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Blog - Football Africa

Nigeria offering Keshi new contract a symbol of federation's stabilisation

Stephen Keshi's new contract is the first step toward stabilising Nigeria's football programme.

Jay-Jay Okocha has urged African football to think big as it continues to challenge for higher honours in the global game and more efficient structures on the continent. In a wide-ranging interview with FIFA.com ahead of last week's Match Against Poverty, Okocha asked African teams to aim high at World Cups by believing they can break the barrier into the final four, where no African team has gone before, and beyond.

"The problem is that we still settle for very little," Okocha said. "We celebrate...

The Lionel Messi of South Africa: Remembering John 'Shoes' Moshoeu

John Moshoeu ended his international career in 2004, but was widely respected.

Former South Africa midfielder John "Shoes" Moshoeu, nicknamed for his dribbling ability, sadly succumbed to stomach cancer on Tuesday night at the age of 49, less than 24 hours after some of his former teammates including Lucas Radebe, Neil Tovey and FA president Danny Jordaan visited him in hospital.

The director of Clive Barker's orchestra and the "Lionel Messi" of Tovey's team in an international career that spanned over a decade between 1993-2004, Moshoeu was a superstar and stalwart at club...

Mouhcine Iajour making a case to be one of Africa's greatest footballers

Mouhcine Iajour is making a name for himself in African club football, and those outside the continent are beginning to take notice.

Ismael Kone was the name on everybody's lips after the first legs of the CAF Champions League second round. Kone's two goals in two minutes put Stade Malien back in the contest after they went 2-0 down to heavyweight Congolese side TP Mazembe, who remain favourites to advance to the group stage. TP Mazembe's two away goals and the home-ground advantage they enjoy in Lubumbashi should see them through, but Stade Malien will hang on to those two strikes -- they were special after all.

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Examining North Africa's dominance in the CAF Champions League

Al-Ahly manager Juan Carlos Garrido has decided to rest leading scorer Emad Meteb without providing the striker any rationale behind the decision.

In the uncertainty of sport, one thing is certain: North Africa's dominance over the continent's Champions League will continue for another year. Eleven of the 16 teams playing in the second round of the competition are from that region, and although that does not guarantee North Africa will have a 13th champion come the end of the year, it does assure them of almost half of the spots in the eight-team group stage.

The six teams involved in regional derbies mean that at least three places in...

Moussa Maazou's frustration leads to Niger retirement

Moussa Maazou's time with Niger has come to a close.
Moussa Maazou's time with Niger has come to a close.

Even for professional sportsmen, who are lucky if their on-field careers last into the fourth decade of their lives, 26 is considered too young to call it a day. That's the age when either the promise of a child prodigy is fulfilled or when the less-talented but more persistent players are rewarded for outlasting the rest. But for Moussa Maazou, it is the age when he has had enough.

The Nigerien (not to be confused with Nigerian) striker announced his retirement from international football from...

Zimbabwean football struggling to survive in troubled economy

If a business collapses in an already sunken economy, did it really go bust? That's what Zimbabweans have been asking themselves for the past 15 years as their economy has steadily shrunk. They still don't know the answer because even as industries close around them, others crop up and close too.

The latest casualty could be CAPS United, the football club that dominated almost 30 years ago and led the way in development with the first club-affiliated academy in the country. The Harare-based club...