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BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist, Yaya nominated but A BIG star is MISSING

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BBC African footballer of the year shortlist is out. The continents finest will battle it out for the annual accolade usually awarded to the very best in the last 12 months. Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast won it.

Now this year, we have four new nominees to challenge Yaya Toure. Three come from West Africa and one from North Africa.  However, the discussion today is really about one particular nomination and several omissions.

Ivory Coast former midfielder (retired) Yaya Toure has made the list. He has won the award a couple of times before but after playing only 1 game in the last six months, it is shocking that Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspurs, Victor Moses or John Obi Mikel (Olympics) of Chelsea did not make the cut.

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5. Yaya Toure- Manchester City

 

Africa celebrates Yaya Toure in so many ways, he has won African Footballer of the year four times. He has won all awards available in club level with Barcelona and Manchester City. He also helped his country win AFCON before hanging his boots on international football in September.

 

However, things have changed so much for him under new boss Pep Guardiola. He has found playtime hard to come by at Etihad this season. He last played against Steaua Bucharest in Champions League qualifiers and then the altercation between his agent and the Spaniard started and all hell broke out.

 

Now, the issue is fans are wondering why he made the list. Other players who would have taken his place include Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotpurs. He might not be the most exciting player to watch but he had a great year with Sadio Mane at Southampton last season.  John Obi Mikel captained the Nigerian team in Rio Olympics where they won a bronze medal.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirms Joel Matip will snub Africa Cup of Nations

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joel Matip has turned the opportunity to star for Cameroon in next month’ Africa Cup of Nations.

“We had this talk already a few weeks ago so I was not surprised,” the manager told reporters in Friday’s press conference. “I was happy about this, but players have to make their these decisions for themselves.

“For Joel it is different because he has grown up in Germany. He decided himself and it is good for us.”

  • Matip has not played for his country since 2015 after criticising the set-up within the national side.
  •  The German Born defender’s decision comes as a major boost for the Reds as they approach a crucial stage of the Premier League campaign.
  • Liverpool, who currently sit third in the League table, are set to lose Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Top 7 Greatest Football Moments Of September 2016

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By Katende Marvin 

The month of September has also fallen and soccer wise many events both positive and negative happened. Below are some of the  footballing moments  that out of the rest in the month of September both on the African continent and in the western World;

7.Final 16 for AFCON 2017

On 3rd and 4th September Africa played the last games of the qualifying round for the final tournament to be held in January in Gabon.

ICYMI the teams are Gabon Cote d’Ivore Ghana Algeria(Pot 1), Tunisia Mali Burkina Faso DR Congo(Pot 2), Cameroon Morocco Senegal Egypt(Pot3), Togo Uganda Zimbabwe Guinea(Pot 4). Final Draw will be held on 19th October.

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All 22 Premier League Players Who Are Likely To Quit Their Clubs For 2017 AFCON

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2017 AFCON kick off this coming January in Gabon, and many Premier League clubs will release players for the African continent football tournament. Let’s look at which clubs will be required to release and how many players will quit Premier League.

Leicester City

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Riyad Mahrez

Islam Slimani

Jeff Schlupp

Daniel Amartey

Stoke FC

Mame Biram dIUOF

Wilfried Bony

Mame Biram Diouf

Ramadam Sobhi

West Ham

Ayew

Andre Ayew

Cheikhou Kouyate

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PRIDE OF AFRICA: Six All-Time Most Expensive African Footballers

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African football has continued to grow despite challenges of lack of facilities and poor management across the continent. A quick check of how other continents are doing and you will notice that more players from Africa are playing in Europe top leagues as compared to Asia, South America, and North America. Today, we can all agree that it is difficult to find any big team in Europe without a player from Africa. Let us look at the six all-time most expensive African footballers.

 

6. Sadio Mane- £35 Million

Senegal International attacking midfielder Sadio Mane is the sixth most expensive African footballer of all time. Liverpool coughed out £35million or €40.81 Million in June 2016 to sign the star from Southampton. He is a very hardworking player who makes things happen even when the game is very tough. Jurgen Klopp knows how important his work rate is and that is the reason he has given him shirt number 10 this season.

 

5. Mohamed Salah- £36.9 Million

Liverpool paid AS Roma £36.9 million in 2017 to sign Mohamed Salah. The Italian club owner recently revealed how the Reds negotiators complained about being overcharged for the Egyptian. However, in the modern market, the signing was a bargain. The 25-year-old went to score 32 goals which is a new Premier League record. He won all individual awards available in English top flight football except of course the Coach and Goalkeeper positions. He won PFA Award, FA Award, BBC African Footballer of the Year, and Writers Award among others. He also lifted the Golden Boot.

 

4. Naby Keita- £52.75 Million

Liverpool has a strong African representation in the squad. Jurgen Klopp would’ve suffered when AFCON comes around but the Good news is the tournament has been moved to June and July. The Reds signed Guinea International midfielder Naby Keita for £52.75 million.  He is a perfect box-to-box midfielder.

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