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Nigeria Faces MRI Test Hurdle As 13 Players Set To Conduct MRI Test On Match-day Against Ivory Coast
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Nigeria Faces MRI Test Hurdle As 13 Players Set To Conduct MRI Test On Match-day Against Ivory Coast

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets may have to overcome football politics before they can be able to pick the semifinal ticket in the WAFU U17 Cup in Lome, Togo. This follows a statement signed by the team’s media officer, Francis Achi, who alleged that the five-time world champions are facing challenges ahead of today’s game against Cote d’Ivoire. Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will play against Baby Elephants in their group opener today, while Ivory Coast who came a day after Nigerians arrival have completed their MRI Tests, 13 Nigerian players are yet to go through the test and are expected to conduct the test on the match-day. The statement signed by the media officer reads in part, “From all indications, it appears that there is a massive conspiracy against the Golden Eaglets of Niger...
‘Pepe has a big future at Arsenal’ – Arteta still believes in £72m winger, says Campbell
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‘Pepe has a big future at Arsenal’ – Arteta still believes in £72m winger, says Campbell

A former Gunners striker is confident that the Ivory Coast international "will come back better" after being sent off against Leeds United Nicolas Pepe has a "big future" at Arsenal, according to Kevin Campbell, who says Mikel Arteta still believes in the £72 million ($96m) winger. Pepe has flattered to deceive since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Lille for a club-record fee in the summer of 2019. The 25-year-old established himself as one of the most exciting young players in Europe at Stade Pierre-Mauroy but has so far been unable to build on that reputation in the Premier League.
How Kessie lost tooth during AC Milan clash against Napoli
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How Kessie lost tooth during AC Milan clash against Napoli

  The Ivory Coast international has visited a dentist after he receiving an elbow in the mouth during his side’s win over the Parthenopeans Franck Kessie lost a tooth during AC Milan’s 3-1 victory over Napoli in Sunday’s Serie A clash at Stadio San Paolo. The 23-year-old was handed his seventh league start this season in the encounter and made a key contribution to help his side triumph over the Parthenopeans. The midfielder, however, lost a tooth in the game after he was accidentally hit in the mouth by Napoli winger Matteo Politano.
‘He knows how to manage the team’ – Kessie praises Pioli for AC Milan’s impressive form
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‘He knows how to manage the team’ – Kessie praises Pioli for AC Milan’s impressive form

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has hailed the Red and Blacks boss for the club’s turnaround in fortunes Franck Kessie has praised AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli for his ability to manage the club which he believes has contributed in no small measure to the impressive form of the side. The San Siro Stadium outfit are on a 22-game unbeaten run, winning 17 of them and have continued to enjoy a near-perfect start to the 2020-21 season. The Red and Blacks have won four of their opening five Serie A games to sit atop the league table with 13 points.
NFF Releases Super Eagles List For Friendlies Against Tunisia & Ivory Coast
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NFF Releases Super Eagles List For Friendlies Against Tunisia & Ivory Coast

The NFF has released the list of Super Eagles players that have been invited for the friendlies against Tunisia and Ivory Coast. The Eagles play Ivory Coast on the 9th of October and then facr Tunisia four days later on the 13th. Both games will be played in Austria. Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons Here are the players. Goalkeepers Okoye Alampasu Yakubu Defenders Ekong Omeruo Balogun Ajayi Awaziem Sanusi Aina Collins Midfielders Etebo Ndidi Agu Onyeka Forwards Musa Simon Iwobi Kalu Osimhen Dessers Iheanacho Chukwueze Ejuke. Standby Onyekuru Maja Shehu Azeez Ebuehi
Super Eagles To Play Ivory Coast, Tunisia In October
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Super Eagles To Play Ivory Coast, Tunisia In October

