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Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou, makes history as first African keeper with three clean sheets at World Cup

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Morocco’s goalkeeper, Yassine “Bono” Bounou has entered the history books as the first African keeper to officially keep three clean sheets in a single edition of the World Cup.

Bounou achieved this enviable feat after he shut out star studded Portugal in their quarter final match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Morocco becoming the first African country to qualify for the semi final after pipping Ronaldo and company 1-0.

Bono has so far kept out the ball from hitting his net apart from an own goal against Canada in their last group match and his stellar performances at this Mundial has attracted commendations from football fans around the world.

In Morocco’s round of 16 game against Spain on Tuesday, Bono showed the stuff in him when he stopped the Spanish players from breaching his net and went on to keep out all of their penalty kicks, which him the Man of the Match award.

Following their win against Portugal, Morocco created three historic points to note.

Apart from Bono’s heroics and becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi final, Morocco’s coach, Walid Regragui, became the first African coach to ever reach the semi final of a World Cup.

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CHAN 2023: Senegal beat host Algeria on penalty shootout to become African homebased champions

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The Teranga Lions of Senegal pulled up a big surprise by dashing the hopes of Algeria winning the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on home soil with a 5-4 victory on penalties to add to its Afcon trophy.

In a tense final match of the tournament played at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers, the Local Teranga Lions edged the hosts in front of 39,120 spectators on a cold winter night.

Senegal’s win also meant they are now the undisputed champions of African football which has seen the West African nation complete a rare treble of triumphs which has see them lift the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the Beach Soccer AFCON.

In the final match proper, both teams took time to size out each other and seemed tense in the opening minutes of the match which boiled over when Gabonese referee, Pierre Ghislain Atcho, dished out four yellow cards in the opening half hour.

With the scoreline goalless at the half-time mark, both coaches Madjid Bougherra and Pape Thiaw made some changes in the second half which increased the intensity while maintaining a balanced outlook on the night.

The game ended goalless after regular time and extratime and went straight into penalties with the Teranga Lions holding their nerves to win 5-4.

Meanwhile, Algeria set a new tournament record by not conceding in six games at the tournament in regular time while the final was the first game to go into extra time.

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Kenya’s Edwin Kibet wins 2023 Lagos City Marathon

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Kenyan long distance runner, Edwin Kibet Koech, has won the 8th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held in Nigeria on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Kibet finished the 42km race in two hours, 14 minutes and six seconds to beat Ethiopia’s Dekeba Shefa and fellow Kenyan, Bernard Sang, who finished second and third respectively.

For his feat, Kibet took home the grand prize of $50,000, while Shefa and Sang carted home $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In the female category, Alemenseh Guta of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line, with compatriot Kebene Urisa and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo coming second and third respectively.

The annual event sponsored by one of Nigeria’s elite financial institutions, Access Bank, was recently upgraded by the world athletics body to a gold label, meaning that the winners of both the men and women’s races have also qualified for the marathon events at the 2024 Olympics scheduled for Paris, France.

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