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Al Masry discovered their round of 32 opponents in the CAF Confederation Cup as Uganda Revenue Authority defeated Ethiopian Coffee Addis Abeba.

Al Masry are no strangers to the CAF Confederation Cup as they participated in four consecutive editions from 2016/17 to 2019/20.

Despite finishing Egyptian Premier League season in fifth place, Al Masry qualified alongside Pyramids as they were fourth on the table by the time EFA sent the participating clubs list.

In their search for their first African title, Al Masry are going to be facing Uganda Revenue Authority who have achieved easy victories over Ethiopian Coffee Addis Abeba with the result of 5-1 on aggregate.

Uganda Revenue Authority have won both home and away games, first 2-0 in Uganda, then 3-1 in Ethiopia.

The round of 32 first leg will be taking place on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of October, and the second leg will be happening a week later.

If Al Masry pass their first hurdle, they will be clashing with the CAF Champions League round of 32 disqualified clubs in the next round. - Ahmad Gamal Ali, KingFut

 

Kenya's former sports minister paid a fine of just over $32,000 on Thursday to avoid a six-year jail sentence after being convicted of corruption and abuse of office for misappropriating money set aside for the country's 2016 Olympic team.

Hassan Wario's sentence was to pay the fine or go to jail. He paid and was released from custody soon after Thursday's sentencing hearing, provoking uproar from some Kenyans on social media. They were angered that Wario was freed after being found guilty of corruption relating to the misuse of more than $800,000 that was meant to help Kenyan athletes' prepare for and perform at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

There were allegations that corruption in the buildup and during the Games was rife among other Kenyan government and sports officials, who were accused of stealing money from the $5.7 million Olympic budget and some of the $700,000 given to the track and field federation by sponsor Nike.

Stephen Soi, a co-accused in the trial who was the Kenyan team's chef de mission in Rio, was also convicted on the same charges and sentenced to 12 years in jail or a fine of about $950,000.

Wario and Soi were sentenced by anti-corruption judge Elizabeth Juma, who found them guilty on Wednesday. She ruled that Wario, who was sports minister from 2013-2018, used some of the team's budget to fly three people unconnected to the Olympics to Brazil and pay them allowances.

Juma ruled that Soi was the main offender with regard to misusing money. She said she took into account that both were first-time offenders and gave the two men 14 days to appeal.

Former Kenyan Olympic committee secretary general Francis Paul and three other sports ministry officials were acquitted.

Wario is the most senior government official to be convicted of corruption in relation to the Olympic scandal. He was Kenya’s ambassador to Austria when he was arrested and charged in 2018.

David Okeyo, the former vice president of Athletics Kenya and a council member at the world track body, was banned from the sport for life the same year for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of the Nike money. - MUTWIRI MUTUOTA ASSOCIATED PRESS / The News Tribune

Emma Raducanu celebrates with the championship. (Reuters)

British sensation Emma Raducanu said she wants to buy herself a new pair of AirPods after losing hers during the US Open as she also spoke of being congratulated by Buckingham Palace.

The 18-year-old British tennis player swept to victory in the final on Saturday, beating Leylah Fernandez in Straight sets 6-3 6-3. 

The teenager is the first qualifier to win a grand slam, and her victory comes just three months after she took her A-levels.

It also made her the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years. 

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The teenager also takes away winnings of $2.5m (£1.8m). And speaking to ESPN after the match, she said she wants buy herself new AirPods, which retail at around £110. 

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a volley against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a grand slam singles title in 44 years. (Reuters)

She said: "There's a running joke in my team because before my first round qualifying match I lost my AirPods.

"I was basically running around the changing rooms three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it but I lost it. 

"I was thinking to myself, you know what, if you win this match you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods and that's become a running joke."

 Britain's Raducanu wins U.S. Open title

British tennis player Emma Raducanu was crowned US Open Champion on Saturday and she made history as the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.The 18-year-old is also the first British woman in more than four decades to win a Major singles final.She beat the 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in a near two-hour contest at Flushing Meadows.Despite a knee injury in the second set, Raducanu returned and finished the match with an ace - Final score: 6-4 6-3.The grand slam final was the first in the men's or women's game to be contested by two unseeded players, Raducanu ranked 150th and Fernandez ranked 73rd.

What made it even more remarkable was that the young player's march to the title required 10 matches, including three wins in qualifiers and she did it without dropping a single set along the way.Raducanu's friends and fans in her hometown of Beckenham, southeast London, erupted in cheers after her victory.Her former coach Harry Bushnell found the result hard to believe. "I said earlier on if she was going to win, she's going to win straight sets.

I mean, it's just a joke of an achievement for her. I think it's important she got it done in that second set. Fair play to her opponent, she was equally as unbelievable, but yeah, it's nuts."There's been an outpouring of praise for the young player, from tennis giants to the British Royal Family.Even the Queen issued a rare statement on the Royal Family website congratulating Raducanu, saying "It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication."

Raducanu also revealed that she was "very honoured" to receive a congratulatory message from the Queen. She told the BBC: “It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty. She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her...

“I was extremely honoured and very very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.”

It comes after Boris Johnson and members of the royal family have led tributes to the "extraordinarily fabulous" teenage tennis champion.

Following her win, Johnson praised her "extraordinary poise and guts".

"What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to Emma Raducanu. You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you." By Rebecca Speare-Cole, Yahoo News

 

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