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VAR to debut at CAF Super Cup.

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CAF Champions league and the CAF Confederations Cup are into the last 32 stage, after the second and the last leg of the preliminaries ended on Wednesday. Tune in on Monday on Football Planet, to have a detailed look on who faces who.

But on the last day of the preliminaries, something unusual happened in Algeria. Congolese Club AS Otoho asked the referee in their CAF Champions league match against Algerian side MC Alger to end the match in the 81st minute after they had conceded their 9th goal.

AS Otoho who had arrived in Algeria leading 2-0 from the first leg experienced many challenges as they struggled to find a training venue. MC Alger’s rivals NA Hussein Dey barred them from using their training facilities after word got round that Otoho had mistreated MC Alger in Congo.

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On the day of the match AS Otoho quickly conceded within 10 minutes and were down 3-0 at halftime. In the second half, the floodgates opened. MC Alger scored an additional 6 goals. The 9th goal came in the 81st minute and FC Otoho asked the referee to terminate the match, which he did in the 88th minute after most of the Otoho players stopped playing. MC Alger advanced 9-2 on aggregate.

For the first time on the African soil, the VAR technology will be employed at Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca this Saturday, when DR Congo giants will be taking on Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Super Cup.

This official introduction follows a series of offline tests at the recently concluded CHAN2018 event in Morocco. Now CAF has confirmed that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and FIFA have approved the use of the technology.

The technology will be used to assist referees with key decisions, including the awarding of goals and penalties, red cards and offside.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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