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Liverpool 8-points clear after pulsating win over Man City

Liverpool took a massive action to a initially Leading League title in 30 many years by beating defending champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to open up up an 8-point lead at the leading of the table.

Two goals in the to start with 13 minutes from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah gave the European champions a dream start off before Sadio Mane’s diving header early in the next 50 % sealed City’s fate.

Bernardo Silva pulled a late goal back again but a third defeat in 8 league games leaves City down in fourth, 9 points behind Liverpool, and with a mountain to climb if they are to assert a third straight league title.

City’s defensive deficiencies have been much publicised without the need of the wounded Aymeric Laporte so far this season and they crumbled as Liverpool scored with their initial two assaults of the game.

But the visitors ended up furious with some justification at the shift that led to the opening goal when a dangerous foray into the Liverpool box finished with the ball hanging Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm.

Instead of City staying awarded a spot kick, the hosts broke down the other stop and the ball fell to Fabinho on the edge of the area.

The Brazilian is not renowned for his goalscoring, but when invited to shoot by a hesitant City back again line five minutes in, he arrowed a strike outside of stand-in goalie Claudio Bravo.

The people experienced their chances to get degree in concerning Liverpool‘s early blitz as Raheem Sterling headed huge Kevin De Bruyne’s in-swinging free-kick.

But it was Liverpool who had been ruthless as a pinpoint cross by Andy Robertson was headed home on the bounce by Salah.

City even now went on to delight in the better of the play in the remainder of the 1st 50 percent, but the harm was previously accomplished.

Sergio Aguero was denied his first at any time goal at Anfield by a smart save from Alisson Becker prior to a purposeful burst forward by Angelino observed his deflected shot arrive back again off the post.

Aguero then dragged City’s very best likelihood of a reply before the split huge right after wonderful operate by De Bruyne.

Any hope of a City comeback was eliminated 6 minutes into the next 50 percent when Jordan Henderson’s teasing cross was fulfilled with a diving header by Mane though Bravo could have carried out improved to stop the ball creeping over the line.

Liverpool agonisingly skipped out on the title by a solitary point previous season as City finished the season on a 14-match winning run to edge a titanic tussle.

Pep Guardiola’s men will require to create something likewise breathtaking to retain the title, but after promptly building up for the disappointment of the title race by wining the Champions League previous season,

Liverpool appear destined to go a person improved this time spherical.Guardiola’s mood was not enhanced when one more VAR check out went against his side after Sterling went down in the area under force from Mane.

City ultimately bought the goal considerably of their technique play experienced threatened when Bernardo Silva swept home Angelino’s cross 12 minutes from time.

Liverpool were then camped inside their own fifty percent, but held out for what could demonstrate to be a important win arrive May.

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Egwuekwe clear to make SuperSport debut – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 19:00


Nigeria international Azubuike Egwuekwe could make his SuperSport United debut this weekend, after receiving his work permit, the defender confirmed.

In conversation with KickOff.com, the 28-year-old revealed that he is available for selection as Matsatsantsa prepare to take on Maritzburg United in a MTN8 second-leg semifinal clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium this Saturday.

The first-leg in Atteridgeville ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Egwuekwe, who joined Matsatsantsa from Finnish outfit KuPS last month, made his unofficial debut for the club in a 2-1 win over the Nedbank Ke Yona team in Tembisa last Sunday.

“Yes, my papers are now okay,” said the centre-back.

“I am very excited to join a big team like SuperSport United and am looking forward to giving my best for the club,” the towering Super Eagles defender told KickOff.com.

Egwuekwe forms part of an experienced centre-back unit at SuperSport United that also includes Bafana Bafana internationals Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould and Tefu Mashamaite



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Ola Aina clear to make Nigeria debut – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 15:30


Ola Aina is set to make his Nigerian debut against Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Monday.

It was confirmed on Saturday that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) had received clearance from FIFA for the England-born defender to make his debut for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria made it three wins from three with a commanding 4-0 thumping of the African Champions in Uyo on Friday, and know that victory in the reverse fixture in Yaoundé could book their ticket to Russia.

Aina represented the Three Lions at junior level, but pledged his alliance to Nigeria earlier this year, and is now set to make his debut for the West African nation.

The 20-year-old is currently on-loan at Hull City from English Premier League champions Chelsea.



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Zanaco go clear at the top of Group D


Zanaco FC Players celebrate

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017. 18:37


Zanaco have opened up a three-point lead at the top of Group D in the CAF Champions League after defeating Coton Sport 1-0 in Garoua on Wednesday.

