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Africa Stars Watch: 25 November 2017 – As It Happened


Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (R)

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 18:58


It is another Saturday afternoon and AfricanFootball.com brings you an edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday November 25 2017.

Commentary:

19:00 – We have come to wrap of our Africa Stars Watch for this Saturday and we thank you for joining us. Please check the Sunday edition of ASW live on African Football.com

18:55 – Jose Mourinho has led the Red Devils to a 1-0 win over Brighton with the absence of Bailly. Atsu’s Newcastle have lost 3-0 to Watford and Zaha’s Palace have bagged a vital 2-1 win over Stoke City.

18:50 – Bailly’s red Devils still leading 1-0 against Brighton and it is in the injury time.

18:50 – Atsu’s Newcastle are led 3-0 by Watford with three minutes to go.

18:40 – Zaha’s Palace are 1-1 at home to Stoke City.

18:40 – Aurier’s Tottenham are now level at 1-1

18:33 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz have also finished at 2-1 and have lost against Freiburg.

18:25 – Aubameyang’s Dortmund has drawn 4-4 against Schalke in Germany at full time.

18:10 – West Brom are still leading 1-0 against Aurier’s Tottenham Hotspur. Bony’s Swansea still deadlocked at 0-0 against Bournemouth.

18:25 – Bailly’s United has scored and are leading 1-0 against Brighton.

18:00 – Dortmund have allowed Schalke to score two goals. It is 4-2 now in the Bundesliga.

17:58 – Ivorian international defender Serge Aurier is benched for their encounter against West Brom. The Lily Whites are 1-0 down at the interval.

17:55 – Ghanaian international player, Christian Atsu is missing for Newcastle United as they meet Watford. The game is at half time and it is 0-0.

17:50 – Another Ivorian international is Wilfried Zaha who is starting for Crystal Palace against Stoke City. No goals as well in the EPL tie. Half time 0-0.

17:45 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Eric Bailly is out carrying a knock for Manchester United against Brighton. No goals at Old Trafford as we get closer to the first half.

17:40 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz against Freiburg. One goal in favour of Freiburg.

17:37 – It is the second half in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang’s Dortmund lead 4-0. Augsburg trailing -0 down against Wolfsburg.

17:24 – Aubameyang has scored in their Bundesliga encounter against Schalke 04. It is 4-0 at half time.

17:10 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.

17:00 – Jean-Philippe Gbamin is in action for FSV Mainz against Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. 0-0 in the 29th minute.

16:49 – Guinea’s Naby Keita starts for RB Leipzig against SB Werder Bremen. There are no goals in the opening half.

16:30 – Ghana’s Kevin Boateng also makes his start for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga. The encounter is just underway.

16:20 – Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his start for the German Bundesliga side against Schalke 04. The game gets underway at 16:30.



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European giants sent scouts to watch Henry Onyekuru – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 14:00


Several European giants reportedly sent scouts to watch Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru in action for Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League last night.

Onyekuru, who is loan at the Belgian club from Everton, was a second-half substitute and played 25 minutes as his side succumbed 2-1 against the German giants at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock.

La Dernière Heure reported that Manchester United sent representatives to run the rule over the Super Eagles attacker, having had scouts in the stands when Onyekuru scored the winner in a 2-1 domestic triumph at Royal Excel Mouscron last weekend.

The report also states that Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and AC Milan had spies present in Brussels on Wednesday night.

Onyekuru has yet to open his account in the UEFA Champions League after five group stage matches, but he has been exceptional in the domestic league, scoring seven goals from 14 appearances.

The 20-year-old signed with the Toffees prior to the start of the 2017/18 season.



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Africa Stars Watch: 19 November 2017


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:57


It is another Sunday afternoon and AfricanFootball.com brings you an edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Sunday, November 19 2017.

COMMENTARY:

18:00 We have come to conclusion of our Sunday edition of the Africa Stars Watch and we thank you for joining us.

17:58 Asamoah’s Juventus have scored two goals against Sampdoria. It is 3-2 and Juventus have lost the encounter.

17:55 A late equaliser for Kouakou’s Caen as they share the spoils against Nice in the French Ligue1. 1-1 at full time.

In Italy, it is full time between Spal’s and Fiorentina where Senegalese keeper, Gomis was in action. It ends at 1-1.

17:50 Kouakou’s Caen are yet to find an equaliser against Nice in France. 1-0 so far and we are in the injury time. Senegal and Spal’s Gomis are also on the verge of getting a point against Fiorentina. 1-1.

17:45 Ayew has posted a tweet wishing his teammates the best of luck. He said he misses the game from his sick bed. Asamoah’s Juventus are now 2-0 down against Sampdoria.

17:40 Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate starts for West Ham in the English Premier League against Watford. Another Senegalese international, Diafra Sakho is benched and Ghana’s Andre Ayew is not available. The match starts at 18:00.

17:35 Chibsah’s Benevento are reduced to 10-men, but have found a goal to make it 1-1 in the Italian Serie A. They have 25 minutes to find a winner.

17:30 Mokhtar’s Zwolle have failed to secure a draw or a win in their encounter against PSV. They have lost 1-0.

17:25 Right in the injury time in the Utrecht versus Excelsior match. Ayoub’s Utrecht have bagged the full three points. 3-1 at full time.

17:20 Asamoah’s Juventus have conceded against Sampdoria. It is 1-0 now and they have 30 minutes to force an equaliser.

17:15 Groningen features Morocco’s Mimoun Mahi and he has scored as they are cruising to a 4-2 win in their Eredivisie match.

17:11 Schalke’s Bentaleb have finally bagged the lead against Hamburger SV. Five minutes to go to the interval. 1-0 so far.

17:06 Less than 20 minutes to play in the Netherlands, Mokhtar’s Zwolle still searching for an opening goal against PSV.

17:00 Morocco’s Ayoub has found the back of the net for Utrecht against Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie. 3-0 the scoreline and the Moroccan is taken off.

16:55 Senegalese goalkeeper, Gomis starts for Spal in Italy against Fiorentina and they are leading 1-0 at half time.

16:50 Kouakou features for Caen and have allowed Nice to grab the leading goal in France. 1-0 so far and we are at half time.

16:45 Less than five minutes to go to the interval in Italy, Asamoah’s Juventus are yet to break the deadlock against Sampdoria.

16:40 Schalke 04 have go the match underway against Hamburger but are without Bentaleb who is ruled out due to a hip injury.

16:35 We are back for the second half in Holland, Zwolle face PSV whilst Excelsior meets Utrecht.

16:32 Ghana’s Chibsah will need to help his side find a goal, Benevento in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo. No goals after 30 minutes.

16:25 25 minutes played in France where Kouakou features for Caen. There are no goals for both sides in the Ligue1 encounter.

16:20 It is half time in the Netherlands, Mokhtar’s Zwolle are yet to score against PSV and Ayoub’s Utrecht are leading 1-0 against Excelsior.

16:15 Utrecht host Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie and Morocco’s midfielder Yassine Ayoub makes his start. No goals so far after 41 minutes.

16:10 Algeria and Schalke 04’s Nabil Bentaleb is ruled out of their clash against Hamburger SV in Germany. He is out due to a hip injury. The game starts in 20 minutes, 16:30.

16:05 Asamoah’s Juventus are yet to score in their Serie A match against Sampdoria. We are five minutes into the encounter.

16:05 Benevento’s Ghanaian midfielder Chibsah have got the game underway in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo.

15:57 No goals in the Dutch Eredivisie encounter between PEC Zwolle and PSV where Morocco’s Youness Mokhtar is in action.

15:53 In the French Ligue1, Caen are up against Nice and they feature Cote d’Ivoire’s Christian Kouakou. They also get the proceedings underway at 16:00.

15:47 Senegalese goalkeeper, Alfred Gomis starts for Spal in Italy against Fiorentina. This match also gets underway in 15 minutes, 16:30.

15:40 Another Ghanaian in action this Sunday in Kwadwo Asamoah who starts for Italian side, Juventus against Sampdoria. The match kicks-off at 16:00.

15:35 Zwolle and PSV are underway in the first five minutes. No goals so far in the Netherlands.

15;30 Morocco’s Yiuness Mokhtar starts for PEC Zwolle against PSV at home in the Dutch Eredivisie. Match gets underway at 15:30.

15:28 Ghanaian midfielder Rahman Chibsah makes his start for Benevento in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo. The game gets underway at 16:00.



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Watch Botswana train ahead of Gabon friendly


Kabelo Seakanyeng of Botswana challenged by Riyaad Norodien of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:00


Botswana’s senior national team are busy preparing for their upcoming match against Gabon.

The international friendly match scheduled to take place in the capital city of Gabon, Libreville next week Tuesday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana secured a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in a friendly match at home two months ago.

However, Namibia defeated the Zebras 3-1 in another friendly game which was played in Windhoek last month.

Before facing Botswana, Gabon will take on Mali in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which will be played on Saturday.

