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The Nigerian Super Eagles will will now meet arch nemesis the Bafana Bafana of south Africa. The South African golden boys progressed to the next round when Thembinkosi Lorch scored the winner for South Africa in their shock 1-0 victory over Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. Lorch struck following a counterattack with just five minutes remaining to silence a crowd of 75,000 at the Cairo International Stadium. The hosts were the favourites to win the competition, with Liverpool’s Mo Salah in sparkling form during their opening matches. In contrast, South Africa qualified for the last 16 as the lowest-ranked of the four third-placed teams. However, they took the game to Egypt and were the more accomplished team over 90 minutes. Sports 

Algeria 2-1 Win Sends Nigeria Home

  Algeria 2-1 Nigeria: Riyad Mahrez’s sensational last-gasp free-kick sends Desert Foxes into Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal—www.dailymail.co.uk   A late direct free-kick from Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez was enough to take Algeria through to Friday’s CAN 2019 final where they face Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium. The Super Eagles had managed to claw themselves back into a tie via the penalty spot in a game where they were outclassed by the Desert Foxes for large spells before Real Betis defender Mandi handled in the area after a Etebo speculative drive. The Zambian…

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The Nigerian Super Eagles will will now meet arch nemesis the Bafana Bafana of south Africa. The South African golden boys progressed to the next round when Thembinkosi Lorch scored the winner for South Africa in their shock 1-0 victory over Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. Lorch struck following a counterattack with just five minutes remaining to silence a crowd of 75,000 at the Cairo International Stadium. The hosts were the favourites to win the competition, with Liverpool’s Mo Salah in sparkling form during their opening matches. In contrast, South Africa qualified for the last 16 as the lowest-ranked of the four third-placed teams. However, they took the game to Egypt and were the more accomplished team over 90 minutes. Sports 

Nigeria’s Late Winner Edge South Africa

    Nigeria have reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals but left it late to overcome a gallant South Africa as the tournament served up more drama on Wednesday. Defender William Troost-Ekong turned the ball in from a corner in the 89th minute to snatch a 2-1 win, just as Nigeria seemed to be in danger of throwing away a game they had dominated. Samuel Chukwueze, recalled to the side after missing the previous round, put the Super Eagles ahead in the 27th minute. The Villarreal winger finished from…

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Wanibo Toe would have been in his 70s this month. Liberia must not forget Toe: he “was a Great Hero” as eulogized in a song. Happy anniversary, Waniboe Toe, the “Great Football Wizard”! Sports 

Wanibo Toe: A Great Liberian Football Wizard

      January 2019 marks the 52nd anniversary of the death of Liberian football legend Wanibo Toe.  The Liberian Age newspaper of January 13, 1967 carried the sad news under the caption “Great Football Wizard Dies.” Toe’s death shocked football fans across the nation.  An illustration of the public reaction is the six-stanza poem entitled “A Lament to Wanibo Toe” published 1/17/67 of the same newspaper. Excerpts read “Who knew Toe would ever give way to death At so early an age of twenty-five . . . Wanibo Toe…

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The Nigerian Super Eagles will will now meet arch nemesis the Bafana Bafana of south Africa. The South African golden boys progressed to the next round when Thembinkosi Lorch scored the winner for South Africa in their shock 1-0 victory over Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. Lorch struck following a counterattack with just five minutes remaining to silence a crowd of 75,000 at the Cairo International Stadium. The hosts were the favourites to win the competition, with Liverpool’s Mo Salah in sparkling form during their opening matches. In contrast, South Africa qualified for the last 16 as the lowest-ranked of the four third-placed teams. However, they took the game to Egypt and were the more accomplished team over 90 minutes. Sports 

Nigeria Will Meet South Africa At Afcon 2019

    Alex Iwobi scored the winning goal as Nigeria recovered from behind to beat Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon 3-2 in a topsy-turvy last-16 clash in Alexandria on Saturday. Both teams suffered disappointing results in their final group matches to finish second and set up a heavyweight showdown that more than lived up to its hype. And it was the Super Eagles who came out on top on Saturday to set up a showdown with either hosts Egypt or South Africa in the next round after recovering from…

