Posts tagged africa
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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FT's AFCON 2019 Ultimate XI

It’s sort of a tradition to sum up the biggest performers of a tournament at the end of it. Here’s the best eleven from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament who stood out for their nations and entertained neutrals. No one could have anticipated that the 21-year-old Algerian midfielder, Ismael Bennacer would headline it. Check out who else made the list.

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Winners and Losers from AFCON 19

As planned from the get go, there was only going to be one winner amongst the 24 AFCON 2019 finalists. Champions Algeria are the most obvious one, but who else achieved smaller wins that could set them up for a more successful future and who had a tournament they need to quickly forget.

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A superhero/supervillain that is VAR and its Future in 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: Five Breakout Stars of the Tournament (Stars of the future)

A 23-year-old all-time top goal scorer for her nation, two young midfield maestros who seemingly drink ice for breakfast, an audacious forward who is in the top 0.01% when it comes to dribbles and tricks, and finally an explosive African queen, the face of the continent’s football both now and in the near future. They are all here. Our fast five of all the breakout stars at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The ABSA Prem currently has one of the world's best title races this season. Who has the best chance of winning?

Did you know who else besides Liverpool and Manchester City, are taking the league title race to the final match of the season? That’s right, Pirates and Downs, we took some time to reflect on the closing moments of perhaps the best ever Absa Premiership season.

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Why Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid is a flex

He came, he saw, he conquered and came back for more. Real Madrid posed as the ‘prodigal club’ in calling back their three consecutive UEFA Champions League hero back to the Spanish capital after two unsuccessful attempts at replacing him. The Frenchman seemingly has all his demands met and keen to work the club back to La Liga and European dominance.

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Do Leicester City have a future star in South Africa's Khanya Leshabela?

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.

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Mbwana Samatta is carrying Tanzania's torch in Europe

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.

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This may be Iwobi's best chance to build a legacy at Arsenal. Can he seize it?

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.

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