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Algeria claimed its second Africa Cup of Nations trophy, 19 years after their first


Algeria defeated 1-0 Senegal this Friday 19th July, 2019.


Baghdad Bounedjah's shot took huge deflection and looped in for Algeria.


Senegal have never won Africa Cup of Nations.


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Barcelona have made a £90m offer plus two players for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to reports. 


The La Liga club have given PSG a list of six players that could be included in the deal, including Philippe CoutinhoOusmane DembeleIvan RakiticNelson SemedoMalcom and Samuel Umtiti.


It is understood the French club want over £200m for the 27-year-old.


Neymar had told PSG he wanted to leave, while their manager Thomas Tuchel admitted on Wednesday that he knew the Brazilian was keen on an exit before the Copa America.


PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week that Neymar could leave the French champions "if there is an offer that suits everyone", while also confirming "superficial contact" with Barcelona.


PSG tried to convince Neymar to change his mind and the Brazil international did not tell his club where he would like to move to.


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THE FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 LIST IS THE most-anticipated list of game-changers on the continent and this year also marks the fifth milestone annual Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list with a new inclusion of new categories of game-changers.

Together, they are 120 in total across four sectors: business, technology, creatives, and sport. 

We will, however, take time to look into bits by bits details of the collectives in no particular order. 

We will be reviewing Mohamed Salah, 27, Egypt in the Sports Category.


On June 1, 2019, the world watched as Liverpool made history, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final as Egyptian-born Mohamed Salah led the team to victory.


Salah scored the first goal of the match and in the end, the team had a 2-0 victory. Dressed in the team’s shirt, red as his blood, and with curly locks, Salah raised the trophy with pride in celebration while immersed in a sea of red on the pitch.


He was this year’s only footballer on the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential that called him “one of the best football players in the world”.


The iconic figure started his professional career nine years ago playing for the Egyptian Premier League.


Thereafter, his career went international when he played for Basel, a team in Switzerland and then Chelsea.


In 2017, he then signed with Liverpool at a club-record fee of £36.9 million ($46.6 million).


He has since won numerous awards and accolades such as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year. His next goal is to conquer the next season of the Premier League.


He is currently sponsored by Adidas and has appeared on Adidas commercials alongside David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba, and singer Pharrell Williams.


With a total of 148 goals scored in his professional clubs’ career, Salah is a name that will definitely go down in history books. He is one of the highest-earning sports stars in the world.

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Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says the national team is not bold enough to attack teams at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


Bafana has been dismal in the group matches after they lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast and Morocco and also beat Namibia by the same scoreline.


They managed to scrape through as one of the four best-placed number three teams in their groups.


Bafana will meet Egypt in the daunting second-round clash in Cairo on Saturday.


The host nation has been in impressive form winning all their three group matches against Zimbabwe, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Egypt is one of the favorites to win the biennial tournament. Baloyi says Bafana have not been playing as a team.


Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has controversially rotated his two goalkeepers Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet in the group stage.


Williams was in goals in the two defeats against Ivory Coast and Morocco, while Keet was between the sticks in a win over Namibia.


It remains to be seen who will be up against the Egyptians, but Baloyi says both of them have done well.

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The 48-year-old's appointment has been confirmed and the former PSV Eindhoven boss is with the Rams squad at their training camp in Florida. He has bagged a four-year contract with the club.


Cocu replaces Frank Lampard, who was installed as Chelsea's new head coach yesterday after just one year in charge at Derby.


Cocu had a highly-successful playing career with PSV and Barcelona, and he played 101 times for Holland.


He won three Eredivisie titles in four years as PSV boss.

Chris van der Weerden is assistant manager and Twan Scheepers is a specialist first-team coach.


Van der Weerden, who is 46, is also a former PSV player and had six years at the club as assistant manager. He has been assistant at Fenerbahce.


Scheepers, who is 47, is a former PSV player and has been an under-21 assistant manager at the Dutch club.


Derby is keen to build on the work of last season when they finished sixth in the Championship and reached the play-off final.


Maintaining the philosophy, style of play and pathway for young players is important are all part of the plan, and they believe Cocu is the ideal choice.


"The style of football is extremely similar to how Frank has been setting Derby up," said chairman Mel Morris. "That is a big part, and I think the ability to embrace youth is something he (Cocu) has a tremendous track record in.


"He has a phenomenal record of achieving success in the Eredivisie.


"We are looking forward to some exciting football and continuing with the philosophy and style of play we saw over the last season."

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The White House on Wednesday announced its decision to send a presidential delegation to the Women’s World Cup final where the U.S. will take on the Netherlands.


Jackie Groenen scored the only goal of the match in the 99th minute to send the Netherlands into its first Women’s World Cup final.


A statement from the White House stated that Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley would lead the delegation and would be joined by six other women at the match.


