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Cameroonian soccer great, Samuel Eto’o accused of match fixing, corruption



A sports platform in Cameroon, has accused former striker and current President of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot), Samuel Eto’o, of match fixing and corruption.

The publication, which released a dossier on Tuesday, said Eto’o used his position as the President of Fecafoot to fix matches for a local club side, Victoria United, helping them gain promotion to the league’s top division.

In the dossier, which is the latest on the corruption scandal that has permeated Cameroonian soccer, Camfoot said Eto’o had been involved in a series of corruption cases, and had used his position as the federation president to cover his tracks.

According to the article which Camfoot said was the final of a dossier comprising no less than nine articles devoted to the former Real Madrid star, “Eto’o’s Fecafoot does indeed rig matches in the pro leagues” as well as “suspected corruption in the Cameroonian championship.”

The article added that Eto’o acted in favour of Victoria United and its president, Valentine Nkwain, whose telephone discussion with the former striker had leaked onto social networks.

The media outlet insisted that the audio of the leaked phone conversation was authentic, and that the comments made by Eto’o and the other person who spoke of a strategy to get Victoria United into the Cameroon First Division, had been verified.

The publication said it also relied on other elements such as the testimony of one of the club’s goalkeepers and the “choice of referees appointed to officiate matches involving Victoria United – only three of the same referees in 13 of the 24 matches played by the team out of a total of 39 referees” to support their claim.

Camfoot also highlighted another point where it claimed that the four matches won by Victoria United came after appeal to the Cameroon Football Federation’s disciplinary committee which was apparently influenced by Eto’o.

“That was a total of 12 points, which greatly helped the club, for whom the body is in the hands of Samuel Eto’o and his entourage,” it said.

“All the referrals made by soccer players have not led to any hearings or investigations. This also means that the Ethics Commission is anything but independent. It is under orders of Samuel Eto’o,” the media outlet said.

Though the embattled Eto’o has not responded to the accusations, the Cameroonian football federation has said the allegations will be looked into.


South Africa to host Ireland in Rugby Two-Test summer tour



Current Rubgy World Cup champions, South Africa, will host Ireland, in a two-Test series in July, 2024, which will be Ireland’s first trip to the nation in eight years.

Ireland was the only country to defeat South Africa as they went on to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France in October.

South African Rugby Federation which made the announcement on Friday, said the two countries will first meet on Saturday, July 6, in Pretoria, with the second Test in Durban on 13 July.

When the two sides first met on South African soil in 2016, the Springboks came out victorious, edging the Three-Test series 2-1.

In the first test in the 2016 series, Ireland won 26-20 in Cape Town, before losing the next two games, 32-26 in Johannesburg and 19-13 in Port Elizabeth.

Apart from the Ireland games, SA Rugby also confirmed that the team will face Portugal on 20 July at a venue yet to be announced.

South Africa will also host New Zealand, who they beat in the World Cup final, in Johannesburg on 31 August and Cape Town on 7 September as part of the Rugby Championship before concluding their home schedule against Argentina on 28 September, the Federation said.

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Zimbabwe seals last gasp winner over Ireland in T20 Series opener



Host, Zimbabwe, started its 2023 T20 Series on a winning note after rallying back to defeat Ireland from 88-7 to 106-7 in their pursuit of an 118 to end the tie for victory, with the home side requiring 12 runs from as many deliveries at that point.

In the thrilling game played in Harare on Thursday, Ireland’s fightback was not enough as they fell just short as Zimbabwe sealed a last-ball win in the series opener.

Ireland had earlier taken control of the game and posted 147-8 while the hosts needed nine runs from their final over, winning it with two from Blessing Muzarabani off the last delivery.

Captain Sikandar Raza who was voted man of the match, took three wickets and scored 65 to lead their run chase.

Raza was supported with the bat by Wesley Madhevere, who scored 25, with wicketkeeper Clive Madande hitting 20.

Two further T20 contests between the sides will take place at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday and Sunday before three one-day games at the same venue on 13, 15 and 17 December.

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