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EPL defenders ‘scared’ of Mohamed Salah, says Liverpool teammate – Premier League 2017/2018


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Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 10:30


Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool teammate Emre Can has showered praise on the Egyptian wing-wizard who has taken the English Premier League by storm.

The 25-year-old took his goal tally to an astonishing 17 across all competitions (12 in 14 league games) with a brace in a 3-0 win over Stoke City on Wednesday evening.

Salah emerged off the bench to great effect as the Reds claimed victory away to the Potters.

The former Chelsea attacker has hit the ground running at Anfield following his move from AS Roma ahead of the 2016-17 season, and German international midfielder Can is impressed…

“You can see that everyone is a little bit scared of him [Salah] as it is unbelievable how quick he is,” Can told the Liverpool ECHO.

“He has the confidence now. He has a lot of goals and everyone knows he can always score. Against Stoke, it was the same as he came on and showed his confidence.

“He had one chance and the volley was great after an unbelievable assist from Sadio (Mane). It’s good for us and very good for him. I hope it goes on,” he concluded.



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Sadio Mane: No bad blood between me and Jurgen Klopp – Premier League 2017/2018


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 14:30


Senegal star Sadio Mane has rejected claims of a feud between himself and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Teranga Lions star was visibly upset at not receiving a starting role for the Reds in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea this past weekend.

Mane eventually appeared as a substitute and was seen having a heated discussion with Klopp after the match, sparking rumours of bad blood between the pair.

But the 25-year-old has explained that the heated words were down to a misunderstanding and there is “no problem”.

“He [Klopp] asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position,” Mane told Sky Sports.

“Mo [Salah] was on my side and the coach was shouting ‘Sadio come onto the right side’.

“After the game I told the coach it was easier if you told Mo to come in because he was close to you.

“But it was friendly, it was not because I was unhappy or something else. There was no problem, I was just communicating and explaining that to him after the game.”



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Borussia Dortmund to put Aubameyang up for sale in January – Bundesliga 2017/2018


Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 15:00


Borussia Dortmund will reportedly put Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up for sale in the January transfer window.

It emerged over the weekend that Aubameyang has decided to leave BVB and has reportedly told his representatives to secure a move “as quickly as possible”.

BILD reports that Dortmund bosses will acquiesce to the player’s wishes, having been fighting a losing battle to keep the Panthers forward happy.

They will listen to offer starting from 60-million Euros in the New Year, alerting Premier League giants such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Aubameyang notably has a strong relationship with current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who worked with the player at Dortmund.

The German giants are already seeking a replacement and have been linked with moves for Jonathan Bamba (St Etienne), Moussa Dembele (Celtic) and Kasper Dolberg (Ajax).



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Everton coach David Unsworth: Oumar Niasse’s charge sets a dangerous precedent – Premier League 2017/2018


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 11:00


Everton interim manager David Unsworth believes the charge on striker Oumar Niasse could set a dangerous precedent.

This comes after the Senegalese forward was found guilty of diving and banned for two games following a punishment under the new English Football Association laws that were introduced in May.

Niasse becomes the first Premier League player to be charged after he won a penalty, under pressure from Scott Dann, in a league draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

“I think these people [the FA] will be very busy,” said Unsworth to the BBC.

“It’s a dangerous precedent that could be set if decisions are given against you which are debatable.

“I think anywhere on the field it’s a foul. He [Niasse] was shocked and I was shocked [by the charge].”

The Lions of Teranga attacker denied he had committed an act of simulation that led to the penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game.

However, the EFA’s Independent Regulatory Commission has found him guilty.



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Yaya Toure told quit Manchester City – Premier League 2017/2018


Pep Guardiola and Yaya Toure

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 15:00


Ivorian legend Emmanuel Eboue has urged his countryman Yaya Toure to quit Manchester City.

Toure has found himself relegated to a bit-part role this season at City, who are managed by Pep Guardiola.

Eboue, who played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2011, spoke to the Manchester Evening News about Toure’s situation.

“I’m not sure that he is going to stay because he wants to play,” the 34-year-old said.

“If he still there he’s not going to play so I think for him it is better to leave – to go to play.

