The Big 5: Review

A review of the top 5 Africa-related sports stories from the weekend.

1. Egypt’s Salah scores screamer to lift Liverpool back to the top of the EPL

Reigning African Footballer of The Year Mohammed Salah scored a contender for Goal of The Season as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move back to the top of the English Premier League after Manchester City had briefly gone top with a 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Sadio Mané had headed in the opener in the 51st minute before Salah fired a rocket into the top corner two minutes later.

2. CAF U17 AFCON begins with Nigeria’s exciting 5-4 win over hosts Tanzania

The 2019 CAF U17 Africa Cup of Nations began in Tanzania on Sunday. In the opening match five time world champions Nigeria edged the hosts 5-4 in an enthralling nine goal cliffhanger. In the other Group A match, Angola defeated ten-man Uganda 1-0.

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3. Ethiopia’s Milaw and Burka dominate Paris marathon

Ethiopian duo Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon on Sunday which had a record 60,000 participants. Milaw won the men’s race with a time of 2:07:50, while Burka was the fastest woman with 2:22:48. Kenyan Paul Lonyangata, a two-time Paris Marathon winner, came third.

4. Semi-finalists for CAF club competitions emerge

Mamelodi Sundowns lost 1-0 to Al Ahly in Alexandria but progressed to the semi finals of the CAF Champions League 5-1 on aggregate. They will face Wydad Casablanca who eliminated Horoya 5-0 on aggregate. The other semi final will be contested by TP Mazembe and Esperance after they eliminated Simba and CS Constantine respectively.

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In the CAF Confederations Cup RS Berkane will face CS Sfaxien in one of the semi-final games, while Zamalek will face the winner of the suspended quarter final clash between Tunisia’s Etoile Sahel and Sudan’s Al Hilal.

5. Nigeria-born Israel Adesanya captures UFC interim Middleweight title

Nigeria-born Israel Adesanya captured the UFC interim middleweight title after an epic win over Kelvin Gastelum. Adesanya knocked down Gastelum three times in the final round to claim a thrilling unanimous decision 48-46 on all three judges scorecards.

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