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‘Going nowhere’: Fecafoot rejects Eto’o’s offer to step down as President

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The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), has turned down an offer by current president of the body, Samuel Eto’o, to step down following the calamitous display of the Indomitable Lions at the ongoing African Nations Cup (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

The former striker had made the offer to resign during a meeting in Yaoundé on Monday to give room for an evaluation of the national team’s lacklustre performance at the AFCON.

During the subdued meeting, it was gathered that board members refused to accept the former Barcelona striker’s resignation, insisting they had confidence in him to continue with his plan for the reconstruction and development of Cameroon football at all levels.

A local sports platform reports that the four-times African Player of the Year received the backing of Fecafoot board members
despite being “dogged by claims of improper conduct, match-fixing, and corruption over the past year.”

“The Confederation of African Football is currently investigating what it described as serious allegations from several Cameroonian football stakeholders against him, but Fecafoot board members have once again, expressed their confidence in the leadership of Samuel Eto’o,” the platform wrote.

It noted, however, that the former Inter Milan star was “presumed to be innocent until an appropriate judicial body concludes otherwise.”

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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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