The Panthers of Gabon, who have already failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, will host Mali in Franceville.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s official Facebook page posted a video of the Zebras players training ahead their clash with Gabon:




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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Group E players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Thomas Partey of Ghana (l) challenged by Sebastien Siani of Cameroon (l) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 02 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 15:00


We look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Today’s focus is on Group E: Egypt, Uganda, Ghana and Congo.

Group E fixtures

Sunday 12 November

Congo v Uganda – Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat, Brazzaville – 16h30 CAT

Ghana v Egypt – Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi – 17h30 CAT

Congo – Dylan Saint-Louis

Congo forward Dylan Saint-Louis looks a highly promising prospect for the Red Devils and made his debut last month in the loss away to Egypt. He’ll hope that this match, with less pressure and expectation, offers him a further chance to establish himself for the national team.

Uganda – Emmanuel Okwi

Emmanuel Okwi was the last goal scorer for Uganda in this qualifying group, netting the only goal in the famous victory over Egypt back in August. The Cranes need some attacking inspiration to get back to their best and will hope that the 24-year-old provides it in Brazzaville.

Ghana – Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey has been in magnificent form for both club and country in recent times, and the chance to impose himself upon an already-qualified Egypt is one he will not want to miss out on. Expect the Atletico Madrid man to further entrench himself under the guidance of coach James Kwesi Appiah.

Egypt – Amr Gamal

With Mohamed Salah rested, Egypt will field a changed attack in Kumasi on Sunday. The man who may benefit most is striker Amr Gamal, who has been in sharp form for South African champions Bidvest Wits and would love the chance to impress national team coach Hector Cuper.



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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Group D players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Sadio Mane of Senegal Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 12:30


We look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group D: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa.

Group D fixtures

Friday 10 November

South Africa v Senegal – Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane – 19h30 CAT

Tuesday 14 November

Burkina Faso v Cape Verde – Stade du 4 Aout, Ouagadougou – 21h30 CAT

Senegal v South Africa – Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor, Dakar – 21h30 CAT

Senegal – Sadio Mane

Back from a hamstring injury sustained in the last international break, Sadio Mane is set to be Senegal’s spearhead for their two matches against South Africa. The Liverpool striker has enjoyed a fine – if somewhat disrupted – season to date and would love to cap off 2017 by securing World Cup qualification.

Burkina Faso – Bertrand Traore

A run of four goals in five games for Olympique Lyon just prior to the international break marks Bertrand Traore out as Burkina Faso’s in-form attacker. The former Chelsea man will look to inspire the Stallions to a home win over Cape Verde to end off their campaign in style.

Cape Verde – Garry Rodrigues

A superb brace of goals for Cape Verde in their 2-1 away win over South Africa back in September saw Garry Rodrigues’ stock take a major rise. The 26-year-old will need to keep up his strong form if he is to continue being linked with a transfer to the Premier League.

South Africa – Siphiwe Tshabalala

Famous for scoring the opening goal of the 2010 World Cup, Siphiwe Tshabalala has earned a deserved call-up for the first time in three years. ‘Shabba’ has been in brilliant form at club level and Bafana coach Stuart Baxter will hope the veteran can step back up to international level.



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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Group C players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Wilfried Zaha of Ivory Coast challenged by Djene Ortega of Togo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 13:30


We look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group C: Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria.

Group C fixtures

Saturday 11 November

Gabon v Mali – Stade de Franceville, Franceville – 16h30

Ivory Coast v Morocco – Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan – 19h30

Ivory Coast – Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace have had a nightmare start to the 2017/18 season, but they still boast one of the Premier League’s most dangerous attackers in the shape of Wilfried Zaha. The 24-year-old has yet to really settle into the Elephants line-up, but if he can inspire them to the World Cup then he will have instant cult hero status amongst Ivorian supporters.

Morocco – Medhi Benatia

Morocco will need their defence to be at its best when they face Ivory Coast in Abidjan, and to that end they will look to captain and centre-back Medhi Benatia. The Juventus player has only recently returned to international football, but the chance to lead his national team to the World Cup will be a huge motivating factor.

Gabon – Levy Madinda

With Mario Lemina set to miss the match against Mali due to injury, Gabon coach Jose Antonio Camacho will look to Levy Madinda to set the tone in central midfield. The 25-year-old Asteras Tripoli player will hope to translate his good form at club level to the engine room of the Panthers.

Mali – Adama Traore

With Moussa Marega out with injury and doubts persisting over Moussa Doumbia’s ability to lead Mali’s attack, Adama Traore will look to use the match against Gabon as a chance to claim a regular starting berth for the Eagles heading into a fresh year of football in 2018.



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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Group B players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Benjamin Moukandjo of Cameroon during the Afcon Quarter Final match between Senegal and Cameroon on the 28 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 12:30


We look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group B: Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.

Group B fixtures

Friday 10 November

Algeria v Nigeria – Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, Constantine – 21h30 CAT

Saturday 11 November

Zambia v Cameroon – Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola – 15h00 CAT

Algeria – Riyad Mahrez

A move to a more central attacking position at club level with Leicester City has seen a rejuvenation in Riyad Mahrez’s form, and new Algeria coach Rabah Madjer may well be weighing up whether to deploy the 26-year-old in a similar manner when his Fennec Foxes face up to Nigeria in Constantine on Friday night.

Nigeria – Kelechi Iheanacho

With Odion Ighalo out of contention due to injury, Kelechi Iheanacho may well have the chance to be a starting centre-forward in Nigeria’s clash in Constantine. The Leicester City man has proved his worth as an ‘impact’ player coming off the bench during the 2018 qualifying campaign, and will be eager to stake a claim as a regular starter under coach Gernot Rohr.

Zambia – Lewis Macha

A good turn of form for South African side Baroka FC and doubts over the fitness of Patson Daka and Emmanuel Banda could see Lewis Macha leading the line for Zambia. The 25-year-old will hope to impress coach Wedson Nyirenda and the Ndola public with a strong showing against heavyweights Cameroon.

Cameroon – Benjamin Moukandjo

The 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign has been a disaster for Cameroon and it may well see the end of coach Hugo Broos. The Belgian will look to his on-field lieutenant, skipper Banjamin Moukandjo, to inspire the Indomitable Lions to a victory in Ndola which would at least see them seal second place in the group.



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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Group A players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Youssef Msakni of Tunisia awarded TOTAL man of the match during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 12:30


We look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group A: Tunisia, DR Congo, Guinea and Libya.

Group A fixtures

Saturday 11 November

Tunisia v Libya – Olympic Stadium, Rades – 19h30 CAT

DR Congo v Guinea – Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa – 19h30 CAT

Tunisia – Youssef Msakni

With a hat-trick in the last round of qualifiers, who else would we pick for Tunisia? Youssef Msakni’s treble against Guinea took his team to the verge of Russia 2018, and they now need only a point at home to Libya to guarantee qualification. With Msakni as part of their attack, the Carthage Eagles will be looking to book their ticket in emphatic style.

Libya – Ahmed Azzaqah

Ahmed Azzaqah is likely to play as Libya’s first-choice goalkeeper, having manned the posts in their 2-1 loss to DRC last time out. The Mediterranean Knights have shipped seven goals in two away games in this group and it will be up to Azzaqah and the defence in front of him to put up a more resilient showing against Tunisia.

DR Congo – Ndombe Mubele

With prolific striker Cedric Bakambu out of the clash against Guinea due to suspension, the burden of leading DRC’s attack will likely fall on Ndombe Mubele. The 23-year-old has been in decent form for Rennes in France and will hope to add to his tally of nine international goals, the latest of which arrived against Libya last month.

Guinea – Francois Kamano

Guinea have nothing to play for in their clash against DR Congo, but they will still look to Francois Kamano for inspiration. The 21-year-old Bordeaux striker has made a habit of scoring against big-names in Guinea colours (he has netted against Cameroon and Ivory Coast during his international career) and will hope to continue that trend against the Leopards.



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Africa Stars Watch: AS IT HAPPENED – 05 November 2017


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Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 20:22


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our live African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:

20h30 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have scored a late winner to come from behind and beat Watford 3-2 in the English Premier League.

20h20 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the English Premier League.

20h05 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have equalised against Watford in the English Premier League, 2-2.

19h57 – Oumar Niasse has  pulled a goal back for Everton who now trail 2-1 against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h55 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 2-0 down against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h51 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have registered an impressive 5-0 win over Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Nicolas Pepe has scored a second goal for Lille late on as they beat Metz 3-0 in the French Ligue 1.

19h43 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have gone a goal down against Chelsea in the English Premier League, 1-0.

19h42 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 5-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h40 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 4-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h37 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 1-0 down against Watfrod in the English Premier League.

19h35 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have conceded a fourth goal and have lost 4-3 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h30 – Lille have doubled their lead against Metz in the French Ligue 1, adding to Nicolas Pepe’s opener, 2-0.

19h20 – There has been yet another goal in the Dutch redevisie with Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente equalsing for the third time against PSV, 3-3.

19h17 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have gone behind again as they now trail 3-2 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h15 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a three goal lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1, 3-0.

