Algeria to try and woo Lyon youngster Houssem Aouar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 14:00

Algeria Football Federation (FAF) boss Kheireddine Zetchi will reportedly try to convince Olympique Lyon youngster Houssem Aouar to play for the Fennec Foxes at international level.

Aouar, 19, has caught the eye for Lyon this season, with the attacking midfielder earning rave reviews for his technical skill and vision.

Aouar was born and raised in Lyon, France, and has represented the European country at U-17 level.

However, he is of Algerian descent and Le Buteur reports that he is likely to welcome an approach from the FAF.

Changing his international allegiance will also be a relatively easy process, as he has not represented France’s junior teams in any competitive fixtures.

The teenager has even earned praise from former Lyon star Karim Benzema: “This player, I like him. He is technical, he has a good vision. If he works, he can go far,” said the Real Madrid star.

OL goalkeeper Anthony Lopes also sees great things in Aouar’s future: “I’m not at all surprised by his performances,” he told RMC.

“He’s been working with the pro group for two years now. He has fully seized his chance and shows his qualities on the field.

“He has the talent, he is very intelligent, he is laid and I think he will make a very good career.”

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KRC Genk sign Ghana youngster Aidoo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 14:00

Begian First Division A outfit KRC Genk have boosted their squad with the signing of Ghana youth international Joseph Aidoo.

The 21-year-old defender has been on the books of Swedish side Hammarby IF and he has now secured a move to Genk.

Aidoo, who is a former Ghana Under-20 star, has joined Genk on a long-term deal.

Genk confirmed the player’s arrival on their official website.

A club statement read: “KRC Genk reached an agreement with Joseph Aidoo today (* 29/9/94). The Ghanaian defender signs a contract for 3 years in Genk with 1 year option.

“Aidoo started his career with the Ghanaian Inter Allies. After a strong loan loan at Swedish Hammarby IF, the Scandinavian team also finally made him in January 2016.

“At Hammarby, Joseph was good at 30 games and 1 goal, and he appeared at various European teams. Aidoo is physically very strong, good at head and in one against one situation. He can be played at various positions and is thus a very valuable addition to the Genkse kernel.”

Aidoo made 12 appearances in the 2017 Swedish Allsvenskan for Hammarby.

He played for Ghana at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in New Zealand.

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Zambian youngster Banda rejects Portuguese giants FC Porto – 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup

Emmanuel Banda of Zambia challenged by Abdoul karim Dante of Mali during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Mali and Zambia at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 18:00

Zambia Under-20 international Emmanuel Banda has turned down Portuguese giants FC Porto and joined Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende.

The promising midfielder, who played for Zambia at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in South Korea, has been on the books of Portuguese club S.C Esmoriz.

Oostende released the following statement after signing the youngster.

“The Zambian U20 international Emmanuel Banda (19) signed a contract until 2020. He is from the Portuguese Esmoriz and chose KVO above the Portuguese top club FC Porto.

“Emmanuel Banda played last season at Esmoriz, a club in a lower Portuguese division. He was also active with Zambia at the World Cup U20 and won the Africa Cup U20. There he noted himself with a fabulous goal against Mali. He also scored against the U20 in Germany.

“Banda He immediately came across several clubs, and was even close to a transfer to Porto Porto’s top club. However, it is KVO who managed to pull this talent.

“The Zambian is a game maker who stands out with his step technique and vista. At KVO, he is now given the opportunity to develop in full.

Welcome to our weireldploegsje Emmanuel,” the statement read.

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