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Aribo’s goal not enough as Frankfurt edge Rangers in Europa Leage final. See how other Africans fared

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As the 2021/2022 football season comes to an end, the Europa League ended in grand style with African players turning up for their club sides. Of course like every final of a sports game, there would be winners and losers, That’s just the way it is.

Now let’s take a further look at how Africans fared in the game.

The final was between the Scottish side, Rangers, and a German opponent Eintracht Frankfurt ended 5-4 after a penalty shootout in favour of Frankfurt.

Defenders Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun both Nigerian and their national teammate and forward Joe Aribo were on the Rangers side for the night. Amad Diallo, an Ivorian, and Zambian Fashion Sakala were also part of the squad.

The match ended all square in regular time after Nigerian attacker, Joe Aribo gave Rangers the lead in the 53 minutes. The lead however only lasted for 12 minutes as Frankfurt equalized in the 69 minutes through …., setting up the match for extra time-time.

Nigeria’s Joe Aribo gave Rangers the lead in the 57 minutes in the Europa League final against Frankfurt.

Both sides passed up opportunities in the extra 30 minutes before substitute Aaron Ramsey missed his spot-kick and the German side converted all of theirs as the Ibrox side fell short, just as they did in 2008.

The winning side, Eintracht Frankfurt had players of African descent who represent France. Right-back, Evan N Dicka, and defender Almamy Touré are among the French-based Africans on the Frankfurt side.  Moroccan Aymane Barkok also plays for the team.

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CAF postpones 2023 Afcon to January 2024 due to weather concerns

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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.

This is the second time the AFCON will be rescheduled at the beginning of the year since it was moved from January/February to June/July by former CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

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Nigerian ‘Last Stylebender’, Israel Adesanya, beats Jarred Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

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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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