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Former Algerian soccer star, Rabah Madjer, faces 18-month jail term. Here’s why

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Former Algerian football star, Rabah Madjer maybe on his way to prison after prosecutors in Algiers demanded that he be jailed for 18 months for alleged fraud and forgery.

According to local media, the former African Player of the Year is being prosecuted for “fraud, forgery and use of forgeries, false declaration and swindling.”

The prosecution of Madjer is a result of a long and discrete investigation into the activities of the former Algerian national team coach and FC Porto of Portugal star.

The 63-year-old Madjer who owned two moribund newspapers, ‘Al Balagh’ and “Al Balagh Erriadhi,’ is alleged to continue to cash publicity cheques a year after their closure.

The plaintiff in the case, the National Publishing and Advertising Agency (ANEP), has asked for the sum to be returned and for damages to be paid while the case has been scheduled for June 9 for a verdict to be delivered.

African football fans above the 30 years age bracket will remember Madjer as the mercurial Algerian national team captain who modernized what is now called the “Madjer back-heel” which he perfected during the 1987 Champions Cup final between FC Porto and Bayern Munich with a sublime goal.

He was the Algerian Fennecs coach for eight months before being sacked at the end of June 2018 after a series of poor results.

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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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