CHAN: Video Assistant Referee, VAR, technology to be used
A new technology Video Assistant Referee (VAR) that allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity has been confirmed to be used during the African Nations Championship, CHAN, which kicks off on Saturday with hosts country Morocco.
The system according to sources, has been in vogue in developed countries especially in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and England.
VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals of a unique national team competition as participation is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.
The overwhelming majority of African stars play professionally in Europe, leaving the Nations Championship as a platform for emerging talent to impress scouts.
First staged in the Ivory Coast nine years ago, the CHAN quickly doubled in size from eight nations to 16, and the last edition in Rwanda was superbly organised and well attended.
Fellow east African country Kenya were due to succeed Rwanda as hosts, but surrendered the right to Morocco after falling behind with stadia preparations.
Morocco were keen to stage the 23-day showcase of African domestic football talent as it brings them in from the cold after being stripped of the 2015 Cup of Nations hosting rights.
The north African kingdom wanted the elite African national team competition postponed because they feared visiting supporters might be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials rejected the request, citing contractual obligations, and banned Morocco from the next two Cup of Nations qualifying competitions.
The suspension was later lifted and relations between CAF and Morocco have warmed since Ahmad Ahmad of Malagasy last year replaced long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou as CAF boss. Commercial capital Casablanca plays host to the opening match between Morocco and Mauritania, a northwest Africa derby that should deliver a home victory.
Morocco have included six of the Wydad Casablanca team that won the 2017 CAF Champions League, including star striker Achraf Bencharki. The other Casablanca giants, Raja, also supply six of the 23-man squad and there are three stars from 2017 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists FUS Rabat.
Guinea, fourth behind the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Ivory Coast in Rwanda two years ago, and Sudan complete Group A.
Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda and Namibia make up Group B and shock 2014 champions Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and debutants Equatorial Guinea comprise Group C. David Pierre Eto’o, a younger brother of Cameroon legend Samuel, is part of the Cameroon squad that tackles Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso in Group D. Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals and the eventual champions pocket $1.25 million
South Korea Opens Up On Kim Jong Un’s Health Amid Death Rumours
Following reports of death rumour, South Korea authorities have announced that Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, is “alive and well”, according to CNN.
The announcement comes amid widespread speculations of ill health and rumours of the death of the North Korean leader.
“Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told CNN.
“Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
Speculations about the North Korean leader’s well-being increased last week after he missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15.
Before the birthday, which is one of the biggest occasions in the land, Jong Un was seen four days earlier at a politburo meeting.
CNN quoted a US official earlier last week as saying that the United States is monitoring intelligence that Kim is “in grave danger after a surgery.”
The news station also quoted another official as saying that the concerns about Kim’s health are credible, but their severity is hard to assess.
There were earlier reports that Jong-Un received a cardiovascular procedure because of “excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork.” adding that the leader is now receiving treatment in a villa in Hyangsan County.
North Korea’s Supreme Leader/dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly died, or is on his death bed with no hope for recuperation — according to media outlets in China and Japan.
Amid reports China has sent a medical team to their communist neighbors this week to check in/advise on Kim, a Hong Kong-backed news channel’s vice director — who’s apparently the niece of a Chinese foreign minister — blasted out the news herself … he’s dead. TMZ has not confirmed that.
The woman put the report on a social media app called Weibo for her nearly 15 million followers to read, citing a “very solid source” about the claim Kim had, in fact, perished. A Japanese magazine reports he’s in a “vegetative state” after a heart surgery gone wrong.
The outlet reports — citing a Chinese medical expert privy to the situation — that Kim had clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside there. He needed a stent procedure done, but apparently … it either wasn’t done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon — with some reports saying he had shaky hands.
There’s a lot of rumors swirling about the guy’s condition — and the fact is … he hasn’t made any major public appearances looking to be okay in several weeks now. About a week or so ago, CNN reported Kim was in “grave danger” after a medical procedure.
President Trump has downplayed the reports and has refused to elaborate — but it looks like KJU’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, might be getting set up to possibly replace him as Supreme Leader … reports say she was recently re-promoted to a prominent position of power there.
Here’s another point … Saturday marks a major military anniversary in North Korea, where they celebrate the founding of the Korean People’s Army in 1932 — something they hype annually with a parade, and one in which Kim might normally make an appearance.
International reporters on the ground say if Kim was doing alright and not on death’s doorstep, he and his team would figure out a way for him to show up to squash the rumors.
If he doesn’t, it’s probably not a good sign … almost all but confirming something is wrong.
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