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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Montpellier veteran forward Camara retires

Montpellier’s veteran former Senegal attacker Souleymane Camara has retired after 13 seasons with the side, club president Laurent Nicollin said on Monday. Camara, 37, played a record 423 times for the outfit where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2012 and made the last of his 35 international appearances in the same year. “We spoke on Friday and the decision was taken,” Nicollin told Midi Libre newspaper. “He’s now thinking about what he’ll do next. We’ve given him some time to know what he wants to do, if he…

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Egyptian goalkeepers’ coach dies from COVID-19

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has mourned goalkeepers’ coach Mohamed Abdo, who died from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). He passed away on Monday (11 May 2020). Abdo (59), who was the goalkeeping coach at Egyptian Third Division side FC Badr, tested positive for COVID-19, and was undergoing treatment in Kafr El-Dawar, about 180 kilometers from capital Cairo. “Egyptian football family is saddened by the news of his death. We send our condolences to his family. May they have patience during this difficult period”, EFA said in a statement. Football activities…

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