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AFCON: Liberia to unleash 13 foreign-based pros against Congo DR

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Coach Thomas Kojo has invited 13 foreign-based players to form part of his provisional squad to face DR Congo in the upcoming encounter in Monrovia.

Local players, under the guidance of Deputy Coach Sam Chebli, have for the past days continued preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers slated for September 9 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

According to a release from the Liberia Football Association, Coach Kojo, who is currently in Bulgaria heading a team of youthful Liberian players at the SATUC World Cup, invited Spanish-based goalkeeper, Boison Wynney De Souza of RCD Mallorca II, Joel Johnson Alajarin (right-back) of Charlotte Independence, Teah Dennis(center-back) and Adolphus Marshall (left-back) of Gudja United FC.

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Others are midfielder Mohammed Sangare of Newcastle United, who has received his first national team call-up, Murphy Oscar Dorley of Slovan Liberec, Sylvanus Nimely of Spartak Moscow II, and Norwegian- based Sam Johnson.
The rest include Anthony Laffor, William Jebor, Terrence Tisdell of Mozambican club Costa do Sol, Seku Conneh of South Korea’s Ansan Greener and in form Liberian player Kpah Sherman, who plays for MIFA in Malaysia, completes the list of invited stars.

Lone Star’s next opponent DR Congo, are currently seated second in the group with three points, following their 3-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville, while Liberia kicked off their qualifier campaign in Group C with a poor performance after losing 3-0 to Zimbabwe. The game was played last year at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, the capital.

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CAF launches African Super League to boost clubs

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has launched a new competition to be known as the African Super League aimed at injecting about $100 million into the continent’s football.

CAF President Patrice Mostepe who announced the new multi-million dollar deal in Tanzania during the launch of the new tournament on Wednesday, said the new league is aimed at injecting financial muscle to cash-strapped clubs on the continent.

For a start, 24 African clubswill take part in the first edition of the competition which is scheduled to kick off between August 2023 and May 2024.

Motsepe, who addressed a gathering of African football chairmen in Tanzania on Wednesday, said:

“The African Super League is a very important initiative. One of the major problems in Africa is finance.

“The Africa Super League is one of the most exciting developments in the history of African football and the objective in terms of what we are trying to achieve is very clear, to make sure African club football is world class and competes with the best in the world.

“Our intention is to use the $100 million as prize money and to do that every year in the African Super League, so that the club which wins gets $11.5 million,” he said.

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Tennis great, Serena Williams, announces retirement in emotional statement

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Tennis star, Serena Williams, has announced that she will retire from the sport after the US Open at Flushing Meadows which begins later this month

The 40-year-old 23-time Grand Slam champion has been the face of tennis since winning her first U.S. Open in 1999, but in a statement published by Vogue Magazine on Tuesday, said she plans to hang up her racket and bring an end to her active romance with the sport after playing again in the tournament.

Williams who last won a Grand Slam tournament while she was pregnant during the Australian Open in 2017, has been struggling to cope with the pace of the game after the birth of her daughter, Olympia, with hopes of equaling or surpassing Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles going up in flames.

In an emotional statement in Vogue Magazine in which she will appear on the front cover for September’s edition, Williams said:

“I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give. I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me.

Serena Williams has plans to call it quits with tennis (Photo Credit:WTA)

Serena Williams has plans to call it quits with tennis (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution.

“But I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis. Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it’s like a taboo topic.

“I can’t even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It’s like it’s not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist!”

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