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Sports Activities Resume In Rwanda After Lockdown

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Outdoor sports activities are now allowed to resume following resolutions from Cabinet Meeting held on February 19, 2021 on measures related to the prevention of COVID-19 in Rwanda, the Ministry of Sports said on Sunday Morning.

The decision is part of the government’s decision to allow a progressive resumption of social and economic activities effective from February 23, after a three week-long lockdown.

The Ministry said that the following individual and non-contact activities include jogging, athletics, individual physical fitness outdoor exercises, hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, table-tennis, golf, badminton, skate, archery and squash; Martial arts (Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Kung Fu, and Fencing).

Only individual fitness exercises and practice are allowed. Group practice and competitions are prohibited, the Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, gyms, recreational centers, and swimming pools remain closed, however, gyms and swimming pools in hotels are allowed to operate for accommodated guests with COVID-19 negative test results.

“The mentioned individual and outdoor sports are allowed at the Amahoro Stadium’s surrounding from 6AM to 6PM in respect to the related preventive measures,” the communique signed by the Sports Minister, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, said.

Districts with stadium facilities are allowed to use them for the above-mentioned individual sports granting access to their citizens.

They are however requested to issue stadium access guidelines and enforce compliance to preventive measures during practice hours.

National Teams, Clubs preparing and participating in international competitions are allowed to train and prepare under special authorization requested to the Ministry of Sports after submission and approval of proposed COVID-19 preventive guidelines to comply to during training.

“Wearing a face mask before and after the exercise session is a must. Hand sanitizers must be carried all the time during outdoor sports and physical exercises and be used whenever necessary;” the Ministry warned.

It also insisted that there must be strict respect of social distancing of at least two meters between individuals in outdoor physical exercises and each individual is strictly requested to have their own sports equipment and avoid sharing or side placing with others.

Individuals with symptoms such as flu, cold, fever, cough, sneezing, headache are not allowed to practice sports or physical exercises in public but rather consult health services.

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Uganda Faces Ghana in Africa U20 Cup of Nations Finals

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Uganda’s Hippos have qualified for the final of the AFCONU20 tournament after beating Tunisia making it the first time a Ugandan national team is going to play in the final of a CAF tournament since 1978.

The Ugandans thumped Tunisia 4-1 in the AFCON semi-final on Monday night. Uganda will play Ghana in the final on 06/03/2021.

Ghana became the first team to qualify for the AFCONU20 finals after thrashing the Gambia 1-0. Ghana’s Black Satellites have qualified for the AFCONU20 (AYC) finals six times: 1993, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2021.

The 1978 African Cup of Nations Final football match took place on 16 March 1978, at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana, to determine the winner of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana defeated Uganda 2–0 with two goals from Opoku Afriyie to win their third African Cup.

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Manchester City Boss Tactical innovations Defy Convention

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David Moyes has likened Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal for his tactical innovations that defy convention.

Blumenthal is famous for coming up with unusual recipes such as bacon and egg flavoured ice-cream and snail porridge, which work despite the ingredients.

West Ham boss Moyes, aiming to end City’s 19-game winning run on Saturday, feels the same about Guardiola. “Pep is the Heston Blumenthal of football,” said Moyes.

Former Barcelona coach Guardiola’s latest move has been to use Joao Cancelo as a full-back and a midfield pivot at the same time, a tactic that has flummoxed a series of opposing managers.

“Blumenthal will do something stupid or outrageous that you would never dream of, like mixing chocolate with eggs and you think ‘that is never going to work, it is not going to taste right or look good’. But it does,” Moyes added.

“Pep does things in football terms which are remarkable, that lots of other people would not have thought of. I hold him in such high esteem. He is innovative and always looking for new ideas. “I get this feeling he is in a think-tank room, thinking about how he can make his players perform better, or where they can receive the ball in space and make it difficult for the opposition.”

In cooking terms, Moyes likens himself to fellow Scot Gordon Ramsay, famous for his fiery temper and choice language: “You know what you are getting there don’t you?”

However, stopping Cancelo is not proving to be a particularly amusing pastime and is causing Moyes to think hard about how to go about getting the kind of positive result that will keep his side in the top four.

“How you deal with it takes up a lot of your thought time,” he said.

“If it is a level playing field, you might say we will take you on and do our own thing. When your players are maybe not at the level of the ones Manchester City have it is a struggle.”

While West Ham travel to Etihad Stadium (kick-off 12.30 GMT) after beating Tottenham on Sunday, Premier League leaders City’s impressive winning run continued with a one-sided Champions League triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach in their last-16 first leg on Wednesday, Following that 2-0 victory, Guardiola said City’s current form and the club’s success since his appointment in 2016 was simply down to the money they had spent.

