The major football tournament in Africa continues despite the pandemic (Part 1)

Africa’s major football tournament will continue amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 27 in Morocco, with Tunisia, Egypt, and South Africa starting shortly thereafter.

Every national championship, apart from a small national championship in eastern Burundi Africa, ceased operations in mid-March when the Covid-19 virus took hold on the continent. But officials now believe football can return behind closed doors provided with stringent health protocols.

Morocco will be followed by Tunisia (August 2) and Egypt (August 6), while South Africa has not yet announced the date when Africa’s richest tournament will restart. AFP Sport details the situation in five of the top six leagues – the Democratic Republic of Congo canceled them in March instead of playing a waiting game.

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Three-time African champion Raja Casablanca will start ‘catching up’ this Monday as they take the 100 km journey south to face Difaa El Jadidi. Raja in sixth place played less than five games against some of his Botola Pro 1 opponents due to commitments in CAF Champions League, where they reached the semi-finals.

Arch-rivals and defending champion Wydad Casablanca topped the table with 36 points, more than FUS Rabat and two on Mouloudia Oujda. Reda Hajhouj from the second half of Olympique Khouribga leads the Golden Boot race with 10 goals, one more than Ivorian Joseph Guede Gnadou from fifth place AS FAR.

Egypt

Leading club Zamalek changed its mind after initially saying it would boycott the Egyptian Premier League when it restarts unless “a coronavirus cure is found”. Hazem Emam, who shared the captain’s armband with Shikabala, went so far as to say that he would raise the issue of reconnecting with state President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

But a change of heart saw Zamalek return to training and beat the Premier League uniform Smouha 5-1 in the warm-up match. Al Ahly led the tournament on 49 points in the middle of the 34-match season, followed by Al Mokawloon (33 points), Pyramids FC (32), and Zamalek (28).

The great achievement of African football legend Didier Drogba

After playing in youth teams, Didier Drogba made his professional debut at age 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans and signed his first professional contract at the age of 21. After the end of the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille.

Here, he became the third-highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helping the club. Ministry achieved the championship in the 2004 UEFA Cup final.

In July 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a record of £ 24 million fees. This made him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his first season, he helped the club win its first championship in 50 years. A year later he helped his club won a Premier League title.

His performance was named in FIFA World XI in 2007. In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 goals in the Premier League.

Drogba won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2013

Only two months later, he scored in Chelsea’s FA Cup 2012 final against Liverpool. He became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals that season. He also participated in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final. He scored the decisive goal in the decisive match where Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties.

Drogba then moved to Shanghai Shenhua to China. After year and a half with Turkish club Galatasaray, Drogba returned to Chelsea in July. 2014. With a superb record of 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 titles at the club level, Drogba has been called the best striker in the club.

He joined the Canadian club Montreal Impact in 2015 as a designated player. The striker played 41 games in two seasons, scoring 23 goals. Drogba became a player-owner for the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising in 2017 and retired a year later at the age of 40.

In the national team colors, Drogba is the player scoring the most goals for Ivory Coast football. He scored 65 goals in 104 appearances. Drogba was part of the Ivory Coast team that reached the final of the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2012 but was defeated on both occasions.

Top of the most famous African football teams in history

Football in the Africa continent has several unique characters about free, powerful and a little crazy. They perform well and comfortably as their character and appearance.

In this article, we share top the famous football teams in Africa. Following our ranking to understand more about culture and tradition of this continent.

In the previous article, we have referred to 3 big names: Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal. Now, we continue to discover other great teams in African history.

4/ DR Congo- The Leopards

This team is on the top great teams in the football Africa with series of achievements in the Africa Cup, even the FIFA World Cup.

They own special performances to make impressive style and good achievements. They have ever won 2 times for Champions of Africa Cup. Furthermore, they were on the top 16 teams for play-off rounds to find winner for World Cup. It’s the biggest event of DR Congo when they bring frame and reputation for this nation.

5/ Morocco- Lions of the Atlas

Under management of the big coach Herve Renard, Morocco had good achievements when they were the first African football team to go the finals of FIFA World Cup in 1986. They were called nickname as Lions of Atlas.

They were described as the big lions with power and confidence which were ready to face and overcome all opponents from other nations in the world.

