No fewer than three members of the Sierra Leone national football team have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The infected include Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura and two other members of Leone Stars Phillip Kor, a fitness coach, and Eric Fomba, an official.
Nigeria play a doubleheader with Sierra Leone in November. The Super Eagles host the Leone Stars on November 9 in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier, before travelling for the reverse fixture billed for the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown the following week.
The trio contracted COVID-19 while on international duty with the Leone Stars in Niger and they are self-isolating, a statement from the Sierra Leone Football Association confirmed.
Bangura featured in the Leone Stars’ recent 2-1 loss to Mauritania in a friendly, but missed their 1-0 defeat to Niger at the General Seyni Kountche stadium in Niamey due to injury.
Sierra Leone have recorded only one win in their last six games ahead of their clash with the Super Eagles.
The Eagles lead Group L of the qualifiers with the maximum six points, after their opening double victories against Benin and Lesotho.
The Squirrels of Benin Republic are second on the log, followed by Lesotho and Sierra Leone.
West Brom Manager Bilic Unhappy With Hegazi’s Al-Ittihad Move
Manager of West Bromwich Albion Slaven Bilic has stated how disappointed he is with the transfer of Ahmed Hegazi to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.
Hegazi made the move to Al-Ittihad on a loan deal, but will sign on a permanent deal at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
The Egyptian defender made the move to West Brom from Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly in 2017, and has made 104 appearances across all competitions.
Hegazi played an important role as West Brom gained promotion to the English Premier League as he made 14 starts for the club.
Bilic has talked about his frustration after West Brom signed off the loan move that took Hegazi away from the Hawthorns.
“He has experience. He is a top professional,” Bilic said.
“I wanted him to stay and he wanted to stay and then something happened and then he is off although I had assurances from the club that he would stay.
“That happened yesterday. Of course, I am not pleased. I am really disappointed because we need players. There is, of course, the economic side but we are a football club.”
Hegazi wrote an emotional farewell to West Brom and the fans.
“To my dear Baggies, I would like to thank you deeply for all the support you have given me over the past three years, through all the ups and downs. You have been amazing to me and my family,” the Egyptian wrote on Instagram.
“And I have always endeavoured to repay this faith by giving absolutely everything on the pitch for this great club, the fans and my teammates.
“I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches, and all the staff at West Bromwich Albion for welcoming me from day one, you have become family and I will miss you all, I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the season and the future.
“Now I’m looking forward to starting a new challenge with Al Ittihad club, which is one of the biggest and most popular in the Arab region, Asia.”
Al-Ittihad will face Al Ahli in a Pro League game this weekend, and Hegazi might be in line to make his league debut.
Uganda Coach McKinstry Names Home-Based Squad For AFCON Qualifier
The Cranes of Uganda Coach Johnathan McKinstry has named home-based stars for their upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifier. He put out a list of 22 home-based stars from which five or six of the players will be considered to be with the main squad of 20 foreign based players he named last week.
McKinstry stated that the home-based team will go through rigorous training and assessment between 2nd and 8th of November, before he makes his final selection.
“As previously announced in addition to the squad of 20 foreign based players for the upcoming double header against South Sudan in the A, we would be looking to adding 5 or 6 Uganda Premier League players to the mix so that they can compete for places in the squad.” Uganda Coach Johnathan McKinstry stated.
“In order to give the local based players the best support, we will be running an advance camp between 2nd and 8th November. In addition to that, we shall be able to have some early arrivals of foreign based players to join this camp in Kampala.”
“The camp will also help the local based players to push their levels higher and hopefully get some minutes on the field against South Sudan.” McKinstry concluded.
Uganda will face South Sudan on November 12 at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende before playing themselves again 4 days later in Nairobi.
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC).
Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (Sc Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa Patrick (URA FC).
Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Kairm (Vipers SC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC).
Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC).
Morocco’s Bouchra Hajij Elected President Of African Volleyball Confederation
Morocco’s Bouchra Hajij has been elected president of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB).
Hajij, who is the president of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation, will serve for a four-year term: 2020-2024.
Hajij won the election, which held during the general assembly held Sunday evening via videoconference, after obtaining 42 votes out of 54 national federations, against 12 votes for his Egyptian rival Amr El Wani, president of the CAVB since 2001.
Meanwhile, veteran sports administrator Fredrick Ndlovu has been elected vice president for the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Zone VI.
Ndlovu, who is a former Matabeleland Volleyball Association chairperson was elected at the CAVB congress.
Ndlovu amassed 37 votes compared to South Africa’s Sundrasagren Reddy who attained 11 votes.
Ndlovu carries with him a wealth of experience which ranges from being president of the zone, secretary general and also Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) president.
Full elected Cavb Board
Mrs Bouhra Hajij Morocco
Adnan BAKBAK Libya
Rodrigues ANTONIO CARLOS Cape Verde
Casimir SAWADOGO Burkina Faso
Dokony Adiker IDRISS
Waithaka KIONI Kenya
Fredreck NDLOVU Zimbabwe
- Habu GUMEL Nigeria
- Sanga Issouf KONE Côte d’Ivoire
- Daniel Koboa MOLAODI Botswana
- Zone VI Agness Nakaonga KAKOMA Zambia
- Zone VI Mpho PALIME Lesotho
President of the seven zones
- Zone I Mustapha LEMOUCHI Algeria
- Zone II Bai Dodou JALLOW Gambia
- Zone III Paul ATCHOE Ghana
- Zone IV Christian MATATA SHWITI Congo
- Fernand Sauveur RUTERANA
- Zone VIKhalid CASSAM Mozambique
- VII Kayseeven TEEROOVENGADUM Mauritius
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