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World soccer governing body, FIFA have suspended the Sudanese football association citing government interference in the activities of the SFA.

Following the decree of the undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of June 2nd, 2017 which is in conflict with art 13 of the FIFA statutes, the Sudan Football Association is suspended in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 27 June 2017.

The decision was contained in a letter dated 6 July 2017 and signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.

FIFA'S LETTER OF SUSPENSION



As a result, three Sudanese clubs, El Hilal, El Merreikh in the Total CAF Champions League and Al Hilal Obeid in the Total CAF Confederation Cup are disqualified from the two competitions.

The suspension will be lifted only when the decree is declared null or void and the board of directors of the SFA with its President. Dr. Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim is reinstated.

On the heels of a 2 - 0 defeat to South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria's Super Eagles dropped to  39th from 38th in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday 6th of July, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Eagles maintained their 6th position on the continent behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR, Tunisia and Cameroon.

Germany reclaimed the top position in the FIFA ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot two years ago following a superb performance at the just concluded FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. 

Teams that made up the top 10 are:

1.  Germany

2.  Brazil

3.  Argentina

4.  Portugal

5.  Switzerland

6.  Poland

7.  Chile

8.  Colombia

9.  France

10. Belgium

In Africa, the top 10 teams are:

1.  Egypt

2.  Senegal

3.  Congo Dr

4.  Tunisia

5.  Cameroon

6.  Nigeria

7.  Burkina Faso

8.  Algeria

9.  Ghana

10. Cote d'Ivoire.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to appear for his post-match press conference following Portugal's draw with Mexico.

The European champions opened their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw in Kazan.

Ronaldo, who set up Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal's opener, was named the official FIFA man of the match for the encounter.

Players given the award are obliged to speak at the post-match press conference.

But Ronaldo didn't take questions amid reports he was "undergoing treatment" and only spoke to FIFA's official channel about the game.

He said: “It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game almost won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that is football    .

“We are calm and thinking about the next game. There are no alarm bells ringing.”

Ronaldo continues to be tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer after being accused of tax evasion.

He reportedly wants out of Spain with a return to Manchester United mooted for the Portugal skipper.

Hector Moreno secured a point for Mexico in Russia as he cancelled out Cedric's strike for Portugal.

Javier Hernandez had earlier levelled following Quaresma's opening goal.

They have tried since the beginning of the 21st century to create the ultimate winning machine at Real Madrid that might replicate the days when they were the prototype for the super-club, and at last it seems that the dream has been realised in this, the game’s most competitive era.

Their third Champions League in four years, the first time the European Cup has been successfully defended in its new format, a 12th overall title that takes them so far ahead of the pack as to be uncatchable for possibly another generation. The questions still remain as to how they have amassed such wealth and influence, and upon what foundations president Florentino Perez has built the modern club, but there is no question that the team itself is formidable.

In the end, the light went out for Juventus who were beaten by two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo as this final went from a tight first half into one of those routine Sunday afternoon La Liga strolls for the champions of Spain. An Italian team that has dug deep into its experience and picked up players discarded by wealthier clubs were ruthlessly exposed by Zinedine Zidane’s players and Juventus conceded more goals in Cardiff than the three they had in 12 previous matches in this competition.

Not since the AC Milan team of 1989 and 1990 have a club been able to come back for a second year and win this trophy and yet, from the moment that Casemiro, the Brazilian midfielder, clouted a shot that was deflected heavily past Gianluigi Buffon for the second, it was never in doubt. There were moments in the first half when Zidane’s side had wobbled and then when finally they hit their groove after the break there was to be no stopping them.



For Ronaldo this was another momentous night which might pave the way for a fifth Ballon d’Or, which would take him equal with Lionel Messi, and there is no disputing the Portuguese goalscorer’s ability to be in the right place at the right time in the big games. He has 600 career goals now at senior level for club and country and yet he is just a constituent part of the perfect football team.

Who could overlook the brilliant Luka Modric, the architect of everything Madrid do in attack and the creator of Ronaldo’s second goal? After an indifferent first half, Isco came into his own and when the job was done he made way for Gareth Bale, back on his home turf and winning his third Champions League but a long way from his very best form after that long injury lay-off.



Only Sergio Ramos let the side down, as only Sergio Ramos can, with some preposterous simulation late on in the game to ensure a second yellow card for the substitute Juan Cuadrado, who took less than 20 minutes to get his red card. It was a travesty that he was sent off but by then Juventus were caught in the jaws of the one of the greatest teams in history, unable to get back into a game they had started in such promising fashion.

The Italian club have now lost seven finals, more than any other in the history of the competition, and having punched above their weight for so long, eliminating teams with much greater resources than them, they finally found themselves way out of their depth. Their goal, scored by Mario Mandzukic in the first half, was a classic in its creation and then its execution, struck over his shoulder, yet after half-time they could not take the pace.



As for Zidane, he is certainly making management look easy. There are many others who have tried to match the spending of this club but Madrid evidently now have the balance right with the axis of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Modric such a dominant force, The French maestro has arrived on the scene at just the right time, as Pep Guardiola once did at Barcelona, but he is certainly making the most of his opportunity.

