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Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie feels more settled in Turkey


Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie, left, in action against William Ekong’s Super Eagles in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo State, Nigeria.

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Tokelo Rantie is hoping for a better season in Turkey after admitting he struggled at Genclerbirligi in the last campaign.

Rantie proved his worth again in a national team jersey when he netted Bafana Bafana’s opener in the 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away in Nigeria in June‚ and coach Stuart Baxter will now hope that regular game-time for his club will be a boost ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifiers coming up later in the year.

Rantie made just 12 starts for Genclerbirligi in the last campaign‚ to go with 11 substitute appearances‚ scoring six goals in the process.

But he says his teething problems at the club are now a thing of the past and he is raring to go in the new campaign.

“Last season I really struggled with the language‚ it was really challenging‚” Rantie told his club’s website.

“But I think I am over it‚ now I understand better the coach’s plans and his expectations of me‚ which makes my job easier.”

Genclerbirligi have dedicated the 2017/18 season to their charismatic former president of 40 years‚ İlhan Cavcav‚ the man who hired Stuart Baxter after he left Kaizer Chiefs and then fired him after two games.

Cavcav passed away in January aged 81.

“We want to be able to look back in years to come and say‚ ‘we were able to do something special in his historic season that has been dedicated to Ilhan Cavcav’.

“It is a matter of pride for us and we all want to leave our mark on this season‚ every player feels this way.

“The key is to start the season well. We have no injuries apart from a few bumps.”

Genclerbirligi open their Super Lig campaign at home to Karabükspor on Saturday.

The side finished eighth in the 18-team league in 2016/17.

 

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Ghana: Kwesi Appiah defends continued exclusion of Ayew brothers!

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In recent months, the Ghanaian selection has had bad results. Some players were ousted by the coach whose brothers Jordan and André Ayew. Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah defended the continued exclusion of the Black Stars Ayew brothers.

The 57-year-old tactician did not call Andrew and his younger brother, Jordan, because the duo was out of Ghana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville for injuries and illnesses .

André and Jordan, who play for England’s West Ham United and Swansea City, respectively, were also dismissed by Appiah when he played for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2013.

However, Appiah said in an interview with KweseESPN that he is simply doing what he thinks is in the best interest of the team.

« Someone I call, people will complain, it’s something I’m used to, » Appiah said. « There are so many players doing very well and there is no way I can call everyone. « .

The Black Stars endured a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign that saw the West African side fail to reserve its place in next year ‘s final.

« The most important thing is that I have to make good selections with those who are good for this team as the head coach, » he continued.

« And do not allow people to complain about influencing it. If I have to worry about it, I’ll call a hundred players.  »

It remains to be seen whether Appiah will remember the Ayew brothers before the CAN 2019 CAN qualifier against Kenya in October of next year.

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Eto’o vs Drogba: Who has scored more doubled, tripled and quadrupled?

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We will never end comparing these two monuments of African football. Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o remain two phenomena of the African sport king and continue to thrill the fans. Africa Sports plunges back into the numbers to shine. Pending the verdict of the numbers, who of the two has more than doubled, tripled and quadrupled in their respective careers?

Out of a total of 845 games, former indomitable Lions captain Samuel Eto’o has planted 412 goals in his career in all competitions. The striker of Antalyaspor has 7 doubled, 8 triplets and a quadrupled (Nov 8, 2008: Barcelona 6-0 Real Valladolid).

Opposite, the Ivorian Didier Drogba also presents similar figures even if he has never managed a quadrupled. In a total of 783 games, the former captain of the Elephants of Ivory Coast, scored 362 goals in his career including 8 doubled, 7 triplets and 0 quadruplets.

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old Ducrocq – « Okocha pretended to defend »

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In the After Foot Monday night, Pierre Ducrocq briefly returned to his experience with Jay-Jay Okocha. The Parisian community spoke of the talent of the Nigerian, but also his low propensity to defend.
Pierre Ducrocq and Jay-Jay Okocha rubbed shoulders between 1998 and 2001 until the Frenchman’s departure. The two men were probably one of the most beautiful midfield pairs in the 1999-2000 season, after which PSG finished second in the championship. A good memory for the player trained at the club. Even if he had to kill the work for two.

« It was not a labor war thunderbolt »

During the show « After Foot » on RMC and BFM Sport, the discussion turned on the experience of Ducrocq with his Nigerian partner, for which he admires: « I watched him play, he pretended to defend but I did not I was not bothered because I knew his qualities that I did not have, and vice versa, so we were complementary, maybe he’s the player with the most qualities I’ve seen.  »

Ducrocq knows that the old number 10 could go higher: « He had a hair in his hand, he was not a thunderbolt working war, but he was a genius, an artist. he had, he could do a lot, a lot more.  » He shone against Bordeaux Columnist Daniel Riolo recalled the two superb goals scored by Okocha against Bordeaux (one in Gironde since his arrival in August 1998, the other at the Park in September 1999). We invite you to see them again.



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