Entertainment 23 African countries deprived of home games, Senegal and Mali concerned!

15:25  04 may  2021
15:25  04 may  2021 Source:   football365.fr

Mali paid ransom for release of opposition leader, says intermediary

  Mali paid ransom for release of opposition leader, says intermediary A former jihadist who helped secure the release of four hostages in Mali last October told French radio on Monday that the Bamako government paid two million euros ($2.36 million) for the freedom of one of the captives, the late Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Ahmada Ag Bibi also said in the interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI) that the Malian authorities did not pay ransom for three other prominent hostages -- a Frenchwoman and two Italians -- although he did not exclude outside funds changing hands.

The African Football Confederation announced the official suspension of 23 stages for the matching of the World Cups 2022 scheduled next June.

The CAF is rampling (finally) on the question of stadiums. The African Football Confederation (CAF) confirmed the official suspension of 23 football stages of the continent for the next 2022 World Cup Qualifiers games, scheduled for the time in June. Among the countries concerned are not surprisingly the Burkina Faso (the stadium of August 4th in Ouagadougou was already suspended) and Sierra Leone, who should have received Benin in Conakry last March, before the suspension of the Siaka Stevens stadium is lifted in a second time. On the other hand, join the list of private countries approved by the CAF Security and Security Department is a cold shower for the West African powers of Senegal and Mali. All subregions of the continent are affected, apart from the UNAF zone (Maghreb + Egypt). West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone but also Liberia, Gambia, Sao Tome, Niger), Central Africa (Chad, Central African), East Africa (South Sudan , Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, Zanzibar) and Southern Africa (Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi). These countries will need to find a fallback solution in one of the countries with standards infrastructure. Not necessarily a thin business, in a context of pandemic that is more. Others escape this punishment, but will have to desert their fetish lawn. This is the case of the DRC, since only the TP Mazembe stadium in Lubumbashi (photo) has been approved, on the contrary, that of the martyrs in Kinshasa. In the current state of affairs, only five countries would be able to host a CAN to 24 teams: Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. A strict criteria battery The issue of sporting speakers was discussed on March 30 at the meeting of the CAF Executive Committee. In the wake, the Confederation had sent a letter to the Secretaries General of the member associations, claiming a complete stadium inspection report (accompanied by photos and videos), before April 25, 2021. To obtain the green light, a battery of criteria was to be satisfied. The quality of the lawn (natural or synthetic) and touch benches, the lighting, the numbering of the seats, the cleanliness of the locker room, the sanitary for the spectators, the safety of the enclosure and the equipment of the installations intended for the media thus passed to the screen. 23 countries did not satisfy. The time of the grassroots and arrangements seems to be painful to the Caf. The impulse comes from above, from Zurich to be more precise. On February 1, 2020, the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, had taken advantage of a visit to Morocco to display his ambition in this area. The health crisis obviously did not relegate this great purpose to oblivion. On April 23, visiting the ... Morocco, the new President of the Caf, Patrice Marsepe, confided the burden of this ambitious "football infrastructure development project on the continent" in Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Moroccan Federation football and board member of the FIFA. "This new infrastructure project estimated at one billion dollars, must make it possible to change the physiognomy of African football. It will be closely followed by the new President of the Caf, "wrote the Pan-African authority in a statement. At the time of the balance sheets, the reign of Patrice Marsepe will therefore be judged in part on the issue of infrastructures.

Nick Saban explains why he is against College Football Playoff expansion .
Nick Saban is against an expansion of the College Football Playoff format and has his reasons. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Alabama Crimson Tide head coach was a guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Tuesday and reiterated his belief that an expansion would further detract from the significance of the bowl system. "I think there's only so many games in these guys. They're student-athletes. They're not just football players." Nick Saban talks to @finebaum about expanding the College Football Playoff: pic.twitter.

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