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WHO IS THE GREATEST AFRICAN FORWARD?

The retirement of Cameroun legend Samuel Eto’o saw a close to a distinguished career which spanned more than 20 years. It was little surprise that on social media, the debate of who the greatest forward in Africa sprung up with one familiar name trending Didier Drogba.


Throughout their peaks, both players were always compared with each other. Drogba was the face of Roman Abramovich Chelsea, with the Ivorian critical to the early success of the club after signing from Marseille in 2005.

His physical style of play and his ability to score from any chance made him a nightmare for defenders. He also helped Mourinho implement the 4-2-3-1 formation which was an anomaly to the 4-4-2 formation popular at the time.
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SUPER EAGLES FUTURE BRIGHT AFTER UKRAINE SHOWING

Nigeria faced Ukraine on Tuesday for a friendly at the Dnipro stadium where they were held to a 2-2 draw by their hosts. The match which saw the team race into a two-goal lead in the first half before being pegged back in the second half was a thrilling one.

Joe Aribo scored on his debut and Victor Osimhen continued his hot form scoring from the spot. One thing that was noticed from the Super Eagles was the deadly pace by the front four which terrorized the Ukraine defence.
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NIGERIA GETS OFFICIALS FOR AFCON CLASH

Nigeria faces Seychelles in their last group game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 23 at the Keshi Stadium Asaba. The Super Eagles have qualified for the tournament and look to welcome the minnows who have yet to impress in the qualifiers.

According to reports from Nigeria the regional body CAF has appointed the match officials for the game. Cape Verde referee Fabricio Duarte is the man that will be in the centre of the pitch ably supported by compatriots Jose Carlos Mendes and Delgado Jorge who would serve as assistant referees.
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BALDE FOCUSED ON IMPROVING HIMSELF

Keita Balde has revealed that he is not even thinking of a potential permanent move to Inter Milan as he is just focused on trying to improve himself.

The Inter Milan winger is fully determined to improve himself and not thinking about his future at San Siro.
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Baxter reckons youngsters need to be played in tough games

Stuart Baxter, the man in the charge of the South African national Football team, was pleased with the fact that his players never gave up against Paraguay and kept looking for that equalizer till the very end and eventually managed to find it in the last second of the game.

South Africa seemed to be losing that game against Paraguay at one stage as they were 0-1 down with only seconds left in the game, but just when the final whistle was about to be blown, Percy Tau came up with a fantastic late strike to get the scores leveled and prevent the loss.
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Wilfried Zaha remains committed to Crystal Palace

Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha has expressed his commitment towards Crystal Palace now that the Premier League transfer window has concluded. Earlier this summer, the attacker had snubbed a new contract in order to push for a big-club move elsewhere and this saw him linked with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, neither side really made an approach for the former Manchester United man while Zaha has now stressed that he is focused on the job at hand with the Eagles. Speaking after the club’s opening day win over Fulham, he said: “It makes no difference to me, because I had my head down anyway. Not all that stuff was going to affect me or how the team were playing. Whatever happens, happens. But I’m all Palace, and you can see on the pitch that all I think about is the team doing well.”
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AFRICAN FOOTBALLERS CONTINUE TO DAZZLE IN GERMANY

For a long time African football stars have been doing exceptionally well in the German football top flight. This run goes as far back as the days of Anthony Baffoe, Anthony Yeboah, Austin JayJay Okocha to more recent time of Pierre Emerik Aubameyang and Naby Keita.

Of all these names, one that would likely not be forgotten in the annals of history would be former Super Eagles skipper Jay Jay Okocha. He dazzled in the German Bundesliga before making a name for himself in the Premier League especially whilst in Bolton Wanderers.
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JEAN: ROHR HAS BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL

A top Cameroonian sports journalist Patrick Jean has condemned the lackluster performance of the national team in the World Cup qualifier clash against their Nigerian counterparts.


The African champions lost heavily 4-0 against the West African side as both sides raced to make the 2018 World Cup.

Jean was quoted to have boasted that the team would earn a point from the fixture in Uyo ahead of the game but the team lost scandalously. The journalist was pissed at the quality of display from the Cameroonian camp, even at all they lost the game.

“From the game, it’s clear to see the team that wanted it the most won it. The quality was very obvious. It was like watching men against school boys. No doubt Nigeria taught us some vital lessons,” he said.

The angry Jean added that the Nigerian national team coach Gernot Rohr proved to be superior to his counterpart.

“….with all due respect to Hugo Broos [the Cameroon coach], Gernot Rohr is a superior coach with better knowledge of African football,” he said. (more…)

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…)