Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Algeria will win Afcon 2015 – Tunisia coach Leekens

Tunisia coach George Leekens

– Another day, another prediction that Algeria will win the Nations Cup. It’s George Leekens this time. [contextly_sidebar id=”2JWuY7yZ6VGLM5NDduMfog77xCF6JYOd”]After drawing 1-1 with the Desert Foxes on Sunday in a pre-tournament warm up game, the Tunisia boss heaped praise on the starring Algerians. “Algeria is in the hardest group in this competition, but they’re able to qualify and to win the ...

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OFFICIAL: The complete list of all 16 teams at Afcon 2015

Tournament begins February 17

Citi Sports provides the complete list of official squads selected for the African Nations Cup finals, being held in Equatorial Guinea from January 17-February 8. – GROUP A BURKINA FASO Goalkeepers: 1-Moussa Fofana (Racing Club Kadiogo), 23-Moussa Germain Sanou (Beauvais), 16-Abdoulaye Soulama (Hearts of Oak) Defenders: 14-Wilfried Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol), 13-Narcisse Bambara (Universitatea Cluj), 9-Issa Gouo (AS Kaloum), 5-Mohamed Koffi (Zamalek), 4-Bakary ...

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How Lionel Messi fell out of love with Barcelona


The official reason given for Lionel Messi’s surprise no-show for Barcelona’s traditional annual open training session on Monday was ‘gastroenteritis’ but not everyone in Spain was convinced. As Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez had – with unfortunate timing – put it three days earlier, gastroenteritis is often “an excuse for when something else is going on”, so no wonder many pundits ...

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Lionel Messi v Barcelona: the conflict becomes a crisis

Messi not happy?

A bust up between Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique and the firing of sports director Andoni Zubizarreta in the aftermath of the club’s transfer ban has pushed an already tainted Barcelona board into crisis. Talk of controversy is never far away when discussing the Catalan club that has more than its fair share of internal disputes, mainly due to ...

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Leicester boss warns Schlupp to return fit from Afcon


A disappointed Leicester City boss has fired parting shots at his Afcon bound pair. Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp will be representing Algeria and Ghana respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea set for January 17-February 8. They are set to miss at least three Premier League games during the period. [contextly_sidebar id=”xR7oJW5sOXpXWhmMEw10tpNz2T4ZPaOz”] Interestingly, the two team-mates ...

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This will be my last Afcon, then I retire – Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has disclosed he will call time on his international career after 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Liverpool centre-back will bring to an end an international career with the Elephants of Ivory Coast that has spanned 15 years. He stated that he wants his international career to “finish on a high” after disappointments of failing ...

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Song retires from Cameroon to “focus on domestic career”

Alex Song

Cameroon and West Ham midfielder Alex Song has retired from international football after his exclusion from his country’s Africa Cup of Nations squad. The Barcelona loanee, 27, will now be available for the Hammers this month after talks with Cameroon about a late call-up broke down. He said on Instagram:  “My love for my country will never change. “I want to ...

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Glo-CAF Awards gala night for Thursday


The 2014 Glo-CAF Awards gala night comes up in Lagos on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and will be attended by many ex -internationals including former Super Eagles Captains, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo. Globacom said Okocha and two former African Footballers of the year, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Nosa Ikpeba, are expected to grace the awards aptly labelled the ...

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Equatorial Guinea appoint Esteban Becker as new coach

esteban becker

Equatorial Guinea have appointed Esteban Becker as their new head coach. This comes less than two weeks to the event where they play as hosts of the 30th edition as a new champion is set to be crowned following Nigeria’s failure to book a ticket to the finals. Becker replaces fired Andoni Goikoetxea who was shown the door following breach ...

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Algeria confirm Kashi and Cadamuro as Afcon replacements


Uncapped Ahmed Kashi and discarded fullback Liassine Cadamuro were confirmed on Monday as replacements for Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations finals squad. This is after injuries to Essaid Belkalem and Mehdi Abeid, the Algerian Football Federation said. French-born Kashi from Metz has not yet played for Algeria but Cadamuro, on the books of Osasuna in Spain, was part ...

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