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Cape Verde National Stadium To Be Renamed In Honor Of Pele

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Cape Verde’s national stadium is to be renamed after Pele, the country’s prime minister has said.

Fidel Info reports that the 15,000-seater Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde, located just outside the capital Praia, will become the Pele Stadium.

The news comes after Fifa’s president Gianna Infantino proposed – while speaking at Pele’s memorial service in Brazil – that every country should name a stadium after the footballing legend.

“As a tribute and recognition to this figure that makes us all great, I manifest the intention of naming our national stadium as “Pele Stadium”, in an initiative that, I believe, will be followed by several countries around the world,” Ulisses Correira e Silva wrote on Facebook.

“With the physical disappearance of Edson Arantes de Nascimento, King Pele, who soon became a planetary figure, an icon of the masses showing that sport has the power to unite the world, it is now our wish to pay tribute to him,” added Mr Silva in a statement that stressed the importance of Pele to Portuguese-speaking countries like Cape Verde.

“Cape Verde and Brazil have a history and culture that go hand in hand, considering they are two sister countries, linked by language and very similar identities.

“Pele was and always will be a reference in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking countries and in the rest of the world, being an idol that links several generations.”

Pele is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country, and was named Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000.

At Monday’s memorial to Pele in Santos, the city where he played club football, Infantino said that Fifa would be asking “every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele”.

However, South Africa’s Football Association president Danny Jordaan has since raised concerns that this could cause potential issues with stadium naming rights.

Source: BBC

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BREAKING: Benjamin Mendy Acquitted Of Rape Charges

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Benjamin Mendy, a defender for Manchester City, has been cleared of seven of the nine allegations brought against him.

Fidel Info reports that the defender was exonerated of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault following a nearly five-month trial.

However, after 13 days of deliberation at Chester Crown Court, the jury was unable to make a decision on two more accusations against Mendy: one count of attempted rape in October 2018 involving a woman aged 29, and one count of rape in October 2020 involving a woman aged 24.

On the two charges where a verdict could not be reached, the Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to determine whether to pursue a retrial.

Louis Saha Matturie, Mendy’s co-accused, was found not guilty on three counts.

Six accusations against him could result in a retrial.

When Mendy was arrested in August 2021, Manchester City suspended him and ceased paying him in September.

This summer, his contract expires.

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Chelsea Reach Agreement To Sign Joao Felix On Loan

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A verbal agreement has been reached between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix to join them on loan.

Fidel Info reports that Fabrizio Romano said that an agreement has been agreed for the Portuguese to play the rest of the season at the Bridge for a €11 million sum with Chelsea paying 100% of his wage.

Additionally, according to the source, Felix will fly to London in the next hours to take part in medical examinations as he prepares to finalize his transfer to the English giants.

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Iwobi To Return To Football In Feb

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Alex Iwobi, a midfielder for Everton, is anticipated to play against Arsenal on February 3 after missing the previous three weeks due to ankle ligament damage sustained during Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup third-round loss to Manchester United.

Fidel Info reports that following a vicious challenge by Tyrell Malacia in the 47th minute, the 26-year-old former Arsenal star injured his ankle ligaments.

Following a scan on Sunday, it was determined that the Nigerian would not need to sit out for an extended amount of time to receive treatment.

“Alex Iwobi is expected to be out for around three weeks with the ankle ligament injury sustained against Manchester United on Friday,” the club wrote on their website.

“The Everton midfielder was taken off on a stretcher early in the second half of the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.

“Scan results on Saturday confirmed a lateral ligament injury that will be managed conservatively by the club’s medical team at Finch Farm.”

The injury is a further setback for Everton, who last week’s humiliating home loss to Brighton caused them to slip into the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Iwobi thanked Everton supporters for their support and assured them that he would be back soon in a post on social media.

The midfielder wrote, “Appreciate the love, back soon.”

Iwobi, who played in all 18 of Everton’s Premier League games this season, had been one of the team’s standout players prior to getting hurt. He had one goal and five assists.

With 15 points from 18 games, the Toffees are in 18th place in the table, and Iwobi’s absence will be noticed as Frank Lampard struggles to keep his team out of the relegation zone.

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