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PSG’s Di Maria, Draxler test positive for Covid-19

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Paris St Germain winger Angel di Maria and midfielder Julian Draxler have tested positive for Covid-19, the Ligue 1 club said on Thursday.

Argentina international Di Maria has three goals and five assists in 16 games in all competitions for PSG this season, while Germany’s Draxler has two goals and two assists in 14 games.

PSG said in a statement the pair returned positive results on Thursday morning and have been placed under isolation.

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France reported 261 481 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Thursday, less than the record of more than 332 000 on Wednesday, but the seven-day moving average of new cases rose well above 200 000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

PSG are top of the Ligue 1 standings on 46 points after 19 matches, 13 points above second-placed Nice.

They are due to visit mid-table Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.

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Transfer window: Bonke joins Terem Moffi at Lorient

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Super Eagles midfielder, Innocent Bonke, has completed his transfer to French side, Lorient, joining Terem Moffi after signing a three-year deal with the French Ligue 1 side.

The Super Eagles star was signed for free after he dumped Malmo at the beginning of the year at the expiration of his contract.

 

 

Earlier on, Soccernet reported that the 25-year-old was linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club, and Lorient unveiled Bonke with a beautiful video via their Twitter handle.

Bonke was one of the best players at Malmo, helping the team qualify for the group stage of the Champions League after a five-year absence. He also helped the Swedish side win two consecutive Allsvenskan titles.

The Kaduna-born defensive midfielder was involved in all of Malmo’s games in the Champions League, but he was unable to help them secure a victory.

Nevertheless, Bonke will look to prove his worth as Les Merlus look to avoid relegation from the Ligue 1 for the second season in a row.

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AFCON 2021: Malawi in prime position to tackle Nigeria in last 16 round

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Malawi’s Flames are currently the most likely team that will battle the Super Eagles for a quarter-final ticket at the ongoing AFCON 2021 on Sunday.

Group D winners Nigeria is expected to take on the best third losers in Group B, E or F.

At the moment, Malawi finished third in Group B with four points after they held Senegal to a goalless draw Tuesday night.

On the other hand, Sierra Leone are third in Group E with a round of games still to be played.

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They have two points from as many matches and tackle second-placed Equatorial Guinea in the final group game tomorrow.

Tunisia are third this far in Group F with three points and they tackle group leaders Gambia in their final game on Thursday.

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Rwandan woman referee creates Africa Cup of Nations history

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Rwandan Salima Mukansanga became the first woman to referee an Africa Cup of Nations match when she oversaw the Group B clash between Guinea and Zimbabwe in Yaounde on Tuesday.

On Monday, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said Mukansanga would handle the match with two female assistant referees, Carine Atemzabong of Cameroon and Fatiha Jermoumi of Morocco.

However, when the officials entered the pitch for the match at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in the Cameroonian capital, both assistant referees were males.

CAF did not immediately explain why the assistant referees were changed.

Mukansanga created history after the previous 32 editions of the flagship African tournament from 1957 were refereed exclusively by men.

Previously the Rwandan was the fourth official when Guinea defeated Malawi on 10 January in Bafoussam.

“We are super proud of Salima because she has had to work exceptionally hard to be where she is today,” said Confederation of African Football (CAF) referees’ boss Eddy Maillet from the Seychelles.

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“We know that as a woman she had to overcome serious obstacles to reach this level and she deserves a lot of credit.

“This moment is not just for Salima, but every young girl in Africa who has passion for football and who sees herself as a referee in the future.”

Leaders Guinea need one point to seal a second-round place while Zimbabwe are playing for pride having been eliminated after two losses.

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