“He’s a good player so every week when you stay on the bench and you don’t play, it’s hard in your head,” he added.

“It’s time for him to leave. When you see City this year, the players they have are good – good midfielders, good strikers.

“So for me it is time to for him to leave,” Eboue, who has 79 Ivory Coast caps, concluded.

Toure, 34, has made only two appearances in the English Premier League (EPL) for City this season.



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Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Didier Drogba influence behind Chelsea move – Premier League 2017/2018


Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba with John Terry – Both stars expected in PH Thursday

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 12:00


Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed that Didier Drogba helped convince him to move from Monaco to Chelsea.

Drogba, a legend for both Chelsea and Ivory Coast, played a major role in Bakayoko choosing the Blues over other suitors.

“It was clear in my mind that if I had to leave Monaco it was Chelsea. I was a fan of Chelsea, Drogba is a friend. He gave me advice about the club,” Bakayoko told Canal Plus.

The 23-year-old French midfielder, who is of Ivorian descent, also revealed that Antonio Conte’s desire to sign him helped further sway his decision.

“When you’re little you dream of being like them. When (Antonio) Conte calls you and tells you he wants you in his team and he needs you, you realize that you are really a good player.

“When a coach like that calls you and tells you that, it’s a pleasure.”



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Tammy Abraham doesn’t regret choosing England over Nigeria – Premier League 2017/2018


Swansea City’s Tammy Abraham (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 12:00


After choosing to represent England over Nigeria on an international level, Tammy Abraham has rubbished rumours that he considered playing for Nigeria.

The forward says he does not regret choosing the Europeans instead of the West African nation despite repeated overtures from the Nigerian Football Federation to lure him.

Abraham’s father is Nigerian which would have qualified him to play for the Super Eagles.

A childhood friend of NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, claimed in September that Abraham had decided to play for the Super Eagles.

However, the U21 England international denied the claim and has been called up for England’s forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

“I see myself as being a long-term England player,” Abraham said.

“That is where my main focus is and I am 100 percent focused here to try and get into that team.

“I was pretty set on England really and playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play in the England team as well.”

Altgough he is on loan at Swansea City from Chelsea, he has scored five goals in his first 14 appearances for the Welsh club.

“It was flattering (when asked about Nigeria’s interest), but for me my main focus was here (England). It was nice to know that I was doing something right and going in the right direction.”



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Nigeria lose Tammy Abraham to England – Premier League 2017/2018


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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 18:00


Tammy Abraham is set to make his debut for England this month, despite previous claims by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick that the forward will play for the Super Eagles at international level.

The lanky forward, who was born in England, qualifies to play for Nigeria at international level through his parents and there were hopes that he would choose to represent the West African nation at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The chances of that happening, though, seem to be over with Abraham now in line to make his debut for the Three Lions against either Brazil or Germany.

Abraham, 19, has scored five goals in 13 games for Swansea City across all competitions this season. He is currently on loan at the club from Premier League rivals Chelsea.



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Kenyan superstar Victor Wanyama resumes training at Tottenham – Premier League 2017/2018


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 10:30


News coming out of England is that Kenya and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama has resumed training after being sidelined due to injury.

The Harambee Stars captain’s injury was a cause for concern after sustaining a recurring knee injury. It was feared it could keep him out of competitive action for the rest of the season.

The English Premier League club has since confirmed Wanyama’s return to training on its official Twitter account.

“Team news, Victor Wanyama (knee) is starting fieldwork training this week as he continues his recovery,” tweeted the club.

The north London side has, however, remained coy on how long the 26-year-old will be out of action, a move that has opened up speculation in media circles.

Meanwhile, the Lily Whites boss manager Mauricio Pochettino had also shared his concerns over the prospect of the player’s prolonged absence.

“We are concerned about his situation. We must wait for when he sees a specialist and then we’ll see what happens. But of course after sometime without him involved in the training sessions and with the team, we are concerned,” the Argentine manager said on October 20.



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Newcastle tracking Jonathan Bamba – Premier League 2017/2018


Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 13:30


Newcastle United are reportedly keeping tabs on Saint Etienne attacker Jonathan Bamba, who is of Ivorian descent.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a strong surge of form this season, netting four goals in eight Ligue 1 appearances thus far.

