Ahmed Musa – the leading goalscorer of Nigerian football (Part 1)

Nigerian football has produced many famous strikers in the past and the current generation of players, some players perform very well and are spearheaded, attackers. One of them is Ahmed Musa – a striker who plays for Al-Nassr.

Biography

Musa became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a World Cup match. This was after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2010 World Cup. Musa was also the first Nigerian to score in two competitions. FIFA World Cup, after scoring twice against Iceland in the 2018 World Cup group stage.

Club career

Musa started her career at GBS Football Academy. In September 2007, a local publication in Jos, Nigeria introduced Ahmed Musa with the title “Unexplored Talent”. In 2008, he was loaned to JUTH FC, where he made 18 appearances and scored 4 goals in his first two professional seasons for “The Healers”.

Musa was then loaned back to Kano Pillars FC

Musa was then loaned back to Kano Pillars FC, and during the 2009–10 season. He scored many important goals that helped Pillars finish second. Musa held the Nigerian Premier League season’s record for the most goalscorers until November 2011. Kaduna United FC’s Jude Aneke set a new record with 20 goals.

VVV-Venlo

Musa transferred to the Dutch club VVV-Venlo in the summer of 2010, however, when the transfer was delayed because he was only 17 years old, the club was unable to sign the country player. be under 18 years old, according to FIFA’s then law. Musa officially qualified to play for VVV-Venlo on October 14, 2010, when he turned 18.

Rated as one of the 100 most-watched young football stars in the world in 2011 by Goal.com, Goal.com’s Lolade Adewuyi placed him in the list of the top 10 most international players in Nigeria in 2010.

CSKA Moscow

On January 7, 2012, Musa joined the Russian club, CSKA Moscow for an undisclosed fee. On 17 September 2014, he scored an honorable goal in the 82nd minute in a 5-1 home defeat to AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League.

7 African football players used the World Cup to get to the Premier League

Here are 7 African football players used the World Cup to get to the Premier League.

1. Mahmoud Hassan (Egypt)

The Egypt team is not only Mohamed Salah as the only star but his teammate Mahmoud Hassan is equally great. The 23-year-old winger is often referred to as the second Trezeguet. Because his ability to score is ranked among the top players with the highest performance in Egypt. Currently, 3 clubs are suitable for him like Watford, Southampton, West Ham.

2. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)

From 2012 to 2014 Hakim Ziyech joined the Netherlands but in 2015, he joined Morocco. In the 2017/18 season, he had 10 goals and 15 passes at Ajax club. He is the talented talent of the Moroccan team and if the competition is successful, the Premier League will not be too far for him. With Ziyech’s defense, he should go to Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham.

3. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal)

Kalidou Koulibaly was a hot item in the transfer market. He is being targeted by both Chelsea and Arsenal. In Serie A last season, it was Koulibaly who was the mainstay player to help Napoli win the runner-up position.

4. Oghenekaro Etebo (Nigeria)

The Nigerian midfielder is attracting a lot of attention from the top teams in Europe. Although he is only 22 years old, he is very active and always takes advantage of his physical advantage to overwhelm the opponent. The club he should go to is Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Newcastle.

5. Keita Balde (Senegal)

Keita Balde has many similarities with Sadio Mane, he is an energetic striker and a respectable speed. Above all, he used his legs fluently and made use of his height to hit his head at the right time. At AS Monaco last season, Balde had 8 goals and 5 assists. The club you should go to is Arsenal, Liverpool.

6. Younes Belhanda (Morocco)

At the Galatasaray season 2017/18, the Moroccan midfielder contributed 3 goals and 8 assists to the goal. He is the one who aligns the team’s soccer-style and always plays as energetically as possible. In Morocco, he is expected to be the true number 10 to make a surprise. The club you should go to is West Ham, Wolves.

7. Moussa Konate (Senegal)

At the Amiens club last season, Moussa Konate had 13 goals, accounting for one-third of the team’s goals. At the 2018 World Cup, he is expected to work with teammate Sadio Mane to create many surprises for Senegal. Clubs in England suitable for Konate are Bournemouth, Brighton, Crystal Palace

Will African football mark its name in the history of the World Cup? (Part 1)

Although not in the group of heavyweight candidates for the world throne, however, the African football representatives always know how to create a seismic in the World Cup arena. Throughout the history of football, the African football teams have never been easy opponents.