After excellent performance in 1986, they qualified at World Cup 2018 although they met stronger opponents in play-off.

6/ Egypt- The Pharaohs

The Egypt team was considered as leader or brother of other teams in Africa. Maybe they have not reached the best achievements like Ivory Coast, Ghana or Senegal, they are still confident and experienced to host many Africa Cup of Nations.

Top of the most famous African football teams in football history

African football is ranked middle in the world football background. And teams from the continent are always good candidates for professional football tournaments. In particular, the following African teams are the most famous in history.

Ivory Coast

This team is nicknamed the “wild elephant” of Africa, representing the Ivory Coast in international football. The team is run by the Ivory Coast Football Federation. By 2005, their biggest accomplishment was the African Cup championship in 1992. Next, in 2015, they once again defeated Ghana on penalties.

Ivory Coast has many bright football stars playing in Europe such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Wilfried Zaha, Salomon Kalou, and Kolo Touré… The record holder for the most goals for this team is Didier Drogba with a total of 65 goals.

Ghana

Ghana is one of Africa’s oldest and most famous football teams in the continent. The Ghana national football team has represented Ghana’s international football association since the 1950s. This team has won the UN Cup of Africa four times, which is in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010 and in 2015.

After the unbeaten series in 2005, the team went on to win the FIFA Africa Team of the Year award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the FIFA World Cup 2010 In South Africa, Ghana is the third black team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.

Ghana impressed with the top 4 World Cup 2010 achievements and 4 Can championships. In 2013, the Ghana Football Association launched Africa’s first continental football channel, called GFA TV. This is the exclusive channel to broadcast all the matches of the “Black Stars”.

Senegal

Senegal is an African team in the very development stage. The team, founded in the early 1960s, was a regular competitor at the United Nations Africa Cup with the runner-up in 2002. The same year the team participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached into the quarterfinals.

16 years later, this team had a memorable tournament with Nigeria when it became the third African team in the history of African teams playing in three consecutive World Cups.

Above are 3 of the most famous African football teams in football history.

Top greatest African players in the Premier League (Part 2)

3. Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)

Kanu is a member of the Nigerian national football team. Kanu is originally from Abia, southeastern Nigeria, and a member of the sub-group Aro of the Igbo ethnic group.

The striker played for Nigeria’s Iwuanyanwu Nationale, a traditional Dutch-rich football club called Ajax. He also played for Inter Milan of Italy, and English clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

Kanu is one of the few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup, and Olympic gold medal.

He has the third-most substitute match in Premier League history. He appeared on the bench 118 times, and is considered one of the best players in African football history. Nwankwo Kanu is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and an African brand ambassador for digital television operator StarTimes.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace, as well as the French, Metz, and Monégasque Monaco teams and Spanish Real Madrid. He was voted the Best Footballer in Asia in 2008 while playing at Arsenal.

In the Emirates team shirt, he plays like a classic striker. He scored 46 goals in 104 million Coat in the club.

5. Emanuel Eboue

Founded at ASEC Mimosas, he moved to Europe to play for Belgium’s Beveren in 2002. He spent most of his career, from 2005 to 2011, with the Premier League’s Arsenal. He played a total of 214 games – including the general match in 2006 UEFA Champions League final, he scored 10 goals.

The former best defender in the history of Arsenal, one of the best defenders in the English Premier League. He then moved to Galatasaray for € 3.5 million, where he played regularly and won five domestic titles in Turkey.

Eboue is known for being a strong defender and has great aerial combat even though he is only 1m74 tall, a height that is relatively high compared to the tall defenders in the Premier League. Eboué made his international debut for Ivory Coast in 2004, eventually earning 79 in 2013. He is part of their team at five African Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cups.

In 2017, Eboue lost all his possessions because he was tricked by his wife to live together for more than 20 years. He became empty-handed and became a miss. Arsenal knows this has helped him, giving him the role of training young players.

4 times that African football lost their victory in the World Cup (Part 2)

Algeria 1982

Algeria at the 1982 World Cup was equally unlucky. They are one of the very few teams to win two matches and still be eliminated right after the World Cup group stage. In the opening match, Algeria defeated Germany 2-1 in the most shocking match in the tournament history.