However, Bamba currently finds himself at odds with ASSE management over a contract dispute.

Le 10 Sport claims that Newcastle are hoping to secure a bargain deal for the French youth international in the January transfer window.

Sevilla and Lille are also said to be watching developments between Saint Etienne and Bamba.



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Chelsea will have to pay world-record fee to land Kalidou Koulibaly – Premier League 2017/2018


Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 16:30


Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been informed that he will need to pay a world-record transfer fee for a defender if he is to prise Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly away from Napoli.

The Teranga Lions defender has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis admitting that he has had to fight hard to keep the 26-year-old at Stadio San Paolo.

Yet the Blues remain keen on signing Koulibaly, with Conte convinced that the West African will strengthen his side’s defence and lay the foundation for future success.

However, Calciomercato reports that Napoli have put a £70million price tag on the player. If that fee is met, it would make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in football history.

The record fee for a defender was broken twice by Manchester City in this past European summer, with the Citizens paying £50-million and £52-million for Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy respectively.



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Sadio Mane will be fit for South African showdown – Senegal coach – Premier League 2017/2018


Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 15:00


Senegal head coach ,Aliou Cisse, is more than confident that Liverpool star Sadio Mane will be fit for the country’s back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month.

According to reports, Mane has been included in the Lions of Teranga’s squad for the double-header against Bafana Bafana, despite the Liverpool attacker currently nursing a hamstring injury.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,”Cisse is quoted as saying.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

It is unclear when the 25-year-old is set to return to action with the Reds initialing predicting that he will spend up to six weeks on the sidelines.

The former Southampton winger picked up said injury in Senegal’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia earlier this month, as the West African’s moved top of Group D.

Senegal, who are aiming to qualify for he World Cup for only the second time, face South Africa in Polokwane before the reverse fixture in Dakar a few days later.

Cisse captained Senegal to a quarterfinal place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan.



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Africans team up to down Everton – Premier League 2017/2018


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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 10:30


Betrand Traore netted the winner as Lyon trumped Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park on Thursday evening, as the Toffees remain winless in Europa League Group E.

The Burkina Faso international finished with aplomb following a weaving run down the right flank by Ivorian Maxwell Cornet, as the French side claimed all three points on Merseyside.

Nabil Fekir, who is of Algerian descent, opened the scoring on the night before Ashley Williams leveled matters in the 69th minute.

Everton‘s joy, though, lasted all but six minutes as pressure continues to mount on head coach Ronald Koeman following a poor start to the season.

Senegal international Idrissa Gana Gueye was an unused substitute for the hosts.



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Senegal include Liverpool star Sadio Mane for South Africa clash – Premier League 2017/2018


Sadio Mane of Senegal Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 13:30


Senegal have announce their squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and they have included the injured Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Mane has been included despite his existing hamstring strain after he was douubtful for the home and away games against Bafana Bafana on November 10 and 14 respectively.

Liverpool said the forward could be out for up to six weeks on October 10 after he damaged his hamstring in their 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse to BBC.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

Cisse’s men need two points from their remaining two qualifiers to ensure their passage to next year’s finals in Russia.

The Lions of Teranga initially lost 2-1 to Stuart Baxter’s men in Polokwane last year, but FIFA ordered a replay after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation.

The replayed game will take place in South Africa on 10 November, with Dakar set to host the final qualifier four days later.



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Nigerian trio set for new boss in Leicester – Premier League 2017/2018


Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:00


The Nigerian trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa will welcome a new boss at the helm of Leicester City, following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday.

The news followed the club’s 1-1 draw to West Brom at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes lingering in the relegation zone following a slow start to the campaign.

Both Ndidi and Iheanacho started the draw against the Baggies, with the latter having struggled since his big money switch from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old’s struggles have resulted in constant trolling by especially West Ham United fans, who stated their apparent delight in the Hammers passing on signing the forward.

It will be interesting to see how Shakespeare’s successor uses Iheanacho with Islam Slimani emerging from the bench with great effect against West Brom on Monday. The burly Algerian teeing up Riyad Mahrez for the equalizer.



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