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CONFIRMED: Man United Extend Ighalo Loan Deal

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Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.

Ighalo’s tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against Club Brugge, Derby County (2) and LASK.

Today’s confirmation is a timely boost for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he continues to prepare his squad for this month’s resumption of competitive football.

The Premier League’s proposed return date is 17 June and the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals have been lined up for the weekend of 27 and 28 June. However, the actual fixtures are still to be finalised and ManUtd.com will publish all the details of United’s rescheduled games in due course.

Ighalo will now hope to pick up from where he left off, after winning United’s Goal of the Month award for March with a stunning strike in our last match, the impressive 5-0 victory over Austrian club LASK in the Europa League.

That last-16, first-leg game at Linzer Stadion on Thursday 12 March was a sign of things to come, as it was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That will also be the case for all remaining fixtures in 2019/20.

Solskjaer discussed the outlook for Ighalo’s loan deal last week, when he appeared as a special guest on MUTV Group Chat.

The manager said:

“They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”

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Sundowns’ Prodigal Son, Rulani Mokwena, Returns

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PRETORIA – July 11, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Former Mamelodi Sundown assistant coach, Rulani Mokwena, is expected to re-join the Chloorkop side in the same capacity, having parted ways with the Club back in 2017 to join arch rivals, Orlando Pirates.

Mokwena will travel to Rustenburg to join the Brazilians in camp as soon as he has received the results for his COVID-19 test. If everything goes according to plan, he will join the team by the end of this week. The experienced Mokwena spent more than 3 years with Sundowns before embarking on a journey to coach some of the most competitive sides in the PSL. He also took the time to capacitate himself by travelling to Europe to study at the current EPL Champions, Liverpool.

The President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr. Patrice Motsepe welcomed Mokwena back home to the Mamelodi Sundowns family as the Club looks to reinforce the Technical team as they continue to aspire to dominate in the CAF Champions League to earn the 2nd star for the Club and beyond. Mokwena will add a new dimension to our already accomplished technical team and will make a valuable contribution to Sundowns.

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Mamelodi Sundowns Is Calling Musicians To Compose A Song For Its Golden Jubilee Celebrations

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To be composed in South Africa’s 11 official languages, as well as the two Khoisan languages of Xun and Khwe, Mamelodi Sundowns – a South African professional football club based in Mamelodi in Tshwane is inviting talented musicians to compose and produce a two-minute song that will earmark the club’s Golden Jubilee celebration. The public will vote to determine the winning song. The overall winner will be awarded R1 million ($60 000).

The challenge, which is wholly digitally based, is designed on a reality show-type format where individuals register online(link is external) to participate. Once the registration process is completed, entrants will be required to submit a recording of their original song, which can either be a voice-only or video recording in the language of their choice before the relevant monthly submission due date.

As part of the challenge’s build-up and journey to discovering the winner, 13 individuals – one in each official language plus two in the Khoisan languages – will qualify as finalists through public voting each month. The 13 will walk away with R30 000 in cash at the end of each month until a winner is crowned in December. In addition, 13 lucky voters will win R7 000 every month.

What constitutes a Sundowns song?

  • The song must be about Mamelodi Sundowns and refer to any other names associated with Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, for example Sundowns, Mamelodi Sundowns, Masandawana, Ka bo Yellow, Bafana Ba Style, Menwana Phezulu, The Sky is the Limit, Hola 7, The Brazilians.
  • The song may also be about any other new name that the contestant may want to associate with Mamelodi Sundowns.
  • No songs will be accepted if they contain improper, disrespectful or defamatory language in respect to an individual or organisation.
  • Contestants may enter as an individual or in a group and may submit as many songs as they wish.
  • Songs can be submitted in any of the 11 official languages: IsiZulu, Xhosa, Sipedi, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Siswati, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele, Afrikaans, English (including Xun and Khwe).
  • Contestants are permitted to submit a song that is sung in multiple languages.
  • An individual or group may enter a song in more than one language every month.
  • A contestant may submit a song every month during the term of the competition, if that song has not won before.
  • The maximum length of a song is two minutes (120 seconds).

