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Calvert-Lewin Strikes again, Iwobi Stars in Everton Win over Brighton1 minute read

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin became Everton’s first player to score in the opening four matches of a Premier League season as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 on Saturday, to keep their perfect start intact.

The result left Everton top of the standings on a maximum 12 points from four games, three ahead of Leicester City and champions Liverpool, who each have a game in hand.

Calvert-Lewin took his tally to nine goals in six games when he rose at the far post, to head home a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross in the 16th minute before Neil Maupay levelled from close range.

Yerry Mina restored the home side’s lead on the stroke of half-time, heading home an inch-perfect free kick, floated in by fellow Colombian James Rodriguez.

Good work from substitute Alex Iwobi who presented Rodriguez with a second-half brace, as he swept the ball home from eight metres, to make it 3-1 in the 52nd minute, before he capped another flowing move in the 70th.

Midfielder Yves Bissouma pulled one back for the visitors with a cracking shot in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late to deny high-flying Everton a fourth successive league win.

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Harambee Stars defender Mandela joins Sundowns

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Brian Mandela joins Sundowns

Harambee Stars of Kenya defender Brian Mandela Onyango has joined South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mandela was confirmed as a Sundwons player after signing a three-year deal with the Brazilians. Sundowns also have an option to extend the deal after the initial term expires.

“Brian Onyango has joined Mamelodi Sundowns on a three-year deal with a two-year option to extend,” Mamelodi confirmed on their official website.

“The centre-back comes with a wealth of international and local experience as he has played for Santos, the Team of Choice, and his national side. Onyango first moved to South Africa in 2012 to join the now ABC Motsepe based Santos.

“The Kenyan International joins Masandawana as a free agent, he last turned out for Maritzburg United.

“Welcome to Masandawana Brian Onyango.”

Mandela started his career with Posta Rangers in 2010, a year later, he made the move to 11-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker FC where he played for two years, before his move to South Africa.

Mandela’s first club in South Africa was Santos, where he made 48 appearances, and scored three goals in three seasons.

He then made a move to Maritzburg United where he made 77 appearances. His contract with Maritzburg expired in 2019, and has been a free agent since then.

Mandela will be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns team for the new 2020/2021 season. The defending champions are currently second on the PSL table with four points from two games played so far this season.

The defender was part of the Harambee Stars side that beat Zambia 2-1 in an international friendly match played at the Nyayo Stadium. Mandela started at the center of the defense, but was later substituted for Wazito FC defender Johnstone Omurwa.

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CAF President, Ahmad, Seeks 2nd Term

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The Madagascar Football Federation (FMF) has formally entered the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency, paving way for incumbent Ahmad Ahmad to seek a 2nd term.

Elections into the office hold in March 2021.

Ahmad, 60, who was elected CAF President in 2017 was formally entered into the race by FMF in fulfillment of CAF rules which require any candidate to be nominated by his own association.

“I accepted to be a candidate while listening to the presidents of the federation, around 46 of whom asked me after receiving my assessment of my initial mandate,” Ahmad said.

Ahmad is deciding to stand again despite being the subject of an ongoing Fifa ethics enquiry, which has the potential to derail his bid and throw March’s elections wide open.

“As I have previously announced, I said I would pursue a second mandate if the need was there,” he explained.

Last week, all but eight federations on the continent gave their backing to the Malagasy to run again.

“This is an outcome of working together, of management which involves everybody, which has been happening since 2017,” he said.

At present, Ahmad is the sole candidate to have submitted a candidacy during the registration period, which ends on 12 November, since FIFA Council member Tarek Bouchamoui, who had wanted to run, has effectively been blocked from running by the Tunisian FA.

A bid could come from Nigeria FA boss Amaju Pinnick who refused to rule himself out of the race last month.

“It’s always good during an election to have a rival candidate, but we wait,” said Ahmad.

“I know that some people are awaiting other things unrelated to the elections – but as for the elections themselves, they all know they cannot beat me given I represent a group of people who want to go forward together.”

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Algeria Coach Belmadi Extends Contract With Desert Foxes

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Belmadi has signed a new deal

Djamel Belmadi has signed a new deal with the Algerian Football Federation as he remains the coach of the Desert Foxes.

Belmadi has signed a new deal to keep him as coach of the Desert Foxes until the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.

The Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi said Belmadi’s contract extension was important following his achievements in a short time.

“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Zetchi.

“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.

“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”

Algeria currently sit on top of their Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying table, with six points from two games as they are on course to qualify for the tournament.

Brazil 2014 was the last time Algeria played at the World Cup where they reached the Round of 16, before losing to eventual winners Germany.

The Algerian coach is looking to take the Desert Foxes back to the World stage and also making an impact.

“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi said.

“When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.

“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”

Belmadi replaced Rabah Madjer as the coach of the Algerian national team, following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In less than a year in charge of the Desert Foxes, Belmadi led Algeria to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

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