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CAF consider appointing non-African referees for World Cup qualifiers

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CAF consider appointing non-African referees for World Cup qualifiers

For the 2022 World Cup playoffs between Nigeria and Ghana, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is considering deploying non-African referees.

SportingLife reports that the goal is to assure complete fairness in officiating amongst the West African rivals.

CAF consider appointing non-African referees for World Cup qualifiers

Meetings are said to be taking place now to iron out the details.

Apart from strong rivalry, these playoffs have a lot riding on them, including a prize pool of at least $12 million for the five teams that will represent Africa in Qatar later this year.

On March 25, the Black Stars will face the Super Eagles in Cape Coast.

The rematch will take place four days later in Abuja.

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Benzema announced 2022 Ballon d’Or winner

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Benzema The Daily Page

Karim Benzema has bagged this season’s Ballon d’Or as the captain and star man of Real Madrid.

Benzema won it during a brilliant season leading the attack for Real Madrid as they won LaLiga and the Champions League in 2022.

Benzema The Daily Page

In addition, the Franchman received awards for being the top scorer in the Champions League, La Liga, and UEFA Player of the Year.

At the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane gave the prize.

Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich finished second to Benzema.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Robert Lewandowski finished third and fourth, respectively.

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Paul Merson predicts scorelines ahead of EPL return

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Paul Merson The Daily Page News

The legendary Arsenal player Paul Merson has predicted the results of this weekend’s Premier League match-day nine contests.

On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City will play host to Manchester United in a Premier League rivalry at Etihad Stadium, while on Saturday, Arsenal will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in which Paul Merson made predictions.

Paul Merson The Daily Page News

On Saturday, Crystal Palace will host a match against Chelsea, while Liverpool will host Brighton at Anfield.

Sportskeeda cited Merson as making the following predictions:

Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham 1-1 Newcastle United
Southampton 1-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
Brentford 2-1 Bournemouth
West Ham United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa
Leicester City 3-0 Nottingham Forest

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Alan Shearer names clubs to finish top four this season

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Alan Shearer names clubs to finish top four this season

Legendary Newcastle United player Alan Shearer picked a team to place in the top four of the Premier League this year.

Along with Manchester United and Chelsea, Alan Shearer predicts that Arsenal will finish in the top four of the Premier League standings this season.

Arsenal presently leads the Premier League standings by one point, followed by Manchester City in second place and Tottenham Hotspur in third.

The positions of Man United and Chelsea are fifth and seventh, respectively.

Shearer, though, is certain that Mikel Arteta’s team will surpass his preseason predictions after their stellar start to the new year.

“I think I might say Arsenal,” Shearer told ViaPlay (as per HITC Sport).

“It has slightly changed from the beginning of the season. But on the evidence I have seen from Manchester United and Chelsea, then I think Arsenal might sneak in there as well.”

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