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Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane included in 30 nominees – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

by
Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 11:00


The 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or includes the name of Liverpool and Senegal attacker Sadio Mane.

The Teranga Lions player is one of two Africans on the list, the other being Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane enjoyed a great debut season for Liverpool in 2016/17 and has been even more impressive thus far in the 2017/18 season, forming a deadly attacking triumvirate with Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

He has also helped Senegal reach a position of strength in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group.

The award, formerly known as the World Player of the Year, has been passed between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past 10 years and is likely to be handed one of the two again in 2017.

Ballon d’Or Nominees, 2017:

Neymar Jr. (PSG), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Marcelo (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), David de Gea (Man United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Edin Dzeko (AS Roma), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Isco (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG)



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 30 September 2017


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 19:50


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch coverage of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Commentary:
All times CAT

20h00 – The three 18h30 kick-offs in England, Germany and Spain have the following scores as we wrap up for today: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City, Hamburger 0-0 Werder Bremen and Levante 0-1 Alaves.

19h55 – The final piece of team news ahead of the evening Ligue 1 games:  Wahbi Khazri, Ramy Bensebaini, Ndombe Mubele and Hamari Traore start for Rennes at home to Caen, who have Youssef Ait-Bennasser and Adama Mbengue in their XI.

19h50 – More team news ahead of the Ligue 1 matches kicking off at 20h00: Koffi Djidji and Prejuce Nakoulma feature for Nantes against a Metz side which boasts Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Mathieu Dossevi and Opa Nguette. Full time in Italy, where Seko Fofana scored a penalty to help Udinese defeat Sampdoria 4-0.

19h45 – More team news ahead of the Ligue 1 matches kicking off at 20h00: Felix Eboa and Moustapha Diallo start for Guingamp at home to Toulouse, who have Issiaga Sylla and Steeve Yago in their line-up.

19h35 – In 25 minutes we’ll have five Ligue matches kicking off in France. Bongani Zungu, Gael Kakuta, Serge Gakpe and Khaled Adenon start for Amiens at home to Lille, who feature Yves Bissouma and Nicolas Pepe, while Fouad Chafik, Papy Djilobodji and Naim Sliti feature for Dijon at home to Strasbourg, who have Jean-Eudes Aholou, Nuno da Costa, Bakary Kone, Kader Mangane and Idriss Saadi in their XI.

19h30 – In Italy Seko Fofana has come off the bench to help Udinese lead 2-0 against Sampdoria.

19h20 – Half time across the three 18h30 kick-offs in England, Germany and Spain: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City, Hamburger 0-0 Werder Bremen and Levante 0-1 Alaves.

19h10 – Mubarak Wakaso’s Alaves lead 1-0 at Levante thanks to a goal from Munir El Haddadi.

18h55 – Done and dusted in the early French game, where PSG thumped Bordeaux 6-2. It’s also half time in Italy, where Seko Fofana’s Udinese lead 1-0 against Sampdoria, who have had a man sent off.

18h50 – Still goalless in the Premier League match between Chelsea and Man City, while Francois Kamano’s Bordeaux are 6-2 down away to PSG.

18h35 – Seko Fofana’s Udinese lead 1-0 against Sampdoria in the early Serie A match.

18h25 – At 18h30 we’ll also see a La Liga clash between Levante and Alaves. No African starters, but the former have both Cheick Doukoure and Emmanuel Boateng on the bench, while Mubarak Wakaso is waiting in reserve for the latter.

18h20 – The final Bundesliga game of the day sees Hamburger host Werder Bremen, who have Algerian Ishak Belfodil in their starting XI.

18h10 – Coming up in 20 minutes we’ll have the biggest Premier League match of the day as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. No African starters, but Victor Moses and Yaya Toure are on the home and away side’s respective benches.

17h55 – Full time in the afternoon Premier League matches, where Diafra Sakho’s goal saw West Ham United defeat Swansea City 1-0, while Mame Biram Diouf was also a scorer for Stoke City in their 2-1 win over Southampton. West Bromwich Albion were held 2-2 by Watford, Manchester United steamrolled Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace 4-0 and Bournemouth v Leicester ended in a goalless stalemate.

