Rigobert Song Bahanang, born on the 1st of July 1976 was a Cameroonian former professional football player, who is the current manager of the Cameroon national team.
Internationally, he played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as a captain in five.
He holds a record for most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first-team games. He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002.
Aside from Zinedine Zidane, Song is the only player to have been sent off in two different World cups, once against Brazil in 1994 and against Chile in 1998. He also holds the record as the youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup aged 17.
He was nicknamed “Big Chief” by Turkish fans; he is the Uncle of fellow Cameroon defensive midfielder, Alex Song.
He was falsely reported to have died after a near-death cerebral attack on October, 3rd 2016, that came through a stroke in Yaoundé, Cameroon that had him in a coma for two days.
He is happily married to his long time girlfriend and the love of his life, Gabrielle Esther Nnomo Mballa and they have four beautiful children together.
Aside from Zinedine Zidane, Rigoberto song is the only player to have been sent off in two different world cups; Brazil 1994 and Chile 1998.
In late 2015, Song was reportedly close to signing a managerial deal with the Chad national team but for unknown reasons, it was never finalised.
Song is the country’s most capped player, after making 137 appearances for the Indomitable lions.
After sacking the former head coach of the Cameroon national team Antonio Conceicao, who led the indomitable lions to a third place in the just concluded African cup of nations 2022, is being replaced on the instruction of the country’s President Paul Biya, by Rigobert Song.
CAF postpones 2023 Afcon to January 2024 due to weather concerns
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has postponed the 34th edition of the African Nations Cup (AFCON), which was scheduled to hold between June to July of 2023 in Ivory Coast, to January and February, 2024.
The reason for the postponement, according to CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, is due to concerns over weather conditions in the West African country which experiences heavy rainfall during the period.
While addressing the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday, Motsepe said the decision was also to align the continent with the European football calendars.
Motsepe also said the decision was further motivated by weather concerns following a report by the Ivorian Meteorological Agency which predicted heavy rainfall in many parts of the country designated for the tournament.
The agency, in a report presented to CAF, had noted that Ivory Coast which has a tropical climate, has the peak of its rain season between June and July and most parts of the country is always at the height of the rainy season.
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Nigerian ‘Last Stylebender’, Israel Adesanya, beats Jarred Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
Nigerian fighter, Israel Adesanya, “the Last Stylebender” , has retained his UFC middleweight title with a win via unanimous decision.
Judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, all in favour of the Nigeria’s over his challenger, Jarred Cannonier in the UFC 276 bout which took place at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada this morning.
The 32-year-old Nigerian has now defended his middleweight championship for the fourth time after he defeated Kelvin for his middleweight interim title in 2019.
The ‘Last Stylebender’ he has defeated the likes of Robert Whitaker, Martin Vettori, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero including his win against Jarod Cannonier.
Adesanya is one of top fighters of African descent in the UCF, the list includes Abu Azaitar was given the nickname Gladiator who holds a 14-1 MMA record, Sodiq Yusuff and Kamaru Usman who are both Nigeria and Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou, nickname: Predator.
Adesanya is reportedly set to a guaranteed purse of $1.8million from the fight after he earned around $1.1million in his last bout against Martin Vettori. UFC will earn approximately $82.5million from PPV sales and Israel will receive 30% of the PPV shares which could make this the highest earnings of his career.
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