How it works

The enter the competition, send your:

  • Full name.
  • ID number.
  • Contact details (phone number and email address).
  • Predominant language of song and province.

Entrants will then:

Read the full terms and conditions here(link is external).

View the original call here(link is external).

– musicinafrica.ney

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UCL ROUND’16: Man City To Host Madrid At The Etihad

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UEFA has given the green light for Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid to be played behind closed doors at the Etihad Stadium.

While confirming that all remaining continental matches will be played at empty stadiums, European football’s governing body said every outstanding second-leg game will take place at the home team’s ground.

Pep Guardiola’s City will be breathing a sigh of relief at the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision, which means they can step out on home turf against Real Madrid after winning 2-1 in February’s last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu.

The ongoing impact of coronavirus will see the Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all held at a mini tournament behind closed doors in Portugal.

A UEFA statement read: “Consistent with the principle of sporting fairness and considering that current conditions – all clubs due to play at home the return leg of the round of 16 are currently playing the remaining matches of their domestic leagues in their own stadiums and that travelling is possible without restrictions for the visiting clubs – the UEFA Executive Committee decided that the remaining UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second-leg matches will be played at the home teams’ stadiums.”

The decision means that Wolves will be able to play the return leg of their Europa League round-of-16 encounter with Olympiacos at Molineux after the first fixture ended 1-1.

Manchester United can wrap up progress to the Europa League last eight tournament in Germany at an empty Old Trafford, having romped to a 5-0 triumph at LASK back in March.

Other British clubs will be hitting the road in August. Chelsea head to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich trailing 3-0 in their Champions League round-of-16 tie, while Rangers also head to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League after losing 3-1 at Ibrox.

Inter Milan and Getafe, and Sevilla and Roma both had their Europa League last-16 first legs postponed, so those ties will be completed as a single leg in Germany before the final eight tournament.

The draw for the remaining rounds of that competition and the Champions League are to be made on Friday in Nyon, ahead of which UEFA has decided that no fans will be at European matches for the remainder of the season.

A UEFA statement read: “On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to postpone the decision on whether the upcoming UEFA matches would be able to accommodate supporters or would have to be held behind closed doors, in order to monitor the evolution of the situation and the measures taken by local authorities on mass gatherings and attendance at sports events.

“Several elements were taken into account by UEFA when making a decision, such as the protection of the health of all those involved in the matches as well as the public at large; a responsibility to provide the safest environment for matches in order to guarantee the progress of competitions; as well as ensuring sporting fairness within a very inconsistent landscape (with some countries allowing and some forbidding stadium attendances).

“Consequently, in light of the current situation, the UEFA Executive Committee felt it prudent to conclude that UEFA matches should take place behind closed doors until further notice.

“This decision was made in agreement with the national associations and authorities of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, 2019/20 UEFA Europa League and 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League final eight tournaments’ hosts Portugal, Germany and Spain.

“This restriction will also apply to the remaining matches in the 2019/20 UEFA Youth League.”

UEFA confirmed the decision will apply to all such matches played over one leg, including the qualification phase of next season’s Champions League and Europa League, and pledged to “monitor the evolution of the situation and advise on any full or partial lifting of restrictions at the appropriate time”.

European football’s governing body has also approved a Return to Play Protocol, while it confirmed that video assistant referees’ implementation in the Europa League group stage will be postponed until the 2021-22 season given the impact of the Covid-19 situation.

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World Record Holder, Wilson Kipsang, Slapped With A Four Year Ban From Competitions

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Kenya’s world record holder Wilson Kipsang has been slapped with a four year ban from competitions after missing series of doping tests. A ruling published by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Friday states that the ex-marathon runner was found to have missed three tests.

He failed to provide timely information on his whereabouts on a fourth occasion, in 2018 and 2019. Kipsang won bronze in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic. He broke the world record the following year in Berlin.

The athlete held the record until Dennis Kimetto bettered his time the year after. Kipsang has won the New York and Tokyo Marathons and won the London Marathon twice.

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