17h50 – Half time in the early game in France and it’s not good news for Younousse Sankharewho may have scored a goal but his Bordeaux side are 5-1 down away to PSG. In London, Diafra Sakho has come off the bench to score for West Ham, who lead Swansea 1-0 late on.

17h45 – Eric Choupo-Moting has set up Peter Crouch to score and put Stoke 2-1 up against Southampton, while Manchester United have gone 4-0 up against Bakary Sako’s Crystal Palace.

17h40 – In 20 minutes we’ll have the first Serie A match of the day, which sees Udinese host Sampdoria. Seko Fofana is on the bench for the home side.

17h35 – Younousse Sankhare has scored for Bordeaux to see them pull a goal back against PSG in France, while in England Mario Lemina’s Southampton have drawn level at 1-1 away to Stoke City. In Germany, Salif Sane’s Hannover conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 at Monchengladbach.

17h25 – Full time in three of the afternoon Bundesliga matches: KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt scored late on to defeat VFB Stuttgart 2-1, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t on the score sheet but helped Dortmund win 2-1 at Augsburg, and Mainz held Wolfsburg 1-1.

17h15 – It’s now 2-0 to PSG in the early Ligue 1 game. In the Premier League, Mame Biram Diouf  remains the only African goal scorer thus far.

17h10 – PSG have taken an early lead against Francois Kamano’s Bordeaux, with Neymar netting in the fifth minute.

17h05 – Another goal for Marouane Fellaini and Man United lead 3-0 against Jeff Schlupp’s Palace.

16h55 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have conceded an equaliser to Stuttgart to see the game locked at 1-1, and they’re also down to 10 men after having Simon Falette sent off.

16h50 – Half time in the Premier League matches, here are the scores: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester, Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace, Stoke City 1-0 Southampton, West Brom 2-1 Watford and West Ham 0-0 Swansea.

16h45 – Coming up in 15 minutes we’ll have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux. Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for the away team. In England, Mame-Biram Diouf has scored to put Stoke City 1-0 up against Southampton.

16h40 – United have now taken a 2-0 lead against Bakaray Sako’s Palace, with Marouane Fellaini scoring the second.

16h35 – Bakary Sako with some impressive play for Crystal Palace, but his side remains 1-0 down away to Man United.

16h25 – Almost a goal for Ahmed Hegazy but instead it’s his defensive partner Jonny Evans who scores to see West Brom go 2-0 up at home to Watford.

16h20 – Half time in three of the four German matches, here are the scores so far: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 VfB Stuttgart, Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz 05. Borussia Monchengladbach are being held 0-0 by Hannover in a match which kicked off late.

16h15 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have taken a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half time against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

16h05 – Juan Mata has scored to put Man United 1-0 up at home to Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League matches, let’s hope for plenty of African goal scorers…

15h55 – Shinji Kagawa has scored to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund 2-1 up against Augsburg, while the final team news ahead of the afternoon Premier League matches sees Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame-Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Southampton, who have Mario Lemina as a starter and Sofiane Boufal on the bench, while Ahmed Hegazy starts for West Bromwich Albion at home to Watford.

15h50 – Wilfred Ndidi starts for Leicester City (who also have Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey on the bench) away to Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace have Bakary Sako and Jeff Schlupp in their XI for the trip to Manchester United.

15h45 – Augsburg have levelled up at 1-1 in Germany, while we can also begin with team news from five Premier League matches kicking off at 16h00: one of them sees the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan come up against each other in West Ham United v Swansea City, which also features Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Bony.

15h40 – News from Germany, where the start of the Monchengladbach v Hanover game has been delayed, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund are already 1-0 up at Augsburg.

