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AFCON 2019: Hosts Egypt VS Zimbabwe in the opening match

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Hosts Egypt play Zimbabwe in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday – the first run through the competition has been held in Europe’s late spring.

Egypt were just granted the challenge in January after it was detracted from unique hosts Cameroon on account of security and readiness concerns.

The Pharaohs have won the challenge multiple times – yet not since 2010 – and lost to Cameroon in the 2017 last.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the best-known player in the Egypt squad.

There are additionally three other England-based players in their squad – Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, West Brom safeguard Ahmed Hegazi and Aston Villa protector Ahmed Elmohamady, who skippers the side.

“Salah is currently one of the main three players on the planet,” said Elmohamady. “This is an exceptionally enormous and positive thing that will help us in our journey to win the Nations Cup.”

The match will be held at the Cairo International Stadium, which has once in a while been utilized in the course of the most recent eight years in light of security concerns.

This will be the fifth time Egypt have facilitated the challenge, having won it on three of the past four events – in 1959, 1986 and 2006 – and coming third in 1974.

Zimbabwe are playing in the competition for a fourth time yet have never made it past the gathering stage and completed base of their area in 2017, neglecting to win a game.

Their squad incorporates Nottingham Forest safeguard Tendayi Darikwa and Alec Mudimu, who plays for Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids.

The competition is typically held in January and February, causing questions with European clubs who needed to discharge players amidst the season. In any case, in July 2017 the Confederation of African Football chose the competition would be played in June and July this year.

It likewise expanded the competition from 16 to 24 groups, in a comparable configuration to Euro 2016, with the best four third-set groups from the six gatherings additionally going into the last 16.

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Carlo Ancelotti left Everton to become head coach of Real Madrid for a second time

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The 61-year-old Italian, who oversaw Real Madrid for a very long time somewhere in the range of 2013 and 2015, has left Everton following year and a half in control at Goodison Park.

He succeeds Zinedine Zidane at Real and the move leaves Everton looking for a 6th perpetual supervisor in five years.

Ancelotti has marked a three-year bargain at Real and said the move addressed “an unforeseen chance”.

He added: “I have total regard for everybody related with Everton and expectation they can accomplish the energizing chances they have before them.

“While I have appreciated being at Everton I have been given a startling chance which I accept is the correct move for me and my family as of now.”

Genuine will introduce Ancelotti to the media on Wednesday, while Everton said they “will start the way toward selecting another supervisor right away”.

Everton will have been left paralyzed by the speed of advancements just now as proprietor Farhad Moshiri’s “Hollywood” chief leaves.

Ancelotti’s appearance was viewed as a genuine upset by Moshiri, convincing one of the game’s generally enriched and regarded figures to come to Merseyside to reestablish Everton to previous wonders.

The 61-year-old’s rule has been a mishmash with loathsome home structure offset by results like their first success over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 – in any case a tenth spot finish in his first full season was a failure.

Ancelotti, in any case, was as yet held in immense respect by Everton allies, who have been left sharply disillusioned by his choice to withdraw.

The fierce truth is that for all Moshiri’s money and aspiration, Everton actually can’t view themselves as anyplace close to the first class, which consistently makes them helpless against clubs, for example, Real Madrid setting sights on their prize resources.

The typical suspects are being connected, for example, Eddie Howe after he turned down Celtic, previous Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo and ex-Everton manager David Moyes – albeit that is probably not going to occur after he verbally concurred a three-year bargain at West Ham in the wake of bringing them into Europe. Moshiri, however, is something of a special case and may have thoughts of his own.

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Ahmed Musa to play without monthly salary at Kano Pillars

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Ahmed Musa won’t be paid in his short stretch at Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

Musa, 28, finished paperwork for the four-time Nigerian heroes under the Elite Players Program of the League Management Company, which urges top Nigerian internationals to play for neighborhood clubs.

As indicated by LMC manager Shehu Dikko, the program works twoly.

A club can distinguish and sign such players, or the LMC itself can sign the player and appoint them to a club of their decision.

It was the last for Musa.

“We addressed him about returning home to play, and as somebody who is consistently prepared to offer in return, he didn’t stop for a second,” Dikko told ESPN.

“When the arrangement was marked, the decision of which club to play for was up to him. Various clubs needed him. We put everything before him and he settled on the choice to go to Kano Pillars.”

Musa has been a free specialist since October 2020, when he left Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, with whom he won the Saudi Pro League title and Super Cup in the wake of going along with them from Leicester City in 2018.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash

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The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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