Roger Mayweather has sadly passed away at the age of 58.

The legendary professional boxer and trainer – and uncle to former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather – died on Tuesday (March 17), TMZ reports.
Roger was a key part of Floyd ‘s training team.

Roger ‘s health had reportedly been declining for years.

“My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing,” Floyd has said. “He’s only in his 50s, but it seems like he’s an old man in his 80s.”

Our thoughts are with Floyd and Roger Mayweather‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

We’re mourning the losses of so many celebrities who have died in 2020.

*Source:Sky Sports*

SAD NEWS IN FOOTBALL FRATERNITY_



It's about the coronavirus and the player not just the player the first to die of the disease.

We are hoping that our footballer and athletes are all safe from this tragedy.

It's painful to see that a talented player like this would lost his life to a disease like this. 21-year-old Spanish football coach has died from coronavirus, having been suffering from a form of leukaemia.

Francisco Garcia, a youth team coach at Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta, had an unknown pre-existing health condition that resulted in him being more vulnerable to the virus than usual for an individual of his age, though he was only informed of having cancer after going to hospital with symptoms of coronavirus.

According to Spanish newspaper Malaga Hoy, Garcia was advised to seek further medical help after struggling to breathe, and was told that he had both coronavirus and pneumonia.

However, he was also told that he had leukaemia, which increased the level of risk that he was exposed to after contracting the virus.

Infectious disease experts said that had Garcia not been suffering from leukaemia, he would likely have survived the bout of coronavirus.

A club statement read: "We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately.

"Now what do we do without you, Francis?

"How are we going to continue conquering ... in the league? We don't know how, but we will surely do it for you.

"We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever."

Garcia had been training with Atletico Portada Alta for four years and was coach of the junior team, with club president Pep Bueno paying tribute to him after revealing how quickly his condition declined.


*_.....While the actual prize for the best footballer of 2020 will not be handed out until December, each week Goal will be tracking the runners and riders....._*

16-03-20

The race for the 2020 Ballon d'Or is up and running, with the world's best players all vying to get their hands on the most prestigious individual award football can offer.

Lionel Messi is, for the sixth time in his career, the defending champion having picked up the prize in December , but the competition is as fierce as many can remember following the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo's recent dominance.

With coronavirus decimating the immediate footballing calendar, it remains to be seen which competitions will be completed and whether the summer's international tournaments will even go ahead this year.

_However, as the global game heads into lockdown, who are the frontrunners and which players still have work to do in the race to win the Ballon d'Or? Our weekly rankings have all the answers._

#20 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) | Last week: 15
Regardless of what happens with the remainder of the season, Liverpool 's early exit from the
Champions League will no doubt harm the chances of some of their star names in the battle for the Ballon d'Or.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds are awarded the Premier League trophy or not, but there is no doubt that their players have produced some of the best performances of the year to date. Whether that is enough once football eventually (hopefully) returns, however, is unknown.
Players dropping out: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Casemiro ( Real Madrid ).

#19 Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) | Last week: NEW ENTRY
He may have been helped by some suspect goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris, but Sabitzer did more than most to secure a first Champions League quarter-final for RB Leipzig following his two goals on Tuesday.
The Austrian had previously endured a slow start to 2020, but his performances in both matches against
Tottenham saw him catapulted into the wider footballing consciousness.

#18 Ciro Immobile (Lazio) | Last week: 18
The suspension of Europe's top leagues may well mean Immobile has already secured the European Golden Shoe for 2019-20.
However, should Serie A not return and Euro 2020 be cancelled then it will be the only major silverware he ends the year with.

#17 Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) | Last week: NEW ENTRY
The debate over who the best goalkeeper on the planet actually is rumbles on, but Oblak's man-of-the-match performance at Anfield certainly means he is the frontrunner among shot-stoppers for individual honours this year despite Atletico Madrid 's struggles in La Liga .

#16 Paulo Dybala (Juventus) | Last week: 16
Dybala may well go down as the player whose goal secured the Scudetto for Juventus should they be awarded Serie A early.
It remains to be seen whether Copa America goes ahead, however, to allow him to strengthen his case for individual honours.

#15 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) | Last week: 13
Henderson's return to the Liverpool XI may have helped improve their overall performance level against Atletico, but even their increasingly-inspirational leader was unable to keep them in the
Champions League .

The England international may well be named the PFA Player of the Year presuming it is still awarded, but it looks increasingly likely to be the only individual accolade he claims.

