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ASTON VILLA STARTING XI (3-4-1-2): Emiliano Martinez; Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, Axel Tuanzebe, Tyrone Mings; Matty Cash, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Matt Targett; Emiliano Buendia; Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins.

ARSENAL SUBS: Mohamed Elneny, Gabriel Martinelli, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Martin Odegaard, Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Nicolas Pepe, Cedric Soares.

ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Tavares; Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.

After a poor start to their season, Arsenal have turned things around and are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League games (W3 D2). It was a dramatic finish to their last outing in the competition, as Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal snatched a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. There was late drama in Villa’s last match as well, with Wolves coming from behind and scoring a stoppage-time winner to beat them 3-2. They’ve now lost back-to-back league games, with their last win coming against Manchester United at the end of September.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League meeting between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium!

Caf Confederation Cup: Marumo Gallants stun AS Vita Club to reach play-off round

Caf Confederation Cup: Marumo Gallants stun AS Vita Club to reach play-off round | Goal.com

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Marumo Gallants FC reached the Caf Confederation Cup play-off round after stunning DR Congolese giants AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, DR Congo on Friday evening.

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa fought back to hold Vita Club to a 1-1 draw in the second round second-leg clash at Stade des Martyrs and they emerged 3-2 winners on aggregate.

Gallants came into the match leading on aggregate thanks to Celimpilo Ngema’s brace which inspired the PSL side to a 2-1 victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium last week Friday.

The visitors conceded 19 minutes into the game when Jacques Mangoba scored with a thunderous long-range shot which beat goalkeeper Washington Arubi hands down to hand Vita Club a 1-0 lead.

Thabo Mnyamane looked lively for Bahlabane Ba Ntwa as his free-kick narrowly missed keeper Nelson Lukong’s left upright as Gallants pushed for the equalizing goal. 

The Cameroonian shot-stopper then produced a fine save at the back post to deny former SuperSport United forward Mnyamane. 

Vita Club, who won the Caf Champions League title in 1973, were leading 1-0 during the half-time break with the two teams locked at 2-2 on an aggregate and the DR Congolese giants were leading on the away aggregate.

Mpho Maleka – Gallants’ interim coach – introduced Katlego Otladisa, who joined dribbling wizard Joseph Malongoane upfront as the away side looked to pile pressure on the hosts.

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa played long balls and set-pieces into the Black Dolphins’ box and they managed to snatch a late equalising goal in stoppage time. 

A long ball was played into the Vita Club box which the hosts failed to clear and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo pounced and scored with a header at the far post in stoppage time.

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The goal ensured that the encounter ended in 1-1 draw and it was Gallants, who advanced to the play-off round of Africa’s secondary club competition.

Gallants, who are making their debut appearance in Caf competitions, and the other 15 winners on aggregate will be joined by the 16 losing teams from the Champions League second round.

The 16 winners from the Confederation Cup play-off round will advance to the group stage. 

Caf Confederation Cup: '10,000 fans allowed to watch Al-Al Ahly Merowe clash' – Gor Mahia

Caf Confederation Cup: ‘10,000 fans allowed to watch Al-Al Ahly Merowe clash’ – Gor Mahia | Goal.com

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Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Caf Confederation Cup match between Gor Mahia and Al-Ahly Merowe on Sunday, the Football Kenya Federation Premier League side has announced.

It will be the first club game in Kenya that fans will be allowed to attend since they were banned from sporting facilities last year due to the Covid-19 protocols put in place by the state in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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“Up to 10,000 fans would be allowed to watch our second leg of the Caf match against Al-Ahly set for Sunday at Nyayo Stadium after the ministry of health accepted the club’s request and the federation also approved it,” Gor Mahia announced on Friday.

The green light to have the fans at the stadium has come just days after Gor Mahia engaged in their 90th Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards. K’Ogalo emerged winners – courtesy of a goal by Boniface Omondi – and registered their 31st Premier League derby win against the rivals.

Although on Tuesday, as Kenya celebrated its Mashujaa Day [the Heroes Day], President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the lifting of the nationwide curfew, but the Ministries of Health and Sports have not given a directive on whether they will soon allow fans to start attending all the matches.

The Premier League started on September 26 and three games have now been played and as was the case with the previous season, no fans have been allowed to watch those games.

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, who have had to struggle with financial issues, have often been at the forefront calling for the stadium ban to be lifted as their fans’ contributions – via matchday tickets – is one of their major sources of money. 

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The 19-times Premier League winners – who were given a bye in the preliminary round will host Al-Ahly Merowe after picking up a 3-1 win in Cairo six days ago.

Samuel Onyango, Benson Omala and Jules Ulimwengu were K’Ogalo’s scorers in an encounter they had to fight back after going behind in the first half.

Tusker are Kenya’s representatives in the Caf Champions League and faced Egypt’s Premier League champions on October 16 without fans.