19h12 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have equalised against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie, 2-2.

19h10 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have gone 2-0 up against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h05 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente are trailing 2-1 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h00 – In the English Premier League, Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton are locked at 0-0 against Watford as are Eric Bailly’s Manchester United against Chelsea.

18h51 – Ivorian Nicolas Pepe has scored from the penalty spot for Lille who lead 1-0 against Metz in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Cameroonian Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a 1-0 lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

18h45 – Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente is locked at 1-1 against PSV as that Dutch Eredivisie match enters the second half.

18h32 – Beni Baningime (DRC), Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse (both Senegal) have started for Everton against Watford in the English Premier League.

18h31 – Eric Bertrand Bailly (Cote d’ Ivoire) has started for Manchester United against Chelsea in the English Premier League.

18h30 – Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), who is on loan from English side Sunderland AFC, played the entire match as his side, Dijon suffered a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Nice.

18h20 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) came on in the 74th minute, but the striker could not help his side, Fiorentina avoid a 4-2 defeat to Roma.

18h10 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) played 78 minutes for Arsenal, who were thrashed 3-1 by Manchester City.

18h00 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) played the entire match for Benevento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Juventus.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), who was booked, played the full 90 minutes as his side, Napoli drew 0-0 with Chievo.

17h50 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) has been introduced by Fiorentina, who are losing 4-2 to AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match with two minutes left.

17h40 – Dylan Bahamboula (Congo-Brazzaville) has been introduced by Dijon, who are trailing 1-0 against Nice with 10 minutes left.

17h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is still on the pitch for Arsenal, who are now losing 2-0 to Manchester City with an hour played.

17h20 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has been solid at the back for Napoli, who are drawing 0-0 against Chievo with an hour played.

17h10 – BOOKED! Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is booked, but his side, Benevento are still leading 1-0 against Juventus with 50 minutes played.

17h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was unable to make any impact in the first-half and his side, Arsenal are losing 1-0 to Manchester City at half-time.

16h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates are leading 1-0 against Italian champions Juventus at half-time.

16h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)’s side, Arsenal are trailing 1-0 against Manchester City with 25 minutes played.

16h30 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and his Napoli team-mates are dominating possession against Chievo as they look to break the deadlock. It’s still 0-0 with 30 minutes played.

16h20 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates have just broken the deadlock against Juventus. It’s 1-0 with 19 minutes played.

16h10 – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) are among the substitutes for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

16h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will start for Arsenal against Manchester City in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 16h15 CAT.

Oussama Haddadi (Tunisia), Julio Tavares (Cape Verde) and Papy Djilobodji (Senegal) have all just started for Dijon against Nice OGC in a French Ligue 1 match. It’s 0-0 with one minute played.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) is on the pitch for Napoli against Chievo in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still 0-0 with one minute played.

Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is in action for Benevento against Juventus in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still goalless with one minute played.



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Africa Stars Watch: Live – 05 November 2017


Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

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Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 19:17


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Commentary (Press F5 to refresh):

19h20 – There has been yet another goal in the Dutch redevisie with Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente equalsing for the third time against PSV, 3-3.

19h17 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have gone behind again as they now trail 3-2 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h15 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a three goal lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1, 3-0.

19h12 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have equalised against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie, 2-2.

19h10 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have gone 2-0 up against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h05 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente are trailing 2-1 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h00 – In the English Premier League, Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton are locked at 0-0 against Watford as are Eric Bailly’s Manchester United against Chelsea.

18h51 – Ivorian Nicolas Pepe has scored from the penalty spot for Lille who lead 1-0 against Metz in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Cameroonian Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a 1-0 lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

18h45 – Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente is locked at 1-1 against PSV as that Dutch Eredivisie match enters the second half.

18h32 – Beni Baningime (DRC), Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse (both Senegal) have started for Everton against Watford in the English Premier League.

18h31 – Eric Bertrand Bailly (Cote d’ Ivoire) has started for Manchester United against Chelsea in the English Premier League.

18h30 – Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), who is on loan from English side Sunderland AFC, played the entire match as his side, Dijon suffered a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Nice.

18h20 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) came on in the 74th minute, but the striker could not help his side, Fiorentina avoid a 4-2 defeat to Roma.

18h10 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) played 78 minutes for Arsenal, who were thrashed 3-1 by Manchester City.

18h00 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) played the entire match for Benevento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Juventus.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), who was booked, played the full 90 minutes as his side, Napoli drew 0-0 with Chievo.

17h50 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) has been introduced by Fiorentina, who are losing 4-2 to AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match with two minutes left.

17h40 – Dylan Bahamboula (Congo-Brazzaville) has been introduced by Dijon, who are trailing 1-0 against Nice with 10 minutes left.

17h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is still on the pitch for Arsenal, who are now losing 2-0 to Manchester City with an hour played.

17h20 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has been solid at the back for Napoli, who are drawing 0-0 against Chievo with an hour played.

17h10 – BOOKED! Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is booked, but his side, Benevento are still leading 1-0 against Juventus with 50 minutes played.

17h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was unable to make any impact in the first-half and his side, Arsenal are losing 1-0 to Manchester City at half-time.

16h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates are leading 1-0 against Italian champions Juventus at half-time.

16h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)’s side, Arsenal are trailing 1-0 against Manchester City with 25 minutes played.

16h30 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and his Napoli team-mates are dominating possession against Chievo as they look to break the deadlock. It’s still 0-0 with 30 minutes played.

16h20 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates have just broken the deadlock against Juventus. It’s 1-0 with 19 minutes played.

16h10 – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) are among the substitutes for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

16h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will start for Arsenal against Manchester City in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 16h15 CAT.

Oussama Haddadi (Tunisia), Julio Tavares (Cape Verde) and Papy Djilobodji (Senegal) have all just started for Dijon against Nice OGC in a French Ligue 1 match. It’s 0-0 with one minute played.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) is on the pitch for Napoli against Chievo in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still 0-0 with one minute played.

Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is in action for Benevento against Juventus in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still goalless with one minute played.



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African Stars Watch – As it happened – 04 November 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 18:59


It is another Saturday and AfricanFootball.com brings you another edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday, November 04 2017.

COMMENTARY:

19:00 – Thanks for joining us at AfricanFootball.com for this Saturday’s Africa Stars Watch. We hope you enjoyed the action and please join us for the Sunday edition.

18:58 – It is half time in France between PSG and Ciss’s Angers. PSG lead 3-0 courtesy of goals from Mbappe, Cavani and Draxler.

18:54 – Full Time in England: Atsu’s Newcastle have lost their home game to Bournemouth, 1-0 at the final whistle. Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom have lost 1-0 to Huddersfield who were reduced to 10 men. Jordan Ayew has failed to hit the target as Swansea lost 1-0 to Brighton. Bouffal’s Southampton have lost the three points to Burnley, 1-0.

18:45 – Almost half time in France, PSG cruising at 3-0 in the Ligue1 encounter against Ekambi’s Angers.

18:41 – Liverpool are up against West Ham in the EPL, the match gets underway at 19:30. Sadio Mane of Senegal starts for the Reds as well as Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

For the Hammers, Senegal’s Cheickou Kouyate and Ghana’s Andrew Ayew are also starting.

18:37 – In the French Ligue1, PSG still lead Ekambi and Ciss’ Angers by 3-0 in the opening half.

18:31 – Full time in the German Bundesliga: Keita’s Liepzig bag a 2-1 win over Hannover. Akolo’s Stuttgart lose 3-1 to Hamburger. Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg as they draw 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen.

18:26 – In the EPL: Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom yet to equalise against 10-man Huddersfield. Ayew’s Swansea still led by Brighton, 1-0. Newcastle featuring Atsu, 0-0.

18:20 – Keita’s Liepzig are also leading Hannover 2-1. The Guinea international has been introduced in the match.

18:15 – Hamburger SV are now leading 3-1 against Akolo’s Stuttgart, the encounter has seven minutes to wrap the Bundesliga encounter.

18:10 – Toko Ekambi from Cameroon and Senegal’s Saliou Ciss are starting for Angers as they host Paris St. Germain in the French ligue1. One minute into the match and PSG have scored.

18:05 – Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg against Bayer Leverkusen, it is 1-1.

18:00 – Hamburger SV are 2-1 up, leading against Akolo’s VFB Stuttgart. Bentaleb’s Schalke 04 is leading 2-0 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga.

17:55 – Half time in the EPL: Hegazy’s West Brom are trailing 1-0 against Huddersfield. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew are also 1-0 down against Brighton and Hove which features Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. 0-0 between Southampton and Burnley.

17:50 – Guinea and RB Liepzig star, Naby Keita starts on the bench for the German side. It is the second half against Hannover and they are trailing by a 1-0.

17:45 – Black Stars’ and Swansea star, Jordan Ayew are yet to score against Brighton and Hove which features  Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. Sofiane Bouffal of Morocco and Southampton are also struggling to get a goal and Burnley. Kchunga’s Huddersfield are also tied at 0-0 against Hegazy’s West Brom.

