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Hayatou declares CAF for Blatter

The lengthy FIFA presidency battle took a completely new twist at the Confederations of African Football congress this week as the CAF head driver, Issa Hayatou declared that all the 54 members of CAF would rally behind the incumbent Sepp Blatter for FIFA’s driver seat.

Hayatou said that Blatter must remain confident that Africa still views him as the most deserving candidate amongst all the contenders. “All 54 member Federations of CAF guarantee their votes for Sepp Blatter when the time comes in Zurich on May 29,” said Hayatou.

The controversial CAF president who has in the past been accused of graft related to his prolonged CAF presidency believes that Africa is comfortable with Blatter. However critics believe that CAF cannot directly dictate the voting options for its members. By induction, Hayatou’s declaration means that Africa remains the strongest base for Blatter.

If the president’s claims do materialize, it would be an advantage to Blatter who is seeking his fifth term in office because Africa is the largest with 54 members. Blatter who has been heading FIFA since 1998 and currently vying for another term faces stiff competition from FIFA vice president, Prince Ali Bin –Ali- Hussein; the Dutch FA head, Michael Van Praag; and the Portuguese legend Lius Figo.

Blatter who under his regime robustly advocated for the FIFA WORLD CUP to be staged in Africa for the first time as it unfolded in 2010 in South Africa is expected to use that as a bargaining tool to motivate CAF to ink down their votes in his name.

Figo has since reacted to Hayatou’s claims and brushed them off, “I feel there is a lot of respect for CAF among all African Federations but I am positive that Mr Hayatou did not speak in the name of the 54 members of the Federation,” stated Figo.

The Portuguese legend emphasized that he remains hopeful that CAF members will see him as the right candidate for the hot seat. He further accused Hayatou of dictatorship and said that is one of the fundamental reasons which motivated him to join the race for the top post, ‘it’s also to end this kind of atmosphere that I decided to be a candidate. Football should be about a beautiful game and people should be able to express themselves freely and openly,” said Figo.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

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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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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