Who is Yasir Al-Rumayyan? Newcastle United chief's role explained

Who is Yasir Al-Rumayyan? Newcastle United chief’s role explained | Goal.com

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Newcastle United’s £300 million ($408m) takeover means that Magpies fans will be seeing a lot of new faces at St James’ Park during matchdays.

One of the most prominent of these, aside from whichever new transfer signings arrive, is Yasir Al-Rumayyan and he was given a rousing reception by the Toon Army during the first game of the new era.

TV cameras showed him seated next to Amanda Staveley and other figures who worked behind the scenes to get the takeover across the line, but who is he? Goal brings you all you need to know.

Who is Yasir Al-Rumayyan?

Yasir Al-Rumayyan is the Governor of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) – one of the key players in the Magpies takeover – and was instated as the new chairman of Newcastle United in October 2021.

Educated at King Faisal and Harvard Business School, Al-Rumayyan has been Governor of the PIF since 2017, having previously served as Managing Director since 2015.

As well as being the chairman of Newcastle and Governor of the PIF, he serves on a number of other boards, including Saudi Aramco, the state oil company, Uber, Softbank Group and Reliance Industries.

Al-Rumayyan worked extensively in the banking and investment sector prior to his appointment to the PIF.

What is Yasir Al-Rumayyan’s role at Newcastle United?

Al-Rumayyan is a non-executive chairman at Newcastle, with Amanda Staveley and Jamie Reuben forming a three-person board presiding over the direction of the club going forward.

The Saudi businessman’s other roles are likely to mean that his visits to St James’ Park will be sporadic, but he is known to be a keen sport lover so his presence at games will be no surprise either.

However, Al-Rumayyan has suggested that he and PIF will be more in the background of affairs on Tyneside, devising strategies amid other behind-the-scenes dealings.

“Our job is to look at the bigger picture,” he explained shortly after the takeover of the Premier League club was completed. 

“So we will be working with the rest of the board to set the overall strategy, monitor how that is progressing and determine the changes we need to make.

“You will hear from us less often, but I can assure you that we will always be actively engaged.”

What is Yasir Al-Rumayyan’s net worth?

Details regarding Al-Rumayyan’s net worth are not clear and information regarding the Saudi businessman’s personal wealth are scant online.

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A number of sources erroneously conflate Al-Rumayyan’s worth with that of the PIF, which stands at approximately £315 billion ($430 bn).

The PIF, of course, is a sovereign wealth enterprise, whose chairman is Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Al-Rumayyan’s role is to help manage the investment of that wealth as part of the country’s 2030 Vision, which seeks to diversify the national economy.

Ex-Man Utd star Evra reveals he was sexually abused as a child

Ex-Man Utd star Evra reveals he was sexually abused as a child | Goal.com

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Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has revealed that he was sexually abused in his youth.

The onetime Red Devils and France left-back reveals in his new autobiography that he was assaulted as a 13-year-old by his schoolteacher 

The 40-year-old admitted that he had yet to tell several of his family members and friends – but said that he has come forward now to help other young victims like himself.

What has been said?

“I’ll be honest with you, when I first did the book, I didn’t tell the whole story because I was still ashamed and scared about what people will think,” Evra told The Times.

“Now I want to say it because I don’t want kids to be in my situation and they are ashamed of themselves, thinking they are not brave, because it’s not about being brave, it’s about being mentally ready to talk about it.

“So I just want to make sure kids out there have the courage and do not blame themselves, because I always blamed myself. I’m not shy to say I felt like a coward for many years because I never speak up. It was something heavy in my chest. But I don’t do it for me, I do it for other children.”

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Elsewhere, the former Monaco man – who acknowledged he was approached by police during his time at the Ligue 1 club, aged 24, to discuss the matter – touched on the impact his revelation had on his mother.

“Of course, she was devastated,” he added. “It was a tough moment for me. I have still to tell a few of my brothers and sisters and close friends.

“I don’t want people to feel pity. It’s a difficult situation. A mother does not expect to hear this from their own child. She felt something [was wrong] and had asked me why I did not want to sleep in the teacher’s house.

“Only now when I am 40 years old do I tell her. The first thing my mum says is, ‘if you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him.’

“There is a lot of rage. I know my mum and people from my family will do research and see if they can sue. But I buried this thing so deep I didn’t think about [prosecution].”

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Goal Ultimate 11 powered by FIFA 22 | Manuel Neuer is the best goalkeeper!

Goal Ultimate 11 powered by FIFA 22 | Manuel Neuer is the best goalkeeper! | Goal.com

Goal’s readers are impressed by the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as he was voted as the “best GK in the world” beating out top opponents to cement his position in the Goal’s Top eleven powered by FIFA 22 as we attempt to identify who you think are the best footballers around the world.

