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 By PA Sport

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...

 By Mark Gleeson

Gabon's sacking of Jorge Costa is history repeating itself in Africa

Gabon's coach head Jorge Costa makes a point from the sideline during their African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match against Equatorial Guinea in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
Gabon sacked Jorge Costa just months before the African Nations Cup, a surprisingly common move from African federations.

The firing of Jorge Costa by Gabon just 70 days before they host the African Nations Cup continues a sorry tale of panicked and knee-jerk decision making by African football federations. Changing the coach so near to a major event is nothing new to the continent. But, sadly, it has rarely produced the desired results and on most occasions achieved little more than highlighting the foolhardiness of trigger-happy officials.

Gabon's new coach will be Jose Antonio Garrido, who does have some insider...

 By PA Sport

Ivory Coast and DR Congo open CAF third-round qualifying with wins

Wilfried Bony and Ivory Coast opened the third-round of CAF qualifying with a victory.

Ivory Coast top Group C in their third-round World Cup qualifying campaign after coming from behind to win 3-1 at home to Mali on Saturday.

Sambou Yatabare gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes but the hosts hit back with three goals in eight first-half minutes before the break turned the match on its head.

Goals from Aston Villa's record signing Jonathan Kodjia and Gervinho, either side of a Salif Coulibaly own goal, were enough to secure all three points for the Ivory Coast.

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