GOTP Notepad: Morocco and Nigeria to meet in African final

IT MAY be Africa’s second most important competition for national teams, but the African Nations Championship appears to have been quite low-key. The final takes place this weekend (February 4), with hosts Morocco facing Nigeria in Casablanca. Neither country has won it before, so there will be a new winner of a tournament that is only open to players plying their trade in domestic football. … Continue reading GOTP Notepad: Morocco and Nigeria to meet in African final

Neither fish nor fowl – the FIFA Club World Cup

A few limp flags hung around an airport café and the match ticket booth provided the only firm evidence that something is going on in Marrakech. The livery for the FIFA Club World Cup has to compete with a film festival, which looks strangely similar. In the souks of the city, there is an air of ambivalence about the competition, although alongside Moroccan slippers, the … Continue reading Neither fish nor fowl – the FIFA Club World Cup

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