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ARE AFRICAN FOOTBALL STARS MORE LIKELY TO DIE ON THE PITCH?

There is this ugly trend that is creeping on African footballers. It is the growing number of on-field casualties.


Most of the African players that have died on the pitch were reportedly due to cardiac arrest. Late Nigerian star Samuel Okwaraji was the first casualty that drew concern from the football community. He died in the World Cup qualifier in Lagos in 1989.

His enlarged heart and high blood pressure was reported as cause of death, and he was only 25 years old. After a long while, the death of Cameroon star Marc-Vivier Foe at the semi-final of the Confederations Cup in 2003 reopened this debate.

Others like Amir Angwe, Endurance Idahor, Hedi Berkhissa, Chaswe Nsofwa and Patrick Ekeng are enough reason for an official study to be opened to check the trend. An analysis in a BBC report show that African football stars make up nearly 40% of reported deaths in the last decade. (more…)

FIFA LIFTS MALI’S SUSPENSION

World football regulatory body FIFA has lifted the suspension of Mali Football Association (FEMAFOOT), according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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FIFA banned them due to government interference in football – an issue the body takes very serious.

The Sports Minister of the African side Housseini Amion had dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT. He then proceeded to appoint a provisional committee and gave them the mandate to run elections within a year.

FIFA suspended the body, asking that the board and management of FEMAFOOT be restored

“No team from Mali of any sort including clubs can take part in international competitions as of 17 March 2017 and until the suspension is lifted. This also means that neither FEMAFOOT nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or the Confederation of African football,” a statement from FIFA had read. (more…)

ALGERIA CRASH OUT OF AFCON 2017

Algeria has crashed out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon after they played a 2-2 draw with Senegal in the final group clash.


The African side failed to win a single game in the tournament despite being branded one of the favourites to lift the title.

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani scored both goals during the game against Senegal – another favourite to win the title. Senegal equalized on both occasions that Slimani scored. Papakouly Diop and Moussa Sow ensured both sides shared the spoils. Slimani scored in the first ten minutes but Senegal levelled before the break. After the break, Slimani added another in the 52nd minute but the Senegalese side responded immediately in the 53rd minute through Sow. Slimani could have won the game and grabbed his hat trick but he went the effort wide. (more…)

Nigeria coach praises impact of John Obi Mikel against Algeria

Nigeria made it two wins out of two World Cup qualification after a 3-1 success over Algeria.


It was a victory largely masterminded by midfielder John obi Mikel. The Chelsea midfielder may be struggling for opportunities at club level, but he continues to remain as one of the key players for the national team. After having missed out on the 2017 African Cup of Nations, the national team are desperate to achieve qualification to the World Cup 2018 without any hiccups. After a close fought 2-1 win over Zambia in the opening group match, they have managed to beat former African Cup of Nations champions Algeria.

German coachGernot Rohr has been in charge of Nigeria from September 2016. He says that Mikel was an important catalyst in the victory. The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Algeria. (more…)

Gernot Rohr recommends to Avoid Money Spending on Players that are on Vacations

Gernot Rohr does not think that the money should be wasted on those players who come to the national camp only to have a bit of a vacation and have nothing to do during a match apart from remaining seated on the bench.


In the view of Rohr, the second and the third choice players should be good enough to put pressure on the starters and the starters must know that they can only remain ahead of their understudies if they shine match after match.

Otherwise if the starters don’t have any challenge for their places, they will never be afraid of a sack and thus, they might drop their guard which might lead to a weak team effort.

Rohr, a consultant for Nigeria, was quoted saying, “I have noticed that the national duty is nothing more than a vacation trip for a few of the players. They are given the money for their services, but, do they even have to provide their services? I don’t think so.” (more…)

Kenya to host Africa Nations Championship

The CAF president IssaHiyatou has stated that it would be a good idea for Kenya to host the National Championship.

He believes that the country has the necessary skills and resources to host such a competition and that it would bring benefit to the nation.


IssaHiyatou said that he has discussed with the Kenyan authorities about the benefits of hosting the Africa Nations Championship on their soil. He stated that the Kenya youth would take advantage of the opportunity to display their talent before the world.

He said that the locals will also be given an opportunity to show their talents in the footballing world if ever Kenya accepts to host the competition. IssaHiyatou believes that the local economy will also come out as a winner.

Kenya’s deputy president Ruto said that the country is doing everything they can in order to be ready on time. He said that construction work is going on at all the different stadiums and that they are working hard to ensure that all infrastructures are ready for the tournament. (more…)

Take Muntari Back: Kontihene

Kontihene, a renowned personality in the music industry of Ghana, is of the view that Sulley Muntari should be pardoned by the country; otherwise, it would be a waste of a fantastic soccer talent.


Kontihene says each and every person errs in his life, but, people are forgiven when they show remorse for their actions and the same should happen with Muntari who is definitely regretful for what he did.

Kotihene reckons Muntari is doing fine at the club he is a part of at the minute which shows his skills have not deteriorated in the period he has spent outside the national set up and if he is taken back, it would only be a boon for Ghana.

Not much hope with Nigeria (more…)

Sofiane Boufal Voted As The Best African In Ligue 1

The renowned Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Boufal has been known and named as the best player in France Ligue 1.


It is said that the Algerian and Lyon clubs, player Rachid Ghezzel and Senegal and Angers player Cheikh N’Doye would win the trophy of Marc-Vivien. The annual award was inspired by the Cameroon international who lost his life at the age of 28 in 2003. The Moroccan footballer Boufal has succeeded Andre Ayew, the winner of last year who brilliantly played in Marseille before he joined Swansea. Well, he is the third one in Morocco to have won the prize, and this means a positive closure to his season after the final league games against Saint-Etienne and Guingamp.

Boufal has proven to be quite influential for the Football club Lille in this season as he scored 11 goals and helped his team to be 6th in the league. This French midfielder has contributed in mostly half of the goal in 29 appearances in the northern club in the league of this season. Sofiane Boufal made his first entry in the international level for Morocco in Africa Cup of Nations and Cape Verde in the month of March after which his future was pledged to North Africa. The midfielder has provided assistance in the reverse fixture as Cape Verde was defeated by Morocco on 29th of March to make their place strong in the upcoming tournament which will be held in 2017. (more…)

Kanu has blamed the Nigerian Football Federation for the current state of football

Former Nigeria’s captain Kanu has blamed the Nigerian Football Federation for the current state of football

NwankwoKanu, who currently works for Unicef and a Chinese television, has stated that the level of football has declined during recent years because of poor management from the Nigerian Football Federation.

He believes that there is too much instability surrounding the coaches and that the team is not playing in the best condition. In fact, this is a problem that affects African football in general, and it is up to the federation to make changes. He thinks that a change will be needed in the football federation if ever Nigeria wants to raise their football standards again.

Kanu has stated that it was already a bad thing to not be present at Equatorial Guinea in 2015 but now missing Gabon 2017 is a massive blow. He has encouraged the Nigerian Football Federation to make changes to their leadership and to ensure that it is football that is put first and not petty politics.

The former Arsenal player also wants to see more stability when it comes to choosing a manager for the national team. He wants the Nigerian federation to choose a local man to guide the team and not focus on getting a foreigner. He believes that only a local person can understand the requirement of African football and that will be able to get the best from their players. (more…)