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Tunisia end Madagascar’s AFCON run to set up semi-final clash with Senegal

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Tunisia end Madagascar's AFCON run to set up semi-final clash with Senegal

Tunisia end Madagascar’s AFCON run to set up semi-final clash with Senegal

Tunisia reached their first Africa Cup of Nations semi-final since 2004 as they ended Madagascar’s fairytale run.

The Eagles of Carthage, who will face Senegal in Sunday’s last-four tie, led through Ferjani Sassi’s deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Youssef Msakni then doubled their lead after Wahbi Khazri’s shot was parried by Melvin Adrien.

Naim Sliti added an injury-time third to cap off a counter-attack as Madagascar sent players forward.

Indian Ocean island side Madagascar, ranked 108th in the world, were the story of their debut tournament. They had to start Afcon qualifying in the preliminary round in March 2017, but went on to stun Nigeria in the group stages last month and then DR Congo in the last 16.

Their squad contains players who play in Reunion, the French lower leagues and Thailand. Their head coach Nicolas Dupuis also manages French fourth-tier Fleury.

But their dream came to an end as they were well beaten by a professional Tunisia performance in Cairo.

Tunisia playmaker Khazri was heavily involved in proceedings throughout and had a free-kick tipped over the bar by Adrien. He then thought he had scored their opener, but it was disallowed correctly for offside.

Tunisia got the breakthrough when Sassi’s shot hit the backside of Thomas Fontaine and flew into the net. And the game was over once Msakni scored.

The underdogs, who never looked like scoring, took risks in a bid to find a way back into the game – and Khazri squared the ball for Sliti to finish off a quick break and seal the win.

Source: bbc.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

The Juventus forward has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record.

He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

Ronaldo’s 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho’s injury-time fifth.

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine.

It was an eighth international hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.

Source: bbc.com

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Kenya cannot stand in our way – Black Queens Coach

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Kenya cannot stand in our way - Black Queens Coach

Madam Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo Head Coach of the female national football team, the Black Queens has said Kenya, will not be a stumbling block to their quest of qualifying to the next round of matches for the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Madam Tagoe made this known in an interview in Accra after the Queens did a double over their Gabonese counterparts 5-0 in aggregate over the two legs played.

According to her, though she is building a formidable team for the future, their aim of qualifying to the next Olympic Games still remained a priority and Kenya would not stand in their way.

“Kenya would not be a difficult game for us, we have played them in their backyard before and it ended in a draw.

“I believe with the crop of players I have put together coupled with a little more of camping time and the right blend, we would gel and Ghanaians would see good results.

“We have a target of qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Games and we are determined to take each game at a time, so Kenya wound not stand in our way, they are women like us and we would see to them,” she said.

The coach said the team was well determined and focused and there is nothing like pressure to distract them.

A goal each from Queens captain Portia Boakye and Juliet Acheampong in the 16th and 75th minute helped Ghana to beat Gabon by 2:0 in Accra, after beating them 3:0 in the first leg in Libreville to book a date with Kenya in the next qualifying match.

Source: Ghananewsagency.org

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

The Ghana League clubs have today September 5, adopted new statues for the governing of Ghana Football Association at an Extraordinary Congress held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

After hours of deliberation upon the proposed Normalisation Committee statutes, the clubs finally accepted to go with the revised statutes.

Out of 123 Delegates present at the Congress, 115 voted “YES” in support of the adoption of new GFA statutes. More than 75% required and thus Statutes has been adopted.

Below are some of the changes made

– 12 members on the Executive Committee Members (ExCo)

– 120 delegates accepted (formally 123)

– a 2-term of office of 4 years for the President and 3 terms for other ExCo members

The NC President notified the Clubs they cannot have a board member which is more the company’s code of 12. The Clubs obliged and reduced their previous number (15) to 12.

Below is the breakdown

5 Premier League reps

3 DOL reps

2 RFA reps

1 Women’s League rep

1 President with an automatic vote

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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