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Morocco score late to edge Ghana at the Afcon

Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal seized on a loose ball to score seven minutes from time and secure a 1-0 win over Ghana in their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday. Boufal hammered home from close range after a mazy run into the penalty area from Zakaria Aboukhlal that saw him tease the Ghana defence, only...
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Sylla strike lifts Guinea to 1-0 win over depleted Malawi

Guinea left-back Issiaga Sylla scored a first-half goal to steer his side to a fortunate 1-0 victory over depleted Malawi in an entertaining Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam on Monday. Malawi, making a third appearance at the finals and first since 2010, had 13 members of their squad unavailable following a COVID-19...
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Last-gasp Mane penalty hands Senegal victory over Zimbabwe

Senegal‘s Sadio Mane converted a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time to hand the pre-tournament favourites a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe at the start of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Bafoussam on Monday. Zimbabwe defender Kelvin Madzongwe was penalised for blocking a shot with his hand extended away from his body in the penalty area in a heartbreaking...
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Djokovic back in practice, family hails ‘biggest victory of his life’

World number one Novak Djokovic returned to training after being released from Australian immigration detention on Monday, posting a picture with his team from Melbourne Park and thanking the judge for overturning his visa cancellation. “I’m pleased and grateful that the judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete in...
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Djokovic out of Australia detention, still faces deportation threat

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Sadio Mane – Eyes on the Afcon trophy

Having won the 2019 African Footballer of the Year award and having played in the finals of the African Cup Nations before, nothing would be more fitting to add to the list of Sadio Mane’s achievements than actually winning the Afcon trophy.  The 29-year-old member of the Senegalese who plays as a winger and forward, missed out on featuring in...
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VIDEO: Professor Hermann Ndofor discusses risks to the Afcon posed by Limbe conflict

A senior official involved in Cameroon’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations has assured that separatist rebels pose no threat to the tournament, which started on Sunday. However, Professor Hermann Ndofor from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business holds a different view. Droves of armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets of Limbe in Cameroon’s conflict-torn South West Region...
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Cape Verde overcome COVID-19 infections to win at the Afcon

Striker Julio Tavares headed home the winner as Cape Verde Islands shrugged off their COVID-19 woes to beat 10-man Ethiopia 1-0 on the opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Tavares forced home a diving header after a superb cutback pass from Garry Rodrigues on the stroke of halftime at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde as the...
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Malawi’s team has been hit hard by COVID-19 infections as they prepare to play their first Africa Cup of Nations finals match in more than a decade on Monday. Other teams set to take the field on Monday – Gabon, Guinea and the highly fancied Morocco and Senegal – have also been weakened by novel coronavirus infections, which are threatening...
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MATCH PREVIEW: Day 2 Afcon fixtures hamstrung by COVID-19 infections

Malawi’s team has been hit hard by COVID-19 infections as they prepare to play their first Africa Cup of Nations finals match in more than a decade on Monday. Other teams set to take the field on Monday – Gabon, Guinea and the highly fancied Morocco and Senegal – have also been weakened by novel coronavirus infections, which are threatening...
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Senegal still favourites, despite key players missing

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Australian court orders Djokovic be released from immigration detention

An Australian judge ruled on Monday that Novak Djokovic be released from immigration detention, finding the government’s decision to revoke the tennis star’s visa to enter the country was “unreasonable.” Judge Anthony Kelly ordered Djokovic be released within 30 minutes and his passport and other travel documents returned to him, rekindling the world number one’s chance to win a record...
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Injured Stokes still hopes to play in fifth Test: Anderson

All-rounder Ben Stokes hopes to be fit enough for the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia despite suffering a side strain while bowling in Sydney, England teammate James Anderson said. Stokes was treated for tightness in his left side just before lunch on the second day of the fourth Test and has had a scan to determine the seriousness...
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Cape Verde overcome COVID-19 infections to win at Cup of Nations

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Three more players test positive in Senegal camp

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and striker Famara Diedhiou will join captain Kalidou Koulibaly on the sidelines for Senegal’s opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after both tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s football federation said on Sunday. That leaves Senegal, already hit by six positive cases before they departed for the tournament, with a threadbare squad for...
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Novak Djokovic’s bid to stay in Australia goes before courts

Novak Djokovic’s battle to remain in Australia and bid for a record breaking tennis title goes before the courts on Monday, with the star player’s lawyers and the federal government to face off over his controversial COVID-19 vaccination exemption. Djokovic, who has been held in an immigration detention hotel since his visa was revoked on his arrival at Melbourne’s airport...
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Cameroon come from behind to win Afcon opener

Captain Vincent Aboubakar converted two spot-kicks as hosts Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Sunday. Burkina Faso, who were without their coach Kamou Malo and six players who tested positive for COVID-19, gave away two clumsy penalties after Gustavo Sangare had silenced the...
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Cameroon come from behind to win Cup of Nations opener

Captain Vincent Aboubakar converted two spot-kicks as hosts Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Sunday. Burkina Faso, who were without their coach Kamou Malo and six players who tested positive for COVID-19, gave away two clumsy penalties after Gustavo Sangare had silenced the...
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Three more players test positive in Senegal camp ahead of AFCON match

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MATCH PREVIEW: Cameroon, Burkina Faso ready for Africa Cup of Nations despite Covid testing confusion

After a turbulent build-up, and still under a cloud of doubt, the Africa Cup of Nations finally gets underway in Cameroon on Sunday.  Both Cameroon and Burkina Faso national teams fine tuned their preparation on Saturday ahead of the opening game.  Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar said the team had to start the competition well if they wanted the Cameroonians to...
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