15h35 – We’re also five minutes into four afternoon Bundesliga matches in Germany: Kevin-Prince Boateng takes on Chadrac Akolo in the Eintracht Frankfurt v VfB Stuttgart clash; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Borussia Dortmund in their trip to FC Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in defence; Marcel Tisserand features for Wolfsburg at home to FSV Mainz, who have Jean-Philippe Gbamin in their XI and Leon Balogun on the bench; and Salif Sane and Ihlas Bebou start for Hanover away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

15h30 – We begin today’s ASW with news that Senegal’s Amath Diedhiou scored a goal for Getafe in the early La Liga game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 away defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, while Elias Kachunga had an afternoon to forget as his Huddersfield Town went down 4-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the early Premier League match.



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African Stars Watch – LIVE – 30 September 2017


Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 16:42


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh):
All times CAT

16h50 – Half time in the Premier League matches, here are the scores: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester, Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace, Stoke City 1-0 Southampton, West Brom 2-1 Watford and West Ham 0-0 Swansea.

16h45 – Coming up in 15 minutes we’ll have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux. Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for the away team. In England, Mame-Biram Diouf has scored to put Stoke City 1-0 up against Southampton.

16h40 – United have now taken a 2-0 lead against Bakaray Sako’s Palace, with Marouane Fellaini scoring the second.

16h35 – Bakary Sako with some impressive play for Crystal Palace, but his side remains 1-0 down away to Man United.

16h25 – Almost a goal for Ahmed Hegazy but instead it’s his defensive partner Jonny Evans who scores to see West Brom go 2-0 up at home to Watford.

16h20 – Half time in three of the four German matches, here are the scores so far: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 VfB Stuttgart, Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz 05. Borussia Monchengladbach are being held 0-0 by Hannover in a match which kicked off late.

16h15 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have taken a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half time against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

16h05 – Juan Mata has scored to put Man United 1-0 up at home to Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League matches, let’s hope for plenty of African goal scorers…

15h55 – Shinji Kagawa has scored to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund 2-1 up against Augsburg, while the final team news ahead of the afternoon Premier League matches sees Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame-Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Southampton, who have Mario Lemina as a starter and Sofiane Boufal on the bench, while Ahmed Hegazy starts for West Bromwich Albion at home to Watford.

15h50 – Wilfred Ndidi starts for Leicester City (who also have Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey on the bench) away to Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace have Bakary Sako and Jeff Schlupp in their XI for the trip to Manchester United.

15h45 – Augsburg have levelled up at 1-1 in Germany, while we can also begin with team news from five Premier League matches kicking off at 16h00: one of them sees the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan come up against each other in West Ham United v Swansea City, which also features Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Bony.

15h40 – News from Germany, where the start of the Monchengladbach v Hanover game has been delayed, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund are already 1-0 up at Augsburg.

15h35 – We’re also five minutes into four afternoon Bundesliga matches in Germany: Kevin-Prince Boateng takes on Chadrac Akolo in the Eintracht Frankfurt v VfB Stuttgart clash; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Borussia Dortmund in their trip to FC Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in defence; Marcel Tisserand features for Wolfsburg at home to FSV Mainz, who have Jean-Philippe Gbamin in their XI and Leon Balogun on the bench; and Salif Sane and Ihlas Bebou start for Hanover away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

15h30 – We begin today’s ASW with news that Senegal’s Amath Diedhiou scored a goal for Getafe in the early La Liga game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 away defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, while Elias Kachunga had an afternoon to forget as his Huddersfield Town went down 4-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the early Premier League match.



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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Ghana 3-0 Ethiopia – LIVE


by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 11, 2017. 18:20


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group F match between Ghana and Ethiopia at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

LINEUPS:

Ghana XI: Ofori, Afful, Lumor, Boye, Amartey, Ofori, Agyepong, Partey, A. Ayew, Gyan, Dwamena.

Ethiopia XI: A.Mamo, A. Tesfaye; Kasim, S. Tesfaye, Tamene, Panom, Bekele, Panom, Giday, Oukri, Getaneh.

COMMENTARY:

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

40′ – Pressure is mounting on the Walia Ibex defence as the Black Stars look to extend their lead with the half-time break fast approaching.



40′- GOAL! Ofori makes it 3-0 to Ghana with a screamer.

