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AFCON 2019: Ighalo, Mane, Mahrez make CAF Best XI

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Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, has made the CAF Best XI, following the conclusion of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ighalo scored five times to clinch the Golden Boot award and is the only Nigerian player included.

Algeria’s goalkeeper, Rais M’Bolhi, who conceded two goals is also on the list.

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The other players selected are defenders: Lamine Gassama (Senegal), Yassine Meriah (Tunisia), Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal).

In the midfield are: Adlene Guediora (Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal) and Ismael Bennacer (Algeria). The forwards are: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Sadio Mane (Senegal).

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The winning coach, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi is assigned as the coach.

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Goalkeeper: Rais M’Bolhi (Algeria)

Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Senegal), Yassine Meriah (Tunisia), Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal),

Midfielders: Adlene Guediora (Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria)
Forwards: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Odion Jude Ighalo (Nigeria)
Coach: Djamel Belmadi (Algeria

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Ancelotti opens up on injured Iwobi

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Carlo Ancelotti reportedly said he took Alex Iwobi off in Monday’s EPL clash against Leicester City as the Everton midfielder picked up a hamstring problem.

Iwobi was withdrawn at half-time, with youngster Anthony Gordon coming on to take his place.

The Nigerian had been quiet in the first 45 minutes but part of the reason for that may have been as he picked up an injury.

“I wanted to use some fresh legs for the game,” Ancelotti told Sky sports. “Iwobi had a little problem on his hamstring so I took him out and after that I put on fresh players for the end of the game.

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Usain Bolt introduces his daughter to the world in new adorable photos

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Usain Bolt has introduced his daughter to the world by sharing the first photos of the newborn as well as announcing her name.

The retired Olympic athlete welcomed his baby girl with longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett in May, and the couple have quietly enjoyed their bundle of joy over the past several weeks.

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In celebration of Kasi’s birthday, the pair decided to give the world its first glimpse of their daughter while revealing they have named her Olympia Lightning Bolt.

33-year-old Usain wrote in an Instagram post:

“I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and To let u know I am happy I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. ‘Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family [sic].’ He added: ‘I Love you and happy 21th birthday.”

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Etebo doubtful for Villarreal clash

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Oghenekaro Etebo is in line to feature for Getafe in Wednesday’s LaLiga home fixture against Villarreal following his recent injury troubles.

Etebo has missed Getafe’s last two league games against Real Madrid and Osasuna due to muscle injury.

The 24-year-old last appearance for the Azulones came in the 2-1 home win against Real Sociedad late last month.

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The Nigeria international took the place of Cameroon’s Allan Nyom in the 68th minute of the encounter.

“Cabaco and Etebo are better off with their injuries. Tomorrow we will decide if they are ready to play the game,” Getafe manager Jose Bordalas told a news conference on Tuesday.

The combative who joined Getafe on loan in January has scored once in 10 league appearances since making the switch.

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Getafe, who occupies the sixth position in the table with 53 points from 34 matches must win the game to boost their chances of playing in Europe next season.

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