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CHAN: Guinea Beat Cameroon 2-0 to Finish 3rd

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Guinea ended their TOTAL African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign in 3rd place after a 2-0 victory over hosts Cameroon in the third-place play-off.

The Syli National displayed some grit to win the match at the Reunification Stadium in Douala to win the bronze medal of the tournament, designed exclusively for home-based players.

Talented Guinea playmaker, Morlaye Sylla, put his side in an early lead before with striker Mamadouba Camara doubling the advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Sylla, the talented Guinea playmaker, put the Syli National in the lead in the ninth minute when the AC Horaya player split the home side’s defence with his dexterity before firing past goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido.

The Indomitable Lions injected some seriousness into their game and had a couple of wasted chances as Felix Oukine and Bertrand Junior could not take advantage.

Guinea defender Abou Camara dived low to prevent Salomon Bindjeme from restoring parity as the Cameroonians piled the pressure on the West Africans.

In the 37th minute, Ngnowa Yre also had the chance from inside the box but he headed the ball straight into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Moussa Camara.

Just before the break and against the run of play, the Guineans beat an offside trap to put Mamadouba Camara through and the striker made no mistake in a one-on-one situation with Kerrido to extend their lead.

The Indomitable Lions returned from the break determined to make amends but found the Guinea defence tough to crack.

Defender Kalif Traote made goal line clearance in the 56th minute after goalkeeper Camara punched an aerial ball that allowed the Cameroon Oukine to hit.

Shot-stopper Camara passed a test five minutes later after grabbing Martin Ako’s well struck effort from the edge of the box.

The Guinea goalkeeper produced one of the finest saves of the tournament in the 82nd minute when he dived to his left to parry Anthony Mfede’s well-taken free kick from a distance which ended any hopes of a comeback for Cameroon.

The final will be played on Sunday when title holders Morocco take on Mali at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

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Tributes as 21-year-old Ivorian Player, Willy Ta Bi, Dies of Liver Cancer

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Italian club, Atalanta, and the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) are mourning the demise of 21-year-old midfielder, Willy Braciano Ta Bi, who died after a long battle against liver cancer.

Willy Ta Bi, who joined Atalanta from Ivory Coast’s Asec Mimosa in 2019 and immediately helped the team win the Italian youth title, the Primavera, died in his homeland on Tuesday.

In a statement on their website, Atalanta said: “President Antonio Precassi and the whole Atalanta family are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Willy Braciano Ta Bi.

“A cruel destiny interrupted a dream that began with the Nerazzurri shirt in January 2019 too soon.

“He only needed a few months to carve out a leading role in the Primavera and help bring the Scudetto back to Bergamo, but above all to leave a great memory.”

Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, also paid tribute to Ta Bi on social media.

“Ivory Coast, the football world are mourning you, you fought against this damn disease as you fought on the pitches like a real boss, a leader!!!!,” he wrote.

Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, who was also part of that youth team at Atalanta, also paid tribute to his ex-teammate on Instagram: “Rest in peace, brother”.

18-year-old Manchester United’s new Ivory Coast-born winger, Amad Diallo, who joined the Old Trafford side from Atalanta, posted a picture of them embracing on Instagram and wrote: “Now sleep in peace, friend.”

Ta Bi captained the Ivory Coast at youth level and represented his country at the Francophone Games in 2017, with Drogba posting a video of a passionate team talk given by the youngster.

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Exclusive: Why New Players Struggle In The Super Eagles – Rohr

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said getting a grip of the competition in the Nigerian national team prevents many new players from impressing when they join the team.

In an interview with News Central TV’s Tolu Shotade, the Franco-German spoke on a number of issues, ranging from his snub of the players in the NPFL to the chances of an African team winning the World Cup.

On why he hardly gives players opportunities when he invites them, Rohr said the players meet a group on the ground and many of these old players know one another and have formed a good bond.

He said this makes it more difficult for newbies to make an entrance into the team. He however cited some new players that have been given a chance in the Super Eagles, like TSG Hoffenheim German-born Super Eagles defender, Kevin Akpoguma.

On local league players, he said there are many factors plaguing their growth, remarking that the standard of the league is not as high as what’s obtainable in Europe.

“The stadiums in Europe are better and many African teams, especially West African teams don’t have this kind of pitches. Although, North African countries like Morocco have good stadiums, ” he said.

He said it will take a miracle for an African nation to win the World Cup because African players are not playing in big European teams. He cited the example of France having four players in Bayern Munich as a sign of what it takes to win the World Cup.

Rohr said there may be new faces in the Super Eagles as he mentioned Union Berlin attacker, Taiwo and Awoniyi Almeria’s Sadiq Umar as likely call ups to the team as Nigeria prepares for its two final qualifiers.

He said the team will do its best to make it to the next Africa Cup of Nations as he admitted that anything short of a final place finish will mean regression.

Rohr posited that Nigeria has a lot of strikers including Awoniyi, Umar, Onuachu, but said the former has struggled to find his feet in the Super Eagles.

Rohr, in the interview also weighed in on the protection of his players as he cited Victor Osimhen’s case with Napoli as one of such situations he needs to stand behind the player and make them feel better.

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Crisis Breaks As Fans Protest Resignations At Hearts Of Oak

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Accra Hearts of Oak have completed a total overhaul of their technical set up with the sacking of the team manager Saban Quaye. The long serving manager who has been at the club for more than a decade was the only technical member of the team remaining following the resignation of the technical group led by the then head coach Kosta Papic.

Quaye was given a directive to step aside just after completing the day’s training with the club set to name a new technical team.

The Former Black Stars Team Manager mentioned the club’s Executive Chairman, Togbe Afede as one of the figures whose activities forced coach Kosta Papic to resign. Crisis broke at the club as angry supporters of the Ghanaian giants stormed the club’s headquarters before warning the bungling Togbe Afede board not to appoint a foreign coach in the wake of mass resignations at the struggling side.

The official supporters’ body of the club, clad in red to demonstrate their anger over the disastrous decisions by the board stopped workers at the club from performing their duties before addressing the media.

The press briefing led by the Supporters Chief Elvis Herman Hesse was one where certain demands were made by the supporters.

“The NCC demands the immediate appointment of a first-team coach”.

“This should be done in consultation with all the stakeholders. We have realized that the expatriate coaches have not helped the clubs for the past decade.

“We will not hesitate to take action when an expatriate coach is appointed. The NCC wants to be involved in who becomes the next Chief Executive Officer and a local coach”.

The current technical team of the club has been depleted following the exit of the deputy coach Asare Bediako, Equipment Officer Alhassan and goal keeper’s trainer Ben Owu.

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