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AFCON 2024: DR Congo Heads To Semi Finals

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Following Angola’s defeat in the first match of the quarterfinals, DR Congo versus Guniea followed next.

As fate would have it, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) national team secured their place in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals with a hard-fought victory over Guinea.

DR Congo came from a goal behind to beat Guinea 3-1 in a tense encounter at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Friday and join Nigeria in the last four.

Thanks to goals by Mbemba, Wissa, and Masuaku, this win means they’re in the semi-finals for the first time in almost 10 years!

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The game itself was a tight affair.

A surprising free kick was kicked towards the goalpost, closer to the goalkeeper, who wasn’t ready for it.

Guinea, trying to reach the final for the first time ever, might have gotten a penalty in the first minute. It seemed like Mbemba touched the ball with his hand while trying to stop the game’s first attack, but the referee didn’t agree.

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Later, Mbemba wasn’t so lucky. Mbemba accidentally caused a penalty in the 20th minute, letting Guinea score. He hit another player, Mohamed Bayo, with his shoulder, and Guinea got a chance to score first. But 7 minutes later, he made amends with a great left-footed goal! Congo didn’t stop there; they got a penalty of their own in the 65th minute, which Wissa scored. Finally, near the end, Masuaku sealed the win with a fantastic free-kick goal!

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To sum it up, Guinea took the lead, but Mbemba equalised with a great shot from a corner kick. DR Congo then got a penalty after a foul, and Wissa scored it. Masuaku scored another beautiful goal, pushing the Leopards to their third goal in the match and sending Guinea home.

This is DR Congo’s first win after four draws in the tournament. DR Congo’s journey to the semis has been far from straightforward. They have relied on their defensive solidity and ability to grind out results, having not won a single game in regulation time throughout the tournament. They finished second in their group and beat Egypt on penalties in the last round.

Next, they play either Ivory Coast or Mali in the semi-final.

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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers

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Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.

While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.

@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva

The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.

Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.

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William Troost-Ekong To Undergo Minor Surgery

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Nigerian football defender William Troost-Ekong, who plays for the national team, the Super Eagles, is expected to have a short surgical procedure in Finland this week. This operation is necessary to treat an injury he sustained while playing in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

William Troost-Ekong sustained an injury during their crucial second group stage match against the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire. Despite this setback, he displayed incredible resilience by scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick, playing a key role in securing victory for his team. Although the injury forced him to miss the following game against Guinea-Bissau, Troost-Ekong’s determination saw him return to the starting lineup and play every minute of the remaining matches in the tournament, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the Super Eagles.

The former Watford player, a dominant force for Nigeria during the AFCON 2023 finals, delivered three crucial goals and consistently showcased his talent. His well-rounded performance rightfully earned him the Player of the Tournament title.

The surgery William Troost-Ekong underwent is expected to fix the injury he got while playing in the competition. This will allow him to make a full recovery and rejoin his Greek club, PAOK, on the playing field again sometime near the end of the current season.

William Troost-Ekong is a Dutch-born Nigerian professional footballer who captains the Nigeria national team. He also plays as a center-back for the Greek club PAOK.

Despite facing near exclusion from the national squad, he emerged as a hero at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, leading the defense with an injury and even scoring crucial goals. He was named the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance.

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Super Falcons Set To Clash With Lionesses In Olympic Qualifiers

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The much-anticipated match between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Cameroon’s Lionesses is set for this Friday. It will be happening on February 23rd, 2024, in Douala, Cameroon. This crucial first leg of a two-game series holds immense significance. The winner will progress to the final round of the African qualifiers for the prestigious Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.

With their coach, Randy Waldrum, back in charge, the Super Falcons are in good hands.

They are eager to represent Nigeria well and secure their dream of participating in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Led by the talented Asisat Oshoala, a six-time winner of Africa’s Best Female Footballer award, the Super Falcons have built a strong team under the guidance of Coach Waldrum. This formidable squad, boasting 20 additional skilled players alongside Oshoala, is determined to conquer any obstacles that stand in their way.

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Their ultimate goal is to secure victory against the formidable Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.

The journey to Paris 2024 hasn’t been without its hurdles. Since their last Olympic appearance in Beijing in 2008, the Falcons have faced difficulties qualifying for subsequent games. Recall that the Super Falcons were defeated by the indomitable lionesses in the London 2012 Olympics. This dashed their hopes of participating in the tournament.

However, the Super Falcons are now more resolute than ever to claim their rightful place in the upcoming games.

Coach Waldrum has chosen a strong team for the upcoming match. The coach is featuring talented players like defender Ashley Plumptre and midfielders Halimatu Ayinde, Toni Payne, and Christy Ucheibe.

The lineup also includes goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and forwards Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu.

This team is prepared to make a strong impression on the international stage.

Excitement is building as the Falcons prepare to face off against the Lionesses in what promises to be a thrilling match.

With their sights set on competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Nigerian Falcons are determined to secure their place in the tournament.

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