Sadio Mane celebrates Africa’s Player of the Year award with new boots.
The Senegal and Liverpool star took the top prize at the annual CAF Awards ceremony which was held in Egypt on Tuesday night.
Mane Toped Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah who came second and Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, who also made the three-man shortlist.
To Celebrate Mane’s year and the award new balance designed a football boot in Mane’s honour.
The sportswear manufacturers confirmed that Mane inspired and guided the design of the boot as well as the special insignia on the heel of the new Furon 6 boots.
The words ‘African Player of the Year 2019 SM 10’ wrap around the image of a lion – an apt symbol considering the Senegalese national team are nicknamed Les Lions de la Téranga (The Lions of Teranga).
The laces also boast a neat design, while the red boots match Liverpool’s home strip with a brilliant gold flourish.
In addition, New Balance also celebrated Mane’s victory with a billboard campaign in Liverpool City Centre and Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
CAF Champions League Semi-final, Final Get New Dates
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced new dates for the semi-final and final Champions League matches.
The semi-final second leg between Egypt’s Zamalek and Raja Casablanca of Morocco will now be played on 4 November with kick-off at the Cairo International Stadium set for 1900GMT, CAF said in a statement.
The statement reads, “The CAF Organizing Committee for Interclub Competitions and Clubs Licensing announces that the remaining matches of this season’s Total CAF Champions League are rescheduled as follows:
“· Semi-final match: Zamalek SC vs. Raja CA on the 4th of November 2020 at 19:00 GMT in Cairo International Stadium, Egypt
“· Final match: Winner of Zamalek – Raja vs. Al Ahly SC on the 27th of November 2020 at 19:00 GMT in Borg Al Arab Stadium of Alexandria, Egypt
“Postponement made following the request of the host Member Association’s authorities and in compliance with the international protocol for COVID-19.”
The Moroccan champions lost 1-0 to Zamalek in the first leg in Casablanca earlier this month and are battling to meet another Egyptian side, Al Ahly, in the final.
That final will be played on 27 November at the Borg Al Arab Stadium near Alexandria, with both games set to be played behind closed doors.
The second leg of the semi-final had twice been postponed after an outbreak of Covid-19 at Raja in the run-up to the fixture.
Initially the match should have been played in Cairo on 24 October before it was delayed by a week due to the outbreak.
The final itself was originally set for 6 November but has been delayed by three weeks after Egyptian authorities expressed concerns about the timing of the games because of parliamentary elections in Egypt.
Fulfilling the 2019-2020 Champions League season has proven extremely challenging for Caf because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The final was originally scheduled to be played in May, before being moved back to October and then to November.
Caf will be hoping that the fourth rescheduling will be the last.
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.
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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