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Russia 2018: Boateng starts training

JEROME BOATENG has started running work as the Germany defender bids to recover from a thigh injury in time for the World Cup. The Bayern Munich centre-back was forced off after 34 minutes in the first leg of his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid last month. Reports had …

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Buffon charged by UEFA

JUVENTUS’ GOALKEEPER Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by Uefa over comments about referee Michael Oliver after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid. Buffon was sent off for dissent after Oliver awarded Real a late penalty, which they scored to go through. Following the quarter-final second leg on April 11, …

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Emre Can to miss Champions League final

EMRE CAN is losing his bid to be fit for Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The midfielder underwent a scan on an ongoing back problem on Monday, but the results have come back inconclusive and now further tests are required before he can return to training. He will now remain in Germany until …

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Blatter opposed FIFA’s League of Nations

FORMER FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised Fifa’s plan for a League of Nations, saying “the rich will become richer, and those who have less, they remain poor” due to the tournament. The new global league would effectively end international friendlies and see teams play competitive games against regional neighbours. UEFA …

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Serena withdraws from Italian Open

SERENA WILLIAMS has withdrawn from this month’s Italian Open, five days after opting out of the WTA event in Madrid. The decision puts in doubt her participation at the French Open, which begins on May 27. Serena is a four-time winner of the Rome event, which takes place from May …

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CAF President lauded for giving African football swift kick

MUCH HAS happened within the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since the shock ouster of former CAF president Issa Hayatou as president of the organisation a little over 12 months ago. Mr Hayatou had clung onto power for 29 years, taking on the guise of a dictatorial figure, and it …

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SAFA backtracks on 2026 World Cup bid to support for Morocco

THE SOUTH African Football Association (SAFA) has backtracked on earlier comments from its president, Danny Jordaan, that it will support Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Seemingly under pressure from the government, SAFA released a statement indicating that any decision on which to support must be taken by its National Executive …

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Juventus make contact with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

JUVENTUS ARE in tentative contact with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. With doubts persisting over the future of Massimiliano Allegri, Juve have made initial contact with Zidane’s camp about the prospect of a return to Turin, says Tuttosport. While Zidane has led Real to the Champions League final, this season’s failure in …

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Real Madrid to sign Neymar in €300M deal

REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez is confident of signing PSG superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior this summer – and for an ‘affordable’ fee. That’s according to Okdiario’s senior pundit Eduardo Inda, who says Real will pay nothing like the €400m fee suggested earlier this year for the former Barcelona star. Inda stated on El Chiringuito …

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ITF Wheelchair futures tourney in Ghana Nov

BY GABRIEL AMOAKOH THE CRÈME of wheelchair tennis players all over the world will converge on the tennis courts of the Accra Sports Stadium for the first-ever International Tennis Federation (ITF), Dan DeVan Wheelchair Futures Tournament from November 5 to November 8, 2018. The tournament has generated great levels of …

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