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Video Assistant Referee

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system 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.

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system 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.

English Premier League

Chelsea boosted by midfielder return

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been given a timely boost as tenacious midfielder Michael Essien took a huge step forward in his return from injury. The Ghanian star returned to reserves action yesterday, playing 75 minutes as Chelsea's reserves fell to defeat.

Essien exploded onto the Premier League scene when he arrived at Stamford Bridge, but a string of injuries in the past year has made him a forgotten figure.

Premier League Stars Short Listed For CAF Award

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The Confederation of African Football has released its short list for 2011 CAF African Player of the year. The list includes usual suspects Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast, Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Seydou Keita of Mali.

Other players short listed for the prestigious award include: Asamoah Gyan, Yaya Toure, Kevin Prince-Boateng, Moussa Sow, Gervinho, Adel Taarabt and Andre Ayew.

The Rest

North London sides looking to turn tables

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There is a long way to go in the Premier League title race, but the battle between Manchester and north London this weekend could prove pivotal.

Top plays third and fifth plays second as competition at the top hots up. Manchester City put their 100 per cent home record on the line when they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, while cross-city rivals Manchester United travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal just hours later.

Pardew Trying To Keep Cheick Tiote And Demba Ba

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Newcastle have asked the FA for help in sorting out exactly when their two African stars have to leave to join their countries for the African Cup of  Nations. Demba Ba we need him for FAA Cup on Saturday The tournament comes around every couple of years smack bang in the middle of the European football season, and it seems [.

Jay Jay Okocha Pulls Off Insane Trick-Shot With Trace Amounts Of ‘CGI Assistance’ (Video)

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By Chris Wright

African stars of yesteryear Jay Jay Okocha, Marcel Desailly, Rigobert Song and Kalusha Bwalya have filmed this little viral for the Guinness Football Challenge, which sees Okocha trump his pals with an almighty trickshot which may or may not (or definitely may) have been CGI assisted in some way.

African stars Gervinho, Sow keep Lille flying

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PARIS, France — Lille kept up their unlikely charge for a first French title in over half a century on Saturday when African strike pair Moussa Sow and Gervinho scored in a 2-0 win at Nice. Lille, whose last league triumph came in 1954, stay a point clear of Paris Saint Germain who defeated Sochaux [.