Against the shut-out kings of Europe, Madrid started the game colder with Juventus pressing them high up the pitch. There were enough indifferent performances from the defending champions in that first half to make you wonder if the Italians might have a chance. Miralem Pjanic chested down a pass on the edge of the area within six minutes and hit a shot that Keylor Navas pushed away.

At the moment Ronaldo scored the opener, he had switched to the right side to get away from Dani Alves, and his chance came when Madrid worked the ball quickly from left to right. Ronaldo passed it on to Dani Carvajal before darting into the area and demanding the return. It was delivered perfectly to be hit right-footed first time, which Ronaldo did, benefiting from a slight touch off Leonardo Bonucci that just took the ball away from Buffon and into the corner.



The equaliser came within seven minutes and was a direct move executed with great technical precision. A ball deep into the corner was crossed by Alex Sandro to Gonzalo Higuain who took the ball on his chest and had the presence of mind to play it away from goal to Mandzukic. He was in the left channel, facing away from goal and with very little on, but he took the ball on his chest which gave him enough time to reposition himself for a right-footed shot over his shoulder.

It was a marvellous piece of skill and a spectacular goal, but you did wonder how Navas was beaten from such range. The shot was within the reach of a top goalkeeper and somehow Navas could not get to it. Yet even after that, Juventus finished the half strongly and there were bookings for Ramos and Carvajal before the break, the Madrid captain as ever walking a very fine line.



It was a different Madrid in the second half and the goal scored by Casemiro on 61 minutes was well deserved, if fortunate in the way in which it flicked off Sami Khedira to spin beyond Buffon and into the corner. For the third it was Modric’s quick thinking to dart down the right channel in pursuit of Carvajal’s pass and cut the ball back for Ronaldo.

At that point it was over for Juventus, their defence suddenly looking old rather than just experienced and the red card for Cuadrado having destabilised them. Marco Asensio, a substitute, added the fourth in injury time, and the celebrations could begin, a familiar end now to the season for the modern Real Madrid.

African Champions, Cameroon, will seek to strengthen their hope of qualifying from the group stage, in their second game against Australia at the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 18:00 local time.

Cameroon is taking nothing for granted, after losing the Indomitable Lions' first game against South American giant Chile, by 2 goals to nothing.

Goals by Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas in the 81st and 90th minutes respectively won the game for the Chilean after they had a goal disallowed for offside by the Video Assistant Referee.

For Cameroon to achieve their aim, they will need goalkeeper Ondoa and striker Aboubakar to be at their best.

Also coming from a shock 2 - 3 loss to a "depleted" German side, the Australian are also hoping to get the maximum point in order to keep their hope alive.

 

Possible Line-Ups

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Auguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog; Siani, Djoum, Fai.

Australia: Ryan; Degenek, Milligan, Leckie, Wright; Juric, Mooy, Behich; Sainsbury, Luongo, Rogic.

 

 

Ten-man Italy beat Zambia 3-2 after extra-time in a thrilling encounter to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

Patson Daka scored his second goal of the tournament inside the first four minutes to give the Junior Chipolopolo an early lead. Emmanuel Banda found Daka with a carefully-weighted and perfectly-timed through pass, and the forward finished the move with aplomb, chipping his shot past Andrea Zaccagno.

The Italians responded with wave after wave of attack, but failed to find the crucial breakthrough. The match then took a significant turn right before half-time when, after a video assistant referee review, Giuseppe Pezzella received a straight red card for a shove on Edward Chilufya that denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Against all odds, Italy scored an equaliser within five minutes at the start of the second half. Riccardo Orsolini scored his fourth of the tournament when he guided home a header from the back post after a cross by Giuseppe Panico

Fashion Sakala then matched Orsolini with his fourth of the tournament in the 84th minute with a well-placed strike into the top corner from 12 yards. Zambia thought they were through, but substitute Federico Dimarco had other ideas.

The substitute curled in a superb free-kick inside Zambia's left post to send the match into extra-time. Zambia nearly scored in extra-time when substitute Kenneth Kalunga fired just wide of goal after neatly juggling the ball past Italy's defence. The Africans would be made to rue that missed opportunity.

In the 110th minute, two substitutes combined to score the winning goal as Dimarco's corner kick found Luca Vido eight yards from goal and he headed in from close range to send the Italians into the U-20 World Cup semi-finals for the first time.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 has reached the knockout stages and two Asian teams, including the tournament hosts, will feature in the eagerly-anticipated opening encounters of the Round of 16.

 

Korea Republic started superbly and won their first two matches at the competition, thereby booking their place in the next round with a game to spare, before just losing out to England in their final group fixture. Opponents Portugal, on the other hand, needed a narrow win over Iran in a nerve-jangling last group game to book their place in the last 16. 

 

The day's other match pits Venezuela against Japan. The South Americans were outstanding in the group phase, winning three times without conceding a single goal. Japan's progress to the knockout stages was considerably more fraught, with the Samurai Blue needing to come from behind against Italy to secure their ticket.

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