[LIVE] AFCON 2019 final: Algeria crowned champions

The real deal is on July 19 when Algeria makes a case for their second AFCON trophy and as Senegal chases a first.

AFCON 2019 Awards: Roll Call

  • AFCON Champions: Desert Foxes, Algeria

  • Man of the Tournament: Ismael Bennacer, Algeria

  • Man of the match (final): Rais M’bolhi, Algeria goalie

  • AFCON Fair Play team: Senegal

  • Young Player of the tournament: Ismael Bennacer, Algeria

  • Top goalscorer: Odion Ighalo, Nigeria (5 goals)

How it all happened: Algeria vs. Senegal

A goal after just two minutes of play is what settled the 32nd edition of African Cup of Nations, AFCON, final between Algeria and Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium.

It becomes the second AFCON victory for Algeria who last won it in 1990 on home soil. The Desert Foxes went the entire competition without losing a game – beating Senegal twice en route.

For the Aliou Cisse Senegal side, it’s a second final disappointment. The first was in Mali 2002 when Cisse, as the skipper, led the Lions to the final only to be beaten by Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

It’s all OVER! Algeria are Champions of Africa.

90’ – Four minutes for Algeria to hold on and to secure their second AFCON trophy.

85’ Into the final 5 mins. Algeria playing deep and looking to close shop. Senegal continue to press but they’re running out of time. Still 1-0

82’ Sarr!!! The winger tries a volley but he just can’t keep his effort down. That was a glorious chance gone begging.

80’ Frustration beginning to set in for the Senegalese. They look like they’re losing their cool. They’ve given their all throughout the tournament but Algeria looks to be running away with this one.

As at 70’ – Ball possession: Senegal: 65%, Algeria: 35%.

73’ – Algeria nearly double their lead through Belaili. The attacker curls the ball from the right flank but it deflects out for a corner. Nearly a carbon copy of the opening goal.

70’ – It’s been all Senegal in this second half. Algeria haven’t offered much despite taking an early lead. Still 1-0

68’ – Senegal push to secure parity. Sabaly, midfielder, unleashes a fierce shot from the outside of the box but M’Bolhi tips the ball out for a corner.

65’ – CHANCE! Niang dribbles past the goalkeeper but he can’t direct his effort towards goal. He did all the work but the angle was too tight. Senegal getting closer.

59’ – VAR denies Senegal penalty as Guediora handles the ball in the box. Huge decision at this stage. Can the Lions focus from here?

55’ – Saivet floats a good ball into the Algeria box but no one is there to connect. Still 1-0

49’ – Both Mane and Mahrez have been passive so far in the game. Neither have been influential with 40 minutes to go.

45’ – Second half underway as Algeria guns for second title and cosigning Senegal to second AFCON final defeat.

44’ Huge Chance Senegal but for timely intervention by Zeffane to deny Sarr. The Senegal winger was nearly through on goal.

41’ Senegal with a free-kick on the right flank. Saivet’s delivery is cleared by Algeria.

37’ Chance Senegal! Good chest control by Niang but fires a left-footed shot which misses the goal by inches.

30’ – Past the half hour mark, Senegal being more purposeful with the ball going forward but the Algerian defence feeling even more comfortable with the forays.

25’ – Too many wayward passes, both teams being too cautious, goalkeepers rarely tested and too many stoppages.

18’ – Mane – Mahrez moment: Senegalese counterattacking move ends with Mane crossing into the box but Mahrez is there to clear with a header.

13’ Senegal wins a free-kick on the right flank. Saivet delivers a good cross but Kouyate’a header goes wide.

10’ – Jittery first 10 minutes for the Teranga Lions as they look to roar their way back into the fixture.

4’ – Algeria dominating opening exchanges as Senegal looks to settle into the fixture and deal

Algeria‘s first attacking attempt produced the goal as Bonuedjah’s deflected shot loops over the Senegal goalkeeper. 1-0 Algeria

2’ – Goal! Algeria have the first goal of the game. It’s Bounedjah!!!

Colourful closing ceremony in Cairo

SQUAD LIST Algeria vs. Senegal

Senegal XI:

Alfred Gomis (GK)

Lamine Gassama

Salif Sané

Cheikhou Kouyate ©

Youssouf Sabaly

Papa Alioune Ndiaye

Idrissa Gana Gueye

Henri Saivet

Ismaila Sarr

Sadio Mané

Mbaye Niang

Algeria XI:

Rais M’Bolhi (GK)

Mehdi Zeffane

Aissa Mandi

Djamel Benlamri

Ramy Bensebaini

Adlene Guedioura

Ismael Bennacer

Sofiane Feghouli

Riyad Karim Mahrez ©

Baghdad Bounedjah

Youcef Belaili

June 17 – July 19: All set for Algeria vs. Senegal

June 17 was the first day of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, which wraps up in Egypt today. Hosts, Egypt, beat Zimbabwe by a lone goal till they were also beaten by same in the round of 16 by South Africa.

