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Sudan’s club Al-Hilal to start playing in Tanzanian league

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Sudan’s club Al-Hilal to start playing in Tanzanian league

Sudanese football club Al-Hilal has received preliminary approval to join the Tanzanian league due to war in the country, the club announced on Sunday.

 

The move comes as a response to the suspension of the Sudanese league and is seen as a bid to maintain competitive play for the team and its players.

Al-Hilal, one of Sudan’s most prominent clubs, said in a statement that the Tanzanian Football Federation had initially agreed to include them in their top tier.

The 18-time Sudanese champions had reached out to several African federations seeking a temporary new home as the situation in Sudan has left the local league in limbo.

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The Sudanese league has been on hold due to the ongoing conflict in the country, which has affected all aspects of life, including sports. Several other Sudanese clubs are reportedly exploring similar options as they look to neighbouring countries’ leagues to continue their football activities.

This development is being closely watched by football authorities and clubs around the world, as it may set a precedent for other teams facing similar disruptions.

-Ahram

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Players of Okocha’s former club Fenerbahce walk off after one minute to concede Turkish Super Cup

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Fenerbahce’s players walked off the pitch after one minute of Sunday’s Turkish Super Cup match against Galatasaray, forcing the game to be abandoned and conceding the trophy.

Nigerian football legend, Austin Okocha made 62 appearances for the club from 1996 to 1998.

Fenerbahce, who fielded their Under-19 team, withdrew from the rearranged match in Sanliurfa about 1,000 km from Istanbul after Galatasaray’s Argentine striker Mauro Icardi scored.

Media reported the club had requested the game be postponed ahead of their Europa Conference League quarter-final, first leg at Olympiakos Piraeus on Thursday but were turned down.

In March, Fenerbahce had considered withdrawing from the Turkish Super Lig in protest after their players were attacked by Trabzonspor fans during a match.

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“As the largest sports club in the world, with 30 million fans who embody the national values of their respective countries, we’ll continue to stand tall today and in the future, just as we did yesterday,” Fenerbahce said on X on Sunday.

The Turkish Super Cup was scheduled to be played in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh in December but was postponed.

Media reported at the time that the two teams would not play the match as Saudi authorities did not allow the players to wear T-shirts featuring the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the warm-up ahead of the evening kick-off.

-Reuters

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Sudan’s club Al-Hilal to start playing in Tanzanian league –

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Sudan’s club Al-Hilal to start playing in Tanzanian league

Sudanese football club Al-Hilal has received preliminary approval to join the Tanzanian league due to war in the country, the club announced on Sunday.

 

The move comes as a response to the suspension of the Sudanese league and is seen as a bid to maintain competitive play for the team and its players.

Al-Hilal, one of Sudan’s most prominent clubs, said in a statement that the Tanzanian Football Federation had initially agreed to include them in their top tier.

The 18-time Sudanese champions had reached out to several African federations seeking a temporary new home as the situation in Sudan has left the local league in limbo.

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The Sudanese league has been on hold due to the ongoing conflict in the country, which has affected all aspects of life, including sports. Several other Sudanese clubs are reportedly exploring similar options as they look to neighbouring countries’ leagues to continue their football activities.

This development is being closely watched by football authorities and clubs around the world, as it may set a precedent for other teams facing similar disruptions.

-Ahram

 

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Victor Moses Clubmate, Promes Sentenced To Six Years For Drug Trafficking –

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Former Dutch international and Spartak Moscow’s footballer, Quincy Promes arrested in Dubai at Dutch request

A Dutch court on Wednesday sentenced Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes to six years in prison in absentia for drug trafficking. Nigeria’s former international, Victor Moses also plays for the same Russian club.

According to Reuters, the former Dutch international Promes did not attend court hearings in Amsterdam and is not expected to return to the Netherlands in the foreseeable future.

Prosecutors last month sought a nine year sentence for Promes, for his involvement in the smuggling of 1,360kg of cocaine through the port of Antwerp, Belgium, to the Netherlands in two shipments in 2020.

The court said phone taps had shown that Promes had been directly involved with the shipments of the drugs, hidden in shipments of salt from Brazil, and their further transport from the port.

His lawyers told Dutch newspaper AD Promes would appeal his sentence, as he denies the charges of importing, exporting, transporting and possessing the drugs.

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In another Dutch court case, the 32-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam and Sevilla forward was last year sentenced in absentia to 18 months in jail for assault, in connection with a fight in 2020 in which he stabbed a cousin in the knee.

 

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