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CONFIRMED: Cardiff City Striker Emiliano Sala DEAD!

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Police have confirmed that the body found in the wreckage of the Piper Malibu aircraft that was found beneath the English Channel, traveling from Nantes to Cardiff as Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing on January 21 when they were traveling from Nantes, after the Argentine bid farewell to his former players, to Cardiff when the plane lost contact and disappeared.

One body was recovered on Thursday, and Cardiff City have since confirmed the sad news that it was indeed their club-record signing.

“The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala,” a statement on Cardiff City’s website read.

“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.”

The formal identification of Sala came after remotely operated vehicles in “challenging conditions” were used to recover the body from the wreckage under water “in as dignified a way as possible”, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Sala’s former club Nantes have decided to retire the club’s number nine jersey in honour of their former striker.

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Kaizer Chiefs Confirm Exit Of Three Players

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Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the departure of three first-team players – Hendrick Ekstein, Kgotso Malope and Gustavo Paéz with immediate effect.
Ekstein, whose contract is set to expire in June, has seen his stay at Chiefs come to an end after the club opted to terminate his contract amicably.
The dribbling wizard joined the Amakhosi first team after been promoted from the development structures in October 2013.
Malope has seen little game time since being promoted to the senior team and was sent on loan to Moroka Swallows at some stage to improve his game but also struggled to nail down a starting berth upon his return to Naturena.
Venezuelan forward Paéz joined the Glamour Boys in January 2017 but he equally failed to live up to expectations and will not have his contract renewed.

Football Manager Bobby Motaung has also added that the club will be making further announcements of other players who will be leaving the club and those that will be joining the club ahead of next season.

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PFA Team Of The Year Announced

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Title-chasing Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the 2019 Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year which was announced on Thursday.

The surprise inclusion was that of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been in the centre of the park for the Red Devils, as they slipped to seven defeats in nine matches in all competitions.

City have six players representing the blue side of Manchester while Liverpool has four players in the side.

In another surprise, Mohamed Salah and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard have been omitted, despite both being on the six-man shortlist for the Players’ Player of the Year award.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has named the Premier League Team of the Year for the 2018/2019 season.

PFA Team of the Year:

Goalkeeper

Ederson (Manchester City)

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Midfielders

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Attackers

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Van Dijk scooped the biggest award on the night, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year accolade.

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Former Bidvest Wits Player Papy Faty Dies

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Former Bidvest Wits midfielder Papy Faty has passed on after collapsing during a match in eSwatini.
The 28-year-old was on the books of Malanti Chiefs at the time of his death during a league fixture against Green Mamba at Killarney Stadium in Pigg’s Peak.

The Burundi international has been in the news for some years now after Wits released him because of a heart condition.

Despite doctors orders advising him to quit the game, Faty carried on playing.

While playing for Real Kings in the National First Division he collapsed during a match which prompted the club to terminate his contract.

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