Amaju Melvin Pinnick @PinnickAmaju Good afternoon. As part of our commitment to transparency, probity and openness, I would like to brief Nigerians of events as they unfold in football development. Firstly, a tragic note, as we lost the head of the ICT department, Mr. Tolulope Abe to complications arising from.. ...surgery. May His soul rest in Peace. We also conducted COVID-19 tests on all members of staff and four returned positive. While one has fully recovered and confirmed negative, others are in stable condition, receiving treatment with the full compliments of the NCDC.... Now. As we await the Federal Government's pronouncement on the resumption of football, the Federation has been in active discussions about possible friendly matches and I'm happy to say we have finally...
Doherty’s arrival shouldn’t be the end for Aurier at Spurs
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Doherty’s arrival shouldn’t be the end for Aurier at Spurs

The Irish star joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday but his arrival doesn’t mean the Ivory Coast captain has to depart With the dust still settling on Tottenham Hotspur’s capture of Matt Doherty from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the amusing unveiling of the supposed Gooner deleting tweets associated with Arsenal from social media, the next port of call seems to be how he fits in at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The consensus seems to indicate that Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier would instantly vacate the right-back spot for the Republic of Ireland full-back, but should that conclusion be reached so soon by observers? In truth, the West African hasn’t always been everyone’s cup of tea since he moved from Paris to London, owing to his rap sheet whilst playing for the dominan...
Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan Resigns
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Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan Resigns

Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Vice President of Ivory Coast has resigned from his position as confirmed by the presidency on Monday July 13. Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the presidency told reporters that the 77-year-old resigned due to personal reasons.   Achi said in a statement; "The President of the Republic proceeded on Wednesday, July 8, to the signing of a decree terminating the functions of Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice president of the Republic. "After several talks, the last of which took place on Tuesday, July 7, President Alassane Ouattara took note of this resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan." Daniel Kablan previously served as Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from 1993-1999 under Henri Konan Bedié and ag...
Tottenham star, Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead
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Tottenham star, Serge Aurier’s Brother Shot Dead

The brother of Ivory Coast and Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, 27, has been shot dead in the early hours of Monday morning, July 13, in Toulouse, France. Christopher Aurier, 26, was shot in the abdomen outside a nightclub in Toulouse at around 5am on the Boulevard de Thibaud in the French city. The suspect is still on the run. Police were called by members of the public after they discovered a man lying on the ground with a gun wound to the abdomen. Christopher was later pronounced dead at hospital. Local police have begun their investigation and the area where the shooting occurred have been closed off.   Christopher was also a footballer and he played at amateur level and was most recently on the books with French fifth-tier side Toulouse Rodeo. He previously...
Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly is Dead
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Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly is Dead

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for the next presidential election, has died at the age of 61. His death was announced by the country's president, Alassane Ouattara. “Fellow compatriots, Ivory Coast is mourning. It is with deep pain that I announce to you that Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has left us,” Ouattara said in a statement read on national television by the presidency’s secretary-general on Wednesday, July 8. "I salute the memory of a statesman, a man of great loyalty, dedication and love for his homeland," added Ouattara. Officials said Coulibaly was unwell during a ministerial meeting at the presidential palace in Abidjan and was rushed to a hospital where he passed away. Coulibaly had returned to Ivory...
Jabi Lake Mall board denies authorizing Naira Marley concert
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Jabi Lake Mall board denies authorizing Naira Marley concert

Jabi Lake Mall board has denied authorizing Naira Marley concert, as they expressed shock and disappointment over the development. According to a report by THISDAY, the board condemned the illegal action in the strongest terms, clarifying that the event took against express instructions given to the property manager. According to a source close to the shareholders; “Jabi Lake Mall was built in 2015 with the vision of creating a beautiful lakeside property that allowed the residents of Abuja to shop, relax, network and have fun. The mall was also designed to invigorate the local economy and provide a safe and comfortable location for retailers to sell their goods. “As is typical for large properties like this, the shareholders selected a property manager who was paid to manage...
‘I was p*ssed off!’ – Kalou coronavirus breach left German football chief Seifert furious
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‘I was p*ssed off!’ – Kalou coronavirus breach left German football chief Seifert furious

