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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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Senegal thrash Tunisia to reach AFCON finals

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Senegal thrash Algeria to reach AFCON finals

Senegal have secured their spot at the 2019 AFCON finals after emerging victorious against Tunisia.

Senegal reached their second Africa Cup of Nations final with an extra-time victory over Tunisia.

Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game into his own net.

Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio Mane’s free-kick onto Bronn’s head as Senegal – who face Algeria or Nigeria – moved a step closer to their first Afcon title.

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Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC

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Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC

Midfielder Clifford Aboagye will spend the 2019/20 season with Mexican side Gallos de Querétaro, completing a season-long loan move from Atlas FC.

“Looking ahead to the 2019 Apertura of Liga MX, we welcome the Ghanaian, Clifford Aboagye, who already has experience in Mexican soccer,” reads Querétaro’s statement.

Atlas FC also said in a Club statement: “Atlas FC reports that footballer Clifford Aboagye will go on loan to Club Querétaro.”

The Mexican Soccer Academy appreciates the time and effort they devoted during his stay at the club, wishing him success in the future.”

He played a very key role for Inter Allies, mastering a team to a debut Premier League qualification in 2013.

Later, he joined Granada CF in Spain and debuted with the first team on January 8, 2015 in a Cup match before making his debut in the La Liga.

In 2017, he arrived in Mexico and caught the attention of the national media, first spending a season on loan with Atlas and later permanent deal, thanks to the speed, technical conditions and vision of the game.

Aboagye won the Adidas Bronze Ball in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in 2013, where Ghana grabbed bronze in the competition and also featured in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Source: www.interalliesfc.com

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Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba

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Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba

Orlando Pirates have bid rejected by Asante Kotoko for Burkina Faso striker Songne Yacouba in the ongoing transfer window, Footballghana.com can report.

The management of the Porcupine Warriors have turned down a new offer from the South Africa Premier League giants.

According to reports, Orlando Pirates submitted a bid around $100,000 to sign Yacouba ahead of next season campaign.

Officials of Kotoko have asked the Buccaneers lads to table an improved bid around the region of $150,000 to $200,000 for the acquisition of the Burkina Faso import.

Yacouba emerged as a top transfer target for the Orlando Stadium outfit following his explosive performance at the Ghana Premier League heavyweights.

He is currently on holidays in his native country, Burkina Faso.

Footballghana.com understands that the Reds are willing to sell Yacouba following the arrival of George Abege, Adingra Moussa and Richard Arthur.

He scored two goals and provided five assists in his eight appearances for Asante Kotoko in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign last season.

Source: footballghana.com

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