That is why, in 1982, West German coach Jupp Derwall forced his students to watch videos about Algeria before they were confronted. The German strategist is afraid that the home team is subjective to the opponent. After that, some players still eloquently announced that they would crush the opponent and play with a cigar in their mouth.

Contempt for Algeria cost West Germany a dreadful defeat. The defending European champion was shot down by a representative from the black continent. This is also a profound lesson about the dangers of African football teams.

Four years earlier, Tunisia also taught the big teams about their strength. “Eagles of Carthage” drew West Germany 0-0 and defeated Mexico. The heroic story of African football teams is not only one but it stretches through the development of the World Cup.

African football teams are constantly improving

The year 1982 was the start of the rise of the black continent football. After Algeria, Cameroon is the next name to write fairy tales. The team has excellently held a lot of faces. Although unable to go deep, Cameroon still has respectable results in the tournament.

But most notably is the 1986 milestone when Morocco passed the group stage to be in the eighth round. Their success is the premise for other teams to rise. Since then, African representatives have continuously entered the knockout round.

Several years ago, Brazil, Algeria, and Nigeria also passed the group stage. It is worth mentioning, they showed clear progress and gradually narrowed the gap with the big Europeans as well as South America.

Top-tier football tournaments in Africa (Part 1)

It’s truth that African football has been improved and advanced more. The proof is winning of Senegal before France in the FIFA World Cup 2020, or there are a big number of African players to be invited or transferred to European leagues. 

To reach this achievement, it is contribution of competitions held every year, including domestic, continent and international tour.

Today we share top-tier football events in Africa as reference. 

If you love Africa football style, you shouldn’t miss our ranking. So that you can collect the best tournament for experiences.

1, Egyptian Premier League

The Egyptian Premier League is founded in 1948 which is the most professional football competition in this continent. The fact, it also has a long history in Africa.

In general, it has 18 teams to be registered officially for the final round.

During history, Al-Ahly is the most successful football team in Egypt when they have ever reached 118 titles, including both domestic and international events. 

Furthermore, Hassan Ei Shazly was the best player, played in Tersana team. He could reach 173 goals in total matches he did it well.

2, Tunisian Ligue Professional 1

Tuinisan is also top-tier football tournament in African, founded in1 1907. It is also called as Tunisian cup.

In the first period, there was only five teams for competition. Then the Ligue tunisienne de football (standing for LTF) was established, they played an important role to develop this national tournament well.

in the current time, there are 16 teams in one tournament.

During history of Tunisian, Espérance de Tunis is the best team with 29 titles for Championship. 

To invest this Cup, many clubs have built large stadiums like African club or Esperance de Tunis. On average, per stadium has capacity about 60,000 seats.

Learn about the history of the African Cup of Nations (Part 3)

In 2011, Morocco was announced as the host country of CAN 2015. Meanwhile, Libya was the host country at the 2013 tournament. However, Libya was stripped of its hosting rights. The event moved to South Africa due to the civil war in this country since 2011.

The country was again stripped of the right to host the 2017 tournament. This is when the second civil war broke out in 2014 and was replaced by Gabon.

In the period 2014 – 2015, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa broke out. This caused all Liberia football activities to be suspended. The Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia became one of the places specializing in the treatment of Ebola.

Morocco is the host country of CAN 2015 but they refused to host the tournament. The reason was because of the epidemic concerns. The tournament that year was moved to another location, Equatorial Guinea.

By 2019, CAN Finals will have the participation of 24 teams. CAN 2021 is moved to the following year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic when the qualifiers of the tournament are in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

Algeria champions CAN 2019 after nearly three decades of waiting

Baghdad Bounedjah’s second-minute early goal helped Algeria win at least 1-0 over Senegal, thereby crowning CAN 2019.

Algeria champions CAN 2019 after nearly three decades of waiting

Algeria had a dream start when entering the CAN 2019 final against Senegal. As soon as the match passed 80 seconds, the white-blue shirt team tore through the opponent’s net after Baghdad Bounedjah’s annoying finish.

This advantage helps Algeria easily deploy the position in the remainder of the time. Senegal, despite its aggressive attack and exert a series of intense pressure, has no way of penetrating the well-organized defense on the opponent’s side. On the contrary, many times they even faced sharp counterattacks.

