Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 has finally received the real thing – from the Argentine footballer himself. BBC Trending helped to locate the child known as “Messi’s biggest fan”, five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, who comes from the Jaghori District, in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Messi’s ...

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Blatter and Platini lose Fifa appeals but have bans reduced

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter and suspended Uefa boss Michel Platini have had bans from all football-related activities upheld. But the suspensions have been reduced from eight to six years by Fifa’s appeals committee. Both were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” to Platini. They both deny any wrongdoing and Blatter has already said he will ...

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