Madagascar FA chief Ahmad is new CAF president….

New Caf president Ahmad is held aloft

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign. Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday. The result means a change in leadership for the first time since Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988. Ahmad, who appeared very emotional, becomes only the seventh CAF president in the body’s 60-year history. The 57-year-old said afterwards: “I can’t talk at this time. Only one thing – I thank God, I thank my team. “We worked hard but we won. That was the first step. The second step is to develop African football. “Some days I thought I would win – today I didn’t (think I would win).” The result was greeted by cheers at the CAF congress as Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of jubilant supporters to the podium after the result was announced.

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English FA Cup Semi Final Fixtures….

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal vs Manchester City

London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have been drawn against each other in the FA Cup semi-finals. Arsenal, who will play in a record 29th FA Cup semi-final, face Manchester City in the other last-four tie. Both semi-finals will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 22 and 23 April.

Who keeps the match ball?….

Inter Milan

It’s not often you have two hat-trick heroes in one match, but that was exactly the case for Inter Milan, who thrashed Atalanta 7-1 in Serie A. Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega each scored three, with Roberto Gagliardini  adding the cherry on top. Captain Icardi scored his goals between the 17th and 26th minutes – including a chipped penalty. His fellow Argentine Banega scored twice in quick succession to make it 5-0 after 34 minutes. Remo Freuler pulled one back before the break, with Roberto Gagliardini netting for Inter and Banega scoring a 25-yard free-kick to complete his triple. Inter overtook Atalanta to move into fourth place in the league with the victory.

Carli Lloyd heads to Manchester City Women….

 Here I come @ManCityWomen!! Can't wait to start this next chapter of my career. Looking forward to it. ✈️

American Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the final as USA won the 2015 Women’s World Cup, will be playing for English champions Manchester City Women this season and is on her way to England already. She tweeted: “Here I come @ManCityWomen!! Can’t wait to start this next chapter of my career. Looking forward to it. ✈”

Ozil and Sanchez reportedly demanding for mega bucks….

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are demanding wages that match  Paul Pogba’s £290,000-a-week salary at Manchester United, say reports in the London Evening Standard. Ozil is Arsenal’s highest paid player on £140,000 a week, with Sanchez on around £10,000 less.

Over 200,000 people want a Barcelona vs PSG replay….

Luis Suarez

Barcelona’s history-making win over PSG in the Champions League has taken another dramatic twist. The Spanish champions were 5-3 down on aggregate in the 88th minute, but scored three goals in the final seven minutes in one of the greatest European games EVER.  A petition has been set up calling for the game to be replayed, and it’s already got over 200,000 signatures. The petition points to the fact that refereeing error gave Barca the day. But wait… there’s more. The petition was set up by a Real Madrid fan, who clearly wants to avoid Barca in the quarter-finals.

50-year-old player scores in Japanese league….

Kazuyoshi Miura

Kazuyoshi Miura has become the first 50-year-old player to score in the Japanese league. His goal for Yokohoma FC at 50 years and 14 days broke his own record. “I had the vibes of a goal. I was just trying to stay positive,” he said. FIFA couldn’t confirm if Miura is the oldest goal scorer in professional football.

Hazard claims February goal of the month….

Eden Hazard scores

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard wins the Goal of the Month for February for that mazy dribble and fine finish in the 3-1 win against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. “It is one of the best Premier League goals I have scored,” the 26-year-old Belgian says.

Guardiola wins manager of the month award….

Pep Guardiola's City have won all three of their Premier League games in Feb

Manchester City were unbeaten last month, winning all three of their Premier League games – with eight goals in the process – and Pep Guardiola can add the Manager of the Month award for February to his large list of honours.

Kane wins Player of the Month….

          Congratulations, @HKane! The @premierleague player of the month for February. #COYS #OneOfOurOwn

Tottenham hot-shot Harry Kane scored two hat-tricks in February and he has been handed the Player of the Month award, the fourth time he has won the prize and the third Spurs player to claim it this season.

