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CAF CC: Friday Trip Cancelled; Kotoko To leave At Dawn For Setif

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Asante Kotoko is set to leave Ghana in the early hours of Saturday for the second leg against Entente Sportive Sétifienne in the CAF Confederations Cup Play-off round.

ES Setif are leading 2-1 on aggregate after beating the Porcupines at Accra Sports Stadium a week ago.

Kotoko per their itinerary should have left for Algeria on Friday, February 19, but the team is currently lodging in Accra yet to embark on the journey.

According to multiple reports in the local media, the Reds have rescheduled their trip to dawn with a chartered flight due to financial difficulties to finance the trip as initially scheduled.

With the game set to come off on Sunday, February 21, the team will have to be in Algeria early for the mandatory Covid-19 test upon arrival and 24 hours before the game. As required by CAF, the team’s status should be known a day before the game.

The game will kick off 5 pm Ghana time.

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Victory! As Team Lebron Wins 2021 NBA All-Star Game

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The All-Star weekend which saw State Farm Arena in Atlanta host the best of NBA players to compete in different challenges came to a closure after the much awaited All-Star game between team Lebron and Team Durant. The 2021 All-Star Weekend, which was actually an All-Star Day, was very epic and a competition that is never to be forgotten.

For this year’s All-Star games, the proceeds, per the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) was announced that $ 2.5 million and resources in funds will be committed towards Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and also support the awareness around equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief, and vaccines.

During the game the Grecian-born Milwaukee Bucks superstar shot a perfect 16-for-16 from the field, a performance that earned Team LeBron the win and himself the game’s MVP award.

Team LeBron, captained by LeBron James, claimed won the game with 170 points over Team Durant’s 150 points. LeBron was a captain for the fourth time in an NBA All-Star game, and for the fourth time his team won. LeBron benched himself late in the second quarter for good and Team Durant was without team captain for the game.

The players especially Curry and Lillard enjoyed themselves playing the game pulling off epic performances from start of the game till finish. Others also spoke about the Curry-Lebron team up which was a beautiful sight to behold.

The All-Star games are done and we are looking forward to next seasons.

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Man City 0-2 Man Utd: Bruno and Shaw Halt City’s Incredible Winning Streak

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Manchester City’s run of 21 consecutive wins came to a crunching halt as Manchester United won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The game began in startling fashion when Gabriel Jesus fouled Anthony Martial inside the first minute, gifting Bruno Fernandes the opportunity to score from the penalty spot.

Early in the second half came the game’s pivotal moments. First Rodri hit the angle of post and bar from the edge of the box, then less than two minutes later Luke Shaw exchanged passes with Marcus Rashford before slotting home from 20 yards out.

Although characteristically enjoying a lot of play in United’s half, City failed to really test United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, indeed Anthony Martial was closer to adding to the visitor’s lead when forcing a fine save out of Ederson from point-blank range.

The result narrows City’s lead over United and the rest of the Premier League to 11 points, but more importantly dents the aura of invincibility Pep Guardiola’s side have been carrying with them ahead as they pursue trophies on four fronts.

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Benzema: “Brazilian Ronaldo And Mike Tyson Were My Role Models

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Speaking in an interview with the magazine ‘ICON’, of ‘El País’, which will be published on Saturday, Benzema discusses his personal life and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who is a doubt for the Madrid derby on Sunday, sat down for an honest and open interview with the magazine ‘ICON’, of ‘El País’. The Frenchman discusses his connection with Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Real Madrid and explains his relationship with head coach Zinedine Zidane.

Benzema arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 together with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká, among others, in what was the return of Florentino Pérez to the presidency of the Spanish giants. The Frenchman has great memories of the stage he shared with the Portuguese forward: “I was very happy with Cristiano”. Ronaldo left for Juventus in the summer of 2018 and Benzema had to change his role in the team: “The only thing I would say is that Cristiano’s departure allowed me to play a different role. He was scoring 50 or 60 goals a year and you had to adapt to his game. He is one of the best in the world”.

Regarding his relationship with Zidane, Benzema admits that “he is an older brother to me. Off the field, he is always there to advise me.”

On a more personal level, Benzema opens up and when asked about the importance of friendship in his life, states that “I only have one friend, which shows that friendship is very important to me”. The Frenchman, who is sometimes accused of being cold, says that “it is not true that nothing affects me. I have feelings, but I will never show my weaknesses, even if I have them”.

Humble beginnings in France
Benzema grew up in a humble neighbourhood in Lyon, France, something that has influenced him greatly to this day. “I come from a neighbourhood where things were difficult. When I saw older boys well dressed and with beautiful cars, what I wanted was to be like them,” he says. He goes on to explain that he has no idols: “I have no Idols, but I do have role models. In football, I would say that Ronaldo, the Brazilian, was a role model for me. I also admire Mike Tyson, because both he and I came from the bottom and grew. Nobody has given us anything.”

“Racism should never happen”
The Madrid forward also speaks out about the racism suffered by some players on the pitch. “It should never happen. It is disgusting, horrible and dirty. We are all the same,” he added.

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Berekum Chelsea 1-1 Medeama: Yellow and Mauves Hold Chelsea To A Stalemate

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Berekum Chelsea shared the spoils with Medeama in their intense battle on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues, who played at home, got the first goal through Stephen Amankonah in the 21st minute.

However, Medeama kept pushing the equalizer and found it in the 70th minute.

Prince Opoku Agyemang, a hitman who recently returned from South Africa, got the much needed goal for the visitors.

Medeama are currently fourth on the log with 27 points and Berekum Chelsea are 12th with 21 points.

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