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CAF cancels AWCON, pospones AFCON qualifiers.

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       Apparently not ready to risk the lives of players, officials and other stakeholders during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday cancelled the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).

       This was one of the many crucial decisions taken by the Executive Committee headed by CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad during a video-conference Executive Meeting held Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Committee which also discussed the future of competitions and other related issues following the disruption of football activities across the world including Africa by the COVID-19 pandemic opted to cancel the 2020 AWCON. “Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled”, CAF said in the statement made available to journalists.

      Meanwhile, the proposed CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021 while the format and other details relating to the novel club football competition will be communicated to the stakeholders in due course. Newsmen report that the Executive Committee did not however say anything about the 2020 FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup African qualifying matches which stopped at the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic last February. Although FIFA has postponed the two youth competitions to January and March, 2021, CAF did not say how it will select African representatives even as Nigeria’s Flamingos are two matches away from booking their ticket for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India before Covid-19 halted football activities globally. Also, Nigeria’s Falconets were set to start the U-20 African qualifiers last March against the Burkina Faso U-20 national women’s football team but trip was aborted because of the pandemic.

        It remains to be seen if CAF will not present teams for the two FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions early next year.

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Tinubu visits Sanwo-olu, denies leaving Nigeria.

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All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, has paid a solidarity visit to the governor of Lagos state, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, ending the speculation that he travelled out of the country.

Tinubu’s visit to Sanwo-Olu came on Saturday, October 24, at the Marina State House amid a deluge of tragedies occasioned by wanton of destruction in the state by hoodlums. Addressing journalists, the APC leader expressed displeasure with how EndSARS protest transcended into violence that led to the vandalisation of the government properties and private facilities. Clearing the air on the Lekki shooting, Tinubu said his visit to the governor was to ask him if he ordered the operatives of the Nigerian Army to unleash terror on peaceful protest. The APC national leader also debunked the circulation that he was in France during the bedlam, saying it was fake news. “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban.

“Whatever they think. Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.” Earlier, Tinubu denied having a hand in the killing of some EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate, saying he would never be part of any carnage. In a related development, Governor Sanwo-Olu has lifted the lids on the alleged removal of the CCTV camera prior to the toll gate incident. Speaking on Arise TV on Thursday, October 22, the Lagos state governor stated that “nobody ordered” the removal of the camera and turning off the light contrary to the circulation on the social media.

Sanwo-Olu said there was the security of LCC on the ground and added that what looked like a camera are “necessary installation” removed due to 24-hour curfew imposed on the state over repeated attacks of hoodlums.

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