The Zambians have moved to 10 points, opening up clear daylight between themselves and the North African pair of Al Ahly (seven points) and Wydad Casablanca (six points). The Cameroonians are last after suffering a fourth successive defeat.

Zanaco started the brighter of the two teams yet the first effort in anger came from Coton’s Romaric Pitroipa on 13 minutes, but the Burkina Faso player failed to hit the target.

The Zambian’s attacking spearhead, Saith Sakala, then had a couple of good chances in the 17th and 19th minutes, with his first effort saved by goalkeeper Simon Omossola and his second cleared off the goal line by Dzekem Bongyang

On 21 minutes the hosts created the best chance of the first half when Fabril Kaou provided a great cross from the right to pick out the late run of Pitroipa into the box, but the attacker skewed his effort wide of the mark.

The visitors dominated the remainder of the first half, but were unable to find a way past Coton’s resilient defence, leaving the game goalless at the break.

Zanaco almost claimed the lead eight minutes into the second half when a low cross from the left by-line found Sakala free in the box, but his snap shot was superbly saved by Omossola.

Shortly before the hour mark Coton created a great chance on the counter attack for burly striker Ronald Ngah Wanja, but his stabbed shot was blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata.

That opportunity signalled the start of momentum swinging in favour of the Cameroonians, who looked the likelier scorers in the final quarter of the match but were unable to break the deadlock.

Yet with the match seemingly destined for a stalemate, Zanaco hit the hosts on a swift counter attack and Attram Kwame set up Sakala with a chance – this time the striker coolly struck home a low shot with his left foot to win the game 1-0.

The teams will return to Group D action next weekend when Zanaco host Al Ahly in Lusaka, while Coton Sport will welcome Wydad Casablanca to Garoua.



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Smouha out to pull clear in Group C – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Smouha player Islam Mohareb (R) in action against Recreativo Libolo player Wilson Macamo (L)during the African Champion League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Smouha vs Clube Recreativo Desportivo at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 24 May 2017

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Bertin Basson

Friday Jun 02, 2017. 17:00


Smouha SC will be out to pull clear in what is a tightly contested Group C when they welcome Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a 2017 Caf Confederations Cup clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 23h00 CAT.

Four teams are tied on three points apiece in Group C with the perks of home advantage clearly evident in the early stages of the competition.

Smouha, Al-Hilal, ZESCO United and Recreativo do Libolo all won their respective home games in the opening two rounds of the competition.

The Blue Wave fell to a 1-0 defeat in Ndola in their opening game of the campaign before bouncing back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Angolan outfit Libolo. Ahmed Raouf and Islam Mohareb on target for the Egyptians.

Similarly, Al-Hilal registered a home win in their last outing – Cheick Moukoro on target to bag all three points following an opening round defeat in Calulo.

Fighting in mid-table in their respective leagues, both teams will be eyeing some reprieve in Africa’s second-tier continental competition.



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TP Mazembe out to pull clear in Group D


Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday May 23, 2017. 20:00


African giants TP Mazembe will be out to pull clear in Group D when they visit Horoya in a 2017 CAF Confederations Cup clash set to take place at Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Wednesday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18h00 CAT.

The defending champions got their campaign off to the perfect start, cruising to a 2-0 win over CF Mounana in Lubumbashi earlier this month. Goals from Tresor Mputu and Rainford Kalaba guiding the Democratic Republic of Congo club to a comfortable win.

Horoya in contrast, played to a 2-2 draw away to SuperSport United. A result which could go a long way in helping the Guinea team into the next round of the competition.

Mazembe have won five CAF Champions League winners medals in their history, adding a CAF Confederation Cup trophy to their cabinet following success in last year’s competition.

Horoya’s only success on the continent came in the old African Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1978.

Algerian referee Lahlou Benbraham will take charge of the clash.



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Nigerian Iheanacho to be a part of Man City clear out – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Sergio Aguero for Manchester City

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Graeme Jackson

Monday May 15, 2017. 12:00


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is expected to have a clear out of his squad in the European summer, which will reportedly included the sale of Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho.

The Citizens have endured a trophyless season in the Spaniard’s first campaign at the Etihad Stadium and it is expected he will engineer a major overhaul of their squad.

German publication Bild has reported that Bunesliga clubs, including Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim, are keen on bringing the player to Germany.

Iheanacho is expected to join the likes of Ivorians Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Joe Hart and Gael Clichy in being sold or released by City to make way for new recruits, according to TEAMtalk.

The 20-year-old Nigeria is expected to bring a transfer fee of around 20-million pounds.



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