The winners of the 32nd AFCON will be North Africans Algeria or West Africans Senegal. The stadium in Cairo is packed for tonight’s game as the kings of African football are crowned.

Fifth “All African Coaches” AFCON final: Belmadi vs. Cisse

Overall, 11 local coaches had won 15 AFCON titles in the previous 31 editions.

Ghana’s Gyamfi and Egypt’s Hassan Shehata had each won record three titles, with Nigerian Stephen Keshi being the latest to achieve that in 2013.

Either Belmadi or Cisse will join this prestigious list comes Friday night.

List of local coaches to win AFCON titles:

  • Mourad Fahmy (Egypt – 1959)

  • Yidnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia – 1962)

  • Charles Gyamfi (Ghana – 1963, 1965 and 1982)

  • Adolphe Bibanzoulo (Congo – 1972)

  • Fred Osam-Duodu (Ghana – 1978)

  • Abdelhamid Kermali (Algeria – 1990)

  • Yeo Martial (Cote d’Ivoire – 1992)

  • Clive Barker (South Africa – 1996)

  • Mahmoud El Gohary (Egypt – 1998)

  • Hassan Shehata (Egypt – 2006, 2008 and 2010)

  • Stephen Keshi (Nigeria – 2013)

Head to head: Managers and goalies

The group stages coughed up lots of incidents from the goals, the misses, the blunders and the tactics. Not to forget the fans in the stands, the permutations as to who qualifies for the knockout not forgetting the empty stadia.

But with the group stage over, eight out of the 24 teams were eliminated whiles sixteen teams also slugged it out in the round of 16 to secure places in the quarter finals.

Quarter-finals brought the list further down to four semi-finalists. Algeria eliminated Nigeria and Senegal knocked out Tunisia. That sets up the Algeria vs. Senegal final of July 19.

On July 17, Nigeria’s Super Eagles sored above the Tunisian Carthage Eagles to win the third-place playoff in Cairo. The real deal is on July 19 when Algeria makes a case for their second AFCON trophy and as Senegal chases a first.

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Algeria vs. Senegal

Algeria have recorded only a draw in six games at the AFCON. The Fennecs are in a race to go unbeaten in the competition but that will mean having to beat Group B neighbours, Senegal.

It will mean beating Senegal for a second time having beaten the Teranga Lions on the second day of action by a lone goal.

Algeria, like Egypt and Morocco, ended the group phase without conceding a goal and with maximum nine points – they also beat Kenya and Tanzania by two and three goals respectively.

Algeria’s records en route to the final

  • Matches played: 6

  • Wins / draws / losses: 5 / 1 / 0

  • Goals scored: 12

  • Star man: Riyad Mahrez

  • AFCON record: Winners in 1990

  • Round of 16 (beat Guinea 3 – 0), quarter-final (beat Ivory coast 4 – 3 on penalties after 1 – 1 result), Semi-final (beat Nigeria 2 – 1).

Senegal’s Teranga Lions have shown a steely character since their loss on Match Day 2 to Algeria.

Aliou Cisse’s charges have used a lone goal victory in all three matches in the knockout rounds, beating Uganda, Benin and Tunisia in the round-of-16, quarter and semi-finals respectively.

The final hurdle is with the July 19 match up against Algeria. The Senegalese will be looking to avoid a second defeat at the hand of the Algerians.

At close of the day, it would be a case of repeat or revenge but more so for two managers who are linked by their upbringing in a Paris suburb and who have both featured for the teams they are leading today.

Senegal’s records en route to the final

  • Matches played: 6

  • Wins / draws / losses: 4 / 1 / 1

  • Goals scored: 8

  • Star man: Sadio Mane

  • AFCON record: Losing finalists in 2002

  • Round of 16 (beat Uganda 1 – 0), quarter-final (beat Benin 1 – 0), Semi-final (beat Tunisia 1 – 0 in extra time).

A list of the winners of the African Nations Cup (host countries in brackets):

1957 – Egypt (Sudan)

1959 – Egypt (Egypt)

1962 – Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

1963 – Ghana (Ghana)

1965 – Ghana (Tunisia)

1968 – Congo-Kinshasa (Ethiopia)

1970 – Sudan (Sudan)

1972 – Congo (Cameroon)

1974 – Zaire (Egypt)

1976 – Morocco (Ethiopia)

1978 – Ghana (Ghana)

1980 – Nigeria (Nigeria)

1982 – Ghana (Libya)

1984 – Cameroon (Ivory Coast)

1986 – Egypt (Egypt)

1988 – Cameroon (Morocco)

1990 – Algeria (Algeria)

1992 – Ivory Coast (Senegal)

1994 – Nigeria (Tunisia)

1996 – South Africa (South Africa)

1998 – Egypt (Burkina Faso)

2000 – Cameroon (Ghana and Nigeria co-hosts)

2002 – Cameroon (Mali)

2004 – Tunisia (Tunisia)

2006 – Egypt (Egypt)

2008 – Egypt (Ghana)

2010 – Egypt (Angola)

2012 – Zambia (Equatorial Guinea and Gabon co-hosts)

2013 – Nigeria (South Africa)

2015 – Ivory Coast (Equatorial Guinea)

2017 – Cameroon (Gabon)

2019 – Algeria vs. Senegal

NB: Congo-Kinshasa and Zaire now known as the Democratic

Republic of Congo.