Manuel Neuer received 34% of the total votes, or approximately 3,865 votes, surpassing that of Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who received 28% of the total votes, or 28,936 votes.

In third place came Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who received 1,591 votes, or 14% of the votes.

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Fourth place went to Jan Oblak, who received 1,477 votes, or 14% of the votes, while German Mark Andre ter Stegen, who received 1,250 votes, or 11%, came in fifth place.

Wait for us next Monday in the right-back center vote. 

Orlando Pirates coach Ncikazi joins Mamelodi Sundowns' Mokwena in questioning Bafana Bafana and Broos

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Orlando Pirates co-interim head coach Mandla Ncikazi says there is a communication problem between PSL coaches and the Bafana Bafana technical team.

This comes after Vincent Pule picked up an injury while on national duty for South Africa ahead of their two clashes against Ethiopia in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers earlier this month and the Pirates winger has since been ruled out of action to up to 12 weeks. 

While Bafana head coach Hugo Broos substituted Tshegofatso Mabasa just 35 minutes into their first match against Ethiopia in Bahir Dar as he felt that the Pirates striker was ineffective and he has since struggled to score goals for the Soweto giants. 

Ncikazi has joined Rhulani Mokwena in questioning Broos as the Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach blamed the national team after several Masandawana players picked up injuries while in the Bafana camp.

“The issue of communication with PSL coaches and national team, I don’t want to repeat what has been said by other coaches, but the fact that problems that other clubs are mentioning are also happening at our club just shows you that things are not done correctly,” Ncikazi told the media.

“I’ll give you an example of the previous coach where I was. I met him personally because he came to training to watch our team training session. He discussed things with the technical team and he addressed the players on his expectations.

“I would have expected that the same will continue, but to be honest it has never happened for whatever reason. It becomes very difficult, I have tried to communicate with some members but it should not be done that way.

“It should not be in isolation where a coach from one club must try and connect with the national coach because the structure must inform what are the expectations of the national coach from coaches.”

Ncikazi, who is working alongside fellow Pirates co-interim head coach Fadlu Davids, stressed that there should be a mutual understanding between Bafana and PSL clubs in order for players to avoid injuries.

“It is an area that needs to be ironed out because it will lessen the problems we have currently in terms of injuries of players,” he added. 

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“To give you an example, if we were having a loading session today and one of our players is selected to the national team tomorrow and they have a loading, already on that one, there is a risk of injuries.

“A better understanding and communication between the two parties will help the national team and will also help the clubs so that when our players come back from the national team they are still useful to the team. I think that is highly important but that’s not happening currently.”

Pirates are set to face Congo-Brazzaville side Diables Noirs in the Caf Confederation Cup second round second-leg clash on Sunday.

Orlando Pirates coach Ncikazi joins Mamelodi Sundowns' Mokwena in questioning Bafana Bafana and Broos

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Orlando Pirates co-interim head coach Mandla Ncikazi says there is a communication problem between PSL coaches and the Bafana Bafana technical team.

This comes after Vincent Pule picked up an injury while on national duty for South Africa ahead of their two clashes against Ethiopia in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers earlier this month and the Pirates winger has since been ruled out of action to up to 12 weeks. 

While Bafana head coach Hugo Broos substituted Tshegofatso Mabasa just 35 minutes into their first match against Ethiopia in Bahir Dar as he felt that the Pirates striker was ineffective and he has since struggled to score goals for the Soweto giants. 

Ncikazi has joined Rhulani Mokwena in questioning Broos as the Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach blamed the national team after several Masandawana players picked up injuries while in the Bafana camp.

“The issue of communication with PSL coaches and national team, I don’t want to repeat what has been said by other coaches, but the fact that problems that other clubs are mentioning are also happening at our club just shows you that things are not done correctly,” Ncikazi told the media.

“I’ll give you an example of the previous coach where I was. I met him personally because he came to training to watch our team training session. He discussed things with the technical team and he addressed the players on his expectations.

“I would have expected that the same will continue, but to be honest it has never happened for whatever reason. It becomes very difficult, I have tried to communicate with some members but it should not be done that way.

“It should not be in isolation where a coach from one club must try and connect with the national coach because the structure must inform what are the expectations of the national coach from coaches.”

Ncikazi, who is working alongside fellow Pirates co-interim head coach Fadlu Davids, stressed that there should be a mutual understanding between Bafana and PSL clubs in order for players to avoid injuries.

“It is an area that needs to be ironed out because it will lessen the problems we have currently in terms of injuries of players,” he added. 

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“To give you an example, if we were having a loading session today and one of our players is selected to the national team tomorrow and they have a loading, already on that one, there is a risk of injuries.

“A better understanding and communication between the two parties will help the national team and will also help the clubs so that when our players come back from the national team they are still useful to the team. I think that is highly important but that’s not happening currently.”