Barca make the earth move….

Barcelona fans

It was some game at the Nou Camp the other night, when Barcelona overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit to bundle PSG out of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate and the celebrations from their fans registered on the Richter scale. The celebrations were recorded on the famous measurement used to record earthquakes at the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth Sciences, which is 500 metres away from the stadium.  Barcelona’s second and third goals nudged the centre’s recordings slightly before the match-winning goal measured one on the Richter scale – making it a microearthquake.

Tyrone Mings to serve five-match ban….

Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban for violent conduct after a Football Association panel ruled he deliberately stood on the head of Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 23-year-old landed with his studs on the forward’s head during Saturday’s fiery 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Ibrahimovic elbowed Mings shortly after, and accepted a three-match ban. Bournemouth said they are “extremely disappointed” with the FA’s decision. Speaking after Saturday’s match, Mings denied any intent. He said: “It was a good battle, you know exactly what you are going to get playing against him [Ibrahimovic]. There will be things highlighted more than others, but I enjoyed it.” Mings will miss Bournemouth’s next five league fixtures but is due to return for the match at Tottenham on Saturday, 15 April.

Barcelona does the almost impossible come back….

Luis Enrique

Barcelona made Champions League history by becoming the first team to overturn a first-leg 4-0 deficit as they knocked out Paris St-Germain to reach the quarter-finals for the 10th successive season. The Spanish champions were 5-3 down on aggregate in the 88th minute, but scored three goals in the final seven minutes in one of the greatest European ties of all time. Neymar’s free-kick and penalty followed by Sergi Roberto’s 95th-minute winner sealed victory on an incredible night at the Nou Camp. Barcelona had led 2-0 at the break courtesy of Luis Suarez’s header after just three minutes and Layvin Kurzawa’s own goal.

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Ranieri turns down Wolfsburg job….

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri reportedly turned down an offer from Wolfsburg to become their new manager. Ranieri, who was controversially sacked after leading the club to the Premier League title last season, was approached by the German side, but was said to be not interested in taking on a new post so soon after leaving the champions. Wolfsburg were on the hunt for a new manager after they sacked Valerien Ismael with the Bundesliga outfit loitering just above the relegation zone following a series of poor results. Ismael’s final game in charge was a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Werder Bremen on February 24 and their search for a replacement tied in with Ranieri’s sacking. It is believed the 65-year-old Italian was unwilling to move straight into a new role following the disappointment of being sacked by Leicester City.

Ibrahimovic banned for three games….

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings (left) and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accepted a three-match ban for violent conduct for elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The Manchester United striker will miss Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea and Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom. Mings was also charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. But Bournemouth have said they will appeal against the defender’s charge. Ibrahimovic, who is United’s leading scorer this season with 26 goals, is eligible to play in the Europa League tie against Rostov in Russia on Thursday. He is due to return in the Premier League against Everton on 4 April.

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Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells with injury….

Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam at this year's Australian Open - an Open era record

World number one Serena Williams says a knee injury has forced her to pull out of this week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Williams, 35, said she will also miss the Miami Open later this month. The American, who won an Open era record 23rd Grand Slam at the Australian Open earlier this year, said: “I have not been able to train due to my knees.” She added she would return “as soon as I can”. Indian Wells organisers said a revised draw would be issued later. Williams only returned to the Californian tournament in 2015 after a 14-year boycott following claims she had suffered racist abuse at the venue. Her withdrawal means Germany’s Angelique Kerber is set to replace her as world number one.

Ibrahimovic and Mings charged with violent conduct by English FA….

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings (left) and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. The pair clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides on Saturday when Mings, 23, landed on the United forward’s head with his studs. Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner. Both players have until 7 pm Nigerian time on Tuesday (today) to reply to the charge. “The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video,” said an FA statement.

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