Al-Ahly win Super Cup
Angola World Cup striker Flavio Amado was the hero on Friday when Al-Ahly of Egypt confirmed they are the best club on the continent by lifting the African Super Cup a record fourth time. Amado headed both goals as Ahly defeated CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 2-1 in the annual one-off match between the holders of the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup. It was the fourth time Ahly have lifted the trophy, moving them ahead of fierce Cairo rivals Zamalek, while Sfaxien became the first club to lose consecutive Super Cup matches. The Egyptian club won a record sixth African Champions League last November with a 4-2 aggregate triumph over Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon and also lifted the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup an unsurpassed four times. Ahly succeeded despite the absence of injury-plagued midfielder Mohamed Aboutraika. Since Emad Moteab was lent to Saudi Arabian club Ittihad Jeddah, 30-year-old Flavio has often been deployed as a lone striker by Portuguese coach Manuel Jose, but the goals continue to flow. He gave Ahly the lead on 47 minutes, Ivorian Blaise Kouassi leveled just past the hour mark and Amado struck again 20 minutes from time off another cross by compatriot Felisberto “Gilberto” Amaral to secure victory.
Carter goes under the knife
All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles tendon that will keep him out for six months. “Dan Carter had an operation under general anesthetic [on] Friday morning at the Sauvegarde clinic in Lyon by doctor David Dejour,” said a statement released by his Perpignan club. “The procedure went well and lasted half an hour. Dan Carter could walk again immediately, but will only really be able to put weight on his [left] foot in four to six weeks before a specific rehabilitation program that should allow him to resume playing in six months.” The 26-year-old Carter was hurt in the closing minutes of last weekend’s French Top 14 match against Stade Francais.
Taibu to expose ‘corruption’
Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who faces a trial over allegations he assaulted a leading cricket official, has pledged to use his day in court to blow the lid on “corruption” in the game, his lawyer said. Taibu has been accused of assaulting Zimbabwe Cricket general manager Esther Lupepe last year. She claims that he grabbed her by the collar and jostled her during a confrontation over outstanding salary and expenses payments. He was scheduled to appear at Rotten Row magistrates court on Friday, but because he is on tour in Kenya, the trial has been put back, probably until the middle of next month, his lawyer Jonathan Samkange said. Samkange is reported to have stated at an earlier hearing that Taibu would take the opportunity to “expose corruption” in Zimbabwe Cricket.
Iraq fire coach Vieira
Iraq have fired their Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira following the team’s disappointing performance in last month’s Gulf Cup, a senior sports official said on Friday. The decision ends Vieira’s second stint in charge of the team. Previously, he led Iraq to a 2007 Asian Cup title, before stepping down unexpectedly shortly afterward. Vieira returned to coach the team in September, but the head of the Iraq Football Federation, Najeh Hamoud, said it had decided to terminate his contract. Vieira’s Iraqi assistant, Rahim Hameed, has also had his contract terminated.