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Football: Draw for 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers

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The draw for the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers was made in Libreville on Thursday.

Preliminary round:

Sao Tome e Principe v Madagascar

Comoros Islands v Mauritius

Djibouti v South Sudan

These ties will be played over two legs in March. The team named first plays at home in the opening leg.

Group A: Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome e Principe or Madagascar

 Group B: Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros Islands or Mauritius

Group C: Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti or South Sudan

Group D: Algeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia

Group E: Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Seychelles

Group F: Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya

Group G: Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group H: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda.

Group I: Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania

Group J: Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland

Group K: Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Namibia,

Group L: Cape Verde Islands, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho

The group stage starts in June and continues on international match days in March, September, October and November 2018.

The winners of each group will join hosts Cameroon in the tournament finals along with the best three runners-up.

Source:Reuters

Kenenisa Bekele left off Ethiopia’s Olympic team

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ADDIS ABABA – Kenenisa Bekele won’t compete at next month’s Olympics, perhaps the distance running great’s last chance at the Games, after he was left off Ethiopia’s final team for failing to meet the country’s qualifying criteria in both the marathon and the 10,000 meters.

The world-record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000, Bekele had appealed his exclusion in the marathon, but the Ethiopian Athletics Federation released its final list for the Rio de Janeiro Games over the weekend, confirming Bekele’s absence.

Bekele was first denied a place in the marathon when the federation said he hadn’t run enough big races over the past year to meet the selection criteria, which have been criticized by Bekele.

He then made a late attempt to get on the team in the 10,000. Bekele failed to finish the race at a trials event in Hengelo, Netherlands, last month.

Almaz Ayana, Ethiopia’s rising star, was selected to run in the women’s 5,000 and 10,000 in Rio. She will come up against compatriot and two-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000. Dibaba was named as a reserve for the 5,000, an event in which she is a former Olympic champion, two-time world champion and the world-record holder.

Ayana, 24, is the current world champion in the 5,000 and ran the second-fastest time in history over the distance last month in Rome, missing Dibaba’s record by a little over a second.

Ethiopia’s other strong medal contender is Tirunesh’s sister, Genzebe Dibaba, the world champion and world-record holder in the 1,500. Former world champion Mohammed Aman is Ethiopia’s lone hope in the men’s 800.

Bekele didn’t even make it as a reserve for the marathon or the 10,000, meaning that at the age of 34, the four-time Olympic and five-time world champion could be unlikely to compete at a future Games.

He had targeted the marathon as his next challenge, but an injury prevented him competing last year and limited his preparations. Still, he finished third at the London Marathon in April after a long layoff and won the 10K Great Manchester Run in Britain in May.

Source:AP

Mo Farah distanced from Jama Aden after coach’s arrest on doping charges

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British Athletics has confirmed that Jama Aden, the Somali coach who has been arrested by Spanish police on doping charges, no longer works with Mo Farah even though he was “an unofficial facilitator” for Britain’s Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion when he trained in Ethiopia in 2015.

Aden, whose Ethiopian protege Genzebe Dibaba is the 1500m world record holder, was charged with having administered athletes with banned substances following dawn raids on Monday on several houses in the Catalonian town of Sabadell which were occupied by his training group. A Moroccan physiotherapist was also arrested and charged.

The story was reported in El País, which quoted the Catalan interior minister, Jordi Jané, as saying that the banned blood booster EPO was found in six rooms along with anabolic steroids and 60 syringes. Six doctors from the athletics world governing body, the IAAF, and officials from the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency were also present to carry out doping controls on 25 athletes.

Two members of the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency subsequently confirmed to the Guardian that El Pais’s story was correct.

Meanwhile, British Athletics has rushed to clarify Farah’s relationship with Aden, saying it extended only to shouting out times as Farah did laps around the track in the Ethiopian town of Sululta in 2015. Despite this, Farah was also photographed with Aden in February when he trained alongside some of the Somali’s athletes at another camp in Ethiopia.

A spokesman for British Athletics told the Guardian that Aden had only helped Farah for one week last year, when the performance director, Neil Black, and the head of endurance, Barry Fudge, were not around, and they had changed their rules when Farah went to Ethiopia this year.

Jama Aden has not been used by British Athletics in 2016,” the spokesman said. “As a result of the improvements to our best practice, our world class podium performance athletes were accompanied [by a BA representative] at all times in 2016 training camps. All Aden did last year, for a very short period of time, was to hold a stopwatch and shout out times to athletes as they completed their track sessions. There was no coaching or anything technical involved.

