Olympic Football Qualification Tournament: Zambia field their best players against Ghana


Zambia face Ghana in the third round of the Olympic Football Qualification Tournament on February 23 and 26. For this double-header, the Cooper Queens coach has called up 23 players, including new Bay FC striker Racheal Kundananji. Captain Barbra Banda will also be in the squad. The squad is dominated by players from Zambian club Green Buffaloes.

Olympic Games 2024: Two Moroccan horse riders qualify

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games (OG) will be the third Olympics for Moroccan rider Yassine Rahmouni, after London in 2012 and Tokyo in 2020 and he won't be alone in this competition. Noor Slaoui has also qualified. She thus becomes the first rider from the Kingdom to secure a ticket to the Olympics.

Toulouse FC: Zakaria Aboukhlal is back

Away from the pitch since September, Zakaria Aboukhlal should soon be playing soccer again. The FC Toulouse striker joined his teammates on Tuesday February 20.In a video published by Toulouse FC, we see the smiling Moroccan striker join the Toulouse players. "Happy to be back with my teammates. I've missed them. A little, not a lot," exclaimed the 24-year-old. Aboukhlal began reathletizing on February 15.


Southampton: Joe Aribo unlucky scorer

Joe Aribo puts an end to a two-month drought. The Nigerian midfielder was decisive against Hull City on Tuesday, February 20, in the 33rd round of the Championship. With the hosts trailing 2-0, Aribo, who came on as a 46th-minute substitute, reduced the Saints' deficit in the 88th minute, scoring his second goal of the season in 22 matches.

Nigeria: William Troost-Ekong urges NFF to retain Jose Peseiro

Jose Peseiro's future at the helm of the Super Eagles is still unclear. The Portuguese coach's contract expires soon. And the coach could be looking elsewhere. Especially as there is no shortage of suitors. But Nigeria captain Williman Troost-Ekong wants Peseiro to stay on as coach.

"Yes, I think the players are happy with him. Reaching the final is something important and also something we can build on," said the AFCON's best player in an interview with CNN World Sports Amanda Davies.

The African runner-up adds. "However, on what he had in mind, I tried to ask him before we left and he said he'd get back to me. I think I'm as much in the dark as you are, but I think all the players would be happy to see him again."

Petković: 2-year contract and 120 thousand euros salary to manage the Fennecs

Still looking for a national coach to succeed Djamel Belmadi, the Algerian Football Federation is multiplying the leads. Zinedine Zidane, Carlos Queiroz, Jose Peseiro and Vahid Halilhodzic have all been mentioned. However, the FAF may be looking for the Bosnian-Croatian Vladimir Petković. Various sources report that the two parties have reached an agreement. The Swiss technician could sign a 2-year lease until 2026, with a monthly salary of 120,000 euros. His future contract would stipulate a quarter-final place at the next AFCON 2025 and qualification for the 2026 World Cup.

Petković was Switzerland coach between 2014 and 2021. On the Helvetians' bench, the former Girondins de Bordeaux coach led the Nati to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016, then to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, before falling to Spain in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals (1-1, 1-3 Pen).

At club level, Petkovic also won the Italian Cup in 2013 with Lazio Rome. He has coached a number of clubs, including Lugano, Young Boys and Sion in Switzerland, Samsunspor in Turkey and Bordeaux in France.

Anti - doping: WADA severely sanctions Angola

Angola will have neither anthem nor flag in international competitions. This is the sanction issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Angolan Olympic Committee (AOC) has been sanctioned for failing to meet the deadline for bringing its sports legislation into line with WADA's statutes.

The sanction document sent to the AOC also indicated that it would lose the privileges guaranteed by the organization until it was reinstated, as well as the impossibility for Angolan representatives to be eligible for any position within WADA. Among the other sanctions mentioned in the letter, it is specified that the AOC will not be able to host any event organized or co-organized by the institution.


Beach Soccer World Cup: Senegal dominate Colombia

After their 4-6 defeat in their World Cup opener, the Lions of Senegal bounced back with a 5-3 win over Colombia. Trailing 2-0 in the first third, then again in the second, Senegal fought back to win.

Mamadou Diallo's men now face a "final" in Group C against Japan on Matchday 3, with a place in the quarter-finals in their sights.

Gabon: Footballers in front of the Presidency to claim 5.6 million euros in debts

A first in Gabon.Footballers from the national league staged a sit-in in front of the Presidential Palace. They even sent a message to the President of the Transition, Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema. The aim was to settle the debt owed to the footballers, estimated at 3.7 billion CFA francs (5.6 million euros).

"These are National-Foot 1 and 2 and women's footballers who are demanding payment of their salary arrears. For some people, this dates back 7 years, and for others to the last championship, without being paid. We've initiated all possible procedures while respecting the hierarchy, but nothing has been done," Yelly Nang, the footballers' delegate, told gabonreview.com.

Some of the players, under the sun, during their sit-in in front of the Presidential Palace on February 15.
However, a commission had been set up by the Minister of Sport to assess the players' debts and the audit report on this debt of first and second division clubs had been submitted to the Prime Minister since December 18. "We waited another month, but nothing came of it. So we sent a letter to the Presidency, as a last resort. We had been promised a meeting with all the stakeholders who decide on sport in Gabon and on payment.But our word has not been kept", he said.

Reims: Oumar Diakité scores against Lens

Winner of the Africa Cup of Nations with Côte d'Ivoire, Oumar Diakité made his return to Ligue 1 on Sunday February 18. On Matchday 22, Stade de Reims held RC Lens to a 1-1 draw. The Ivorian winger opened the scoring against Lens in the 41st minute, after being set up by Japan's Junya Ito. Before the break, Wesley Saïd (45th +2) scored the equaliser.

The result moved Reims (31 pts) up to 8th in the table, ahead of Olympique de Marseille (9th, 30 pts).