CAF inter club quarter finalists known

On Wednesday in Egypt, the draws ceremonies for both the CAF champions league and confederation cups were done with revenge opportunities served for some while other teams have had their backs on the

On Wednesday in Egypt, the draws ceremonies for both the CAF champions league and confederation cups were done with revenge opportunities served for some while other teams have had their backs on the wall following the pairings.



A point to note in the champions league is the consistency and hegemony of some clubs entering the final sprint of Africa’s most rated club football competitions. All 8 quarter finalists have won the champions league prior and so one may be tempted to say privileges no longer intimidate at this stage as any one can win against any one. They together share 29 trophies with record 8 time winners Al Ahly at the heart of things. Zamalek and TP Mazembe with 5 trophies look set to improve their status on the continent.



Now onto the pairings, South Africans Mamelodi Sundowns will want to rewrite history when they take on Egypt’s Al Ahly after both sides met at the same stage last year. Egypt’s Ahly will have a chance to avenge their humiliating defeat by South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 5-1 on aggregate.



Raja of Casablanca will host TP Mazembe who crashed out last year at the semi-finals.



Zamalek, who last won the competition in 2002, will face Esperance three times in around three weeks as both sides clash in the African Super Cup on 14 February.



Esperance is on the move to win three successive titles in a bounce, while Wydad Casablanca plays host to Etoile du Sahel.



The first leg games will come up on February 28 and 29.



The winners of the Zamalek-Esperance game will meet either Raja or Mazembe while the winners of the Ahly-Sundowns match will face either Wydad or Etoile in the semifinals.



Enyimba’s expedition for a first CAF Confederation Cup title will continue with a two-legged tie against Horoya in the quarter-finals, while Al-Masry take on RS Berkane.



In other pairings, surprise package Al Nasr of Libya will be involved in another heavyweight tie, as they face Moroccan giants Hassania Agadir who topped Group D.



Zambian giants Zanaco beat DC Motemba Potembe to the ticket for the quarter-final, and they would be hoping to continue with their fairytale against Egypt’s Pyramid.



Major shock in Spain as both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona exit the Copa del Rey at the quarter finals that was last night.



Real Madrid was beaten at home 4-3 by visiting Real Sociedad and at the 70th minute the score board read 4-1 in favor of the visitors as Zidane’s team conceded the heaviest score at home this season. Madrid is only left with the Champions league and the Spanish title to chase this season.



A few minutes after the defeat of their rivals, Leo Messi and his Barcelona side failed to make the semi finals of the competition after they hugely dominated Athletic Bilbao for a major part of the game. but failed to score the needed goal. The tight contest was decided in the third minute of stoppage time when Inaki Williams headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.



Earlier quarter final results saw Granada qualified ahead of Valencia 2-1, while second tier side Mirandes shocked Villa Real 4-2 to progress to the semis. It is the first time since 2010 that the Copa del Rey final will feature neither Barcelona nor Real.

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Deontay, Fury gear up for rematch Saturday

The two fought to a draw in December 2018.

The much-awaited rematch between two heavyweight champions will come off in Las Vegas, United States this Saturday.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are gearing up for this highly anticipated bout.

“This is the biggest fight in the last 50 years in heavyweight division so both men are putting it on the line and the fans are the only winners here on that Saturday night because we both have a lot to lose. We’re gonna put on an entertaining fight and may the best man win.” Reporter: “Are you still sticking by (your predicion of a) 2nd round knockout?” Fury: “One hundred percent, second round, two rounds”, Fury said.

Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title will be on the line. The champ is assuring fans of an amazing fight.

“This is living witness that things can happen, people can come together and make the best fights happen for the fans to see because that’s the only way we’ll really truly know who is the best in the division and as a heavyweight and it (heavyweight division) was down so many years and now it’s on fire, it’s an amazing feeling just to be a heavyweight right now, but it’s amazing just to put aside all the egos all the politics all the things that’s involved in boxing from not making fight happen, and we can finally come together, and eat at the dinner table together, and give the fans an amazing fight”, Wilder said.

