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Nigerian- British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua, will enter the ring on December 12 to take on Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title.

Joshua, 30, currently holds the the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles.

Pulev, the IBF mandatory challenger, disclosed this on Monday, adding that the fight will be held in London.

The 39-year-old had been scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20 but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“No turning back, no procrastination! Kubrat Pulev vs Anthony Joshua! The date is December 12th and the place is London!,” the Bulgarian, known as ‘The Cobra’, said on his facebook page.

He added on his website (www.kubratpulev.com) that “the date and place of the event are now final and not subject to change, and both parties have signed the official contract.”

Joshua, 30, defeated Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last December to win back his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.

The Briton was initially due to fight Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in sparring.

Pulev challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout.

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Kenya Vs. Comoros: Ghost Names 40-Man Provisional Squad

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Kenya’s coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, has named a 40-man provisional squad for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros.

The encounter, a double-header, is scheduled for next month. The first leg will be played at the MISC Kasarani on November 11, at 7 pm, under floodlights, while the second leg has been slated for November 15, away in Moroni.

Mulee recalled experienced Finland-based goalkeeper Arnold Origi in a move aimed at adding a touch of experience to the team.

Captain Victor Wanyama, J-League top scorer Michael Olunga and Belgium-based Johanna Omollo, who missed out on the friendly match against Zambia, have also been called upon for the qualifiers which will be played next month.

Gor Mahia’s rookie forward Benson Omala and Sofapaka captain Elli Asieche, meanwhile, have also been included in the squad.

Local-based players are expected to kick off non-residential training on Wednesday while their foreign-based counterparts are set to start checking in on November 2.

The team, then, shall have been trimmed to the final 20 that will do duty for Kenya.

The full squad

Goalkeepers: Arnold Origi (HIFK, Finland), Robert Mboya (Tusker,), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks,), Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars);

Defenders: Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks) Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia), Mike Kibwage (Sofapaka), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), Baraka Badi (KCB ), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Hillary Wandera (Tusker ), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), David Owino (Mathare United);

Midfielders: Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Ismael Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas, Spain), Eric Johanna Omondi (Jonkoping’s Sodra, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Musa Masika (Wazito), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker) Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Unattached), Peter Thion’go (AFC Leopards), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Matthew Olake (Unattached), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Austin Odhiambo (AFC Leopards);

Forwards: Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars);

Reserves: Dennis Sikhayi (Wazito), James Kinyanjui (Mathare United)

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CAF Confederation Cup: RS Berkane Beat Pyramids 1-0 To Claim Title

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RS Berkane of Morocco on Sunday night won the Confederation Cup final after defeating Egyptians Pyramids 1-0 to claim their first African title.

Playing at home in Rabat, the Moroccan club got the game’s lone goal in the 15th minute after Issoufou Dayo turned home from close range after Pyramids failed to clear a free-kick.

Berkane will now contest the 2020-21 African Super Cup as a team that has never won the Moroccan league title celebrates its greatest success.

A fractious contest could have been decided after 71 minutes but Haamdi Lachir blazed over when well-placed for Berkane, who had an extra day to prepare after winning their semi-final on Monday.

The miss came minutes after Mohamed Farouk and then substitute John Antwi came closest for big-spending Pyramids on a frustrating night in the deserted Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

Reduced to ten men in the dying moments after Bark El Helali was dismissed, Berkane avenged their loss to another Egyptian side, Zamalek, in last year’s final which they lost on penalties.

The club from north-eastern Morocco also gave their nation a much-needed boost after Egyptian duo Al Ahly and Zamalek gained the upper hand against both Wydad and Raja Casablanca in recent Champions League semi-finals.

Berkane started their campaign with defeat to Ghana’s Ashanti Gold but lost only once again, in the group stages, as a team that finished third in the recently-concluded Moroccan league proved its mettle.

Founded in 1938, Berkane have now won the only two trophies in their history in the last two years – their joyous scenes of celebrations meaning they had added the Confederation Cup to their 2018 Moroccan cup success.

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Cameroonian Referee, Sidi Alioum, To Officiate CAF Confed Cup Final

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Cameroon’s Sidi Alioum as referee for the Confederation Cup final.

The Confed Cup final match between RS Berkane of Morocco and Egyptian side, Pyramids, holds later tonight.

RS Berkane progressed to the final after overcoming Hassania Aghadir 2-1 in the semi-finals of the competition.

On the other hand, Pyramids beat Horoya 2-0, thanks to late goals from Ibrahim Hassan and Abdallah El-Said.

Ahead of the final, CAF have decided to assign Cameroonian referee Alioum the duty to take charge of the game.

Alioum will be joined by his countryman Elvis Noupoue, and Chadian, Issa Yaya, as his assistants, and Gabonese referee Castane Otogo as the fourth official.

The CAF Confederation Cup final between Pyramids and RS Berkane will be determined through a single game and is set to take place on Sunday, October 25th.

Kick-off takes place at 20:00 West African Standard Time.

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