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Blog - Football Africa

South Africa, Zambia and Ghana fail to live up to expectations in COSAFA Cup

Ephraim Mashaba's South Africa were expected to contend for COSAFA Cup but selection issues led to an early exit.

After seeing three headline teams in South Africa, Zambia and Ghana lose in the COSAFA Cup quarterfinal, there were excuses abound postmatch. All three teams insisted they had played well despite being knocked out after only one appearance in the competition's main draw.

The three national teams will now compete in a plate competition, a subsidiary to the cup created for exactly this reason. The plate round ensures that teams who have byes in earlier rounds but suffer shock defeats will make more...

Adebayor returns to Togo, Tom Saintfiet takes national team job

Belgian Tom Saintfiet has previously taken charge of Yemen and Qatar.

This week, the regional tournament played in southern Africa, the Cosafa Cup, got underway, as did preparations for the final round of qualifiers for the CAF under-23 tournament, which will eventually decide who represents the continent at the 2016 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, there were some interesting developments in Togo, with a new national coach unveiled and a star player going through a troubling time.

Tom Saintfiet takes over Togo

He has coached Qatar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi...

Andre Ayew and Dean Furman are both looking for new challenges

Andre Ayew is set to leave Marseille after more than a decade at the club.

Few footballers have made such an impression on a foreign league as Andre Ayew, the Ghanaian winger who was crowned the best African player in Ligue 1 on Monday.

The award has deep significance because of the number of African players who make France their professional home and receiving it was Ayew's parting statement to the country.

Ayew has confirmed he will not be staying at Marseille, who lie fourth on the table this season, both because he wants to play more competitive football and because...

Yaya Toure talks on racism, Aboutrika accused, Francois Zahoui's new job

Yaya Toure has welcomed FIFA's new system of match observers to monitor incidents of racism and discrimination at FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the build-up to the 2018 tournament in Russia - and says some form of abuse can 'break' players.
Mohamed Aboutrika has remained defiant in the wake of accusations.

A weekly recap of the top news from Africa, as new coach arrives for one country, while there was a sombre reminder of the difficulties facing African footballers from one of the continent's best-known players.

Aboutrika accused

Egypt's most celebrated player Mohamed Aboutrika has never shied away from politics and was active participant in demonstrations during Egypt's 2011 Revolution.

Four years have passed since Aboutrika joined the masses in Tahrir square and he has now been accused of funding...

Will FIFA's new passport eligibility rules have the desired effect?

Will the new rules avoid future situations such as that which Herve Zengue, left, faced several years ago?

FIFA announced this week that all players involved in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup will be required to produce a valid passport 24 hours before kickoff or they will not be allowed to take the field.

It is a move targeted specifically the member nations of CAF, among whom were the only countries to field ineligible players during qualifying for the last tournament.

Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Liberia, Sudan and Togo all broke eligibility rules during 2014 World Cup qualification...

Aliko Dangote: Five things to know about Nigerian keen on Arsenal

Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote could become the first African owner in the top flight.

Five years after Nigerian businessman and Arsenal fan Aliko Dangote's offer to buy the North London club was rejected, he has been linked to them again. Dangote admitted he remains interested in owning the Gunners but told Bloomberg he will not offer a "ridiculous price," rather just one the "owners won't want to resist."

If successful, Dangote will become the first African to own an English Premier League club. Here's five things to know about the man who one day hopes to buy Arsenal.

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