With most domestic leagues still enjoying their off-season, the focus remains on coach and player movements across the African continent. This week, the current champions, Ivory Coast, narrowed their search for a new manager, while there were some big moves being mulled by players from South Africa and Ghana. And there is some on-field action, as a country that has not hosted an international in more than a year has been given permission to stage a match. Here's the news round-up:Who will coach...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Michel Dussuyer and Henry Kasperczak are on the Ivory Coast Football Federation's five-man shortlist for new coach of the African champion.
Dussuyer, the former Guinea coach, and Kasperczak, the former Mali boss, have the most experience in African football.
The other three were Patrice Neveu, most recently in charge of Mauritania, former Gabon coach Paolo Duarte, and Frederic...
A succession of high-profile names have put themselves forward for the vacant post of Ivory Coast national team head coach, including Nigeria national team boss Stephen Keshi, whose presence on the list has alarmed the Nigerian FA [NFF].
Giovanni Trapattoni and former Southampton manager Dave Jones are also among those on the 59-name list interested in taking over for the departed Herve Renard.
But the biggest name, however, is Keshi, whose inclusion has caused a stir with the NFF.
"The NFF will...
Ghana thrashed Mauritius 7-1 in their opening 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier in Accra.
The Group H favourites were ahead after just 10 minutes against Mauritius, who are ranked 176th in the FIFA World Ranking -- some 142 places below their hosts.
Christian Atsu opened the scoring, heading home a Harrison Afful cross for his ninth international goal, and it was 2-0 shortly afterwards when Jordan Ayew was presented with a tap-in by Jeffrey Schlupp.
LILLE, France -- Former Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard has been named as new coach of Lille, the French first-division club said on Monday.
Earlier this year, the 46-year-old Frenchman led the Ivory Coast to their first African Nations Cup title since 1992, three years after leading unheralded Zambia to the African Cup.