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1 day ago

Le Roy works magic again in leading Congo to African Nations' Cup

The ESPN FC crew discuss the last of the teams to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea in January.

On Wednesday night, Congo became the fifth country to qualify for the African Nations Cup (ANC) under Claude Le Roy's management, although they are the least glamourous.

The Frenchman, who wears a gold pendant with an outline of Africa on it around his neck, was previously in charge Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and had notable achievements with all of them.

His most recent was the DRC, who he took to the quarterfinals of the ANC in 2006. Fourteen years before...

4 days ago

Despite turbulent times, Ephraim Mashaba leads South Africa to success

Ephraim Mashaba has changed the culture of the South African national team and the results prove his impact on Bafana Bafana.

Of all the insults leveled at South Africa's national team the past few years, there was one that stung particularly painfully because it was true: They could only compete in tournaments they were hosting. For the past six years, that is exactly how Bafana Bafana have operated.

They failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2012 African Nations Cups (ANC) and only appeared at the 2013 edition (The Confederation of African Football switched the competition to odd years to avoid playing on the same year...

6 days ago

The African Nations' Cup show will go on without Morocco

It has been confirmed that Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the team have been expelled from tournament to boot.

Of all the things the Confederation of African Football (CAF) can be accused of, disregard for the game is not one of them. The show must go on, they say, and it will. On CAF's insistence, the 2015 African Nations' Cup (ANC) will take place as scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 next year, and neither health fears nor the withdrawal of previous host nation Morocco with little over two months to go before kickoff will stop that.

Perhaps Morocco should have known that after their request to postpone...

7 days ago

Equatorial Guinea selection to host African Nations' Cup raises questions

Equatorial Guinea has stepped in to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

One team was disqualified from competing in the 2015 African Nations' Cup (ANC) because they fielded an ineligible player; another for their country's refusal to stage the tournament because of the spread of a disease which has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Guess which one will end up participating?

That's right. The former. Equatorial Guinea has replaced Morocco as ANC hosts in every respect and as a result, they will be one of the competing nations next year.

For Equatorial Guinea's football,...

Nov 10, 2014

Gervinho favourite for African Footballer of the Year award

Gervinho looks to be the bookmakers' favourite to win African Footballer of the Year.

To be regarded as Africa's best footballer, it's best not to be based on the continent itself, at least as far as the major awards are concerned.

The BBC's candidates for African Player of the Year were unveiled on Monday and all of those shortlisted are based in Europe. Yaya Toure received a sixth consecutive nomination and is up against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho, who appears the favourite for the title.

Gervinho has blossomed under mentor Rudi...

Nov 7, 2014

Kenyan League approaching exciting finish with change on the horizon

Gor Mahia defender Musa Mohamed, right, and his teammates are on the verge of clinching another title in Kenya.
Gor Mahia defender Musa Mohamed, right, and his teammates are on the verge of clinching another title in Kenya.

Gor Mahia are gunning for a record 14th Kenyan Premier League title in what could be the last edition of the tournament in its current form. If the Nairobi-based outfit are victorious on Saturday, they will edge ahead of their city rivals AFC Leopards, with whom they share the current tally of 13 titles. And the final-day fixtures will have Gor Mahia fancying their chances of exactly that.

Although there is only a point separating Gor Mahia from second-place Sofapaka, the log-leaders face KRA,...