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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal’s finest named in Italy Team of the Year – 2018 FIFA World Cup

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal's finest named in Italy Team of the Year

Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 13:00


As he continues to help Italian Serie A giants Napoli to challenge for the Serie A title, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been named in the Serie A Team of the Year.

Together with the likes of Juventus and former Azzurri goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, the Lions of Teranga centre back has been included in the Best XI.

With Koulibaly’s excellent displays, Napoli have conceded nine goals and scored 35 as they lead the Serie A table with 38 points from 14 matches.

They are yet to lose this term and together with AS Roma, are the only two teams with a good defensive record after conceding less than 10 goals so far.

An inclusion in the team of the year comes as a massive boost for the 26-year-old defender who will hope to lead the side to glory come the end of the campaign.

Apart from Buffon, Koulibaly has been named in the Best XI with six Juve players teammates from last season such as Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

Napoli has Koulibaly, Marek Hamsik and Dries Merten in the squad whilst Roma’s Radja Nainggolan completes the squad and Maurizio Sarri is named the Coach of The Year.

Fresh from a 1-0 win over Udinese last weekend, they will now turn their focus to the tie against Juventus on Friday, December 1 at home.

Manager Sarri will want to bag a win and will count on Kalidou and company to secure another clean sheet to consolidate their top spot.

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Player Spotlight: Cedric Bakambu – Congolese striker named best player in Spanish La Liga – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Player Spotlight: Cedric Bakambu - Congolese striker named best player in Spanish La Liga

Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 16:00


The lethal striker has deservedly been named the best player in the Spanish La Liga for the month of October.

Bakambu, who was born in France to DR Congolese parents, has been in top form for Villarreal this season having scored 12 goals in 17 matches in all competitions.

The former Sochaux player grabbed a brace against Kazajistan’s Astana in an UEFA Europa League game on Thursday, before scoring against Sevilla in a La Liga match on Sunday.

La Liga announced that the DR Congo international was the October Player of the Month after scoring six goals during the month.

A statement read: “Cedric Bakambu named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“The Villarreal forward picks up this accolade for the first time in his career after netting six times last month.

“Villarreal CF striker Cedric Bakambu has been named the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“His goalscoring exploits last month helped Villarreal soar up the table into the Europa League qualification spots.

“The France-born Congolese star’s six strikes in October have seen him receive the award for the first time in his career.

“The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick against SD Eibar in a 3-0 victory, struck twice in a 2-1 away win at Girona FC and once in Villarreal’s 4-0 thrashing of UD Las Palmas.”

The 26-year-old collected the accolade before Villarreal’s clash with Sevilla on Sunday.

Bakambu, who was born in France to DR Congolese parents, has been in top form for Villarreal this season having scored 12 goals in 17 matches in all competitions.

The former Sochaux player grabbed a brace against Kazajistan’s Astana in an UEFA Europa League game on Thursday, before scoring against Sevilla in a La Liga match on Sunday.

La Liga announced that the DR Congo international was the October Player of the Month after scoring six goals during the month.

A statement read: “Cedric Bakambu named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“The Villarreal forward picks up this accolade for the first time in his career after netting six times last month.

“Villarreal CF striker Cedric Bakambu has been named the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“His goalscoring exploits last month helped Villarreal soar up the table into the Europa League qualification spots.

“The France-born Congolese star’s six strikes in October have seen him receive the award for the first time in his career.

“The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick against SD Eibar in a 3-0 victory, struck twice in a 2-1 away win at Girona FC and once in Villarreal’s 4-0 thrashing of UD Las Palmas.”

The 26-year-old collected the accolade before Villarreal’s clash with Sevilla on Sunday.

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Choupo-Moting named in Cameroon squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Choupo-Moting named in Cameroon squad

Cameroon striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has choosen club ahead of country

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 13:00


The Cameroon squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria has been announced.

The Indomitable Lions will face Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Uyo on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Yaounde three days later.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has retained the core of the squad that represented Cameroon at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo who plays for Jiansung in China, is part of the squad, while new Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has also been called up.

The reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Cameroon are placed second on the Group B standings with two points from two games.

Group leaders Nigeria have six points from two matches with four games left. Only the group leaders will qualify for the finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.

