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Fulham Sack Claudio Ranieri as Manager after 16 Games

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By Dipo Olowookere

Former Premier League winner, Claudio Ranieri, has been relieved of his managerial job at London-based football outfit, Fulham.

Ranieri, who won the league with Leicester City in 2016, was shown the way out after just 16 games in charge of Fulham, which was among the three clubs promoted to the senior division this season.

On Wednesday night, the Italian led the club to a 2-0 defeat by Southampton, which left the Cottagers 19th in the Premier League, 10 points from safety with 10 games left.

“Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our club to nine points in his first eight matches as manager.

“Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort. Claudio leaves Fulham as our friend and he will undoubtedly experience success again soon,” a statement from the club today and signed by its Chairman, Mr Shahid Khan, said.

In the meantime, first-team coach, Scott Parker, has been asked to take charge of the team until the end of the season.

Mr Khan explained in the statement that, “Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilise, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club.

“If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.”

Ranieri, 67, was appointed manager of the club in November after the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic.

Reacting to his exit from the club, the former Chelsea manager said, “I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment.

“Finally, I would like to thank the club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the club.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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The Diverse Landscape of the iGaming Industry of Nigeria

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Nigeria iGaming Industry

The iGaming industry has been thriving in the 21st century. External events that hinder players from visiting brick-and-mortar casinos cause considerable surges in the number of online gamblers.

Aside from the conveniences associated with gambling from home, they also have the opportunity to explore many games they had refrained from playing before.

Nigeria has undoubtedly been affected by the iGaming industry. It is currently the most populated country in Africa and is expected to become the third most populated country in the world in the next few decades. What does this mean for the iGaming industry? They have a massive population of young players who would happily take part in online gambling activities.

Since there are only three land-based casinos in Nigeria, iGaming businesses have an excellent opportunity to expand their services in the country. Since the number of online casinos in the market has risen, they have to fight better to retain customers and earn their loyalty. Customers today have easy access to massive amounts of information and alternative choices, so online casinos must up their game regarding the services they provide for their existing customers. These companies have also realised how difficult it is to acquire new customers and have integrated various promotions with services that help with customer retention.

Gambling in Nigeria

The Nigerian law prohibits gambling of most kinds, with the exception of several skill-based games and the national lottery.

Still, there are three casinos in the country that gamblers can use. But when it comes to online gambling, the legal waters get a bit murky. The law does not mention this big industry and, therefore, does not regulate it.

Since there is no legal regulation of iGaming businesses from Nigeria, it is recommended that players choose offshore gambling sites.

Since these foreign online casinos are registered with reputed licensing commissions, players can raise complaints and issues.

A large percentage of the Nigerian population today owns smartphones. Mobile game developers discovered this to be a wonderful market to introduce their video games. Several developers even came up with localised versions of popular mobile games. This also paved the way for many online casinos and sportsbooks to establish themselves in the Nigerian iGaming space.

Since online slot games such as https://www.slotsformoney.com do not face any regulatory policies from the Government’s side, these have been expanding significantly. Creators of online slots are coming up with better ways to attract and retain customers. They are constantly upgrading the graphics, audio and other features of the games. The Return to Player percentage or RTP determines the amount the person could win from the slot machine, and since these games have been growing in popularity throughout the country, some of the latest online slots present players with an RTP of 99.

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Online sports betting in Nigeria

Nigerians love their football leagues, and the massive number of football fans helped with the rise of online sports betting in the country. Reports show that Nigerians are extremely involved in sports betting, with over $2 billion wagered annually in this field.

While land-based sports betting in the country is rather heavily regulated, online sports bookmakers face no restrictions. The National Lottery Act, which was passed in 2005, introduced official regulations on legal sports betting in the country. In the city of Lagos, the Lagos State Lottery Board was set up to regulate numerous gambling activities, including sports betting, lotteries, casinos, etc.

International online sportsbooks can easily access this large population filled with potential online sports bettors. The Government has not done anything to interfere with the functions of any international bookmakers, and numerous sportsbooks licensed in Europe accept Nigerian bettors.

These offshore online bookies provide Nigerian players with bonuses and many types of sports wagers. Though Nigeria has hundreds of languages, the official one is English, and the apps, therefore, use English as the medium. Not every online sportsbook permits deposits and withdrawals made using the official currency, Naira. So, players utilise foreign currencies such as Pounds and Euros alongside various cryptocurrencies.

