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Ghana soccer star, Thomas Partey, changes name to Yakubu after marrying Moroccan Muslim wife

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Ghana and Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey, has announced a change of his name to Yakubu after his recent switch of religion and getting married to his Moroccan girlfriend, Sara Bella.

The 28-year-old Ghana star who converted from Christianity to Islam in March, will still be referred to have the name Thomas on the back of his jersey while playing for Arsenal.

The former Atletico Madrid player had raised eyebrows when he was pictured with an Islamic cleric in London holding a Quran, which sparked a frenzy of rumours back home.

He however, laid all the speculations to rest in an Instagram video interview he had with Ghanaian journalist, Nana Aba Anamoah, where he confirmed that he had actually converted to Islam because of Bella.

“I have a girl I love, I know my side chicks will leave me but it’s no problem.

“I grew up with Muslims so at the end of the day it’s the same thing,” he said in the Instagram video.

Shortly after news of his marriage broke on Wednesday, Partey was again taken up by Anamoah again to either confirm or deny the story and he said:

Yes, I am now married. I’m already married and my Muslim name is Yakubu,” Partey admitted.

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Cameroon keeper Onana throws more jibes after World Cup controversy

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Cameroon’s first choice goalkeeper, André Onana, has thrown more jibes on the country’s football authorities following a controversy that rocked the team at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar which led to his being thrown out of the team camp.

The Inter Milan shot stopper who fell out with coach Rigobert Song and FECAFOOT boss, Samuel Eto’o after Cameroon lost to Switzerland in their first match, took to Twitter on Thursday to share a new cryptic message which has further heightened the scandal that rocked the team at the World Cup.

Onana who returned to Cameroon for his holidays after leaving Qatar following his omission from Cameroon’s starting XI in their 3-3 draw against Serbia, shared a message which many think is a subtle shade on Eto’o, Song and other members of the football federation.

Writing in both French and English, the 26-year-old former Ajax keeper said:

“In a world where lying is the most common thing, telling the truth makes you a revolutionary. But in the end, time will put everything in its place,” he said.

Onana got into trouble when he challenged Song on his team training methods and following an altercation, Eto’o tried to intervene and settle the rift between them failed, he was initially suspended for the Serbia game but after the match, Onana left Qatar in anger.

He later released a statement saying that he didn’t find will ‘on the other side’ to solve problems.

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Cameroonian FA boss, Samuel Eto’o apologises for attacking Algerian cameraman during World Cup

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Football legend and current President of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Samuel Eto’o, has apologised for violently attacking an Algerian cameraman and Youtuber influencer outside a stadium at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A video of the assault had gone viral on Tuesday where the former Real Madrid and Barcelona star was seen hitting the cameraman in the face after he had requested for an interview with the Cameroonian football boss shortly after Brazil’s 4-1 victory over South Korea in a second round match which was played on Monday.

However, following serious backlash and condemnation from football fans and officials, the former forward took to his official Twitter page to tender an apology.

“On last 5 December, after the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter,” Eto’o wrote.

“I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.

“I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters. Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 29 March in Blida, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence.

“During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been harassed and pestered by Algerians on the same subject. I would like to mention that the scenario of Algeria’s defeat was cruel but perfectly in line with the rules and ethics of our sport.

“All the appeals made by the Algerian Football Federation to the competent jurisdictions have been rejected. I, therefore, call on the Algerian authorities and Federation to take responsibility to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs,” he added.

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