“As is common with athletics, different training groups will be on the same track at the same time [especially in this part of Ethiopia where there is only one track], so sessions inevitably overlap or occur at the same time which would then have different groups training in close proximity.”

On both occasions Farah’s regular coach, Alberto Salazar, stayed at home in Portland, where he sent workouts and trained his other athletes in the Nike Oregon Project.

A spokesman for Farah’s media representatives, Freud Communications, said: “Mo is always with a British Athletics person and of course they will speak to Jama and be courteous if they bump in to each other but Jama has no input into Mo’s training whatsoever.”

Last year there was controversy when Farah posed in a selfie with the former world junior 1500m champion Hamza Driouch, a former athlete of Aden’s, who at the time was serving a two-year ban. However Black and Fudge insisted they had no idea who Driouch was, let alone that he was serving a ban for irregularities in his biological passport.

Farah then had to face a further media storm last June when Salazar was accused of a number of anti-doping violations, which the American coach has vigorously denied and faced no charges for, although he has been reported to be under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

El País said the Operation Rial investigation in Aden was the result of a co-ordinated action between Spanish police, the IAAF and Spanish anti-doping officers. For three years Aden has based his athletes in the Arrahona hotel in Catalonia, where they train up to three times a day. Organising or promoting doping is a criminal offence in Spain and those found guilty can face up to two years in prison.

In February, three of Aden’s athletes – Dibaba, Ayanleh Souleiman and Abdalelah Haroun – broke indoor world records in Stockholm in the mile, 1,000m and 500m. Dibaba later took the world 3,000m indoor title in Portland. Dibaba, who has been suffering a toe injury, has not raced this outdoor season but she is a heavy favourite for the women’s 1500m in Rio, while Souleiman is another strong medal hope in the men’s 1500m.

Neither athlete has ever tested positive for a banned substance or been involved in any doping case.

Real tame Man City to reach Champions League final

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Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and ended Manchester City’s hopes of a maiden title after securing a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane’s side will face city rivals Atletico in the final for the second time in three seasons after a first-half own goal from Fernando was enough to secure a narrow win that barely reflected Real’s dominant display.

After last week’s goalless first leg stalemate, Madrid, chasing a record-extending 11th European title, opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Gareth Bale’s cross was deflected into the top corner by the City defender.

The victory opened the door for Real Madrid boss Zidane to end his first season at the club with club football’s most coveted prize, while ending City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes of signing off from the club with European silverware.

City had made a bright start but their early momentum was halted in its tracks as captain and centre back Vincent Kompany was forced off with a muscle injury after nine minutes, handing the initiative to the hosts, who quickly went on the offensive.

City looked slightly overawed as they handed territory to Real Madrid who punished them when Bale picked up Dani Carvajal’s pass and aimed a cross towards the far post that was deflected by Fernando past Joe Hart into the top corner.

The linesman’s flag prevented City falling further behind when Pepe stabbed into the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside, while City’s only glimpse of goal in the first half came when Fernandinho’s effort clipped the post.

Madrid continued to dominate after the break, but found a second goal elusive as Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert chances, while Bale’s header hit the crossbar.

Source:Reuters

Atletico Madrid through to Champions League final

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MUNICH – Atletico Madrid made it through to their second Champions League final in three seasons on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich in Germany saw them win their semi-final on away goals.

Bayern came into the second leg at the Allianz Arena trailing 1-0 from the first leg but Xabi Alonso levelled the tie on aggregate with a deflected free-kick just after the half hour.

However, Thomas Mueller then had a penalty saved and Antoine Griezmann grabbed a decisive away goal for the Spaniards in the 54th minute.

Robert Lewandowski put Bayern back in front on the night but Atletico held on despite Fernando Torres having a spot-kick saved by Manuel Neuer.

Atletico will play the winner of the second semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City, who meet in the second leg in Spain on Wednesday after a goalless first leg.

The final will be played in Milan on May 28.

Source:AFP

Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool: Last-minute Adrian goal sinks Reds

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The Yellow Submarine dissected their opponents deep into injury time and Denis Suarez provided the killer pass to give the Spaniards a first-leg lead in front of their own fans

Villarreal left it late to take the initiative in the Europa League semi-final, prevailing 1-0 overLiverpool thanks to Adrian Lopez’s last-minute strike.

