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Meet Burkina Faso’s ‘legendary’ striker, Aristide Bancé, who has played for 24 clubs in 14 countries



Retired Burkina Faso striker, Aristide Bancé, was more of a journeyman footballer in his playing days and ended up playing for 24 different clubs in 14 countries and leagues across Europe and beyond.

The 38-year-old Bancé has become a legend in the game in his country and has become a reference point on how to be a roller coaster in one’s career.

Bancé started his youth career in 2000 with Stade d’Abidjan in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, his birth place. While there, he managed to score eight goals from 33 appearances for the club.

In 2001, he signed for Athlétic Adjamé where he appeared 30 times and scored five goals before joining RFC Daoukro in 2022. There he also scored eight goals in 20 appearances for the club.

In 2003, Bancé signed for Santos Burkina and represented the club 16 times and managed to find the back of the net nine times.

From 2003–2006 Bancé became a Lokeren player where he made 77 with 27 goals. He then turned out for Metalurh from 2006-2008.

In 2007, he joined Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine and made 12 appearances with two goals before moving to Germinal Beerschot in Germany on loan in 2008, playing nine times with no goal to show.

He was then shipped to Kickers Offenbach on loan where he played 10 matches and scored four goals.

He also starred for Metalurh Donets, also in Ukraine, before turning out for German club Mainz 05 in 2010, where he made 62 appearances and scored 24 goals.In his first season at Mainz, helping the team gain promotion to the Bundesliga with 14 league goals.

Bancé illustrious career by country:

Germany (Mainz 05, Augsburg, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Kickers Offenbach)

Belgium (Lokeren, Beerschot AC)

Ukraine (Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk),

Turkey (Samsunspor)

UAE (Al-Ahli)

Qatar (Umm Salal)

Finland (HJK Helsinki)

Kazakhstan (FC Irtysh Pavlodar)

Egypt (Al-Masry)

South Africa (Chippa United)

Cote d’Ivoire (ASEC Mimosas, Stade d’Abidjan, Athlétic Adjamé, RFC Daoukro, Williamsvills)

Latvia (Riga FC)

Guinea (Horoya AC)

Burkina Faso (Santos Burkina, US des Forces Armées).


Female Kenyan world marathon champion banned for five years over doping



A female Kenyan marathon world champion, Betty Wilson Lempus, has been handed a five year ban after she was found to have violated the World Athletics anti-doping rules on two occasions.

Lempus, 31, who came to international limelight after she smashed the Paris Women’s ’s half-marathon record in 2021, was initially placed under observation after she tested positive for the banned metabolite, Triamcinolone Acetonide.

She was to later falsify medical documents to explain the presence of the metabolite in her system, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), said in a report.

As a result, she has been disqualified from the Paris half-marathon and all races since the discovery, the AIU said.

Lempus’ punishment covers two years for the doping violation and four for the attempt to cover it up, but a year was subtracted from the ban owing to her admitting to both offenses.

The AIU, in its report, said Lempus had claimed that she had been injected with Triamcinolone Acetonide at a Kenyan hospital 16 days before the Paris race.

“But in June 2022, the Medical Superintendent from the hospital in question stated that though Lempus had been present that day, she had not received an intramuscular injection of Triamcinolone Acetonide at the hospital on this date,” the anti-doping body said.

“The official also cited other discrepancies, including false hospital documents, including address and phone number, and that the doctor, whom Lempus claimed attended to her, is not employed at the hospital.

“Confronted by the AIU with this evidence in October 2022, Lempus admitted to Tampering.”

“We are pleased to conclude this case, especially because this athlete almost got away with her attempt to dupe the authorities and to cheat other runners out of their rightful rewards,” said AIU Head Brett Clothier.

“This is the right and fair outcome, and it’s a signal to all that the AIU takes its mission extremely seriously and will pursue every angle in seeking to reach the truth,” he added.

The anti-doping agency of Kenya which worked alongside the AIU to conclude the case, said it was happy with the outcome about battles to stamp out doping in the eastern African country’s athletics.

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Wigan Athletic sack Ivorian coach, Kolo Toure, two months after appointment



Former Ivory Coast defender turned coach, Kolo Toure, has been sacked by Wigan Athletic football club two months after his appointment after he failed to win any of his nine games in charge.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender made history as the first black manager to be appointed by the club after the sacking of previous manager, Leam Richardson, in November 2022.

However, his appointment did not change the fortunes of the club as he was only able to garner just two points from his seven Championship matches, with the club bottom of the Sky Bet Championship on 25 points, table, just four points from relegation.

Kolo Toure was signed by Wigan on a three-and-a-half-year deal in late November, but a run of nine games without a victory in all competitions has brought an abrupt end to his spell as manager at the DW Stadium – after just 59 days.

The Wigan board, in a statement on Friday by chief executive, Malachy Brannigan, said:

“Firstly, I’d like to thank Kolo, along with Kevin and Ash, for their efforts during their time at the football club.

“Unfortunately, the results on the field have not been as we would have liked and as tough a decision as this was, the board felt it necessary to give us the best possible chance of remaining a Championship club next season.

“We know that this time of year is a key period for any football club, ourselves included.

“Therefore, we will now work swiftly and effectively to ensure the right person is appointed as the next permanent manager of Wigan Athletic, with the immediate objective of remaining in the second tier for next season.”

The 41-year-old Ivorian, had worked as first-team coach at Leicester since February 2019, but his first move into management has not proven to be a success.

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