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To what extent are local football associations determining results by successive pay-dispute rows?

Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Cameroon, only to mention but a few, are some of the sides that have had their overall performances negatively impacted by off the pitch scandals of late or non-payment resulting from maladministration and corruption. What’s local football associations’ role in this? How far does the cancer go? Simiso answers it all.

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Is VAR a superhero or a villain in the future of global football?

Even after having a major run out in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, VAR looked all new during the women’s world cup and particularly the Copa America, dishing out some fresh controversies. Even Messi came out a supposed victim of the technology more than once. But what is it really to global football, a friend or a foe?

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2019 WWC Review: After all the African teams failed to make it past the Round of 16, What’s next for the game in Africa?

The progress is evident, but we need more. We look back at Africa’s overall performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, seek to understand why, explore some of the challenges plaguing women’s football on the continent and suggest a few solutions.

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Al Ahly: The road to continental dominance

Formed as a small institution to unite Egypt’s high school students fighting colonialism in the early 20th century, Al Ahly has become a global movement. The African Club of The Century have an astounding total of 128 trophies, which inevitably makes them the most successful football club in the world.

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The pursuit of justice for racial abuse on Kalidou Koulibaly continues

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.

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FT's 10 Best Moments of 2018: #1 The global reign of the Egyptian King

Looking back on the year, 2018 and the Legend of Mo Salah have now become synonymous. The Egyptian took the Premier League by storm, and is showing zero signs of slowing down, as he continues to spearhead maybe the most balanced team in the country in Klopp’s Liverpool. Here’s to more of the same in 2019!

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France - a great incubator for African soccer talent. A sustainable system or not?

The list of African players that have become global stars by using France as a doorway to success is a long one. A record that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. We’ve seen them in the EPL, UEFA Champions League, and many other leagues, as young Africans are increasingly becoming the hottest commodities in football development.

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FT Pause Moment: Should "dummies" be considered as assists? Inspired by Suarez

FirstTouch’s Pause captures rare moments of the global game of football that inspires new thinking, laughter, controversies amongst many other things worth pausing for. This week, we feature Luis Suarez’s role in Barca’s 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham. Could he be hinting at a development worth considering? Check it out.

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South Africa: PSL's "Shakespeare," Steve Komphela, may finally win silverware

One of the most distinct figures in the South African ABSA Premier Soccer League has had a flying start to life Phunya Sele Sele (Bloemfontein Celtic) even winning the coach of the month award for August. Will he finally get his hands on some silverware or will the misfortunes at Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars or Maritzburg United follow the witty gaffer.

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