#14 Sergio Aguero (Man City) | Last week: 14
Aguero has not played since last week's rankings, and as such Manchester City's situation remains largely the same presuming the Champions League is able to be finished.

#13 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) | Last week: 8
Another Liverpool player to slide down the rankings thanks to their Champions League exit, Mane looks set to end the year with only a Premier League winners' medal should the Reds either win the title on the pitch or be awarded the trophy away from it.

#12 Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd) | Last week: 12
Another week, another fine performance from Fernandes as he provided an assist in United's win over LASK.

The Portugal international can certainly claim the prize for the January signing to have made the most impact in 2020.

#11 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) | Last week: 11
Werner may not have put in his best performance as Leipzig saw off Tottenham , but the fact he remains in the Champions League (should it eventually restart) gives him a better chance than most of further enhancing his prospects on the biggest stage.

#10 Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) | Last week: 20
Last week, Ilicic's chances of even challenging for the Ballon d'Or were slim at best.

Then he went and became just the fourth player to ever score four goals in a Champions League knockout game to become the top scorer in 2020 of any player from Europe's top five leagues.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of the game, the Slovenian is now an almost-certain contender.

#9 Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) | Last week: 10
He may not have taken to the field since last week's rankings, but the failure of other teams to go through in the Champions League means that the
Germany international is in an enviable position should competition resume later in the spring or early summer.

#8 Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) | Last week: 6
Dortmund's exit from the Champions League means that, whether football eventually returns or not, Sancho will be limited to continuing his superb form in 2020 in the Bundesliga .
He could, however, still help BVB to win the title should he be given the opportunity.

#7 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) | Last week: 7
It has been a tumultuous week in the world of Kylian Mbappe.
It began with him sitting out PSG training and being tested for coronavirus and yet by Wednesday evening he was celebrating topless with thousands of supporters outside Parc des Princes.
The fact he played only a supporting role in beating Dortmund means he cannot go higher in the rankings right now.

#6 Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) | Last week: 4
Haaland's form over the 2019-20 season is unlikely to see him forgotten by those voting for the Ballon d'Or, but an early Champions League exit no doubt harms his chances if the competition does return in the coming weeks.

#5 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) | Last week: 5
Messi remains on the fringes of the main contenders as football goes into lockdown. It has not been his best year thus far, but if he can discover his best form upon football's return he could well be on for Ballon d'Or number seven.

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) | Last week: 3
In truth, Ronaldo could not have done any more to justify his place in the top three, but his lack of game time means he slides down for now.

Should leagues around Europe not be completed he would likely move back onto the podium at the very least.

#3 Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) | Last week: 9
Two goals across the tie and taking on a leading role in the absence of Mbappe, Neymar could barely have done more to keep PSG's Champions League dream alive against Dortmund.
With other potential challengers having been knocked out, the Brazilian may never get a better chance to win the prizes he and his club covet most should the season resume.

#2 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) | Last week: 1
The potential for the Champions League to be cancelled and Euro 2020 postponed limits De Bruyne's chances somewhat.

He remains so high for now given that either may still be back on the table for him to win before the year is out, but for now he must give up the No.1 ranking.

#1 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) | Last week: 2
With Euro 2020 looking likely to be postponed, suddenly club form will almost exclusively decide the winner of this year's prize.

With that in mind, Lewandowski jumps to the top of the rankings for now having spearheaded Bayern's push for a treble they will still hope to have the chance to win in the coming months.

*Source:Goal.Uk.com*



_*.....it is a good action to suspend the game....*_

The continent’s football governing body made the decision yesterday in order to protect the health and safety of stakeholders including players, sponsors, match officials and broadcasters.

The games were initially fixed to take place between March 25 and March 31 across various countries in the continent.

The postponement comes in the wake of the declaration of Covid-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and following strict travel restrictions by some African countries to contain the spread of the virus.

“Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by WHO. In Africa, only a few cases have been reported, but the situation could evolve negatively. Several players, who are supposed to play the next Afcon qualifiers, come from countries which have been severely affected by the virus (Europe, Asia),” the statement read.

“Several African governments have taken strong restrictions on travels; lock down, quarantine for people coming from countries affected by the virus. Several clubs refuse now to release their players for the next international matches.

“For the above reasons and after studying carefully the current situation, Caf has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers, scheduled from March 25 to 31, 2020.”

Earlier this week, Caf disclosed that inter-club competitions would proceed as scheduled, while the Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick revealed plans to move Super Eagles’ players via a chartered flight from their respective bases in Europe.

