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1Zambia announces new World Cup qualifier date

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has announced a shift in the date of the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. The match, which was originally meant to take place on October 3, has now been shifted to October 9.

FAZ claims that the date that was moved in order to allow both teams prepare adequately for the crucial clash, during the week long international friendly window.

It is now left to the NFF to either secure a friendly before the qualifier or wait it out. Though it’s likely that they may not get any participation from the Super Eagles, if they don’t pay them their bonus for the Tanzania win in time.

Zambia, who are temporarily being coached by George Lwandanina, picked up a point the last time they faced Nigeria in the 2013 AFCON which was hosted by South Africa.

After Zambia, Nigeria will play Algeria and then Cameroon as they hope to make it out of the group and seal a World Cup ticket.


Real & Atletico Madrid banned from transfer market for two years

La Liga top flights, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, will suffer a similar fate to Barcelona in 2014, after they were found guilty of breaking regulation laws relating to the protection and transfer of minors.

Both teams tried to appeal the ban but both appeals were rejected. This means neither team will be allowed to add more players to their squad during the transfer window for the next two years.

See the statement below.

The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors,” the body’s statement said.

Both clubs are to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods for breaching articles 5, 9, 19 and 19bis as well as annexes 2 and 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “Regulations”). The transfer ban applies to each club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s, futsal and beach soccer teams – and does not prevent the release of players.

Additionally, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have been fined CHF 900,000 and CHF 360,000 respectively, while both clubs have been issued with a reprimand and a warning and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned. The grounds of the decisions taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the parties concerned today.



Ibrahimovic discloses what he misses most about PSG 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed a move to English Premier League club Manchester United during the recent transfer window but when quizzed about what he missed about his old club, he gave a shocking answer.

The 34-year old made a switch from Ligue 1 Champions PSG after his contract ran out at the end of the season and has been in fine form since joining the Red Devils.

Not one to shy away from any question, when asked what he would miss most about his former club, the Sweden International went straight to the point.

I miss my last salary from Paris,” he told SFR Sport. “That is what I miss.” He also discussed how PSG will fare without him:

The team is very strong, they bought some good players and the philosophy is the same – win everything and push for the Champions League. But if you could snap your fingers and win the Champions League, everyone would win it. That’s not the way it works. You need to work hard, take time and have patience, then things come by themselves. That’s another problem, and it’s not my problem. I have my own problems.”

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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