The North African representative lost to Austria in the next round but defeated Chile 3-2 in the last round. Unfortunately for them, Austria and West Germany actively shook hands with Algeria. Germany soon had an opening goal in the right scenario and then both kicked like a walk to eliminate Algeria.

Senegal 2018

Senegal is one of the most surprising teams in the 2018 World Cup. They beat Poland in the opening match, drew Japan 2-2 before losing to Colombia 0-1.

Before the final match, Senegal and Japan were equal in every index, from points (3 points), goal difference (+1) to the head-to-head record (2-2 draw).

In the final match, both failed but Japan overcame Senegal to win tickets to go on … receiving less yellow cards. The yellow card index is called “fair play” by FIFA, but the way Japan won the ticket of Senegal is not beautiful at all.

Japan was led by Poland in the 59th minute. Asian representatives also showed their efforts to score and equalize. But when the game was about 10 minutes late, knowing that it was hard to score a goal, plus maybe Senegal was also ahead of Colombia, so the Japanese players chose to play hard, pass the ball back and forth. The yard waits for time, avoids losing more and gets more cards.

Cameroon 1998

At the 1998 World Cup, Cameroon made it to the difficult group. They lost to Italy, drew Austria, but if they defeated Chile in the final match, Cameroon will enter the next round.

In the final minutes of the match between Chile and Cameroon, when the score was a 1-1 draw, the referee rejected the perfectly valid goal of captain Francois Omam. The referee believes a Chilean player was fouled before Cameroon scored. In the end, the two teams drew 1-1, Cameroon was eliminated.

The distorted whistle of the black king made the Cameroon angry. Captain Francois Omam accused the referee of stealing Cameroon’s victory. Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Youth then said the 1998 World Cup was “a festival of scandals”.

Top greatest African players in the Premier League (Part 1)

The Premier League is always the ideal tournament for stars from the black continent. The players have good physical strength to play in the harsh environment of the foggy country. Here are the best African players in the Premier League.

1. Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)

As a footballer from Ivory Coast. He plays as a defender for Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic and the Ivory Coast national team. He is currently a technical assistant at Celtic as well as a member of the training committee for Ivory Coast.

Starting his career at ASEC Mimosas, Touré moved to Arsenal in 2002. made 326 appearances for the club. The striker was a member of the unbeaten side of the 2003–2004 season. In 2009, he moved to Manchester City, where he competed with his brother Yaya Toure. This also helped the club win the first championship in 44 years.

In 2013, Touré moved to Liverpool. He is now one of eight players to have won the Premier League with two clubs, having won with Manchester City and Arsenal. He also won the Scottish championship with Celtic.

Touré is the second most restricted player for Ivory Coast, with 120 appearances from 2000 to 2015. He has represented the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Touré also represented Ivory Coast at seven African Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, with the Ivory Coast team winning the 2015 Can-championship. African countries football.

2. Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)

During his years in the foggy country, he played in the English Premier League in the colors of the Bolton Wanderes club. He helped the southern team of England become: “the roadblocks” most uncomfortable with the big boys in the Premier League, Okocha was dubbed: “African football witch”. He was compared to Ronaldinho of South America.

A professional footballer who used to be an Albanian Nigerian midfielder who used to play as an attacking midfielder. A brilliant and skilful player, considered the best Nigerian player of his generation.

Being one of the best African players of all time, Okocha is known for his confidence with the ball. He was good at technique, creativity and dribbling skills. The striker also has the possession of deadly passes, especially the magic ball reverses.

He is a Nigerian Turkish citizen, having acquired Turkish citizenship as “Muhammet Yavuz” while playing for the Süper Lig Fenerbahçe.

The ranking of greatest football tournaments

Football is considered as the king of all sports. It also owns millions of fan through the world. Although many people love football, they can’t know all tournaments about football. It’s easy to understand because of difference about location and language. However, it’s really bitty when you miss some football matches at the top interesting matches.

If you are confused about it, you should follow our article, we will share top greatest football tournaments all over the world. We will split it by ranking from the most popularity to less.

1/ Copa del Rey

The Copa del Rey is regarded as one of the most European football competitions which is well-known as “King’s Cup”.