The Ivory Coast forward has been suspended by Hertha Berlin after posting a video where he flouted coronavirus distancing guidelines German Football League (DFL) managing director Christian Streich says he was “really p*ssed off” at Salomon Kalou for flouting coronavirus social distancing guidelines. The 34-year-old has been suspended by Hertha Berlin and now seems likely to leave the club after posting a video which showed him ignoring many of the rules set out by the DFL. Kalou greeted his team-mates with handshakes, and ignored a request from a doctor to leave a room where defender Jordan Torunarigha was being tested for Covid-19.
Arsenal stars Pepe, Lacazette, Xhaka and Luiz warned over breaking lockdown rules
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Arsenal stars Pepe, Lacazette, Xhaka and Luiz warned over breaking lockdown rules

The quartet of players have been reminded of their responsibilities as people continue to flout the government-imposed rules during lockdown Four Arsenal stars have been spoken to by the club after photos emerged of the players flouting social distancing rules amid the countrywide lockdown, with the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing around the globe. Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka were the players warned, with club-record signing Pepe having been filmed playing football with several friends in north London, while the Ivory Coast international shared footage of another game with friends on Instagram. Centre-back Luiz and midfielder Xhaka were seen together in Southgate, while Lacazette was caught on camera standing very close to a car valeter, w...
Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Offers His Ivory Coast Hospital As A Coronavirus Treatment Centre (Photos)
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Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Offers His Ivory Coast Hospital As A Coronavirus Treatment Centre (Photos)

Chelsea and Ivorian football legend, Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in Ivory Coast to be used as a Coronavirus treatment centre. The hospital, which is based in the city of Abidjan was opened in 2016 and named after former Ivory Coast footballer Laurent Pokou, who passed away in the same year the hospital opened. Vincent Toh Bi Irie, the head of Abidjan’s regional council, has praised Drogba for his ‘patriotic gesture,’ saying the hospital will help them fight the disease. ‘We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism,’ Toh Bi said. In Ivory Coast, there are over 500 Coronavirus cases with five deaths recorded so far, but the country is preparing for a huge jump in cases following claims that African countries are in grave danger of becoming the ...
67 Ivory Coast Returnees Must Spend 14-Days In Isolation Centre – LASG
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67 Ivory Coast Returnees Must Spend 14-Days In Isolation Centre – LASG

The Lagos State Government said it would only allow the 67 Nigerian returnees from Ivory Coast to leave for their state after completing their 14-day quarantine in the Badagry. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this during an inter-ministerial media update on COVID-19 on Thursday in Ikeja. “On Wednesday, we took 67 Nigerians coming from Ivory Coast into our quarantine facility in Badagry where we’re keeping them for 14 days. “We’ll test them, if they’re positive, we’ll move them into one of our Isolation Wards in Lagos and if they’re negative, we’ll allow them to continue on their way to Osun State which is where they originated from,” the Commissioner said. Abayomi said that Lagos was monitoring closely movement into the state as about 10 p...
Boga: Should Chelsea take another look at Sassuolo star?
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Boga: Should Chelsea take another look at Sassuolo star?

The Blues let the attacker leave for Sassuolo in 2018, and could trigger their buyback clause for the improved Ivory Coast international this year Careers can turn on moments, and Jeremie Boga's time at Chelsea may well have turned out differently if one specific match had gone another way for the Ivory Coast international. The Sassuolo wideman left Chelsea in 2018 after lan deals with Stade Rennais, Granada and Birmingham City from 2015, but things might have panned out differently if the Blues’ encounter with Burnley at the start of the 2017-18 season had gone according to plan. Antonio Conte failed to truly improve his team during a frustrating summer window, and Boga was a shock inclusion from the start against the Clarets, only to have his debut cut short after 18 minutes f...
Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 
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Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 

Rwanda has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, becoming the19th African nation to register a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8 tested positive for the virus after he presented himself to a health facility on March 13. He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the ministry said. “The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.” Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, has been forced to suspend all flights to India until April 30 and would refund customers. With 127,000 people already infected and 4,700 deaths from coronavirus worldwide, African nations still have the least...
Roy Keane Forgot he was Once a Player – Aurier
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Roy Keane Forgot he was Once a Player – Aurier

