Every single country in Africa has applied to Fifa to access a coronavirus relief fund, chairman of FIFA’s Covid-19 steering committee, Olli Rehn, said on Wednesday.
Rehn told a video conference that more than 150 member-associations of football’s ruling body FIFA have applied for assistance through the world governing body’s $1.5bn Covid-19 Relief Plan.
The Bureau of FIFA’s Council in late July approved the regulations of the relief plan for national associations. The Fifa fund is making $1.5bn (£1.1bn) available to its 211 member associations and six confederations.
Rehn said all money comes from FIFA funds.
On Wednesday, Fifa announced that it believes the coronavirus pandemic has cost the global football economy an estimated $14bn.
Fifa has revealed that over 150 countries have already applied for the grant scheme, meaning Africa represents around a third of the countries to have made such a request.
Each federation is also to receive a grant of $1.5m, with $500,000 to be allocated to the women’s game, by January 2021.
Each national body can also apply for interest-free loans of up to $5m which can be used for activities including the restart of competitions and implementation of return-to-play protocols.
According to Rehn, the coronavirus pandemic has cost global football 14 billion dollars, a figure that includes associations and youth academies but not international club football.
The official, who is from Finland, added that football in South America and Africa has been hit much harder than in Europe.
Rehn also insisted that the use of the funds would be closely monitored, with some associations complaining about strict compliance rules.
“Corruption has no place in FIFA. It is therefore imperative that we ensure that the fund is used for the right purposes,” he said.
UFC 253: Israel Adesanya Knocks Out Paulo Costa
The UFC 253 main event was expected to be an evenly matched battle of undefeated fighters. Instead, the UFC middleweight title bout turned into a rout.
Nigerian born Israel Adesanya (20-0) destroyed Brazil’s Paulo Costa (12-1) inside of two rounds on Saturday night. Adesanya earned a TKO at the 3:59 mark of the second round of their fight in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Adesanya used a pinpoint kicking game to slow the brash Costa, who threw a white belt at Adesanya during their face-off at Friday’s weigh-ins. Over and over he landed precise kicks to Costa’s lead leg, which slowed Costa, who is known to load up for heavy power shots.
Costa did his best to mask his pain, but by the second round, it was obvious the end was a matter of time. Adesanya wobbled Costa with a huge head kick, which opened a cut on Costa’s forehead. A perfect left hand to the temple dropped Costa, and Adesanya followed with shots on the ground until the bout was waved off.
The evening’s co-feature bout crowned a new light heavyweight champion, and one who would have been considered improbable just a few years ago.
Warsaw’s Jan Blachowicz (27-8) downed Victorville, Calif.’s Dominick Reyes (12-2) in the second round, earning a TKO at the 4:36 mark. The 37-year old, who lost four of his first six UFC fights, capped a run of four straight victories and eight of nine to claim the belt.
Blachowicz used efficient combos followed by ruthless left kicks to the ribs to take the first round. By the second, Reyes’s ribs were horrifically swollen. Blachowicz poured it on, and a straight right which appeared to break Reyes’ nose was followed by an overhand left which finished things.
The bout filled a title left vacant in August, when longtime titleholder Jon Jones relinquished the championship in order to focus on a move up to heavyweight.
Kenyan Athletes’ Doping Troubling – President Kenyatta
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has described cases of doping by athletes from the country as troubling.
President Kenyatta said this on Saturday during the reopening of the Nyayo Stadium which has been under renovation and upgrading since 2017.
He also directed the sports ministry to enhance anti doping education among athletes.
“We have had the use of illicit products among our sportsmen. Even-though this cases are tiny, they are troubling,” he said. “Provide resources for enhanced anti-doping education, testing and reporting on a regular basis.”
The President said Kenya’s reputation has been built on a foundation of competing clean and winning fairly.
According to Kenyatta, Nyayo Stadium upgrade is not an isolated case and by next year Kenya Defence Forces will also have their own stadium in Langata.
He said the ministry should resume preparation for Olympics and Paralympics and coordinate on how athletes can resume competing abroad.
The Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohammed, thanked the president for his support in making all the changes required for the stadium.
“The track is in good shape and we will put to test in a few days with the Kipkeino Classic,” she said. “Several international sports bodies have sent their representatives to inspect this facility (Nyayo Stadium) and have rated it among the best on the African continent. “
Amina said the World Athletics gave the 45,000-seat Nyayo National Stadium clean bill of health ahead of planned World Continental Tour dubbed Kip Keino Classic on October 3.
Nyayo Stadium was closed in 2017 for renovations to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (Chan), which was later moved to Morocco over unpreparedness.
The stadium was briefly opened to host a Kenyan Premier League match between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards in August 2017 then closed again for renovation.
It was then partially reopened for Beyond Zero Half Marathon on March 8 and February 11 for former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s state funeral.
Zambia Invites 40 Players To CHAN 2021 Camp
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has invited 40 players for the 2021 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) camp.
This was revealed by the Milutin Micho Sredojevic, Head Coach of the Zambian men’s football national team, on Friday.
The Serbian manager said that the list would be eventually pruned to 23 for the competition to be hosted by Cameroon in January 2021.
The all locally based squad will enter residential camp on Sunday, September 28th.
The 11-year-old championship is meant for players in the domestic leagues of African countries.
“The players will commence camping on Sept. 28 and after one week, they will be reduced to 23 players. Thereafter, the team will play international friendlies against Malawi, Kenya and South Africa in October.
“We are also planning two other international friendlies against Rwanda and Libya,’’ he said.
The Serbia-born tactician said the friendly matches would assist the team to ascertain their level of preparedness for the competition.
He said the Zambian Premier League scheduled to start in October would assist the players to sharpen their skills and be in good form.
Sredojevic said the national team would play Botswana in AFCON qualifier at home and away in November.
“After Christmas, we shall come out with a comprehensive programme to prepare for the CHAN tournament. From there, we will know the players that will represent Zambia in Cameroon 2021,’’ he said.
Morocco is the defending champion of the CAF African Nations Championship.
FAZ also announced that the Copper Bullets will play a friendly against the Flames of Malawi on October 7th at Nkoloma Stadium. Zambia will then travel to South Africa for another friendly match against Bafana Bafana on October 10th before facing Kenya.
Among the invitees are NAPSA Stars star midfielder, Collins Sikombe, who scored the only goal of the game when Zambia played their last match at Nkoloma Stadium on March 12 beating the Flames 1-0; Zesco United new duo of Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba and Bruce Musakanya; and youngsters including Patrick Gondwe, Ricky Banda, Thomas Zulu, and Jackson Kakunta.
Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Sebastian Mwange (Green Eagles), Richard Nyirenda (Nchanga Rangers)
Gift Zulu (Nkana), Kondwani Chiboni, Benson Sakala, Zachariah Chilongoshi (all Power Dynamos), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Pride Mwansa (Nkwazi), Kebson Kamanga (Zanaco), Luka Banda, Luka Ng’uni (both Napsa Stars), Isaac Shamujompa, Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors)
Leonard Mulenga, Robin Siame (both Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Kapumbu, Boyd Musonda (both Zanaco), Gozon Mutale (Green Eagles), Thomas Zulu (Nkwazi), Laurent Muma (Forest Rangers), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Godfrey Ngwenya, George Chisala (both Power Dynamos), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars), Chaniza Zulu (Lumwana Radiants), Clement Mundia (Kabwe Warriors), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Patrick Gondwe (Nkana), Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga (Zesco United), Webster Muzaza (Forest Rangers)
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