Summing up

Nigerian laws strictly prohibit unlawful acts of gambling, and they fine or imprison those who are found guilty. But the country also has many exceptions when it comes to what is considered legal. Many skill-based gambling games, sports betting, and lotteries are perfectly legal in the country. With only three brick-and-mortar casinos, this country with a large young population is very much into online gambling. Though regular gambling is heavily regulated, there are no specific rules when it comes to online casinos. So, many offshore gambling sites have found a well-sized audience base in the country. Nigerians also enjoy football, as is evident by the huge number of fans in the country. This has contributed to the rise in the number of offshore online sportsbooks that cater to Nigerian bettors.

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Joan Laporta Returns as Barcelona President in Landslide Poll

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Spanish football and European sporting giant, Barcelona, has reelected Mr Joan Laporta as its new president following a landslide poll on Sunday.

Mr Laporta, 58, won the election by more than 54 per cent of the vote over Mr Victor Font (29.99 per cent) and Mr Toni Freixa (8.58 per cent) to gain his second term at the helm.

The Catalan giant’s new helmsman was previously president during one of the club’s most successful periods; earning 12 trophies between 2003 and 2010. He was elected president of the club after winning the elections held in June 2003, and in the summer of 2006, he was re-elected as president of the club.

During the seven years of his presidency, the first team achieved two Champions Leagues, four league championships, a Copa del Rey, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, three Spanish Super Cups and three Spanish Cups.

It should be noted that the four professional sections of the club (football, basketball, handball and roller hockey) managed to proclaim themselves European champions under his presidency too.

He was instrumental in boosting the budget from 170 to 455.5 million and increased the club’s membership by 63.7 per cent from 106,135 to 173,701 members.

Mr Laporta signed several collaboration agreements with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Acnur and promoted the opening of XICS centres (Xarxa Internacional de Centers Solidaris) all over the world through the FC Barcelona Foundation.

With the historic signing of the agreement with UNICEF, in New York, in September 2006, FC Barcelona undertook to collaborate financially with the association for the protection of children, and the first team would also wear its logo on the shirt. It was an unprecedented approach that reinforced the strategy of turning Barça into more than a club in the world.

After the period as president of Barça, Laporta decided to step into the world of politics and founded, in July 2010, Democràcia Catalana, a Catalan party, democratic, humanist, progressive and a defender of individual and collective human rights.

Joan Laporta was a deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia from November 2010 to October 2012, and a councillor for the Barcelona City Council from May 2011 to May 2015.

Mr Laporta will take over from former president, Mr Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was among four ex-Barcelona officials recently arrested in a corruption probe by Catalan police.

Mr Bartomeu, after a troubled exit, has kept a low profile, having spent the night at a Catalan police station last weekend, after being detained along with current chief executive Messrs Oscar Grau, director of legal services Gomez Ponti, and advisor to president Jaume Masferrer.

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Israel Adesanya Suffers First UFC Career Loss

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigeria-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, Israel Adesanya, suffered his first career defeat when he lost to Jan Blachowicz in the early hours of Sunday.

The defeat of Adesanya by the Polish fighter sees him retaining the light heavyweight title.

The Last Stylebender, as Adesanya is popularly called, suffered his first career loss in Ultimate Fight Club (UFC) at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, USA.

The Polish fighter defeated Adesanya via a unanimous decision of 49-46, 49-45, 49-45.

After a tight opening three rounds, Blachowicz took over in the fourth and fifth as big takedowns in each championship round saw the 38-year-old control things on the ground.

The 31-year-old Nigerian-Kiwi, who entered the fight with a 20-0 record that features 15 knockouts, now has 20-1.

Adesanya’s eight-fight win streak came to an end against Blachowicz, who first took the 205-pound belt in 2020 after stopping Dominick Reyes.

A Round by Round Analysis

ROUND 1: Calm and composed start from both the fighters here. Adesanya just makes it look too easy. Doesn’t he? A very close first round comes to an end. Blachowicz was the one pushing Adesanya to a corner at the beginning but the challenger connected with a few decent hits towards the end.

ROUND 2: A couple of nice jabs early on from Blachowicz. And they connected pretty sweet. Adesanya goes down to the floor. But he gets up immediately. Advantage to the defending champ from minutes five to ten. Unintentional low blow from Izzy and referee Herb Dean brings in a brief pause.

ROUND 3: What a start to the round! Blachowicz connects with clean jabs first. He went for the takedown but Adesanya countered and took advantage from there. The challenger then hit some good shots of his own. Blachowicz looked dazed for a while but he came back with a couple of late punches to close out the round.

This has been a fight loaded with kicks so far. We could see a string of jabs but the legs have majorly done the talking. Guess it’s a round each right now.

