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Kessie penalty helps Ivory Coast to AFCON qualifying win over Niger

Ivory Coast squeaked by Niger on Saturday.

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie scored a second-half penalty as Ivory Coast laboured to a 1-0 victory over Niger in their opening 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group K qualifier in Abidjan on Saturday.

It was the second spot-kick of the game for the home side, after Max Gradel missed a first-half chance from 12 yards having argued furiously with Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe over who would take the kick.

Pepe won the first penalty when he was felled in the box and wanted to take it, but had the ball...

 By Colin Udoh

There's life in Victor Moses after FA Cup disgrace

Victor Moses
Victor Moses

It was symmetrically fitting that Victor Moses claimed redemption from inside the same penalty box where he had earned disgrace just under three months ago.

With Chelsea ascendant after going behind, the Nigerian drove into the box, took one skip past Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, then went down under his own steam. There was no question about the second yellow card and the red card that followed, and Chelsea ultimately lost the FA Cup Final to Arsenal on a 2-1 score.

Vilification followed for the player...