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Liberia call-off training session in Freetown amid tension New Liberia coach Peter Butler was compelled to call-off today's training session at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown following the invasion of session by angry Sierra Leoneans. Led by their team manager, they threw stones, urine in bottle and physically attacked and assaulted Bryant McGill, a policy analyst from the sports ministry, goalkeeping coach Sunday Seah and former Liberia Sports 

Liberian National Team attacked in Sierra Leone

    New Liberia coach Peter Butler was compelled to call-off today’s training session at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown following the invasion of the session by angry Sierra Leoneans. Led by their team manager, they threw stones, urine in bottles and physically attacked and assaulted Bryant McGill, a policy analyst from the sports ministry, goalkeeping coach Sunday Seah and former Liberia international Joe Nagbe, who is an advisor to sports Minister Zeogar Wilson, complained. There was just one military and police officer assigned to the training session. A…

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“It is very very important to work with Liberian coaches. So I am not thinking about bringing coaches [backroom staff] from outside. There is a huge amount of talent here. “From my experiences of working in English, Asian and African football and trying to enhance the level of the league here and from a development perspective, the ultimate goal is to improve [Liberia’s] Fifa rankings and qualify for Afcon.” Sports 

Liberia appoints Englishman Peter Butler coach

    Liberian FA—The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has unveiled Englishman Peter Butler as head coach. The former Huddersfield Town, West Ham and West Bromwich Albion midfielder replaced former Liberia international Thomas Kojo, who was dismissed following Liberia’s failure to reach the finals of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Cameroon. Butler has signed a one-year contract, subject to renewal, with a mandate to qualify Liberia for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup finals. In an 18-year career as a player, Butler had spells…

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The NBA Is Officially Launching the 'Basketball Africa League' in 2020 Sports 

The NBA Is Officially Launching The Basketball Africa League in 2020

President Obama will be involved with the establishment of the league. The NBA is officially heading to the continent. The professional basketball association has announced that it will launch the Basketball Africa League next year which will feature 12 teams from across the continent, reports CNN. Participating countries include Angola, Egypt, Rwanda, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia. The league is a collaboration between the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), notes CBS News. “The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the…

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Now, thousands of miles from home and despite long odds, those same girls are blazing their own path. Monrovia Academy’s under-15 girls’ soccer team made history in Minnesota, marking the first time a Liberian female youth soccer team left the country for a tournament. Sports 

Girls from Liberia’s Monrovia Academy Win USA Cup

  Long before the U.S. women’s national soccer team started making headlines this summer at the World Cup, two key members made a trip to Liberia, planting seeds for a dream that played out this week at the USA Cup in Blaine. In 2016, U.S. coach Jill Ellis and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris were visiting Monrovia Academy, an institution that aims to use soccer and education in creating the “future leaders” of Liberia. For the young girls at Monrovia Academy, Ellis and Harris became instant role models, not some faraway celebrities….

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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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