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Papa Massata Diack, the son of the disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Lamine Diack, has reacted to the jail term slammed on him in France.

Papa Massata was sent to five years imprisonment by a French court for corruption and breach of trust. His father, Lamine, also bagged four years in prison for corruption and money-laundering.

Reacting to the sentence, Papa Massata told French authorities they will have to send special forces to Senegal if he is to serve the jail term.

“They can send special forces to pick me up,” he brazenly asserted on Monday as he continued to protest his innocence.

The Senegalese is at the centre of corruption probe that now spans Europe, Asia and the Americas, and includes the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo and the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro.

Papa Massata refused to leave Senegal for the trial, claiming the French court had no jurisdiction as the alleged crimes took place in Russia, Qatar, Senegal, Japan and Turkey.

He was sentenced in his absential.

Since last week’s verdict, his lawyers in Senegal have said he was denied a fair trial and would appeal.

He further warned that his father could reveal some hidden truths in the world of sports administration should he wish to speak.

“I’m not afraid to say that there is racism in this story,” Papa Massata, who was banned for life from athletics in 2016, ventured on Monday.

“There is a will to do morality, but that’s not law, it’s not a legal process, it’s a moral process. They do not respect Africans and they have shown that with Lamine Diack, they do not respect anyone.

“Let me tell you now: I will react to any disclosure published in the press, because I also know things. The day Lamine Diack speaks about the Olympic movement, let me tell you, the IOC will explode, Fifa, the IAAF.”

In 2016, Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Papa Massata, has been based in his West African nation ever since.

The Interpol’s Red Notice read, “Formerly a consultant with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and the son of former IAAF head Lamine Diack, Papa Massata Diack is wanted by France on charges of complicity in receiving bribes, aggravated money-laundering, and conspiracy in an organized group to invest, conceal or convert the proceeds of active corruption.”

Last week, 87-year-old Lamine Diack was convicted of corruption in France in relation to a Russian doping scandal and sentenced to two years in prison, with another two years suspended.

Diack profited from a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in bribes to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.

The Senegalese was also said to have played a role in the payment of $1.5m from Russia to finance President Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election.

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Tusker FC sign former Gor Mahia defender Ochieng

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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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Ivory Coast’s Pepe Scores In Arsenal 3-0 Win Over Dundalk

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A flurry of goals either side of halftime from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a comfortable 3-0 Europa League win over Irish side, Dundalk, on Thursday.

The result ensured that the Gunners topped their group after two games.

The 2019 League of Ireland champions defended bravely in London, but their resolve was broken in the 42nd minute.

This was after goalkeeper Gary Rogers failed to get enough on the ball when punching away a corner and Nketiah fired home from close range.

Willock added a second before the break, snapping up the rebound from a blocked shot by Pepe and slamming the ball beyond Rogers as Dundalk’s defence crumbled.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the first minute of the second half as Pepe cut onto his right foot and curled a superb shot into the top corner to make it 3-0 to leave Dundalk reeling.

The visitors rarely managed to threaten a makeshift Arsenal defence with midfielder Granit Xhaka slotting in at centre back for a period.

As the game wore on Dundalk struggled to get out of their own half as the Gunners coasted to victory.

The result puts Arsenal top of Group B on six points and ahead of Molde, who beat third-placed Rapid Vienna 1-0, on goal difference while Dundalk are bottom with no points.

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CAF Champions League Semi-final, Final Postponed

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For the second time in two weeks, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the final and the semi-final second leg of the African Champions League between Egypt’s Zamalek and Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

Raja’s trip to Cairo for Sunday’s contest against Zamalek was in doubt after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club in the run-up to the fixture.

CAF had already postponed the match from last weekend after eight Raja players tested positive for coronavirus, but the number rose to 14 following another round of testing.

Raja were set to carry out more tests on Thursday and were scheduled to leave for Egypt on Friday.

The final itself, which was set to take place in Egypt on Friday 6 November, has now also been moved after Egyptian authorities separately expressed concerns about the timing of both the semi-final and final because of parliamentary elections in Egypt.

CAF says no new dates have yet been decided for either of the games, with “official discussions” underway between stakeholders.

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.

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.

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