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CAF 2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Congo And Senegal Secure Wins, Tunisia Stalled By Namibia

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In a goalless encounter at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, Namibia and Tunisia played to a 0-0 draw in their fourth match of the CAF 2026 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday evening.

Despite high expectations from the Brave Warriors to replicate their historic 2023 Africa Cup of Nations victory over the Carthage Eagles, neither side managed to break the deadlock.

Namibia’s Bethuel Muzeu was a standout performer, consistently challenging the Tunisian defense.

The Southern African team had a potential early lead disallowed, leaving both teams goalless at the final whistle.

Namibia remains second in Group H, while Tunisia holds onto the top spot.

In the same group, São Tomé and Principe suffered a 1-0 defeat to Liberia, marking their fourth consecutive loss and keeping them at the bottom of the table. Liberia, with this victory, now sits in third place.

Elsewhere, Djibouti and Ethiopia ended their Group A match in a 1-1 draw. In Group C, the Democratic Republic of Congo narrowly defeated Togo 1-0, and Senegal secured a 1-0 victory against Mauritania, maintaining their strong form in the qualifiers.

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Friedkin Group Ends Pursuit Of Everton Acquisition

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Everton’s proposed sale to the Friedkin Group collapsed after negotiations between the two parties failed to agree.

The American investors, led by billionaire Dan Friedkin, had entered a period of exclusivity to discuss a potential purchase on June 21.

However, on Friday, the Premier League club announced that no deal had been struck with majority owner Farhad Moshiri.

This marks the second failed sale attempt for Everton this year, following a previous breakdown in talks with 777 Partners.

Despite the failed sale, the Friedkin Group will remain a lender to the club, which was penalized twice last season for breaching Premier League financial regulations.

The group also owns a controlling stake in Italian club Roma. Moshiri, who acquired a 49.9% share in Everton in 2016, holds a 94% stake in the club.

Everton expressed gratitude to the Friedkin Group for their efforts and maintained a positive relationship with the investors.

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Barcelona Fans Launch Tiktok Fundraiser To Support Nico Williams Signing

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In an unprecedented show of support, Barcelona fans have taken to TikTok to raise funds for the club’s pursuit of highly-coveted Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.

The 22-year-old sensation has become a top transfer target for European powerhouses following his impressive performance at the European Championship, where he scored two goals, including the opener in Spain’s 2-1 victory over England in the final.

Barcelona fans have been contributing symbolic amounts of money to the club’s official TikTok account, with comments such as “Sign Nico”, “We 100% need Nico”, and “For Nico Williams” accompanying their donations.

While the amounts range from 5 cents to 1 Euro, the initiative demonstrates the enthusiasm and dedication of the Barcelona faithful.

The donations, labeled as “rewards” on TikTok, may not substantially impact the transfer, but they represent a heartfelt expression of support from the fans.

According to Transfermarkt, Williams’ current market value stands at 70 million euros ($76.29 million), while the Spanish press has reported that Athletic Bilbao has set his release fee at 58 million euros.

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FIFA Launches Investigation Into Argentina’s Racist Chants At Copa America

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Fifa has opened an investigation into racist chants by Argentina players after their Copa America victory.

The chants, which targeted French striker Kylian Mbappe and included homophobic insults, were captured on a live video posted by Chelsea and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

Fifa strongly condemns any form of discrimination and has launched a probe into the incident.

The French Football Federation has filed a complaint, while Chelsea has launched an internal disciplinary procedure against Fernandez, who has apologized for his actions.

The club has also announced plans to use the incident as an opportunity to educate players about discriminatory behavior.

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