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African football supremo Hayatou in fight for eighth term

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Addis Ababa (AFP) – Issa Hayatou, the last of the old generation leaders in world football, faces a rare challenge Thursday as he seeks an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football.

The leaders of football federations across the continent gathered in Addis Ababa to choose who will lead the CAF for the next four years.

African football supremo Hayatou in fight for eighth term

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Addis Ababa (AFP) – Issa Hayatou, the last of the old generation leaders in world football, faces a rare challenge Thursday as he seeks an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football.

The leaders of football federations across the continent gathered in Addis Ababa to choose who will lead the CAF for the next four years.

Africa’s football emperor Hayatou kicks out controversy

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Yaoundé (AFP) – Issa Hayatou, born a prince and emperor of African football for three decades, has been at the centre of scandal - but never wounded - for much of his life.

The 70-year-old Cameroonian, seeking an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an election on Thursday, defied his royal roots early on when he chose sport as a career.

FIFA head Infantino to to meet African football bosses

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Johannesburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in South Africa and Zimbabwe this week to meet African football bosses and attend a birthday party.

He has invited all 54 African national football association presidents to Johannesburg for two days of meetings, starting Tuesday.

Micho, the ‘soldier and servant of African football’

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) "There is no bigger showroom than the Africa Cup of Nations," says Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic, and making it to this year's tournament in Gabon has thrust him and his team into the limelight.

The articulate and engaging Serbian has been working towards this moment since first arriving on the continent in 2001, and now he has taken Uganda to a first Cup of Nations since 1978.

Micho, the ‘soldier and servant of African football’

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) "There is no bigger showroom than the Africa Cup of Nations," says Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic, and making it to this year's tournament in Gabon has thrust him and his team into the limelight.

The articulate and engaging Serbian has been working towards this moment since first arriving on the continent in 2001, and now he has taken Uganda to a first Cup of Nations since 1978.

Leicester’s Mahrez favourite for African player award

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Johannesburg (AFP) Hot favourite Riyad Mahrez of Algeria was among 30 nominees named Saturday for the 2016 African Player of the Year football award.

The winger, who is equally efficient at scoring and creating goals, was a key figure for sensational 2015-2016 English Premier League (EPL) title winners Leicester City.

Adebayor mourns ‘great loss’ of Keshi

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Lome (AFP) Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the "great loss to African football" of Stephen Keshi, the former Nigerian international and coach who died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month.

Crystal Palace striker Adebayor was playing in an exhibition game in Lome organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Adebayor mourns ‘great loss’ of Keshi

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Lome (AFP) Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the "great loss to African football" of Stephen Keshi, the former Nigerian international and coach who died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month.

Crystal Palace striker Adebayor was playing in an exhibition game in Lome organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Former Nigeria football coach ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies

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Abuja (AFP) One of African football's most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54.

Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria's Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Gabon

Two Weeks in Gabon

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After the final Gabon group match in Libreville six of us went to a nearby restaurant in the dimly lit night. Though it was hard to read the menu, there seemed to be a lot of options.

We called the waiter over and he explained that the restaurant's speciality was wine.



There were four items on the food menu, and two of them were off.

A week in Gabon for Afcon 2017

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I have been here in Gabon for 14 games of the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 now, but it seems like just over a week. I have managed to make my way around the country. Not by the different modes of transport I intended but by flights that I have found that were not available to book before I came.


We have completed the second round of matches and the games have gone from Libreville to Franceville, Oyem and then Port Gentil.

Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Images

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Enjoy these images of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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Afcon Three Down

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Four days of the tournament and I am now three down.

On the eve of the opening game we had been assured by the local volunteers that no tickets were available for the opening game and that the ground would be full.



On the day of the game you would not have believed that as the opening ceremony began with only a few thousand in attendance.

One down and we haven't kicked off!

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Three of my favourite books Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Trial by Franz Kafka and Rates of Exchange by Malcolm Bradbury. Imagine if you merged these three and moved the setting to Central Africa. I wonder what would happen? Of course they are all works of fiction but This is Africa.

My journey took a familiar path starting with playing football the evening before, calling into the pub afterwards and walking into town to catch the 23.

Gabon hosts Africa Cup of Nations 2017

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So, who would have thought it. Gabon will host the African continent's biggest tournament for the second time in 5 years (Yes, that's right they also hosted in 2012, when they shared hosting with Equatorial Guinea).

The bidding process for these things started back in 2010 when Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Guinea, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe first expressed an interest.

Africa

Franck Kessié: Meet the Ivorian wonderkid watched closely by Chelsea and Manchester United

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AFCON 2017: 10 promising African young talents to watch at the Africa Cup of Nations

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AFCON 2017: From Sadio Mane to Riyad Mahrez, 10 African stars who will be missed by their Premier League clubs

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Transfer Tracker: Dissecting the Baba Rahman rumours as Chelsea, Real Madrid, Roma and Arsenal lie in wait

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Cheer up, Black Stars! Five reasons for Ghana to be optimistic after AFCON 2015

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AFCON 2015 Awards Roundtable: Best Goal! Best Dance Moves! Cult Hero! Other Stuff!

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AFCON 2015 Team of the Tournament: Just Football’s All-Star Best XI

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AFCON 2015 Final: Boubacar Barry the quiet hero of Ivory Coast’s long and painful road to glory

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From Glory to Shame: The Good and Bad of Equatorial Guinea’s AFCON 2015 Adventure

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AFCON 2015 Semi Final results: Ghana 3-0 Equatorial Guinea – 3 key talking points from a hostile encounter

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AFCON 2015 Semi Final Results: Equatorial Guinea’s run ends in chaos as Ghana make it through

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AFCON 2015 Semi Finals: Equatorial Guinea v Ghana – Tactical Preview

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Africa Cup of Nations all time top scorers: Who is the top goalscorer in AFCON history?

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AFCON 2015 Semi Finals: Ivory Coast vs DR Congo – Tactical Preview

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AFCON 2015 Quarter-Final results: Ghana 3-0 Guinea – 3 talking points as the Black Stars make the semis

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Former Nigeria football coach ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies

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Abuja (AFP) One of African football's most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54.

Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria's Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The JF60 2016: Top 10 La Liga young talents to watch in 2015/16

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The Rest

Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Managers

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A list of the coaches of the participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017.

Black managers have a hard job getting a look-in at clubs in England, they also have a struggle to manage their own national sides. Only 4 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 have native African coaches: DR Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

The Serie A Supermarket: 7 under-the-radar players on Premier League scouts’ shortlists

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FIFA Presidential Election 2016

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The easy part of the impending Fifa presidential election is the actual election process itself. There is a total number of 209 votes available, split up between the various football organisations that comprise Fifa, as follows.