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The African Beach Soccer Union (ABSU) at the weekend inaugurated its five Standing Committees.

ABSU, a young body focused on the promotion and development of Beach Soccer, held the event virtually and featured over 40 participants from member countries across Africa.

All appointees were sworn in after concurrently taking part in the oath-taking ceremony.

In his speech, Mr Mamud Hadejia, the President of the Union, tasked the newly sworn-in committee members to display strong friendship, tolerance and dedication in the call to serve the continent.

He further stressed that one of the main goals of the union is to improve on the technical aspect of the game while advising all to leverage on existing beach soccer structures laid by the national associations in their various countries.

“A core objective is also to improve the technical ability of players, coaches, referees and administrators in both genders of the sport,” Hadejia told the appointees during the event.

“It remains key as part of our developmental agenda to build on the established foundation for a strong Beach Soccer culture in Africa.”

Speaking after the swearing-in, Nassim El Hadaoui, the chairman of the Technical Development Committee disclosed his committee’s robust proposal for coaches, referees and players of the game.

El Hadaoui also revealed strategic plans for the introduction of beach soccer to schools and awareness against drug abuse while appealing for members to work together to ensure the continent surpasses its quarter-finals best within the next two World Cups.

The Guest Speaker, Mustapha El Hadauoi, a Moroccan legend, expressed his joy over the epoch-making ceremony and congratulated all members in their pioneering effort to collectively build upon existing efforts that have been put in place.

Mr. El Hadauoi, who doubles as Morocco’s Beach Soccer coach pledged his commitment to join the lobby for better beach soccer for Africa.

The Committees inaugurated were Technical & Youth Development, Women’s Development, Marketing & Sponsorship. Others are Media, Communications Branding Committee and Competitions Committee.

The committees’ heads are Ibrahima Ndiaye [Senegal]; Competitions, Ms. Peggy Freminot [Seychelles]; Women Development, Deo Mutabazi [Uganda]; Marketing/Sponsorship, and Yaw Ampofo Ankrah [Ghana]; Media & Communications.

Find below committees and their members.

Technical Development Committee

1) Nassim El Hadaoui – Morocco – Chairperson

2) Ali Mwebe – Uganda – Vice Chairperson

3) Abdullahi Isa – Nigeria

4) Ntonzo Bhengu – South Africa

5) Ahmed Abdel-Razak – Egypt

6) Omar Sylla – Senegal

7) George Dako – Ghana

8) Eddy Rose – Mauritius

9) Ulric Mathiot – Seychelles

10) Jelili Ogunmuyiwa – Nigeria

11) Boniface Pawasa – Tanzania

Women Development:

1) Ms. Peggy Freminot – Seychelles – Chairperson

2) Christian Jean Claude – Madagascar – Vice Chairperson

3) Mrs. Ruth David – Nigeria

4) Hilário Madeira – Mozambique

5) Ms. Hafsat Toyin Yusuff – Nigeria

6) Aboghe Christian – Gabon

7) Mrs Janet Nana Akua Amankwaa Quaye

Marketing & Sponsorship Committee

1) Deo Mutabazi – Uganda – Chairperson

2) Edivaldo Tavares – Angola – Vice Chairperson

3) Abdullahi Yahaya – Nigeria

4) Ronny Oyando – Kenya

5) Lucky Luthuli – South Africa

6) Alizor Chuks – Nigeria

7) Emmanuel Maobeng – Cameroun

Competitions Committee

1) Ibrahima Ndiaye – Senegal – Chairperson

2) Jonathan Kassano – Tanzania- Vice Chairperson

3) Helly Zafinimanga – Madagascar

4) Ewane Louis Bertin – Cameroon

5) Khaled Latif – Egypt

6) Masudy Muhozi – Burundi

7) Adebayo Akande – Nigeria

8) Nana Poku Amankwah- Ghana

Media, Communications & Branding Committee

1) Yaw Ampofo Ankrah – Ghana – Chairperson

2) Ayo Olu Ibidapo – Nigeria – Vice Chairperson

3) Ms. Marième Ndiaye – Sénégal

4) Ms. Aisha Augie – Nigeria

5) Nasir Auwal – Nigeria

6) Gift Macha – Tanzania

7) Carol Tshabalala – South Africa

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Central Africa Sports News

Cameroon Striker Bahoken Issued Suspended Prison Sentence



Cameroon and Angers striker Stephane Bahoken has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence with a fine of €2,000 for acts of domestic violence against his partner. He also has a three-month suspended sentence with a fine of €6,875 for traffic violation.

