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The Algerian government has announced the gradual resumption of sports activities from September 15.

Algerian Sports Ministry, in a statement late Thursday, said that the government also agreed to reopen private sports halls, with strict sanitary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Algeria on Thursday reported 272 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new fatalities, bringing the total infections to 47,488.

The death toll is now 1,591, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Meanwhile, 183 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 33,562.

Algeria has resumed economic and commercial activities since June 7 as part of its efforts to return to normal life.

On Feb. 25, Algeria recorded its first COVID-19 infection.

China and Algeria have offered mutual help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early February, Algeria sent medical donations to help China combat the coronavirus.

In return, China has sent two batches of medical aid to Algeria on March 27 and April 15 respectively.

A Chinese medical team arrived in Algeria on May 14 for a 15-day mission to help fight the coronavirus by sharing China’s experience in curbing the spread of the contagious disease.

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Mane nets for Liverpool in win over Aubameyang’s Arsenal

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Senegal’s Sadio Mane was on the score sheet again for Liverpool as they came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. 


The 28-year-old, who scored both goals for the Reds in their 2-0 win against Chelsea in their second league game of season, grabbed his third of the campaign to draw Liverpool level at 1-1 in the 28th minute with a tap in from close range after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno had pushed a shot from Egypt’s Mohamed Salah into his path. 


Arsenal had gone ahead three minutes earlier with striker Alexandre Lacazette capitalizing on an error in the box by Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson to score for the Gunners. 


But Robertson made amends in the 35th minute to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead after connecting to a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross. 


And in the 88th minute, Diego Jota – Liverpool’s £45m new signing from Wolves – came on as a substitute to score on his home debut, firing a low shot beyond Leno to the bottom corner.


The game which saw five Africans starting – Salah, Mane, and Keita for Liverpool, with Aubameyang and Elneny for Arsenal – also had Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe brought on for the visitors in the 68th minute as replacement for Willian. 


It was also a quite night for Arsenal’s Gabonese captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had little action in front of goal. And Lacazatte missing two great chances with Arsenal trailing 2-1in the second period – both ending with tame attempts to the hands of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. 


Both teams will square up again at the same venue on Thursday night in a Carabao Cup fourth round fixture.

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Monastir stun Esperance to win Tunisian Cup

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Minnows US Monastir pulled off one of the biggest upsets in African football when they upset giants Esperance 2-0 on Sunday 27 September to win the 2019-20 Tunisian FA Cup title, their first-ever trophy since the club’s creation in 1923.

This year’s edition of the cup, the 88th edition, was named after Habib Bourguiba, the first president of the Tunisian Republic. It also marks the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death.

The final was played at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in the beautiful coastal city of Monastir.

Having never won any league or cup titles before, US Monastir entered the game as underdogs in comparison to their their more illustrious opponents, four times African champions Esperance.

Monastir took the lead five minutes before halftime. Nigerian international striker and Tunisian Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner Anthony Okpotu put Ali Amri one on one with Esperance goalkeeper Moez Ben Chrifia who managed to save his shot. Ilyes Jelassi followed up the rebound with another effort of his own which defender Abdelkader Bedrane tried to clear it, but ended putting in his own net for an own goal.

After the break, Esperance seemed lethargic and devoid of their usual sharpness as they looked clueless against a feisty and resolute opponent. At the hour mark, Esperance manager Moine Chaabani made three substitutions at once hoping to find the equalizer.

But it was Monastir’s substitute Yassine Amiri who put the game beyond Esperance’s reach after 82 minutes. He controlled a long pass to score past Ben Chrifia and start the celebrations for US Monastir, who finally ended 97 years without a trophy. They will now compete in next season’s CAF Confederation’s Cup, their first ever appearance in CAF continental club competition.

The victory caps what is undoubtedly the best season in the club’s history, as they finished in third place on the league table, their highest ever finish.

The win also denied league champions Esperance from completing a remarkable treble after also winning Tunisian Super Cup last weekend.

One of the oldest teams in Tunisia, Union Sportive Monastirienne, also known as USM, was founded in 1923 under the name Ruspina Sports, it was renamed Union Sportive Monastirienne in 1942.

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Egypt’s World Taekwondo Vice President Fouly Dies

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World Taekwondo Vice President General Ahmed Fouly has passed away at the age of 70. He died on Sunday 27 September and was the head of World Taekwondo Africa since 2004.

The Egyptian suffered a heart attack last month after undergoing surgery and World Taekwondo said his condition had since “very sadly deteriorated”.

A memorial altar was set up in his honour at the federation’s headquarters in Seoul. The memorial stood for two days and saw a number of people from the World Taekwondo family and staff visit it to pay tribute to their colleague and friend. Among those to visit were World Taekwondo Vice President Kyuseok Lee, Council Member Jinbankg Yang and representatives from the Korea Taekwondo Association, Taekwondo Promotion Foundation

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue has led the tributes to the late vice president of the organization. In a letter to the organisation’s vice-presidents, Council representatives and Member Federations,Choue said the sport “had lost a great man” and his contributions to taekwondo “would never be forgotten”

“Since 2001 when he became a member of the World Taekwondo Council and especially since 2004 when I appointed him as vice-president of World Taekwondo, General Fouly dedicated his life to elevating our beloved martial art and sport to what we are today – one of the best governed Olympic and Paralympic international sport federations in the world,” Choue wrote.

“For those of us who know General Fouly personally, we have lost a great friend and brother.

“Throughout my Presidency and especially in my personal life, General Fouly was one of the most trusted, trustworthy and supportive friends that anyone could have had.

“I was truly blessed to have met General Fouly and to have called him my brother.

“Our brother may be gone, but his contributions to taekwondo will never be forgotten.

“My memories of General Fouly and love for him as my brother will never be forgotten.”

Fouly, a longstanding President of the Egyptian Taekwondo Federation, had overseen increasing success for African countries in the sport.

African taekwondo players earned five medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including Cheick Sallah Cissé of the Ivory Coast’s gold in the men’s under-80 kilograms division.

“In his capacity as President of World Taekwondo Africa, General Fouly oversaw the meteoric rise of taekwondo in the region,” Choue said.

“Five medals from Africa under his leadership at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games truly demonstrated the universality of taekwondo to the world.

“Taekwondo is now one of the most popular sports in Africa, and continues to produce champions on and off the mat.”

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