The former Manchester United man slammed the Ivorian and his teammate Danny Rose, after Spurs' loss to Liverpool last year. Ivory Coast and Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier says Roy Keane is not worth responding to after the ex-Manchester United midfielder delivered brutal criticism on the Ivorian and fellow full-back Danny Rose last year. Keane felt Aurier and Rose were “dreadful” in the 2-1 Premier League loss to Liverpool last October and labelled the duo “Dumb and Dumber.” But while Aurier appeared uninterested to respond, he hit back at Keane who made the remarks during his punditry for Sky Sports. “I didn't even want to respond to that. Retired players who go on television and dare speak badly of current players, for me, these are not people who must be answered,...
Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations
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Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations

The World Health Organisation has identified 13 high- risk African countries for coronavirus . They are Algeria, Angola , Ivory Coast , DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius , Nigeria , South Africa, Tanzania , Uganda , and Zambia . A statement from WHO said the identified African nations have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " WHO has identified 13 top priority countries ( Algeria, Angola , Cote d’ Ivoire , the Democratic Republic of the Congo , Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius, Nigeria , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda and Zambia ) which either have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " To ensure rapid detection of the novel coronavirus, it is important to have laboratories which can test samples and WHO is supporting countries...
Weapons Used In Killings In Nigeria Trafficked From Libya, Turkey, Others – Report
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Weapons Used In Killings In Nigeria Trafficked From Libya, Turkey, Others – Report

Weapons that have been used in intercommunal violence that has killed thousands of people in Nigeria were trafficked from Ivory Coast , Libya and Turkey . A new report by the Conflict Armament Research group said some of the weapons from Turkey were linked to a major organized trafficking network. It explained that the weapons were used in the killing of more than 3 , 600 people and displaced 300, 000 since 2014 , It noted that fighting between farmers and herders over land has gone on for decades in the middle belt and north . The report further said armed groups involved in the bloodshed in Kaduna , Katsina and Zamfara states possessed significant numbers of factory-produced small arms manufactured in Europe , East Asia , the Middle East and North America , ” according to...
How France Seduced Ghana And Ivory Coast To Stab Nigeria In The Back
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How France Seduced Ghana And Ivory Coast To Stab Nigeria In The Back

The Government of Ghana has announced its readiness to join the ECO. This comes a week after eight West African Countries committed to use the common currency, from the year 2020. A statement from the Presidency indicates that the decision to abandon the Ghana Cedi for the Eco is based on the belief that this will help propel the ECOWAS integration vision. All this coming to light during the recent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the Ivory Coast.
Colonialism Was Grave Mistake – President Emmanuel Macron
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Colonialism Was Grave Mistake – President Emmanuel Macron

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Saturday December 20, declared that colonialism was a "grave mistake" and a "serious fault" made by the French Republic.   The French President who spoke during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa said he hopes "a new page" of the story could be written.   Macron said; "Too often, France is perceived as taking a supremacy stance and to dress itself in the rags of colonialism, which has been a grave mistake, a serious fault of the Republic"   This is however not the first time the French President will be expressing his views about colonialism. During his election campaign for presidency, Macron created a storm by calling France’s colonisation of Algeria a “crime against humanity”....
CAF Changes AFCON U-23 Draw Date
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CAF Changes AFCON U-23 Draw Date

The U-23 team of Nigeria will find out their group opponents for the Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 tournament on Wednesday, October 2 at the Haramlek Palace, inside the historical Montaza Complex, Alexandria. The draw, which was supposed to take place initially on the October 3 was brought forward a day ahead following a decision taken in consultation with the Local Organising Committee which was due to logistic reasons. The eight teams host Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, South Africa and Zambia will know the identity of their opponents at the iconic 19th century palace. CAF in a statement said, “The representatives of the qualified teams are expected to be in attendance for the event that will set the tone for the final tournament scheduled for Novembe...
Don Jazzy’s new act, Rema meets a female fan who looks exactly like him in Cote d’Ivoire
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Don Jazzy’s new act, Rema meets a female fan who looks exactly like him in Cote d’Ivoire

Mavin Records act, Rema recently performed in Cote d'Ivoire and one of the high points was him connecting with a female lookalike. A few months ago, a picture of a female Ivorian went viral online with fans surprised at how much alike they look. When Rema performed in Ivory Coast a few days ago, he finally met her and the resemblance really is striking. He shared this photo of them and wrote, 'I finally found my sister'.
Gbamin makes debut in Everton’s stalemate with Crystal Palace
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Gbamin makes debut in Everton’s stalemate with Crystal Palace

