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France
Is Nicolas Pepe the real deal?
12:01 Sunday 14th July 2019

From lowly beginnings with the Angers reserves, Nicolas Pepe broke into the club’s first team. He didn't impress immediately, scoring a meagre three goals in the 2016/17 campaign. But Lille saw enough promise in the young winger to…

France
What does the future hold for Clinton N'Jie?
12:01 Saturday 13th July 2019

International football usually offers players a chance for redemption. For club flops, they look forward to showcasing their ability donning their nation's colours in an attempt to convince their domestic gaffer…

Football
Why can't this generation's best transcend to major tournaments?
12:02 Friday 12th July 2019

Legend and myth give us many warriors whose strength or skill in battle made them worth ten or more normal soldiers. Hercules, Achilles, Karna, Beowulf, Atalanta, Cu Chulainn. Football has its share of such heroes from Pele to Cruijff…

Afcon
Sadio Mane in the driver's seat as Senegal target history at AFCON
08:01 Wednesday 10th July 2019

Coming into the Africa Cup of Nations as the top-ranked team on the continent, Senegal is a firm favourite to lift the trophy for the first time in the nation’s history. Boasting some of the best players on the continent at the moment,…

Afcon
Naby Keita playing with fire at AFCON
17:00 Friday 28th June 2019

A 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal first leg at Camp Nou was bad enough for Liverpool. Losing Naby Keita to injury midway through the match rubbed salt in the wound. Fortunately, the Reds recovered to enjoy the…

Afcon
Will Crystal Palace own the AFCON?'
17:00 Thursday 27th June 2019

The African continent has exported some of her best talents to English football. Actually, the Premier League has paid hundreds of millions in exchange, but the impact of these superstars has been nothing short of monumental.…

Afcon
Why Naby Keita, Guinea will win AFCON 2019
17:01 Saturday 22nd June 2019

The closest Guinea has come to winning the African Cup of Nations was a second-place finish in the 1976 tournament. Four decades on, another crop of Guinean stars are seeking to do better than their ancestors managed in Ethiopia. Although the…

Afcon
3 stars in the AFCON shop window
15:01 Wednesday 19th June 2019

It’s an open secret how young players leverage major tournaments to secure transfers to clubs around Europe. But the phenomenon is not limited to youngsters. As another massive tournament gets underway in Africa on June 21st, expect a…

Afcon
Can Mo Salah or Sadio Mane do a Champions League/AFCON double?
12:00 Monday 10th June 2019

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane teamed up to plunder Europe's biggest prize for Liverpool this season. Between 21st June and 19th July, though, they’ll be sworn foes in the tussle to win the African Cup of Nations for their respective…

Afcon
Why are Senegal fans so mean to Sadio Mane?
08:00 Thursday 22nd November 2018

When the referee sounded the final whistle in the African Nations Cup Qualifier between Equatorial Guinea and Senegal on Saturday, Sadio Mane immediately let go of some pent-up emotions. The Liverpool winger fell to the ground and sobbed uncontrollably.…

Afcon
Can Nigeria exert revenge on South Africa for an AFCON 2019 ticket?
12:00 Saturday 17th November 2018

More than 25,000 Super Eagles fans crammed the Bird’s Nest stadium in Uyo on June 10, 2017. The occasion was Nigeria’s AFCON 2019 curtain-raiser against South Africa. Prior to the game, the South Africans had never beaten Nigeria…

Opinion
How much do international breaks weigh on top players and teams in club football?
17:00 Monday 22nd October 2018

Many fans deride the international break. Their favourite players go absent, often travelling long distances to represent their countries. Unless the players belong to the fans' national team, the games hold little interest. Save for…

Afcon
AFCON 2019: Five key nations
17:00 Friday 7th September 2018

We’re in that abridged period when FIFA presses pause on club football to promote a larger form of tribalism. UEFA starts the Nations league to replace meaningless friendlies. Four spots in the Euros are up for grabs. Africa has serious…

World Cup
How can African teams improve at the World Cup?
08:30 Monday 9th July 2018

The story of Africa at the World Cup has been similar to the general African story. Endowed with natural talent, all that is required to achieve greatness. Somehow, that achievement never arrives. From Egypt representing the continent in the…

World Cup
3 African teams that will shake Russia 2018
17:00 Saturday 19th May 2018

The World Cup has never failed to send its thrills throughout the world as 32 football nations battle for glory. However, the trophy has been dominated by the so-called Old and New Worlds with teams from the oldest world, in terms of humanity, lost…