Full Squad:

1. Ondoa Frabrice (FC Seville, Spain)

2. Goda Jules (AC Ajaccio, France)

3. Bokwe Georges (Mjondalen, Norway)

4. Ngadeu Ngadjui Michael (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

5. Teikeu Adolphe (Sochaux, France)

6. Mabouka Ernest (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)

7. Castelletto Jean Charles (Brest, France)

8. Leuko Serge (CD Lugo, Spain)

9. Fai Collins (Liège Standard, Belgium)

10. Banana Yaya (Panionios, Greece)

11. Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA)

12. Djoum Suitchuin Giles Arnaud (Hearts, Scotland)

13. Mandjeck Georges (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

14. Siani Sébastien (KV Oostende, Belgium)

15. Franck Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, France)

16. Choupo Moting (Stoke City, England)

17. Aboubakar Vincent (FC Porto, Portugal)

18. Moukandjo Benjamin (Jiansung, China)

19. Bassogog Christian (Henan Jianye, China)

20. Toko Ekambi Karl (FC Angers, France)

21. Nsame Jean Pierre (Young Boys, Switzerland)

22. Moumi Ngamaleu (Rheinorf, Austria)

23. Fabrice Olinga (Royal Mouscron, Belgium)

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Adebayor and Wome named in Togo squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 16:00


Togo head coach Claude Le Roy has named a strong squad ahead of the national team‘s two international friendly matches.

Nicknamed the Hawks, Togo are scheduled to host Niger and Malawi on 31 August 2017 and 4 September 2017 respectively.

The Hawks are preparing for the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup finals which will be hosted by Ghana between 9-24 September 2017.

The experienced French tactician has named several home based players like Sabirou Bassa Djeri and Hakim Ouro-Sama amongst others.

Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togo captain, and Dove Wome, who is based in South Africa, have both been called up by Le Roy.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: ABOTCHI Dové (AS TOGO PORT-TOGO), ALHASSANI Dida Fatoa (LIBERTY-GHANA), BASSA DJERI Sabirou (GBIKINTI-TOGO)

Defenders: DOUHADJI Yaovi Joseph (RIVERS UTD-NIGERIA), DJENE Dakonam (GETAFE-SPAIN), GBEGNON Simon (BEZIERS- FRANCE), ISSIFOU Bourahama (AS TOG PORT-TOGO), KOULOUN Maklibè (DYTO-TOGO), LAWSON Steve XAMAX – SWITZERLAND), OURO-SAMA Hakim (TOGO-PORT-TOGO)

Midfielders: AGBEGNIADAN Komlan (WAFA-GHANA), ATAKORA Lalawélé (ADANA DEMIRSPOR-TURKEY), ATCHOU Franco (ENYIMBA-NIGERIA), BEBOU Ihlas (FORTUNA DUSSELDORF – GERMANY), DOSSEVI Mathieu (STANDARD-BELGIUM) (PLANET FOOT-TOGO), SEKO Atsou Serge (PROGRESSO-ANGOLA), WOME DOVÉ (SUPERSPORT United-SOUTH AFRICA), YENOUSSI Guillaume (DYTO-TOGO)

Forwarders: ADEBAYOR Emmanuel Shéyi (BASAKSEHIR-TURKEY), LABA Kodjo Fo-Doh (RS BERKANE-MOROCCO), MLAPA Peniel (BOCHUM-GERMANY), SEWONOU Koidjo (AS TOGO PORT-TOGO)

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Mutizwa named 2017 COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament

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Scent ition

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 15:00


Zimbabwe striker Knox Mutizwa won the main award at the 2017 COSAFA Cup awards which was issued after the final in Rustenburg, South Africa.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe thrashed their neighbours Zambia 3-1 in this year’s COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

As a result, Zimbabwe won the Southern African title for a record fifth time, for Zambia’s Chipolopolo it was a record fifth defeat in the final of the competition.

Zimbabwe mentor Sunday Chidzambwa also made history as he became the first coach to win the trophy three times – having also won it in 2003 and 2009.

Mutizwa was named the COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament after the Zimbabwean striker netted five goals in this year’s competition.

Ovidy Karuru, the Zimbabwe captain, walked away with the Golden Boot. The AmaZulu FC attacking midfielder netted six goals in the 2017 tournament.

Tanzania shot-stopper Said Mohamed Said was named the Goalkeeper of the tournament after helping his nation finish third in this year’s competition.

Lesotho and South Africa, the tournament hosts, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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