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SATURDAY AFCON PREVIEWS AND TIPS: Rohr Warns Nigeria Against Coach-less Libya, Bafana Bafana Take On Seychelles

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Ahmed Musa will be the Nigerian Captain on Saturday

Saturday 2019 AFCON qualifiers:
Nigeria vs Libya 6:00
Mozambique vs Namibia 6:00
DR Congo vs Zimbabwe 8:30
Morocco vs Comoros 9:00
Burkina Faso vs Botswana 9:00
Tunisia vs Niger 9:15
Senegal vs Sudan 10:00

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that the Super Eagles will approach their upcoming games against Libya in similar fashion to the back-to-back fixtures against Cameroon last year.
The Super Eagles play host to Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday before the reverse fixture in Algeria on Monday, in a bid to leapfrog their opponents in Group E.
Nigeria beat the Indomitable Lions 4-0 before holding the African champions to a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé within the space of four days, on their way to booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“We have to prepare for the two matches like we did against Cameroon last year,” Rohr is quoted as saying by NFF’s official Twitter page.
“Focus is on Libya’s strong team who had a draw in South Africa and are the leaders in our group. “Two games in four days means to be very fit physically and technically.”
Adel Amrouche resigned from the Libya coach four days to the game having discovered that they were planning to sack him for his random tactics.

Verdict:
Nigeria vs Libya-1/gg

Tau is the man to watch as South Africa takes on Seychelles tonight

Bafana Bafana Take On Seychelles With Out Vilakazi

Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter will be without Vilakazi, Thapelo Morena and Vincent Pule for the country’s home and away 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against
Bafana Bafana who have suffered injuries. As South Africa were preparing for the double header against Seychelles the news came in.
South Africa’s Team Doctor, Thulani Ngwenya, on confirmed that the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder ruptured his left tendon Achilles in a practice match against SuperSport United.
Stuart Baxter’s troops won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from France-based Lebo Mothiba.
The injury to the 28-year-old will come as a blow to both South Africa and Sundowns with Vilakazi set to face a few months on the sidelines.
South Africa currently occupy second spot in their qualifying group having followed a 2-0 win over Nigeria with a goalless draw at home to Libya last time out.
The goal-scoring form of Dino Ndlovu, Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba are expected to be instrumental in the final third.

Verdict:
South Africa vs Seychelles-1/over

Betting tips AFCON
Saturday games:
Uganda vs Lesotho-1
Equatorial Guinea vs Madagscar-1/gg
Nigeria vs Libya-1
Morocco va Comoros-1
Tunisia vs Niger
Senegal vs Sudan-1

More tips:
Sato Friendly games:
Peru – Chile-over/gg
Myanmar – Bolivia-2
China PR – India/over/gg

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE tips
Netherlands – Germany-2/over
Norway – Slovenia-1x
Bulgaria – Cyprus-‘over’/gg
Slovakia – Czech Republic-2/gg
Republic of Ireland – Denmark-2/over/gg

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As The Premier League Prepares For Restart On June 17, Liverpool Jump Man City And Chelsea In New List Of Europe’s Richest Clubs…

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As the Premier League prepares for a restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, Liverpool have leapfrogged Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea in the list of Europe’s most valuable clubs with their valuation soaring by 19 per cent to almost £2.25billion.

The reigning European champions are behind the wealth of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in the annual rich list.

The Bernabeu club remain top of KPMG’s rankings for 2020 with an enterprise value of £2.95bn following a small increase of 1.5 per cent over the past year, Machester United whose value went down two per cent to £2.84bn over the past 12 months in second place and Barcelona overtook Bayern Munich into third, to close the gap following a 12.2 per cent rise in value to £2.7bn.

Liverpool’s rise in value of 19.3 per cent was recorded by KPMG’s figures, which saw them move ahead of Man City and Chelsea with an enterprise value of some £2.25bn.

City recorded a tiny 0.3 per cent contraction and are worth £2.21bn, while Chelsea, who won last season’s Europa League, are valued at £1.88bn, down 6.3 per cent.

Tottenham, who lost to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, climbed a place into eighth, while Paris Saint-Germain recorded enormous growth of 36.7 per cent to move above Arsenal and Juventus into the top 10.

Arsenal, who have missed out on Champions League football for the past two years, slip 13.2 per cent in value to 10th at £1.57bn.

However, KPMG make clear their figures were compiled five months ago on January 1 and do not include the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit every football club. Next year’s valuations will take this impact into account.

Other big winners included Inter Milan, whose value rose by 33.7 per cent, lifting them to 14th position and fellow Serie A club Roma, who climbed five spots to 16th.

In all, there are eight Premier League clubs in the top 20, with West Ham and Leicester adding to those in the top 10.

There are 92 matches still to play in the Premier League, and the first to take place will be those the four teams involved have in hand.

Here is the list of the 10 richest clubs in Europe:

RANKING CLUB               Value (billions of euros)
1 Real Madrid                      3.478
2. Manchester United        3.342
3. FC Barcelona                   3.193
4. Bayern Munich               2.878
5. Liverpool                          2.658
6. Manchester City              2.606
7. Chelsea                              2.218
8. Tottenham                       2.067
9. Paris Saint-Germain      1.911
10.Arsenal                             1.852
11.Juventus                           1.735
12.Borussia Dortmund       1.281
13.Atlético Madrid               1.197
14.Inter Milan                       983
15.Schalke 04                        814

From: Agencies

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FIFA, Museveni Mourn Uganda Cranes Longest Serving Captain Jimmy Kirunda…

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The late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

President Museveni has mourned former Uganda Cranes captain and Manager Jimmy Kirunda.

