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Olympic Eagles crash out as South Africa secure semi-final place 

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South Africa has progressed to the semi-final of the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations after playing out a 0-0 draw with Nigeria in their last group B game on Friday.

Amaglug-glug finished with five points to clinch a place in the last four of the tournament while the four points gathered by the Olympic Eagles were not enough as they crashed out of the competition after ending in the third spot in the group.

South Africa opened their campaign in the tournament playing out a draw with Zambia before claiming a slim 1-0 victory against Ivory Coast, courtesy of a 79th-minute effort from Teboho Mokoena.

Coach David Notoane made three changes to the team that defeated the Ivorians with Siyabonga Ngezana, Athenkhosi Dlala and Thabiso Monyane, replacing Grant Margeman, Sipho Mbule, and Kegan Johannes.

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After a shaky start to the competition where they lost to Ivory Coast in their opening game, the Olympic Eagles bounced back to winning ways against the Chipolopolo with a 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Orji Okonkwo, Kelechi Nwakali and Taiwo Awoniyi, despite Patson Daka’s opener.

Coach Imama Amapakabo retained most of the players that started the match, with Awoniyi spearheading the attack.

The Olympic Eagles started the game on the front foot with Ndifreke Udo coming close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute.

The 21-year-old unleashed a shot from the edge of the box but goalkeeper Darren Johnson parried his effort for a corner-kick.

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Amaglug-glug did not sit back in the encounter and almost broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Dlala’ free-kick was spilled by goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar before his defenders came to his rescue to clear the ball.

Notoane’s men continued to probe the West Africans for the first goal in the encounter with Mokoena hitting the woodwork after a well-taken shot from outside the box.

Both sides had their chances in the opening 15 minutes into the second half but lacked a cutting edge. In his quest to end the impasse, Nigeria coach Amapakabo replaced Okonkwo with Bright Enobakhare at the hour mark while Ibrahim Sunusi made way for Sunday Faleye.

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South Africa on their part replaced injured Lyle Foster with Keletso Makgalwa as they continued their push for a winning goal, which almost came when Luther Singh’s pass found Tercious Malepe, but the 22-year-old hit the side netting.

Nigeria made spirited efforts towards the match to find the back of the net but Amaglug-glug did enough to avoid defeat and advance to the semi-finals of the tournament, finishing second in Group B behind Ivory Coast, who defeated Zambia by 1-0.

South Africa will take on host country Egypt in the last four of the tournament at Cairo Stadium on November 19.

 

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British MMA star, Jahreau Shepherd is dead

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British MMA fighter, Jahreau Shepherd has tragically died.

The 30-year-old welterweight champion, nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ is believed to have died suddenly on Saturday, with no cause of death yet confirmed.

Shepherd’s death was confirmed by his MMA promoters ‘the Contenders’ in a tweet via its official Twitter account on Sunday.

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“Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death.

“Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.

“Inside the cage, he was destined for the top – a champion in three different organizations with heavy hands and a warrior’s heart.

“Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time. Rest in peace, champ.”

Also, MMA commentator, Michael Morgan in a tribute to him via his Twitter account said he was shocked when he received the sad news of Shepherd’s demise.

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He said

“Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.

“A true gentleman inside and outside the cage.

“Rest in peace UKMMA’s Jahreau Shepherd.”

The 30-year-old from London defeated Quinten de Vreught in February to be crowned welterweight champion at Contenders 29.

He was well known for his pace and aggression and was also a member of the London Fight Factory.

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EPL: Klopp confirms Liverpool exit plan, next move

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The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed when he may leave the club and return to Germany.

The German also said it is not clear at the moment whether he stays in football after the Liverpool job.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager says he will manage Liverpool for the next four seasons.

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Klopp has spent five years at Liverpool after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015. He has guided the Reds to a Champions League trophy and their very first Premier League title in 30 years.

He signed a new contract at Anfield in December 2019, which tied him to the club until 2024, should he avoid being sacked.

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Asked if he was planning on returning to Germany, Klopp told SWR,

“Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz.”

On how long he’ll remain at Anfield, he added:

“Four years in Liverpool.”

After that, he confirmed he may be interested in returning to management, but added he may retire from football.

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He said:

“In five years the world can look very different again.”

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EPL: Arteta reveals why Arsenal lost 2-1 to Tottenham

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has blamed his individual error and lack of defensive solidity for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

It is a result that damaged the Gunners’ hopes of sealing a European place.

Arsenal took the lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s rasping drive, but a loose Sead Kolasinac pass, allowed Son Heung-Min to equalise soon after.

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Toby Alderweireld gave Spurs victory late on with a header from a corner.

It also saw Arteta lose his first North London derby as a manager.

“We gave them the game again, an individual error and the set-piece that cost us three points again.

“We talked about it before the game today that set-pieces in this game are crucial, and today it cost us the three points,” he said.

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