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SENEGAL – Fighting’s Wrestling will be behind closed doors



Due to the evolution of the Covid-19 contamination curve, the National Management Committee and the Ministry of Sport have agreed to resume fighting for the 2020/2021 season. But Matar Bâ, the Senegalese Minister of Sports, remains categorical, “it will be in camera or nothing.” He also said that the State of Senegal intends to support the promoters who will suffer from this new decision by granting them a grant.

The 2020/2021 control season has been slow to start due to the health crisis in Senegal. The promoters will have to do with the closed door despite the shocks in contention this year and the advances already received by the wrestlers. After meeting with the CNG in December 2020, Senegalese Minister of Sports Matar Bâ said that “promoters who agree to organize their fights behind closed doors will be subsidized.”

The wrestlers say they are ready for this new pattern. The Rock of the Reclaimed Plots and now King of the Arenas, Modou Lô, admits that the current situation of the world requires that competitions continue without the presence of an audience. “We have seen structures such as FIFA and the NBA organize behind closed doors. We don’t really need the public. Pay-per-view and image rights are there to provide solutions. No one wants to be unemployed. I am indeed ready to fight behind closed doors against Ama Baldé. It is not easy to train without knowing when we will fight,” he says.

The fight promoters already have their battles in their pockets. The emblematic figure of the Senegalese struggle, Gaston Mbengue, has already mounted three major shocks: two revanches, Balla Gaye 2/ Bombardier, Eumeu Sène/ Lac 2 and a unique duel between Modou Anta and Diène Kaïré. The promoter Luc Nicolaï offers amateurs the royal fight between Modou Lô and Ama Baldé. The other great backer of the arena, Pape Abdou Fall (PAF) returns with Siteu/ Papa Sow scheduled since April 2020 but the coronavirus has passed by. The pope promoter Thialis Faye after two white seasons also returns in force by sealing the duel between Tapha Tine and Boy Niang 2. The TFM, which signs his return in the organization of the fights, offers the fight between Gouye Gui and Reug Reug.

It is now up to the CNG to find the dates for all these already sealed fights and to set the organization modalities according to the current context. Indeed, this season will start late (probably in March) with Ramadan scheduled in mid-April, the korite festival in mid-May, tabaski in July, etc. So there is no time to lose.

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Robert Beugré Mambé reassured after an infrastructure visit




Yamoussoukro, December 26, 2023- After an impregnation visit of the Charles Konan-Banny stadium in Yamoussoukro, Tuesday, December 26, 2023, the Prime Minister, Minister of Sport and Living Environment, Robert Beugré Mambé, said reassured. The stadium, he said, is ready to host Group C matches from Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea and The Gambia.

‘What we have seen is reassuring. Technically, from the equipment point of view, we are ready at the Yamoussoukro stadium. But we will remain vigilant until the end,” said Robert Beugré Mambé.

The Prime Minister called for on-call teams to be set up in all sectors. We will have specialists permanently because Côte d’Ivoire wants to be up to date, in all circumstances, with the expected benefits of this great country. We have given indications that vigilance is needed,’ insisted the Head of Government.

For this visit, which is part of the visits of infrastructure related to the CAN 2023, the Vice-President of the Republic, Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, accompanied by the Prime Minister and other members of the government, visited the host infrastructure, in particular the President’s Hotel where official delegations will stay.

CAN 2023 is scheduled from January 13 to February 11, 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire with 24 teams.


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CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Partenariat: La FIF et le Groupe Carré D’Or ensemble pour la promotion du football Ivoirien



La Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (FIF) et le Groupe Carré D’Or ont conclu, ce vendredi 8 décembre 2023 à Novotel Plateau, un accord de partenariat en vue du développement du football en Côte d’Ivoire.

Leader de l’agro-industrie en Côte d’Ivoire depuis la fin des années 90, le Groupe Carré D’Or vient de s’ajouter à la liste des entreprises citoyennes partenaires de la Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (FIF) dans sa mission de développer le football en Côte d’Ivoire. Ce vendredi en effet, à Novotel Plateau, son Directeur Exécutif M. Khalil Ezzedine et le Président de la FIF M. Yacine Idriss Diallo, ont paraphé devant une parterre d’invité constitué de chefs d’entreprises, de légendes du football Ivoirien, de dirigeants sportifs et des médias, un accord de partenariat.

« Au Groupe Carré D’Or, nous avons une politique sportive très développée. Depuis plusieurs années en effet, nous partageons notre passion du port avec les Ivoiriens, sur le plan organisationnel et du sponsoring. Pour nous, sceller un partenariat avec la FIF un fait naturel. Nous sommes donc heureux de soutenir les Éléphants et dans le même temps le championnat national. C’est un réel plaisir de nous associer à la FIF dans sa mission de développement du football en Côte d’Ivoire et à participer à l’encadrement de la jeunesse Ivoirienne », explique le patron du Groupe Carré d’Or.

Pour sa part, le Président de la FIF, M. Yacine Idriss Diallo s’est réjouit de cette union avec le Groupe Carré d’Or.« Notre mission est d’encadrer la jeunesse à travers la mise en place d’une organisation efficiente pour que le football ivoirien aille de l’avant. Et donc dans cette mission là, avoir à ses côtés des entreprises symboliques comme le Groupe Carré d’Or est une fierté et une grande joie pour nous. Nous allons faire tout pour que ce partenariat soit de qualité, qu’il soit gagnant-gagnant sur l’ensemble des produits qui vont être utilisés. Le Groupe Carré d’Or sera donc à nos côtés en partie avec les Éléphants mais aussi sur la Ligue 1 et d’autres activités de la fédération. C’est donc une grosse satisfaction pour nous », reconnaît le Président de la Fédération Ivoirienne de Football.

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The election of the members of the executive committee of the Guinean Football Federation, convened by the Standardization Committee on November 26, 2023, did not take place due to a lack of quorum. This election was therefore postponed to a later date.
 The FIFA envoy invites Guinean football players to put aside their disagreements and make compromises for the happiness of football lovers.  “Let’s put the egos aside, think about Guinean football, think about the journalists who live off it. Let’s compromise and move forward,” said Gelson Fernandes.
According to the FIFA Special Envoy, it is up to Guinea to deal with this problem. “Guinea is master of its own destiny. We will give our position. Guinea chooses which federation it wants to be in. The ball is in Guinea’s court. If she wants to move forward we will help her, but the ball is not in the CAF’s or FIFA’s court,” he suggested.

Referring to the failure to elect the members of the Executive Committee, Gelson Fernandes acknowledged that this is a serious situation and said he regretted the consequences it could have on the Syli as the CAN approaches which will take place in January-February 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire.

 Finally, he invited Guinean football players to put their ego aside to allow Guineans to continue to live their passion to the full.

The term of the current Standards Committee is set for 30 November 2023. Guinean football is waiting.

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