Tottenham forward Harry Kane has picked up the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for the second month in succession, BBC reports. Kane, 21, scored nine league goals in January and February, including braces in wins against Chelsea and Arsenal. “It’s an honour to get this award once in a season, let alone twice in two months,” he said. “Winning against Arsenal and getting both goals was a special day for myself and for the club.” Kane joins a select group to have won the award in consecutive months. Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, ex-Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp and former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo are the only others to have achieved the feat since its inception. West Brom manager Tony Pulis received the Manager of the Month award after the Baggies went unbeaten in February. They picked up eight points from four games to ease away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Ishaku Musa Dodo, a retired referee who was listed as a Grade One referee in 1999, slumped and died while jogging inside the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin on Monday, goal reports. The death of the 44-year-old was confirmed at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) where he was taken to. His shocking death was listed as a result of heart failure. His remains have been kept at the UITH mortuary in Ilorin awaiting his family’s arrangement for burial. RIP.
Joachim Low has extended his contract as coach of world champions Germany until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 55-year-old’s previous contract took him through to Euro 2016, but he said the chance to extend the deal could not be turned down. “I said yes with my heart and my head,” Loew said. “We feel incredibly good working together and we have shared goals. We were crowned world champions and we want to experience that feeling again.”
Ivory Coast’s goals = Victorien Angban – 8th minute and Chris Bedia – 89th minute.
Senegal’s goals = Ibrahim Wadji – 51st and 56th minutes
Thursday March 12:
South Africa 1 – 2 Mali
Zambia 1 – 2 Ghana
South Africa’s goal = Madisha Modjeka – 72nd minute
Mali’s goals = Hamidou Traoré – 78th and 87th minutes
Zambia’s goal = Dave Daka – 3rd minute
Ghana’s goals = Asiedu Attobrah – 26th minute and Samuel Afful – 86th minute
So far, Nigeria, Ghana and Mali have all qualified for the U-20 World Cup coming up later in the year in New Zealand. The last qualification spot is still open to Ivory Coast, Senegal and Congo (all in Group A with Nigeria).