Pirates are set to face Congo-Brazzaville side Diables Noirs in the Caf Confederation Cup second round second-leg clash on Sunday.

What is LaLiga TV and how can I watch?

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This weekend’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona once more puts the global spotlight on LaLiga – Spain’s top flight and one of the world’s greatest sports leagues.

African fans of LaLiga can catch every minute of the action, as well as a whole array of further programming, on LaLiga TV, a new channel that offers supporters all of LaLiga, all in one place.

In this article, Goal reveal all you need to know about the Spanish top flight’s television channel where you can enjoy the complete, immersive, LaLiga experience.

What is LaLiga TV?

LaLiga TV is an English-langauge television channel dedicated exclusively to LaLiga, and produced by the league itself.

It offers supporters of the Spanish game coverage of LaLiga 24/7, with every single live fixture in the top flight being broadcast on the channel.

This has been made possible due to LaLiga’s scheduling of separate kickoff times for all ten matches per gameweek, ensuring that fans of the Spanish top flight can catch every single minute of every single contest.

The full-HD experience will allow you to enjoy a truly complete LaLiga viewing experience while feeling closer to the action than ever before.

As well as the live action, LaLiga TV brings you the breaking news from all of the league’s clubs, as well as expert analysis from experts, pundits, past players and journalists who know all there is to know about Spanish football.

When was LaLiga TV launched?

LaLiga TV has been broadcasting non-stop since the start of the 2017-18 season, growing steadily in the intervening years to offer a broad and engrossing bouquet of content.

Spanish-based media agency MediaPro acquired LaLiga’s overseas rights for five years between 2019 and 2014, paying $5.24 billion to bring the Spanish top flight to a broader global audience.

How can I watch LaLiga TV in Africa?

LaLiga TV is available in 46 African territories, and can currently be found on SuperSport, where it is available for pay-TV’s DStv service.

In July 2020, SuperSport renewed their media rights arrangement, covering sub-Saharan Africa in a deal which currently extends to the end of the 2023-24 season.

“We’re delighted to have finalised a new deal as football is one of our popular broadcast pillars,” Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport, commented last year when the deal was signed. “LaLiga is a fantastic product and our viewers enjoy the excitement on show from week to week.”

What programming can I enjoy on LaLiga TV?

Beyond the weekly live action, LaLigaTV offers a plethora of shows packed with analysis, discussion and insight which should satiate even the most fanatical of LaLiga supporters.

One of the highlights is LaLiga TACTICS which, as the name suggests, goes in-depth on the tactical approaches employed by the head coaches of Spain’s biggest clubs.

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The data provided by Mediacoach and a broad range of camera angles used by the football-lovers at MediaPro help underpin the kind of in-depth analysis that few leagues in the world can begin to compete with.

Shows such as LaLiga CHRONICLES, the LaLiga SHOW, LaLiga Nations and LaLiga ZAP also bring supporters the stories behind the players, clubs and matches that contribute to one of the greatest shows on earth.

As the name suggests, LaLiga Fans offers something completely different all together, as it is dedicated to the LaLiga supporters, exploring the excitement, fervour and passion of the Spanish top flight’s clubs.

Dominate Kaizer Chiefs, that's SuperSport United's target – Ronwen Williams

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SuperSport United captain Ronwen Williams says they aim to “dominate” their upcoming clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

Matsatsantsa are set to welcome Amakhosi at Lucas Moripe Stadium as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the current PSL campaign.

Chiefs have failed to defeat SuperSport in their last five meetings, but Willians insisted that previous results count for nothing. 

“The records don’t bother me at all. Every game is different – different players and approach,” Williams told the media. 

“But in saying that, it is our home game and we have done well. Last year we lost one game to Golden Arrows at home and we want to keep that going.

“We want to make it a fortress and this season we have kept that good momentum going at home, and that’s the main thing for us – to go out there and dominate.”

Amakhosi are coming into this clash oozing win confidence having thumped Chippa United 4-0 with Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly (brace) scoring for the Soweto giants.

Williams indicated that they have studied the Glamour Boys and that they need to find a way to keep Dolly and Khama Billiat quiet.

“Dolly and Billiat have come alive in the last few weeks, so it is not going to be easy but we are going out there to fight,” he said.

“We will stick to our game plan. We prepared well and we watched their game plan and analysed them. So it is going to be a tough one and a game of small margins.”

The accomplished goalkeeper lauded Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter as a wonderful coach having worked with him at both SuperSport and Bafana Bafana.

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“It is always going to be a dangerous game. Chiefs are still one of the biggest teams in the country and have a wonderful coach,” he added. 

“I know him very well and it is not going to be easy. They are going to come out there and fight.”

SuperSport are currently placed second on the PSL standings – four points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who will be in Caf Champions League action this weekend.