CAF President Ahmad Ahmad announced Wednesday that he will seek a second term as president of the Confederation of African Football despite having faced questions over financial irregularities, all of which he has denied.
“ The @ CAF _ Online knew a lot of improvements for 4 years. I ’m proud of my team ’ s achievements ,” the 60 – year -old tweeted .
“ I extend my thanks and gratitude for your support and assistance in the # football in # Africa and beyond . After reflexion and consultation process , I decided to stand for re – election .”
Earlier this week , it was revealed a letter sent to Ahmad from 46 of CAF ’s 54 member associations had requested him to run for a second four -year term .
Philip Chiyangwa, president of southern African football body COSAFA , confirmed to AFP that a letter supporting Ahmad had been delivered to the former Malagasy politician .
The presidential election is scheduled for Rabat next March.
A simple majority — 28 votes if each association participates — is required to win the election but no official has announced their candidacy .
Algeria , Botswana , the Ivory Coast , Nigeria , Sierra Leone , South Africa , Uganda , and Zimbabwe were the eight nations not included in the letter of support .
Ahmad scored a stunning victory three years ago over incumbent Issa Hayatou , a Cameroonian who had ruled African football for 29 years.
The letter praised Ahmad but made no mention of various controversies surrounding him, including being probed by the FIFA ethics committee for alleged financial irregularities , which he denies .
At the request of Ahmad , FIFA sent secretary general Fatma Samoura to CAF headquarters in Cairo last year to assist for six months in the running of the organization .
( AFP )
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”