17:40 – There are no goals in England between Newcastle and Bournemouth. The encounter is now getting closer to the half time.

17:20 – It is half time in the Bundesliga: Mainz lead 1-0 Monchengladbach, Stuttgart trailing by a goal to Hamburger.

17:15 – Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is a substitute in Germany for FSV Mainz, they are leading 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

17:10 – Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Egyptian international, Ahmed Hegazy are both starting for West Brom in England against DR Congo and Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga. 0-0 so far.

17:05 – Atsu’s Newcastle gets the proceedings underway against Bournemouth in the EPL at home.

16:58 – Chadrac Akolo starts for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga against Hamburger SV and they are trailing by a goal to nil.

16:55 – Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb starts on the bench for Schalke 04 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. The match has started 15 minutes ago.

16:45 – Another EPL encounter starting at 17:00 sees Jordan Ayew from Ghana in action for Swansea as they host Brighton and Hove, they are up against Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong who stars for Brighton.

16:36 – Moroccan international, Sofiane Bouffal starts for Southampton versus Burnley. The EPL encounter also starts at 17:00.

16:30 – Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu starts for Newcastle United in the English Premier League against Bournemouth at 17:00 (CAT).



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African Stars Watch – LIVE – 04 November 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:51


It is another Saturday and AfricanFootball.com brings you another edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday, November 04 2017.

COMMENTARY:

17:55 – Half time in the EPL: Hegazy’s West Brom are trailing 1-0 against Huddersfield. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew are also 1-0 down against Brighton and Hove which features Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. 0-0 between Southampton and Burnley.

17:50 – Guinea and RB Liepzig star, Naby Keita starts on the bench for the German side. It is the second half against Hannover and they are trailing by a 1-0.

17:45 – Black Stars’ and Swansea star, Jordan Ayew are yet to score against Brighton and Hove which features  Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. Sofiane Bouffal of Morocco and Southampton are also struggling to get a goal and Burnley. Kchunga’s Huddersfield are also tied at 0-0 against Hegazy’s West Brom.

17:40 – There are no goals in England between Newcastle and Bournemouth. The encounter is now getting closer to the half time.

17:20 – It is half time in the Bundesliga: Mainz lead 1-0 Monchengladbach, Stuttgart trailing by a goal to Hamburger.

17:15 – Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is a substitute in Germany for FSV Mainz, they are leading 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

17:10 – Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Egyptian international, Ahmed Hegazy are both starting for West Brom in England against DR Congo and Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga. 0-0 so far.

17:05 – Atsu’s Newcastle gets the proceedings underway against Bournemouth in the EPL at home.

16:58 – Chadrac Akolo starts for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga against Hamburger SV and they are trailing by a goal to nil.

16:55 – Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb starts on the bench for Schalke 04 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. The match has started 15 minutes ago.

16:45 – Another EPL encounter starting at 17:00 sees Jordan Ayew from Ghana in action for Swansea as they host Brighton and Hove, they are up against Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong who stars for Brighton.

16:36 – Moroccan international, Sofiane Bouffal starts for Southampton versus Burnley. The EPL encounter also starts at 17:00.

16:30 – Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu starts for Newcastle United in the English Premier League against Bournemouth at 17:00 (CAT).



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 29 October 2017


by
Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 19:25


Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, 29 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:
All times CAT

19h55 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse have drawn 0-0 against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have beaten Idrissa Gueye, Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse’s Everton 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h20 – Everton have introduced Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse in the hope of mounting a comeback as they trail Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h10 – Bono’s Girona have come from behind to beat Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish La Liga.

18h55 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester are leading 2-0 at half time in their English Premier League match against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton.

18h50 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse are drawing 0-0 at half time against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

18h35 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have doubled their lead against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton in the English Premier League, 2-0.

18h30 – Bono’s Girona have scored again and are now leading 2-1 against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

18h26 – Bono’s Girona has equalised against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, 1-1.

18h20 – Riyad Mahrez has created the opening goal for Leicester who lead 1-0 against Everton in the English Premier League.

18h15 – Daniel Opare’s FC Augsburg have beaten Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Ludovic Sane’s Werder Bremen 3-0 in the German Bundesliga.

18h05 – Max Gradel has started for Toulouse in their French Ligue 1 game against St Etienne who have Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue in their starting XI.

18h00 – And full time in the afternoon Serie A matches, where Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli defeated Sassuolo 3-1 to go three points clear at the top of the log. Here are the other results: Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Sampdoria 4-1 Chievo, Spal 1-0 Genoa and Udinese 2-1 Atalanta.

17h55 – Daniel Opare’s Augsburg are loving life at Werder Bremen, where they now lead 3-0 in the second half of their Bundesliga clash.

17h50 – Done and dusted in the early game in France, where Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have beaten Metz 2-0.

17h45 – The second Ligue 1 clash of the day kicks off in 15 minutes and sees Toulouse hosts Saint-Etienne. Max Gradel starts for the former, while the latter feature Cheikh M’Bengue and Digbo Maiga.

17h35 – Seko Fofana has been subbed out for Udinese, but they are back in front against Atalanta (2-1) in Serie A, while Real Madrid lead 1-0 in their match at Girona in La Liga.

17h30 – Half an hour from the final Premier League match of the weekend, which sees Leicester City host Everton. Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez start for the Foxes, while the Toffees have Idrissa Gueye in their XI. The respective benches also feature Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Oumar Niasse.

17h20 – Full time in the Premier League, where it’s finished Brighton 1-1 Southampton, while it’s half time in the Bundesliga, where Daniel Opare’s Augsburg lead 2-0 at Werder Bremen.

17h15 – A pair of Moroccans feature in a La Liga match kicking off right now, with Bono starting for Girona at home to Real Madrid, who have Achraf Hakimi in their XI. Alfred Gomis’ Spal have claimed a 1-0 lead at home to Genoa, while Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli are now 3-1 up against Sassuolo.

17h10 – Less than 10 minutes left in the Premier League match between Gaetan Bong’s Brighton and Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton – it’s still locked at 1-1. In the Bundesliga, Daniel Opare’s Augsburg have claimed the lead at Werder Bremen.

17h00 – Up to the half hour mark in the early Bundesliga game, where Lamine Sane’s Werder Bremen are being held 0-0 by Augsburg.

16h50 – Half time in the afternoon matches in France and Italy. Here are the scores: Lyon 2-0 Metz; Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Napoli 2-1 Sassuolo (Faouzi Ghoulam’s side reclaimed the ascendancy thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s goal just before the break), Sampdoria 3-1 Chievo, Spal 0-0 Genoa and Udinese 1-1 Atalanta (Seko Fofana’s side back on level terms thanks to a penalty).

16h45 – Sassuolo back on level terms with Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli, it’s 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo with half time approaching.

16h40 – Gaetan Bong’s Brighton have levelled up at 1-1 against Southampton, with Glenn Murray scoring the equaliser for the home team.

16h35 – Seko Fofana’s Udinese have gone 0-1 down at home to Atalanta in Serie A.

16h30 – Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli have claimed the lead against Sassuolo, with Brazilian Allan netting in the 22nd minute.

16h25 – Kicking off in five minutes we have the first Bundesliga match of the day, which sees Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Sane start for Werder Bremen at home to Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in their XI.

16h20 – Half time in the early Premier League match, where Gaetan Bong’s Brighton still trail 0-1 at home to Southampton. Another goal from Nabil Fekir now sees Lyon 2-0 up against Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi’s Metz.

16h10 – Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have claimed an early lead at home to Metz, with Nabil Fekir scoring in the seventh minute.

16h00 – Underway in the afternoon games in France and Italy. In England’s Premier League, Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton are still 1-0 up against hosts Brighton & Hove.

15h50 – Alfred Gomis and Adel Taarabt feature for Spal and Genoa in their Serie A match coming up in 10 minutes, while another clash in Italy sees Faouzi Ghoulam start for Napoli at home to Sassuolo.

15h45 – Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton lead 1-0 at Brighton thanks to an early strike from Steven Davis.  Also at 16h00 there are five Serie A matches. Team news for the Udinese v Atalanta match sees Ivorian Seko Fofana start for the former.

15h40 – Coming up at 16h00 we have the first French Ligue 1 match of the day. Bertrand Traore starts for Olympique Lyon (who also have Max Cornet on the bench) at home to a Metz line-up which features Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi.

15h35 – We’re five minutes into the early Premier League match of the day, which sees Brighton & Hove Albion host Southampton. Gaetan Bong features for the home side, while the visitors have Sofiane Boufal in their starting XI. The Saints are missing Mario Lemina through injury.

15h30 – We open today’s ASW with news of a goal for Angola’s Bastos in Lazio’s 5-1 away win over Benevento (who featured Ghana’s Raman Chisbah in their XI) in an Italian Serie A match which has just wrapped up. There was also a 2-1 win for Getafe – who featured Faycal Fajr, Amath Diedhiou and Djene Dakonam – over  Real Sociedad in the early La Liga clash in Spain.



