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.
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.”
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.
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.
Chelsea will allow N’Golo Kante to stay away from training because of coronavirus fears – even if it means missing the rest of the season. The French midfielder, 29, returned to limited training on Tuesday at the club’s Cobham base. But he has since decided to train at home, a move supported by Chelsea.