Former Black Stars striker Junior Agogo dies aged 40

Former Ghana international player Junior Agogo has passed away at the age of 40, however the reason behind his death has not been revealed yet. In fact, the striker suffered a stroke back in 2015, but he got better later on. Junior Agogo played for Ghana’s Black Stars between 2006 and 2009, scoring 12 goals in 12 appearances. The forward played for several clubs across different leagues including: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes in the United States; Bristol City and Nottingham Forest in England;and Zamalek in Egypt. “Just heard the news that one of my first clients ever Junior Agogo has passed away. Still can’t believe it. One of my proudest moments in football is seeing him smash the AFCON in Ghana,” his former agent Saif Rubie tweeted on Thursday.

PSL announce MTN8 Semi-final dates,venues and kick off time

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The Premier Soccer League PSL announced the fixtures and match details for the MTN8 semifinals on Wednesday. A statement by the PSL reads as follows: “Polokwane City will kick-off proceedings on Saturday, August 31, 2019 when they host Highlands Park at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium." "On Sunday, September 1, 2019, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns will lock horns in their first leg encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Both fixtures will kick off at 15:00." "On Tuesday evening, Highlands Park will welcome Polokwane City to Makhulong Stadium in a clash which will result in one of the two sides reaching the MTN8 final for the first time in their history. Kick-off is at 19:30,” “The following evening on September 18, Mamelodi Sundowns will play host to SuperSport United in the second instalment of the #MTN8 Tshwane derby at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:30." MTN 8 Semi-finals fixtures: 
  • 31 August 2019, 15:00 – Semi-final first leg: Polokwane City vs Highlands Park FC from the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
  • 1 September 2019, 15:00 – Semi-final first leg: Supersport United vs Mamelodi Sundowns from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.
  • 17 September 2019, 19:30 – Semi-final second leg: Highlands Park FC vs Polokwane City from Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
  • 18 September 2019, 19:30 – Semi-final second leg: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Supersport United from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attridgeville.

Raheem Sterling "I left Liverpool to win Titles"

Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has revealed that he is taking strength from his mother, who has battled for years to raise him and his brothers, especially after his father passed away. The English international said in an interview with Arabi Post that he left Liverpool for Manchester City to win titles including the Premier League, the trophy that the Reds have not lifted in 29 years. "When I turned 21, I dreamed of winning the Premier League title, and since I did not manage to do it with Liverpool, I decided to change clubs. People judge players based on the goals they score and the assists they make.They only remember titles won and goals scored, that's why I did not hesitate to join the Citizens. " His failure at the Fifa World Cup in Russia with the English national team was a motivation for him. "In Russia, I wanted to do better.I felt that I did not give my best, so when I returned from Liverpool, I decided to double my efforts and elevate myself to a new level to be competitive in front of goal."He said. Raheem Sterling also spoke about racism as well as his charity actions towards deprived children. He concluded his interview by praising Riyad Mahrez, the Algerian star.

Former Ohio State star Braxton Miller joins Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns have announced the signing of ex-Ohio State star and wide receiver Braxton Miller on Wednesday. In his NFL career, the footballer has made 21 appearances with nine starts. He had 34 career receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Miller has expressed his happiness and excitement now that he has joined the Browns: “I can feel the vibe and the good energy around the facility,” Miller said. “It was a warm welcome for sure. Everybody’s happy.” The Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said: «For him to carry that on his shoulders during that time, I was very blessed to be a part of that,” “To see how he came through the fire, per say, and still be the man that he is, I mean, that’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen as an individual.” He added.

Ex-Liverpool and West Brom striker Daniel Sturridge signs for new club

Following his Anfield release, Ex-Liverpool and West Brom striker Daniel Sturridge joined the Turkish side Trabzonspor. The free agent has signed a three-year contract following his release by Liverpool this summer. In fact, the 29-year old joined Liverpool back in 2013 and in 2018, he was loaned to West Brom in a loan fee of 2,30 Mill. € Sturridge started his career at Aston Villa at youth level before playing with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and England.
The Turkish club Trabzonspor finished in the 4th place in Super Lig last season 2018/2019 and were qualified for the Europa League qualifying round.