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CAF President, Ahmad, Seeks 2nd Term

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The Madagascar Football Federation (FMF) has formally entered the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency, paving way for incumbent Ahmad Ahmad to seek a 2nd term.

Elections into the office hold in March 2021.

Ahmad, 60, who was elected CAF President in 2017 was formally entered into the race by FMF in fulfillment of CAF rules which require any candidate to be nominated by his own association.

“I accepted to be a candidate while listening to the presidents of the federation, around 46 of whom asked me after receiving my assessment of my initial mandate,” Ahmad said.

Ahmad is deciding to stand again despite being the subject of an ongoing Fifa ethics enquiry, which has the potential to derail his bid and throw March’s elections wide open.

“As I have previously announced, I said I would pursue a second mandate if the need was there,” he explained.

Last week, all but eight federations on the continent gave their backing to the Malagasy to run again.

“This is an outcome of working together, of management which involves everybody, which has been happening since 2017,” he said.

At present, Ahmad is the sole candidate to have submitted a candidacy during the registration period, which ends on 12 November, since FIFA Council member Tarek Bouchamoui, who had wanted to run, has effectively been blocked from running by the Tunisian FA.

A bid could come from Nigeria FA boss Amaju Pinnick who refused to rule himself out of the race last month.

“It’s always good during an election to have a rival candidate, but we wait,” said Ahmad.

“I know that some people are awaiting other things unrelated to the elections – but as for the elections themselves, they all know they cannot beat me given I represent a group of people who want to go forward together.”

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Diego Maradona: The “Magic Footballer”

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As the world mourns the passing of Diego Maradona, Argentinan journalist, Joaquin Chomicki and Nigerian broadcaster, Temisan Okomi speak with NewsCentral TV’s Tolu Shotade on the “magic footballer” today on In The Game.

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Ahmed Musa Coy On Sheffield Wednesday Rumours

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Former Leicester City forward, Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa has dismissed rumours linking him with a potential move to Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.

Musa, who is currently unattached after a two-year spell with Saudi club Al Nassr, insisted he wants a return to top-flight football instead.

The 28-year-old said, “With due respect to the club, I left Saudi Arabia to continue my career at the top level in Europe and that’s the ambition.”

At Nassr, the Super Eagles skipper scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 57 matches, helping Al Nassr, whom he joined from Leicester City in summer 2018, to the Saudi Pro League and Super Cup titles.

Musa, who also played twice for CSKA Moscow, had an unsuccessful time at Leicester City, a club he joined for a club-record fee in July 2016. The pacey forward scored only five goals in 33 matches for the Foxes.

Musa has now been strongly linked with a return to the English Premier League and Russian giants CSKA Moscow, where he is highly revered for scoring 61 times and creating 33 assists in 184 games across two spells.

Turkish giants, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, are also reportedly interested in the player.

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Afro basket Qualifiers: Nigeria’s D’Tigers Tear South Sudan Apart

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers thrashed their South Sudanese opponents in the first game of the Afrobasket Qualifiers currently going on in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

D’Tigers, managed by American coach Mike Brown had a good collection of their dependable players on board for the encounter, which they won 76-56.

In the first quarter, the Nigerian team blew out of the blocks, led by skipper Ike Diogu. The quarter ended in a 22-17 lead for D’Tigers.

The team never looked back afterwards, as Caleb Agada scored 16 points off the bench, sinking four of his six attempts at the 3-point range. He also finished with a 60% field goal conversion rate.

Point guard, Ike Iroegbu scored 13 points in the game while Diogu, Keith Omoerah and Obi Emegano weighed in with 10 points each.

The Nigerian team, champions of Africa and one of the continent’s representatives for the Tokyo Olympics showed dominance against their East African opposition.

Coach Brown, an associate coach with the Golden State Warriors, was brought in to tinker the team to greatness, after a less eventful showing at the FIBA World Championship.

Nigeria will face hosts Rwanda next on the 28th of November.

Twenty teams divided into five groups of four are competing in the tournament.

The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.

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