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African Champions League: Mazembe, Sundowns Reach Quarter-finals

African Champions League: Mazembe, Sundowns Reach Quarter-finals

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By Keefa Nuwahereza TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns survived scares on Saturday to become the first qualifiers for the African Champions League quarter-finals with two group matches still to play. Five-time champions Mazembe fell behind after eight minutes against Primeiro de Agosto of Angola in Lubumbashi before winning 2-1. Sundowns were 2-1 winners over Algeria's USM Alger who missed a late penalty in Pretoria when Mohamed Meftah's shot struck the woodwork. Defending champions Esperance of Tunisia are close to a last-eight place after stretching an unbeaten Champions League run to 18 matches by beating AS Vita Club of DR Congo 2-0 in Kinshasa. Fellow Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel came from behind to overcome Al Hilal of Su...
Ex-Uganda Cranes Coach Desabre Axed In Egypt

Ex-Uganda Cranes Coach Desabre Axed In Egypt

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Egypt: Former  Uganda Cranes Coach  Sebastien Desabre has been fired by Egyptian Premier League Team, Pyramids FC as their coach, after just five months, following a poor run of results in the Egyptian Premier League this season. The Cairo-based side are currently seventh in the Egyptian Premier League table with 12 points after eight games played. Overall, Desabre has managed Pyramids in 19 games, winning 12, drawing four games, losing three, including the Egypt Cup final against Zamalek. Sébastien Serge Louis Desabre is a French football coach and former player affectionately nicknamed The Florist. He has been managing Egyptian Premier League club Pyramids FC.  He served as manager of the Ugandan national team, The Cranes, from 28 December 2017 unt...
Caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg urges Arsenal board to finally appoint a permanent manager

Caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg urges Arsenal board to finally appoint a permanent manager

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Freddie Ljungberg has pleaded with the Arsenal board to finally appoint a permanent manager after another humiliating day at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were blown away by champions Manchester City, who stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead but could have scored at least three more during another bitterly disappointing afternoon for Arsenal - who have now gone six games without a home win. From his five games in interim charge, Ljungberg has tasted victory just once - in last Monday’s 3-1 win at West Ham.
Uganda Cranes Thrash Djibouti 4-1 In CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

Uganda Cranes Thrash Djibouti 4-1 In CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

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By Keefa Nuwahereza All is going on well for Uganda Cranes in the  CECAFA 2019 Senior Challenge Cup group stages with an unbeaten record, following a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Djibouti on Sunday at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo. KCCA midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba opened the scoring with a well taken kick from the penalty spot in the 14th minute. Three second half goals from winger Joackim Ojera as well as two second half substitutes Ben Ocen and Bright Anukani crowned the day for the tournament hosts. Haroun Mohamed scored the consolation for Djibouti. Mutyaba’s penalty arrived after a handball in the forbidden area by the Djibouti defender after Paul Mbowa’s cross from the left on 13 minutes. Ojera doubled the lead after 65 minutes when he finished Abdul Wata...
Liverpool Wins Watford With 2 – 0

Liverpool Wins Watford With 2 – 0

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Mohamed Salah scored twice as Premier League leaders Liverpool battled to victory over strugglers Watford in Nigel Pearson's first game in charge. Salah curled the ball into the far corner for the opener before flicking in a late second in the final minute of normal time at Anfield. Watford missed chances in both halves, while Liverpool's Sadio Mane had a header ruled out for offside following a review by the video assistant referee (VAR). Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league this season while Watford are six points - and with a substantial goal difference to overturn - adrift of safety. The Reds were made to work for their victory though - goalkeeper Alisson making smart saves after the break, while Watford's Ismaila Sarr also wasted a huge chance. Salah squandered oppo...
FIFA Club World Cup Provides Major Test For Qatar

FIFA Club World Cup Provides Major Test For Qatar

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By Keefa Nuwahereza A tournament featuring the winners of each continent's club competitions will serve as a trial event for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The FIFA Club World Cup is set to kick off on Wednesday with hosts Qatar facing a major test of the country's ability to deal with aninflux of foreign fans. European champions Liverpool and South America's top side Flamengo are the favourites to feature in the final at Doha's Khalifa International Stadium on December 21. But for Qatar, which hosts the World Cup finals in November-December 2022, this is the biggest football event it has ever staged. Organisers have already had to make one late change to their plans with Saturday's decision not to host matches at the Education City stadium. The venue was due to host a sem...
Algerian International Atal To Undergo Knee Surgery

Algerian International Atal To Undergo Knee Surgery

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Nice's Algeria international defender Youcef Atal will have surgery to repair a meniscal injury in his knee. The 23-year-old is expected to be out of action for a 'long time' after suffering the injury during his club's 4-1 home win over visiting Metz in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday. "Bad news for Youcef Atal and the Eagles. The diagnosis revealed a meniscal lesion in the right knee," a Nice statement confirmed onSunday. "He will be operated on soon and will unfortunately be out of actionfor a long time." Atal's absence will come as a blow for the club this this season after scoring once and providing two assists in 13 appearances in the league. Nice coach Patrick Vieira underlined Atal's importance after he scored a hat-tick in April against Guinga...
CECAFA 2019: Mckinstry Names ‘Deadly’ Cranes  Squad For Burundi Faceoff

CECAFA 2019: Mckinstry Names ‘Deadly’ Cranes Squad For Burundi Faceoff

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Uganda Cranes are ready  to faceoff with Burundi this Saturday in the CECAFA senior Challenge Cup,  which is running from  December 9 to 19, 2029. Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry has so far named his final 20-man squad that will play for the Cranes and the selected players are all locally based and ply their trade in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. Vipers SC defender Halid Lwaliwa has been given the responsibility to lead the squad as the team Captain. Mckinstry however said it wasn't easy to come up with the final squad. He said that"The decision of selecting the 20 players was difficult. We have had 26 players in the previous days. Me and my coaches discussed for long to have the final list.  There is  so much talent within the squad. The six pl...
U20 Women’s World Cup 2020: African Qualifier Tournament Fixtures Released

U20 Women’s World Cup 2020: African Qualifier Tournament Fixtures Released

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The qualifiers for next year's final will be up and running in January as the search for the continent's representatives begin their journey. Cosafa U20 Women's Cup champions Tanzania have been drawn against Uganda, while Egypt take on Morocco in an African U20 Women's World Cup qualifier preliminary round in January 2020. The first-round fixtures, which was released after Wednesday's draw ceremony in Cairo to a record 29 participating teams by CAF also got Congo pitted against Angola and Liberia meeting Guinea. The Democratic Republic of Congo will square up with Gabon and Burkina Faso slug it out with Gambia, while Mauritania battle Guinea-Bissau and Senegal get Sierra Leone. Also, Tanzania will engage Uganda, Burundi confront Ethiopia, and Malawi fac...
Senegalese President Sall Hails Liverpool’s Mane On Ballon’s Nomination

Senegalese President Sall Hails Liverpool’s Mane On Ballon’s Nomination

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By Keefa Nuwahereza President Macky Sall of Senegal has praised Sadio Mane following his fourth-place finish at the 2019 Ballon D’or ceremony. Mane was nominated for the individual prize following his impressive outing for Liverpool and Senegal in the year under review. During Monday’s ceremony in Paris, he finished fourth behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sadio Mane is action That position remains the best a Senegalese has achieved in the history of the awards. “My dear Sadio. By my voice, Senegal expresses its encouragement and congratulations for this place in the top four for the Ballon d'Or 2019,” Sall wrote on his Twitter handle. “The example of self-sacrifice and of perseverance that was your creed will allow you, we're sure, to conque...
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