Archive | May 24, 2020

Coronavirus: For Cyril Dessers, missing out on Nigeria debut was painful….

Heracles’ striker Cyriel Dessers – who finished the Dutch Eredivisie season as joint top scorer – has said missing out on his Nigeria debut because of the coronavirus pandemic was “painful”. Dessers, 25 – who was tied on 15 goals with Ajax’s Steven Berghuis at the top of the goal-scoring charts when the Dutch campaign ended early – received his first Super Eagles call-up in March. He was included in Gernot Rohr’s squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, but the match was put on hold because of the Covid-19 crisis, denying Dessers a chance to represent the country of his mother’s birth.

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Coronavirus: The Gambia cancel football season….

The Gambia has become the latest African football federation to declare its domestic league season “null and void” because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on its website, the Gambian federation (GFF) confirmed its decision, saying there would be “no winners, no promotions and relegation.”

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Former long jump world champion fined for public drinking….

South Africa’s star long jumper Luvo Manyonga, who famously overcame a crystal meth addiction to win gold at the 2017 World Championships and silver at the 2016 Olympics, is in trouble with the law again. The 29-year-old, who was banned from athletics for 18 months after testing positive for the drug in 2012, has been fined for public drinking and contravening South Africa’s strict lockdown restrictions.

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Milan’s famous San Siro to be demolished….

The famous San Siro in Milan is set to be replaced by a new stadium after Italy’s heritage authority raised no objections to its demolition. AC Milan and Inter Milan share the venue, which was built in 1926. Last year the clubs filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium next to the existing ground.

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