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Morocco ready to host Club World Cup after remarkable Mundial outing



Morocco is set to host the Fifa Club World Cup less than two months after the Atlas Lions remarkable performance at the World Cup.

The FIFA tournament, the first on the African continent, kicks off on Wednesday, and will see continental champions lock horns against each other to determine the best club in the world.

Introduced in 2005, the Club World Cup has been held annually, featuring the six winners of each continent’s equivalent of Europe’s Champions League tournament, plus an additional club from the host nation.

Since its inception, European teams have dominated the tournament, with only Brazilian club, Corinthians, breaking the monopoly when it defeated Chelsea in the 2012 final.

Unlike the World Cup where there is a group stage, the clubs will play a straight knockout tournament but with a caveat that various continents qualify for different stages of the tournament.

In this format, the champion of Oceania will play the host club, in the first round with the winner drawn with the champions of Africa, Asia and North America in two knockout games.

The winner of each game will then play the European and South American champions in the semifinals.

Wydad Casablanca which is both the champion of Morocco and Africa, will relinquish the role of ‘host’ to Egyptian club Al Ahly, who lost to the Moroccan team in the final of the African Champions League in May.

Wydad will enter the tournament at the quarterfinal stage, playing against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia with South American champion Flamengo waiting in the semifinals.

Real Madrid will enter at the semifinal stage and will face either New Zealand club Auckland City, Al Ahly, or the Seattle Sounders, the first ever US club to play in the Club World Cup.


Nigerian UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, loses rematch fight to Leon Edwards



Nigerian UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, on Sunday morning, failed in another bid to reclaim his welterweight title from champion after losing to his conqueror, Leon Edwards, in a
unanimous decision.

This loss would be the third the “Nigerian Nightmare” will be suffering in the hands of Edwards in his quest to take back his title.

The much anticipated Edwards vs. Usman 3 was the main event at UFC 286, with the Jamaican-born Edwards proving that his previous wins over the Nigerian in August 2022 was no fluke.

A report by Yahoo Sports said “Edwards out-landed Usman 120-87 in significant strikes and landed 74 per cent of his significant strikes. Usman attempted 15 takedowns but landed only four and could do little with them.”

“Though Edwards admitted afterwards that the fight was his hardest to date, Usman was not as good as he was last August until the late head kick knocked him out,” it added.

The defeat also means that Usman has now lost two consecutive fights for the first time in his professional career and it is hard where he will go from here.

In the post-match interview in the ring, Usman said he believed he had done enough to have won.

“I think it was a close fight. Great game plan; you know, I have always said it from the start, I will see Edwards again. We did it and I am not done,” Usman, who now has a 20-4 win-loss record, said.

“I have always given him props for all that he has been able to accomplish and just like me, he is a brother like myself and much respect. London, you have got a hell of a guy, a great champion.”

“I will get back with my coaches because you know, I am one of that guys-I can’t sit for too long,” he said when asked of his future plans.

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Algerian boxer, Hadjila Khelif, grabs Africa’s second gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships



Algerian female boxer, Hadjila Khelif, has clinched Africa’s second gold medal at the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.

Khelif picked up the medal the second day of the Championship on Friday after she defeated Russia’s Nadezhda Golube 5-0 in the lightweight division.

Hadjila, who was a gold medallist in the Mediterranean Games and bronze medallist at the Africa Championships in Maputo, Mozambique, was the second African winner in the women’s boxing tournament while five other boxers from Africa failed to pick any medal by the second day of the event.

On day one, Tunisian lightweight, Mariem Homrani, lost 5-0 to Romania’s Andrea Marin, while Kenya’s middleweight, Elizabeth Akinyi, was also trounced 5-0 by Lin Chien-Yu of Taipei.

Two other Kenyan pugilists, lightweight Stacy Ayoma was beaten 4-1 by Moldova’s Christina Chiper, while another lightweight, Teresia Wanjiru, lost 5-0 to India’s Shashi Chopra and Tanzania’s lightweight Beatrice Nyambega was stopped in one minute, 37 seconds of round one by India’s Jasmine Jasmine.

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