“We have a lot of money to buy a lot of incredible players,” he said on Wednesday. “Without good quality players we cannot do it.” Returning to the topic in Friday’s press conference, Guardiola reiterated that “the difference is the players” and played down his own influence.

“I would tell you if I believed the reason [for our success] was me,” Guardiola said. “I would be grateful to say that the reason behind this success is because I’m so handsome and that’s the reason why. It’s not like that. It’s the players. The big clubs have incredible success and it’s due to the quality of the players, the mentality.”

City, who have won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups under Guardiola, have made several big-money signings during the Spaniard’s tenure – with £65m defender Ruben Dias the most recent arrival in September.

Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones have all also arrived for fees in excess of £50m. “I came here to win in England and we have done it already – but I did it,” Guardiola added. “I came to play in a special way and I did it.

The job is done, but still I have the feeling we can do better. “For a short time, you can do it without top players but sustaining for a long time – in an incredible organisation that supports their manager so the journalists and the players know he will not be sacked – this is so important.

“After that, [you need] top quality players. I never in my 12 years as manager scored a goal. I never saved a penalty. The artists are the players. All we can do is help them, knowing that doing the same, you can lose.”

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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is Youngest Chairman in Premier League

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The 23-year-old heir to a $7 billion fortune has been revealed after a dramatic football take-over.

The rising businessman is the heir apparent to his late father Robert Louis-Dreyfus’ worldwide agriculture, food processing and international shipping empire.

The son has now made a giant splash of his own after a big-money take-over of English football club Sunderland.

An agreement to buy the majority of Stewart Donald’s stake in the League One club was agreed last year.

The story is set to be another extraordinary chapter in the history of the basket case club, and should make riveting viewing for fans of the Netflix documentary following the fallen giant.

Netflix’s hugely popular Sunderland ‘Til I die documentary shows Louis-Dreyfus has his work cut out to turn the team’s fortunes around. His first act has been to appoint himself chairman of the board.

He will lead the club alongside Stewart Donald, Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven, who retain minority shareholding of the Mackems.

He has developed a taste for football after his father was Marseille’s largest shareholder from 1996 until his death from leukaemia in 2009.

When he passed, control of the club was handed over to wife Margarita, who is now ranked as Russia’s sixth richest woman.

In 2016, Margarita sold Marseille to American businessman Frank McCourt, but a five per cent stake was kept for Kyril. And with football in his blood, Kyril spent his time the business aspects of the game on a course in Yorkshire.

The ambitious investor has the backing of the Louis Dreyfus Company. In its recent financial year it recorded an amazing £33.6billion in sales.

But Kyril and his twin brother Maurice, who is a DJ in Zurich, were made to realise that they couldn’t just spend their family money from a young age.

Wanting them to be well-rounded individuals, the mother insisted they went on trips around the world to see what the business does first-hand.

They toured plantations and juice factories in Brazil, went to Russia and spent some time in boarding school in Singapore.

But it was football that was always going to be Kyril’s number one interest. Kyril often accompanied his father to the Stade Velodrome, where he saw Marseilles enjoy some success.

Even though he was in Singapore at boarding school in 2012, he flew back for an all-important last-16 Champions League tie the French side were playing against Inter Milan.

They won too. “That was worth it,” he was reported as saying to media after. Louis-Dreyfus also grew close to some of the playing staff, often visiting the club’s dressing room to talk to the stars.

As a business, Sunderland was run into the ground by Ellis Short – with the club saddled with a debt of around £200million and losing £35million per-year.

The ship has been steadied in recent years, but Kyril will need to know everything about football as a business to ensure that doesn’t happen again, as the club attempt to restore their Premier League status from League One.

He is an avid player of Football Manager, the popular video game, which puts the gamers in charge of a club. But this is different. His education at the Yorkshire campus of the Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy could hold him in good stead though.

In 2017, Kyril began studying sport and business management at the Leeds Beckett University for a year, before moving to Richmond, London for his second year.

Although he’s only 23, Kyril is mature beyond his years. Last summer, he got engaged to his beautiful girlfriend Alexandra Nowikovsky.

Marseilles might have been his first love, but Alexandra is clearly his new one – with the pair all smiles on a glam ski trip in Switzerland over New Year’s.

His next project, however, won’t be organising his glitzy nuptials. He’ll dedicate his time to Sunderland.

“I am proud to become a custodian of this esteemed institution, but I also recognise the significant responsibility that comes with it,” he said in the club’s official statement.

 He continued: “Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Sunderland AFC’s history and although the current landscape facing football dictates that there are challenges to overcome, I am confident that together we can weather the present storm and put solid foundations in place to bring sustainable and long-term success to the club.”

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