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For a long-time, the former Arsenal midfielder has had to play through the pain. Now, at the tender age of 27, the former Ghanaian international has decided to hang up his boots. Lest we forget, he has left us with solid memories created across his experience in the Premier League, Russian Premier League, UEFA Champions League, English Championship etc
In light of Women’s History Month, Ada Hegerberg is one of the most inspirational ladies across the globe. After historically becoming the first woman ever to win the Ballon d’Or, Norway’s Hegerberg is also keen on using her platform to improve the women’s game. Even if it means she has to sacrifice her dream of playing at the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup.
Upon becoming the Premier League champions in the 2015/16 season, Leicester City released the Ghanaian fullback to Crystal Palace. After months of playing second fiddle to many players, Schlupp has cemented his place in Palace’s midfield, courtesy of Roy Hodgson’s faith in the 26-year-old.
It’s confirmed, the Malian forward is a real beast. He was again involved in the goals as FC Porto reached the quarter-finals and etched himself in history joining a very exclusive list of footballers with 6 goals in 6 matches.
Ajax were fearless and unrelenting in their pursuit of the champions’ scalp. They came to the Bernabeu, saw and conquered. The Dutch Eredivisie side are now in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time 16 years.
Who said South Africans are too laid back to pursue careers away from home? They are definitely looting up spots in top European leagues, with the English Premier League not being an exception. The latest addition is Khanya, who has found a home amongst the Foxes.
He is the first ever Tanzanian to play European football but is already creating the stuff of a legend. Averaging a goal in every Belgian Pro League match, topping the charts and helping Genk to a possible league title, Samatta is writing new history for Tanzanians. The CAF Champions league winner means business.
Most of Chelsea’s veteran forwards are way past their prime and with increasing speculation that Eden Hazard could be snapped by the UEFA Champions League holders, Real Madrid, the Blues also have work to do if they are to keep the 18-year-old in the Premier League. Whom they need to.
The 22-year-old Nigerian international clearly has the manager’s backing, as well as age and talent on his side when faced with the task of becoming one of Arsenal’s key players. But the time may be now or never for him to take the next step and secure his place at the club.
Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye has been the Premier League’s overall best defensive midfielder and tackler in the past four seasons and yet remains without the pride of every footballer, some silverware. No other player could benefit more from a transfer than the 29-year-old.
La Liga champions, Barcelona, have prioritised the UCL trophy and do have all the needed ammunition to bring the prize home. However, the “factory” of Europe’s brightest talent, Olympique Lyonnais, know how to upset big guns and will be ready for Messi and company.
With Van Dijk suspended and Firmino a doubt, it all bows down to Mane, Salah, Naby Keita and Joel Matip to play leading roles for Liverpool as they welcome fellow five-time champions league winners and current Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich to Anfield.
It’s advantage Real Madrid heading into the second leg of their tie with Ajax. However, De Godenzonen can take many positives from their 2-1 loss to the defending Champions League title holders - check our our take on why.
Tottenham Hotspur are one-foot into the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after seeing off Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund 3-0. Ivory Coast’s Aurier had a game to remember whereas that of Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi was one to forget.
The 13-time record UCL champions are up against one of the most underrated sides in the knockout stages, Ajax Amsterdam. It’s no free pass for Solari’s men and Ziyech of Morocco will definitely make sure of that.
Algerian playmaker is Manchester City’s record signing of all time. Even though he is boasting of impressive stats such as 4 assists and a goal in 3 Champions League matches and 5 goals in 10 EPL appearances, more is expected - if he to become a regular in Pep’s side.
It’s all here, Belfodil’s quick brace that stunned league leaders, Dortmund; Zaha’s return to the scoresheet, En-Nesyri’s hat-trick, Alex Iwobi, Liverpool, and much more of the weekend’s action from all over the world.
The 2019 January transfer window is now history. African players were once again on the move, from the Premier League, Turkish Super League, La Liga only to mention a few. In this piece you will find three of them as well as what their impact could be at their new clubs.
One of the most competitive UCL round of 16 matches pits Roma against FC Porto in a matchup of experience vs form. Our money is on Marega bringing it home for the Primeira Liga champions through, you guessed it, more goals.
Aubameyang’s legend is growing quickly in London, as Arsenal’s official club website have already labelled him, “a man for all seasons.” In the midst of the issues enveloping the club, the Gabonese international cannot just stop scoring. But will his and Lacazette’s goals be enough to secure a Top 4 finish in the Premier League?
The wheels keep spinning for the 2018 Africa Cup Of Nations finalists, Banyana Banyana. One of their own will be joining Malaga, actually pioneering the move to Spain for future generations of South African women footballers.
Another day, another Nigerian international on the move in European football. The 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champs will stop at nothing in dominating the global football arena.
After an impressive start to his professional career with record CAF Champions League winners, Ah Ahly, Sobhi found himself in the English Premier League. First with Stoke City and now with Huddersfield Town until he had to return where it all started in a loan move. What does the future hold for the 22-year-old?
Fulham are very much caught up in the relegation battle and face and uphill task to safety as far as the Premier League is concerned. Seri who could have been playing Champions League football or chasing some big European league title if he had only made the choice to, finds himself in the Whites’ predicament. Any regrets for the Ivorian?
With more than 6 African players available for selection in Liverpool and Leicester’s Premier League meeting, we could be treated to an AFCON 2019 ‘warm up match’ away from the continent.
After winning the coveted world cup gold at 20 years of age, there aren’t a lot of more things to win for Kylian. Yet he is still going too strong, boasting of stats which were previously associated with only Messi and Ronaldo.
Arguably the best center back in the world currently, Koulibaly has more than just his career development to focus on. As a subject of racial abuse in the Italian Serie A, he faces no easy task in dealing with the emotions that come with all that. But alas, he is not alone. Friends and fans from the Premier League and Africa are all behind the Senegalese international.