Kick-off in Africa – watch out for Senegal and Algeria

It seems like only yesterday that the last African Cup of Nations last took place, but it’s back and the big challenge will be to get people to take notice, although with so many players missing now from English, Spanish and French football, fans cannot help notice that something else is going on in the world. The last series, in 2013, was an uninspiring competition, with Nigeria coming out on top. But the old stereotype of African football epitomizing gay abandon is a thing of the past – in South Africa, the average goals per game was down to 2.18, … Continue reading Kick-off in Africa – watch out for Senegal and Algeria

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 it’s highly unlikely that a team from Asia, Central America or Africa is going to emerge triumphant. Others might dismiss it as a tournament too far. This year it’s in Morocco, a country that has pulled out of hosting the African Cup of Nations due … Continue reading Algerian football is on the up – at least that’s what ES Setif hope