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2021 AFCON Group E: Champions Algeria Open Title Defence With Sierra Leone Today

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2021 AFCON Group E: Champions Algeria Open Title Defence With Sierra Leone Today

2021 AFCON Group E: Champions Algeria Open Title Defence With Sierra Leone Today

Reigning champions Algeria begin the defense of their Africa Cup of Nations title with a contest against Sierra Leone at the Japoma Stadium on Tuesday.

The teams have been drawn in Group E of this year’s tournament alongside Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

Strikes from Adam Ounas and Islam Slimani either side of a Jonathan Mensah own goal saw Djamel Belmadi’s men run out comfortable winners in Qatar.

The Desert Foxes, who recently went all the way in December’s Arab Cup, are yet to taste defeat across all competitions since a 3-0 defeat to Morocco three years ago.

In that time, the 2019 champions have come out on top in all but six of their 27 outings while also recording 14 clean sheets and scoring 79 goals.

Securing all three points on Tuesday would be a perfect start to the North Africans’ quest for back to back titles and they will be keen to lay down an early marker.

Despite only managing seven points from their six qualifying matches, Sierra Leone managed to book a place at the Cup of Nations after finishing as runners-up to Nigeria in Group L.

John Keister’s men are one of the least experienced teams at this year’s competition having not featured at this level since the 1996 edition in South Africa

They have also never made it past the first round in any of the previous two appearances and will need to be near-perfect if they are to stand any chance if breaking that duck.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Jose Mourinho Still Chasing Arsenal Midfielder Granit Xhaka

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Jose Mourinho Still Chasing Arsenal Midfielder Granit Xhaka

AS Roma boss, Jose Mourinho is still keen to strike a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka was expected to head to Rome in the summer to become Mourinho’s first signing, but talks eventually broke down and the Swiss international ended up signing a new contract, committing to the club until 2024.

Nevertheless, La Gazzetta dello Sport state that Mourinho remains determined to bring Xhaka to the Stadio Olimpico as he strives to build his dream squad.

Mourinho complained about the ‘weak’ mentality of his team in the aftermath of the 4-3 defeat to Juventus and he is expected to try and make significant changes in the coming weeks.

Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira is close to joining the Giallorossi this month, but Mourinho still wants more reinforcements and he believes that Xhaka has the perfect qualities for his squad.

A January move is thought to be ruled out, with Arsenal unlikely to let Xhaka go while they are still in the hunt for a spot in the top four, but Mourinho is determined to make a move in the summer – as long as he is still in charge.

Roma’s run of nine defeats in the first 21 games is the worst record in over 40 years, and although Mourinho is not thought to be under immediate pressure, he will be expected to improve things fairly soon.

Whether Arsenal will be as willing to offload Xhaka this time around is up for debate. He remains under contract until 2024, so the Gunners will be in no rush to sell him.

After returning from his knee injury, Xhaka has been a core part of the squad this season, playing a major role in his team’s recent resurgence.

This article was originally published on 90min as Roma still chasing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2021 AFCON: We Are Ready To THRASH Gabon For Our 3 Points – Coach Milovan Rajevac Brags

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2021 AFCON: We Are Ready To THRASH Gabon For Our 3 Points – Coach Milovan Rajevac Brags

Black Stars head coach, Milovan Rajevac says his team will bounce back after their opening game defeat to Morocco in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sofiane Boufal scored late in the game to secure the win for the North African side in Monday’s Group C game.

Speaking at the post-match conference the Serbian coach has turned his attention to the next game against Gabon.

“It was a difficult game for us, on the pitch were two great teams of African football. Morocco scored on the first opportunity it had,” Rajevac told pressmen after the game, as per Cafonline.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate Morocco and my players on the commitment shown on the pitch. We still have two games to go and we will stay focused on them.

“It is true that we have created more scoring opportunities, but we have not been able to materialize that opportunity. We are unhappy in that respect.

“We hope to score goals and win the next two games. I will calmly analyze the goal shot conceded and see where the team lost control of the game. Right now, we will keep our focus on the match.”, he added.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2021 AFCON: Ghanaian Defender, Philemon Baffuor Lately Joins Black Stars in Cameroon

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2021 AFCON: Ghanaian Defender, Philemon Baffuor Lately Joins Black Stars in Cameroon

Ghanaian defender, Philemon Baffour is the latest player to join the Black Stars camp at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Dreams FC right-back arrived late after he reportedly traveled to Portugal to sign a contract with Primeira Liga side Rio Ave.

His arrival means only Mohammed Kudus is left to join the team at the tournament which began on Sunday, January 9.

Ghana lost it’s first game against Morocco on Monday, following a late Sofiane Boufal strike.

Meanwhile, Philemon Baffour is expected to deputize Andy Yiadom at the right-back position at the tournament.

He is yet to make a competitive debut for the Black Stars of Ghana.

Baffuor is one of two players from the Ghana U20 team that won the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania last year.

His inclusion has been massively criticized by Ghanaians who feel he is not cut for the national team.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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