The Ivory Coast international made his first appearance for the Goodison Park outfit as a first-half substitute against the Eagles Jean-Philippe Gbamin made his maiden appearance for Everton in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in Saturday’s opening Premier League game. The 23-year-old midfielder joined the Toffees on a five-year deal from German Bundesliga side Mainz last week. Gbamin was handed his first appearance by manager Marco Silva at Selhurst Park moments before the half-time break, replacing Andre Gomes who was forced off in the tie due to an injury.
Arsenal smash their transfer record to sign £72m Pepe
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Arsenal smash their transfer record to sign £72m Pepe

The Gunners have confirmed the capture of the Ivory Coast international from Lille - who has signed a five-year contract Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe in a £72 million ($87m) deal. The Ivory Coast international becomes the club’s fourth signing of the transfer window and the deal smashes the club’s transfer record, which was previously set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £56m ($68m) move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. Pepe has been in England since Tuesday morning when he travelled to Arsenal’s training centre at London Colney to undergo a medical and meet his new team-mates.
Tottenham defender Aurier undergoes hand surgery
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Tottenham defender Aurier undergoes hand surgery

The Ivory Coast international damaged his hand while on international duty for his country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has undergone surgery on a hand injury suffered at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the club confirmed. Aurier was part of the Ivory Coast squad which reached the quarter-finals of the continental showpiece in Egypt, where they bowed to Algeria. During the competition, the right-back played only two games and suffered a hand injury during the Elephants' 1-0 loss to Morocco in their second Group D fixture.
Hodgson in the dark over Zaha’s future & he’s unaware of reported £60m Everton bid
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Hodgson in the dark over Zaha’s future & he’s unaware of reported £60m Everton bid

The Eagles boss claims a player who is yet to return to his squad after Africa Cup of Nations duty is holding transfer talks with the club’s chairman Roy Hodgson claims to be unaware of what the future holds for Wilfried Zaha, with the Crystal Palace winger continuing to be linked with Arsenal and Everton. The Gunners would appear to have cooled their interest for now, with Goal able to confirm that those at Emirates Stadium are close to wrapping up an €80 million (£72m/$89m) deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe. Zaha, though, is still sparking talk of interest from within the Premier League, with Everton said to have joined the hunt for the Ivory Coast international.
Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop
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Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop

Herve Renard is stepping down as Morocco head coach after their early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.   Morocco were one of the pre-tournament favourites for Egypt 2019 but suffered a shock penalty shootout defeat by Benin in the last 16. Renard, who won AFCON with Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015), had been in charge since February 2016. In a statement on social media, Renard, 50, said 'It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life, not without some emotion and sadness. It is an inevitable decision taken well before Afcon 2019. I took this decision after having - of course - carefully considered [it]. It is therefore irreversible." Renard took Morocco from 81st in the Fifa world rankings to 47th.  He led them to two Africa Cup of Nations tourna...
Zaha Tells Crystal Palace He Wants To Leave
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Zaha Tells Crystal Palace He Wants To Leave

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave the club amid interest from Arsenal, Sky Sports News understands. The 26-year-old forward made his feelings clear after returning to Palace following his participation in the Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The Eagles rejected a bid of £40m for Zaha from Arsenal earlier this month, but the Gunners are expected to raise their offer in the coming days. Unai Emery has wanted to sign Zaha since he scored in Palace’s 3-2 win at the Emirates in April and he is the Gunners’ number one transfer target this summer. However, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson made it clear earlier this week a deal with Arsenal for Zaha is a long way off, saying: “I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valua...
Galatasaray close to loan move for Fulham midfielder Seri
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Galatasaray close to loan move for Fulham midfielder Seri

Galatasaray are close to sealing a loan move for Jean Michel Seri from Fulham. The diminutive midfielder was relegated with Fulham last season. But the Ivory Coast man is determined to seal a move to a top league in Europe. Galatasaray are the club that are likely to complete a loan move for Seri, according to Fanatik. They will pay roughly 1.5 million euros for the season rental, while it is unclear if the move will include any buy option for the Turkish club.  
10 Turkish sailors kidnapped by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria
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10 Turkish sailors kidnapped by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria

