Let’s see more millions for PSL champs ...
It is one of the misconduct cases that happened six months ago and yet perhaps due to the lack of a competent prosecutor, the matter has either been swept under the carpet, or they still need to hire a prosecutor who does not moonlight elsewhere but would focus on handling PSL cases only.
In Senegal, police this week arrested 10 fans associated with that deadly stampede that claimed the lives of eight spectators. Among those detained is the chairman of US Ouakam FC, who, after being thrown in jail, confirmed that those supporters arrested belonged to his club.
Police said those arrested face charges of murder and premeditated assault after the Senegalese Football Federation and the public accused the club of being fully responsible for the mayhem that led to the death of those unfortunate eight supporters.
Hopefully, with all the lolly that has landed in their cookie jar from Absa this week, the PSL will now be able to hire a prosecutor is capable of clearing the increasing backlog of cases piling up.
DIn the one corner we find the combined might of Canada, the United States and Mexico, and in the other, on their own, Morocco.
Mexico have staged the World Cup twice and the US once, and Canada were the last hosts of the Women’s World Cup.
Morocco have bid unsuccessfully four times to bring the four-yearly global football showpiece to north-west Africa.
Many international pundits consider the contest to be a “no contest”, predicting that the North and Central American juggernaut will steamroll their way to victory.
There is a belief that Fifa are desperate to “compensate” the US for a shock defeat by tiny Qatar in the race to host the 2022 World Cup.
Many experts also believe that the Americans have boxed clever by bringing the Canadians and Mexicans on board.
Canada had spoken of going it alone, Mexico too. Now two potential rivals of the US are in their team.
There is no doubt that the three countries can deliver an awesome World Cup. They have the stadia and a track record of successfully hosting major events in many sporting codes.
Remember, this will be the first World Cup with 48 teams, up from the 32 countries at each tournament since the 1998 finals in France.
There will be 16 first round groups and, assuming a venue can stage two of these three-fixture minileagues, a host nation needs eight world-class venues.
If you pool what is available in Canada, Mexico and the US, they could easily come up with 16 venues, one for each group.
Moroccan officials recently said they have six World Cup-standard venues, including Rabat and Casablanca, with one more due to come on line next year.
That, in our opinion, would leave one more stadium to be constructed in order to cater for a 48-team World Cup.
We hope Fifa will not apply “dirty tricks” and insist on each of the 16 groups having its own venue.
It is not only unnecessary, but would also have the effect of crippling the Moroccan bid to bring the World Cup back to Africa 16 years after South Africa were hosts.
A glance at the accompanying list of World Cup hosts shows that Europe and the Americas (North, Central and South) have been the dominant regions over the years.
Asia have had the honour of hosting only once, but Qatar will stage the 2022 tournament and there is a lot of chatter about a bid from China for the 2030 World Cup.
We hope that Africa and Oceania (Australia could probably do it alone or co-host with New Zealand) will not be left out in the cold.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has no doubts about Morocco, publicly stating recently that the north African kingdom is more than capable of staging a 48-team World Cup.
We are confident that all of Africa (54 votes) will back the Moroccans.
Now they must persuade all of Europe or all of Asia, or both, to back them. –