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FIFA and UEFA ban Russia from competitions after IOC call to suspend athletes



In a joint statement with European football body UEFA, FIFA confirmed that Russian clubs and national teams had been banned from competitions “until further notice”.

The decision comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had urged bodies to exclude Russian athletes and officials from international events.

The IOC said the move was needed to “protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants.”

The decision allowed FIFA — football’s governing body — to exclude Russia from the World Cup ahead of its scheduled qualifying playoff on March 24.

Spartak Moscow had been scheduled to play next week in the Europa League against German club RB Leipzig, but have now been banned. Russia’s women’s team has also been banned from this summer’s European Championships.

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The moves are not unprecedented, as FIFA and UEFA expelled Yugoslavia from its competitions in 1992 when war broke out in the Balkans.

Sports bodies and clubs across Europe have already moved against Russia amid the war in Ukraine.

German football club Schalke decided to end its longstanding partnership with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

UEFA has now also broken its deals with the Russian gas company, which sponsors both the Champions League and the European Championship.


2022 nominated Ghanaian Youngsters for the Golden Boy Award



Felix Afena-Gyan and Kamaldeen Sulemana have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award for 2022.

The Black Stars duo will compete with other top young footballers in the world for the coveted trophy.

In a list released by Tuttosport, the organizers of the award, Afena-Gyan and Sulemana join other 98 players for this year’s award.

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The list also includes Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala.

Other players with Ghanaian descent in the top 100 youngsters list are Yunus Musah of Valencia, Frankfurt’s Ansgar Knauff, Drain Brobbey of RB Liepzig and Stade Rennais’ Jeremy Doku.

The list will be pruned as the year progresses before a final shortlist is done. The winner of the award will be named at the end of the year by Tuttosport. Barcelona’s Pedri won the Golden Boy award in 2021. The award is given to top performing youngsters below the age of 21.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Felix Afena Gyan has netted his first international goal for Ghana as they lead Madagascar 2-0 in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game on Wednesday.

The AS Roma forward connected to Gideon Mensah’s ball to give Ghana a second goal at the Cape Coast Stadium.

It took the 19-year-old striker three games to score his debut goal for the four-time African champions. Kamaldeen Sulemana rated best dribbler in France.

Kamaldeen Sulemana

Ghana and Stade Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana has emerged as the U21 player with the most successful dribbles in Europe’s top five leagues.

Sulemana, whose blistering start to his debut campaign at Rennes was curtailed by nagging injuries, was rated as the best dribbler in Europe.

The Black Stars winger was rated ahead of Real Madrid wideman Vinicius Junior and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies in a list of budding talents under the age of 21, according to Football Talent Scout.


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Omanyala the gold winner in the African championship after 32 years and his other notable wins



Kenya’s popular sprinter Ferdinsnd Omanyala Omurwa has placed Kenya on the world map because of his impressive performance on the track through the 100m and 200m races.

Omanyala was born on January 2, 1996. Accused of a doping offense in 2017 that led to a 14-month suspension from athletics after testing for an illegal substance.  Omanyala kept his hopes high until the suspension was over.

Though still, very young Omanyala has many achievements to his name he is currently the African holder and the 8th fastest man of all time after setting a record of 9.77 in September 2021 in Nairobi.

Here are the top wins that have made Omanyala the best sprinter of all time.

1.African championship

Ferdinand Omanyala won the 100m gold medal at the African Championship in 9.93 seconds, yesterday June 9 beating defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa.

It’s the first time a Kenyan has won the gold medal in 32 years.

2.Omanyala beat USAs Fred Kerley and Isaiah Young

Ferdinand Omanyala proved to the world who’s the goat. He won the 100M in 9.85 ahead of USA’s Fred Kerley and Isaih Young. That record made him clock the fastest time in the world this year.


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3.Kipchoge Keino world continental tour Men’s 100M

Ferdinand Omanyala clocked 9.76s to break Kenya’s 100m National record for the 5th time.

Though he finished second to American Trayvon Bromwel who clocked 9.75s.

4.Belgrade indoor championships

Ferdinand Omanyala finished first in heat 2 of the 60M dash at the Belgrade indoor championships after clocking 6.62.


Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala broke the national 60M record yesterday in Metz to set a new record of 6.60. He just can’t stop winning.

6.Country races in Austria

In this race, Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala did better than his previous time of 9.96 in the finals by clocking 9.86. This made him finish first in the Country races in Austria.

This race was an indicator that Mr. Ferdinand is destined for greatness.

7.Grand Prix breaking a 27-year-old record

Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala wins the Lahti moto net grand Prix, setting a new record of 10.09. Omurwa in the process broke a 27-year-old record.

8.White city

Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala won at the white city games.

He clocked 10.06 and broke a record that had existed for 35 years!


Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala broke the national 60M record in the #WorldIndoorTour, a record that stood since 2005. He broke the record by clocking 9.77 making him the first African to break the record since 2005.

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Premier League: New faces to watch this summer?

With a winter World Cup on the horizon, the English top flight kicks off again on 6 August – under 10 weeks away – and there are signs it is going to be a busy summer of business.



Julian Alvarez

A signing that has been completed, with the Argentina forward joining Manchester City from River Plate in January. Welcome to the Premier League Julian.

Darwin Nunez

A regular name in the gossip column and a striker undoubtedly attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The Benfica forward scored 34 goals in 43 games for his club last season, including six in the Champions League, and it is widely reported that he will move on this summer despite having three years left on his contract.

Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Bundesliga’s player of the season.

Hugo Ekitike

Newcastle showed an interest in the Reims striker in January and could well be one of a few Premier League clubs back in for the 19-year-old’s signature.

Ousmane Dembele

With his current Barca deal set to expire this summer and no sign of a new agreement being struck, the France international – is soon to be a free agent.

Moussa Diaby

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