The two fought to a draw in December 2018.

Fury is the lineal heavyweight champ of the world. Wilder is undefeated at 42-0 with one draw. Forty-one of his wins came by knockout.

Fury will step into the ring with a match record of 29-0, also with one draw.

He has recorded knockouts in 20 of his ring wins.

AP

South Africa's rugby team wins World Sports Award

South Africa beat England 32-12 in Yokohama in November to win the World cup. It was their third win led by Siya Kolisi, the first black man to captain the Springboks.

A big win for South Africa’s ruby team as it was named World sports team of the year in Berlin, Monday.

The Laureus Worlds Sports award follows the triumph of the Springboks at the world cup in Japan last year.

“Winning the World Cup obviously, and winning the Laureus Award mean so much and I think the big thing for us is just to continue where we left off and not drop off at all”, said ruby player, Faf De Klerk.

For captain Siya Kolisi “We really enjoyed every single part of it and one thing that I’ll never forget that our coach said: it’s really a privilege to play rugby in South Africa, because you get to impact people’s lives who don’t play rugby and you can bring a country together like we’ve seen in the past couple of weeks.”

South Africa beat England 32-12 in Yokohama in November to win the World cup. It was their third win led by Siya Kolisi, the first black man to captain the Springboks.

Meanwhile, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and football superstar Lionel Messi shared the Laureus sportsman of the year award.

The Laureus World Sports award is sport’s equivalent of the Oscars.

AFP

CAF to roll out ambitious reform program [Football Planet]

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was rolling out an ambitious reform program even as it pushed back against accusations of mismanagement

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was rolling out an ambitious reform program even as it pushed back against accusations of mismanagement. An independent audit revealed potential abuse of power and financial impropriety at CAF.

Also on Football Planet, Egyptian giants Zamalek were crowned CAF Super Cup champions after beating Esperance in Doha.

South Africa's cricket captain steps down

On Monday, Plessis was named in South Africa’s squad for the three-match T20 series against Australia, which starts on Friday.

Faf du Plessis on Monday stepped down as South Africa Test and Twenty20 captain.

In a statement, the 35-year-old said he was acting in the ‘best interests’ of the teams, adding that it was ‘‘one of the toughest decision to make’‘.

Plessis was replaced as captain of the one day side by Quinton de Kock in January this year.

Plessis captained his country 112 matches across all formats in a spell stretching back to 2012.

He was rested for both the recent one-day international and T20 series against England, and in January denied reports he would retire after the Test series.

On Monday, Plessis was named in South Africa’s squad for the three-match T20 series against Australia, which starts on Friday.

Mane scores his 100th goal in England as Liverpool beat Norwich

The goal happened to be his 100th in England. He scored 25 goals for Southampton from where he joined Liverpool in 2016.

Senegal international Sadio Mane was on target on Saturday as Liverpool continued their march towards the English Premier League title.

Mane, out for three weeks with a hamstring injury came off the bench to score the only goal of the game at Norwich. The goal happened to be his 100th in England. He scored 25 goals for Southampton from where he joined Liverpool in 2016.

In a post-match interview Mane expressed delight at his feat and at getting back to action: “It wasn’t easy because a as a football player, everyone wants to play all the time but you have to deal with it (injury). I went for some treatment, I worked hard, I came back.”

In 2016, the then 24-year old moved to Jurgen Klopp’s side after two successful seasons at Southampton, netting 25 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions. According to British media reports, Liverpool paid 34 million pounds ($45 million) for his services.

Since the beginning of 2019, Mané has scored 33 times in all competitions for Liverpool, with 17 percent of those strikes being match winners. 16 of those 32 goals being scored with his right foot, seven with his left, and nine with his head.

He has helped Liverpool to the Champions League trophy along with other African counterparts like Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita of Guinea and Cameroon’s Joel Matip.

Salah is the reigning (2019) African footballer of the year; he beat Salah and Man City’s Riyad Mahrez to the award earlier this year. He was instrumental in Senegal’s push for a first African Nations Cup even though they lost the final to Algeria who were led by Mahrez.