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Xenophobia: Madagascar Cancel Friendly Against Bafana Bafana

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Xenophobia: Madagascar Cancel Friendly Against Bafana Bafana

South Africa’s Football Association (SAFA) have announced Madagascar national team have pulled out of the proposed friendly against the Bafana Bafana in the wake of Xenophobic attacks going on in the country.

Citizens of other African countries living in South Africa have seen their businesses and properties destroyed by South Africans who have accused them of stealing their jobs.

The attacks are now having a reprisal attack not just in the countries affected but also on South Africa’s football. The Bafana Bafana were supposed to play Zambia in an international friendly on September 7, but the Chipolopolo have pulled out citing security issues.

Breaking News: SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter. pic.twitter.com/HVD6nRLu4r

— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) September 5, 2019

Madagascar were announced as Zambia’s replacement but SAFA have now announced that the Barea have now withdrawn from the encounter.

A lot of football stars and musicians have also spoken out against the situation going on in South Africa. Among them are Super Eagles stars, Leon Balogun, John Ogu and Carl Ikeme. Musicians like Wiz Kid, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage have also spoken out against the attacks.

Together we stand, divided we fall! I’m praying for UNITY ❤️🖤💚 #SayNoToXenophobia #WeAreOne pic.twitter.com/EnGtlzNTQP

— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) September 4, 2019

Meanwhile, South Africa have closed their embassies in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. According to CNN, the decision was taken because they feared there will be reprisal attacks on her Citizens in the two diplomatic stations.

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Simon, Amoo Nominated For CAF Player Of The Year Awards

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Nigerian duo, Moses Simon and Akinkunmi Amoo have been nominated for the CAF Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

CAF released the first list of nominees for the Men’s categories namely Player of the Year, Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year on Thursday.

Simon made the shortlist following an impressive outing for Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations early this year in Cameroon.

The winger also starred in his club, Nantes Coupe de France success last season.

The former Levante player scored six goals and recorded eight assists in 30 league appearances for Nantes last season.

He will battle the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyadh Mahrez, and co for the award.

Amoo made the shortlist in the Young Player category after an impressive campaign for his Danish club, FC Copenhagen.

The CAF Awards 2022 will be held ahead of the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco scheduled to take place between 2 July – 23 July.

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Manchester United Reject Signing Neymar

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Manchester United reportedly decided against signing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar in a swap deal with former midfielder Paul Pogba back in 2019, Express UK reports.

Neymar has continued to be linked with a departure from PSG this summer as he’s irked by comments made by the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Al-Khelaifi had recently said: “A possible departure for Neymar this summer?

“What I can tell you is that we expect all players to do a lot more than last season.

“You have to become humble, you have to avoid injuries, suspensions and fouls that change a game.”

However, one team linked with the 30-year-old Brazilian international is Manchester United, although they could have already acquired him three years ago.

Man United’s former chief executive Ed Woodward rejected the opportunity of bringing Neymar to Old Trafford.

PSG reportedly approached Man United about the possibility of exchanging Neymar with Pogba, but the Premier League giants deemed the former Barcelona star to be too expensive.

Neymar’s wages of around £606,000 a week reportedly put Woodward off, and the former executive was also keen to keep Pogba at United.

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Arsenal Gives Jesus Jersey No 9

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Gabriel Jesus will wear the number 9 shirt at Arsenal for the 2022/2023 season.

The Brazil striker is in the final stages of completing a £45 million move from Manchester City, having undergone his medicals with the Gunners.

On Wednesday, Jesus was caught on camera at the Emirates Stadium donning his new shirt, Goal reports.

The no 9 shirt has become available following the departure of Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal as a free agent.

Lacazette, who has re-joined Lyon this summer, wore the jersey since the 2017/2018 campaign.

Before then, Arsenal’s No.9 spot was filled by Lucas Perez, Lukas Podolski, Chu-young Park, Eduardo and Julio Baptista.

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