ROUND 4: Think Izzy has two rounds to Blachowicz’s one. The champ has to be aggressive now. And there’s a takedown from Blachowicz. The Light Heavyweight champion is doing everything he can to stay on top of Adesanya. Almost four minutes now. Good domination from Blachowicz. He wore down the middleweight titleholder right at the centre of the Octagon for close to 250 seconds.

ROUND 5: One final round today! They’ve gone tit for tat so far. Another crucial takedown from Blachowicz at the half-way mark. Think the Polish champ will see this round off in a similar manner. Izzy has somehow managed his way out of serious damage here. Blachowicz isn’t able to turn Izzy the other way round.

In the other co-main event, Amanda Nunes (21-4) easily defended her featherweight crown by defeating Megan Anderson (11-5).

Aljamain Sterling (20-3) won the bantamweight title after Petr Yan (15-2) lost by disqualification.

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Coinbet24 Bitcoin Sportsbook & Online Casino Review

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Coinbet24.com was established in 2015 as a bitcoin sportsbook. However, the site added a multitude of additional products for its customers shortly after launch, primarily an online casino and a separate live dealer casino.

The company also started featuring alternative deposit methods at Coinbet24.com, which besides Bitcoin, would now include major altcoins, and eWallets as well.

Coinbet24.com is fully licensed out of Curacao and there have been no reported incidents of cashout problems or security issues in general.

The website has a sportsbook section that offers markets for the most popular sports as well as a live sportsbook section.

The casino, on the other hand, offers slots, table games, video poker, poker, and even dice games. To top that off, there is a live casino section as well.

Additionally, the operator offers several bonuses and promotions both to new and existing customers.

Lastly, you can see all the company information at the bottom of the website with links to the about us page, betting rules, privacy policy, FAQ and contact pages. In this review, we will cover everything that players would want to know about Coinbet24.

Coinbet24 Design and Software

The design of the Coinbet24 website is extremely simple, straightforward, and customer friendly. Everything is laid out simply and to the point. All your sports are located on the left side of the homepage, with each sport instantly loading up lines and bet types once you click on it.

For the most popular sports, a dropdown list of leagues will also show up so you can pick and choose specific matches for different countries.

Once you start creating your betslip, it will appear on the right side under “Coupon”. There you can choose if you want a single bet, combination bet, or maybe even a system bet. Just remember to log in to your account before creating a betslip.

Coinbet24 offers a wide range of bets available for sports like soccer, basketball, American football, baseball, ice hockey, floorball, snooker, tennis, table tennis, martial arts, handball, and more.

In fact, you can click on these types of sports and you’ll notice a long list of attached leagues to that very sport. From the click of a button, you’ll be able to access dozens of other leagues from countries everywhere, which of course adds more opportunities to scout games and bet on a multitude of games in general.

Casino Design

The Casino section of the website is very well designed too. Once you click on “Casino” all the different game selections will be on the left. There are slots, table games, poker, video poker, and dice. Each selection comes with a large number of games. This is especially true for slots as there are more than 100 slot games currently available on Coinbet24.

On top of that, the website has quite the Live Casino selection. Players can enjoy more than 40 live casino options which include different variations of Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and casino hold’em.

Mobile App

The Coinbet24 Bitcoin Casino doesn’t have a mobile app. However, the website is mobile friendly and it works perfectly on any mobile device or tablet. All the features offered to desktop players are there if you play through a mobile device or a tablet. Even if you have a smaller screen, the games at Coinbet24 will be playable.

Keep in mind that everything that’s available to desktop players is available to mobile customers as well. As a matter of fact, players who prefer to play through their mobile device can verify their phone number and get 10 free spins as a bonus.

Banking Options

Credit/debit cards are available through ecoPayz at Coinbet24 as both deposit and withdrawal methods. However, the website focuses on cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. At the moment, your account at Coinbet24 can be set in the following currencies:

  • Euros
  • US Dollars
  • Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin Cash

When you process a withdrawal on your winnings, most payments are facilitated by Bitcoin, EcoPayz. Check the FAQ section for more information about deposits and withdrawals. Nevertheless, if you still require more information, you can always e-mail their customer support.

Wagers & Bet Limits

There are betting markets for total points (over/unders, team totals, etc.), spread wagers, and even segmented bets, where you might be betting on the performance of a team or a player during a single portion of the game. This is true of most every sport offered by CoinBet24. The more high-profile a game/match/event is, the more betting markets there will be.

For sportsbook wagers, the minimum is either $0.50 or .0005 BTC (.5 mBTC). As far as maximum wagering amounts are concerned, this depends on the sport. Regardless, if you ever have trouble placing a wager for whatever reason, CoinBet24’s helpful support staff is only ever a few clicks away. When it comes to casino wagers, they depend on the game that’s being played. Some slots allow spins for as low as $0.10. However, the maximum bet per spin is rarely more than $50.

