Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has become Cardiff’s City third free-transfer signing in the past 24 hours. Chamakh, who was released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season, had previously attracted interest from Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock. The Moroccan, 32, has signed a deal until January to reunite with Warnock, who managed him at Selhurst Park. “I’m so happy to be here and work with the manager again,” Chamakh said. “I’m happy and proud to work with him here.” Chamakh joins Sol Bamba and Junior Hoilett as Warnock bolsters a squad second bottom of the Championship. The ex-Bordeaux striker thinks Cardiff can improve quickly under their new manager. “Cardiff are a side that should be on top and I think we can improve going forward,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting with my new team-mates and getting started. I can’t wait to score for my new team.” Warnock added: “We’ve signed Marouane on a short-term deal until January to assess his fitness. “He’s a versatile player with pedigree and somebody who impressed me during my time at Crystal Palace.” Chamakh, who has made 65 international appearances for Morocco, had a trial this summer with West Brom. Bamba, 31, has signed until 2018 and joins ex-QPR winger Hoilett at the Bluebirds.
Tyson Fury could potentially be stripped of his boxing licence at a meeting of the British Boxing Board of Control on Wednesday. Fury’s case will be discussed by officials after a reported failed drugs test in the United States and his admission in Rolling Stone magazine that he has “done lots of cocaine”. A ban is likely to expedite confirmation of a fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua for the newly-vacant world heavyweight titles.
Former Nigerian and Premier League striker Yakubu is paying for entry to Boreham Wood matches this season, but still will not commit to joining the National League club. The 33-year-old ex-Everton and Nigeria forward has been training with his local club since the summer. “Yak is courteous, he comes and watches the games, he pays entrance. He’s fully on board with what I’m doing and what the club are doing,” boss Luke Garrard said. “I’m trying my hardest to get him to sign a contract. But as it stands I don’t know his current situation in terms of where he’s going or what he has planned.”
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Total reached an agreement today under which the Group will become the official sponsor of African football for the next eight years. Total will support CAF’s ten principal competitions, starting with the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which has a global audience. Renamed the Total Africa Cup of Nations, the tournament will be held in Gabon from January 14th to February 5th, 2017. “This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,” commented Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football. “As a leading multinational in its field, with strong ties to Africa, Total will make a significant contribution to CAF’s initiatives to foster personal and professional growth for young Africans.”