The Confederation of African Football has announced its backing of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain for the FIFA Presidency. The announcement was made in Kigali, Rwanda where the CHAN 2016 tournament is being held. Africa is seen as key in the election set for the 26th of this month, as the confederation with the highest number of votes with 54 in total. However with the voting being through a secret ballot, the CAF endorsement may not necessarily see all FA’s going with CAF’s decision. UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino, , former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne of France, and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale will contest Salman for the top post to replace Sepp Blatter. Reports have suggested that Sexwale may pull out of the race if he does not have good support from Africa and the latest development could be a setback in his ambitions.
Nigeria international Gbolahan Salami has joined Finnish club Kuopio Palloseura (KuPS) to team up with his Warri Wolves teammate, Azubuike Egwuekwe. The club announced on their website that the ex-Shooting Stars forward has signed a year’s deal with an option of another year. The 24-year-old was the top scorer in Nigeria league in the 2014/2015 season with 17 goals. He opted to stay out of CHAN 2016 so as to finalise his move to Europe. Last year January, Salami moved to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade, but returned to Nigeria to join Warri Wolves after the club could not pay his wages. – Vanguard.
Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Enyimba will play their home fixtures in the 2016 CAF Champions League at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt. The Enyimba Stadium in Aba is currently under renovation and it seems increasingly unlikely that the refurbishment will be completed in time for the club’s opening game in the competition on February 28. Enyimba are to face Ugandan club, Vipers SC, in the preliminary round of this year’s edition of Africa’s premier club competition with the first leg set to be held on the weekend of February 12-14 at the 5 000-seat Bunamwaya Stadium in Uganda.-Vanguard.
Ajax Cape Town withdraw from the Confederation Cup because of concerns over how they will travel to face Angolan side Sagrada Esperanca. The South Africans had been scheduled to play Sagrada Esperanca in Dundo on Saturday but now face a three-year ban from continental club competition. Ajax insist Angolan officials have refused to provide details of domestic travel arrangements for the match. And the club says it has pulled out to ensure the safety of its players. The South African club revealed it has been unable to obtain insurance for their trip to Dundo, which is some 1120km from the Angolan capital Luanda, because they do not know on which airline they will travel. Confederation of African Football rules state that internal domestic travel is the responsibility of the host association but repeated attempts by Ajax to find out how they will travel between Luanda and Dundo have produced no information.
Jiangsu Suning have agreed a deal to sign Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk for €50m, the Ukrainian club have announced on their website. Liverpool had been closely linked with a move for the 26-year-old Brazilian during the January transfer window and Shakhtar said they rejected a €24m offer from the Premier League club for the attacking midfielder, with their asking price being €70m for a summer transfer. However, Shakhtar have now announced a deal with the Chinese side Jiangsu. A statement on shakhtar.com read: “Shakhtar Donetsk and Jiangsu Suning FC have agreed on all the necessary formalities for the transfer of Alex Teixeira to the Chinese club. Transfer fee for the Brazilian midfielder is €50m. Shakhtar thank Alex for the time spent in the team and wish him success at his new club.”