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (28 October 2017)


Tottenham Hotspur fullback Serge Aurier

by
Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 18:05


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Saturday 28 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

English Premier League Results: 

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City; Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United; Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield; Watford 0-1 Stoke City; West Brom 2-3 Manchester City

18H05 – GOAL! Crystal Palace erupt as Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha nets the equaliser for the Eagles in added time.

18h00 – In tonight’s final English Premier League encounter, Bournemouth play host to Chelsea. Benik Afobe starts for the Cherries – no Victor Moses for the Blues.

17h55 – Liverpool bound Naby Keita starts for RP Leipzig who are away to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga this evening.

17h50 – Thomas Partey and Cedric Bakambu named in the starting 11 for Atletico Madrid and Villarreal respectively with the two teams to go head-to-head in the Spanish La Liga this evening.

17h40 – Franck Kessie and Kwadwo Asamoah go head-to-head in the Italian Serie A this evening with AC Milan eager to close the gap on Juventus.

17h30 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou was at the double as Hannover beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in a German Bundesliga encounter.

17h20 – Guinea international Ibrahima Traore was an unused substitute as Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Hoffenheim 3-1 in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Solomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin are currently 2-1 up against Hamburg on home soil, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Borussia Dortmund look on course to suffer defeat away to Hannover. The Black and Yellow’s are currently down to 10-men and 3-2 down.

16h55 – Andre Ayew with a brilliant goal to put West Ham United 2-0 up. The Ghana international is bang in form!

16h40 – Mohamed Salah fails to convert from the penalty spot. Frustrating for the Reds – Still Liverpool 0-0 Huddersfield at Anfield.

16h30 – Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for Bordeaux who are at home to Monaco in the French Ligue 1. Balde Diao Keita named in the starting 11 for the visitors.

16h15 – Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb found the back of the net for Schalke from the penalty spot – the Royal Blues lead Wolfsburg 1-0 at half-time.

16h05 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou has found the back of the net for Hannover who lead Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga.

15h55 – Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah start for Liverpool who are at home to Huddersfield. Ramadan Sobhi, Mame Diouf and Maxim Choupo-Moting start for the Potters who take on Watford.

Lots of interest from a Cameroon and Egyptian perspective with Allan Nyom and Ahmed Hegazy involved from the onset for West Brom who are at home to Manchester City.

15h50 – Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate involved from the onset for West Ham United who are away to Crystal Place. Wilfried Zaha and Jeffery Schupp start for the Eagles.

15h45 – In England, Jordan Ayew leads the line for Swansea City who are away to Arsenal in the English Premier League. Alex Iwobi is among the substitutes for the hosts.

15h35 – Plenty of action in both England and Germany with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line for Borussia Dortmund who are away to Hannover in the Bundesliga.

15h30 – In Spain, Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso played 90 minutes as Alaves  suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.

15h20 – Eric Bertrand Bailly and Serge Aurier played 90 minutes apiece as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the English Premier League.

 



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – Why he must watch his discipline


RB Leipzig star Naby Keita

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 16:00


With Naby Keita set to make his switch to the English Premier League next season, the Guinea international will have to adjust his conduct.

The versatile midfielder has received rave reviews based on his outstanding performances for Red Bull Liepzig, but he must watch his entry into the referees’ book.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made a good signing to add steel in their midfield, but Keita continues to receive red cards like nobody’s business.

AL AHLY, WYDAD CLASH FOR CAFCL CROWN

The RB Leipzig star will move to Anfield next summer in a £55million deal, but has been sent off on three occasions in the last seven matches for club and country.

His latest indiscretion came on Wednesday night as he was dismissed from Leipzig’s German Cup (DFB-Polkal) match against Bayern Munich after 53 minutes.

He was sent off for two bookable offences, the first of which came on the stroke of half-time and the latest early bath followed on from a straight red he received in the Bundesliga tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

On the other hand, he also received an early shower while playing for Syli Nationale in a World Cup qualifier and all of the red cards have come in the space of a month.

The 22-year-old player has all the attributes of a world star, but he must ensure he remains disciplined and ensure his name doesn’t regularly feature in referees books.

With the Reds fans having showed content and delight in the player’s highly anticipated arrival at Anfield, will Klopp feel the same way regarding the player’s discipline?



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50 000 fans allowed to watch Al Ahly’s CAF Champins League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 11:00


Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly has been granted permission to allow 50 000 fans to watch the firstcar leg of the CAF Champions Legaue final.

The Red Devils will welcome Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the final at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.

GHANA FA CHANGES VENUE FOR EGYPT QUALIFIER

Executive manager, Shereen Shams has revealed that the Egyptian authority has only allowed 50 000 fans to attend the continental premier tournament’s final.

The Red Devils booked a spot in the final after knocking out Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel 7-4 on aggregate.

“We have asked to increase the fans to 70,000 but the security has only agreed to 50,000. The club totally respect and understand the authority’s decision, although we hoped there would be an increase in the numbers,” Shams said.

“The match tickets will be sent to the club’s headquarters within hours and the fans will be able to reserve their tickets through the club’s website.”

Coach Hossam El-Badry’s side will want to bag their ninth continental crown, but they will have to beat Casablanca, who managed to lift the title only once in 1992 against Sudan’s Al-Hilal Club.



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Africa Stars Watch: AS IT HAPPENED – 15 October 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

by
Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 14:40


Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, October 15 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:

18h55 – Stephane Sessegnon’s goal for Montpellier proved to be the winner as they beat Jean Michael Seri’s Nice 2-0 in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Sofiane Boufal and Mario Lemina’s Southampton have fought back twice against Christian Atsu’s Newcastle to draw 2-2 in the English Premier League.

18h45 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have lost 2-1 to Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie.

18h40 – Montpellier have found another goal, adding to Stephane Sessegnon’s opener as they lead 2-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice in the French Ligue 1.

18h35 – Sofiane Boufal and Mario Lemina’s Southampton have equalised against Christian Atsu’s Newcastle in the English Premier League, 2-2.

18h30 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have conceded a goal against Excelsior and trail 2-1 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

18h20 – Stephane Sessegnon has found the back of the net for Montpellier who lead 1-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – There have been two quick goals in the English Premier League. First, Mario Lemina’s Southampton equalised, but Christian Atsu’s Newcastle quickly re-took the lead and are now 2-1 in front.

18h05 – A brace from DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu has led Villarreal to a 2-1 win over Girona in the Spanish La Liga.

17h50 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have started their second half against Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie. The game is locked at 1-1.

17h48 – Souleymane Camara and Stephane Sessegnon’s Montpellier are drawing 0-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice at half time in the French Ligue 1.

17h47 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle are leading 1-0 against Mario Lemina’s Southampton at half time in the English Premier League.

17h30 – Christian Atsu (Ghana)’s Newcastle United have broken the deadlock against Southampton following a goal-mouth scramble. It’s 1-0 with 30 minutes played.

17h20 – Mario Lemina (Gabon) is in action for Southampton against Newcastle United, who have Christian Atsu (Ghana) on the pitch in an English Premier League match. It’s 0-0 with 20 minutes played.

17h10 – Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo)’s brace sees Villarreal leading 2-1 at half-time against Girona in a Spanish La Liga match.

17h00 – Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon) helped Torino hold Crotone to a 2-2 draw in an Italian Serie A match.

16h50 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) scored for Genoa and he was substituted in the 75th minute as they beat Calgiari 3-2.

16h40 – Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso)’s Nantes have conceded against Bordeaux. It’s 1-1 with 80 minutes played.

16h30 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) and his countryman Oumar Niasse both featured for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Brighton.

16h20 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) and his Genoa’s team-mates are now leading 2-1 after Cagliari pulled one back with 30 minutes left on the clock.

16h10 – Oumar Niasse (Senegal) has replaced his countryman Idrissa Gueye and their side, Everton are trailing 1-0 against Brighton with five minutes left on the clock.

16h00 – Marcel Tisserand (DR Congo) is in action for Wolfsburg against Bayer Leverkusen, who are leading 1-0 with 30 minutes played, in a German Bundesliga match.

15h50 – GOAL! Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) breaks the deadlock for Nantes against Bordeaux in the stroke of half-time. The score is 1-0 to Nantes at half-time.

15h40 – GOAL! Adel Taarabt (Morocco) collects the ball and unleashes a terrific shot from the edge of the box, and it goes into the bottom left corner. It’s 2-0 to Genoa against Cagliari with 40 minutes played.

15h30 – Everton, who had Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) on the pitch in the first-half, are locked at 0-0 with Brighton at half-time.

15h20 – ASSIST! Adel Taarabt (Morocco) sets up Andrey Galabinov, who makes it 1-0 to Genoa against Cagliari. It’s 1-0 to Genoa with 20 minutes played.

15h10 – Simy (Nigeria) is also in action for Crotone against Torino in an Italian Serie A match. The game just began.

15h00 – Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) and Chidozie Awaziem (Nigeria) have just started for Nantes against Bordeaux in a French Ligue 1 match. The game just started.

14h50 – Bong Gaetan (Cameroon) is on the Brighton bench, while Oumar Niasse (Senegal) is among the Everton substitutes.

