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Ex-Zimbabwe Footballer, Charles Yohane Murdered In South Africa

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Ex-Zimbabwe Footballer, Charles Yohane Murdered In South Africa

Former Zimbabwe footballer, Charles Yohane has died in South Africa at the age of 48 in an apparent car-jacking incident.

Defender Charles Yohane was in the Warriors’ squad for their debut appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

Following retirement from playing he had been working in Johannesburg as a football coach and a taxi driver.

His body was found in Soweto on Monday, though it is believed he died on Saturday night.

“He was hijacked, they took his car and shot him in the head,” his brother Lewis told BBC Sport.

Yohane moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa in 1996 and played for top-flight side Wits, becoming captain and making a club record 268 appearances from 1997 to 2006.

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He later became coach of the Wits’ developmental side, but was released from his job when the club sold its franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2020.

Yohane played for Zimbabwe 23 times, quickly establishing himself as his country’s first-choice left-back in 1996, when he was playing for Harare side CAPS United.

His good friend Innocent Chikoya played with him at Fire Batteries FC and they moved together to African Wanderers in South Africa, with Yohane returning briefly to Zimbabwe in 1996 for his stint with Caps United.

“He wasn’t a friend, he was a brother, and we have lost him in bad circumstances,” Chikoya told BBC Sport.

“He was clever, an intelligent footballer, he had ways of getting things done. He was a leader, disciplined and dedicated.

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“I will be collecting his body from the funeral parlour on Thursday and will be taking him home.”

Another South Africa-based Zimbabwean, Edelbert Dinha, was in the Zimbabwe squad at the 2006 Nations Cup and was close to Yohane.

“We tried calling him from Saturday up to Monday, and we couldn’t reach him,” Dinha told BBC Sport. “Then I went to the police station.

“Charles was a quiet person, always smiling, he never argued with anyone. He was coaching Leruma United FC in the ABC Motsepe League.”

 

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Ivorian Football Federation Elects Idriss Yacine Diallo As New President

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Ivorian Football Federation elects Idriss Yacine Diallo as new President

Idriss Yacine Diallo has been elected as the president of the Côte d’Ivoire Football Federation, following a second round of voting in Abidjan on Saturday.

The President of the Ivorian Football Federation polled 63 votes against his challenger Sory Diabaté who polled 61 votes.

Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba didn’t get enough votes in the elections to become new president of Ivorian Football Federation and dropped out in the first round.

The Chelsea legend now has failed failed twice and could not join the list of former footballers like Samuel Eto’o, Denis Obua (Uganda), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Leodgar Tenga (Tanzania), Walter Nyamilandu and Congolese Jean-Michael M’Bono who later become President of their various country’s football governing body.

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Iddris Yacine Diallo will lead the Ivorian Football Federation for the next four years.

 

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF].

A statement by the NFF on Thursday, March 31, reads: “Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.

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“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

The sacked crew included ex-internationals like Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo.

Eguavoen took charge of the Super Eagles before AFCON 2021, after former coach, Gernot Rohr, was sacked due to unsatisfactory performances during the first round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The former Super Eagles full-back, Eguavoen, initially stepped down after Nigeria’s Round 16 exit at the AFCON in Cameroon but was rehired to take charge of the final playoff round against Ghana.

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Nigeria were eliminated by virtue of the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 at home in the return leg, with the first leg in Ghana ending goalless.

 

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

An official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly died following the chaos that erupted after the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Zambian medical practitioner.

He was CAF’s designated Doping Officer for the game.

Dr Kabungo, according to reports, lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium, leading to a stampede.

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British-Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana announced this on his Twitter page.

He indicated the cause of death has not been confirmed by the Zambian government and the bereaved family has been duly confirmed.

Ghanaian journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who might have witnessed the unfortunate incident said the deceased was rushed to an ambulance closer to Ghana’s dressing room.

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But all attempts to resuscitate him proved futile.

 

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