Aljosa Asanovic appointed as Zambia national team head coach

Zambia have appointed former Croatia international Aljosa Asanovic to take charge of their national team. The 56-year-old has agreed a four-year contract, Zambia’s football association (FAZ) announced on Tuesday. Asanovic, who won 62 caps between 1990 and 2000, replaces Beston Chambeshi. He will be tasked with reviving the ailing fortunes of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners. The Croat had…

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Salima Mukansanga shines in her Afcon game

In a fiery Group B clash between Guinea and Zimbabwe, it was Rwandan Salima Mukansanga who shone brightest as she became the first woman to take charge of an Africa Cup of Nations match in Yaounde, Cameroon on Tuesday. Zimbabwe surprised favourites Guinea as the Southern African nation triumphed 2-1. Guinea still progressed to the round of 16, while Zimbabwe finished…

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent back to Arsenal for further medical checks

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been released from Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations squad and will return to Arsenal because of the striker’s ongoing health issues. The 32-year-old missed Gabon’s draw with Ghana on Friday after scans revealed “heart lesions” following a bout of Covid. Aubameyang tested positive on arrival in Cameroon on 6th January. He will undergo further medical checks upon his return…

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Robert Lewandowski wins Best Fifa Men’s Player of the Year award

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was named 2021 Best Fifa Men’s Player of the Year, while Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo landed the special award. Lewandowski, 33, claimed the prize for the second consecutive year after scoring 69 goals. He won ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Ronaldo was lauded for being the men’s international…

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AFCON 2021: Cameroon tops group A with seven points

Hosts Cameroon cemented top spot in Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. The Indomitable Lions took the lead when captain Vincent Aboubakar drilled home his fifth goal of the tournament after 39 minutes. Cape Verde equalised eight minutes after the break as half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues stylishly flicked home. Aboubakar should…

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Wolves set to sign Chiquinho for an initial £3m

Wolves are set to sign Portugal Under-21 winger Chiquinho from Portuguese club Estoril for an initial £3m. The 21-year-old is due at the club for a medical today before signing a long-term contract. A former Sporting Lisbon youth player, Chiquinho, who joined Esotril in 2019, has impressed during the club’s rise up to sixth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. He…

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Modric and Benzema scores as Madrid wins Super Cup

Real Madrid won a 12th Super Cup title as goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema secured victory against Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. Modric curled in a brilliant strike to give Real a first-half lead at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium. Benzema then made it 2-0 with a penalty after the video assistant referee awarded a spot-kick for handball.…

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Rafael Benitez sacked by Everton

Rafael Benitez has been sacked as Everton manager after less than seven months in charge. The Toffees appointed the former Liverpool manager, 61, as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in June. Everton, who lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Saturday, have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games. They sit 15th in the table, six points above the relegation places. The club say…

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Salah on target as Egypt edge Guinea Bissau

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal against Guinea-Bissau to kick-start Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. But the Pharaohs rode their luck as Mama Balde had a stunning late equaliser for the Djurtus ruled out after a video assistant referee review. Record seven-time winners Egypt, who lost their Group D opener 1-0 against Nigeria, struck the woodwork three times in a game…

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Martial rejects Ralf Rangnick claim he refused to be in United squad at Aston Villa

France striker Anthony Martial has rejected interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick’s claim that he refused to be in the squad to play Aston Villa. United let a two-goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 in the Premier League game at Villa Park on Saturday. Martial has already told Rangnick he wants to leave United this month and Sevilla are…

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