35′ – Dwamena tries to play a through pass to Ghana captain Gyan, but the ball is intercepted and cleared away.

30′ – It is still 2-0 to Ghana, who are piling pressure on the Ethiopian defence.

30′- BOOKING: Panom (Ethiopia) has been booked.

25′ – Ghana remain the better side as Agyepong’s effort is blocked and cleared away by the Walia Ibex defence.

20′ – The Walia Ibex launch an attack, but Ghana goalkeeper Ofori comes out to make a good save to deny the visitors.

15′ GOAL! Boye beats Ethiopia goalkeeper Mamo with a decent finish to make it 2-0 to Ghana.

15′ – That’s Gyan’s 50th goal for the Black Stars. The 31-year-old marksman is Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer.

11′- GOAL! Gyan heads home Agyepong’s cross to make it 1-0 to Ghana.

10′ – Ghana midfielder Ayew’s effort from a free-kick misses the target as the home side search for the opening goal.

5′ – The Black Stars of Ghana are enjoying more possession as they look to build from the back.

1′- The match is underway.

Players are exchanging pleasantries as kick-off approaches.



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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia – As it happened


Sunday Jun 11, 2017. 14:37

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe and Liberia from the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on Sunday 11 June 2017.

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Chipeta, Bhasera, Jaure, Hadebe, Nakamba, Phiri, Mahachi, Musona, Rusike, Ndoro

COMMENTARY:


Full time in Harare: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

90′ Chigova collects a dangerous ball into the box. He has been on a holiday, Liberia have failed to give hi tough times

87′ Zimbabwe sub: Karuru on for Mahachi

85′ Zimbabwe knocking the ball around comfortably as the visitors are chasing shadows. Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

80′ Excellent save by Desouza to deny Kamusoko from close range. What a save by the Liberian keeper.

75′ Musona continued to trouble the Liberians as he hits the woodwork trying to chip Desouza away from his line.

70′ Zimbabwe sub: E. Rusike for Ndoro

70′ Zimbabwe are enjoying the ball possession, good passes and understanding. Mahachi offside.

GOAL- Musona scores again to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute. He bags his hat-trick as he converts Partson Jaure’s cross from the left wing.

61′ Yellow card for Nyumah after a dangerous tackle on Nakamba.

60′ Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia: Another set piece for the visitors on the edge of the box, but the referee sees an offside as Chigova parries the ball away.

57′ Sub for Liberia: Krangar and Paye off

55′ Chipeta misses a free header after Musona delivered a great cross from a short corner.

51′ GOAL – Musona bags his brace in the 51st minute after receiving a perfect cross from Mahachi on the right flank. Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia.

50′ Liberia pushing to get an equaliser, but they fail to get something out of their set piece on the edge of the area.

46′ Second half starts.

46′ First half comes to an end. Zimbabwe 1-0 Liberia

45′ Liberia nearly silenced the crowds when Nimely failed to capitalise on a defensive error, his curler missed the left post.

40′ Mahachi rattles the cross bar after a beautiful set piece with his right foot.

40′ Zimbabwe still chasing for another goal and Musona fouled by Marcus Macauley on the edge of the area.

35′ Tendai Ndoro sees his great header going wide off the far posts resulting from a corner, with Desouza beaten.

31′ Liberia receive a free kick in a goo area in Zimbabwe’s half and Chipeta is the guilty party. Macauley sees his attempt off target.

25′ GOAL – Musona breaks the deadlock when he catches the Lone Stars’ defence sleeping from a Danny Phiri pass. 1-0 to the Warriors.

20′ Liberian side now settling down in the match, good touches in the middle of the park. They receive a free kick in their own half.

15′ Liberia struggling to hold on to the ball, they lose possession easily to their hosts. No golas after 15 minutes.

10′ Musona shows his quality in the box, beats his marker and takes a shot which deflects off the defender’s hand, but a penalty is not given.

05′ Liberia showing good signs of dominance in the early stages of the match. Zimbabwe now attacking, the visitors stable at the back.

01′ We are underway in Harare



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