Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song is in hospital after suffering a cerebral attack, a member of his family said. The family member also said the 40-year-old was “unconscious” when he was taken to Yaounde Central Hospital. On Monday, the hospital’s Emergency Centre director said Song will be flown to France for further treatment. Song was Cameroon’s captain and played 137 times for his country winning the African cup of nations twice. He has been working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation following his departure as Chad coach.
Swansea City have sacked Francesco Guidolin as head coach and replaced him with former USA manager Bob Bradley. The Swans have not won in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and are 17th in the table. Bradley, who has also managed Egypt and Norwegian side Stabaek, leaves French second-tier team Le Havre to succeed Guidolin, who was appointed in January. American Bradley, 58, will take over a Swansea side who have lost their past three league matches and find themselves above the relegation zone only on goal difference. Guidolin has been under intense pressure – which was increased by Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool – and his sacking was announced on his 61st birthday on today. Three members of the Italian’s backroom staff – Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti, Claudio Bordon – have also left the Welsh club.
Aston Villa have sacked Roberto di Matteo as manager after just 124 days in the job. Villa are now looking for their fifth boss inside a year after deciding to replace the Italian, who won just one of 11 Championship games in charge. Former Chelsea player and manager Di Matteo, 46, was appointed shortly after Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia took over Villa on 2 June. Di Matteo’s assistant Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager. A club statement confirming the exit of former West Bromwich Albion boss Di Matteo said: “The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position. “The club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad.”
Enugu Rangers became Nigeria Professional Football League champions following their 4-0 victory against El-Kanemi on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu (Nigeria’s Cathedral of Soccer). The coach Imama Amapakabo’s men needed at least a draw to emerge as champions after Wikki Tourists and Rivers United had stuttered in the title race. And after Ferdinand Udoh’s full-time whistle sounded around Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and it sunk in that Rangers had won their first Nigeria topflight title after 32-years.