Seychelles’ most-decorated athlete in the 40-year history of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG), Steven Baccus, has announced he is retiring from weightlifting.
The 42-year-old weightlifter said he is retiring from the sport that brought him fame and glory for medical reasons.
At the IOIG, Baccus won three gold medals each of the six times he participated in the Games, bringing his total medal count to 18.
After winning three golds at the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games in Mauritius, Baccus qualified for the All Africa Games (AAG) in Morocco. He, however, could not participate in the tournament after injuring his back during training.
Baccus said when he first complained of the pain in his back, the doctors after some checkups assured him he could still compete in the Games. But three days after, the pain came back sharper and he had to drop out of the competition and return to Seychelles.
Back at home, he went for a CT scan and was informed he had two slipped discs.
“The doctor told me that I can still do weightlifting but if I do the situation will become worse. He advised me to stop entirely,” said Baccus.
“It is not easy after all this time to just stop. I would have liked to retire slowly from international competition but participate locally and have time to encourage more young people.”
Baccus, who is a trained firefighter with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, started weightlifting at age 17. He participated in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, competing in the men’s 83 kg event and finishing in 16th position.
He participated at the Indian Ocean Island Games for the first time in 1998 and has come out victorious in all editions of the IOIG since then.
Cameroonian Referee, Sidi Alioum, To Officiate CAF Confed Cup Final
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Cameroon’s Sidi Alioum as referee for the Confederation Cup final.
The Confed Cup final match between RS Berkane of Morocco and Egyptian side, Pyramids, holds later tonight.
RS Berkane progressed to the final after overcoming Hassania Aghadir 2-1 in the semi-finals of the competition.
On the other hand, Pyramids beat Horoya 2-0, thanks to late goals from Ibrahim Hassan and Abdallah El-Said.
Ahead of the final, CAF have decided to assign Cameroonian referee Alioum the duty to take charge of the game.
Alioum will be joined by his countryman Elvis Noupoue, and Chadian, Issa Yaya, as his assistants, and Gabonese referee Castane Otogo as the fourth official.
The CAF Confederation Cup final between Pyramids and RS Berkane will be determined through a single game and is set to take place on Sunday, October 25th.
Kick-off takes place at 20:00 West African Standard Time.
Burkina Faso’s Traoré Scores Five, Assists Three In Ajax 13-0 Demolition Of Venlo
Nineteen years old Lassina Traore of Burkina Faso was on song on Saturday when Ajax demolished host VV Venlo 13-0 in the Dutch League.
Traore, who made his debut in the Champions League days ago, was directly involved in eight goals, scoring five and assisting a further three.
It was an incredible display from the teenager, whose journey from Burkina Faso, via South Africa, in just three short years has been remarkable.
The forward’s display helped Ajax to record the biggest league win in their history – surpassing 1972’s 12-1 win over Vitesse – as well as the greatest winning margin in the Eredivisie.
The win, an Eredivisie record, saw seven different players getting their names on the score sheet.
The win ensured that Ajax moved to the top of the standings.
Led by Traore Ajax dominated the contest and were already 4-0 up when Venlo were reduced to 10 men after skipper Christian Kum was sent off on VAR review for a high boot.
What followed was an eight-goal salvo in 24 second half minutes as Ajax’s players controlled possession and lined up to take shots on goal, with veteran 37-year-old forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar also scoring twice in two minutes.
The visitors finished the match with an eye-watering 23 shots on target and could have scored more had Venlo goalkeeper Delano van Crooij not made 10 saves.
Gor Mahia captain confident ahead of new season
Captain of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia, Kenneth Muguna says his side is not worried about the 2020/2021 season as they are targeting maximum points in all their matches.
Muguna says the team is only focusing on being ready for the new season and not the league fixtures.
“We are not concentrating so much on the fixtures, we are not worried about it at all,” Muguna said.
“We are focused on being ready before the league resumes because I know once we are physically and mentally ready, we can tackle any team on earth.
“We are going to try and win all our matches because we know by doing so, we stand a chance of winning trophies at the end of the season.”
K’Ogalo recently appointed a new Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira and added some new players to the team.
“The team is fine so far, we are creating a bond that will make us operate together as a team – the aim is, to find a working formula,” Muguna added.
Also, new Gor Mahia signing, Bernard Ondiek says the fans should wait for the start of the new league season with optimism.
“We are geared for the season start and we have new players who are really gelling well as expected. Gor Mahia always get good players and for the fans, I want you to expect much [more] from us than we gave last season,” he said.
“For now, I can say all the focus is on the Champions League, and obviously we have been there and we know what to do. Since we have some experiences in the Champions League, we are now well prepared to tackle it more than the other seasons.
“All we are going for is the Champions League as it is a nice experience for every player in this team. But again, if you do not prepare well, it will be hard to make it.
“All I can say is the fans should be geared for it and I am very happy and confident because we will do good in the Champions League.”
Gor Mahia are set to start off their new season with a fixture against 11-time KPL champions Tusker FC, and later face Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United, Sofapaka FC, and newly promoted Bidco United.
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