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Real Madrid: Road to the eventual fall of the champion (Analysis)

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Real’s CL results since start of 2015-16: 

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Absence of Ronaldo, 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the highest goals during the spell but no more in the team without a replacement that could close the gap a bit, followed by Karim Benzema who has lost form now, Gareth Bale who now start almost all matches from the bench, then Acencio, Marrcelo who is also mostly benched now, then Casemiro. Ramos, Morata and Vazquez at the same level

Absence of Ramos

Real Madrid have lost three out of the five games played this season without Ramos, drew one and won one. His absence in the match against Ajax whether deliberate or not was a big blow, because he is always a factor.

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Absence of ZIZO

Zinedine Zidane who managed the team through the dominating era was said to have understand the pressure of playing as a champion and as a Galaticos was however probably the first to notice the end of the era, considering the lucks Real Madrid enjoyed last season both against Juventus second leg and Liverpool at the final. So he left quickly, when the ovation was loud.

Benching the dogs for cats

Santiago Solari inherited a patched team with wrong policies from Juan Lopetegui (who i believed is cursed by Spain for what he did just before the 2018 World Cup) and did not change many of it. One of it is relegating persons like Marcelo, Isco and Bale to bench, at a time that experience is needed.

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So,

Real Madrid’s 1,011-day reign as European champions is over, since two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition after three titles in a row.

Santiago Solari’s team saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Dutch side Ajax claimed a stunning and deserved 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite only being in charge for 113 days, Solari has overseen Real’s two heaviest home Champions League defeats, with this coming after the 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in December.

And Tuesday’s exit comes six days after they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by fierce rivals Barcelona, whom they trail by 12 points in La Liga.

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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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