14h40 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) is in action for Everton FC against Brighton and Hove Albion in an English Premier League game. It’s still 0-0 with 10 minutes played.



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Africa Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 14 October 2017


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 15:09


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Saturday October 14 2017.

Commentary:

18:00 – Thanks for joining for this Saturday’s ASW. We have come to the end of this edition.

17:46 – Bayern have won 5-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt. Salomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin. It is finished in the Bundesliga.

17:32 – Pep Guardiola’s City are leading 6-2 and Egyptian international, Ramadan Sobhi has come on for Stoke.

17:25 – Jordan Ayew’s Swansea are also marching towards a win as they lead 2-0 against Huddersfield. Aurier’s Tottenham lead 1-0 against Bournemouth.

17:20 – Toure’s City lead 5-2 Swansea and it is 30 minutes to go to wrap up the EPL encounter.

17:12 – Senegalese international, Idrissa Gueye has started for West Ham against Burnley. The Hammers lead 1-0.

16:57 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier is benched for Tottenham Hotspur as they are held at 0-0 against Bournemouth.

16:52 – Ghana’s Jordan Ayew has started for Swansea City as they face up against Huddersfield. Swansea lead 1-0 at half time.

16:45 – Okere’s Bayern are leading 2-0 against Freiburg. Sane’s Hannover has levelled the matters against Frankfurt. The Senegalese international has scored, 1-1.

16:38 – The Citizens are leading 3-0 against Stoke City. Palace are 1-1 against the Blues towards the first interval.

16:27 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Zaha starts for Crystal Palace against Chelsea. 1-1 so far in the first 25 minutes.

16:20 – Manchester City are leading 2-0 against Stoke City in the English Premier League. Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure is benched.

16:07 – Ghana’s Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is on the bench for Bayern Munich against SC Freiburg. The score is 1-0 in favour of Bayern after 36 minutes.

15:45 – Salomon Kalou of Cote d’Ivoire starts for Hertha Berlin in the French Ligue1 against Schalke. The game started at 15:30 and there are no goals so far.

15:30 – Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt are up in arms in the German Bundesliga. The encounter has just got underway at 15:30. Senegalese international, Salif Sane starts for Hannover.

15:25 – It is over at Anfield Stadium between the Reds and the Red Devils. No goals as it ends at 0-0.

15:20 – Egyptian star Mohamed Salah is in action but cannot help the Reds to find a goal in the injury time.

15:12 – Less than 10 minutes to wrap up the EPL encounter. No goals in the English derby.

15:05 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Eric Bailly is not available for Manchester United in the encounter.

15:00 – Liverpool are missing Senegal international, Sadio Mane in their EPL encounter against Manchester United. There are no goals in the match and it is the second half.



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2018 WCQ – AfricanFootball looks at the Group A players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Mathieu Dossevi of Togo battles for the ball with Chancel Mbemba of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 11:00


AfricanFootball takes a closer look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group A: Tunisia, DR Congo, Guinea and Libya.

Group A fixtures

Saturday 7 October

Guinea v Tunisia – Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry – 19h00 CAT

Libya v DR Congo – Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir – 19h00 CAT

Tunisia – Wahbi Khazri

With Tunisia looking to claim a potentially decisive away win over Guinea on Saturday evening, they will need their attacking players to take advantage of every opportunity which comes their way. Playmaker Wahbi Khazri will be tasked with slicing open the hosts’ defence and hopefully adding to the one goal he has scored (a penalty against Libya just under a year ago) in this group thus far.

DR Congo – Chancel Mbemba

Chancel Mbemba scored for DR Congo in their 2-2 draw at home to Tunisia last month but also suffered an injury which put him out of contention for a couple of weeks at Premier League club Newcastle United. The Leopards will hope their versatile 23-year-old is fit and firing for their trip to Monastir in Tunisia, where they will come up against an already-eliminated Libya in a must-win fixture.

Guinea – Alkhaly Bangoura

The scorer of Guinea’s winning goal in the 3-2 triumph over Libya in the last international window, Alkhaly Bangoura is making a name for himself with the Syli Nationale. The 21-year-old forward plays his club football with Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel and will feel quite comfortable taking on the Carthage Eagles. Guinea will hope Bangoura can reproduce the form which made him a hero in their last match in Conakry.

Libya – Hamdou Elhouni

The scorer of Libya’s goal in the 1-0 win over Guinea last month, Hamdou Elhouni will be hoping to continue his strong form for the Mediterranean Knights. Libya are out of the running to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but they can certainly affect DR Congo’s chances by winning in Monastir and doing their fellow North Africans Tunisia a major favour.



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2018 WCQ – AfricanFootball looks at the Group D players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


West Ham striker Diafra Sakho

by
Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 11:00


AfricanFootball takes a closer look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group D: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Senegal and South Africa.

Group D fixtures

Saturday 7 October

South Africa v Burkina Faso – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg – 15h00 CAT

Cape Verde v Senegal – Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia – 19h30 CAT

Burkina Faso – Bertrand Traore

Olympique Lyon striker Bertrand Traore looks set to be Burkina Faso’s spearhead for their clash away to South Africa on Saturday. The 22-year-old has taken his game to a new level since joining his current French side and notably scored for the Stallions in their 2-2 draw at home to Senegal last month. If Traore can find the net again this weekend, it may well put the Burkinabe on the path to their first World Cup appearance.

Cape Verde – Garry Rodrigues

Garry Rodrigues’ two goals for Cape Verde in their stunning win over South Africa in Durban last month, as well as his form for Turkish giants Galatasaray, has seen the forward linked with a move to Premier League side Newcastle United. If he is to keep such speculation alive and well, he will need to once again strut his stuff for the Blue Sharks when they face up to Senegal in Praia.

Senegal – Diafra Sakho

Diafra Sakho has seen his career almost go off the rails in recent times, but this past weekend he stole the headlines in the Premier League by scoring a crucial winner for West Ham United in their clash with Swansea City – effectively saving manager Slaven Bilic’s job. He’ll have another chance to bask in the limelight when Senegal face Cape Verde in a crunch clash in Praia on Saturday, having been recalled to the Teranga Lions squad for the first time in two years.

South Africa – Phakamani Mahlambi

After their back-to-back losses to Cape Verde last month, South Africa are in desperate need of inspiration to keep their slim qualifying hopes alive. In young forward Phakamani Mahlambi they may have the ingenuity and pace their attack has been crying out for. The 20-year-old has recently joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly and will be keen to prove himself for the national team.



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2018 WCQ – AfricanFootball looks at the Group C players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina

by
Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 13:00


AfricanFootball takes a closer look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group C: Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gabon and Mali.

Group C fixtures

Friday 6 October

Mali v Ivory Coast – Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako – 21h00 CAT

Saturday 7 October

Morocco v Gabon – Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca – 21h00 CAT

Ivory Coast – Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier has had mixed reviews for Tottenham Hotspur since his big-money move from Paris Saint-Germain. The powerful wingback usually reserves his best showings for the big occasions and Ivory Coast will certainly hope that he is in inspired form for their tricky trip to Mali on Friday night. His overlapping runs and crossing ability from out wide give the Elephants a fine attacking option.

Morocco – Hakim Ziyech

A scorer of two goals in Morocco’s massive 6-0 win over Mali last month, Hakim Ziyech will look to continue his fine form for the Atlas Lions. The 24-year-old Ajax star will be a threat not only from open play, but also his notable dead-ball ability. Morocco will need a strong performance against Gabon to keep up their good hopes of qualifying and coach Herve Renard will look to Ziyech to direct the traffic for his team’s attack.

Gabon – Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina has made a strong start to life in the Premier League with new club Southampton, putting in several impressive performances since joining from Juventus. The energetic midfielder will hope to bring his form to Gabon’s national team, who still have an outside chance of qualifying for Russia 2018 – especially if they can beat Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday.

Mali – Moussa Marega

Mali have managed just one goal from four group matches and the pressure is firmly on striker Moussa Marega and his fellow attackers to find the back of the net for the Eagles. The team is entering a new era under caretaker Mohamed Magassouba (who moved into the hot seat following Alain Giresse’s resignation last month) and the likes of Marega will hope they embrace a more attack-minded tactical approach.



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2018 WCQ – AfricanFootball looks at the Group B players to watch – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


by
Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 15:00


AfricanFootball takes a closer look at the players to watch ahead of this weekend’s round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Today’s focus is on Group B: Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.

Group B fixtures

Saturday 7 October

Nigeria v Zambia – Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo – 18h00 CAT

Cameroon v Algeria – Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde – 18h00 CAT

Nigeria – Victor Moses

Victor Moses seems to have lost his first-team place at Chelsea, having been dropped to the bench for their loss at home to Manchester City this past weekend. However, he is a definite starter for Nigeria, especially after the superb performances he gave in the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon last month. Used as a wide attacker for the national team, expect Moses to be a thorn in the side of Zambia’s defence.

