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Egypt's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year prize

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has capped the most successful period of his career by winning the 2017 African player of the year award.

Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star was awarded the Confederation of African Football Player of the Year accolade on Thursday at a ceremony in Ghana's capital city, Accra, ahead of fellow Liverpool star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"It's never easy to win a big award like that," Salah said on Thursday.

"It's an honour for me to be nominated with these two great players tonight."

The 25-year-old described winning the award as a "dream come true", before dedicating the accolade to "the children in Egypt and Africa ... to remind them to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in themselves.”

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Jose Mourinho hits back at Manchester United legend Paul Scholes over Paul Pogba criticism

Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Paul Scholes and other critics after Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Everton.

The Old Trafford boss has been angered by recent comments from former United midfielder Scholes claiming record signing Paul Pogba was 'just strolling through games' and 'doesn't look fit'.

But Pogba played an influential role as United ended a run of three successive Premier League draws at Goodison Park on New Year's Day.

And manager Mourinho took the opportunity to hit back following the game, criticising the United legend's career as a pundit and also appearing to suggest Scholes is jealous of the French star's wealth.

"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise, which is a different thing," said the Red Devils boss.

"Not every one of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player. That doesn't all mean we have to be phenomenal.

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Champions League draw: Chelsea to face Barcelona in last 16

• Juventus v Tottenham; Basel v Manchester City; Porto v Liverpool
• Sevilla v Manchester United and Real Madrid to face Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea must find a way past five-time winners Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Tottenham face a tricky tie against last season’s runners-up Juventus.

Antonio Conte’s side finished second in their group behind Roma and their reward is a tie against La Liga’s leaders, with the first leg taking place at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Manchester City were handed potentially the most straightforward task whe they were paired with Swiss champions Basel, with Liverpool up against Porto.

Manchester United will also fancy their chances of progressing the last eight after they were drawn to face Sevilla, with the second leg due to take place at Old Trafford. The remaining three ties pit Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk with Roma, and Bayern Munich against Besiktas.


Manchester United named most valuable football team

Despite not being as successful in Europe and the Premier League as they once were, Manchester United have been named the most valuable team brand by Forbes.

The Old Trafford outfit are valued as the fourth most valuable team brand across all sports behind the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers.

However, they top the chart when it comes to football clubs, with Barcelona second and their arch-rivals Real Madrid third.

The Premier League giants, who currently sit second in the English top flight after their first nine matches, have a brand value of £425million, a rise of 12.8%

Catalan giants, Barcelona stock has gone up 5.5% and stands at £405million, while Champions League winners Madrid are valued at £385million, a drop of 2.1%.


I’ll retire at age 42 - Bukom Banku

Former WBO Africa Cruiserweight champion, Braimah Kamoko, known commonly as Bukom Banku has revealed he has four more years to bring an end to his boxing career.

The local champion made this revelation on Starr Chat on Wednesday after his Saturday’s seventh round technical knockout to Bastie Samir at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

According to Banku after rematches with Samir come next year he will try to fight some international bout to end the pugilist journey in 2021.

“I have not retired yet. I have four more years to retire. I have decided to ignore the insults from people because I don’t want those negative comments to affect me,” Banku said.

The 38-year old has refused to kowtow to public outcry of his retirement for denting his unbeaten record.

Meanwhile, Banku has confirmed receiving GHC 50,000 as part payment of the bout purse and he is anxiously waiting for a rematch with Samir on December 6.


Leicester City appoint former Southampton manager as new manager

Leicester City have appointed ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.
Puel becomes the Foxes' third manager this year, replacing Craig Shakespeare who succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.
Puel, 56, led the Saints to eighth in his first season in charge, as well as reaching the EFL Cup final, but the Frenchman was sacked in June.
Michael Appleton will remain as Leicester's assistant manager.
Appleton had taken caretaker charge after Shakespeare was sacked just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis.
Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said Puel was "a perfect fit".


Scammers target Baby Jet Airline

Baby Jet Airline (BBJ), an airline company owned by Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan is yet to begin operations but it appears scammers have already targeted their operations.

Gyan took to his Twitter handle a few hours after President Akufo-Addo disclosed that Gyan he has obtained a carrier license to warn persons to ignore messages on any social media page regarding recruitment by the airline.

According to him, such pages are being operated by scammers, adding that additional information about the company could be obtained from his business manager Samuel Anim Addo.

He tweeted: "kindly ignore any social media page talking about recruitment 4 BBJ, its a scam if you need info contact my team and @AnimSammy.


Bukom Banku gets GH¢50,000 from the fight with Samir Bastie

Unarguably one of Ghana’s favourite pugilists, Banku went into battle in high spirits, as he was convinced he would win the day.

In a pre-match interview, he boldly declared that he would easily defeat Bastie; however that was not be, as Banku was stopped in the 7th round of the match.

The match, which took place on Saturday 21st October 2017, attracted a lot of commentary from various persons, each indicating who may carry the day. After the loss to Bastie, match, words of consolation poured out to Banku from several persons, including former president John Mahama.

Others allegedly rejoiced at his defeat. Notwithstanding his loss, he left the arena a rich man.The boxer walked away with GH¢50000. Bastie is also reported to have received the same amount.


No rematch for you – Wife tells Bukom Banku

Gladys Duru, wife of Popular boxer, Brimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku’s has kicked against her husband fighting Bastie Samir in any future rematch.
Bukom Banku’s unbeaten run came to an end last Saturday night, after he was technically knocked out in round seven by Bastie “The Beast” Samir, in their much publicized cruiser weight bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena.
He had not lost any of his 29 fights, but visited the canvas twice during the bout in round three and seven. Banku had predicted a sixth-round stoppage but that round rather saw him come under heavy punches from Samir.
In the seventh round, Samir decided to end the bout as he unleashed several punches to the body of Banku, but the latter could not defend himself. The referee then stepped in to save Banku but he shockingly refused to stop the fight as expected but rather gave him a mandatory eight-second count.


Akufo-Addo tweet 'inviting Bastie to eat Banku at Flagstaff House' fake

The President’s Social Media Management team says a purported tweet congratulating Bastie Samir for defeating popular boxer Braimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku) is fake.

A disclaimer issued and signed by Counsel and Social Media Manager for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Kow Essuman, Esq. said: “The President has not sent out any such tweet and therefore, we entreat the general public to disregard the purported tweet being circulated on social media platforms.”

Bukom Banku tastes defeat for the first time

Bastie Samir stopped Bukom Banku in round 7 of their scheduled 12 round non-title bout in front of a huge crowd at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Saturday night. It was the first defeat in the career of the celebrated fighter.


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