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Superstars Sadio Mané and Mo Salah eclipse African football at home

Superstars Sadio Mané and Mo Salah eclipse African football at home

SENEGAL’S Sadio Mané and Egypt’s Mo Salah are among 10 players nominated for the African Footballer of the Year prize at this year’s Caf Awards held by the Confederation of African Football in Rabat, Morocco. Both players rose to global prominence playing for Liverpool in the English Premier League, propelling the club to three champions league finals and winning a title. Both have won Caf player of the year before, Salah twice in 2017 and 2018, and Mané once in 2019. Now Mané is poised to even the score at 2-2. Star forwards, their pursuits on the field are the…
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Morocco vs South Africa as women’s football enters a new era

Morocco vs South Africa as women’s football enters a new era

THIS weekend’s Women’s African Football Championship (Wafcon) final between Morocco and South Africa in Morocco marks a new era. With it, women’s football in Africa has reached a second phase of its development. If the first phase was about the rise of a few superpowers, led by Nigeria, then the new phase is about a spread of teams rising to the top as development of the game takes hold on the continent. Author CHUKA ONWUMECHILI, Professor of Communications, Howard University Wafcon is the women’s Afcon, the biggest national tournament on the continent, held every two years. The championship final is…
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Massive quarter-finals await at WAFCON 2022 with World Cup spots up for grabs

Massive quarter-finals await at WAFCON 2022 with World Cup spots up for grabs

The group stages are done and dusted. Eight teams have progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, as we reach the business end of the tournament. 3️⃣ 𝐆𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐒, 3️⃣ 𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐒 ✅#TeamMorocco and #TeamSouthAfrica have won all of their #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 games so far! 🧤Many more to come? 🤔#EmpoweringOurGame | @Banyana_Banyana | @EnMaroc pic.twitter.com/J85IleBYGE— #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 (@CAFwomen) July 11, 2022 Morocco vs Botswana The hosts have been perfect in the tournament so far, grinding their way through their Group A matches and amassing nine points, scoring five goals and conceding just once, to top the…
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Football: “Impractical” 91-1and 95-0 scores probed

Football: “Impractical” 91-1and 95-0 scores probed

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has launched an investigation into two first division matches that finished with scorelines of 91-1 and 95-0, describing them as impractical results. The West African country's soccer governing body said it was investigating officials and players who were involved in the two fixtures, in which Gulf FC defeated Koquima Lebanon 91-1 and Lumbenbu United were beaten 95-0 by Kahula Rangers. The SLFA said it had zero tolerance for match manipulation or anything of the sort. "The general public is therefore assured that the said matter will be thoroughly investigated and anyone found culpable will…
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WSL leaders Chelsea down Spurs, Manchester City crush Leicester

WSL leaders Chelsea down Spurs, Manchester City crush Leicester

WOMEN'S Super League (WSL) leaders Chelsea came from behind to earn a vital 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur while Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 victory over second-from-bottom Leicester City. Chelsea, who had a one-point lead over second-placed Arsenal coming into the game, went behind early through a Sophie Ingle own goal in the 15th minute before Guro Reiten levelled with a left-footed finish from a tight angle 12 minutes later. Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger was sent off before the break for a challenge on Rachel Williams but the champions managed to grab a second goal when Sam Kerr turned…
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Qatar will host a World Cup but not as we know it

Qatar will host a World Cup but not as we know it

SIMON EVANS NOVEMBER'S World Cup in Qatar will be unlike any other finals that have previously taken place and the logistical challenges facing organisers, from providing enough accommodation to dealing with unruly fans, will only intensify. The Gulf state will host the first World Cup in the Middle East, the first in a Muslim state, and no other tournament has ever been held in the northern hemisphere winter. Qatar, which is roughly the size of Jamaica, is also the smallest state to have held soccer's biggest event, with fans from the 32 competing nations set to watch games at eight…
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Sevilla FC vs Real Betis firing on all cylinders for the first Gran Derbi

Sevilla FC vs Real Betis firing on all cylinders for the first Gran Derbi

THE Seville Derby is known as one of the fiercest in world football, but this Sunday’s encounter is also a top-of-the-table tussle with very real ramifications in the LaLiga Santander title race. Morocco’s fantastic international goalkeeper, Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou has been ‘Mr Consistency’ in goal for Sevilla FC to propel his club to second spot on the LaLiga standings and a league title challenge. While Bounou has been the model of steady, reliable form and has hardly put a foot wrong all season, he says what makes African opponents for club and country so hard to play against is that…
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Nigeria’s Super Falcons: playing and begging

Nigeria’s Super Falcons: playing and begging

OLUWASHINA OKELEJI DESPITE being Africa’s most successful side by far, with more continental titles than their male counterparts, the Nigerian women’s national football team have been denied the respect befitting their hegemonic dominance and treated as an afterthought.  This culture of disrespect is not new. It goes back close to two decades at least and has seen the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) deploy a number of deplorable tactics – from scapegoating to gaslighting and using the divide-and-conquer approach to devastating effect – to shirk their responsibilities and browbeat successive national teams into submission. As Africa’s sole representative at the first…
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South African makes debut for Leicester City

South African makes debut for Leicester City

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THERE were Nigerian and South African touches in British Premier League’s Leicester City’s 5-0 mauling of Sheffield United. Nigerian star forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored a stunning hat trick in the game and South African midfielder Khanya Leshabela made his debut for Leicester and made his first touch in one of the best football leagues in the world. The win saw Leicester move second in the British Premier League table.  SA soccer fans took to the social media networks to mark Leshabela’s historic moment and to heap praise on his manager Brandon Rogers. Leicester marked Leshabela’s debut by…
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Ghana end 12-year long drought

Ghana end 12-year long drought

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER  GHANA'S Black Satellites, the junior team to the senior Black Stars, sealed their fourth Under-20 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title defeating tournament debutants Uganda 2-0. The west African giants clashed against their east African counterparts in the Mauritanian capital and had their captain Daniel Barneih, who was named man of the match after scoring two goals in the matchup, to thank after a hard fought affair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHH_cGpEAy0 https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/1368335586617090049 Ghana were made to wait 12 years to become four-time AFCON U20 champions, claiming the honour in 1993, 1999, 2009, and recently in 2021. Rising to the throne…
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