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Volume 10 No. 25

International Football

Football Kenya Federation has made an appeal for at least 200M shillings ($2.39M) "to support the Harambee Stars (national team) and enable them to fulfil this year's fixtures, including World Cup qualifiers," according to Mark Baber of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The Harambee Stars are due to play Ghana in an int'l friendly in June, just three days before facing Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier on June 5. They play against Malawi a week later, before playing Namibia in Nairobi on Sept. 6 in their final World Cup qualifiers. According to the statement, "The Federation needs at least Ksh.10 million ($120,000) for the match against Nigeria, with the bulk of the funds being used for the purchase of air tickets for foreign-based players, accommodating the visiting team, player's allowances, and payments of match officials" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 5/10).

The Ugandan Cabinet on Wednesday "resolved to step into the dispute between the Federation of Uganda FA (FUFA) and the Uganda Super League Ltd. and disband the two national leagues (FSL and USL) in favour of a new Uganda Premier League," which will kick off at the start of the '13-14 season, according to Mark Baber of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The meeting was chaired by the second deputy PM Henry Kajura and decided to implement the recommendations of Education & Sports Minister and former urban warfare instructor Jessica Alupo, who said, "No league will kick off next season if it is not one." Alupo hopes that "existing USL sponsors Supersport and Uganda Breweries Ltd. under their Bell Lager brand will sponsor the new league but insisted that clubs will be responsible for running the league and not the federation" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 5/10).

Police in Brazil have banned the use of the caxirola -- "the country's version of the vuvuzela" -- from a 2014 World Cup football stadium amid safety concerns. The type of maraca will be prohibited from a local match at Salvador's FonteNova stadium on Sunday after hundreds of the plastic objects were thrown onto the pitch by fans during a match last month (XINHUA, 5/12). ... Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain Manager Carlo Ancelotti has received an offer from the club's owners that would provide "a considerable increase" of his income and extend his contract until '16. Ancelotti "is thinking on it but has asked the owners for one condition: to have absolute power in the athletic aspect" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 5/12). ... La Liga Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez angrily defended his players from accusations of throwing games. Jémez: "There are a lot of opportunists, cowards and sewer rats that take advantage of whatever situation to say things without proof. The pain is that in this country, nothing happens to these people for saying things like this. There is a lot of cowardice and shamelessness. In this country you can say what you want and nothing happens" (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 5/11).