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  • Joe Aribo: The Scintillating Ibrox Playmaker

    After spells at Staines Town and Charlton Athletic, Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo, fondly known as “Joe Boy” amongst Nigerian supporters and professionally known as Joe Aribo, is emerging as a crucial cog for club and country at 25 years of age.   The London-born midfielder played a vital role in helping Rangers secure the Scottish…

  • The Team of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage

    The TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, but on an individual basis, some players have lived up to expectations, some have surpassed and others have been a massive disappointment. As we enter the knockout stages of the competition, the nerves begin to become a real factor…

  • Case Study: Carlos Queiroz’s Egypt

    Egypt is one of the most successful teams in Africa, a country known for its attacking-first style of football (especially under Hassan Shehata’s leadership) and that has won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times. On 8 September 2021, the Egyptian Football Association announced the hiring of Carlos Queiroz, a veteran manager who…

  • Moses Simon: The Super Eagles’ Flying Winger

    It is no surprise that Moses Simon has made an electric start to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. After starting on the left flank in Nigeria’s 1-0 victory against Egypt, Simon scored a goal and provided one assist in the second group stage match against Sudan and was rightly awarded as the game’s official…

  • Disrupted, Disregarded, Maligned and Disliked: AFCON Deserves Better From European Onlookers

    In 2012, then-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he ‘hoped’ that Ivorian trio Abdul Razak, Yaya and Kolo Touré didn’t go to the upcoming African Cup of Nations, due to the disruption it would have to the Citizen’s season. All three, rightfully, travelled to the tournament, as City eventually finished 2nd to Manchester United in…

  • Nigeria’s Victorious Start to AFCON

    Understandably so, the first round of games have been slow in terms of goals but has not disappointed with regards to excitement and tension. The first few games are naturally slower and cagier because teams are just trying to feel each other out, not take too many risks and get some points if they can. …

  • Sierra Leone Gets the Unlikeliest of Points Against Defending Champions Algeria

    Ahead of the Group E opener, everyone expected it to be a showdown between holders Algeria and 2015 winners Ivory Coast. Not a single person gave Sierra Leone or Equatorial Guinea a chance in this group. Of course, with the current format of possibly three teams qualifying from the group the lesser teams have a…

  • Ola Aina: The Dependable, Versatile Full-Back

    Nigeria have gotten off to an impressive start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, beating Egypt 1-0 via a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho, and one player who was crucial in stopping Mohammed Salah’s creative influence was Ola Aina. At 25 years of age, the fullback will be crucial in the Super Eagles’ efforts to…

  • Order Is Restored After a Rocky Start in Cameroon

    Against the run of play and all expectations leading into the tournament, host nation Cameroon fell behind after just 24 minutes to a beautiful finish by Burkina Faso midfielder Gustavo Sangare. Although Cameroon had the ball for the most part before the goal, it was clear that Burkina Faso weren’t just going to lay down…

  • Cameroon Kicks Off the 35th African Cup of Nations

    On Sunday, host nation Cameroon kick off the 2021 African Cup of Nations. Cameroon are no stranger to winning this competition, in fact, they last won it in 2017. The Indomitable Lions last hosted the competition in 1972 where they finished third.   Hosting a tournament is usually associated with the advantage of having your…