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CHAN 2020 Dates Result In Overhaul Of African Club Competition Fixtures

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CHAN 2020 Dates Result In Overhaul Of African Club Competition Fixtures

The decision to host the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon in April next year has meant a complete overhaul of fixtures for the continent’s top two club competitions on what is now an even more squeezed schedule for African football in 2020.

The group phase of both the African champions league and African Confederation Cup will now be squashed into just two months.  It is expected to also have a major impact on domestic leagues.

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Since no club competition matches can be played at the same time as the CHAN finals, a new calendar for both the champions league and confederation cup has had to be drawn up.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided last week at its executive committee meeting in Cairo, that CHAN 2020 – the African Nations Championship, for locally-based players – would take place from April the fourth to the twenty-fifth.

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By the time the CHAN 2020 tournament starts, the two club competitions will be reduced to their last four competitors.

CAF are introducing a single final at a neutral venue for the first time for both competitions.

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The Confederation Cup final is on may the 24th and the champions league final at the end of May.  Venues are yet to be settled.

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NFF, Rohr Set Aside New Contract Talk 

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The general secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr Sanusi Mohammed has revealed that contract talks between the federation and Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has been put on hold to enable the two parties focus on the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March.

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Sanusi said the qualifiers were so important that the NFF would not allow the contract issue to distract the football house from its ultimate task of qualifying for both tournaments.

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

Slovenia tennis player, Dalila Jakupovic, had to drop out of Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne after collapsing with a coughing fit caused by bushfire smoke.

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Jakupovic was unable to complete one of her serves despite leading in her match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Vogele.

Jakupovic said she was given a breathing apparatus by a physio in the first set, but began to feel worse at the end of the second because a smoke haze from bushfires that hangs over the tennis arena.

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

The Spanish champions may be top of La Liga, but it was their results in the Champions League that ultimately cost coach Ernesto Valverde his job. The club has appointed Quique Setien as his replacement.

Barcelona has on Monday fired coach Ernesto Valverde midway through the season, replacing him with former Real Betis head coach Quique Setien, days after been eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup semifinals.

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Setien is under contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2021-22 season.

55-year-old Valverde won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey.

Spanish champions said in a statement late Monday. “Setien is one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football. Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans.”

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Under Valverde, Barcelona has not been able to show consistency in the Champions League due to defense woes, and those problems were again evident on Thursday when the team conceded two late goals to lose to Atletico Madrid, 3-2 in Saudi Arabia.

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