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Yaya Toure left off African Footballer of the Year award shortlist

Craig Burley believes Yaya Toure proved he has something to offer City in their Premier League campaign.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has failed to make the five-man shortlist for the African Player of the Year award.

Algeria and Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Roma and Egypt's Mohamed Salah are the players in contention, along with current holder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund

The award winner will be announced on Jan. 5, the African football confederation (CAF) has said.

Toure, a four-time winner of the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel score as Nigeria beat Algeria

Nigeria players celebrate a goal during the win over Algeria.

Chelsea duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored for Nigeria as they continued their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win against Algeria that left them four points clear at the top of Group B.

Moses was the architect of the win in Uyo as he first punished hesitant defending on 25 minutes, when he burst into the area and saw a weak attempt to clear fall back into his path for him to finish.

Mikel doubled the home side's lead just before break and while Nabil Bentaleb set up a nervy...

Youcef Belaili ban reduced to two years after positive test for cocaine

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cut Algeria player Youcef Belaili's four-year ban to two after testing positive for cocaine at an African Champions League game.

CAS says its panel annulled the Confederation of African Football's verdict for denying Belaili his legal rights to appeal.

The panel judged the player's case afresh and imposed a two-year ban, ruling he was at fault for smoking a shisha pipe ahead of a game.

Belaili acknowledged smoking the pipe at a party...

 By Colin Udoh

Bordeaux's Adam Ounas included in Algeria squad for Nigeria clash

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Adam Ounas has impressed for Bordeaux.

Algeria coach Georges Leekens has named Bordeaux winger Adam Ounas in his provisional 18-man squad for this month's World Cup qualifier away to Nigeria.

Ounas, 19, is considered a highly rated talent in world football and has reportedly attracted interest from Manchester United.

He only recently pledged his international allegiance to Algeria, attending last month's 1-1 home draw against Cameroon as a spectator.

His paperwork has finally come through from FIFA and the youngster is now set to make...

 By Ian Holyman

French FA boss Noel Le Graet calls for revival of Algeria friendlies

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Noel Le Grate wants France and Algeria to play each other again.

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has told L'Equipe he wants to organise "regular" friendlies against Algeria.

Le Graet said the games would be appropriate given the historical ties between the countries.

But political and social tensions between France and Algeria -- a former colony with which France fought an eight-year war before it gained independence in 1962 -- remain.

And a maiden friendly between them at the Stade de France in October 2001 proved an embarrassment.