Will African football mark its name in the history of the World Cup? (Part 2)

Africans always show optimism regardless of the circumstances. All teams are happy and happy when arriving in Russia. Despite the political turmoil and distraction of religious issues, the players kept their spirit in the team’s colors. At least they weren’t distracted by the bonus problem and other noise.

First to mention is Morocco. “Atlas Lions” owns a relatively stable and most complete lineup among 5 representatives. Since Herve Renard took power, he advocated building a tight stone style and inclined to strength.

Coach Renard built a game around captain Mehdi Benatia

Not only leading the solid defense, but the Juventus midfielder also supported and helped Romain Saïss adapt and play explosive. Thanks to the excellence of the stars, the team set foot in Russia without conceding a goal.

Not to mention, in the midfield, Morocco also owns the elite midfielders such as M’barek Boussoufa, Younes Belhanda, and most of all, Hakim Ziyech. The Ajax star promises to bring creativity as well as the ability to change the game after a shining season at the club.

Senegal football team

The team is appreciated in defense with the appearance of the duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Kara Mbodji. Very few teams have better center-backs than these two. Besides, Senegal’s midfield was strengthened and led by Badou Ndiaye and Alfred Ndiaye. The midfield duo has shown their ability to play well and effectively in recent friendly matches.

Senegal football team

The most anticipated player was Sadio Mane. He has been compared to El Hadji Diouf, the team’s lucky charm at the 2002 World Cup. Besides, the addition of M’Baye Niang to the attacker gives coach Aliou Cisse many options. However, the 42-year-old strategist has yet to fully exploit the potential of the stars in the upline.

Tunisia is also a nasty opponent in Group G. The team is not appreciated for the ability to control the ball, but coach Nabil Maaloul is not afraid to play a big gamble. He wants his students to play boldly and does not want to let the opponent constantly press. In the friendly match with Spain before, “The Eagle of Carthage” advocated organizing the match according to his wishes before shrinking the defense in the second half.

African female football players face a tough battle to follow their passion

Thousands of miles from that actual base, there are three African countries at the Women’s World Cup in France – Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon.

And as a former Nigerian national team player, Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire watching the current Super Falcons team take center stage at the tournament, she is acutely aware of the fact that women’s football often falls. Following bonuses and allowances are not paid. The Nigerian team still enjoys much better perks than women.

African teams represent at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France

The former football player played defensively for the Nigerian national team still has unhappy memories of the 2004 African Women’s Championship (now the African Women’s Cup), run by the African Football Federation. (CAF) organization. Yusuf-Aromire, 34, recalls staging a sit-down rally with his teammates in South Africa after winning the championship.

African female football players face a tough battle to follow their passion

The Super Falcons have finally settled their bill after pressure from players and the media. In 2016, the Super Falcons staged a similar demonstration for unpaid bonuses outside of Nigeria’s parliament after winning the Cup of African Women Nations in Cameroon. CNN contacted the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for comment but has yet to receive a response.

The salary is not equal

Late payouts for football players of both sexes are a chronic problem on the continent. However, the payout gap between male and female players is even more common.

Banyana players received R5,000 (about $339) in a competitive match to win. Meanwhile, Bafana players received as much as R60,0000 (around $4,000) when they won a game, according to a report Times Live South Africa.

However, the South African Football Association took steps to remedy the balance. They raised Banyana Banyana’s salary, equal for the first time to their male colleagues, according to a report above.

Nigeria too has recently taken steps to correct the wage gap between male and female players. The NFF told CNN that they conducted a salary review in 2017. It resulted in the Super Falcons base match bonus being increased to $ 3,000 per player. Meanwhile, the base bonus for the men’s team was reduced from 10,000 to $ 5,000 per player.

Ahmed Musa – the leading goalscorer of Nigerian football (Part 2)

On June 1, Musa signed a new contract that is valid until the end of the 2018-19 season. He finished the 2015-16 Russian Premier League as the league’s fifth-most scorer, becoming one of seven players under the age of 23 to score more than 10 goals per season over the past two seasons at seven of Europe’s top leagues.

