Palmeiras will face Chelsea or Al Hilal in the final of the Fifa Club World Cup after beating Al Ahly in Tuesday's semi-final.

Raphael Veiga fired home Dudu's flick-on to give the Brazilian side the lead six minutes before half-time.

Winger Dudu settled the outcome in the UAE with a powerful 49th-minute finish from a tight angle.

Egyptian outfit Al Ahly had Ayman Ashraf sent off in the 81st minute for a dangerous challenge on Rony.

European champions Chelsea face AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal in the other last-four tie on Wednesday.

The final takes place on Saturday 12 February, kicking off at 16:30 GMT.

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reversed its decision to appoint Jose Peseiro as coach of the national team and retained Augustine Eguavoen on an interim basis.

Former Super Eagles captain Eguavoen led Nigeria to the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations - but Peseiro was expected to take over after the tournament.

However, the NFF has now confirmed that Eguavoen, 56, will remain in charge of the three-time African champions ahead of the two-legged 2022 World Cup play-off against Ghana next month.

He will be assisted by former international Emmanuel Amuneke after a good showing by the team in Cameroon.

"We acknowledge and appreciate the interest that Jose Peseiro has shown during our very cordial discussions and have absolutely no doubt about his capacity. We believe that perhaps in the future, there could be an opportunity to work with him," NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi said.

"However, in view of the positive performance at the Africa Cup of Nations we have decided to accept the recommendation of the technical and development committee to retain the Eguavoen-led coaching crew."

Eguavoen, who is technical director of the NFF, had backed the appointment of Peseiro as his successor at the end of the tournament.

Jose Peseiro resigned as Venezuela coach in August last year

However, the decision to overlook the Portuguese came as no surprise.

Two days ago NFF president Amaju Pinnick told local television station Channels TV that he had informed former Porto and Sporting CP boss Peseiro to wait until the end of March for possible employment.

"I am still talking to him," Pinnick said.

"Maybe he has to wait till after the World Cup qualifiers and if, in the course of his waiting, he got another job, we wish him well. The good news is that we did not sign the contract officially."

NFF opts for continuity but adds Amuneke

Nigeria sacked long-serving boss Gernot Rohr just four weeks before the Nations Cup, with Eguaoven taking charge for the third time in his career.

In late December a deal was agreed for Peseiro to eventually take over the West Africans.

The Super Eagles were the only side to win all three group games in Cameroon but were then beaten 1-0 by Tunisia in the last 16.

Critics of Eguavoen pointed to his poor game management against the North Africans and the fall-out from Nigeria's exit polarised opinions in the country - hence the decision to draft in Amuneke, who led Tanzania to the 2019 Nations Cup, as assistant coach.

Salisu Yusuf and former Everton defender Joseph Yobo have also joined the coaching staff, while Aloysius Agu remains as goalkeeping coach.

Amuneke, the 1994 African Footballer of the Year, previously managed his country's youth teams, Sudanese club SC Khartoum and Egyptian side Misr El-Makkasa.

Emmanuel Amuneke coached Nigeria to the 2015 Under-17 World Cup title in Chile

He was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

Two years later, Amuneke led the Golden Eaglets to a fifth U17 World Cup title in Chile and, revered as a proven youth manager, he was swiftly promoted to coach the Nigeria's U20 side, the Flying Eagles.

As a player, he was a key part of the Super Eagles team alongside Eguavoen, scoring both goals in the 1994 Nations Cup final where Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 to secure their second African title.

He also played for the Super Eagles at the 1994 World Cup - scoring memorable goals against Bulgaria and Italy.

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Senegal's President Macky Sall has declared Monday a public holiday to celebrate the national football team's win at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The president, who was outside the country, cancelled the last leg of his trip to welcome back the football stars to Senegal on Monday.

President Sall will award the team on Tuesday at the presidential palace, public broadcaster RTS television reported.

Senegal won their first Afcon final after two previous defeats in finals in 2019 and 2002.

They beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties on Sunday to earn their victory after the final ended goalless following extra time.

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Goalkeeper Gabaski was the hero, saving two penalties as Egypt edged past hosts Cameroon in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw to set up an Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal.

Sunday’s final sets up a tantalising meeting between Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the same venue – the Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde (kick-off 19:00 GMT).

