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Leeds United legend Tony Yeboah predicts tough English Premier League season for African players

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Anthony Yeboah held the record of most African goals scored in a season in Germany

Ghana and Leeds United legend Anthony Yeboah has predicted a tough season for African players in the English Premier League saying they will have to work above their weights to survive the season.

Yeboah, one of Africa’s great strikers to have survived at Leeds United says the influx of more players in the EPL and the splash of cash to attract the best will mean the Africans in the Premiership must work extra hard to come to the top.

The African contingent in the new Premier League season will be stronger than ever with the addition of Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and Ghana’s Christian Atsu at Newcastle, added to a cast that already included Liverpool’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane and the Nigeria duo of Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester City and Alex Iwobi, who is on the books of Arsenal.

« I am glad that now Africans are gaining more and more acceptance in the Premier League, » Yeboah said. « You can see that after what the likes of Essien, Drogba, Kanu and to an extent myself did in the league, it enhanced the reputation of African players and has opened up a lot more opportunities for players from the continent and I am particularly happy about that. In a way it is up to the present generation to keep that going,” he told KweseESPN.

« The increasing quality of the Premier League now and its growing financial power means that the field is a lot more competitive than it has ever been. The Premier League is spending a lot more money on the best players in the world, which means the African players there would have their work even more cut out now. »

Yeboah enjoyed a successful time at Leeds United between 1995 to 1997, scoring 33 goals in 60 games, including two stunning volleys against Wimbledon and Liverpool that are considered two of the greatest in the league’s history.



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Nigeria players to receive € 2 million qualifying bonus for World Cup

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Nigeria’s players will receive a € 2 million bonus from their Federation after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The selection of Nigeria will participate in the World Cup 2018. (The Team)
Qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigerian internationals will receive a qualifying bonus, as reported on Wednesday by the spokesman of the Federation (NFF). « The NFF has agreed with the team to pay him 2.4 million dollars (2 million euros) of the 8 that she expects from Fifa, » revealed Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of the Federation.

Last week, the NFF had already announced that an agreement had been reached on match bonuses in Russia, to avoid the hiccups of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that forced the then Sports Minister to to travel to South America on a private jet, with nearly four million dollars (3.39 million euros) in cash. The terms of the new agreement had not been disclosed.

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni ends his career at 35

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Author of 95 goals in the Premier League, the Nigerian striker permanently hangs the crampons. He had no club since last April.

He was in his way one of the leading players of the 2000s in the Premier League. Passed by Porsmouth, Middlesbrough or Everton, Yakubu Aiyegbeni had a successful career in England. The numbers speak for him: 252 appearances for 95 goals, more than one goal every three games. Now, that era is over and the Nigerian is turning to another career: he announced that he was ending his professional career.

57 selections with the Super Eagles

The course of Yakubu is also summarized with his country and the selection. He has finished three times on the podium of the African Cup of Nations (2002, 2004 and 2010) but also played a final phase of World Cup: it was in 2010 in South Africa. To his credit: he played 57 international games and scored 21 goals. He started in selection at a very young age, at the age of 17.

Moreover, this striker with the imposing physique also traveled a lot: he had started to make a name for Israel and Maccabi Haifa, before joining England. He has also played in Qatar, China and Turkey.

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Chelsea: Victor Moses swears fidelity to the club!

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Having found his marks and managed to secure a place in the first team of Chelsea, Victor Moses believes that it belongs to Stamford Bridge. The Nigerian has promised to be loyal to the London club in an interview with Goal.

After three successive loan seasons, the arrival of Antonio Conte opened the door to Victor Moses. The Nigerian international got his chance from the Italian technician and used it very well. Moses took full advantage of the golden opportunity and was one of the star players of the club in winning the English Premier League title last season. The Blues have rewarded the performance of the 26-year-old by extending his contract.

In an infernal form of his life, nominated in the 5 players vying for the title of the African Player of the Year 2017, Victor Moses plans to go all the way with the defending British champion.

« That [the contract] gave me even more momentum to go far and enjoy my football, » Moses told Goal.

« The news has given me a lot more confidence. That’s where I belong, that’s where I want to play, that’s where I want to help my team and win trophies. Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and I enjoy it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer, it is essential to have this conviction, « he concluded.

As a reminder, Victor Moses wounded and removed from the lawn for 5 weeks should make his return this weekend against Liverpool.

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