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Eden Hazard capable of winning the Ballon d'Or, says Cesc Fabregas

Eden Hazard has all the attributes to win the Ballon d'Or, according to Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas.

Hazard was one of the key figures in Chelsea's title success last season, but was pipped to the individual honours by team-mate N'Golo Kante, while his highest placing in the Ballon d'Or ranking has been eighth, back in 2015.

Just months after leaving Kumasi Asante Kotoko as Head Coach of the club, Zdravko Logarusic has led Sudan to win bronze at the Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN) tournament in Morocco.

The Croatian guided the North Africans to a third place finish in the competition after they defeated Libya 4-2 on penalties.

Logarusic was appointed head Coach of the Sudan National team after he was sacked by the Porcupine Warriors.

Riyad Mahrez is set to go AWOL from Leicester again this morning (Friday) and faces a fine of two weeks’ wages, approximately £200,000.

The Algerian, said to be gutted that a proposed move from Citys Leicester to Manchester fell through this week, was even said by a friend to be “depressed”. He did not show up for training Thursday.

Nigeria’s dreams of a first African Nations Championship [CHAN] title were dashed on Sunday night when they suffered a 4-0 beating at the hands of hosts Morocco in the final in Casablanca.

The Super Eagles, who played most of the second half with 10 men, were outclassed by the Atlas Lions, who became the fourth [4th] different winners of the CHAN, joining DR Congo, Tunisia and Libya on the honours board.

Morocco gave an early warning of their attacking potency when striker Ayoub El Kaabi headed home from Ismail Haddad’s corner kick in the seventh minute, but the goal was correctly ruled out because the ball had passed out of play in its flight.

Ghana's Habib Ahmed missed out on winning the World Boxing Organization - WBO Super middleweight title following a sixth-round knockout defeat to defending champion Gilberto Ramirez at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ahmed, 27, (25-1-1, 17 KOs) making his United States debut, failed to impress as he was thoroughly beaten by the Mexican, who retained his belt for the third time.

Ramirez spent five-plus rounds mostly battering his overmatched opponent before Ahmed’s trainer mercifully made referee Laurence Cole stop what had become a brutal beating in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, currently serving a ban from the sport, is considering legal action against the global football body in an attempt to clear his name.

Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, was handed a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake world soccer’s governing body in 2015.

The 81-year-old Swiss said that while “for the time being there is no legal action”, he and his lawyers were working on a potential case.

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