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CAF Awards Remembers Jules François Bocandé

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

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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).

  • 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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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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