In a post on his Facebook page, Museveni said, “I have learnt about the death of Jimmy Kirunda, perhaps one of the greatest footballers our country has produced. We all remember the major feat when he captained the national team to the Africa Cup finals in 1978. We shall miss him. Condolences to his family and the football fraternity.”

Kirunda was pronounced dead on Monday, 25th May 2020 moments after collapsing  in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo hands an award to the late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

Museveni was joined by the President of Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Gianni Infantino who sent a message of condolence to Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), the family of the late Jimmy Kirunda and the entire Ugandan football fraternity.

In a message delivered through the FUFA President Moses Magogo, Infantino expresses his sympathy to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), and to Jimmy’s family, friends and loved ones.

“I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player and coach, Jimmy Kirunda. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss affecting Uganda football,” Infantino says.

Jimmy Kirunda (2nd L) in the Uganda Cranes team. (Photo: FUFA)

He adds, “During his playing career, Jimmy captained Uganda’s national team during ten years, and participated in three CAF Africa Cups of Nations in 1974, 1976 and in 1978, where the Cranes reached the final, their best performance until today. During his time with the national team, he also won five CECAFA Cups. At club level, he will be remembered for his career at Express FC and KCC FC, where he notably won three league titles and two Uganda cups, SC Villa, where he added one league title and one Uganda Cup to his trophy room, as well as Abu Dhabi Sports Club in the UAE.”

“After his retirement, he managed different clubs in Uganda, as well as the national team between 1989 and 1996, winning three CECAFA Cup titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Uganda football legend, longest serving national team captain, considered as one of the greatest African players of his generation, defender with style, class and elegance, but also top scorer of the national league, his legacy and achievements, and in particular his friendly personality, his leadership and his human qualities will not be forgotten, and he will be truly missed,” he says.

According to the family, Kirunda’s burial will take place on Wednesday, 27th May 2020 at 2PM at his ancestral home in Mayire, Bulesa – Kyadondo.

Jimmy Kirunda (left) conducts one of the numerous pre-match customs as a Uganda Cranes captain (Photo: FUFA)

WHO IS JIMMY KIRUNDA?

  • Jimmy Kirunda was born in 950 to late Henry Kirunda and Constance Nawalu at Mulago, a famous footballing hub in Uganda.
  • He held his elementary education at Mengo Primary School, Naggalama and later Old Kampala SSS.
  • Kirunda joined Mulago FC in 1965, before moving to Express, KCC and Sports Club Villa.
  • He played professional football at Abu Dhabi sports club in 1979, a year after skippering the Uganda Cranes to the AFCON final in Ghana.
  • Three league titles with KCC FC and one with S.C Villa in 1982 where they went the entire season unbeaten are just a few of many accolades the former Cranes team manager amassed in his career.
  • He captained Uganda for ten years and played in three Africa Cup of Nations (1974, 1976 & 1978)
  • He won the CECAFA Cup with Uganda (1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 & 1977)
  • As Cranes Team Manager, he won three CECAFA Cup titles (1989, 1990 & 1992)
  • He won three league titles with KCC (1976, 1977 and 1981) and two Uganda Cups (1980 & 1984)
  • He also won a league title with Villa (1982) and one Uganda Cup (1983)
  • His brothers William Kityo and Dick Bintanula played for KCC and Mulago respectively.
  • He top-scored the league in 1978 with 32 goals
  • He coached three clubs (Bell, Buikwe & Cooperative)
  • He returned to football in 1987 and featured for his Ngeye clan team
  • Worked at FUFA Secretariat in the office of former FUFA President Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa and current FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on football matters before retiring in 2015.

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Premier League Clubs To Ask Their Players To Take Wage Cuts Of Up To 30%…

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Premier League clubs have all agreed to discuss their players taking wage cuts or deferrals of up to 30 per cent after their latest round of talks on Friday.

The top flight have also voted to advance the EFL and National League’s £125m payment as they continue to battle the effects of the coronavirus.

The Premier League will also make a £20million donation to the NHS, local communities, families and groups who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

It comes after UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday urged top footballers to support club staff who are being furloughed at the taxpayers’ expense.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s players were the first in the country to offer to forgo wages, while the league’s big four – Dortmund, Bayern, Leipzig and Leverkusen, have all ploughed £17.7m each into a fund to help the second tier clubs who will struggle more than them in the coming months.

In Italy, meanwhile, Juventus players have waived four months’ wages in a move that could see Cristiano Ronaldo give up over £9m of his money to help the cause.

PREMIER LEAGUE’S TOP EARNERS

1 = David de Gea (Manchester United) – £375,000

2 = Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £300,000

2 = Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £300,000

3 = Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £290,000

4 = Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) -£280,000

5 = Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £250,000

6 = Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £220,000

7 = Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £200,000

7 = Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £200,000

7 = Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £200,000

8 = Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £198,000

9 = Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – £189,904

10 = Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £170,000

 

Source: Daily Mail

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