While attention is focused on the World Cup, Saudi Arabia is allegedly killing 12 individuals.

 

Despite the Crown Prince’s pledge to restrict the use of the death penalty, the kingdom is alleged to have executed 12 prisoners in just 10 days.

The defendants were imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses before receiving a death sentence, according to the human rights organization Reprieve.

 

Maya Foa, the organization’s director, has expressed concern that there may soon be 13 fatalities.

They drew attention to the situation of Saudi prisoner and taxi driver Hussein Abo al-Kheir, who is scheduled to be executed.

 

Foa stated: “Taxi driver Hussein Abo al-Kheir was cowering in a jail, frightened that the executioner will take him next, while Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was taking center stage at the World Cup opening ceremony, sitting close to Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

“While all eyes are on the football, Saudi Arabia is carrying out a horrifying execution spree, killing people like Hussein, an innocent man who was tortured by Saudi police to ‘confess’.

 

“Saudi Arabia executed more people than ever before in the first six months of this year, and has now begun executing drug offenders, in large numbers and in secret, as the world focuses on its neighbour.”

 

According to the non-profit organisation, which gathered data on this week’s executions, most of the defendants were beheaded with a sword.

 

Three of the men executed were Pakistani, four Syrian, two Jordanian and three Saudi, Reprieve said.

Another man from Jordan was reportedly transferred to a prison wing and is due to be executed on Friday, the NGO added.

 

The latest figures bring the total number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year to at least 132 – which is more than the number of Saudi executions in 2020 and 2021 combined.

 

In August, the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights criticised the country’s justice system, claiming it has betrayed promises to reduce torture and killings in its penal system.

 

In its report, the group drew attention to a mass beheading of 81 criminals on March 12 – when more than 70% of the victims were killed for their involvement in non-fatal crimes.

Of the total number killed, 41 men – over 50% – were slaughtered for taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations.

 

To justify the killings, the Saudi leadership branded the men “terrorists”.

 

The ESOHR reported that at least three of the men provided credible claims they had been tortured and their confessions forced.

Just two days before their World Cup opener, the Belgian national team was forced to switch uniforms after FIFA rejected the squad’s away uniform due to the word “Love” on the collar.

 

The shirt’s design, which features a rainbow-colored trim, was motivated by the pyrotechnics of the renowned music festival Tomorrowland in Belgium and stands for inclusivity, diversity, and equality.

Stefan Van Loock, a spokesman for Belgium, claimed that FIFA had rejected the jersey due to its economic association with Tomorrowland rather than its LGBTQ+-associated colors.

 

The letter “o” in “Love” contains the festival’s emblem.

According to him, FIFA also disapproved Belgium’s warm-up jersey due to its references to Tomorrowland.

 

Van Loock stated that the Red Devils will play the first three games in their primary red shirt regardless of FIFA’s decision to allow Belgium to play with the away shirts if the word “Love” on the etiquette is taped over.

Unbeknownst to her husband, the dead had left a voicemail for her relatives, telling them that she had been beaten by her husband and that if she died, they should know that it was her husband who had killed her.

Finidi George, a former Super Eagles winger and legendary member of Ajax, was ranked as the third-best player at the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the United States. Recall that Finidi, the current assistant coach of the Super Eagles, was a key player in Nigeria’s historic first-ever appearance at the world championship of football. Nigeria took the world by storm.

Nigeria, the defending African champions, shocked many by winning their group, which also included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece.

 

Rashidi Yekini scored the nation’s first-ever World Cup goal in the closing minutes of the three-time African champions’ victory over Bulgaria thanks to a superb assist from Finidi.

According to a statistic provided by reputable data providers, Finidi’s achievements earned him a rating of 7.88, which was the third-best in the competition.

 

At USA ’94, Finidi was ranked higher than just the Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi (8.00) and the Swedish legend Kennet Andersson (7.89).

The iconic Brazilian captain Dunga (7.84) and French ace Florin Raducioiu (7.88) rounded out the top five.

Bayern Munich star,  Sadio Mane has been named in Senegal’s World Cup squad despite being injured.