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There is still much for Siakam to improve in his game — the Warriors have harassed him into a couple of untimely turnovers, and they were likely to foist all-defensive team forward Draymond Green on him more often. But having already dealt with the defence of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the last two rounds of the playoffs, it’s not going to rattle Siakam. Sports 

Bullet In Their Arsenal: Raptors Pascal Siakam

  How the Raptors’ Pascal Siakam sheds playoff pressure like opposing defenders   For all his frenetic play — the spin moves around the basket to create space where it seems none exists, to the grab-it-and-go rebounding style that adds a much-needed dimension to the Toronto Raptors offence — the mind of Pascal Siakam remains calm and analytical.In this breakout season, the 25-year-old third-year forward has emerged as a true force throughout the NBA because he’s always been able to figure things out and meet whatever challenge he sees. The…

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Lesotho could not hold back and they probed for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded in the 32nd minute through midfielder Jane Thabantso. The Zimbabweans continued to push for a win and their efforts were eventually rewarded when Leeroy Mavunga made it 2-1 in the hour mark, but their lead was short-lived. Sports 

Bafana Bafana Successfully Defend COSAFA Cup

The 2019 Cosafa Cup action continued on Friday, where the hosts South Africa were looking to defend their Plate trophy against Malawi at Moses Mabhida Stadium. In a clash that got underway at 17:00, coach David Notoane’s men were chasing for an improved performance following a loss to Botswana in the quarter-finals, and a win on penalties over Uganda during the week. Notoane made changes in his starting line-up and brought back the likes of Reeve Frosler, Grant Margeman as well as Tercious Malepe for experience, yet they could still not…

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There have been rewards for the Ghana U-23 trio of centre-back Musah Nuhu, midfielder Yaw Yeboah and striker Kwabena Owusu following their fine showing in the 2019 Caf U-23 Africa Cup of Nations/2020 Olympic Games qualifiers. There were, however, no places for Leicester City's Daniel Amartey, Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, Udinese's Nicholas Opoku and Columbus Crew's Harrison Afful, due to injury. Sports 

Ghana Black Stars Name Provisional Squad

Out-of-retirement Asamoah Gyan headlines Ghana’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which starts next month. The inclusion of the 33-year-old Kayserispor striker is undoubtedly the biggest talking point of the 29-man roster, having rescinded a decision to quit the national team on Wednesday after being stripped of the captaincy two days earlier. Fenerbahce midfielder Andre Ayew, who is rumoured to be named the new substantive skipper, is also on the list, just as younger brother Jordan Ayew, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey and Inter Milan…

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“I’m just running around on the field,” he said. “They have to trust me, I’m a player on the team. They have to trust me. I’m a striker for them. “Sometimes it makes me angry because since I came to the U.S. I see that every time — two or three times — I try and make a run, it’s difficult. So sometimes you have to be fast. When you see me going, you’ve got to give the ball, you’ve got to trust me. They brought me here and if I come here, they have to trust me. Sports 

Liberian Striker Wants Ball At Real Salt Lake

Even when training it’s difficult for me to get the ball from them,” the Liberian striker said.   Real Salt Lake forward Sam Johnson, after a goalscoring performance on Saturday in the club’s 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers, described his unhappiness with the state of the club. “I’m not really feeling happy,” he told a TV reporter following the conclusion of the match, according to RSL Communications. “I have to express myself now. I’m just doing a run around for the guys. Even when training it’s difficult for me…

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Caster Semenya: I am a woman and I am fast

“I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.” So said the reigning Olympic champion in the women’s 800-meter last year, in a statement challenging rules that could threaten her athletic career. The rules, issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), require some female runners whose bodies produce high levels of testosterone to take medication to lower those levels. Many saw the rules as a direct effort to target Semenya, who is believed to have a condition that produces high testosterone. The runner appealed…

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Liberian Roots Shaped Redskins Pick Kelvin Harmon

    Newly drafted Washington Redskins wide receiver Kelvin Harmon does not remember much about his time in Liberia — he came to the United States when he was four years old — but he points to his Liberian ancestry for teaching him to work hard and be spiritual, two things he prides himself on. He also credits his father for helping instill the values of commitment and sacrifice in him as the family struggled culturally and financially upon moving to the U.S. These experiences and lessons have shaped Harmon,…

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