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Jules François Bocandé, was a Senegalese football striker and former captain of the national team.

Kathleen Ndongmo

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The recent CAF award ceremony that held in Dakar, Senegal was preceded on Monday, January 7 by a CAF organized match, dubbed “Senegal Legends (famous 2002 world cup squad),” which featured a hord of Africa’s soccer legends at the Leopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar.

The match, which was witnessed by several dignitaries, including Liberia President Weah, paid homage to Senegal’s fallen soccer star, Jules François Bocandé, regarded as one of West Africa’s best footballers of all time, who was named an African Football Legend by CAF in 2009.

Africa’s legends aslo included former stars including Roger Milla and Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Kwame Ayew (Ghana), Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba (La Cote d’Ivoire), Nwankwo Kanu and Jayjay Okocha (Nigeria), Hossam Hassan Hussein and Mohammed Aboutrika (Egypt).

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  • Didier Drogba (L) from team Legend of the CAF vies for the ball with Amara Traore (R) from team Generation 2002, during the match of the Legends in homage of Jules Francois Bocande, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

  • Michael Essien from Team Generation 2002, during the match of the Legends in homage of Jules Francois Bocande, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

  • Didier Drogba from Team Generation 2002, during the match of the Legends in homage of Jules Francois Bocande, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

  • Samuel Eto'o (L) from Team Generation 2002, vies for the ball with Aliou Cisse (R) from Team Legends of the CAF, during the match of the Legends in homage of Jules Francois Bocande, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

  • Didier Drogba from Team Generation 2002, vies for the ball with Alassane Ndour from Team Legends of the CAF, during the match of the Legends in homage of Jules Francois Bocande, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

  • A giant print of Jules Francois Bocande is displayed on the staduim seats during the match of the Legends in his honor, on January 7, 2019, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal, on the sidelines of the scheduled CAF Awards. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

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Nairobi leg of World Athletics Continental Tour named Kip Keino Classic

Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour has been named the “Kip Keino Classic” in honour of Kenyan legend

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The Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour has been named the “Kip Keino Classic”. Nairobi race director Barnaba Korir disclosed that apart from the main event being named after legendary former athlete Kipchoge Keino, the 10,000m will be known as the “Naftali Temu 10,000m Classic.”

“Kipchoge is the father of Kenyan athletics and the world knows him more than any Kenyan in athletics,” said Korir adding that naming the 10,000 at the meeting after legendary Temu will inspire Kenyan athletes to go for the Olympic title come the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

Kipchoge Keino won two gold medals in the 1500 and 5000 metres at the inaugural All-Africa Games in Brazaville in 1965. Later that year, he broke the 5000 m world record held by Ron Clarke, clocking 13 mins 24.2secs.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, he won the 1500 metres gold medal (defeating American favourite and world record holder Jim Ryun by 20 metres, the largest winning margin in the history of the event) and 5000 m silver medal. Four years later, he won the 3000 metres steeplechase gold and 1500 metres silver at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He retired in 1973.

The World Athletics Continental Tour was formed by World Athletics last year as the second tier to the prestigious Diamond League.

The Tour will feature mostly events that have been removed from the Diamond League prime time starting from the inaugural 2020 season. They are 10,000, 5,000, 200m, 3000m steeplechase, discus, hammer and triple jump.

The Continental Tour that has 10 events is divided into three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money.

Athletics Kenya plans to stage several meetings starting early August in readiness for the Kip Keino Classic. AK president Jackson Tuwei revealed that if the government relaxes Covid-19 restrictions, they are likely to stage county and regional events before the nationals.

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Tunisian League to restart in August behind closed doors

Tunisian football federation announces the country’s football league will resume its season in August behind closed doors

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The Tunisian football federation has announced the country’s football league will resume its season in August behind closed doors. Matches were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Closed-door training will restart at the beginning of June, the Federation announced. It was initially hoped that Ligue 1 could be restarted in June, but the government rebuffed the FTF’s plan.

No further details were available on the schedule of matches or training, and the restart only relates to the top two tiers of the professional league.

The 2020-2021 Ligue I season is scheduled to begin in October.

Earlier in the week, the FTF in collaboration with the Tunisian health ministry published a strategy document on restarting football.

It says all players will have to commit to respecting virus prevention measures and state that they understand the risks, while assessments and medical examinations will be carried out before and during the competition period.

“The resumption of professional Ligue 1 will take place in August 2020,” read a statement from the FTF website.

“A certain number of measures will apply which has previously published and which will be sent to the clubs in the form of decisions. They will be published again to remind them.

“The 2020/2021 season for Professional Ligue 1 will start on October 24. The 2020/2021 season for the other divisions will start on October 31.

“The Cup matches will be scheduled according to the requirements of the general calendar.

“All the above-mentioned deadlines are always subject to the approval of the state institutions responsible for defining the general policy for the fight against the coronavirus in accordance with the requirements of the health and epidemiological situation.

“If the official meetings have not resumed in August, the federal office will announce the necessary decisions at the appropriate time,” the statement concluded.

Defending champions Esperance lead the standings with 44 points from 16 matches and are unbeaten this season. They are 10 points clear of CS Sfaxien in second, Club Africain and Etoile du Sahel are in 4th and 6th place respectively.

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Zamalek take down controversial “Real African Club of the 20th Century” billboard

Egyptian Premier League giants take down controversial billboard after CAF threaten club with sanctions

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Egyptian Premier League giants Zamalek have taken down a controversial billboard in the premises of the club after the Confederation of African Football CAF threatened the club with sanctions if the billboard was not taken down.

Zamalek stirred fresh controversy when the billboard went up, calling themselves the “real African club of the 20th century”.

CAF did not seem too concerned about the message on the billboard, but showed more concern about infringement of its image rights.

“Please be reminded that CAF … owns, on an exclusive basis, any and all of the rights related to the usage of its logo and visual identity,” CAF said in a letter it sent to Zamalek’s eccentric chairman Mortada Mansour, according to Egyptian media.

“Your club has used and placed, without any prior authorization from CAF, the CAF official logo on a banner within the club perimeters.

“Consequently, your club is hereby summoned: – To immediately cease the facts above by removing the CAF logo from all banners … and to confirm to CAF in a written reply, within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, its full consideration and respect of the above subparagraphs.

“Failure to strictly comply with any of the requirements above within the delays set forth, CAF will take all necessary measures and actions against your club in order to safeguard the CAF’s rights and interests.”

Zamalek said they will take down the CAF logo and put the message on the billboard back up, adding that they have no problem with the current CAF president Ahmad Ahmad but with the former president Issa Hayatou.

Zamalek believe CAF had unjustly given Al Ahly the honorary “club of the century” award 20 years ago.

The White Knights claim that CAF used a faulty system to determine the winners of the award as they had won a then record of four Africa’s premier club competition at the time while Al Ahly had just two titles then.

CAF’s coefficient system awarded same points to the winners of the African Cup of Champions Clubs (before it changed to the Champions League in 1997), and the winners of the Cup Winners Cup (now the Confederations Cup) which Al Ahly had won four times.

The new century has seen Zamalek trail behind Al Ahly who had a great run seeing them win the CAF Champions League six times, taking their tally to a record eight trophies, three more than Zamalek.

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