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Riyad Mahrez on Man United’s transfer radar

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Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United.

The Fennec Foxes player has made clear his desire to leave the club, handing in a transfer request at the end of last season.

Despite this, manager Craig Shakespeare has continued to select the North African winger in his starting XI and Mahrez has performed strongly in the famous blue shirt at the start of the 2017/18 season.

United, meanwhile, have been unable to land either of their primary winger targets, failing with bids for Gareth Bale and Ivan Perisic.

Manager Jose Mourinho had a first-hand view of Mahrez in action when United beat Leicester 2-0 in a Premier League clash last weekend.

And French outlet SFR Sport claim that the Portuguese manager wants the Red Devils to make a late bid for Mahrez.

The Algerian star has also been linked with Arsenal and Roma, though it seems most likely that he will stay one more season at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez’s focus now will be on performing for Algeria in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia.

The first match between the teams is set for Saturday at 15h00 CAT and AfricanFootball will carry LIVE coverage of the clash.

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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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