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Olympic Qualifiers 2024: CAF Confirms Dates For Super Falcons Vs Banyana Banyana

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Super Falcons of Nigeria will host reigning African champions, South Africa in the first leg of their Women’s Olympic Football Tournament final qualifying fixture at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Friday, 5th April, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed.

 

The encounter at Abuja will kick off at 4pm, with Algerian referee Ghada Mehat as referee.

 

Mehat’s compatriots Asma Feriel Ouahab and Lamia Atman will be in the roles of assistant referee 1 and fourth official respectively, while Mariem Cheddad from Mauritania will serve as assistant referee 2.

 

Senegalese Fadouma Dia, a former FIFA referee, will be the referee assessor while Ghanaian Christine Ziga will serve as commissioner.

 

CAF said for the return leg scheduled for South Africa on Tuesday, 9th April, the Confederation of African Football has appointed Tunisian official Dorsaf Ganouati as referee.

 

She will be assisted by compatriots Houda Afine (assistant referee 1) and Emna Ajbouni (fourth official) with Egyptian Yara Atef Abdelfattah as assistant referee 2.

Agar Mezing from Cameroon will be the referee assessor while Cindy Dludlu from eSwatini will be commissioner.

 

The Super Falcons beat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses in the penultimate round of the race, with a single goal over the two legs scored by Esther Okoronkwo at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, while Banyana Banyana trounced Tanzania 4-0 over two legs in Dar es Salaam and Nelspruit.

The winner over two legs in early April between Nigeria and SA will join 15 other senior women’s teams from across the world for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament starting in Paris on 16th July.

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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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