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Ghanaian Footballer Becomes Famous for Wrong Reason

Ghanaian footballer who mistakenly thanked his wife and girlfriend during his post-match interview has become famous after he denied he’s been unfaithful.

Mohammed Anas appeared to dig himself into an even bigger hole when he said he was talking about his daughter in the now legendary interview.

“My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That’s what I was talking about. I don’t have a girlfriend,” the Ghanaian striker said.

CAF Elections: Ahmad floors Hayatou; Nigeria’s Pinnick wins

Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar has been elected as the new CAF president, unseating long-serving predecessor Issa Hayatou.

57-year-old Ahmad garnered 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20 votes at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 70-year-old Cameroonian Hayatou, who had been in power since 1988, was seeking an eighth four-year term.

Prior to joining the race, Ahmad was the President of Malagasy Football Federation, and not much had been heard from him over the years because he was a silent member of Caf’s Executive Committee.

More Spots for Africa in 2026 World Cup

Gianni Infantino, President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has promised between 9 and 10 spots for Africa at the 2026 World Cup.

The country hosting the 2026 is not known yet.

“I will work for 9 to 10 African teams to qualify for that World Cup,” APA quoted Infantino as saying in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.

However, Infantino warned that such a goal would not be achieved without the support of all FIFA member federations.

Africa seeks 10 slots at expanded World Cup

Africa is seeking to double its places from five to 10 at an expanded World Cup from the 2026 finals.

The continent’s Football Association presidents have told football’s world governing body, FIFA, they want at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup.

“All associations back the idea to expand the World Cup and there is hope that Africa can have 10 places,” said South African FA chief Danny Jordaan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this would be double the five places Africa has at the 2018 and 2022 events.

How Cameroon's Indomitable Lions Roared Again

Cameroon won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Gabon on Sunday and it was arguably their greatest triumph.

World Cup star Roger Milla was the lynchpin of the victorious 1984 and 1988 sides, while the back-to-back title winners of 2000 and 2002 were led by Samuel Eto'o, a four-time winner of the African footballer of the year award.

But the class of 2017 was shorn of stars - in more ways than one.

FIFA Agrees to Expand World Cup to 48 Teams

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, voted on Tuesday to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament and make it too big and unwieldy, Reuters reports.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, fulfilling a promise he made during last year's election campaign, said the move meant that "more can participate and many more will have a chance to dream".

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins FIFA Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann to the prize.

Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world's best female player.

Footballers Risk 67% Memory Loss –Study

Footballers are at a risk of developing memory reduction of up to 67 per cent as a result of heading the football a study by the University of Stirling has shown.

The study showed that brain function and memory of a player is significantly affected for as long as 24 hours after heading the football, according to a report by the BBC.

Researchers said they had identified “small but significant changes in brain function” after players headed the ball 20 times.

Anti-Corruption: Buhari Welcomes FIFA Reforms

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja said his administration would pay keen interest to accountability and transparency to fast-track football development in the country.

The president stated this when he received Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) President, Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary-General, Fatma Samuora, at State House.

Buhari challenged football administrators to fashion out strategic programmes to develop the game.

NFF to Sensitise Clubs, Media on FIFA’s New Football Rules

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said on Monday that it will soon begin to sensitise clubs and other stakeholders to football rules as reviewed by FIFA.

Linus Mba, FIFA Referees Advisor and Consultant to the NFF on Refereeing, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that the sensitisation would commence fully in September.

Mba, however, said the reviewed laws were expected to take effect from June 1.

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