CAF's 'reverse pass': AFCON 2021 to be played in January

The new tournament dates will likely be unpopular with European soccer clubs, which have long objected to the mandatory release of their players in the middle of the domestic league seasons.

The 2021 African Cup of Nations is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global soccer calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with European clubs.



The 24-nation competition was originally planned to begin in June, but the Cameroonian soccer federation said Wednesday it will be held from Jan. 9-Feb. 6 to avoid the country’s rainy season.



The new tournament dates will likely be unpopular with European soccer clubs, which have long objected to the mandatory release of their players in the middle of the domestic league seasons.



The current Liverpool squad would stand to lose star forwards Sadio Mane of Senegal and Mohamed Salah of Eqypt, the past two African players of the year.



The influential European Club Association has been part of talks with FIFA to move toward coordinating all continental championships in the European offseason. The 2019 Cup of Nations, hosted by Egypt as a late replacement for Cameroon, was the first in the new June slot.



FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup competition also kicks off in June 2021, with a 24-team lineup including Liverpool set to play in China.



Moving the 2021 African Cup of Nations clears a competing tournament from the calendar and avoids a clash for African players at top European clubs.

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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.

2019 CAF Super Cup final: Egypt's Zamalek beat Tunisia's Esperance

Egyptian side Zamalek are the 2019 Super Cup winners after beating Tunisian side Esperance by three goals to one in a final played in Doha, Qatar.

Egyptian side Zamalek are the 2019 Super Cup winners after beating Tunisian side Esperance by three goals to one in a final played in Doha, Qatar.

The CAF Super Cup is a face-off between the holder of the Champions League title and winner of the Confederation Cup.

This clash was scheduled for last August but was postponed to February 14. This is the second time the African Super Cup is being held in Doha. This is Zamalek’s fourth title after they won it in 2003, 1997 and 1994.

Zamalek’s Youssef Obama struck very early in the game to give his side the lead. The Tunisians hit back early in the second half when Abdelraouf Benguit equalized through a penalty.

Achraf Bencharki put Zamalek in the lead again before increasing the tally to secure the results. The winning coach made history as the first ever to win the Super Cup in two consecutive years with two different sides.

Esperance had aimed to win the trophy for the second time since 1995, but it was the Egyptians who bagged their first trophy after a 17-year drought.

Football: Congo to boost national selections

The republic of Congo just like many other African countries are stepping up gears towards female football especially after the heroic round of U20 women’s world cup qualifiers in which they put 6 pas

The republic of Congo just like many other African countries are stepping up gears towards female football especially after the heroic round of U20 women’s world cup qualifiers in which they put 6 pass Angola. After declining to host this year’s African Women’s Championship, Brazzaville is not slowing down on the competition either and to that effect a technical delegation led by the head head coach of the Senior Women’s National, who also doubles as the coach of the U20 team was in Pointe Noire’s complex sportif between Monday and Thursday.

The goal was to preselect female footballers in the city at both the U20 and Senior levels so as to boost the squads of the national team

Over twenty players were screened during the three day event.

Most of the players expressed gratitude to the Congolese Football Federation FECOFOOT for dispatching an entire delegation for the event,

IOC president receives original 1892 Olympics manifesto after $9.6m auction

The document was given to him by Russian billionaire Alisher Ousmanov, President of the International Fencing Federation. The Russian acquired the manifesto for 8.8 million euros at an auction in New

The President of the International Olympic Committee received the original manuscript of the Olympic Games manifesto drawn up in 1892 by Pierre de Coubertin.

The document was given to him by Russian billionaire Alisher Ousmanov, President of the International Fencing Federation. The Russian acquired the manifesto for 8.8 million euros at an auction in New York last December.

Thomas Bach, IOC president speaking at the event said: “It is a day of great emotion because today we receive, at home, the founding document of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games.

“This is how it all began with the re-establishment of the Olympic Games, so you cannot overestimate the meaning and importance of this speech by Pierre de Coubertin and you cannot overestimate the effect. And thank you, Mr. Ousmanov. This document goes back home to the Olympic Museum and the IOC.”

The businessman guru, Alisher Ousmanov is interested in sports and keen about Russia’s concerns with the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA.

In December, he denounced the WADA move against the “lynching” of his country, excluded for 4 years from the Olympic Games.

CHAN 2020: Cameroon to intensify preps in Congo with two international friendlies

Host nation Cameroon intensify preparations ahead of the African nations champions as the team has won all preparatory matches along the way and barely over a month to the start of the competition, te

Host nation Cameroon intensify preparations ahead of the African nations champions as the team has won all preparatory matches along the way and barely over a month to the start of the competition, team Cameroon is expected to play both Congo next week.

Inter Milan goes top of the serie A after dominating eternal rivals AC Milan 4-2 on Sunday, while Juventus lost 2-1 to Lecce. Dortmund were stunned by Leverkusen in Germany while PSG kept the faith, dismissing Lyon 4-2 on Sunday.

Algeria’s Islam Slimani got a late winner for Monaco as they travelled to Amiens, while Nigeria’s Moses Simon and Victor Osimhen both scored goals in the French Ligue 1 plus other Africans who made headlines over the weekend  .