Hosts Cameroon had shown more impetus in 90 minutes, twice hitting the post through Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui’s looping header and Samuel Gouet’s thunderous long-range strike, which flicked the woodwork.

Egypt’s star man Salah was kept quiet for much of the game, curling a strike from outside the area narrowly over and almost profiting from a loose back pass, but he could not convert.

But he did not have to step up in the shootout as Cameroon missed three of their efforts, with Gabaski saving from Harold Moukoudi and James Lea Siliki, while Clinton N’Jie side-footed wide.

An ill-tempered ending to normal time had seen Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz sent off for remonstrating with the referee and his assistant Wael Gomaa cautioned too.

It means they will both be missing from the touchline for the final as Gomaa was also yellow carded in the quarter-final against Morocco.

Meanwhile, Cameroon will face Burkina Faso in the third/fourth-place play-off, which has been brought forward a day to Saturday (19:00 GMT).


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Martial Arts trainer Twaambo Shamangonze has appealed to the Government to consider erecting more infrastructure that will support the growth of the sport in the country.

The 22 year old says Martial Arts has potential to develop past its current capacity but lacks well established infrastructure.

Shamangonze was speaking to ZNBC sport in Lusaka.


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Ghana have sacked coach Milovan Rajevac eight days after the Black Stars crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the group stages.

The country's football association (GFA) first discussed the 68-year-old Serb's position just three days after the shock 3-2 loss to Comoros which sealed their fate at the tournament in Cameroon.

"This follows the receipt of the technical report from the coach, and the report from the management committee, following Ghana's early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations," a GFA statement on Wednesday said.

"The GFA will soon announce the reconstituted technical team and management committee after due engagement with all relevant stakeholders."

Ghana will need to have a coach in place ahead of their crucial two-legged 2022 World Cup play-off against West African arch-rivals Nigeria in March.

The Black Stars suffered a dismal tournament in Cameroon under Rajevac, taking only a single point from games against Morocco, Gabon and Comoros and finishing bottom of group C.

The defeat by Comoros in a game they needed to win to qualify for the last 16 marked one of the lowest points in the national team's history.

Rajevac was re-appointed for his second spell as Ghana boss in September 2021 and initially did well, successfully guiding Ghana through the second round of World Cup qualifying with a controversial win against South Africa.

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Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle said defender Eric Bailly was "very down" after his penalty was saved in their last 16 shoot-out defeat by Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Manchester United man saw his effort tipped on to the bar, and the Elephants were knocked out 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

"He was crying and it was very hard," Beaumelle told BBC Sport Africa.

"I hugged him and I just said 'You are a big champion'."

Centre-back Bailly had returned to the Ivory Coast side in Douala after suffering a head injury in their second group match.

The 27-year-old sported a rugby scrum cap for protection and impressed at the back over 120 minutes, but substitute Egypt keeper Gabaski pulled off a crucial save to deny Bailly from 12 yards.

Eric Bailly penalty in the third round of kicks was saved, and the miss proved costly for Ivory Coast

Afterwards, Beaumelle was full of praise for Bailly's attitude.

"What he has done during the competition, he has shown that he is a big champion," the Frenchman added.

"All the big champions miss penalties, I have so many examples.

"I think the goalkeeper did well. He saved two or three chances in extra-time and saved the penalty from Eric.

"You know, when you lose on penalties you have nothing else to say. I am very sad for the boys because my feeling was we could go very far in this competition."

Elephants must 'accept exit'

Ivory Coast had beaten defending champions Algeria 3-1 to top their Nations Cup group in Cameroon and had looked capable of extending their bid for a third continental crown.

Their encounter with Egypt in Cameroon on Wednesday was a close game and the nature of the defeat left Beaumelle "sad and disappointed".

"I think it was a very balanced game," he said.

"Each team got opportunities and deserved to score, it was 50-50 but a very good game. When you go to a penalty shoot-out it is hard.

"We didn't want to stop like that. When you lose sometimes you prefer to lose because the opponent is better but we feel like we deserved to go through like Egypt.

"But it is football and we have to accept it."

Beaumelle took charge of Ivory Coast in March 2020, having been assistant when the side won the 2015 Nations Cup on penalties.

The Elephants had previously lost two finals on spot-kicks, against Egypt in 2006 and Zambia in 2012, and were also knocked out of the 2019 tournament on penalties by Algeria in the quarter-finals.