Several football competitions including major European leagues and the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying fixtures in Asia and South America have also been suspended due to the spread of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had yesterday released a squad of players to face Algeria in a back-to-back 2021 Afcon Group H that was set to be played later this month.

Warriors squad.
Goalkeepers: Martin Mapisa (Zamora CF), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka).
Defenders: Partson Jaure (Dynamos), Alec Mudimu (FC Sheriff Tiraspol), Teenage Hadebe (Yeni Malatyaspor), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ian Nekati (Chicken Inn), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders)
Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Horoya AC), Butholezwe Ncube (Amazulu), Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa), Kudakwashe Mahachi (SuperSport United), Ovidy Karuru (Stellenbosch), Knowledge Musona (KAS Eupen), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs)
Strikers: Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre AC), Charlton Mashumba (Polokwane City), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Macauley Bonne (Charlton Athletic).

By Goal reporter

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Inter are one of many top clubs around Europe following Turkish talent Omer Beyaz, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Turkish newspaper Fotospor.

The report details how both Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are all keeping a close eye on 16-year-old Turkish forward Omer Beyaz. The teenager is contracted to Turkish side Fenerbahçe until 2021.

Beyaz has made 14 appearances for the Fenerbahçe Under-19 squad so far this season, for a total of 1058 minutes. In that time, he’s scored two goals and impressed with his quick passing and good movements in the final third. The Turkish teenager was also called up for two first team games, against Denizlispor and Konyaspor, although he failed to get off of the bench in either game.

Inter, like many top clubs around Europe, are often looking for the next young talent, with the Nerazzurri showing that they aren’t afraid to trust young players, such as in the case of Sebastiano Esposito.

*Source:Rhodesia Times*

For the first time in Zambian Women’s football history, Shepolopolo are the first female side to qualify to the Olympics.

Shepolopolo qualified to the 2020 Olympics in Japan following a 2-1 home win over Cameroon.

Bruce Mwape’s side advanced to the Summer Olympics 4-4 on aggregate on away goals rule after overturning a 3-2 away losing Yaoundé on March 5.

Mary Makawapila and Hellen Mubanga scored the critical goals in the first half to send Zambia through to the debut Olympiads.

Nchout Njoya Araja’s late goal gave the hosts a last minute scare but Shepolopolo held on.

Shepolopolo head to the Olympics for the first time since the men’s team did so at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

 

Source : Lusakatimes

Zesco United’s failure to win in midweek has seen the current champions slump further in the Zambian Super League title race and should add confidence to those other clubs chasing glory in the 2019/20 season.

Zesco were held 0-0 by Lumwana Radiants and now astonishingly have just three wins in their last 20 games in all competitions, but are somehow clinging on in the Super League title race.

That is because of their magnificent start to the campaign where they won their opening nine matches, but those days now seem a distant memory as they battle for victories.

They will have the chance to get back on track on Sunday when they host Green Buffaloes, and can go into the game with some confidence having won their last three meetings with the army side.

Also on Sunday, Buildcon will seek to arrest their alarming slide that has seen them sink to 15th, having taken just one point from the last 18 available. They will host relegation-threatened Nakambala Leopards at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Super League leaders Forest Rangers are not in action as their opponents Zanaco are involved in CAF Confederation Cup action, which gives second-placed Green Eagles the chance to move to the summit when they host third-placed NAPSA Stars on Saturday.

 

Source Supersports

Salah Praises Liverpool 'Personality' After Bournemouth Win

Records tumbled for the Egyptian against Bournemouth and the striker is pleased to have helped the Reds secure victoryMohamed Salah has prasied Liverpool 's 'personality' after the Reds returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Egyptian scored against the Cherries in his 100th Premier League appearance, and is delighted with the league leaders' comeback after they fell behind to Callum Wilson's opener.

"Today we showed our personality after [going] 1-0 down, so we had to react to that and I think we did well and we got the result," Salah told BT Sport as reported by Liverpool website , “We need to keep going for the next three games and the rest of the season.”

Tottenham Hotspur Striker Harry Kane Has Been Linked With Manchester United

According to The Telegraph , Harry Kane will consider his future at Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season, with Goal.com reporting that the striker is open to moving to Premier League rivals Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The Telegraph has claimed that Tottenham value the England International at over £150 million.

Kalusha Bwalya has failed the integrity test in his bid to stand for the FAZ presidency during the March 28 elective annual general meeting.