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Ghanaian MP apologises to Man Utd defender, Harry Maguire after viral video mocking him

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A member of the Ghanaian parliament, Isaac Adongo has tendered an apology to Manchester United defender, Harry Maguire following a viral video where he mocked the English player.

In the video which went viral last year, Adongo, who was addressing his colleagues in the parliament during a budget debate, compared Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s economic management to Maguire’s performances on the pitch.

At the time, Maguire was having a torrid time playing for United, and with criticisms pouring in from club fans, the jab by Adongo became a hit, with many reposting the video.

The mockery of the English player had also drawn criticism from some of his fans, including England manager, Gareth Southgate, who condemned the mockery as “ridiculous treatment” and said Maguire had been “an absolute stalwart” for the team.

Maguire’s mother also defended her son and said the abuse he had faced was “disgraceful” and “unacceptable”.

However, during another budget debate, Adongo said he wanted to correct the record, and hailed Maguire as a “transformational footballer”.

He said whereas Maguire had improved and had become a “key player” for Manchester United, Bawumia, who is the head of the government’s economic management team, had not improved, as Ghana continued to face its most severe economic crisis in years.

In a reference to Ghana’s recent debt woes and attempts to get loans from the IMF, Adongo said while Maguire had become a transformed player, “our Maguire, he is now at the IMF, with a cup in hand.”

Speaking to the BBC’s Newsday programme after the debate,
Adongo explained that he had used Maguire’s struggle for form to communicate his dissatisfaction with Ghana’s economy.

“When Harry’s form improved, I felt that he deserved an apology. As a lover of football, it was important that I recognised his turnaround,” Adongo said.

In response to the apology, Maguire himself took to his X account to write that he had accepted the apology.

“See you at Old Trafford soon,” the defender said.

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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CAF unveils preliminary round draws for 2025 AFCON finals

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled the preliminary round of draws for the 35th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which will hold in Morocco in 2025.

The draws which took place Tuesday at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, saw the participation of the eight lowest-ranked teams in the latest FIFA ranking.

The first leg of fixtures scheduled to be played on a home and away basis between March 20 and 26, 2024, will Somalia face off against Eswatini in Somalia, Sao Tome will take on South Sudan in Sao Tome, Chad will play against Mauritius in Chad, and Djibouti will take on Liberia in Djibouti.

The hosting is reversed in the second leg, with Eswatini will hosting Somalia, South Sudan will welcome Sao Tome, Mauritius will play host to Chad, and Liberia will have the home advantage against Djibouti.

The winners of the preliminary round matches will advance to join the 44 exempted teams for the group stage of the tournament, with only 24 teams ultimately qualifying for the AFCON 2025 finals.

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