The West Africans have failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, having been eliminated by Cameroon in November, yet Ivory Coast but will host the next Nations Cup in 2023.

Beaumelle says it is "too early to talk about" their potential challenge on home soil next year but believes his side have "a great future".

Meanwhile, the 43-year-old remains unsure of his own future.

"I don't want to talk about myself. I don't want to talk about my contract," he said.

"In my mind I am still in the game and I need two or three days to cool down and we'll see what is going to happen."

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Kenyans are mourning a popular football fan who painted his body during matches.

Isaac Juma was hacked to death at his hometown in western Kenya on Wednesday night, local media report.

Mr Juma was known for using his body as a canvas during national and local teams' matches.

He had in the past travelled out of the country with the national team.

During a 2018 interview with local Citizen TV, he said he hoped the Kenyan team would qualify for the Afcon games that are currently going on in Cameroon.

Kenyans online have eulogised Kenya One, as he was popularly referred to by his fans.

"You were a gem, jovial and entertaining," Abu Rumi tweeted.

"We will truly miss your unwavering support for Kenyan football, Omwami. You were a devoted follower! Fare thee well!," @SallyBolo wrote.

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Egypt beat Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon following a 0-0 draw.

The North Africans got the upper hand in the shoot-out when substitute keeper Gabaski saved Eric Bailly's effort in the third round of spot-kicks.

And Pharaohs captain Mohamed Salah netted the decisive penalty to send the record seven-time champions through.

Egypt will face Morocco in the last eight in Yaounde on Sunday (16:00 GMT).

The finale was somewhat harsh on Manchester United defender Bailly, who had performed superbly at the back while sporting a rugby scrum cap on his return from a head injury.

Yet he took a short run-up for his penalty and placed his effort too close to Gabaski, who dived to his right and stuck out his left hand to push the ball onto the bar.

The Zamalek keeper had come on right at the end of the second half after Mohamed El Shenawy picked up a leg injury, and may well start against Morocco depending on the extent of the injury suffered by Egypt's number one.

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Goalkeeper Jesus Owono was Equatorial Guinea's hero as they shocked Mali in a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Owono, 20, saved twice in the shootout to help them go through 6-5 on spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw.

Initially, the referee indicated the decisive save from Falaye Sacko's effort needed to be retaken, but a VAR check showed Owono's foot was still on the line.

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Mali, 61 places higher in the world rankings than their opponents, had the better chances but were frustrated by another resilient Equatorial Guinea performance.

A high-tempo but untidy first half saw Mali's Amadou Haidara have the best chance when the RB Leipzig star - who has been linked with a move to the Premier League - was only able to scuff a weak shot from close range.

Five minutes before the break, the Eagles were awarded a penalty when Moussa Doumbia clashed with Equatorial Guinea's Josete Miranda.

But referee Bakary Gassama reversed his decision when he viewed the incident on the touchline monitor.

Mali improved further in the second period and Red Bull Salzburg's Mohamed Camara spurned another opportunity in the 56th minute.

After great work from Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma on the right, Camara got the ball, but fired over from close to the penalty spot.

Substitute Moussa Djenepo also came close to putting the Mali in front but his powerful effort was deflected just wide.

Equatorial Guinea, who inflicted a first defeat in 36 games on defending champions Algeria in the group stage, rarely threatened at the other end.

But former Middlesbrough and Birmingham defender Emilio Nsue came on as a sub for them with an hour to go and played an increasingly influential role.

He curled a shot over in the last moments of normal time and was a constant menace to the Mali defence in the extra period.

Mali keeper Ibrahim Mounkouro was forced into a rare save when Basilio Ndong struck from distance.

But one shot on target from each team in 120 minutes of football told the story, and it came to penalties to decide who would go through to face Sadio Mane and Co in Douala on Sunday in the last eight.

Nsue blazed the first kick over the bar, but Mali also missed through Massadio Haidara, and both keepers then made saves in the sequence to take it to sudden death.

Mali's Sacko needed to score to keep his team in it, but Owono dived low to make a fine stop.

Celebrations were held up for a few moments as the VAR check took place, but then Equatorial Guinea - who reached the semi-finals back in 2015 when they hosted the tournament - had their victory confirmed.

It was a bitter disappointment for favourites Mali, who had been the better team throughout, but failed to make their quality and opportunities count.

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