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Achraf Hakimi tops list of most valuable Arab footballers



Moroccan international and Paris Saint-Germain defence ace, Achraf Hakimi, has emerged as the most valuable footballer in the Arab world with a market value of €65 million.

In a compilation made by sporting website, Transfermarkt, Hakimi came out tops ahead of Egyptian captain and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah, whose market value decreased to €55 million, placing him in second place.

Another Moroccan defender, Nayef Aguerd who currently plies his trade with EPL side, West Ham United, came in at third place with a market value of €35 million.

Other African players who made the list include another Moroccan young talent, Brahim Diaz of Real Madrid, who came in at sixth place boasting a market value of €35 million.

[t and Aguerd were key to the Atlas Lions’s remarkable run at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, playing crucial roles in the defence and helping their national team reach the semifinals for the first time.

The feat and their outstanding performances have seen their lots grow by the day with their market value rising tremendously.

Diaz, on the other hand, is an emerging talent who recently switched allegiance to Morocco and has been one of the star performers as the Moroccan national team embarks on their campaign in the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers beating Zambia 2-1 in their second match.


Namibia bowled out by Australia to reach T20 World Cup Super 8



Namibia’s hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup Super 8 was on Tuesday night truncated by Australia as they were bowled out for 72 in a thumping nine-wicket win in Antigua.

Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, took 4-12 to reach a century of T20 international wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Marcus Stoinis claimed two apiece.

Reports on the game noted that after dismissing Namibia in 17 overs, with only two batters reaching double figures, the Australia top order ruthlessly knocked off the runs inside the powerplay.

The victory took Australia above Scotland to the top of Group B, with the two sides playing each other in St Lucia on Sunday.

A win for Scotland would eliminate defending champions England, who first need to beat Oman and Namibia handsomely to have any chance of progressing.

On the other hand, Africa has a representative in Super 8 as
South Africa qualified after Sri Lanka’s match against Nepal in Lauderhill, Florida, was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

The result however, does not end Sri Lanka’s hopes of a top-two finish in Group D, but they require a highly unlikely sequence of results – including a washout when Bangladesh face the Netherlands on Thursday, to go through.

Australia captain, Mitchell Marsh, who spoke after the match, said:

“A great performance from our bowling team. All-round a very professional performance.

“It’s great to qualify for the Super 8s. We get pretty busy after our game against Scotland so we’ll manage as many people as we can over the next few days.”

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus:

“You can’t sit back against the best in the world – that’s one thing we’ve learned from tonight.

“The skill gap is perhaps there but you can close that a little bit by fighting fire with fire and we haven’t done that enough in this tournament.

“A good side like Australia will expose you if you’re not ready mentally.”

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Female footballers beat up referee over poor officiating in Tanzania (Video)



A football match in the Tanzanian women’s league between Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess on Monday was thrown into chaos after the players descended on the female referee over alleged poor officiating.

The incident, which was captured on video, saw the female players assaulting the match official in what has been seriously condemned by the country’s football authorities.

Footage from the attack captured the moment Ceasiaa Queens players violently chased and attacked the referee after a contentious penalty decision.

A local media reports that the incident, which occurred during the closing stages of a crucial league match, has sparked widespread condemnation.

“In the disturbing scenes, the match official is seen being pursued across the pitch by several players after awarding a penalty to the opposition,” the report said.

“The referee’s attempt to flee was momentarily successful as she dashed towards the athletics track surrounding the field, only to be pursued relentlessly.

“Eyewitness videos show that even as she neared the team benches, the chaos escalated.

“One player attempted a physical assault but missed, heightening the tension around the ground.

“The referee was briefly able to distance herself from her pursuers but was surrounded again near the tunnel entrance, leading to further attempts at violence.

“Authorities intervened as some players managed to catch up to the referee, with one launching a kick and a male spectator throwing punches.

“The match was subsequently halted prematurely, with Ceasiaa Queens ahead 2-1 and just minutes away from the final whistle.

“The incident comes at a tense time in the league, as Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess vie for second and third places, respectively, following Simba’s clinching of the championship with 54 points.”

The assault on the referee has prompted the Football Association of Tanzania to intervene with a vow to commence an immediate investigation into the incident, with potential sanctions pending for those involved.

“Such behaviour tarnishes the spirit of the game and is unacceptable in sports,” an official of the football governing body said in a statement on behalf of the body.

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