Bayern Munich star Mane, 30, is among the players travelling to the Middle East after FIFA’s Senegalese secretary general, Fatma Samoura said the country would use witch doctors to help him get to the competition.

 

Mane limped off after 20 minutes during a 6-1 Bundesliga win against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, with Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann confirming the 30-year-old would have an X-ray to assess the damage.

 

It was later reported by French outlet L’Equipe that the injury was serious enough to keep the player out of the tournament in a huge blow to the Africa Cup of Nations champions.

 

On Thursday, Samoura the No 2 at world football’s governing body, said the country will go to extreme methods to ensure he is present, admitting they are not even sure if the unorthodox technique will work but that they are hoping for ‘miracles’.

‘We are going to use witch doctors,’ she told Europe 1. ‘I don’t know (if they’re effective) but in this instance, we’re going to use them anyway. We are hoping for miracles. He has to be there!’

 

Mane – who joined Bayern from Liverpool for £35million in the summer – has been an exciting signing for his club since joining the club. He’s scored 11 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions, as well as recording four assists.

 

Here’s Senegal squad for the Qatar World Cup below. 

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Seny Dieng (QPR), Alfred Gomis (Rennes).

Defenders: Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis), Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiacos), Formose Mendy (Amiens), Fode Ballo-Toure (AC Milan), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco).

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester), Pape Gueye (Marseille), Pape Sarr (Tottenham), Moustapha Name (Pafos), Mamadou Loum (Reading), Krepin Diatta (Monaco).

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Ismaila Sarr (Watford), Bamba Dieng (Marseille), Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor), Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United).

British boxer, Conor Benn has been removed from the WBC’s world rankings pending the outcome of investigations into his two positive drug tests.

 

The 26-year-old, who failed tests for clomifene in July and September that canceled his fight against Chris Eubank Jr, was rated as fifth in the WBC standings before the saga that has threatened to derail his career.

WBC’s president Mauricio Sulaiman has now revealed his ranking is suspended until the conclusion of inquiries, with both the WBC and UK Anti-Doping conducting separate investigations.

 

Sulaiman said: ‘We are in communication with Conor Benn and his legal team and we will be investigating to the fullest and going through the protocol and process. He will be out of the rankings until we can make a final determination

It is understood the WBC investigation, which will have the greater bearing on when Benn can fight abroad, could be resolved before Christmas.

 

Benn has maintained his innocence, with his team currently examining possible contamination of his samples, as well as querying the procedures around the VADA testing.

 

According to The Times, Benn’s legal team has been looking into the food he ate in the build-up to his clash with Eubank, and the Brit has claimed he was consuming ‘between 30 and 34 eggs a week’.

 

They could aim to reference a 2020 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) study that analyzed whether ‘poultry and eggs are a source of minute amounts of clomiphene in doping control samples.

Benn insists the traces of clomifene found in his system were ‘so low there was no performance benefit.

 

Promoter Eddie Hearn, too, is convinced that his man is innocent despite admitting to initially doubting him.

 

‘Yes, I have doubted his innocence,’ Hearn told SecondsOut.  ‘But I’ve made the decision – based on the facts, based on talking to him, based on knowing him, based on going through this process – that I believe that he’s innocent.

 

Senegalese football star, Sadio Mane has reportedly been ruled out of Senegal’s World Cup campaign in Qatar after he limped off during Bayern Munich’s clash against Werder Bremen with a tendon injury on Tuesday, November 9.

 

The former Liverpool forward was taken off just 20 minutes into Bayern’s 6-1 win over Bremen on Tuesday night.

According to L’Equipe, he will play no part in the competition, dealing the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions a massive blow.

 

Senegal are due to play Holland, Ecuador and hosts Qatar in the group stage.

 

Mane is believed to have suffered a tendon injury, L’Equipe adds, and is set for ‘several weeks out’, handing his national team coach Aliou Cisse a major headache just days before announcing his World Cup squad.

 

His Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said the player would have an X-ray to determine the extent of the injury after initially saying he had taken a blow to his tibia – and that he was hopeful it was ‘not a big injury’.

‘He took a knock to the head of his tibia,’ he said. ‘It’s always uncomfortable. He has to have an X-ray. I hope nothing is wrong.

