According to reports in South America, Diego Maradona wants to stand for the FIFA presidency to succeed Sepp Blatter. The 54-year-old former Argentina captain and manager has been a long-time critic of Blatter but Uruguayan broadcaster and writer Victor Hugo Morales says he has decided to stand for the position Morales tweeted: “I called Diego Maradona to check on his father’s health. He told me that he would be a candidate for president of FIFA and that I was authorised to communicate it.”
France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is set to join Inter Milan from Monaco. The 22-year-old French international will undergo a medical in Milan on Monday after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be 35m euros
Newly-promoted Bournemouth have agreed a deal in principle to sign defender Sylvain Distin. The 37-year-old left Everton when his contract expired at the end of the season. Distin is still to have a medical but it is not anticipated there will be any barrier to the deal going through. If he does sign, Bournemouth will become Distin’s fifth Premier League club after previous spells with Newcastle, Manchester City, Portsmouth – where he won the FA Cup in 2008 – and Everton.
Premier League newcomers Norwich City have agreed to sign DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on a two-year contract. The 28-year-old’s move to Carrow Road will go through on 1 July when his current deal with West Brom expires. “The fact that we’ve been able to pick Youssouf up on a free transfer is a fantastic piece of business,” boss Alex Neil told the Norwich website.
New Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has said Real Madrid will be bringing in more reinforcements this summer, but has not divulged who they might be or which players might be on their way out. “Of course there will be,” Benitez told his club’s official website, when asked about new arrivals. “But let me just say that to improve the current Real Madrid side is enormously difficult. “This team has won it all and has proved the level it has. The fans can be certain that the team will have the level of competitiveness that this club demands.”
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed it will investigate reports that national team coach Stephen Keshi applied to manage Ivory Coast. On Friday, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) announced it had received 59 applications in the race to succeed Herve Renard. The list will be then be narrowed down to three who will be interviewed. The FIF initially published the name of every man to declare interest in the job, including Stephen Keshi. He is still employed by Nigeria having signed a new deal in April. The page on FIF website listing Keshi and 58 other applicants for the Elephants job has been taken down but the NFF insists that will not prevent ‘a full investigation’. “The NFF will open a full investigation to determine whether Mr Stephen Keshi actually applied for the vacant Ivory Coast job,” NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport. “There will be no hasty decision. We hope to get a full part from the Ivory Coast football federation before making an official statement.” Keshi returned as Nigeria coach for the third time in April by signing a two-year contract with the NFF.
Mart Nooij has been sacked as national coach of Tanzania following a 3-0 home defeat to Uganda in the first leg of their preliminary round African Nations Championship (CHAN)) qualifier. The match, one of three in East Africa this weekend in the competition for locally-based players, was dominated by Uganda who completed a double over Tanzania in the last CHAN qualifiers. Erisa Ssekisambu scored in each half before Farouk Miya converted a late penalty to secure a first leg victory and signal the end of Nooij’s reign. Nooij has paid the price for a string of poor results since taking over as coach of the Taifa Stars 14 months ago. Last weekend, Tanzania lost 3-0 to Egypt in their first 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Tanzania Football Federation announced the news on their website and say they will name a replacement in due course.
Serbia on Saturday made history as they won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in New Zealand. They defeated Brazil by two goals to one in the final match. Mali took the bronze medal as they defeated Senegal 3-1 in the third-place match.