The initial history of the Copa del Rey was from domestic competition in Span, then it was spread out to many areas in Euro.

At this tournament, we have opportunities to see showing off of Spanish giant when they invested a big sum of money for employing stars and coaches so that they want to become champions.

We can list some big name of Copa Del Rey like Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid.

2/ Confederations Cup

The Confederations Cup has started to become famous for 2005 when it was founded as a replacement of the FIFA World Cup.

As the rule of the international federation, Confederation Cup is held in the same host nation but earlier than one year of the World Cup. This purpose is for FIFA to appreciate preparation of the host whether they have ability to welcome the most prestigious football tournament or not.

Furthermore, it’s a good chance for the host to improve skills and experiences then focus on organizing the World Cup best.

Through purpose of Confederation Cup to target the quality in service, technique as well records for per tournament, fans feel indicative and interesting to join this game.

4 times that African football lost their victory in the World Cup (Part 1)

There were many factors, including luck and referees, prevented African football from going deep at the World Cup.

Ghana 2010

Ghana team 10 years ago was one of the most powerful and promising African teams in history. At the first World Cup held in Africa, they excelled through the group stage after defeating Serbia, holding Australia and losing only the minimum score of 0-1 before the German giants.

Ghana rushed to obstruct the US to advance to the quarterfinals of high and low with Uruguay. If you win Uruguay, Ghana will become the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

“Black stars” played a great game and deserved to win. African representatives opened the score 45 + 2 minutes thanks to an incredible long shot from Sulley Muntari. Just 10 minutes after the second half started, Diego Forlan equalized for Uruguay with an unstoppable free kick. The two teams take each other into extra time.

The episode that causes the most heart attack takes place at the end of the second extra period. Mixed confusion in the Uruguay goal provides a golden opportunity for Ghana to finish the opponent.

The penalty

The first header, Stephen Appiah, was stopped by Suarez right in front of the goal line, the ball bounced off, Dominic Adiyiah headed a header, the ball was beyond the reach of goalkeeper Muslera, quenching all efforts of 10 Uruguay players.

You are not mistaken, the entire Uruguay team is exactly 1 person not defeated by the header. And that person continues to be Luis Suarez. Add a melancholy save but this time not by the body but by hand. The referee immediately showed Suarez a red card and gave Ghana a penalty.

As he was walking into the tunnel, Suarez jumped happily. He saw the Ghana captain take a penalty on the crossbar.

The match must drag to the penalty shootout. Those with better sentiments have won. Ghana collapsed and could only complain about himself.

AFCON 2021 rescheduled from summer to January and February

The Cameroon host has confirmed that the AFCON (2021) will switch the playing time from summer to January and February. This is not very happy information for the Premier League teams in particular and many European national championships in general.

AFCON 2021 rescheduled, Liverpool and the English teams distorted

Premier League clubs pursuing the championship title, including Liverpool will face the absence of African players for 6 weeks, after the Cameroon host confirms AFCON 2021 will host back on. January as usual.

Initially, the finals were agreed to be held in June and July, but due to weather conditions did not allow, Cameroon football federation decided to move to the period from January 9 to 2 February 2021.

“After listening to various arguments and views, especially from Colombian meteorology agencies, coaches and players, AFCON organizers have received authorization from the Regulatory Committee to execute the CAF (African Football Federation) to make a decision, “CAF posted on Twitter, after a meeting between representatives of participating countries at the African Football Federation.

Liverpool can lose Salah in 1 month for attending AFCON 2021

As is known, since 1960, the finals have been regularly held in the winter and early spring, but last year changed when the tournament in Egypt was held in the summer. However, after only 1 AFCON period, the tournament was returned to the familiar time.

CAF as well as Cameroon’s host country reschedule will make the teams in the top leagues in Europe worried. Due to this, the Premier League is greatly affected. Meanwhile, the club may not be able to recover affair of African stars for about a month.

In the Premier League, Liverpool is probably the most unhappy team. They will lose Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal) on the offensive front. Not to mention, in the lineup of The Reds there is Naby Keita (Guinea).

In addition to Liverpool, Arsenal will also suffer losses with two offensive players. They are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast). Man City, Man United and many other teams will also suffer some losses from this information.