 

‘I didn’t see him after the game, I hope it’s not a big injury. But I don’t know at the moment’, the Bayern boss continued. ‘We’ll see tomorrow and then give an update.’

 

Mane, who joined Bayern from Liverpool for £35million in the summer, has been an exciting for his club during his first season in Germany.  He’s scored 11 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions, laying on four assists.

The Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has joined ice hockey side Chelmsford Chieftains on a one-year deal.

 

The Essex side is in the NIHL Division One South, a tier above his previous club Guildford Phoenix, where he made 20 appearances for the Surrey side across three years, helping them to a treble before leaving this summer.

The 40-year-old ex-goalkeeper signed for the Chieftains ahead of their match away to Oxford City Stars on Sunday and started in the net wearing the #39 jersey he also wore at the Phoenix.

 

‘I’m excited for a new challenge with the Chieftains and I’m looking forward to helping the team reach their targets for the season,” the 40-year-old said.

 

Cech had a .931 save average for Guildford and Chieftains head coach Mark Saunders said: “Having a netminder of Petr’s quality and experience come into our squad is a huge boost for us right now.

“He brings a winning mentality, a desire to compete every single time he’s on the ice, and we look forward to seeing him add to our group this season.”

Cech won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League, and Europa League during his time as a footballer in England.

He worked for Chelsea as a technical advisor from 2019 but left Stamford Bridge this summer when Todd Boehly took over the club.

The organizers of the UEFA Champions League, one of the most prestigious football competitions in the World, have released the last-16 draw for the tournament.

 

Superstar footballer, Lionel Messi will be hoping to help his side Paris Saint-Germain defeat Bayern Munich in the knockout stage to advance to the next stage.

Current champions, Real Madrid will take on Liverpool. It will be a rematch of last season’s final where the Spanish club won 1-0 in Paris.

 

The first leg will be played on Feb. 15,, 2023 with return legs to be played on March 7, 2023.

 

See the full draw below. 

 

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City
Club Brugge vs Benfica
Liverpool vs Real Madrid
AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli
Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea
Inter Milan vs Porto
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich

Ex-Super Eagles and Kano Pillars striker, Bello Musa Kofarmata, has reportedly died at the age of 34.

 

According to Oyo Sports News, the former Nigerian international passed away late on Tuesday, November 1,  in his birthplace of Kano after a brief illness.
Ex-Super Eagles striker, Bello Musa Kofarmata is dead

 

The deceased will be buried later today (Wednesday) by Islamic customs.

 

Kofarmata began playing football in 2007 with Kano’s Buffalo F.C. He joined Kano Pillars in the same year. He left Kano Pillars in 2010 to join Heartland FC of Owerri, then switched to Elkanemi Warriors of Maiduguri in 2012. He then returned to Kano Pillars.

He sealed a deal with IK Start of Norway, following a spate of trials with the team. With Kano Pillars, he won the Nigerian Premier League for 2007-08 and was with 11 goals the top goalscorer.

 

In August 2008, Kofarmata was on a trial at Austria’s LASK and played one friendly game. The forward returned from Europe to Pillars at the start of the 2008 season. He joined Heartland in January 2010 for a fee of N5 million. After two and half years, he left Heartland and signed with his lifelong club, Kano Pillars.

 

Late Kofarmata was part of Nigeria’s contingent to the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada. He made his Super Eagles debut in March 2010, coming on as a substitute in the 5-2 friendly match win over DR Congo in Abuja.

Manchester United’s goalkeeper, David de Gea has reportedly been left off Spain’s 55-man provisional squad list for the 2022 World Cup.

Spanish boss Luis Enrique has submitted his preliminary list of players in contention to play at the tournament, which his final 26-man squad will be selected from.

According to AS, Enrique has selected five different goalkeepers in the 55-man list but De Gea is not one of them.  The three goalkeepers expected to fly to Qatar are Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon, Brighton’s Robert Sanchez, and Brentford’s David Raya.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and Getafe’s David Soria have been chosen as back-ups in case of any injuries or illnesses prior to the tournament.

The only other known players that have made Spain’s list are full-backs Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba, and Jose Gaya.