Results 1-0 remained until the end of the match and Algeria convincingly crowned champions. Before that, on the journey to the final, they have in turn knocked down a series of big men such as Guinea, Ivory Coast, or  Nigeria.

For Algeria, this is the second time they won Africa, after the first in 1990. Representatives of North Africa also received two individual awards. They were Best Player for midfielder Ismael Bennacer and Best Goalkeeper for Rais Mbolhi.

The 10 greatest African football players in history (Part 3)

4. Abedi Pele – Ghana

This three-time African football player of the Year award is most remembered during his successful playing for Marseille. Besides, Pele also scored 33 goals after 67 appearances for Ghana and with the same country team won the 1982 African Championship.

3. Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon

Samuel Eto’o is the most successful African player in Europe in the colors of the world’s top clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, and Chelsea. Along with Yaya Toure, he is also a player to set a record with four times winning the title of Best Footballer in Africa.

At the club level, the striker with the nickname “Black Panther” won 3 La Liga championships, 2 King’s Cups, 3 Champions League, 1 Serie A, 2 Italian Cup, and with the national team won 2 African championships.

2. Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast

“Jungle Elephant” is one of the most comprehensive and best strikers in African football history. Drogba was voted twice as the best player on the continent. At the club level, he won all titles with the Stamford Bridge team such as 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, and 1 Champions League.

Drogba is one of the most comprehensive and best strikers in African football history

In 2012, Drogba was voted Chelsea’s best player of all time. In the colors of the Ivory Coast national team, Drogba scored 65 goals in 104 appearances and placed 4th on the list of top scorers for the country.

1. George Weah – Liberia

The former AC Milan striker is the only player from this continent to win the Ballon d’Or, Europe’s Best Player, FIFA World Player of the Year.

He won the championships in Liberia, France, Italy, and the FA Cup. At the national team level, he has 13 goals in 30 games for Liberia. In 1996, George Weah was honored to receive the title of Best Footballer of the World War.

Conclusions

Above are the top 10 greatest African football players in history.

Learn about the history of the African Cup of Nations (Part 2)

After the ban due to apartheid was removed, South Africa returned to the CAN 1994 qualifiers but failed to qualify. In 1996, South Africa won its first CAN championship when the tournament was held at home. Bafana overcame Tunisia 2-0 in the final to win the only CAN championship title so far.

In the next two tournaments, South Africa continued to show the strength of an African giant when he won runner-up in 1998 and won third place in 2000.

Egyptian Empire (2000 – 2010)

The 2000 tournament was the first CAN period with two co-hosting countries, Ghana and Nigeria. Cameroon won 2 league titles in 2000 and 2002 tournaments to become the next team to successfully defend the championship title after Egypt and Ghana.

After Tunisia won the tournament championship in 2004 at home, in 2006, Egypt began to dominate CAN, winning three consecutive championships from 2006 to 2010.

The local team of Pharaoh set the tournament record. 19 games unbeaten since their defeat to Tunisia in CAN 2004 and of the 9 consecutive wins. They are one of the four teams that have won three consecutive continental championships with Argentina, Mexico, and Iran.

Before CAN 2008 took place, many European teams urged BTC to rethink CAN’s schedule when the European season is taking place. Some African players don’t play for their club.

Former Sepp Blatter president requested that the tournament be held in June, July 2016 to match the international schedule. However, this faces opposition from Central African and West African countries. This was because these months are the rainy season in this region.

Tournament expansion (2010 to present)

In May 2010, CAN’s organizers announced that it would change the tournament time from even year to odd year. This rule was applied from the 2013 tournament. This change prevents CAN from conflict with the year of the World Cup.

The 10 greatest African football players in history (Part 2)

8. Riyad Mahrez -Algeria

Coming from a poor family from Algeria who immigrated to France, Mahrez came to football in a very low-pitched manner, until it lit up with Leicester City last season.

17 goals and 11 assists of the 26-year-old midfielder is the main inspiration to help “Fox” go to the Premier League championship, even though the odds are only 5000/1 before the starting line.

7. Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure is one of the best central midfielders of African football. He has helped his club, Manchester City, win two Premier League titles in the last three years.

Yaya Toure is one of the best central midfielders of African football

Previously, in the Barcelona shirt, Toure also played extremely well, and together with the Catalan giants won La Liga, the King’s Cup, the Champions League, and the World Cup clubs.

