Algerian football is on the up – at least that’s what ES Setif hope

Cynics might suggest that the FIFA Club World Cup just pays lip-service to the global game and that it’s all about ensuring the winners of the  Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League winners meet in the final after some meaningless eliminators. The romantic will try to insist that the competition is open to all, although […]

Emenike can lead Nigeria to victory in Jo’burg

The African Cup of Nations reaches a climax this weekend with the final on Sunday between Burkina Faso and Nigeria. The competition has a habit of producing shocks, and this year’s favourities, Ivory Coast and Ghana, fell at the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. Not many people expected either side to reach the final, especially the […]

Last chance for Ivory Coast’s “Golden Generation”

For the fifth consecutive African Cup of Nations (ACN), Ivory Coast have been tagged as favourites. It is a mantle they have not worn that well, for since 2006, they have failed to live up to expectations, despite going close on two occasions. Despite having arguably the best team outside of Europe and Latin America […]

Pele was way off the mark, but we can still enjoy the African Cup of Nations….

When Pele said an African nation would win the World Cup before the end of the [20th] century, he was probably puffing on something exotic. The Africans made the breakthrough into the World Cup, and have provided a few thrills – Cameroon, Nigeria et al – but they are unlikely to ever come out on […]