Bonuses & Promotions

At the moment Coinbet24 offers several bonuses and most of them are aimed at casino players.

Casino Bonuses

Deposit Bonus

Coinbet24 offers a 100% matched bonus up to 1BTC. Players can use this bonus to play on over 100 slots or on table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. The wagering requirements usually depend on the size of the initial deposit. Nevertheless, the Coinbet24 website always offers enough information about the wagering requirements. What’s great is that playing on almost all casino games will contribute to the wagering requirements.

Additional Casino Bonus

There is one more matched bonus that casino players can activate on the Coinbet24 website. It’s known as the “Casino Introduction” bonus and it gives players a 50% matched bonus up to 100 mBTC on all the casino games that can be found on the website.

Free Spins Bonus

To receive the 10 free spins, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Register a Coinbet24 account.
  2. Complete the phone verification process (in your personal profile).
  3. Deposit and wager a minimum of 1 mBTC on our casino slots or in our sportsbook at minimum odds 1.5.

Now, you will receive the 10 free spins bonus in your account and you can accept them through the bonus section. These are the wagering requirements that come with this bonus:

  • Winnings acquired from the free spins must be wagered 32x times before a withdrawal can be made.
  • Once the bonus is active, players have 30 days to complete the wagering requirements.
  • The free spins can be used on the following slot games: “Good Girl, Bad Girl”; “Reels of Wealth”.

Sportsbook Bonuses

Stake Back Bonus

There are two ways to qualify for the stake back bonus and we will explain both of them.

  1. Almost made it!

To qualify for the “Almost made it” bonus simply place a bet with a minimum of 6 matches, where all individual odds are 1.9 or higher. If your coupon ends with only one losing outcome, contact the operator at cs@coinbet24.com with the title “Almost made it” and include your Coupon ID. You will then receive a bonus matching your stake in your account within 24 hours.

  1. Missed completely!

To qualify for the “Missed completely” bonus, you must place a wager containing minimum of 5 matches, where no outcome has odds higher than 2.10. If it turns out that you lose on all matches, send an e-mail to cs@coinbet24.com with the title “Missed completely” and include your Coupon ID. You will then receive a bonus matching your stake in your account within 24 hours.

Insurance Bonus

This promotion works for all Premier League matches. To activate this bonus, follow these steps:

  • Place a bet of a minimum 1 mBTC on the correct score for a Premier League match.
  • If the match ends 0-0, then contact cs@coinbet24.com and claim your insurance bonus.

Only first placed bets on the correct score on any Premier League match will be covered by the insurance bonus. Additionally, only pre-match bets can qualify for this campaign. Any bets made after the start of the match will not be covered by this promotion.

Customer Support

Coinbet24 offers two ways to contact their customer support. On the website, players can find a form where they can explain their problem and send it to the customer support agents. They will respond promptly via e-mail and the problem will be handled. It takes a couple of minutes during business days to get an answer from an agent.

Additionally, Coinbet24 has a live-chat available where customers can directly contact customer support. The live-chat option pops up in the bottom right section of the website anytime you visit Coinbet24. During business days, live-chat agents answer queries instantly.

Security

As far as security is concerned, the site incorporates https:// security protocol to combat hackers and any other outside dangers (ie DDOS attacks) that might compromise your player account. The website is secured by a Comodo certificate so players can be sure that all their account information is completely safe and secure. On top of that, the website uses the latest SSL encryption in order to protect all transactions that come through.

It’s also important to note that the Coinbet24 Bitcoin Sportsbook & Online Casino is licensed by the Curacao Government. Since this is a license from a respectable source, it shows that Coinbet24 is a respectable operator.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Bitcoin-friendly Casino and Sportsbook.
  • Easy and Secure Registration Process
  • Live Betting & Live Casino
  • Website is available in Several Languages
  • Excellent Deposit Bonuses

Conclusion

To conclude, we can see that the Coinbet24 bitcoin sportsbook & online casino is an excellent gambling establishment. They are a reputable website that’s licensed by the Curacao Government and holds the newest SSL security encryption. The sportsbook offers markets on the most popular sports and competitions. Players can place the usual 1×2, moneyline, double chance, and over/under totals bets. However, the operator also offers handicap betting as well as specials like both teams to score, correct score bets, clean sheets, to score in both halves, etc. There are even combination bets like Home Side to win & Over 2.5 Goals.

