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Morocco threatens to pull out of Chan 2023 over diplomatic row with Algeria

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Defending champions, Morocco, has threatened to pull out of the upcoming African Nations Championship scheduled to hold in Algeria from January 13 to February 4, 2023, over diplomatic rows between the two neighbours.

The Moroccan Football Federation in a statement on Friday, said they will boycott the tournament unless they are allowed to fly directly from the country’s capital, Rabat, to Constantine, where their group stage games will be played, insisting the Atlas Lions must be allowed to use its Air Maroc and be granted authority to land in Algeria.

The North African neighbours had severed diplomatic ties in 2021 with Algeria closing its airspace, but the Morocco FA has insisted that its team will only partake in the tournament for African-based players if they are allowed to fly in directly.

“Contrary to the information conveyed during the past 24 hours, we have requested that the plane which will transport the national team on January 10 be authorised to land at the airport of Constantine, host city of the matches of the national team,” Morocco FA boss Fouzi Lekjaa said in the statement.

“And of course, the official carrier for all national teams is Royal Air Maroc,” he added.

Lekjaa explained that the federation had sent correspondence to CAF to get Algeria to enforce the specification, in particular the aspect concerning the reception of the participating teams.

CAF has also notified the Algerian authorities of Morocco’s request and a correspondence has been opened between the two, Lekjaa said.

“The Minister of Youth and Sports, Abderezak Sebgag, told us that Algeria has received a request from CAF regarding the decision of the Moroccan Federation which requests a direct flight to Constantine.

“The response from the Algerian authorities will be given in the next 24 hours,” he added.

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CHAN 2023: Senegal beat host Algeria on penalty shootout to become African homebased champions

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The Teranga Lions of Senegal pulled up a big surprise by dashing the hopes of Algeria winning the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on home soil with a 5-4 victory on penalties to add to its Afcon trophy.

In a tense final match of the tournament played at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers, the Local Teranga Lions edged the hosts in front of 39,120 spectators on a cold winter night.

Senegal’s win also meant they are now the undisputed champions of African football which has seen the West African nation complete a rare treble of triumphs which has see them lift the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the Beach Soccer AFCON.

In the final match proper, both teams took time to size out each other and seemed tense in the opening minutes of the match which boiled over when Gabonese referee, Pierre Ghislain Atcho, dished out four yellow cards in the opening half hour.

With the scoreline goalless at the half-time mark, both coaches Madjid Bougherra and Pape Thiaw made some changes in the second half which increased the intensity while maintaining a balanced outlook on the night.

The game ended goalless after regular time and extratime and went straight into penalties with the Teranga Lions holding their nerves to win 5-4.

Meanwhile, Algeria set a new tournament record by not conceding in six games at the tournament in regular time while the final was the first game to go into extra time.

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Kenya’s Edwin Kibet wins 2023 Lagos City Marathon

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Kenyan long distance runner, Edwin Kibet Koech, has won the 8th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held in Nigeria on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Kibet finished the 42km race in two hours, 14 minutes and six seconds to beat Ethiopia’s Dekeba Shefa and fellow Kenyan, Bernard Sang, who finished second and third respectively.

For his feat, Kibet took home the grand prize of $50,000, while Shefa and Sang carted home $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In the female category, Alemenseh Guta of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line, with compatriot Kebene Urisa and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo coming second and third respectively.

The annual event sponsored by one of Nigeria’s elite financial institutions, Access Bank, was recently upgraded by the world athletics body to a gold label, meaning that the winners of both the men and women’s races have also qualified for the marathon events at the 2024 Olympics scheduled for Paris, France.

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