In early 2015, Toure helped Ivory Coast win the Cup of African Nations after beating Nigeria in the Final. In terms of individual titles, Toure won the title “Best African Player” for 4 consecutive years from 2011 to 2014.

6. Jay-Jay Okocha – Nigeria

Jay-Jay Okocha is one of Africa’s most technically skilled players with extreme dexterity and speed. During his career, Okocha did not play for many major European clubs except Paris Saint-Germain, but he was still known and loved by many fans.

The 1973 midfielder stormed the Premier League in the Bolton Wanderers shirt between 2002-2006. Okocha helped Nigeria win the Cup of African Nations in 1994 and every 7 years was voted Nigeria’s best player.

5. Roger Milla – Cameroon

It would be a big mistake without Roger Milla on this list. He is simply a legend of African football. The striker has great merit in helping the continent to make strides on the world football map. At the 1990 World Cup, even at the age of 38, Milla excelled at making Cameroon the first African team to participate in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Four years later, he went on to set another record. Roger Milla became the oldest player to play at the World Cup at the age of 42. In the year 2007, Milla was voted Africa’s Best Footballer for 50 years.

Top the best football coaches from Africa (Part 2)

In this article, we continue to share top the best football coaches from Africa for your reference.

As far as you know, Africa has special style in footbal performance which brings more interest for football. So, the African head coaches also make some impressive in football history.

3, Lucio Antunes

In the continental competitions, Lucio Antunes has ever reached many successes althouth his titles are not clear for the Champions. He still is admired and respected from the Afcon when he creates the finest fairy for the Afcon about winning dreams.

In the Africa cup, the Afcon under management of Verde became stronger and perfect than ever before. They were excellent to overcome the qualifiers to have an official ticket in the premier competition of continent.

Someone surprised when the Afcon could do the miracle when they could overcome Cameroon and make a tie with South Africa who was the host team as well the most potential team for the Championship.

He is nicknamed as “The African Mourinho” when he contributed to build up the young team of the Afcon to become one of top the best team. He has also several achievements during his career at the Africa continent.

4, Clive Barker

Although career of Clive had some changes but fan of Africa football should remember about his golden days at Bafana in 1990s.

In the Cup of nations in 1996, this was the first time to Bafana to pick up victory happily. His nickname was “the dog” as a strong man to manage and lead his student to thrive pressure of one weak team to reach good achievements which had never happened in history of Bafana.

Then he helped the South Aficans to go the first World Cup in 1998. This event was historic event for Africa football in general.

Learn about the history of the African Cup of Nations (Part 1)

CAN’s birth situation dates back to June 1956 when the formation of the African Football Confederation (CAF) was proposed during the 3rd FIFA meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

By early February 1957, CAF was officially born and the first tournament took place in Khartoum, Sudan with the participation of founding members Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. However, South Africa withdrew due to calling a white player during the apartheid regime.

CAN 1957 only had 2 matches, Egypt was the champion after beating host Sudan in the semi-finals and Ethiopia in the final. In the third CAN tournament in 1962, the tournament was held for the first time.

The legend of Abedi Pele

From the 1963 tournament, Ghana started its dominance cycle with 4 consecutive CAN finals from 1963 to 1970. During this period they won 2 CAN championships in 1963 and 1965. CAN 1970 in Sudan was the league. The first match was broadcast on television.

During the 1970s, CAN saw six different champions Sudan, Congo, Zaire, Morocco, Ghana, and Nigeria. Zaire won the championship in 1974 when he defeated Zambia in the final. This is also the only CAN period where a champion is determined by a replay. Ghana was the first team to win 3 CAN championships when taking the throne in the 1978 tournament.

Cameroon dominated and the return of South Africa (1980-2000)

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cameroon entered the CAN final three times in a row and won two in 1984 and 1988. championships Before Cameroon’s domination period, Ghana was crowned champion for the fourth time. In 1982, this was also the latest CAN championship title of “Black Stars”.

South Africa champions of CAN 1994

South Africa champions of CAN 1994

In CAN 1994, Zambia made a surprise when reaching the final with a patchwork squad after 18 members of the country died in a plane crash in 1993. In the CAN 1994 final, Zambia failed 1-2 against Nigeria despite being the team that scored first. Two years later, CAN expand the total number of teams to 16. However, the then-defending champion Nigeria withdrew due to political reasons and that tournament only had 15 teams participating.