When it comes to the casino section, Coinbet24 offers more than 100 slot games from respectable providers like Betsoft, Amatic, Endorphina, Ezugi, and Softswiss. On top of that, there are table games, poker, video poker, and dice games as well. To top it off, Coinbet24 has a fantastic live casino section that has more than 40 titles. Coinbet24.com has a sleek and progressive design and they make it very simple for anyone to register an account and start placing bets. On top of all this, the development team has made an amazing product that looks just as stellar on your mobile phone or tablet as it does on your desktop computer.

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Soloti to Revolutionise Nigeria’s Sports Betting Industry

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The betting industry in Nigeria is about to be disrupted with the introduction of Soloti Gaming Limited into the ecosystem.

The firm, which obtained its operation licenses from the National Lottery Board and the Lagos State Lottery Board, has assured Nigerians the best betting experience.

“We have over the last two years been conducting extensive research on the gaming industry in Africa, notably West Africa, and we believe it is time to revolutionise and reposition the gaming industry in Nigeria, offering innovative and more strategic outcomes beneficial to the over 70 million punters in the Nigeria gaming industry,” the Chairman of Soloti, Mr Adebayo Tade, said.

Speaking on the entry of Soloti Gaming Limited’s foremost product FRAPAPA, Mr Derrick Bell, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, stated that, “We are thrilled to announce the entry of FRAPAPA; a unique product under Soloti Gaming Limited into Nigeria’s fast-rising gaming industry.”

“Our entry into Nigeria supports our strategic business decision and global growth strategy aimed at adding value to the gaming industry through innovative offerings, human capital engagement and the value chain of wealth creation,” he added.

Mr Bell, a technology and business expert, who has over the last 10 years been working as an ICT business consultant in the United Kingdom, further stated that, “Over the next few weeks, FRAPAPA will be unveiled for engagement and patronage with unique propositions that are of global standards.”

The FRAPAPA brand value proposition will create passion, wealth, and more wins for punters. The new platform will address the challenges observed during consultations with punters.

FRAPAPA is expected to provide faster pay-outs, great odds, a user-friendly platform, and most significantly an attractive welcome bonus.

While commenting on the entry of FRAPAPA to the Nigerian market, Mr Layi Olayinka, the Chief Operating Officer said, “I am super excited to be part of the highly innovative team of experts coming to the Nigerian gaming industry.

“Our vision is clear; we want to create a gaming framework that provides a superior betting platform with impactful, life-changing offerings and more.”

He further stated “Our team boasts of more than 40 years of combined experience in the UK gaming and technology sector, and we aim to use our vast array of experience to deliver a platform that offers a premium gaming experience while ensuring swift payouts, withdrawals, SMS notifications for winnings, odds boost and a data-friendly apps/website for a thrilling user experience.

“Collectively, our knowledge will be used to forge a highly effective and intuitive network for our business, providing abundant resources and organizational tenacity that will result in the successful delivery of the ideal betting experience that Nigerian punters deserve and envision.”

Soloti Gaming Limited is committed to upholding its brand promise as both an enabler and business entity providing an opportunity to empower more Nigerians to become financially independent both as punters and agents.

In fulfilment of its key goal in contributing positively towards youth employment and empowerment in Nigeria, Soloti Gaming Limited has indicated that it would be creating job opportunities both directly and indirectly for thousands of Nigerians over the next 3 years.

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FIFA, African Union Launch Football Competition for Schools

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The world football governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), and the African Union (AU) have agreed to launch a school football competition across Africa.

This followed a meeting in Kinshasa between FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Félix Tshisekedi, who is also the current Chairperson of the AU.

The two presidents, who had initiated discussions last week by videoconference, met at the Palais de la Nation in the DRC’s capital to further their productive talks of the previous days.

Following their exchanges, both parties agreed that there was the need to use the power of football to improve lives and to harness the possibilities it offers to instil positive values in young people.

On this subject, both the FIFA President and the AU Chairperson agreed to use the framework of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the AU, FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), to organise schools football competition across Africa, which will kick off in the country.

To initiate the project, a protocol was signed on Sunday between FIFA and the Ministry of Sports and Leisure of the DRC.

Speaking on the development, Mr Infantino said, “President Tshisekedi is passionate about football, and I’m delighted that we can work together to give hope to all children across Africa thanks to football.

“Together, FIFA, AU, CAF and our member associations will develop competitions and training for the youth through football, because football is more than a sport, it is a school of life. Through football, you can teach respect for adversaries and rules, learning how to play as a team, how to win and lose.

“With this schools championship, we plan to make these values, which are already strong in Africa, even stronger.”

Subsequently, the FIFA President also had the opportunity to visit the offices of the Congo DR Football Association (FECOFA) and to meet with FECOFA President Constant Omari, the FECOFA executive committee and several representatives of the football community of Congo DR.

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