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Senegal, Ivory Coast win to reach CHAN quarter-finals

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A successful night for west Africa saw regional powerhouses Senegal and the Ivory Coast qualify for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-finals on Sunday in Algeria.

Senegal, who began the final round in Group B lying second, trounced two-time former champions the Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 in the eastern city of Annaba.

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The surprisingly comfortable victory elevated the Senegalese to first, and a last-eight showdown with the Group D winners, probably Mali, this Friday.

Ivory Coast were last in the standings as they kicked off against then leaders Uganda, but a 3-1 triumph lifted them to second and qualification for the knockout phase.

The Ivorians will face Algeria on Friday in Algiers at the Stade Nelson Mandela, a ground where the host nation won all three Group A matches without conceding.

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Senegal finished with six points, the Ivory Coast and Uganda four each and the DR Congo two in a competition confined to footballers playing for clubs in their country of birth.

The head-to-head rule separated the Ivorians and Ugandans, and ensured all three west African contenders will be involved in the quarter-finals as Ghana have qualified from Group C.

After holding DR Congo and beating Senegal, a Ugandan side coached by Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic hoped to go beyond the group stage for the first time in six attempts.

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But they began disastrously, allowing Sankara Karamoko and Vignon Ouotro to put the Ivory Coast two goals ahead after 27 minutes.

Moses Waiswa impressively converted a penalty on 34 minutes to halve the deficit, and Uganda missed chances before Aubin Kouame notched a third Ivorian goal 12 minutes from time.

Luck was not on the side of the east Africans as the woodwork denied Travis Mutyaba a late goal off a brilliantly taken free-kick.

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In Annaba, DR Congo fell behind midway through the first half when Ousmane Diouf scored and they were reduced to 10 men before half-time after the red-carding of Kevin Mondeko.

Senegal sealed victory with two goals inside three minutes, from Pape Diallo and a Baggio Siadi own-goal, in the closing stages.

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U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles change travel plans for Morocco tour

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will now travel to Morocco via Accra, Ghana for their training tour on Wednesday.

Ladan Bosso’s side was initially expected to travel to Morocco via the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

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According to sources, the team will now fly from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Accra from where they will connect to Morocco for the training tour.

The stint in Morocco is to help the team acclimatize to the weather condition in Egypt, the host of the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

The seven-time African champions are expected to engage in friendly matches while in Morocco.

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The Flying Eagles are drawn in Group A with Egypt, Mozambique and Senegal.

The competition will start on February 19 and run through March 11.

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Just in: Chelsea hires new coach

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West London giants, Chelsea have hired another coach to handle the mental aspect of the game.

The Blues have brought in a veteran mental skills coach, Gilbert Enoka to create a winning mentality in their players.

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Enoka became popular working with the All Blacks and now has the burden of creating a winning mentality at Stamford Bridge.

According to Chelsea news Enoka, who is having his first job in football after years in rugby, netball and cricket, was signed on a short-term consultancy role.

Enoka’s role will include helping to bed all Chelsea’s signings in and create some unity in the squad.

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The Chelsea hierarchy will be hoping their new coach has a very swift impact on the players as they are really struggling despite spending over 600 million pound on players, recording just one win in their last seven games and just three goals scored in that time.

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How Premier League table will look if Man City are docked same points as Juventus

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Manchester City face a massive fight to get into the Champions League if they’re docked the same amount of points as Juventus following revelations about their FFP breaches.

Shocking news emerged on Monday morning that City, the reigning Premier League champions, have been accused of breaching the league’s financial rules between the 2009-10 and 2017-18 seasons.

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Although City could reportedly face expulsion from the league altogether, it appears far more likely that they will receive a significant points deduction if the charges levelled against them are proven.

And if Pep Guardiola’s side receive the same 15-point deduction as Juventus in Serie A following their own financial misdemeanours, it would have a serious effect on the Premier League table.

The Cityzens are currently second in the top-flight on 45 points, five points adrift of runaway leaders Arsenal. But a 15-point deduction would drop them to just 30 points, putting them ninth, just ahead of Chelsea.

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Not only would it be a huge moral blow to the current champions, it would also leave them scrambling to qualify for the Champions League and the riches that come with it.

Not only would it be a huge moral blow to the current champions, it would also leave them scrambling to qualify for the Champions League and the riches that come with it.

Other beneficiaries would include Brighton, Brentford and Fulham, all three of whom would move up one place in the Premier League.

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In a statement released on Monday morning, the Premier League said City breached rules requiring them to provide “accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position”.

This included the club’s revenue, plus sponsorship revenue and operating costs. Additional breaches related to rules requiring full info concerning “manager remuneration”.

These charges relate to the period between 2009-10 to 2012-13 seasons, when Roberto Mancini was in charge.

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