World Cup: Senegal back in action, England on brink of qualification

England takes on Panama in Group G, while Senegal take on Japan in Group H. The other Group H clash will see Poland take on Colombia.

Senegal, who were the first African team to get a win at this year’s World Cup play on Sunday against Japan who upset Colombia in their opening fixture, winning 2-1 against the team that beat them 4-1 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In the other Group H fixture, Poland who lost 2-1 to Senegal, will take on Colombia who will be also be looking to bounce back from defeat.

England will play against Panama in a Group G fixture that could see the Three Lions qualify for the next round with a win.

England vs Panama

England, who won their opening game against Tunisa 2-1, thanks to a Harry Kane double are expected to win comfortably aginst World Cup debutants Panama.

Panama lost the opening game, 3-0 to Belgium, who top Group G with six points having beaten Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday.

A win for England would confirm qualification for Gareth Southgate’s team, as well as Belgium while Tunisia and Panama would be eliminated.

Japan vs Senegal

Senegal, who made an impressive debut to the World Cup in 2002, when they made a successful run to the quarter final, beating defending champions France in the process, are hoping to surpass that record.

Coached by the captian of that historic side, Aliou Cisse, the Lions of Teranga have a potent weapon in Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who togther with Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Brazil’s Roberto Firino, had a record breaking season last season.

Japan’s coach Akira Nishino believes that Mane might still pose a danger, even if he is marked with three players in Sunday’s clash.

“It’s possible to stop him, but he has an influence on the other players and that’s what we are concerned about,” Nishino said.

Nishino, appointed only in April, said he would probably stick to a similar starting lineup to the one used against Colombia.

“We are not fearful of Senegal at all,” he said. “We’re much looking forward to the match, how we are going to beat them, and I’d like to show you how tomorrow.”

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Poland vs Colombia

Poland are still “angry” about their shock defeat in the World Cup opener against Senegal and their rancour will propel them to victory against Colombia, coach Adam Nawalka said on Saturday.

The eighth-ranked Poles are desperate for a result in the Group H clash in Kazan on Sunday, having given up two goals from terrible defensive errors to lose 2-1 to the African side.

But Colombia could equally be angry, having lost their opening fixture.

Ten-man Colombia lost 2-1 to Japan in another first round shock but the South Americans could be bolstered by the return of danger man James Rodriguez to the starting side after the playmaker started on the bench against the Blue Samurai while recovering from a muscle injury.

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.