The Cameroon international striker was arrested by the French police earlier this week for allegedly assaulting his spouse and also threatening her with violence.

He came out of police custody after he was charged to court where he was punished for the traffic offence he committed in the summer and the domestic violence.

Bahoken released a statement through his lawyer, Florine Talon, vowing not to make anyone talk about him beyond the football pitch.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office has chosen a measure of appearance on prior admission of guilt, an alternative option to the classic trial before a criminal court, chosen when the personality of the defendant and the relative gravity of the charges justify it,” the statement read.

“Mr. Bahoken, who is unknown to the courts, spontaneously explained himself and showed himself to be extremely cooperative with both the gendarmes and the magistrates.

“With regard to the acts with which he was accused, it emerges from the investigation that in isolation, Mr. Bahoken and his partner may both have had regrettable attitudes and words which fortunately remained at the stage of words, in the absence of blows.

“Be that as it may, Mr. Bahoken who has never wished to harm his partner, bitterly regrets these heated exchanges and wishes their separation will continue in the best interests of the child.

“In any case, Stephane Bahoken accepts his reprehensible behaviour, accepts the sentence without complacency. And does not intend to make anyone else talk about him beyond the football stadiums.”

Bahoken played for 80 minutes as Angers defeated Rennes 2-1 at the Roazhon Park in a Ligue 1 game. He now remains a doubt for their next league game at home against Nice this weekend having missed a lot of the training sessions this week due to his detention.

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East Africa Sports News

Tusker FC Sign Former Gor Mahia Defender Ochieng



Tusker FC sign former Gor Mahia defender Ochieng

Kenya Premier League side Tusker FC have confirmed the signing of former Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng.

Tusker FC have been strengthening for the new season as they look to challenge for the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League title.

“Ochieng’ is now our player, he signed with us yesterday [Thursday],” Tusker FC chairman Daniel Aduda said.

“He is an experienced player who will give us much-needed experience at the back. Ochieng’ is also versatile and I believe he will be a valuable asset to the team.”

A couple of weeks ago Ochieng was released by his club alongside Edwin Lavatsa.

The defender is the third player signed by Tusker FC in the transfer window. They started by getting experienced centre-back Eugene Asike to extend his stay at the club by one year. Goalkeeper Robert Mboya also extended his stay at the club by another season as well.

Christopher Oruchum was the first signing for the former champions from the 13-time champions AFC Leopards.

“One of the things that motivated me to sign for Tusker is that Tusker is one of the biggest clubs in Kenya whereby we stand a chance to be exposed to big teams in Africa and outside the country,” the defender said after completing the move.

“Having joined a team that was high-flying the previous season, I hope and pray that I will also add something and also help the team to achieve more than they achieved last season.

“There was a time I was really close to signing for Tusker when I was at Thika United but the deal did not materialize then I ended up going to AFC Leopards, then from there I have the chance again of joining this great club, which I have longed to play for.”

Tusker FC last won the league trophy four years ago.

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Ivory Coast’s Pepe Scores in Arsenal 3-0 Win over Dundalk



A flurry of goals either side of halftime from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a comfortable 3-0 Europa League win over Irish side, Dundalk, on Thursday.

The result ensured that the Gunners topped their group after two games.

The 2019 League of Ireland champions defended bravely in London, but their resolve was broken in the 42nd minute.

This was after goalkeeper Gary Rogers failed to get enough on the ball when punching away a corner and Nketiah fired home from close range.

Willock added a second before the break, snapping up the rebound from a blocked shot by Pepe and slamming the ball beyond Rogers as Dundalk’s defence crumbled.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the first minute of the second half as Pepe cut onto his right foot and curled a superb shot into the top corner to make it 3-0 to leave Dundalk reeling.

The visitors rarely managed to threaten a makeshift Arsenal defence with midfielder Granit Xhaka slotting in at centre back for a period.

As the game wore on Dundalk struggled to get out of their own half as the Gunners coasted to victory.

The result puts Arsenal top of Group B on six points and ahead of Molde, who beat third-placed Rapid Vienna 1-0, on goal difference while Dundalk are bottom with no points.

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