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CAF Initiates Financial Payments to Clubs Participating in Interclub Competions.

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Following the outbreak of COVID-19 on the contintent, with  Interclub competitions halted, the Continental of African Football (CAF) has resolved to accelerate the payment of final tranche of financial rewards to participating clubs in CAF interclub competitions for the 2019/2020 season. 

The distribution is to reduce the financial burden on the 32 clubs that have reached the group stages of both the Total CAF Champions league and the Total CAF Confideration Cup during this trying moments.

Clubs will recieve their dues based on the prize monies for each competition till the quarter finals stage, when the two competitions were suspended due to COVID19.

The minimum amount guaranteed for each club participating in the Total CAF Champions league is 550,000$ and 275,000$ for those in the Total CAF Confideration Cup.

“The world of football and for that matter African Football is going through unprecedented difficulties.  The current situation has been a telling effect on African football stakeholders,  and CAF is being responsive to the needs of our clubs,  one of our key stakeholders,  by facilitating the payment of the prize money well ahead of time”, Said CAF boss Ahmad. 

It should be noted that this monies was to be given to these clubs at the end of the season.

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Ever since the outbreak of COVID19,  football in Africa has been halted since March this year but CAF is working with the relevant authorities including the World Health organization on the impact of the Pandemic on the Continent and will announce developments of interclub competitions at the appropriate time.

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Cameroon: Joseph Bouasse Perfection Ex-Roma Academy Starlet Dies At The Age 21 From Heart Attack

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Former Roma youngster Joseph Bouasse Perfection has passed away aged just 21, it has been confirmed. The Cameroonian young star who was part of the Serie A academy following a successful trial in 2016, suffered a heart attack and died on Sunday evening.

He never played for the first-team, he did train alongside the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti in Rome and He made his professional debut for Serie B side Vicenza while on loan from Roma in 2017.

Joseph Bouasse Story

Bouasse arrived in Italy at 16 alongside other child refugees from Cameroon, seeking a new life in Europe. He was approached by a man who promised him a career as a footballer, but when he arrived at Rome’s Termini Station he was abandoned and alone.

Bouasse, just a teenager a world away from his family, sought refuge at a local center. He was picked up by Liberi Nantes — Italy’s only team made up solely of refugees. There he began to enjoy himself and rediscovered his passion for life.

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Bouasse was allegedly trafficked into Italy as a migrant back in 2015 before impressing then-boss Luciano Spalletti enough to earn a deal.

He left Roma in 2018 without making an appearance before joining Romanian side Universitatea Cluj earlier this year.

Joseph Bouasse Perfection In Training

Joseph Bouasse Perfection In Training

A club statement on Twitter read: “The club is desperately saddened to learn of the untimely death of former Primavera player, Joseph Bouasse Perfection.

“The thoughts of everyone at AS Roma are with all those closest to him.”

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Uganda Football: Jimmy Kirunda Former Uganda Captain And football icon Dies AT The Age 70

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One of Uganda’s most celebrated football icons, Jimmy Kirunda has died aged 70 years.

Kirunda who captain Uganda to their only Africa Cup of Nations final appearance in 1978 is believed to have collapsed and died in Bwaise, Kampala this Monday 25 May 2020

He played for Express FC, KCCA FC, SC Villa, and Abu Dhabi Sports in the United Arab Emirates.

He played for the Uganda Cranes at three AFCON tournaments, captaining them in three editions including the historical 78 edition in Ghana.

Kirunda (R) at one of the five AFCON edition he features in.

He managed several club sides including SC Villa, Bell FC, KCCA FC, Buikwe Red Stars, and Cooperative FC.

Kirunda was also a coach of the Uganda Cranes between 1989 and 1996.

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Cameroon Referee, Elvis Noupue Joined African Peers To Launch Campaign Against COVID-19

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Cameroon born Elvis Guy Noupue, a match official with CAF has join his colleagues in the African continent to launch a campaign against COVID-19.

The campaign dubbed #Stayfit is aimed at maintaining their fitness level during these difficult moments.
In a 6:45 minutes video, a section of Referees and Assistants Referees highlight the importance of physical activities and movements in boosting one’s health status, and the fight against COVID-19 in addition to observing the preventive measures outlined by health authorities.

Match officials are from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Ethiopia, Algeria, Senegal, Angola, Tunisia and Benin.

In the video, the match officials are seen engaged in physical exercises either in the gym or at home as they brace up for a return to sporting activities on the continent. In addition, they have a message of hope, “see you soon on the pitch”.

According to CAF Refereeing Director, Eddy Maillet, “It is very important for the referees to continue exercising on their own during this period of no activity. It will help their fitness level and put them in a good shape once football returns. The CAF Refereeing Department is in constant touch with the referees, advice on training regimes as well reminding them to observe the preventive protocols.

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Since March 2020, football activities in the continent were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gradually, things are returning to normal. However, the African football body, CAF is monitoring the situation closely The body is working with the relevant authorities including the Wealth Health Organization (WHO), FIFA amongst others on the impact of the virus on the continent.

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