April 16, 2014 11:30 AM Which Countries Got and Which Got Out Africa’s World Cup
With less than 60 days to go until the World Cup begins in Brazil, here is a round-up of the latest squad news concerning the players likely (or unlikely) to feature for Africa’s Five at the international high table. Bear in mind, however, that a lot can change between now and the opening day of the tournament. Managers are not set to name their provisional 55
March 27, 2014 3:05 PM Premier League - Moyes: United 'aspire to be like City' after derby drubbing
David Moyes has admitted his faltering Manchester United side need to aspire to the levels set by their arch rivals Manchester City. United were soundly beaten 3-0 by their title-chasing neighbours at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as Moyes was given a stark reminder of where his side should be. “I think we’ve played a very good side, playing at the sort of level 62
March 15, 2014 6:02 AM Pellegrini hopeful of City's return to form
Manuel Pellegrini is hoping his Blues can find a time machine to propel them back to the future that sees them lift the Premier League title. It is not known if the City boss is a fan of the 80s flick in which Michael J Fox travels from 1985 to 1955 to right a few wrongs courtesy of a plutonium-powered DeLorean car. But the City boss chanelled his inner-Doc 71
March 4, 2014 4:17 PM African sides ready for World Cup warm-up matches
All five of Africa's World Cup finalists are in action this week as they continue their preparations for this summer's tournament in Brazil. While the experienced Yobo misses out, there will be chances for new blood to impress with uncapped trio Imoh Ezekiel, Ramon Azeez and Michael Uchebo set to be given game time by coach Stephen Keshi. Ghana travel 47
February 21, 2014 9:04 AM I'll always welcome another chance to join Kotoko - Ahmed Toure
Former Asante Kotoko striker Ahmed Toure has spoken of his strong desire of rejoining the Ghanaian champions. Toure, who is currently a free agent, left the Kumasi-based side in 2012 after an impressive campaign in the 2011 Ghana Premier League. But the Ivory Coast-based player is relishing a return to the Porcupine Warriors. “I miss Kotoko so much and will easily 116
February 19, 2014 3:28 PM Pep Guardiola’s Bayern v Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona: How do the two sides compare?
Dani Alves and Eric Abidal v false full-backs As we detailed in our preview of the Arsenal v Bayern encounter at the Emirates, the role of the full-backs at Bayern is quite different to the roles taken up by Dani Alves and Eric Abidal at Guardiola’s Barcelona. At Barcelona, Alves was key for Guardiola in the attacking areas of the right flank. In the 2008/09 campaign 58
February 16, 2014 3:53 PM Yaya vs. Busquets Stats Comparison: Should Barca Regret Letting Toure Leave?
Yaya Toure faces his old side Barcelona for the first time as an opposing player this week, as Manchester City host the Catalan giants in the last 16 of the Champions League. Toure left the club for City in 2010, having grown frustrated at a lack of opportunities in the Barcelona side. Such restricted game time came largely due to former boss Pep Guardiola’s 55
February 11, 2014 1:40 PM The Malian Crisis: West Africa and the Hegemons, By Jibrin Ibrahim
The Malian crisis has since January 2012 been on the African front-burner because of the shock waves it created around the issue of declining African capacities to address internal problems. It took the intervention of the French to reverse the loss of the territorial integrity of the country and the United Nations to take charge. ECOWAS has been a major 81
February 7, 2014 12:14 PM Has Manchester City’s Fernandinho become the most important player in the Premier League title race?
When I saw the Manchester City team sheet on Monday night to play Chelsea my heart sank. I had seen rumors on the internet saying Fernandinho may not be fit and I, along with every other Manchester City fan, was devastated to see these fears realised. The player had suffered a muscle injury in training the previous day that would rule him out for a few weeks 65
February 7, 2014 1:39 AM Pellegrini v Mourinho: Chelsea boss outwits his Man City rival
Jose Mourinho called Chelsea "a little horse" compared to Manchester City's thoroughbreds - but no-one is buying the obvious smokescreen he is trying to build around his Premier League title aspirations. And Mourinho has only got himself to blame if the lines he continues to dish out fail to find any takers after his brilliant tactical masterclass, carried 111