A group of 10 Turkish sailors have been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, reportedly for ransom.   According to reports, the Paksoy-1 was sailing from Cameroon to Ivory Coast when the pirates boarded the ship in the Gulf of Guinea. It was not carrying freight and eight sailors managed to escape.   Turkey says it is working to secure the release of those seized and the International Maritime Bureau says the Gulf of Guinea is the most dangerous sea in the world for piracy. Ömer Çelik, spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, said the ministry was following the case closely and "working on it".   Numan Paksoy, operations manager at Kad?o?lu Maritime, said about "12 pirates with heavy guns" had attacked the boat.  Crew members hid in a safe room - t...
Guinea part ways with Paul Put after disappointing outing at Afcon 2019
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Guinea part ways with Paul Put after disappointing outing at Afcon 2019

gian tactician has been relieved of his duty as the head coach of the Syli Nationale on Monday The Guinean Football Federation has confirmed the sacking of Paul Put as head coach of the senior national team. The decision was reached after a meeting with the Ministry of Sports and the country's football governing body on Monday. The ex-Kenya coach took charge at the helm of the Guinea team in March 2018 and helped the Syli Nationale qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nationsas group leaders ahead of Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Rwanda.
Morocco deny Renard resignation reports
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Morocco deny Renard resignation reports

After a disappointing AFCON, the 50-year-old was reportedly set to leave the quit as coach of the Atlas Lions The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has denied reports claiming their head coach Herve Renard has resigned. Morocco endured a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign, exiting the competition in the round of 16 with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin, after the game ended a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. Following the match, reports emerged on Monday suggesting the former Lille and Ivory Coast coach had stepped down from his post after the underwhelming showing in Egypt.
Fulham want £22 million for Jean Michael Seri amid interest from Milan and Roma
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Fulham want £22 million for Jean Michael Seri amid interest from Milan and Roma

The Ivory Coast international could be on his way out of Craven Cottage after his representative revealed interest from several clubs Jean Michael Seri's agent Franklin Mala stated Fulham have placed a £22 million price tag on the combative midfielder if they are to consider his release this summer. Seri joined the Cottagers last summer from Nice for a reported club-record deal but his performances were not enough to help the club maintain their status in the English top-flight. He played 32 Premier League matches last season and scored his only goal in their 4-2 win over Burnley last August.
Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted – Pascal
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Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted – Pascal

The team coordinator of the Eagles has reminded Algeria they couldn't beat Nigeria twice recently Super Eagles team coordinator, Patrick Pascal has stated the Nigeria team will respect the progression of Algeria to the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but they are not afraid of them. Nigeria will play Algeria at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt on Sunday. The Fennecs defeated Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties after regulation time had ended in a 1-1 draw at Suez Stadium on Thursday night. Nigeria saw off South Africa2-1 in Cairo. “We are glad our opponent in the semi-final of Afcon has been revealed and it is Algeria,” Pascal told Goal.
Afcon 2019: We are ready for Algeria challenge – Ivory Coast manager Kamara
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Afcon 2019: We are ready for Algeria challenge – Ivory Coast manager Kamara

The Elephants boss believes his team is in 'battle mode' ahead of their clash with Algeria in the quarter-final Ivory Coast manager Ibrahim Kamara is under no illusions his players are ready to square up with Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final encounter. The Elephants and the Fennecs face off in the last eight of the continental showpiece after defeating Mali and Guinea respectively in the round of 16. While the West Africans only recorded a slender 1-0 win against their regional rivals, the Fennecs dispatched Syli Nationale 3-0.
Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast are one of the favourites – Algeria manager Belmadi
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Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast are one of the favourites – Algeria manager Belmadi

The Fennecs boss acknowledged the strength of the Elephants and admitted the difficulty his side faces in their quest to progress to the last four Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi believes Ivory Coast are one of the contenders to claim the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations. Both sides face off in the third quarter-final of the biennial showpiece at the New Suez Stadium on Thursday evening. In the Round of 16, the North Africans defeated Guinea 3-0, while the Elephants claimed a slender 1-0 success over Mali.
Angola 0 Mali 1: Haidara dishes out AFCON elimination
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Angola 0 Mali 1: Haidara dishes out AFCON elimination

