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Salah and Mane on target as Liverpool dismantle City and killed their swagger in UCL quarter-final

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Liverpool thumped Premier League rivals Macnchester City three – nil in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie played at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The Reds had their two African marksmen, Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane, on target on a night where City’s defense were found wanting as Liverpool dazzled to score three times in the first 45 minutes.

Salah and Mane’s goals were sandwiched by a long range effort by Englishman Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. Liverpool however have some concerns over Salah who limped off seven minutes after the interval.

Klopp confirmed the 25-year-old, who has scored 38 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season, will be assessed in the coming days ahead of their Premier League clash against local rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

Even though Salah says he is fine, his manager insists the team will await real diagnosis not that of the player. “After the game I asked him and he said, ‘I will be good, it will be fine’. But now we have to wait for the real diagnosis, not Mo’s self-diagnosis.”

Liverpool will defend their three-goal advantage against City in the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. The winner gets a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.

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Andre Onana and Ajax finally reach agreement for the youngster to leave the club

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CHELSEA have been given a transfer boost with the news that Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has “an agreement” to leave the club.

But the Blues will still have to match the Dutch club’s valuation for the stopper, believed to be at least £25million.
And of course there are other clubs interested in the Cameroonian keeper, most notably Spanish giants Barcelona.

Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain could also show their hands in the summer.

The player recently signalled his intention to move on when he told Algemeen Dagblad: “Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club.

“It was five great years here, but now my time has come to take a step.

“I don’t yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear.”

And now Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag seems to have accepted he will lose the top talent and confirmed there IS an agreement in place.

He told Algemeen Dagblad: “Andre is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him.

“But it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s desire for a goalkeeper is clear, having dropped £71m flop Kepa Arrizabalaga earlier this season in favour of 38-year-old regular bench-dweller Willy Caballero.

Onana, one of the best shot stoppers in the world at the moment has reportedly snubbed offers from Spurs and League one giant PSG.

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CAF postpones CHAN to an unknown date due to Coronavirus

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The confederationof African football CAF ya today March 17 2020 postponed the 2020 edition of the CHAN which was scheduled to take place in Cameroon

The decision comes after two teams pull out of the tournaments over increasing fear of the coronavirus

In a letter addressed to secretaries of the different national federations, the continent’s football managing body says the decision was taken due to the unpredictability of the spread of the virus and numerous travel restrictions across the continent.

They letter states that, even though the situation in Cameroon is under control, CAF cannot take “unnecessary risk” hence the need to postpones the tournament

The football body will announce a future date for the event, letter reads in part.

As European nations shutdown their leagues and sporting tournament due to the virus , CAF was under increasing pressure to do same and avoid risking the population and players as the virus creeps to Africa.

The deadly coronavirus has affected about 180000 persons, killing over 7000 and about 50 000 have recovered according to WHO reports.

Cameroon has recorded 10 cases as at today and two of them have been treated.

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Impartial Buea? Population ignore calls for lockdown,boycott Mountain race

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The population of Buea have been carrying on their normal activities today Saturday February 22nd 2020.

Streets are busy this morning early as shops are open, roads bussy and people going their business as usual despite calls for one day lockdown by Ambazoniana activists to frustrate the Mount Cameroon race of hope.

But despite the clear snub from the population, they have also refused to tAke part in the race, denying the annual event the much needed pomp and celebrations it once enjoyed before the crisis.

This 25th edition of the race is Dubbed the race of peace and the Mount Cameroon race of hope will  bring together national and international athletes who compete to challenge the chariots of the gods and conquer the highest mountain in West and Central Africa.

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