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Spartak part ways with coach Carrera after Arsenal Tula defeat

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Ten-time Russian champions Spartak Moscow announced Monday they had sacked Italian manager Massimo Carrera who led them to the Premier League title in his first season at the helm in 2017.

Carrera was dismissed after the club’s 3-2 loss at home to Arsenal Tula on Sunday.



“The Spartak board of directors took a decision to relieve Massimo Carrera of his post,” said a statement on the club’s website.

“The club thanks Massimo for the work he has done. But the results of the previous season have been found to be a failure as none of the objectives have been fulfilled. Meanwhile, the team’s results and performance this season showed no signs of improvement.”

The club wished Carrera success in his future career. Carrera’s assistant Raul Riancho has been named as interim coach.

Defeat to lowly Arsenal Tula left Spartak in sixth place in the table along with four clubs, who are all seven points behind the leaders Zenit St Petersburg.

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Carrera, who took over Spartak in August 2016, previously worked under Antonio Conte at Juventus and Italy’s national side as assistant manager.

He led Russia’s most decorated club to their 10th national title after a 16-year break in his first season in charge.

Last season Spartak finished third but failed to make it into the Champions League groups stage as they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by the Greek outfit PAOK in the third qualifying round.

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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