Zambia – Patson Daka

In the absence of the injured Brian Mwila (who scored two goals for Zambia in their home win over Algeria last month), much of the attacking burden will fall on 18-year-old Patson Daka. The Austrian-based forward proved his class with the only goal against the Fennec Foxes in the teams’ second clash in Constantine, earning Chipolopolo a famous win. Quite whether the teenager can repeat the feat in Uyo this weekend remains to be seen, but coach Wedson Nyirenda may gamble that he can.

Cameroon – Vincent Aboubakar

Vincent Aboubakar has been in fine form for Porto, notably scoring two goals for the Portuguese giants in a 3-0 away win over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League last week. The 25-year-old has also netted twice thus far in Group B and will look to add to his tally – even if Cameroon are no longer in the running to reach Russia 2018.

Algeria – Zinedine Ferhat

With Algeria out of the running to qualify, under-fire coach Lucas Alcaraz has named a much-changed squad, opting to bring in fresh blood and recall players who deserve a second crack at international football. One such example who falls into the latter category is Zinedine Ferhat, whose superb form for Le Havre merits a recall to the Fennec Foxes. The 24-year-old midfielder will hope he can establish himself in the national team with a strong showing against Cameroon.



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (01 October 2017)


by
Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 19:59


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our live African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday 01 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED: 

19h55 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have lost 2-0 to Roma in the Italian Serie A.

19h45 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan are trailing 2-0 against Roma and have now been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the Italian Serie A.

19h40 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have conceded a second goal against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 2-0. There is roughly 15 minutes left in the game.

19h35 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have gone a goal behind against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 1-0.

19h22 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool have shared the spoils with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle as the English Premier League game ended 1-1.

19h10 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle. There is ten minutes left in that game.

18h50 – Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore have helped Angers secure a 3-3 draw against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

18h25 – Ismael Traore has now scored for Angers as they level the game against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1 at 3-3.

18h20 – Karl Toko Ekambi has found the back of the net for Angers, but they still trail Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon 3-2 in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle has equalised against Sadio Mane and Joel Matip’s Liverpool in the English Premier League, 1-1.

18h00 – In Spain, Oussama Tannane’s Las Palmas suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou.

17h55 – Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie starts for AC Milan as they play host to Roma in an Italian Serie A clash at the San Siro.

17h45 – Pressure continues to build on Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Omar Niasse’s Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as they suffer a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

17h35 – No Naby Keita for RP Leipzig this afternoon as they visit FC Koln in the German Bundesliga.

17h20 – Solomon Kalou on target as Hertha Berlin held Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-2 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 2-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 6-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-1 Crotone

16h55 – Full-Time in Troyes where they defeated St.Etienne 2-1 in the French Ligue 1. Both teams ended the game with 10-men.

16h50 – Goal for Solomon Kalou as Hertha Berlin level matters in the German capital. This after Bayern Munich had gone 2-0 up, its now 2-2 with a half-an-hour to play!

16h45 – Karl Ekambi and Ismael Traore start from the onset for Angers who host Lyon in the French Ligue 1. Burkina Faso international Betrand Traore starts for the visitors.

16h40 – Nigerian forward Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’ has pulled Crotone level at Spal in the Italian Serie A.

16h30 – Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane all involved from the onset for Liverpool as they take on Newcastle United at St.James’s Park in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu involved from the onset for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame is among the substitutes.

16h15 – Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) and Andre Onana (Cameroon) played the full 90 minutes as Ajax Amsterdam trumped Heerenveen 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

16h00 – Half-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-0 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 1-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-0 Crotone

M’Baye Niang, who is set to make his Senegal debut against Cape Verde in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month, finding the back of the net for Torino.

15h45 – Ivory Coast international Solomon Kalou is currently in action for Hertha Berlin who are at home to defending champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.

15h35 – Morocco’s Oussama Tannane in the starting 11 for Las Palmas who are away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this afternoon.

15h30 – Nicolas N’Koulou in the starting 11 from the onset for Torino. They play host to Verona in the Italian Serie A. Also in action: Benevento vs Inter; Chievo vs Fiorentina; Lazio vs Sassuolo; Spal vs Crotone

15h20 – Another Teranga Lion currently in action is Assane Diousse – he was named in the starting 11 for St Etienne. Mali duo Mamadou Samassa & Charles Traore at the opposite end of the pitch for Troyes.

15h15 – Senegalese duo Gana Gueye and Omar Baye Niasse start for Everton who host Burnley at Goodison Park.

15h05 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net as Napoli made it seven wins from seven matches in the Italian Serie A, to move top of the standings.

15h00 – In Spain, Morocco’s Zouhair Feddal found the back of the net as Real Sociedad and Betis played to an enticing 4-4 stalemate.

14h55 – Arsenal have recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi with a goal for the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club. Mohamed Elneny emerged as a second-half substitute.

 



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African Stars Watch – LIVE (01 October 2017)


Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu

by
Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 19:41


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch; where we keep you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday 01 October 2017.

LIVE UPDATES: 

19h45 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan are trailing 2-0 against Roma and have now been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the Italian Serie A.

19h40 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have conceded a second goal against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 2-0. There is roughly 15 minutes left in the game.

19h35 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have gone a goal behind against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 1-0.

19h22 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool have shared the spoils with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle as the English Premier League game ended 1-1.

19h10 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle. There is ten minutes left in that game.

18h50 – Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore have helped Angers secure a 3-3 draw against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

18h25 – Ismael Traore has now scored for Angers as they level the game against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1 at 3-3.

18h20 – Karl Toko Ekambi has found the back of the net for Angers, but they still trail Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon 3-2 in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle has equalised against Sadio Mane and Joel Matip’s Liverpool in the English Premier League, 1-1.

18h00 – In Spain, Oussama Tannane’s Las Palmas suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou.

17h55 – Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie starts for AC Milan as they play host to Roma in an Italian Serie A clash at the San Siro.

17h45 – Pressure continues to build on Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Omar Niasse’s Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as they suffer a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

17h35 – No Naby Keita for RP Leipzig this afternoon as they visit FC Koln in the German Bundesliga.

17h20 – Solomon Kalou on target as Hertha Berlin held Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-2 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 2-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 6-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-1 Crotone

16h55 – Full-Time in Troyes where they defeated St.Etienne 2-1 in the French Ligue 1. Both teams ended the game with 10-men.

16h50 – Goal for Solomon Kalou as Hertha Berlin level matters in the German capital. This after Bayern Munich had gone 2-0 up, its now 2-2 with a half-an-hour to play!

16h45 – Karl Ekambi and Ismael Traore start from the onset for Angers who host Lyon in the French Ligue 1. Burkina Faso international Betrand Traore starts for the visitors.

16h40 – Nigerian forward Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’ has pulled Crotone level at Spal in the Italian Serie A.

16h30 – Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane all involved from the onset for Liverpool as they take on Newcastle United at St.James’s Park in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu involved from the onset for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame is among the substitutes.

16h15 – Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) and Andre Onana (Cameroon) played the full 90 minutes as Ajax Amsterdam trumped Heerenveen 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

16h00 – Half-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-0 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 1-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-0 Crotone

M’Baye Niang, who is set to make his Senegal debut against Cape Verde in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month, finding the back of the net for Torino.

15h45 – Ivory Coast international Solomon Kalou is currently in action for Hertha Berlin who are at home to defending champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.

15h35 – Morocco’s Oussama Tannane in the starting 11 for Las Palmas who are away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this afternoon.

15h30 – Nicolas N’Koulou in the starting 11 from the onset for Torino. They play host to Verona in the Italian Serie A. Also in action: Benevento vs Inter; Chievo vs Fiorentina; Lazio vs Sassuolo; Spal vs Crotone

15h20 – Another Teranga Lion currently in action is Assane Diousse – he was named in the starting 11 for St Etienne. Mali duo Mamadou Samassa & Charles Traore at the opposite end of the pitch for Troyes.

15h15 – Senegalese duo Gana Gueye and Omar Baye Niasse start for Everton who host Burnley at Goodison Park.

15h05 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net as Napoli made it seven wins from seven matches in the Italian Serie A, to move top of the standings.

15h00 – In Spain, Morocco’s Zouhair Feddal found the back of the net as Real Sociedad and Betis played to an enticing 4-4 stalemate.

14h55 – Arsenal have recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi with a goal for the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club. Mohamed Elneny emerged as a second-half substitute.

 



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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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Africans to watch in tonight’s UCL matches – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 11:00


AfricanFootball picks out some of the continent’s likely stars when Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) kicks off on Tuesday night with eight matches across Europe.

The pick of the games comes from Group H, where Borussia Dortmund will host Real Madrid. The match see Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang come up against a team he has made no secret of his admiration for, and he could view this as an opportunity to convince the Spanish giants that he should be their next ‘Galactico’.

The Panthers attacker is in sublime form, having netted a hat-trick for BVB in their 6-1 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga this past weekend.

The group’s other match will see Serge Aurier hoping to make amends for Tottenham Hotspur when they play away to APOEL. The Ivorian was sent off in his first Premier League start this past weekend and could do with a strong showing in Cyprus to win over the Spurs faithful.

