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Weather: 2023 Nations Cup Gets New Kick Off Date

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Continental Football governing body, CAF, have postponed the Africa Cup of Nations originally scheduled for June 2023 to January 2024, six months later than scheduled.

President, Patrice Motsepe made the disclosure on Sunday at a CAF meeting in Morocco – a decision that may spark controversy due to players’ club committment at the time it kicks off on the new date.

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The finals were billed for Ivory Coast, which remains as host, but concerns over the weather in West Africa led to the change.

“We took a lot of advice and we decided we cannot take a risk,” Motsepe told a news conference.

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“We don’t want to run the risk of that our top competition is going to be washed out.

“January is not the best time because the European clubs do not want to release their players but we have no choice.”

Motsepe further qualifying matches scheduled for September would now be postponed and it will create room of Africa’s representative at this year’s World Cup to organize tougher friendlies for better preparations.

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Ballon d’Or 2022: Shock As Organizers Snub Messi, Neymar In 30-man Shortlist

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Paris Saint-Germain duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr were sensationally excluded from a 30-man shortlist for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.

The organizers of the event, France Football, published the list of the finalists on Friday.

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It is the first time since 2005 that Messi will not make the cut.

From the first time the Argentina captain embarked on a run of 15 consecutive nominations and won it seven times – the highest by any player.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2022: 20-man Nominees Confirmed [Full List]

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However, he has been snubbed following a poor first season at PSG, where he netted only 11 goals in all competitions.

Messi’s team-mate, Neymar, is also absent from a list that features firm favourite Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland were also included in the list of this year’s nominees.

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Asisat Oshoala Nominated For 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or Award [Full List]

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Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala, has made the 20-man shortlist for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or award.

Oshoala, only last month, was crowned the 2022 CAF Women’s Player of the Year.

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It was the fifth time the 27-year-old was taking home the prize, surpassing her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha.

However, for the Ballon d’Or prize, she will go up against formidable players like Sam Kerr, Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and Alex Morgan.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2022: 20-man Nominees Confirmed [Full List]

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Ballon d’Or Feminin nominees:

Selma Bacha

Fridolina Rolfo

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Vivianne Miedema

Lucy Bronze

Sam Kerr

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Christine Endler

Lena Oberdorf

Kadidatou Diani

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Catarina Macario

Alexia Putellas

Alexandra Popp

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Aitana Bonmati

Wendie Renard

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Alex Morgan

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Beth Mead

Asisat Oshoala

Marie-Antoinette Katoti

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Millie Bright

Trinity Rodman

Ada Hegerberg.

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BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2022: 20-man Nominees Confirmed [Full List]

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A 20-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award has been announced today, Friday, 12 August 2022.

This was confirmed by France Football, who are organizers of the award, via their website today.

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Recall that Lionel Messi, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, won the Ballon d’Or last year after beating the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzema.

Below are the nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or:

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Thibaut Courtois (BEL, Real Madrid), Rafael Leao (POR, AC Milan), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool), Joshua Kimmich (GER, Bayern Munich), Christopher Nkunku (FRA, RB Leipzig), Trent Alexander-Arnold (ANG, Liverpool), Robert Lewandowski (POL, Bayern Munich then FC Barcelona), Bernardo Silva (POR, Manchester City),Vinicius Junior (BRE, Real Madrid), Luis Diaz (COL, FC Porto then Liverpool), Karim Benzema (FRA, Real Madrid), Fabinho (BRE, Liverpool), Riyad Mahrez (ALG, Manchester City), Heung-min Son (CDS, Tottenham), Casemiro (BRE, Real Madrid), Phil Foden (ENG, Manchester City), Harry Kane (ENG, Tottenham), Sadio Mané (SEN, Liverpool then Bayern Munich), Darwin Nunez (URU, Benfica then Liverpool), Mike Maignan (FRA, AC Milan), Kevin De Bruyne (BEL, Manchester City), Sébastien Haller (CIV, Ajax then Borussia Dortmund), Luka Modric (CRO, Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United), Antonio Rüdiger (GER, Chelsea then Real Madrid), Joao Cancelo (POR, Manchester City), Erling Haaland (NOR, Borussia Dortmund then Manchester City), Kylian Mbappé (FRA, PSG), Virgil Van Dijk (HOL, Liverpool) and Dusan Vlahovic (SER, Fiorentina then Juventus).

 

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