Cricket World Cup: South Africa's win against Afghanistan revives hope for semis

South Africa, who have never won the 50-over tournament arrived for the latest edition with high hopes. They have lost in the semi-finals four times, and are ranked third, behind India.

South Africa vs Afghanistan



South Africa on Saturday registered their first win at the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, beating Afghanistan by nine wickets.



The match at the Cardiff Wales Stadium offered the Proteas a last chance to salvage their chances at the tournament that they have never won.



Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took 4-29, engineering an Afghani collapse after a 75-minute rain break as they were dismissed for 125. Chris Morris contributed with figures of 3-13 and Andile Phehlukwayo took two wickets.



The South Africans set about chasing a slightly adjusted target of 127 from 48 overs in cautious fashion, reaching 131-1 with 19 overs to spare.



After their poor start to the tournament, South Africa effectively need to win their remaining four matches, starting with New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday, to make the last four.



South Africa gets 1st point



Raain gifted South Africa their first point at the World Cup as the game against West Indies was washed out, and both teams awarded a point.



The Proteas have struggled to impress in the four matches they have so far played, losing against England, Bangladesh and India.



South Africa vs India



South Africa slumped to a third straight loss at the Cricket World Cup, falling to India by six wickets on Wednesday.



Wily Indian wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets as one of the pre-tournament favourites got their Cricket World Cup campaign off to a confident start by restricting South Africa to 227 for nine at a vibrant Rose Bowl.



Chasing South Africa’s 227-9, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for eight and then batting mainstay Kohli for 18 with the score on 54-2 at the Rose bowl in Southampton.



Opener Rohit, however, ensured the victory ended up being a comfortable one with an unbeaten 122 as India reached their target with six wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.



The innings mirrored South Africa’s World Cup campaign to date as their batsmen struggled to find form or fluency on wickets that were good for striking. They have lost their opening two matches to England and Bangladesh, while India were playing their first game.



Bangladesh upsets South Africa



South Africa suffered its second successive defeat at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, losing by 21 runs to Bangladesh.



Bangladesh piled up their highest one-day International total, underlining their reputation as dangerous outsiders at the tournament.



Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to notch up Bangladesh’s highest World Cup partnership in an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support.



That meant South Africa needed to pull off the highest run chase in World Cup history, but they ended on 309 for eight and with their next game against India on Wednesday, their chances of making the semi-finals are already under threat.



The country’s former all-rounder Jacques Kallis said the Proteas cannot afford any more mistakes at the World Cup and will need to win almost all their remaining seven games if they hope to qualify for the semi-finals.



“I think you’ll need six wins, maybe five with a really good run rate, to finish in the top four,” Kallis said in a column for the International Cricket Council.



“So South Africa almost need to win every game they will play. There will be no margin for error.



The top four teams from the new round-robin format qualify for the semi-finals and defeat against India on Wednesday could also potentially affect South Africa’s net run rate, which will decide the final standings if teams are tied on points and wins.



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Loss to England



Africa’s sole representatives at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, South Africa got off to a losing start against hosts England in the first game of the six-week tournament.



Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 as the hosts made a competitive total of 311 for eight after being sent into bat.



Jofra Archer took two early wickets and South Africa never looked likely to reach their target, bowled out in the 40th over for 207 to give World Cup favourites England the perfect start.



The Duke of Sussex addressed the crowd at The Oval, saying: “Cities will come alive across the next six weeks as World Cup fever sweeps the nation once more…I am now honoured to declare the men’s World Cup of 2019 open.”



South Africa, who have never won the 50-over tournament arrived for the latest edition with high hopes. The Proteas have lost in the semi-finals four times, and are ranked third, behind India.



“We were outplayed in all three departments. Jofra Archer took two wickets up front and Hashim Amla (injured) as well, so it was basically three down,” South Africa’s Du Plessis said.



“I thought 300 was par but there were some really good batting performances from England.”



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Tanzanian striker announces Mamelodi Sundowns move

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Mamelodi Sundowns FC have reportedly signed Tanzanian striker Habib Kyombo who was on a trial with the club back in 2018. The news of officially being a Sundowns player has been confirmed by Kyombo on his social media and the club are yet to announce the signing. Kyombo’s impressive campaign at Singida United in Tanzania’s Premier League earned him the contract with Sundowns. On his official Instagram account, Kyombo wrote: “First of all I would like to thank God for everything. “I would like the the amazing fans of Singida United, players, technical bench and staff for being with the whole season you were truly the best for me…thank you so much. “But also I would like to thank my management @shadakasports for handling the deal from where I was to where I am now. “I’ve officially started a new chapter of my football journey with my new club Mamelodi Sundowns and I pray to God to lead me to the right path until I reach my goals InshaAllah.” The signing of Kyombo is the second recruit of Sundowns ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 season after announcing the signing of the Uruguayan striker Mauricio Affonso.
 
