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Protests at funeral of footballer who set himself on fire

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Protests at funeral of footballer who set himself on fire

Nizar Issaoui, a Tunisian footballer, died from burns sustained during a protest against “police injustice” in which he set himself on fire, according to his family.

He was seen in an online video screaming that he had been accused of terrorism by officers following a dispute with a fruit seller.

He said he sentenced himself to “death by fire” in a separate post.

According to local media, there were angry clashes at the 35-year-old’s funeral on Friday in his hometown of Haffouz.

According to reports, Issaoui was accused of terrorism by police officers after complaining that he couldn’t find bananas for less than 10 dinars ($3.30; £2.66) per kilogramme, which is double the government’s price.

“For a dispute with someone selling bananas for 10 dinars, I get accused of terrorism at the police station,” the footballer wrote on Facebook. Terrorism for a banana complaint… I’m out of energy. Inform the police state that the sentence will be carried out today.”

Issaoui burned himself to death in protest.

Demonstrators threw stones at police, who fired tear gas at the footballer’s funeral.

He was a father of four and a former player for Tunisian top-flight club US Monastir.

According to his brother, Issauoi suffered third-degree burns and doctors were unable to save his life.

His actions were reminiscent of a 2010 protest in which street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. This sparked a wave of protests that culminated in the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali the following year.

Kais Saied, the current President, sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament in 2021, causing an uproar. He has since pushed through a new constitution that enshrines his power.

The Tunisian government has made no statement regarding Issaoui’s death.

Source: BBC

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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