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Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joshua to visit Nigeria

The Federal Government says it will soon invite, Anthony Joshua, the newly crowned unified World Heavyweight Boxing Champion to the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos.

He said government has congratulated Joshua, the British professional boxer of Nigerian descent who recently defeated Ukranian Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified World Heavyweight Champion.

FIFA loses nearly £300m, scheduled to lose £400m more

World football governing body Fifa lost nearly £300m in 2016 and is scheduled to lose close to £400m in 2017.

Legal costs related to the corruption scandal which engulfed the organisation and "ill-considered previous investments" contributed to the losses.

The latest financial results follow a loss of nearly £100m in 2015.

Fifa forecasts a financial recovery in 2018, when Russia hosts the World Cup, and expects to finish the four years since 2014 with an £80m profit.

£173m Transfer: Mourinho Dismisses Neymar to Man. United Transfer Talk

Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions he is plotting a move to sign Neymar, the Barcelona and Brazil forward, this summer as “absurd”, the Telegraph reports.

Manchester United were linked this week with a £173 million move for Neymar but Mourinho has claimed it would be “impossible” to sign the player and said he would never burden his club with such an unrealistic task. Antoine Griezmann, of Atletico Madrid, remains United’s priority forward target.

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.

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