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Senegal resorts to ‘witch doctors’ to aid Sadio Mane’s recovery for World Cup

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With the Qatar 2022 World Cup just 10 days away, football authorities in Senegal say it will resort to the use of ‘witch doctors’ to help their injured talisman, Sadio Mane, recover from a fibula injury before the kick off of the Mundial.

The 30-year-old forward picked up the injury in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen with fears that he could miss the World Cup which he most single handedly led the West African country to qualify.

But despite the injury, Teranga Lions coach Aliou Cisse, has included Mane in the 26-man squatms for the World Cup following the belief that the country’s ‘witch doctors’ would be able to heal him of the injury.

The campaign is led by Senegalese FIFA’s Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, who said on Friday that her country is willing to go to extreme methods to heal Mane, including using unorthodox methods.

“We are going to use witch doctors. I don’t know if they’re effective but in this instance, we’re going to use them anyway.

“We are hoping for miracles. He has to be there,” Samoura, the first ever female FIFA Secretary-General said when journalists asked her if alternative treatment would be sought for the injured former Liverpool star.

The Afcon 2021 winners will face the Netherlands in their Group A opener on November 21, before going on to play host Qatar and Ecuador.

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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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Qatar 2022: Morocco make history with World Cup win over Spain

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The Atlas Lions of Morocco gave Africa a quarterfinals berth at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday.

The two teams played out a 0-0 draw at full and extra time and had to be separated by the luci of penalties.

Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou, was the hero of the match by saving two of Spain’s penalty kicks from Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets while Pablo Sarabia hit the post with the Spanish first kick.

The North Africans who have been the biggest surprise of the tournament, will next face either Portugal or Switzerland.

Morocco, the last African side left in World Cup 2022 went against all bookmakers prediction by beating the star studded Spain team to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history.

Though Luis Enrique’s side had almost 70 percent of the ball in the first 45 minutes, the Africans were not deterred as they held firm and stuck to their game plans which frustrated the talented Spanish team.

Morocco is also the only team from outside Europe or South America at the Qatar World Cup to make it to the last eight.

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