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Ivory Coast Pip Ghana To Afcon Crown After Shootout

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Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry was the hero as Cote d’Ivoire beat Ghana 9-8 to clinch their second Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) title in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

Copa Barry saved two spot-kicks and scored the match-winning kick to help Ivory Coast clinch the 2015 Afcon having ended extra-time with the match evenly poised in Bata.

A total of five penalties failed to find the back of the net with the Elephants recovering from missing their opening two kicks to embarking on a sustained run of spot kick galore.

Wilfried Bony and Boubacar Barry Celebrates Afcon Title. Image: Reuters.

Wilfried Bony and Boubacar Barry Celebrates Afcon Title. Image: Reuters.

Despite netting his penalty and trying but to no avail to cheer up his team-mates during another lengthy shootout, Ghana forward Andre Ayew broke down in uncontrollable tears; as was the case with his father Abedi Pelle twenty three years ago when Ivory Coast lifted their first trophy also on penalties- 11-10 the outcome in Senegal.

The Black Stars were on the verge of avenging that loss after Manchester City’s new recruit Wilfried Bony hit the crossbar and substitute Junior Tallo misfired with his first touch of the game. All hopes for a fifth Ghana title fizzled out in a twinkle of an eye as Afriyie Azquah and Frank Achaempong could not find target.

Serey Die Celebrates His First Afcon Winner's Medal Following Ivory Coast Triumph. Image: Getty.

Serey Die Celebrates His First Afcon Winner’s Medal Following Ivory Coast Triumph. Image: Getty.

The shootout drama turned into sudden death. After all ten outfield players had taken turn, Barry kept out his counterpart Brimah Razak’s effort and then poked home from 12 yards to seal victory and send his team-mates and country into wild celebration.

The outcome means Frenchman Herve Renard is the first coach to win two Afcon title with different teams having led Zambia to success in 2012, when they beat Ivory Coast on penalties. That defeat harped emphasis on the Elephants’ previous underachievers status as they were also beaten finalists in 2006 against Egypt.

Wilfried Bony Leaped for an Aerial Ball During Afcon 2015 Final. Image: Getty.

Wilfried Bony Leaped for an Aerial Ball During Afcon 2015 Final. Image: Getty.

Moreover, Ghana could hold their heads up high following another re-assuring display in open play. Coach Avram Grant’s men twice hit the woodwork, with Christian Atsu’s hapless 25-yard shot clipping the upright, while Ayew could only watch from a tight angle as his effort came off the outside of the right post.

With both sides employing a cautious approach; the cagey affair dragged on offering little to satisfy the fans’ desire for firework.

Replacement Hosts Equatorial Guinea Had Only Two Months to Prepare for Afcon 2015 but Treated Their Guest to Some Eye-Catching Dances During the Closing Ceremony. Image: AFP/Getty.

Replacement Hosts Equatorial Guinea Had Only Two Months to Prepare for Afcon 2015 but Treated Their Guest to Some Eye-Catching Dances During the Closing Ceremony. Image: AFP/Getty.

And when Asamoah Gyang made way for Tallo, Gervinho for Salomon Kalou in the closing minutes of second half extra-time; every close observer knew the stage was set for a perfect spot-kick and, indeed lightning struck again.

Six of the last 12 Afcon finals have now been decided by penalties.

Afcon 2015 Closing Ceremony in Equatorial Guinea.

Afcon 2015 Closing Ceremony in Equatorial Guinea.

Caf Ambassadors Mohammed AbouTreka and Frederick Kanoute Brought the Afcon Trophy to the Bata Stadium Pitch.

Caf Ambassadors Mohammed AbouTreka and Frederick Kanoute Brought the Afcon Trophy to the Bata Stadium Pitch.

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Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

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BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

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Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.

The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/Argentina/status/1331637593457520642

 

 

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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