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Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

Beijing, China | AFP |  Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup. Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but …

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Xi to meet FIFA boss as China harbours World Cup ambition

Beijing, China | AFP |  China’s football-mad President Xi Jinping will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Beijing on Wednesday as the world’s most populous nation harbours ambitions of hosting the World Cup. Xi will greet the president of football’s world governing body at the palatial Great Hall of the …

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Uganda’s Moses Magogo gets top CAF ExCom job

Uganda’s top football official Eng. Moses Magogo has been appointed to the powerful Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Magogo becomes the first Ugandan onto the executive committee. In wide ranging changes, Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya was named Chairman of the CAF Technical and Development committee, while the …

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All regions get more slots in 2026 World Cup – FIFA plan

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | All football regions will see their World Cup slots increased when the tournament expands to 48 teams in 2026, with Africa the biggest winner, according to FIFA recommendations released Thursday. The plan to expand the competition beyond its current 32-team format, which is subject to …

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Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee, a ban that will see the striker miss out on decisive qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting …

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FIFA bans Ghanaian referee for life for match fixing

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey was on Monday banned for life by world football’s governing body FIFA for match fixing. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had already slapped a three-month ban on Lamptey after he awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in their 2-1 …

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FIFA president Infantino in Uganda

FIFA chief Infantino in Uganda, meets Museveni Kampala, UGANDA | AFP |  FIFA president Gianni Infantino arrived in Uganda Friday evening and started his visit to the country with a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe. Infantino and Museveni discussed sports development in Uganda and the role …

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Africa wants 10 World Cup places

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Africa wants 10 places in the 48-nation World Cup from 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday. The Swiss-Italian was attending a two-day meeting of African national football association presidents behind closed doors. “All associations back an expanded World Cup and …

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