Leicester City – Al-Nassr

On 8 July 2016, Musa moved to Leicester City for the club’s record fee, £ 16.6 million. He scored his first goal at the new club in a friendly against Barcelona in the 2016 ICC Cup, which ended 4-2 in favor of the Spanish side.

He made his Premier League debut on August 13, 2016, in the club’s opening game. In that match, Leicester lost to Hull City 2-1. Musa got his first goal at PL when he opened the scoring in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on October 22, 2016.

Ahmed Musa is the leading goalscorer of Nigerian football

As of January 2017, Musa still has no assists for the club, contributing on average 0.5 main passes, 0.3 passes, and 1.2 successful dribbles per game. August 14, 2018, Musa moved to Saudi Arabia to play for the Al-Nassr club

 International career

In April 2010 under manager Lars Lagerbäck, he was summoned to join the Nigerian national football team’s summer camp. It was ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Before that, he helped the Nigerian team win the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup.

In May 2018, he was included in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Although his performance against Iceland was superb, it still wasn’t enough to keep the West Africans in the tournament as they were eliminated by Argentina.

Conclusions

With the age of 28, Ahmed Musa promises to have many more developments in his career. With my experience, he will be an important factor in any team in which he plays.

Top the most famous football events in Africa (Part 1)

Africa is a developing country about football. In the recent time, we see their higher positions in international matches. Assure that we have not yet forget the impressive match between Africa and France in FIFA World Cup 2002 which they won a stronger rival with 1-0 score.

To improve these quality, they have ever organized series of domestic leagues. In this article, we collect top the most prestigious events from this nation for your reference.

1, Egyptian Premier League

This league is one of the top professional competition for any nation in Africa.

This event includes 18 teams collected from many teams before. This event has two major cup: Egyptian Cup and Egyptian Super Cup. Two cup will have some special conditions to choose members.

During history of the Egyptian Premier League, Al-Ahly is the most successful team in Egyp. They have ever won 118 trophies, including the domestic and international tournaments.

About the best player all the time, Hassan El Shazly is voted as the best goal-scorer when he has ever reached many individual titles from this league, estimated about 173 goals.

2, Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1

This is domestic tournament of Tunisian founded in 1907. It is highly appreciated as the top-tier event in this nation. From Tunisian football league, there are many good players founded and trained professionally.

This is under management of the football Ligue Tunisienne de football since 1921. In per season, there are 16 teams to join the final round-off. During the season, only the Tunisian cup is organized officially. The fact, it is the main target of all teams.

Above all, Espérance de Tunis is the most successful team with about 29 titles since the event is established. There is only one cup defined within the professional Tunisian league and that is the Tunisian Cup.

Top Africa’s greatest players in the Premier League (Part 2)

3. Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)

Nwankwo Kanu (born August 1, 1976), or simply called Kanu, is a retired Nigerian footballer. He is a member of the Nigeria national team. Kanu is originally from Abia, southeastern Nigeria, and is a member of the sub-group Aro of the Igbo ethnic group. Nwankwo by his name means “Children born on Nkwo” in the Igbo language.

Kanu has played for Nigeria’s Iwuanyanwu Nationale, the traditional Dutch team Ajax, Italy’s Inter Milan, and the English clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

Kanu has won one UEFA Champions League medal, one UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup medals and two African Player of the Year awards among others. He is one of the few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and Olympic gold medal.

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

4. Emmanuel Adebayor

Born February 26, 1984) is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir. He 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.

In the Emirates team shirt, Emmanuel Adebayor plays like a classic striker

In the Emirates team shirt, he plays like a classic striker. He scored 46 goals in 104 games for the club. Became one of the top scorers with the best goalscoring performance in the 2006-2009 Premier League.

Adebayor big brotherFor the Togo national team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. This was his only debut and that of Togo’s at a world-class playground. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team bus arrived when a riot group fired a gun on their way to play in the group stage match of the 2010 African Football Cup in Angola.

Then, he retired from the national team. In 2013, he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Football Cup in South Africa. In this tournament, he helped them through the quarter-finals. He is currently Togo’s top scorer with 31 goals.

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.