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COSAFA snubs Bondo

Botswana’s best performing referee Joshua Bondo will not officiate at the up-coming Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) tournament following reports that his showing at the previous edition was not up to scratch.

The move will in turn see a much younger and rising referee, Tirelo Mositwane stepping up for the job. The COSAFA Castle Cup 18th edition is expected to commence on the 27th of this month in South Africa. Botswana was expected to host the tourney but pulled out citing budget constraints. The COSAFA referees committee was of the view that Bondo performed below par last year and that is why he was sent back home. Ironically, the same month, Bondo received the honour for best referee on home soil.

The blot in his performance was allegedly when he officiated in the game between Zimbabwe and Madagascar. The said match ended at a 0-0 stalemate. Bondo was heavily critised by Zimbabwean media for what they called ‘diabolic’ refereeing. It is said the Botswana referee erred by not awarding the Zimbabwean National Team rightful two penalties.

“COSAFA, who have a zero tolerance on bad officiating, wielded the axe on Bondo after reviewing the referee’s pathetic performance which marred the group Group top-of the- table clash between the Warriors and Madagascar that eventually ended 0-0,” the report claimed before Bondo was shown the door.

Bondo was duly criticized across the COSAFA region and also on the continent for his poor show. It was said that the regional body’s referees committee that is using the tournament to develop match officials from Southern Africa stuck to their principle and took a last resort to punish Bondo. The last year’s performance is believed to have cost Bondo a place at this year’s edition, but it is indeed ironic considering the magnitude of games the Senete born referee has officiated across the African continent.

He rose to stardom when he officiated at the pressure filled AFCON qualifiers between Ivory Coast and Mali in 2016. The chairman of referees’ committee Eatametse Olopeng has however once more expressed much adoration and confidence in Bondo. “Bondo is one of the best referees in Botswana and Southern Africa. In the last year COSAFA game, it was unfortunate that he made such a mistake. But it should be noted that Bondo had no rest and fatigue could have taken its toll,” he said.

Bondo started off as a football player for his local club Hartlepool FC in the third division of the Selebi-Phikwe region. In a 2001 game while still at his local club, he got so angry with the referee and decided to quit playing football and become a referee. His career of refereeing started in the lower leagues where he gradually rose up the ranks. Bondo was once voted best referee at the 2007 Africa U17 tournament that was held in Namibia. Last year was Bondo’s first appearance at the AFCON Finals, officiating the game between Ghana and Uganda after officiating a series of qualification games.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

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Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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