Wydad, gigantes africanos, em apuros após derrota para o Simba

African club giants Wydad Casablanca of Morocco are facing potential elimination from the CAF Champions League after a 2-0 loss to Simba of Tanzania. The defeat marks their third loss in four Group B matches, leaving them in last place with only three points. ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast (10 points), Simba (5 points), and Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana (4 points) are currently ahead of Wydad. ASEC has already qualified for the quarter-finals by defeating Jwaneng 3-0. Simba could join them if they can secure four more points.

Wydad’s only chance of reaching the last eight is to win their remaining two matches and hope for Simba to lose one. In February, Simba will face ASEC, and in March, they will host Jwaneng. Meanwhile, Wydad will play against Jwaneng on the road and face ASEC at home. Wydad has been one of the most successful clubs in the Champions League, reaching four finals and winning two titles since 2016. They have consistently made it to the knockout stage.

Coach Faouzi Benzarti, the second most successful African coach in CAF club competitions with five titles, leads Wydad. ASEC, whose lone Champions League title came 25 years ago, has produced many players who achieved fame in Europe, such as Yaya and Kolo Toure. Sankara Karamoko is among the stars of the team, scoring his fourth goal of the campaign in the victory over Jwaneng.

In Group A, TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa both secured victories, moving them three points ahead of Nouadhibou of Mauritania and Pyramids of Egypt. Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Pyramids 1-0, while Mazembe defeated Nouadhibou 2-0, with goals from Cheick Fofana.

In Group C, Petro Luanda missed an opportunity to qualify after a goalless draw against Esperance of Tunisia. However, they remain at the top of the group and are likely to reach the quarter-finals.

Richard Odada, craque dos Harambee Stars, inaugura fundação na comunidade de Ongata Rongai

Harambee Stars midfielder Richard Odada has made a meaningful impact in his community of Ongata Rongai by launching the Odada Foundation. Odada, who was educated at Laiser Hill Academy in Rongai, aims to help talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue their education by providing sponsorship. In addition, he donated food items to members of the Nakeel community. This act of generosity has brought joy to the residents of Ongata Rongai in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas festivities. Currently on loan at Danish Club Aalborg BK from Philadelphia Union, Odada expressed his gratitude to his community for their unwavering support. He credited their belief in him as a driving force behind his success and praised the dedication and hard work of his team.

The Odada Foundation’s primary focus is to support talented children from impoverished backgrounds in their pursuit of knowledge by sponsoring their education. The foundation launch event was attended by officials from the County Government of Kajiado, including Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho Martine. Impressed by Odada’s work, Moshisho urged other sportsmen to nurture youth talents and support the community. He also mentioned that the foundation will assist in connecting players to opportunities in Europe. Moshisho emphasized the importance of collaboration between the County government and other stakeholders to address drug abuse and support the talents of young individuals.

Aside from his community work, Odada has been a valued member of the Kenyan national team. He participated in the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Gabon and Seychelles in November. The midfielder’s consistent performance has earned recognition from fans who believe he has the potential to fill the void left by former Tottenham Hotspur star Victor Wanyama.

In summary, Richard Odada’s launch of the Odada Foundation and donation of food items to the Nakeel community have brought happiness to the residents of Ongata Rongai. The foundation aims to support talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds in their educational pursuits, while also nurturing their sporting talents and providing opportunities to play in Europe. The County Government of Kajiado recognizes and appreciates Odada’s efforts and highlights the importance of collaboration to address social issues and support the youth. Odada’s success both on and off the field has solidified his position as a valuable player for the Harambee Stars national team.

UEFA sofre derrota judicial, mas Super Liga encontra poucos adeptos

UEFA suffered a court defeat on Thursday when the European Court of Justice ruled that the football governing body had broken EU law by abusing its “dominant position” to stifle the Super League. However, the Super League’s attempt to launch a new competition with 64 teams was met with scorn and rejection. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona are still publicly attached to the project. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin sarcastically stated that he hoped the competition would start soon with just two clubs. The Super League project had collapsed in 2021 after backlash from fans and threats of expulsion from competitions by UEFA.

A22 Sports Management, the promoters of the Super League, responded to the court ruling by promising to launch a new project that would challenge UEFA’s monopoly. The new plan would include promotion and relegation within the competition and free video streaming to fans. However, many big clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham, stated their commitment to UEFA competitions and would not support the new Super League venture. Bayern Munich also confirmed that the door to the Super League remains closed. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona maintained their support for the project.

Football Supporters Europe (FSE), an umbrella lobby group, voiced their opposition to the Super League and pledged to continue fighting against it. They believe that the closed league would harm smaller teams and the future of European football. Despite the court ruling in favor of the Super League, the project remains unpopular among fans.

Okutoyi faz história ao avançar para a primeira final de sua carreira profissional W25

Angella Okutoyi, a 19-year-old tennis player from Kenya, has made history by becoming the first Kenyan to reach a W25 final. She achieved this feat by defeating Lucie Nguyen Tan of France in straight sets, with a score of 6-4, 6-4. Okutoyi’s victory has earned her a place in the championship decider of the W25 International Tennis Federation tournament, which is currently taking place at the Nairobi Club. This achievement is particularly significant as it is on home soil.

After her semifinal win, Okutoyi expressed her happiness and stated that she had worked hard for this moment. She believed in herself and felt that she belonged in the game. Okutoyi acknowledged her opponent as a strong competitor and emphasized her focus on taking one point at a time. She also mentioned that she had initially struggled with the surface but practiced extensively to improve her performance.

In the match against Lucie Nguyen Tan, Okutoyi started strong by breaking her opponent’s serve in the opening game. She maintained her lead and eventually won the first set 6-4. In the second set, Okutoyi faced some challenges but managed to save break points before securing a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The significance of the moment was not lost on Okutoyi, who stated that she wants to be an inspiration for young children and show them that anything is possible.

In the Singles final, Okutoyi will face Lena Papadakis from Germany, who defeated Fanny Ostlund of Sweden in the semifinals. If Okutoyi wins the final, she will receive a prize money of $25,000. Additionally, she has also qualified for the doubles finals along with her partner Sada Nahimana from Burundi. In the doubles final, they will compete against Lena Papadakis and Jessie Aney from Germany and the United States, respectively.

Overall, Okutoyi’s breakthrough to the W25 final is a momentous achievement for Kenyan tennis, and she has the opportunity to further make history by winning both the singles and doubles titles.

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