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 By Mark Gleeson

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's tour of Africa helps build power base

FIFA president Gianni Infantino met president of the Federation of Uganda Football Association Moses Hassim on his Africa tour.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino heads home on Wednesday morning after 10 days on the road in Africa. His whirlwind tour has been greeted with delight, scepticism and a touch of cynicism too.

Infantino organised a three-day symposium in Johannesburg to spell out his plans to football federation presidents. He held similar events in Paris and Doha in recent weeks and this closed door session accommodated the majority of African football associations.

It is the first time there has been this sort of...

 By Colin Udoh

Leicester dynamo Wilfred Ndidi has potential to surpass N'Golo Kante

The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Leicester's rousing win over Liverpool.

It may have startled people to be told Wilfred Ndidi was better than N'Golo Kante when the former moved to Leicester in January, but such a lofty statement doesn't look so outlandish now.

There were many who took exception to such a claim. And considering just how pivotal the Frenchman was to the Foxes' title win last term, and his continued consistency for Chelsea this season, you can understand their position regarding such an elevated opinion on an unknown quantity. And to be honest, that's fine.

But...

 By Mark Gleeson

African Super Cup: Will anyone watch Sundowns vs. TP Mazembe?

CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe will be out to surprise a few teams at the Club World Cup.
TP Mazembe Englebert won the CAF Confederation Cup.

The annual Super Cup seems as pointless a game as ever there was. It engenders little enthusiasm from the fans, no passion from the players and runs contrary to the principles of good competition. A single match to determine a trophy makes a mockery of the commitment, effort and sacrifice needed to lift silverware.

Yet this Saturday marks the 25th time that Africa is hosting its annual meeting between the winner of the previous year's Champions League and African Confederation Cup, the continent's...

 By Colin Udoh

Kelechi Iheanacho at a career crossroads at Manchester City

Only 20 years of age,  Kelechi Iheanacho needs to find a place where he can be assured of regular game time.

Kelechi Iheanacho has returned to the crossroads of his Manchester City career. Just before the beginning of the season, the Nigeria international turned down the chance to participate at the Olympic Games in order to focus on impressing new manager Pep Guardiola and secure his precarious place in the City first team.

That decision proved to be a good one, as it not only allowed him to meet the boss ahead of the new season, but also to receive the reassurances he needed.

A rosy beginning led...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria need to be at their best to beat resurgent Cameroon in CAF qualifying

Kelechi Iheanacho
After failing to qualify for the African Nations Cup, Nigeria has high hopes with young stars like Man City's Kelechi Iheanacho.

Cameroon's African Nations Cup win this past weekend did more than stun the continent. Marked down as no-hopers, even by themselves, after seven key players chose to put their club careers over their country, the Indomitable Lions showed gritty resolve, stern determination and supreme confidence in the whole being greater than the sum of its parts to reach and win the final against record seven-time champions Egypt.

"After we qualified, the first objective was to make it out of the group stage,"...

 By Nick Ames

Bassogog and Cameroon teammates lead African Nations Cup Best XI

As Cameroon celebrate their surprise triumph, Nick Ames selects his team of the tournament. 

Goalkeeper: Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon)

He is only 21 and has limited experience, but Ondoa did more than enough for someone to prise him away from a substitute role at Sevilla B. Had he not saved superbly from Didier Ndong in added time of the final group match against Gabon, Cameroon would have been knocked out; had he not saved Sadio Mane's penalty in the quarterfinal shootout, their future would have...