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Africa Cup of Nations Final: Senegal vs Algeria probable lineups

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The final tie of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between Senegal and Algeria kicks off at 21:00 CET at the Cairo International Stadium. Senegal’s Lions of Teranga will be playing their first AFCON final game since 2002, while Algeria’s Fennecs are in their third AFCON final and their first since 1990. During their paths towards the final, Algeria did not register a single loss neither in the group stage nor in the knockout phase while Senegal were beaten 0-1 only once at the tournament at the hands of Algeria in the group ties. The Lions of Teranga have reached the finals on the back of Tunisia 1-0 whereas the Fennecs have become finalists after clinching a thrilling 2-1 win over Nigeria. Senegal possible starting lineup: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Sane, Sabaly; Ndiaye, Saivet; Diatta, Gueye, Mane; Niang Algeria possible starting lineup: M'bolhi; Atal, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Guedioura, Mahrez, Feghouli, Bennacer; Belaili, Bounedjah

2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification draw

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is coming to an end with the grand final between Algeria and Senegal,19 July, thus, attention will be shifted to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification draw was released in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday. 48 teams will be participating in the 2021 AFCON qualification. Those teams will be divided into 12 groups of four and each to teams topping their groups will be playing at the tournament in Cameroon. Full 2021 AFCON Qualification draw: Preliminary round:
  • Liberia v Chad
  • South Sudan v Seychelles
  • Mauritius v Sao Tome e Principe
  • Djibouti v Gambia
Groups:
  • Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia/ Chad
  • Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan/Seychelles
  • Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius/Sao Tome
  • Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti v Gambia
  • Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, CAR, Burundi
  • Group F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda
  • Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros
  • Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
  • Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini
  • Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea
  • Group K: Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia
  • Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho

What Algeria’s Belmadi and Senegal’s Cisse said before the anticipated final

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Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final tie between the Desert Fennecs and the Lions of Teranga, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse have revealed their thoughts on the anticipated game. At the pre-match press conference, Aliou Cisse praised his players for reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final and claimed that he believes his side can lift the trophy, for the first time in their history. "Our philosophy is to have every game at a time. The defeat to Algeria in the group stage made us come back stronger. Our players are very good and we will be ready. There's no big difference between both teams," said Cisse. "We are not under pressure, but we wake up every day happy that we are here and that we are lucky to work with passion. We represent our country, our supporters and our flag. That is a very big motive for us. We always play to win." the coach added. Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi, on the other hand, declared that his side is one hundred percent ready for the game and that underestimating Senegal, regarding defeating them in a group stage tie, is a great mistake. "We are preparing in the best conditions and we are playing this match just to win. The group stage game is totally different; this is a decisive match. Both teams are on another psychological level, "we are playing against the best African ranked team, and they played in the previous World Cup, so we can lose, they are the favorites." said Belmadi. He concluded :"We are not tired, but 100% ready." The final between Algeria and Senegal kicks off at 21:00 CET at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Grand Final: Senegal and Algeria live the African dream

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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) is coming to an end with the final tie between the two finalists: Algeria Fennecs and Senegal Lions of Teranga. The Fennecs will take on the Lions of Teranga today,19 July 2019, at the Cairo International Stadium (21 :00 CET). In fact, the two sides were among favourites to lift the trophy, way before the beginning of the tournament. Expecting Senegal and Algeria to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final was reinforced by the overwhelming campaigns of both teams at the competition. Indeed, during their paths towards the final, Algeria did not register a single loss neither in the group stage nor the knockout phase while Senegal were beaten 0-1 only once at the tournament at the hands of Algeria in the group ties. The Lions of Teranga have reached the finals on the back of Tunisia 1-0 whereas the Fennecs have become finalists after clinching a thrilling 2-1 win over Nigeria. The two finalists have met each other on eight occasions before where Senegal have just two wins. Their last tie before the tournament, back in 2017, ended in a 2-2 draw.