Angola were unable to get the point they needed to advance in the Africa Cup of Nations, but Mali reached the last 16 as Group E winners. Amadou Haidara's stunning goal sent Mali into the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 as Group E winners with a 1-0 win over Angola, who were consequently eliminated. RB Leipzig midfielder Haidara fired a fine 20-yard strike past Tony Cabaca in the first half and it proved to be sufficient to set up a meeting with Ivory Coast in the knockout stages. Angola were unable to find an equaliser that would have sent them through as one of the best third-placed teams, with South Africa progressing instead.
Arsenal move a “childhood dream” for Crystal Palace man Zaha, says brother
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Arsenal move a “childhood dream” for Crystal Palace man Zaha, says brother

The longtime Eagles stalwart would realise youthful ambitions with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, according to his family Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha would realise a childhood dream if he was to sign for Arsenal, according to the Ivory Coast forward's brother. The 26-year-old, who has spent the majority of his career with the Eagles, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates during the transfer window, following another stellar season at Selhurst Park. The former England international, who began his career with Palace in 2009 and returned in 2014 only a season-and-a-half after leaving to join Manchester United, remains a firm favourite among fans, with a string of impressive performances under Roy Hodgson this year.
Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast will not a stand a chance against clinical teams – Namibia’s Ketjijere
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Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast will not a stand a chance against clinical teams – Namibia’s Ketjijere

The experienced midfield maestro feels the Brave Warriors have learned many lessons at the continental tournament Namibia captain Ronald Ketjijere believes Morocco are a better team than Ivory Coast after facing the two teams at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) finals in Egypt. The Brave Warriors bowed out of the continental tournament after succumbing to their third successive defeat in the competition when they lost 4-1 to Ivory Coast on Monday evening. Morocco and Ivory Coast advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing in the top two positions in Group D, while South Africa and Namibia finished third and fourth respectively. "They are two different teams in terms of how they play. But I will give it to Morocco. If Ivory Coast plays like this especially in the first ...
Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat
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Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat

The head of Safa has certainly not been pleased with what he has seen from Bafana so far Bafana recently started their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a defeat, and while head coach Stuart Baxter was defiant following the result, South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordan was not as optimistic. Bafana were edged out by a solitary Jonathan Kodjia strike which put Ivory Coast level on points with Morocco in Group D, and Jordaan hasn't held back his criticism of the performance. “I was not impressed, let me just stop at that, because it is really for the coaches to pick the team and to organise the formation, and to instruct the players on what to do,” Jordaan was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.
The 14 Countries Who Have Won The AFCON
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The 14 Countries Who Have Won The AFCON

Once again, Africa goes on it’s biggest football show piece, the Africa Cup of Nations, the 32nd edition in the competition’s history after the first ever showpiece in 1957, 62 years ago. Since then the competition has undergone varying degrees of changes and of course different countries across the continent have since won it, some multiple times, others once while many still await their first win. With as much as three countries making their debut appearances at the 2019 edition of the competition in Egypt and as well as 24 teams taking part for the first time in the bi-annual competition, Africa may see a New Champion arise by July 19. First let’s look at the past winners. Egypt Winners: ×7 (1957, 1959, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2008, 2010) Runners Up: 2 The pharaohs are synon...
AFCON 2019: The Five “must See” Big Games Of The Group Stage
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AFCON 2019: The Five “must See” Big Games Of The Group Stage

The 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nations can be arguably said to be the most anticipated of all Afcon Tournaments. This is not just because of the level of awareness created for the competition but as well because a whole lot of countries more than usual will be participating at this year’s event. Therefore, this means that a higher number of fans across the continent at large will be following the proceedings in Egypt. With 24 teams now playing at the competition and as well the schedule being in the summer where majority of leagues in Europe are in their off season, the followership is expected to increase. However, while the opening game of the competition and the final match is usually well watched by millions of fans, there are various other groups stage games and p...
Q&A: Young Bafana’s Qhamani dissects Bafana Afcon chances
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Q&A: Young Bafana’s Qhamani dissects Bafana Afcon chances

