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CAF strips Cameroon of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations over delay in preparation

Cameroon have been stripped of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations by the Confederation of African Football.

African football’s governing body (Caf) says it is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon’s preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.

Officials made the decision at a meeting on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours. CAF president Ahmad Ahmad says it will work to “determine a new organising country by the end of the year”.

In a statement, CAF said “a number of compliance conditions have not been met” and it did not want to expose the Africa Cup of Nations to “any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition”.

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CAF added postponing the tournament was not possible due to contractual commitments. The tournament is set to be the first held in June and July and will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams. Ahmad said last year that Cameroon still needed “to convince Caf of its ability” to host the event, with the country playing down fears sanctions would be imposed if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.

At the moment, Morocco; having stepped in to hold this year’s African Nations Championship after Kenya were deemed not ready. South Africa and Egypt are all under consideration as replacement hosts.

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Emery reveals number of players Arsenal will sign in January 

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has disclosed that the club will sign a centre-back when the transfer window opens in January.

Emery said this ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Qarabag FK on Thursday night.

The Spaniard believes it would be a ‘good option’ for the Gunners to sign a centre-back after the North London club have had trouble with the position so far this season.

“I think if we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it’s a good option,” Emery was quoted by Daily Cannon as saying in a pre-match press conference.

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“The transfer window is not easy. Laurent Koscielny is coming back and for the team, it’s very important he is coming back.

“Then we are going to wait and see how Konstantinos Mavropanos is improving with his injuries because he is also a centre-back who can help us.”

Emery added: “Another option we can play with two, with three, and (full-backs) Nacho Monreal and (Stephan) Lichtsteiner can play in this position.

“I prefer to use, if we can, a specialist centre-back.”

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Barca And PSG Explore Dembele-Neymar Swap


Barca could be ready to take their former star Neymar back, and send the talented but problematic Dembele back to his home country

Barcelona and PSG have discussed a ​swap of Neymar in exchange for Ousmane Dembele and cash, according to Le10Sport.

PSG fear they may have to sell either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe at season’s end in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

And Barca could be ready to take their former star back, and send the talented but problematic Dembele back to his home country to play for his former boss Thomas Tuchel.

Barcelona could be set to make a surprising move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Mirror.

The Blaugrana are in dire need of cover at striker, as Luis Suarez is struggling with knee issues and Paco Alcacer is in Dortmund on loan.

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Morata is seeking a way out at Chelsea after struggling to find his best form, and could be moved on loan to Barcelona with the La Liga side holding an option to buy.

Arsenal are currently considering three targets to bolster their defence in January, The Mirror claims.

Although the Gunners are set to welcome Laurent Koscielny back from injury, they want to add another face to their options for the centre of defence.

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is seen as the most ambitious target, but they are also eyeing up Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who has been told he will have to find another club if he wants to play. Meanwhile, Fernando Calero of Real Valladolid is another possible signing for Unai Emery’s team.

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure hopes to return to the Premier League after being released by Olympiakos.

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The Ivorian star will be in London at the end of the week and believes he is still good enough to play in the English top flight.

Toure left Olympiakos on Tuesday after just three months in Greece, by mutual consent.

Arsenal and Newcastle target Miguel Almiron will cost at least £30 million, according to the Mirror.

Atlanta United’s president, Darren Eales, says he will not consider a fee any less than that as he seeks to get the maximum amount for his 24-year-old Paraguay midfielder.

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Former Super Eagles striker Obinna Nsofor celebrates as he becomes a citizen of Italy 

Former Super Eagles and Inter Milan striker, Obinna Victor Nsofor, has been granted Italian Citizenship.

The 31-year-old Nigerian footballer who last played for South African Premier Soccer League side Cape Town City took to his Instagram page to celebrate after becoming a citizen of Italy.

Sharing a video of himself dancing while showing his Italian passport, Nsofor who is based in Italy wrote:

‘I want to thank God almighty for doing this for me ?? thank you Jesus for loving me so well?? I also want to appreciate everyone that has help me in one way or the other to achieve this, I’m grateful, and to my lovely queen @anastasija_radi thank you always for making me smile, I love you ??.’

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