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Liberia Ends Gabon 2017 Journey in Tunis

first_imgThe formbooks said Liberia’s Lone Star missed their chance when they allowed Togo to force them to a 2-2 draw; and if they had won that game, it could have earned them 12 points clear. If that had happened, their 4-1 loss to Tunisia yesterday could not have affected their 12 points, and they would have been second in Group A.And because they failed to beat Togo, they went to Tunisia on a 10 points tie with Tunisia; and so with their last game in favor of Tunisia, the North Africans now topped Group A with 13 points. Togo comes next with 11 points, one point over Liberia, who still remains at 10 points. Lone Star’s disastrous performance was foreshadowed by their friendly against the U-20 national team of Morocco that defeated the national team 4-2.Meanwhile, there were 14 games held throughout Africa yesterday, with yet five more games to go. Ethiopia fell behind against Seychelles in Hawassa before goals from Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Said either side of half-time brought a 2-1 win and hope of qualification as one of the best two runners-up.It was the sixth goal of the qualifying campaign for Kebede in Group J and moved him to the top of the scorers’ charts. Fouad Al Triki scored a late goal as Libya shocked Cape Verde 1-0 in a Group F match interrupted when a dog wandered onto the pitch in Praia.Defeat eliminated Cape Verde, who were briefly ranked No.1 in Africa this year and had been seeking a third consecutive Cup of Nations appearance.A brilliant goal from Manchester City teenager Kelechi Iheanacho on 78 minutes earned already-eliminated Nigeria a 1-0 Group G win over Tanzania in Uyo.The Super Eagles took a short corner and the striker moved across the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a left-foot thunderbolt into the roof of the net.Group H winners Ghana lacked numerous first choices, including Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, and were held 1-1 in Accra by Rwanda.Samuel Tetteh put the Black Stars ahead midway through the opening half with a low shot and Muhadjir Hakizimana leveled off a free-kick seven minutes from time.Mozambique jumped from fourth to second in the same mini-league after a last-gasp goal earned a 1-0 win over Mauritius in Maputo. Cameroon cruised to a 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Group M team Gambia in Limbe. Benjamin Moukandjo converted a first-half penalty for a foul on Karl Toko Ekambi, who scored the second goal soon after half-time.A dismal run by Angola in Group B extended to five matches without a win when they were held 1-1 by Madagascar in Luanda.Bapasy put the visitors ahead during the opening half with a glancing header off a corner and Gelson leveled nine minutes into the second half.Senegal finished with a perfect Group K record thanks to a predictable 2-0 win over Namibia in Dakar through goals from Balde Keita and Famara Diedhiou. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Reports: Aston Villa agree £8m fee for Manchester United midfielder

first_imgManchester United have accepted an £8million bid from Aston Villa for Tom Cleverley, according to various reports.Louis van Gaal is looking to shake up his Red Devils squad with just four days remaining of the transfer window and the England international is deemed surplus to requirements.Cleverley came up through the ranks at Old Trafford and was tipped for great things with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson identifying him as a potential replacement for midfield legend Paul Scholes.However, the 25-year-old has struggled to fulfil his potential and in the last couple of seasons he has become a subject of ridicule for United and England supporters.Everton, Arsenal, Sunderland and West Ham have also been linked with moves for the midfielder, but Villa appear to have stolen a march on their rivals to secure Cleverley’s services.Van Gaal is believed to have told Cleverley he has no future with the Red Devils this week as the Dutchman continues to be linked with big money moves for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley could join Aston Villa 1last_img read more