Ghana FA president libel suit postponed

October 31, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

A $2m libel suit brought by the president of the Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyatakyi has been postponed till November 9th, by the Accra High Court. Trial judge Daniel Mensah did not turn up in court on Monday October 30th, when the case was set to begin. Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the FIFA […]

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A chat about (and with) Gernot

October 30, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

When the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) appointed Gernot Rohr, the former Bayern Munich and Bordeaux defender, as the new manager of the Super Eagles, I was less than enamoured with their choice. With stints in Niger, Burkina Faso and Gabon forming the bulk of the German’s national team management experience, I wondered how that qualified […]

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Nigeria, Dangote and Arsenal

October 24, 2016 Articles 1 Comment

If Nigerian football were in proper shape, the country ought to be looking forward to the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, after the conclusion of the group draw. Unfortunately, last Wednesday’s event in Libreville, Gabon’s capital, only serves as a very stark and deeply painful reminder of the depressing depths that the Super […]

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Algeria coach resigns

October 12, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

Milovan Rajevac has resigned as coach of the Algeria team. This was announced in a brief statement on the Algerian Football Federation’s website on Tuesday, two days after their 1-1 home draw, against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, in their opening 2018 World Cup group qualifying game. The 62-year-old Serbian coach, who led Ghana to the quarter-finals […]

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Utaka’s Egyptian misadventure

October 11, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

With a 2008 English FA Cup winners medal with Portsmouth and a surprising 2011 French Ligue One title with unfancied Montpellier, John Utaka’s club career is far from chequered. But the former Nigeria striker, who featured for Turkish Liga side Sivasspor last season, is now compelled to play in Egypt’s second division, with Future Stars. […]

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Mashaba: To go or not to go?

September 18, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

The fate of Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba as Bafana Bafana coach will be decided by South Africa’s FA (SAFA) on Wednesday. Mashaba’s position has been the subject of speculation after South Africa failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Danny Jordaan, SAFA’s president, said Mashaba’s future would be discussed at SAFA’s […]

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Political and economic matches in Egypt

September 13, 2016 Articles 1 Comment

Readers of this blog would have observed I’ve never, on, posted a report or commentary piece not written by me.  But today, I make an exception for my colleague, James Dorsey, for whom I have a great deal of respect and runs the insightful blog “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”. James’s expertise, […]

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CECAFA slammed over poor tournament lodgings

September 11, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

CECAFA, the East African regional football body, began their Women’s tournament in Uganda on Sunday, with Burundi walloping Zanzibar 10-1 in the opening Group A game, while Kenya beat Uganda’s Crested Cranes 4-0. But it is the reported quality of accommodation – or the lack of it, rather – for the players, with up to […]

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Sierra Leone FA boss is “innocent” of corruption charges

September 10, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

Following her release from detention in Freetown, Isha Johansen, president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), has denied being guilty of the corruption accusations laid against her, SLFA Vice-President Brima ‘Mazola’ Kamara and General Secretary Chris Kamara. The three were arrested on Wednesday, by operatives of the country’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). Ady Macauley, […]

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S’Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission arrests Isha Johansen

September 8, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

Isha Johansen, the President of the Sierra Leone FA – the only female FA president in Africa and just one of two in the world – was arrested in Freetown, by operatives of her country’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 7th September.  Johansen (pictured on the extreme right, with her husband, Arne, at the […]

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A whistleblower in Cameroon

September 7, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

A whistleblower at the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, in Yaounde, has spoken to me about possible corruption and theft of FIFA funds, in the construction of the country’s “Goal Project.” Not only has he spoken, “Vascelles Burney” – that’s the pseudonym he is using – to protect himself against retribution (“I did not use my […]

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The Rio tale of Samson Siasia

September 2, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

Samson Siasia, the former striker with Belgian club Lokeren and French Ligue One side, Nantes, is the only African football coach to have won two Olympic football medals – in 2008, in Beijing, China and  during the recently concluded games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Siasia (pictured to the right of Dr Katsuya Takasu, who’s in […]

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