Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

AL-SMITH: Exclusive Q&A with Avram Grant

Ghana's coach Avram Grant leads his team

As Avram Grant gets his debut in African football, he speaks to Gary Al-Smith The former Chelsea man talks Cruyff, Sacchi and prospects for Ghana. Plus some dating tips, too. Gary: You’ve probably been asked a lot of times but what’s the secret to bagging an ambitious, beautiful, and and glamorous woman like your wife, Tzofit? Avram Grant: Five things: ...

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Ex-Senegal star Habib Beye: Sadio is the Mane man for us!

Sadio Mane- Senegal key man

Former Senegal international Habib Beye has crowned young attacking midfielder Sadio Mane as the diamond in a Teranga Lions team of “exceptional talents”. The France-born former Marseille and Newcastle rght-back, who was part of the 2002 Senegal team that reached the World Cup quarter-finals, was speaking as a pundit for Canal+ ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. “Lions ...

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99 caps: Seydou Keita equals Mali all time appearance record


Mali skipper Seydou Keita has become the joint holder of his country’s all time appearance record. The legend now has 99 caps for the Eagles after featuring in the 0-3 defeat to South Africa on Wednesday. Former goalkeeper Mahamadou Sidibé is the other record holder of international appearances for Mali. The former Barcelona midfielder, in typically modest fashion, downplayed the ...

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Zambia star gets all-clear for Afcon

Zambia coach Honour Janza

Zambia coach Honour Janza has decided against dropping injured striker Patrick Ngoma. The Red Arrows and Zambia Under-20 striker has struggled with a bruised bone throughout the Chipolopolo pre-2015 Africa Cup training over the last three weeks in Johannesburg. Zambia’s medical team has given Ngoma the all clear prior to the team’s departure for Equatorial Guinea on Thursday. “The status ...

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Busquets confident Barcelona forward Messi will stay at Camp Nou

Buesquets Messi

Sergio Busquets has reassured Barcelona fans that Lionel Messi has no intentions of leaving the club. Busquets spoke out following reports which suggested the Argentinian had fallen out with manager Luis Enrique. The 26-year-old has no doubts Messi will be staying with the Catalan club, telling his club’s official website: “He controls his future and he has said he has ...

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Ronaldo urges Real Madrid supporters to be nice to Gareth Bale

ronaldo bale

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid fans to get behind “key player” Gareth Bale after the Wales international came under fire for going for goal instead of passing during Saturday’s Primera Division win over Espanyol. Bale was jeered by some Madrid supporters at the Bernabeu when, instead of laying up what could have been a tap-in for Ronaldo inside him, ...

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New Eq. Guinea boss eyes winning start

esteban becker

Newly appointed coach of Equatorial Guinea, Esteban Becker has said his team will have to battle for a win against Congo on Saturday when the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) kicks off. [contextly_sidebar id=”SZMYwJSnrzSgxCVwlroKBwzYKr5PxnxC”] The hosts will kick star the event at the Estadio de Bata Stadium before returning to face Burkina Faso on January 21 and complete the Group ...

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Roberto Martinez: Samuel Eto’o could leave Everton

Samuel Eto'o

Everton manager Martinez dismissed talk of Eto’o being on the verge of joining Serie A club Sampdoria as speculation on Monday. The former Cameroon international was then left out of the Merseyside club’s squad for Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round defeat at West Ham. Sampdoria continue to be linked with a move for the 33-year-old frontman and the Seattle Sounders are ...

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Pacquiao agrees to fight Mayweather

Pacquiao v Mosley Final News Conference

The fight the world has wanted to see for the better part of six years — a long-awaited summit meeting between welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the two top boxers in the world — is not done, but it has cleared a major hurdle. Pacquiao and Top Rank, his promoter, have agreed to terms for a May ...

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Bafana will shock everyone – Cameroon coach Volke Finke

Cameroon boss Volke Finke

Bafana Bafana’s recent displays under Shakes Mashaba have convinced Cameroon head coach, Volker Finke that the South Africans will be a surprise package at the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations, despite being the lowest ranked nation in Group C. The German-born gaffer hailed South Africa after their recent friendly international played last week at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon, where ...

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