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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal?

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:00


Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could see his future decided in the next two months with England his next possible destination.

The Lions of Teranga stalwart has been linked with a move away from the Italian Serie A giants and reports have surfaced that he is wanted once again in the English Premier League.

Southampton are said to have rekindled their interest in the defender and will table an offer in January.

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Although they failed to lure him last summer, the Saints are eyeing the 26-year-old as Virgil van Dijk’s replacement who is wanted by Liverpool among other clubs.

With coach Aliou Cisse’s men set to face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in two 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month, Koulibaly is expected to be key in their quest to reach Russia.

If Southampton sign him in January, the West Africans will receive a huge boost to have another player in the EPL ahead of the World Cup (which they are also favourites to qualify for).

On the other hand, having announced that he doesn’t regret choosing Senegal over France early this year, the centre back will eye a spot at the global tournament to represent his nation and possibly face the Les Bleus.

Koulibaly’s move to the EPL will definitely come as a plus for the West Africans, but that will all depend on the negotiations between the two clubs considering he is a key figure at Napoli.

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Renard: Morocco to benefit from Ziyech return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Renard: Morocco to benefit from Ziyech return

Herve Renard, coach of Morocco and players celebrates a victory during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 18:00


Morocco head coach Herve Renard is pleased to see Hakim Ziyech return to the national team which is nicknamed, the Atlas Lions.

The two had a misunderstanding after the French tactician decided to exclude Ajax Amsterdam star Ziyech from the Morocco squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

However, Renard and Ziyech recently solved their differences after Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), intervened.

Renard is now looking forward to working with the Moroccan-Dutch attacking midfielder again.

“The conflict between Ziyech and me was a simple misunderstanding that I would say it came from both sides,” Renard said on Sport.le360.ma.

“That being said, we discussed it together and we buried this dispute.

“Ziyech does not have a bad character, impose at the high level. His return will be beneficial for the national team.”

The 24-year-old attacker helped Dutch side Ajax reach the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League final where they lost to English giants Manchester United.

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