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Diop scored the country’s winning goal against France at the 2002 World Cup. Photo: Twitter@CAF Online.

 

Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness, local media and the West African state’s football federation said on Sunday.

Diop is best known in his native country for scoring the winning goal against then defending champions France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup.

The Senegalese squad went on to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament before they were knocked out by Turkey.

 

Diop was also part of the team that lost to Cameroon on penalties in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations final.

He won the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth in a club career that included stints at French club Lens, Fulham, West Ham United and Birmingham City.

READ ALSO: Wolves Beat Arsenal, Condemn Arteta’s Side To Third Consecutive Home Defeat

Victor Cisse, the secretary-general of the Senegalese football federation, confirmed Diop’s death to AFP.

Senegal’s President Macky Sall said on Twitter on Sunday it was a “great loss” for the country.

AFP

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Wolves players celebrate their 1-2 win after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020.John Walton / POOL / AFP

 

Wolves recovered from losing top scorer Raul Jimenez to a sickening head injury to inflict Arsenal’s third consecutive home league defeat with a 2-1 win at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Mexican received treatment from medics for 10 minutes on the floor after colliding with David Luiz before being stretchered from the field.

Luiz continued with blood seeping into a white bandage wrapped around his head until half-time, when he was replaced by Rob Holding, leading to fresh calls for the introduction of concussion substitutes in football.

Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez lay injured after clashing heads during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. John Walton / POOL / AFP

 

The rest of the Wolves team had combined for just five goals in their previous nine league games, but Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence struck to hand the visitors a first win away to Arsenal since 1979.

Sky Sports reported Jimenez is conscious in hospital and responding to treatment.

Football’s lawmakers IFAB have opened the door for concussion substitutes to be used on a trial basis with the English Football Association hoping to do so in this season’s FA Cup.

Former Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been a campaigner for concussion subs and more investigation into the high percentage of former footballers suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

“Sickening head clash between Jimenez and Luiz. It’s time football wised up and got up to date and immediately ratifies temporary concussion replacements,” Sutton tweeted.

“Jimenez clearly in a bad way. Has David Luiz been checked adequately?”

There was a sombre mood on the pitch when the action returned but Wolves quickly took the lead.

Leander Dendoncker headed an Adama Traore cross against the crossbar but Neto was quickest to respond and converted the rebound.

READ ALSO: Wolves’ Jimenez Hospitalised After Nasty Clash Of Heads With David Luiz

The lead was short-lived as Arsenal responded to score their first goal from open play in six league games.

Willian’s inviting cross was powered home by Gabriel Magalhaes at the back post for his second goal for the club.

But the Arsenal defence that had been the bedrock of a revival under Mikel Arteta towards the end of last season as they won the FA Cup, could not cope with the pace of Traore.

Another dart from the Spaniard teed up Neto and when his shot was spilled by Bernd Leno, Podence reacted fastest to turn the loose ball home.

Arsenal responded after the break to pin Nuno Espirito Santo’s men back, but the home side again lacked inspiration and a clinical finish in the final third.

Bukayo Saka should have done better when he skewed wide from close range.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wait for a Premier League goal from open play since he signed a lucrative new contract worth a reported £55 million ($73 million) over three years also goes on.

The Arsenal captain had his side’s best chance for an equaliser but headed wide much to the dismay of Arteta on the sidelines.

 

Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. Julian Finney / POOL / AFP

 

A year to the day since Unai Emery was sacked with the Gunners sitting eighth in the Premier League, Arteta’s men now sit 14th.

At the other end of the table, Wolves climb up to sixth and within four points of league leaders Tottenham and Liverpool.

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File image of new national cricket team coach, Asanka Gurusinha.

 

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has announced the appointment of Asanka Gurusinha as the new coach of the national cricket team. 

According to the federation, the new coach that will resume officially on the 1st of December 2020 will head the high-performance unit of the body and also act as a coach trainer and mentor indigenous coaches.

Asanka Gurusinha, born 16th September 1966, is a former Sri Lankan Australian Cricketer who commands an admirable 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka.

A specialist left-handed batsman and a key member of the 1996 Cricket World Cup-winning team for Sri Lanka, Gurusinha scored 65 runs in the finals against Australia.

The 54-year old is a level 3 certified coach and was appointed Cricket Manager for the Sri Lanka national team in 2017. He has also served as the Consultant Regional Coach for Cricket Australia.

Reacting to the appointment, the President of the Federation Prof. Yahaya Adam Ukwenya described the move as timely and purposeful and appreciated the support of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare.

“The appointment of Asanka marks another milestone in this administration’s desire to raise the standard of the game in the country both at the elite and development level,” he said.

“Internally, his appointment will greatly impact on our development structure as we look to begin our Accelerated Growth Program. On the big stage, Nigeria can no longer take a passing interest in World Cricket, we should be able to compete at all levels we play and not just make up the numbers.”

Hiring a foreign coach for the national team is one of the objectives of the NCF board and they believe the coach will contribute to the development of the sport in the county.

There are five (5) key strategic development pillars for which this present administration believed would lead to sustained growth and development of the sport in the country and one of those pillars is to,  Ukwenya stated, is to “Improve the quality of our players and officials at all levels through regular local and international competitions and development events.

”The successes recorded in the last 3 years have seen our national teams play at the highest level in world Cricket with our famous participation at the ICC Under-19 world cup 2020 in South Africa, senior men’s Twennty20 world cup qualifier 2019 in the UAE and the national women’s team world cup qualifier in Zimbabwe also in 2019.”

”In a bid to continuously improve and maintain the standard of our national team’s performance at the elite level, the federation have taken a bold step by hiring the services of a foreign coach of international repute and qualification with a proven track record at the highest level. This decision became imperative as Nigeria looks to compete at more international tournaments in the near future and also improve her performance in world Cricket rankings,” the NCF president added.

The official unveiling of the head coach is scheduled to take place on the 8th of December 2020 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, VIP Lounge, Package A, Abuja.

 

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Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez lay injured after clashing heads during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. John Walton / POOL / AFP

 

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was taken to hospital after coming off worst in a nasty clash of heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz on Sunday.

The Mexican was tended to on the floor by medics for 10 minutes before being stretchered from the field.

Sky Sports reported Jimenez is conscious in hospital and responding to treatment.

Luiz continued with blood seeping into a white bandage wrapped around his head until half-time when he was replaced by Rob Holding.

Football’s lawmakers IFAB have opened the door for concussion substitutes to be used on a trial basis with the English Football Association hoping to do so in this season’s FA Cup.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez receives treatment after clashing heads with Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. John Walton / POOL / AFP

 

Former Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been a campaigner for concussion subs and more investigation into the high percentage of former footballers suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

“Sickening head clash between Jimenez and Luiz. It’s time football wised up and got up to date and immediately ratifies temporary concussion replacements,” Sutton tweeted.

“Jimenez clearly in a bad way. Has David Luiz been checked adequately?”

Wolves shrugged off the loss of their top scorer to take a 2-1 lead before half-time as Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence struck either side of Gabriel Magalhaes’s equaliser for Arsenal.

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress has announced that an emergency meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8.

According to a formal invitation sent to APC NEC members by the National Secretary of the Party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the meeting will “review the Party’s position and set agenda for the party’s next move.”

In line with the COVID-19 public health protocols, the meeting which has been slated for 11 am at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja will be held virtually.

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