They are Jamie D. McCourt, the U.S. ambassador to Monaco; Josephine K. Olsen, the director of the Peace Corps and Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Others are Marie Royce, the assistant secretary of state for educational and current affairs; Shauna Rohbock, a member of the U.S. Army National Guard who serves on the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition as well as Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of Bakkt and the co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.


The Women’s World Cup final will take place on Sunday in Stade de Lyon, France.


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Frank Lampard has agreed on a contract at Stamford Bridge and an announcement by Chelsea is thought to be imminent after Derby County allowed him to skip the first day of pre-season to complete the deal.


Chelsea will buy out the last two years of Lampard's Rams contract at the cost of £4m ($5.06m) to replace their former head coach Maurizio Sarri, who joined Juventus a fortnight ago in a deal worth upwards of £5m ($6.32).


The 41-year-old returns to the club where spent 13 years, scoring 211 goals in 649 games in what is the most successful era in the club's history.


Lampard won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League in that time. He also came second to Ronaldinho in the Ballon d'Or of 2005.


It is understood that Lampard will bring staff from Derby with him as ex-Blues midfielder Jody Morris is expected to join as his assistant manager after working with him at the Rams.

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Gernot Rohr, Head coach of Nigeria has revealed that he has already mapped out his starting XI that will tackle Guinea in Wednesday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, Group B fixture.

The Germany tactician stated that only fittest Super Eagles players will start against the Syli Stars, adding that a victory for the three times African champions will seal Nigeria’s qualification into the competition’s next round.


Nigeria head to the match after defeating Burundi 1-0 over the weekend, while Guinea played a draw against Madagascar.


Addressing a press conference on Tuesday morning in Egypt, Rohr said: “Yesterday’s afternoon we put together already the team who could start eventually in this crucial game against Guinea because if we win it we are already through to the next round of the competition. That would be wonderful you know.


“At the moment the atmosphere is very good. The players are recovering and we will also prepare specially for those that are sick and to try to come back in good fitness.


“We had a very good training session this morning. We had a recovery program for the players who played more than 45 minutes against Burundi on Saturday.


“We had a big work which dwelled on physical and technical training for the other players too.”

The kick-off time for the match is 3:30 pm.

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South Africa (Bafana Bafana), is back in the continent’s flagship tournament after missing out in 2017, but face a difficult assignment in Egypt starting Monday having been drawn alongside 2015 champions Ivory Coast and a strong Morocco side coached by two-time Cup of Nations winner Herve Renard, as well as Namibia in Group D.

These countries resume a rivalry 21 years after drawing 1-1 in Burkina Faso, and a similar outcome at the Al Salam Stadium would not be surprising as neither side dare loose.

“As much as every team wants to win its first tournament match, it is crucial not to lose because it puts you on the back foot immediately,” says South Africa coach Stuart Baxter.

While Ivory Coast has a potential matchwinner in Pepe from Ligue 1 runners-up Lille, South Africa hope Percy Tau can rise to the occasion after a season in the Belgian second division.

The slightly-built attacker was signed by Premier League outfit Brighton last season, lent to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium, and his brace against Libya ensured qualification for Egypt.

South Africa had a puzzling build-up with Baxter rejecting a chance to play in a regional championship, then complaining that he had only one warm-up match, a draw against Ghana.


Ivory Coast vs South Africa: Prediction, head-to-head and TV stream

Prediction

Considering South Africa is more known for showboating rather than actually performing, it’s perhaps surprising that Ivory Coast has a win probability of just 45%. The draw is the second most likely outcome and South Africa winning is given just a 25% chance.

Ivory Coast has won 80% of their last five matches, South Africa just 67%.

The Ivorians have, however, had a bit of a dip in form since last winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.  They were booted out in the group stages last time out and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But, South Africa hasn’t done much better.

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Juventus are interested in signing Paul Pogba back from Manchester United, according to Sky in Italy.

The Italian champions have made contact with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola over a potential summer move for the France international.

According to reports, Manchester United have been informed of Juventus' interest.


Pogba first joined Juve on a free transfer in 2012 after struggling to secure regular first-team football at Old Trafford.


The midfielder enjoyed four successful seasons in Turin before rejoining United in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89m.


Pogba has experienced mixed fortunes during his second spell in Manchester, scoring 31 goals in 135 games since returning to the club.


The 2018 World Cup winner still has two years remaining on his current deal at United, with the club holding an option to trigger a further 12-month extension to his contract.


Real Madrid has also been linked with Pogba and the midfielder fuelled speculation he could move to the Bernabeu this summer after describing the club as "a dream for anyone" in April.


Juventus, meanwhile, are still without a manager following Massimiliano Allegri's departure at the end of the season.


Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is the favorite to replace Allegri at the Allianz Stadium, according to Sky in Italy.

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