Africa mourns sudden passing of Cameroonian youngster Bouasse

The world of football is mourning the sudden demise of Cameroonian youngster Joseph Bouasse who tragically passed away on the night of May 21 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The young Cameroonian was part of AS Roma’s Academy in 2016 after being scouted the previous year. He made his professional debut for Serie B side Vicenza while on loan from Roma in 2017. And prior to his passing, he played for Romanian club Universitatea Cluj, having signed for them in February. Tributes flowed freely on social media from friends, football…

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Two Sudan FA officials die from COVID-19

Tributes have begun pouring in after the passing away of two officials of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) from COVID-19. They are Khair Al-Sayed Abdelgader, Chairman of the Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee and Faisal Youseif, Vice Chairman of the National Teams Committee. Abdelgader died on 12 May 2020, and Youseif six days later. CAF extends condolences to the SFA and the bereaved families for the loss of the two officials, whilst praying for God’s strength during this difficult period. Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

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Financial relief for Botswana league players

Botswana has announced plans to cushion players from the country’s top two divsions from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they will offer a subsidized salary stipend to players for the next three months. Each of the 16 clubs in the Elite League will have a roster of 25 players who will be entitled to a stipend of P2,500 (205 USD) while the second tier players will receive P1,500 (123 USD) for the months of April to June. The announcement was made by the Minister of Youth Empowerment,…

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African referees launch #Stayfit campaign against COVID-19

With the suspension of competitions since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, African match officials have launched #Stayfit campaign to maintain their fitness levels during this difficult period. In a 6:45 minutes video, a section of Referees and Assistants Referees highlight the importance of physical activities and movements in boosting one’s health status, and the fight against COVID-19 in addition to observing the preventive measures outlined by health authorities. The match officials are seen engaged in physical exercises either in the gym or at home as they brace up for…

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Tagoe-Quarcoo, Ghana’s football all-rounder

She has seen it all – Player, Referee and now Coach. Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo belongs to the rare league of persons to have had a taste of almost all the facets of football. An avid sportswoman, she played football to the highest level capping it with an appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 in USA. It was Ghana’s first ever participation at the global championship and she prides herself in being a member of that golden generation. She was also a member of the Black Queens squad that…

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Gambia cancels season due to COVID-19

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has declared financial support to clubs from the COVID-19 Relief Fund after declaring the 2019/20 football season “null and void” due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Real de Banjul who were top of the first division league, after 14 round of matches, would be accorded the opportunity to play in next season’s CAF Champions League while second placed Gambia Armed Forces will be the Gambia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives. The GFF also confirmed on Thursday, 21 May, that there would be “no winners, no promotions and…

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South Sudan annuls season due to COVID-19

South Sudan has become the latest CAF Member Association to call an end to its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has currently caused a stoppage to sports events all over the world. An emergency committee meeting that was also attended by the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Board of Directors and chaired by president Francis Amin arrived at the decision after wide consultations. The decision was taken based on Article 81 of the SSFA Statutes. According to the SSFA, there will be no promotion or relegation across all…

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Burundi league re-starts, Tanzania set for June 1 resumption

Burundi’s Primus Ligue became the first African league to re-start as the world of sports begins to slowly pick up the ruins from the stoppages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league restarted on Thursday with a match between Musongati and Athletico Olympic. The match, staged at the Stade Ingoma in Gitaga ended in a 3-3 draw with full attendance including the president of the Burundi Football Federation. The result saw Musongati move to 54 points, just one behind leaders Le Messager Ngozi. The catch-up fixture now sees all teams…

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