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Senegal moved a step closer to a maiden Africa Cup of Nations title following their semi-final victory over Tunisia on Sunday, July 14.

The win saw them set up a date with Algeria in Friday’s, July 19, title decider at Cairo International Stadium.

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The Lions of Teranga have however been dealt a blow days to the crunch clash as they will now miss the services of influential defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The imposing centre back picked up a second yellow in three matches after conceding a penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 semi-final win over Tunisia and will be suspended for the final.

Koulibaly risked suspension heading into the semi final match against the Carthage Eagles and picked one just 16 minutes from time in the hotly-contested clash.

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The ball struck the Napoli man’s arm in the 74th minute leading to a penalty, with Ethiopian referee Tessema Weyesa subsequently booking the defender.

The resultant penalty was however missed by Ferjani Sassi before Senegal saw Henry Saivet squander their own chance from 12 yards before a Dylan Bronn extra time own goal settled the match.

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Koulibaly’s absence will be a huge blow for the Lions of Teranga as he has been one of the key and standout players in Aliou Cisse’s set-up.

Story by Kevin Kimutai, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.

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Rayton Okwiri jab Patrick Amoti in a previous bout. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Rayton Okwiri describes his loss
to Ugandan David Ssemujji at the African Olympic Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal
as ‘daylight robbery’ and has now vowed to prove his worth at the world qualifiers
when new dates are announced after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Okwiri travelled to Dakar with high pedigree after giving up
his African Boxing Union middleweight belt to have a shot at his second
Olympics, but that dream was punched down by the Ugandan in a controversial
split decision.

“I couldn’t believe when I saw his hand being lifted in the
ring. I was very sure that I had beaten him and gathered more points. But
unfortunately that’s how boxing is sometimes, you don’t get the decision you
deserve,” Okwiri told Capital Sport.

Rayton Okwiri was the last Kenyan boxer remaining in Rio Olympics competition after Benson Gicharu and Peter Mungai were bundled out.

“I had prepared really well and was confident that I would
have a chance to go to the Olympics and that’s why I gave up by belt. With the
new AIBA rules, we are allowed to be Pro and try out at the Olympics as well
and that’s why I decided to go,” further added the Kenya Prisons officer,
nicknamed ‘Boom boom’ for his swift left-right combinations.

The world qualifiers were initially set for July, but they
have since been halted because of the health concerns posted by the new novel
coronavirus. A new date is expected soon.

As he waits for the announcement of the second round of
qualification for the Tokyo Games that will now be held in 2021, Okwiri says he
is keeping in shape though normal training has been made hard because of the
social distancing rules enforced by the government.

“At the moment training is not as smooth as everyone would
have wished but it is a situation that we cannot have control over it. But over
and above all I am trying to keep fit by doing lots of roadwork and body
workouts in the house. Once in a while I also try do some gym work,” Okwiri
said.

Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri steps into the ring during the African Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal. PHOTO/NOCK/Twitter

He added; “I know I will be ready when they announce when
the qualifiers will be staged and I am really optimistic that I can make my
second Olympics.”

Okwiri reached the quarter finals in Rio 2016 and believes
he will be in a position to medal if he makes it for the Tokyo Games in 2021.

“It was very tough in 2016 and most of those I played
against and together with are now full professionals. I also believe I have
gathered enough experience by playing Pro for the last few years and I am a
better boxer now,” stated Okwiri.

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Ngara Health Centre will remain shut until further notice following contraction of coronavirus by one of the clinical officers.

According to health CEC Nairobi city county Hitan Majevdia the county has taken serious measures to ensure that all staff that came into contact wit the Coronavirus suspect are all quarantined and that the facility is fully fumigated.

‘‘We have  sealed it, for now, we want to make sure that the place is fumigated and cured fumigation is done daily, once open we shall also ensure any patient going there is screened and tested for Covid-19 symptoms before  granted access.’’ He said.

He has also dismissed claims that the facility does not have PPIs kits saying that they have been supplied in all health centres to ensure no medical staff is at risk.

Meanwhile, the county is embarking on slum fumigation targeting densely populated areas.

‘‘We have started moving into populated  slums yesterday we were in Dagoreti and Kangemi but we want wananchi  to co-operate with  us during this exercise.’’

 

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Former president of Marseille football club Pape Diouf © AFP/File / BORIS HORVAT

MARSEILLE, France, Apr 1Tributes poured in Wednesday for former Marseille president Pape Diouf, who has died aged 68 after contracting the coronavirus.

Diouf, who became the first ever black president of a top European football club, died on Tuesday in Dakar, his family told AFP.

The former journalist and football agent led the club between 2005-2009 and helped build the side that lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2010.

“He was a man of conviction, a man of wit and passion for the game and all those involved in it,” said French World Cup-winning national coach Didier Deschamps, who was recruited as Marseille coach by Diouf in 2009. “His sudden and brutal passing saddens me deeply.”

Diouf was hospitalised in Senegal after contracting the virus there and became the country’s first COVID-19 fatality.

He had been due to leave for Nice earlier on Tuesday to be treated in France, but a sharp deterioration in his health — which saw him placed on a respirator — prevented him from boarding the plane.

Moving to Marseille from Senegal aged 18, he was set to follow in the footsteps of his father, a World War II veteran, by embarking on a career in the military. But he soon switched paths.

After dropping out of university he worked at the La Marseillaise newspaper before changing careers to become a football agent, handling some of Africa’s top talent including Didier Drogba, who enthralled Marseille’s Stade Velodrome in 2003-04.

He was brought on to the club’s payroll as general manager in 2004 and a year later rose to become president, “a difficult post, where there were very few men from diverse backgrounds,” said Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the club’s current president.

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“But he fought tooth and nail, and won the hearts of thousands of supporters.”

Diouf was acutely aware of the lack of diversity in the boardrooms of European clubs, telling an interviewer in 2008 that it was painful to him that he was the only black president of a European club.

Diouf led Marseille between 2005-2009 and helped build the side that lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2010 © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT

“I am the only black president of a European club. It’s a painful observation” but one that “fits the image of a European society, especially French society, that excludes ethnic minorities,” he said.

Nevertheless fans at the Velodrome embraced the ever popular figure who was eventually forced out by internal differences in the boardroom in 2009.

“Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history,” Marseille said in a statement.

Senegal President Macky Sall also paid tribute to “a great figure of sport” on Twitter.

“To his family, I offer, on behalf of the nation, my deepest condolences.”

In Ligue 1, his most bitter rival was always Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas. The pair traded barbs over the years but the bitter jibes veiled his respect for a “great president” said Aulas.

“I had profound respect for him,” Aulas said. “He was a great president and very successful one.”

“He knew football, the media, the agents and the players,” said Louis Acaries, adviser to Marseille’s then owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus.

“But above all he was a man. And a good man.”

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