Liverpool will look to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to use their speed in attack when they head to Russia for tricky Group E match at Spartak Moscow, while the African trio of Amadou Diawara, Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam could feature for Napoli in their must-win match at home to Feyenoord in Group F.

Group G’s matches will see Naby Keita’s RB Leipzig looking to claim a win in Turkey against Besiktas, while Keita Balde and Vincent Aboubacar could feature in attack for Monaco and Porto respectively – a match which could also see Algerians Rachid Ghezzal and Yacine Brahimi cross swords.

UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 fixtures, 26 September

All matches kick-off 20h45 CAT

Group E

Sevilla v Maribor

Spartak Moscow v Liverpool

Group F

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

Napoli v Feyenoord

Group G

Besiktas v RB Leipzig

Monaco v Porto

Group H

APOEL v Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 23 September 2017


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 18:07


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, 23 September 2017.

Commentary:
All times CAT

18h30 – We wrap up today’s African Stars Watch with news that Stephane Sessegnon’s Montpellier are still holding PSG 0-0 in Ligue 1, while  Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly and Amadou Diawara’s Napoli are drawing 1-1 away to Spal in Serie A.

18h20 – In 10 minutes we’ll have kick-off for the final Bundesliga match of the day, which sees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lead the line for Borussia Dortmund at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.

18h10 – Full time in La Liga, where Real Madrid beat Mubarak Wakaso’s Alaves 2-1 away from home.

18h05 – Coming up in 25 minutes we have the final Premier League match of the day, which sees Leicester City host Liverpool. Riyad Mahrez and Wilfred Ndidi start for the home side (who also have Islam Slimani, Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey on the bench), while the Reds have Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah in their XI.

17h55 – Full time in the Premier League matches, where the undoubted highlight was a brace from Oumar Niasse to see Everton win 2-1 at home to Bournemouth. Here are the other final scores: Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley, Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace, Swansea City 1-2 Watford, Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea and Southampton 0-1 Manchester United.

17h50 – Half time in France, where Montpellier are holding PSG 0-0.

17h40 – Another goal for Oumar Niasse, who has put Everton 2-1 up against Bournemouth! In other games, Chelsea have gone 4-0 up at Stoke City (a hat-trick for Alvaro Morata), while Manchester City now lead Crystal Palace 4-0.

17h35 – Twenty-five minutes to the second Serie A match of the day, which sees sees the trio of Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly and Amadou Diawara start for Napoli away to Spal. In the Premier League, Oumar Niasse has scored a goal to see Everton draw level at 1-1 with Bournemouth!

17h25 – Full time in the Bundesliga’s afternoon matches, here are the final scores: Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg, Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg, Leipzig 2-1 Frankfurt, Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke and Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin.

17h15 – Wilfried Bony has played a major role in Tammy Abraham’s equaliser for Swansea to see them holding Watford 1-1.

17h10 – Manchester City have gone 2-0 up against Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace, Idrissa Gueye’s Everton have gone 1-0 down at home to Bournemouth and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Frankfurt have pulled a goal back at Leipzig to trail only 2-1.

17h05 – Half time in La Liga, where Mubarak Wakaso’s Alaves are trailing Real Madrid 1-2.

17h00 – Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Frankfurt have gone down 2-0 away to RB Leipzig in an ongoing Bundesliga match.

16h50 – Half time in the Premier League matches, here are the scores: Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield, Everton 0-0 Bournemouth, Manchester City 1-0 Palace (Leroy Sane scored just before the break), Southampton 0-1 Manchester United, Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea and Swansea 0-1 Watford.

16h45 – Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s Mainz 05 have taken a 1-0 lead against Salomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin thanks to a penalty early in the second half.

16h40 – Coming up in 20 minutes we’ll have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Stephane Sessegnon start for Montpellier at home to Paris Saint-Germain. The hosts also have Keagan Dolly and Souleymane Camara on the bench.

16h30 – Pedro has scored to see Chelsea go 2-0 up at Mame Biram Diouf’s Stoke City.

16h25 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United lead 1-0 at Southampton thanks to a goal from Romelu Lukaku.

16h20 – Half time in the Bundesliga’s afternoon matches, here are the scores: Mainz 05 0-0 Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim 1-0 Schalke, RB Leipzig 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg and VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg.

16h15 – Underway in the second La Liga game of the day, while in the Premier League Jordan Ayew’s Swansea have gone 1-0 down at home to Watford, with Andre Gray putting the visitors in front.

16h05 – Kevin-Prince Boateng has already come off the bench to appear for Eintracht Frankfurt, but they find themselves 1-0 down away to RB Leipzig. In England, Victor Moses’ Chelsea already lead 1-0 at Stoke City thanks to a goal from Alvaro Morata.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League’s afternoon matches. In 15 minutes we’ll have another La Liga clash, with Alaves hosting Real Madrid. The home side have Ghanaian Mubarak Wakaso on their bench, while Real have Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in reserve.

15h50 – Rounding up the team news ahead of the Premier League’s afternoon matches, Yaya Toure is on the bench for Manchester City at home to Crystal Palace, who have Jeff Schlupp in their XI and Bakary Sako on the bench, while Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Bony start for Swansea City at home to Watford, who have Isaac Success and Molla Wague on the bench.

15h45 – More team news from England: Elias Kachunga and Abdelhamid Sabiri start for Huddersfield (who are missing Steve Mounie through injury) away to Burnley, while Idrissa Gueye starts for Everton (who have his compatriot Oumar Niasse on the bench) at home to Bournemouth, who have Benik Afoke in reserve.

15h40 – Incoming team news from the 16h00 Premier League matches, where Mario Lemina comes up against Eric Bailly in the Southampton v Manchester United match, while Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Victor Moses’ Chelsea.

15h35 – We can report news from the early Premier League match, which saw Serge Aurier red carded in his first start for Tottenham Hotspur, who defeated West Ham United 3-2 away. Cheikhou Kouyate scored the Hammers’ second goal. In addition, Thomas Partey made a substitute appearance for Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 win over Sevilla in the early La Liga game.

15h30 – Kicking off right now we have five Bundesliga matches, four of which feature African involvement: Naby Keita is suspended for RB Leipzig’s home clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, who have Kevin-Prince Boateng on the bench; Ishak Belfodil starts for Werder Bremen at home to Freiburg; Daniel Opare features for FC Augsburg in their trip to VfB Stuttgart; and Jean-Philippe Gbamin faces up to his compatriot Salomon Kalou in the Mainz 05 v Hertha Berlin clash.



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African Stars Watch – LIVE – 23 September 2017


Eric Bailly of Manchester United

by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 16:15


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

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

16h20 – Half time in the Bundesliga’s afternoon matches, here are the scores: Mainz 05 0-0 Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim 1-0 Schalke, RB Leipzig 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg and VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg.

16h15 – Underway in the second La Liga game of the day, while in the Premier League Jordan Ayew’s Swansea have gone 1-0 down at home to Watford, with Andre Gray putting the visitors in front.

16h05 – Kevin-Prince Boateng has already come off the bench to appear for Eintracht Frankfurt, but they find themselves 1-0 down away to RB Leipzig. In England, Victor Moses’ Chelsea already lead 1-0 at Stoke City thanks to a goal from Alvaro Morata.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League’s afternoon matches. In 15 minutes we’ll have another La Liga clash, with Alaves hosting Real Madrid. The home side have Ghanaian Mubarak Wakaso on their bench, while Real have Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in reserve.

15h50 – Rounding up the team news ahead of the Premier League’s afternoon matches, Yaya Toure is on the bench for Manchester City at home to Crystal Palace, who have Jeff Schlupp in their XI and Bakary Sako on the bench, while Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Bony start for Swansea City at home to Watford, who have Isaac Success and Molla Wague on the bench.

15h45 – More team news from England: Elias Kachunga and Abdelhamid Sabiri start for Huddersfield (who are missing Steve Mounie through injury) away to Burnley, while Idrissa Gueye starts for Everton (who have his compatriot Oumar Niasse on the bench) at home to Bournemouth, who have Benik Afoke in reserve.

15h40 – Incoming team news from the 16h00 Premier League matches, where Mario Lemina comes up against Eric Bailly in the Southampton v Manchester United match, while Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Victor Moses’ Chelsea.

15h35 – We can report news from the early Premier League match, which saw Serge Aurier red carded in his first start for Tottenham Hotspur, who defeated West Ham United 3-2 away. Cheikhou Kouyate scored the Hammers’ second goal. In addition, Thomas Partey made a substitute appearance for Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 win over Sevilla in the early La Liga game.

15h30 – Kicking off right now we have five Bundesliga matches, four of which feature African involvement: Naby Keita is suspended for RB Leipzig’s home clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, who have Kevin-Prince Boateng on the bench; Ishak Belfodil starts for Werder Bremen at home to Freiburg; Daniel Opare features for FC Augsburg in their trip to VfB Stuttgart; and Jean-Philippe Gbamin faces up to his compatriot Salomon Kalou in the Mainz 05 v Hertha Berlin clash.



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