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To mark the Club’s 122nd anniversary, AC Milan - via Fondazione Milan - is celebrating its commitment to social responsibility, a key value of the Club, with the announcement of a charity project in collaboration with UNICEF in support of children in South Sudan.

At the heart of the initiative is the journey of a very special Rossoneri jersey from the 2016/17 season with “Balotelli 45” printed on the back. The jersey was discovered and photographed by Danish war photographer Jan Grarup during a trip to South Sudan to document the effects of the severe floods, which have ravaged the country for years, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and without access to food and clean water.

In the village of Canal on the Nile river, the photographer met a young boy wearing an AC Milan jersey that - torn due to wear and tear - had evidently been repaired and stitched together on many occasions. Being an AC Milan fan himself and in admiration of the dedication and passion reflected in a shirt that he dubbed a ”work of art”, Grarup asked the boy if he could swap his AC Milan jersey for a new one and subsequently donated it to the Club. The Club immediately accepted the donation as a symbol of the belonging, dedication and passion, which unite Rossoneri fans around the globe, in spite of their age or social status.

As such, from today, this special jersey from South Sudan will be put on display in the Mondo Milan museum at Casa Milan - the Rossoneri’s HQ in Milan - in a new exhibition dedicated to the educational and social projects implemented by Fondazione Milan. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to donate money for the many initiatives and campaigns - taking place in Italy and abroad - promoted by the Rossoneri’s NGO. - , THE AC MILAN OFFSIDE

Photos @ Ghana Football Association @Feguifoot

 

Ghana, Tanzania and Guinea progressed to the fourth of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, Costa Rica 2022 after positive results in their third round of matches on Saturday.

Ghana saw off Zambia with a narrow 1-0 win in Cape Coast, as Burundi and Tanzania played out a 1-1 draw in Ngozi, while Senegal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Guinea in Conakry on the same day.

In Cape Coast, the Black Princesses were aiming to leverage on their home advantage against the Zambians, following a drab goalless first leg draw in Lusaka a fortnight ago.

CAF Women's Champions League breakthrough star Evelyn Badu was the heroine as her 35th minute's lone effort gave the West Africans the crucial victory over their COSAFA counterparts at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The defeat did not only dashed Zambia's maiden qualification dreams but also confirmed the elimination of all COSAFA representatives from the ongoing qualification campaign after the earlier exits of Botswana and South Africa.

Ghana, on the other hand, will square up with Uganda, who edged South Africa, in the fourth round of the qualifying series scheduled to be held in January 2022.

Meanwhile in Ngozi, Tanzania did the minimum required to advance, with the crucial point against Burundi sealing their progression.

After a nervy 3-2 first leg result in Dar es Salaam, the eight-woman Tanzanites had a dream start when they broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the match courtesy of Emeliana Isaya Mdimu's strike.

The Burundians, however, fought back to level moments later but they could not further find the back of the net as their depleted visitors held on till full time to guarantee a spot in the next round.

Having progressed, Tanzania will take on Ethiopia in all CECAFA fourth-round showdown for a place in the final stage.

Elsewhere, Guinea sought to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Senegal and they began on a high, finding the opening goal through Nambinty Sylla in the 38th minute.

The Guineans pushed for more goals and Fanta Sanda Camara doubled the lead to see the home side levelled on aggregate against their fellow West African foes on the brink of half time.

The Senegalese, however, resumed the brightest side as they went on to earn a priceless away goal off the foot of Walimata N'Diaye four minutes into the second half.

Although Nana Camara scored in additional time for the hosts, her late effort was not enough to see them through as the visitors progressed on away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate score.

In the next phase, Senegal will seek to fancy their chances against Morocco after the North Africans sent the Gambia packing from the qualifying series, following a 9-1 aggregate victory. - Confederation of African Football

Emmanuel Saina Kipkemboi celebrates his win at the 34th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon in 2018. Photo via The Star

 

The 2018 Buenos Aires Marathon champion Emmanuel Saina won the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii on Sunday to mark the return of the race, which failed to take off last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Saina timed 2:14:32 to cut the tape ahead of his closest challenger, American John Benner who clocked 2:35:33 in second. 

"I am looking forward to coming back here next year to compete again and maybe improve on my time. Now that I am more familiar with the course, I will try my best to beat the course record," Saina said. 

Saina is the 24th Kenyan to win America's fourth-largest marathon in the last 25 years. 

In the Bahraini Half Marathon, the 2020 Prague Half Marathon runner-up Philemon Kiplimo led 1-5 finish for Kenya. 

Kiplimo timed 1:00:01, ahead of fellow countrymen Collins Koros (1:00:02) and Mathew Kimeli (1:00:04) in second and third, respectively. 

The 2008 World Junior 10,000m silver medalist, Titus Mbishei and Geoffrey Koech rounded off the top five places in 1:00:23 and 1:00:24, respectively. 

At the Malaga Marathon, the 2016 Frankfurt Marathon champion Mark Korir timed 2:07:39 to run away with top honours as compatriot, 2015 Udine Half Marathon champion Solomon Kirwa Yego finished third in 2:08:43. Eritrean Nguse Amlosom came second in 2:08:23. 

It was the same script at the Course de Noël de Sion 7km race in Switzerland, where Boniface Kibiwott clocked 19:24 to edge ahead of Eritrean Abraham Tadese (19:48) and South Sudanese Dominic Lokinyomo (19:49) in second and third respectively. 

Likewise, it was a Kenyan affair in the women's 5km category as Feliciana Jepkosgei and Sammary Cherotich  clinched first and third respectively.

Jepkosgei, who won the Kapsowar 10km Charity Run in October, timed 15:26, ahead of Ethiopian Helen Bekele (15:31) and Cherotich (15:49). 

Khobar Half Marathon champion Rhonzas Kilimo finished second at the Guadalajara Marathon, clocking 2:13:34 behind Ethiopian Derara Desalegn. The 2015 Taroudant 10 km champion Kiplimo Mitei finished third in 2:14:55. 

Similarly, in the women's race, the 2018 Barcelona Marathon Ruth Chebitok clocked 2:32:00 to finish second behind Ugandan Linet Chebet who timed 2:29:44. Ethiopian Negede Fekade came third in 2:32:15. - OMONDI ONYATTA, The Star

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