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Ronaldo fitness worry ahead of Clasico

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone on Thursday ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Barcelona this weekend, after sustaining a knock to his calf during the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. The Portugal star received rough treatment as he scored the winner in last Saturday’s 1-0 victory …

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Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension. Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday …

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Aubameyang, Mane, Salah to contest CAF award

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Prolific goalscorers Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon were named on Monday among the three finalists for the African Player of the Year award. Sadio Mane of Senegal completes a list announced in Ghana for the highest annual Confederation of African Football …

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South Africa COSAFA U-20 champs, Uganda Hippos 4th

South Africa 2 Lesotho 1; Egypt 3 Uganda 1 Kitwe, Zambia | COSAFA MEDIA | South Africa claimed their sixth regional title after a 2-1 victory over Lesotho in the final of the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia on Saturday. Lyle …

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Football: Ambitious Zanzibar eye Ugandan scalp in Cecafa semis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Zanzibar are challenging for a first Cecafa Challenge Cup title in 22 years following their impressive run to the semi-finals of the nine-nation tournament. The competition’s surprise packages take on holders Uganda in the last four in Kisumu on Friday, knowing that victory would send …

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Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

Paris, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed. Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter. …

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UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April

Paris, France | AFP | UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday. Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis …

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Mata rallies United in wake of Mourinho defeatism

Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United players will have to motivate themselves at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday after manager Jose Mourinho suggested their Premier League title challenge was probably over. The 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday leaves United second in the table but a …

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CECAFA; Kenya beat Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Hosts Kenya maintained their unbeaten form to beat rock-bottom Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A and qualify to the semi-finals of the Cecafa Challenge Cup on Monday. Burly striker Vincent Oburu scored the decisive goal in the 20th minute that proved vital for the …

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