Adrian, who scored in Atletico Madrid’s Champions League semi-final win over Chelsea in 2014, was on hand to potentially deal out further misery to a Premier League side, while Liverpool will need another inspired Anfield night next week.

Liverpool set pulses racing with a remarkable comeback and injury-time triumph over tournament favourites Borussia Dortmund in the previous round – a stark contrast to this largely cagey encounter.

Visiting manager Jurgen Klopp started without a conventional centre forward, leaving Daniel Sturridge as an unused substitute despite Divock Origi’s injury absence and Liverpool lacked cutting edge despite a controlled display in midfield, led by the excellent James Milner.

Nominal attacking spearhead Roberto Firmino had a shot touched against the post by home goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo after Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu came similarly close to his 10th Europa League goal of a stunning campaign.

It was left to fellow forward Adrian to crown a slick counter-attack – Bruno’s lofted pass in behind Kolo Toure stylishly collected by Denis Suarez, who calmly rolled across goal to leave his team-mate with a simple finish.

Liverpool might have opened the scoring on their first attack of note in the fifth minute, but Joe Allen shot too close to Asenjo.

Former Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado sent a bouncing shot across Simon Mignolet’s goal and the Liverpool keeper plunged to his left in the 21st minute to keep out Tomas Pina’s 20-yard drive.

Toure got in the way of a sweetly struck Bruno effort and Alberto Moreno regained his footing to deflect Mario Gaspar’s follow-up behind.

Bruno was Villarreal’s main source of creativity and he found Soldado for the striker to spin into space and curl wide right-footed three minutes before the break.

The hosts almost led a minute into the second half when Bakambu rose to above Dejan Lovren to head Jonathan dos Santos’ corner against the outside of the post.

Liverpool were operating with changed personnel by that stage, as Jordon Ibe replaced Philippe Coutinho at the break due to the Brazilian attacker feeling unwell.

The play became increasingly listless as a scrappy content passed the hour, although it was soon Liverpool’s turn to test the upright.

Firmino collected a measured pass from his captain, Milner, and fired a low shot goalwards that Asenjo did well to tip against the base of his near post.

A robust challenge from Lucas Leiva on Pina prompted a seemingly furious touchline confrontation between Klopp and opposite number Marcelino – order soon restored as the German embraced his opposite number with a trademark chuckle.

Adam Lallana was incorrectly flagged offside as he stole in behind the Villarreal defence and Eric Bailly’s pursuit of the England international resulted in him hobbling from the field.

Bakambu drew a late save from Mignolet and Moreno tore forward to blast over the break from the subsequent corner before Suarez and Adrian combined to show them how it was done.

Source:Goal.com

Ethiopian national team coach sacked

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ADDIS ABABA  –Ethiopian national team (The Walias) coach, Yohannes Sahle, has been sacked.

In addition to Yohannes, his assistant Fasil Tekalegn and goalkeepers’ trainer, Ali Redi were fired by the Ethiopian Football Federation.

Yohannes was appointed as head coach of The Walias in April, 2015.

Source:EBC

SPORT: ALJEERIYA OO AWOOD U SHEEGATAY ITOOBIYA

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ALGIERS – Xulka qaranaka ee Aljeeriya ayaa maanta si xun uga badiyey xullka kuabada cagta ee Itoobiya. Kooxda Aljeeriya ayaa 7 gool kaga badisay ka Itoobiya, halka xulka qaranka Itoobiya hal gool oo kaliya u dhaliyey.

Taratanka isreeb-reebka qaramada Afrika ayaa socda iyada oo koxaha guuleysta ay ciyaaraha kama dambeysta ah ee qaarada u soo gudbi doonaan.

Labada dal ayaa ku wada jira groobka J iyada oo Aljeeriya ugu koreyso. Itoobiya ayaa kaalinta 2-aad ku jirta.

Wareega labaad ee ciyaartal ayaa bishan March 29-dii ka dhici doonta Addis Ababa.

Itoobiya ayaa waayadan dadar galisay kooxdeeda kubada cagta si ay guulo uga keento tartanada qaarada Afrika iyo caalamka, balse weli natiijo fiican lagama hayo.

Itoobioya ayaa caan ku ah ordada dhadheer oo loo yaqaano maratoonka iyada raga iyo haweenka ka soo jeeda Itoobiya ay dhawr jeer guulo soo hooyeen.

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