Weekly Sports News for December 23rd

South African sports media outlets were shocked by two stories that were announced this week. The first regarded Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who confirmed that he’d signed a new six-month contract with AC Milan for Series A. This newly formed contract comes with the option for resigning in 2021. Zlatan is excited to return to his home team, with their mutual respect surpassing a decade. It’s expected that he will change the course of the 2020 Season, working with fellow teammates to ensure championship contention.

The announcement that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would return with AC Milan wasn’t surprising to dedicated fans. Their favourite team has been positioned in 11th place for a prolonged period, with their worst defeat in two decades coming last week against Atalanta. There is a significant chance that Zlatan, with his coaching experience, will provide the necessary assets required to bring this organization position higher in the Series A Rankings. Ibrahimovic makes his re-debut with AC Milan on January 2nd, 2020.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Major League Soccer last month when the Los Angeles Galaxy couldn’t reach the final matchup in the MLS Playoffs. He played with them for less than eight months, proving to be a worthy component of their lineup. However, Zlatan requires a championship team, and LA couldn’t give him one. Previous to returning with AC Milan, he had played with the organization for two seasons. He was a pivotal aspect of them acquiring their last Series A Championship. Additional teams that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for included Juventus and Inter Milan. Fans won’t see their favourite punter until January 6th, when AC Milan battles it out against Sampdoria.

Paul Pogba Fighting Racism

An additional headline that captured the hearts of South African footballers was that Paul Pogba would begin battling in-league racism. This announcement was made by the Manchester United Midfielder, who cannot idly standby with the growing ignorance of racism in football leagues worldwide. Subsequently, he has begun wearing Black & White Wristbands, showing that the two colours can interact with one another. This wristband reads: We Are One and No to Racism, with them now being on-sale at the Manchester United Stadium. When they battled against France in an international game, Paul was seen handing the wristband out to one of his dedicated young fans.

Paul Pogba has begun his online movement for this cause as well, going to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. He posted an image to Instagram, where he could be seen with the wristband. It stated in the description that hate could not drive out hate; only love can do that. It’s a direct quote from Martin Luther King, the greatest advocate for the African-American movement in the United States.