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 By Colin Udoh

Iwobi becoming a centerpiece for both Arsenal and Nigeria

Renato Sanches and Marcus Rashford are among the Golden Boy nominees, but does Paul Mariner have anyone else in mind?
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says the high praise from Mesut Ozil about Alex Iwobi may be setting up the youngster for failure.
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has the makings of a quality football player, according to his manager Arsene Wenger.

It is rare to see an attacking player cart away man of the match honours in a game in which he neither scored, nor directly assisted a single one of the goals scored by his rampant side in a 3-0 win. But Alexander Iwobi contrived to do just that as Arsenal throttled, then put Chelsea to the sword with ruthless, eye-pleasing efficiency. 

A few days later, his deceptively unobtrusive but highly dynamic game was again instrumental for Arsenal in a Champions League victory over Basel. His...

 By Mark Gleeson

Wydad Casablanca fall just short of famous Champions League comeback

Wydad Casablanca vs. Zamalek
Wydad Casablanca's Mourtada Serigne Fall, right,  and Shikabala of Zamalek vie for the ball during Saturday's semifinal.

When John Toshack was given his marching orders by Wydad Casablanca within hours of their stunning semifinal first leg defeat in the African Champions League last week, it seemed an act of capitulation on the part of the Moroccan club's hierarchy.

Hammered 4-0 in Alexandria by Zamalek of Egypt, the club's high hopes of winning the top prize on the continent imploded and set off a predictable round of emotive reactions. After almost two years with the club the Welshman was summarily dispatched, despite...

 By Colin Udoh

Engu Rangers ready to end 32-year title drought in football-mad Nigeria

Nigeria football fans
The Nigeria football league season is coming to an end, with Engu Rangers likely to be crowned champions.

Enugu Rangers are 180 minutes away from doing what has been recently unthinkable: lifting the Nigeria league title.

Not only that, they are about to do so with Imama Amapakabo, who at 47, is part of a relatively younger generation of coaches in the league.

To put some perspective on the scale of this potential achievement, the last time Rangers won the title was in 1984 -- some 32 years ago -- and it has not been for want of trying.

In the years since then, they have come close numerous times under...

 By Mark Gleeson

Yaya Toure will be missed by Ivory Coast but his retirement no surprise

Pep Guardiola says Yaya Toure will not play for Man City until he personally receives an apology from his agent.
Yaya Toure will be remembered as one of African football's all-time greats having ended his international career.

Yaya Toure's decision to call time on his international career comes as no surprise, although there was the hope that his growing isolation at club level might have seen him decide to chase yet another African Nations Cup title with the Ivory Coast before hanging up his boots.

On Tuesday, he announced an end to his 14-year career with the reigning African champions.

"It was a difficult decision to make but I must pass the baton to the youth. After 14 years with the Elephants I must now terminate...

 By Colin Udoh

Why Gernot Rohr must build his Nigeria team around Kelechi Iheanacho

Sergio Aguero notched a hat trick to help City see off Borussia Monchengladbach in Manchester.
Man City and Leicester got off to winning Champions League starts, while Real Madrid left it late to open their title defence.
The FC panel assess Man City's victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, and the appeal of Pep Guardiola's side in Spain.

Kelechi Iheanacho was Manchester City's third highest goal scorer last season, despite starting less minutes than most of the team, tallying 9 goals from 13 shots. Add another two goals and one assist within the space of four days this week, and it's clear to see that the Nigeria international is chalking up some impressive numbers.

Wednesday's late Champions League goal against Borussia Moenchengladbach, coming just days after his winning goal against city rivals Manchester United, cemented his...

 By Mark Gleeson

Le Roy's historic triumph with Togo latest in series of wins on the continent

Claude Le Roy's Togo advanced to the African Nations Cup finals with a 5-0 win over Djibouti.

Togo national team manager Claude Le Roy could not celebrate his team's legendary 5-0 victory over Djibouti in African Nations Cup qualifying at the weekend. His ankle was too sore. He had been kicked, inadvertently, by one of the opposing players as both scrambled for a loose ball that had run into touch.

But if he had been able, the affable Frenchman would surely have danced a little jig. He had taken his new team Togo from a virtually impossible qualifying position to snatching the last available...