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Blog - Football Africa

Egyptian side Smouha in the spotlight for CAF Champions League

Smouha have had a tough season, but are hopeful of progress.

Algeria will certainly be pleased with their chances as the CAF Champions League approaches the final group stage. They are the only country in the competition's 51-year history to have three teams qualify for the last eight, which gives the country a massive 37.5 percent chance of winning the trophy.

Algerian loyalties will be divided between ES Setif, the current holders, MC El Eulma and USM Alger. Both ES Setif and MC El Eulma needed penalty shootouts to progress past the Second Round, while...

ES Setif, USM Alger and MC El Eulna aiming for historic feat in CAF CL

Kheireddine Madoui and defending CAF champions ES Sétif hope to defend their title and make history as one of three Algerian teams in the competition's group stages.

As the CAF Champions League is now in the second round, some countries like Nigeria and South Africa would have liked for one of their clubs to still be in contention for the title. Other countries like Guinea's and Mali's will be quite satisfied that they still have teams in the competitions and that also holds true for Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But Algeria is where much of the focus will lie this weekend, as the country could make history by being the first to have three teams...

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 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.

More special...

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...