Young Bafana Academy player Qhamani Myolelo speaks of his expectation of Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt Qhamani Myolelo is, known to his friends as Madala, is looking forward to the start of the AFCON tournament in Egypt. The U14 goalkeeper of the Young Bafana Soccer Academy will be watching the opening game of the South African national team at home in the township of Lwandle, Strand, with his family. Here are his thoughts on the AFCON tournament and the chances of the South African team. Madala, the Afcon tournament begins on Friday. The South African national team is in perhaps the toughest group of the tournament along with Ivory Coast, Morocco and Namibia. DO you think our team can survive the group stage? I think that we have a chance to move into th...
Coach Desabre: Uganda have the quality to do well at the Afcon
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Coach Desabre: Uganda have the quality to do well at the Afcon

The Cranes are in Group A alongside hosts and seven-time winners Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has urged his charges to be positive when they play Ivory Coast in a friendly game on Saturday. The team drew 0-0 with minnows Turkmenistan in their first friendly game played in Abu Dhabi a week ago. With the final squad already named, the Frenchman says anxiety should be a thing of the past for his charges as quoted by The Daily Monitor. “Against Turkmenistan, we created some chances but we need to do more, go fight. The game helped me analyze players mentally and technically. Now it is another step because I give the final list that will play the last friendly against Ivory Coast.
Africa Cup of Nations: How to watch Afcon 2019 matches
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Africa Cup of Nations: How to watch Afcon 2019 matches

Goal has your complete guide to watching Afcon 2019 matches on TV around the world The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will kick off in Egypt on June 21, with the continent’s finest teams coming together to compete for the grandest prize in the African game. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Alex Iwobi will all be present as heavyweights such as Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria look to get their hands on the Afcon title. Other teams like Morocco, Ghana and Tunisia will also fancy their chances of clinching the crown, while South Africa and the Ivory Coast could also be dark-horse winners in the Afcon latter stages.
Zaha price tag warning sounded to Man Utd, Tottenham and any other suitors of Palace winger
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Zaha price tag warning sounded to Man Utd, Tottenham and any other suitors of Palace winger

A number of sides are said to be mulling over summer moves for the Ivory Coast international, but the Eagles will not budge on their asking price Wilfried Zaha is a man in demand, with Manchester United and Tottenham said to be among his many suitors, but Crystal Palace will not sell him for “less than market value”. Various price tags have been mooted for the Ivory Coast international. He is tied to a contract through to 2023 that was only signed last summer, so his current club are under no pressure to sell.
Super Falcons Demolish Niger Republic 15-0 (WAFU Cup)
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Super Falcons Demolish Niger Republic 15-0 (WAFU Cup)

The Nigeria Super Falcons have demolished the Niger Republic women’s football team 15-0 in an encounter at the ongoing West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup tournament in Ivory Coast. This is a new record for the national women’s football. The sub-regional women football tournament is ongoing in Abidjan with eight West African teams in attendance. The Super Falcons had thrashed Burkina Faso’s girls 5-1 at the Parc des Sports in Treichville on Thursday, but they were more ruthless on Saturday against the Nigeriens who are indeed the standout whipping team of Group B. In a report by premium Times, the goals feast for the Super Falcons started in the ninth minute, and two minutes later the nine-African champions had doubled their lead. Two more goals were added for the ...
Ogunjobi’s Death Shocks Organisers of Nigeria Pitch Awards
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Ogunjobi’s Death Shocks Organisers of Nigeria Pitch Awards

Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi The Organisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have expressed shock at the death of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former Nigerian football star and former General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation. Shina Philips, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, said he was shocked when the news of the death of Chief Ogunjobi got to him. ‘I couldn’t believe it when the news first got to me. He was full of life the last time we met’, Philips said. ‘Ogunjobi’s death is a loss of unimaginable proportion. He has done so much for our football both as a footballer and an administrator and somebody like that should be around to help sustain the development of our football.’ Philips continued. ‘We commiserate with the President of the NFF, Mr Amaju Pinnick, the...