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Bolivia looks to join Argentina-Uruguay-Paraguay World Cup bid

Bolivia's football-mad President Evo Morales has offered his Argentine, Uruguayan and Paraguayan counterparts help in their joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.Morales made the offer to the equally passionate presidents, Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez and Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benitez during a regional Mercosur heads of state meeting in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.He proposed “two or three departments as sub-seats” for the centenary World Cup, coming 100 years since the very first edition in Uruguay, won by the hosts.Morales, 59, wants “to guarantee that in 2030 there is another World Cup in South America.”The last in the continent was held in Brazil in 2014. The 2022 edition will be in Qatar while the US, Canada and Mexico will organize the 2026 edition.Morales's love of football is well documented as he signed a professional contract at the age of 54 with a local club, although the president of Sport Boys Warnes did admit the move was a publicity stunt.A few years ago, he also played in a football match at the top of a mountain to prove that the game could be played at altitude.He was instrumental, 10 years ago,…

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U-23 AFCON qualifier: Ghana take huge first leg advantage with 5-1 victory over Togo

Spain-based striker Kwabena Owusu scored a hat-trick as Ghana recorded a resounding 5-1 victory against Togo in the first leg of their U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kumasi on Tuesday. Owusu opened the scoring of the game in the 18th minute with an individual brilliance from the edge of the box after dribbling past two Togolese defenders.The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 27th minute after Joel Fameyeh was brought down inside the box by Togo captain Messan Toudji.Fameyeh kick from the spot was parried away by goalkeeper Abdoul-Moubarak Aigba.Five minutes later, the Young Hawks restored the game's parity through Thibault Klidje after connecting a free-kick by Yenoussi Guillaume.A very improved performance in the second half saw Ghana going in front again through a beautifully curled finish from Osman Bukari.Owusu struck twice in the 69th and 70th minutes to complete his hat-trick to increase Ghana's lead.Substitute Yakubu Nassam Ibrahim sealed the victory by putting his name on the score sheet.The result gives Black Meteors a huge advantage ahead of the second leg in Lome on Saturday.Winner of this tie will face Gabon in the next round of the qualifiers…

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Four-year FIFA ban for ex-Gambia Football Federation boss Seedy Kinteh

The former president of The Gambia Football Federation, Seedy Kinteh, has been banned for four years.Football's world governing body, Fifa, has found him guilty of corruption.”The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Kinteh guilty of having violated art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the 2012 edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics,” Fifa said.His ban covers all football-related activities at both national and international level.The investigation against Kinteh began on 1 March 2017 and was linked to Fifa's presidential elections in 2011.He was named in a 2014 investigation report by Fifa's then-ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia for taking payments from former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.Bin Hammam was suspended in 2011 days before the election against then-president Sepp Blatter after being implicated in bribing Caribbean voters.As well as the suspension, which comes into force immediately, Kinteh was fined US$200,000.Source: BBC