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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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Nigeria’s Ighalo Announces Manchester United Exit

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Topsy-turvy, high and low; Odion Ighalo’s dream run at Manchester United has come to an end, the player has announced.

Ighalo joined Manchester United as a makeshift attacking signing in June 2020 and despite spending much of his time at Old Trafford on the bench, he caught some eyes and lived his dream.


The former Watford and Udinese attacker announced his exit via his official Instagram handle on Tuesday.

He scored 5 goals in 23 appearances during his time at Manchester.

Ighalo has been a squad player so far this season, barely getting minutes and forced to spend time on the bench.

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Botswana FA, Others Pay Tribute to Late Coach Bright

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has paid tribute to former national team coach David Bright who has died at the age of 64.

BFA, in a statement on its website on Tuesday, said the football community and stakeholders are reeling in shock and mourning the death of Major Bright who passed away on Monday evening after contracting COVID-19.

Bright, popularly known as Fakude, was considered to be one of Botswana’s most successful coaches.

“Shedding tears when someone dies is normal, but I think more people than normal are shedding tears over this, and I think they’re shedding more than normal. I think that’s just because of the way Major Bright lived his life, so positive, so influential, and just doing things the right way even when faced with some of the most long odds imaginable,” said Maclean Letshwiti, BFA President.

Major Bright left his mark on the game. A former head national coach, Major Bright helped some players start their journey into the professionals.

“What a man! Father to many who touched a lot of lives. He was tough as a nut even in his final days. I know he would never have wanted anybody to feel sorry for him. He was a true soldier who died with his boots on. We will meet on the other side. Rest, rest Zombie.” said Masego Ntshingane, BFA VP2.

His eldest son, Mogomotsi Bright said, “You have done your part dad. I will celebrate you for a job well done. You did what God sent you to do. You served the nation wholeheartedly. In the army you trained soldiers and you helped in the development of Botswana football. Go and rest with other legends, the likes of Maradona, the Jonas Gwangwas, your friend Oupa Hugh Masekela and others. Amandla Fakude Amandla, Republic Madala. my kind David, I learnt a lot from you.”

After Bright’s passing Monday evening, Mogomotsi said the family continue to receive an outpour of support.

For him, that goes to show the legacy that Bright will leave behind.

“He was one of the greatest people you’ll ever meet,” said the young Bright.

Bright – a retired Botswana Defence Force (BDF) member was born on June 13, 1956, who during his 13-year spell with Mogoditshane Fighters, led the team to three consecutive Botswana Premier League (BPL) titles between 1999 and 2001.

He also coached South African clubs: Engen Santos, Bay United, Royal Eagles and Black Leopards. In Botswana, he coached the likes of Mogoditshane Fighters, BDF XI, Township Rollers, Gaborone United, Holy Ghost, Morupule Wanderers and Sua Flamingoes.

His spell with the Botswana senior national team, The Zebras ran between the years of 1997-98, 1999, 2000, until 2017-2019.

He was also remarkable with the national Under-23 men’s team, which finished in the group stages of and missed out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Chelsea Sacks Frank Lampard After 18 Months in Charge

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Chelsea football has sacked Frank Lampard as head coach.

In a statement, Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances, we believe it is best to change managers.

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