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No Salah, Mane or Keita – AFCON’s January move to cause Liverpool major headache

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No Salah, Mane or Keita – AFCON’s January move to cause Liverpool major headache

Where would Liverpool be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane? We will find out next season, it seems, after the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) delivered the news Reds fans were dreading.  The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, it revealed, will kick off on January 9, with the final to be played on February 6. The dates, Fecafoot explained, had been changed at…

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Africa Cup of Nations: Who could my club be without in 2021?

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Africa Cup of Nations: Who could my club be without in 2021?

The decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to January could see more than 30 current Premier League players miss up to six matches and could “put managers off” making signings. The 2019 tournament – won by Algeria – was held in June and July but next year’s edition has been moved back…

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2021 Africa Cup of Nations moved to January, Cameroon FA announces

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2021 Africa Cup of Nations moved to January, Cameroon FA announces

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will start on 9 January after its dates were moved, hosts Cameroon have announced. The tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July but was changed because of the “unfavourable” weather in the country at that time of year. It means a number of Premier League clubs…

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Confederation Cup: Egypt’s Pyramids first to progress

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Confederation Cup: Egypt’s Pyramids first to progress

Pyramids overcame Egyptian rivals Al Masry 2-0 to become the first team to progress to the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup. The victory means that Pyramids have now won all four of their pool matches so far and are guaranteed to finish top of Group A. Group D saw two hat-tricks as Hassania Agadir’s Karim…

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane apologises for missing Senegal visit after awards ceremony

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane apologises for missing Senegal visit after awards ceremony

Senegal’s Sadio Mane has apologised for not visiting his homeland before returning to Liverpool after being named the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Player of the Year. The 27-year-old striker received the award at a ceremony in Egypt on Tuesday and was due to go to Senegal on Wednesday as part of the celebrations. A ceremony…

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Mohamed Salah sends message to Sadio Mane after African Player of the Year win

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Mohamed Salah sends message to Sadio Mane after African Player of the Year win

Mohamed Salah has congratulated Sadio Mane after the Egyptian was denied a hat-trick of African Player of the Year awards by his Liverpool teammate. Senegal’s Mane picked up the 2019 award in Cairo on Tuesday evening, while Salah was back on Merseyside training with Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur. Salah picked up the awards…

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Togo national football team attack: Survivors remember machine gun ambush, 10 years on

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Togo national football team attack: Survivors remember machine gun ambush, 10 years on

On 8 January 2010, the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola was just days away. I was in the province of Cabinda, preparing to cover Group B for the BBC World Service, and was also charged with handing over the BBC African Footballer of the Year trophy to the newly-crowned winner, Ivory Coast captain Didier…

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Achraf Hakimi: African Young Player of the Year with a decision to make

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Achraf Hakimi: African Young Player of the Year with a decision to make

Achraf Hakimi is a man in a hurry. The Morocco international recently became the fastest man to play in the Bundesliga since records began, is the top scoring defender in the Champions League and, on Tuesday, retained his status as Africa’s best young player. He only turned 21 in November. Hakimi, on loan at Borussia Dortmund…

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Mane and Oshoala crowned king and queen of Africa

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Mane and Oshoala crowned king and queen of Africa

CAF Awards 2019 saw Sadio Mane and Asisat Oshoala win top player awards Djamel Belmadi and Desiree Ellis picked up top coach honours Ceremony caps off event-filled couple of days Africa crowned the footballing kings and queens of the mother continent at a star-studded ceremony in Hurghada, Egypt. Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane and Nigeria and…

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Mane, Salah or Mahrez: The battle of Africa’s superstar forwards

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Mane, Salah or Mahrez: The battle of Africa’s superstar forwards

On Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football will host a swanky gala in Egypt, the highlight of which will be the announcement of their choice for African Footballer of the Year. A needlessly bloated initial long list has now been whittled down to a very manageable three, all of whom have a strong enough claim under any…

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