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African to the world: Continent stars to watch in Europe this weekend



It’s another weekend of football as European leagues resume hostilities this weekend and as usual, a couple of African soccer stars will be involved for their different clubsides.

From the English Premier League to the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1 and several leagues across Europe, African players have been doing tremendous things for their clubs.

This weekend, as usual, Africannewswatch takes a look at some of the continent’s talents who are expected to feature for their clubs around the world.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool mates were at the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Monday night at Old Trafford, but against a Bournemouth team still trying to find their rhythm, the Reds are expected to come our victorious.

Salah got the consolation goal against Man U bringing his total to two goals so far and is poised to continue in that vein as Bournemouth comes calling and could find more joy as their opponents have shipped seven goals in their last two matches against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Liverpool are winless in three matches and Jurgen Klopp’s men are poised to correct that on Saturday afternoon to keep tabs on the early frontrunners.

Thomas Partey – Arsenal

After an injury plagued 2021/2022 EPL season, Ghanian midfielder, Thomas Partey has gradually come into the element that made Arsenal fork out the cash to sign him from Athletico Madrid.

Partey is now the first name on the Gunners team sheet and barring any unforeseen circumstances, will also take to the pitch when Fulham come calling at the Emirate Stadium for Saturday’s London derby.

Arsenal/Ghana midfield star, Thomas Partey (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal/Ghana midfield star, Thomas Partey (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Partey has been an integral part of the Arsenal team and has been instrumental for the North Londoners perfect start to the season as Mikel Arteta’s team remains the only side with a perfect record after winning their first three matches.

Joe Aribo – Southampton

Nigerian midfield grafter, Joe Aribo, has played himself into the Southampton reckoning as he helped the Saints to their first three points with victory at Leicester City last weekend.

He should be in line to play a part when Manchester United come calling though it is left to be seen if that part will be from the start or coming off the bench.

Erik ten Hag’s men who are still basking in the euphoria of their first win over Liverpool on Monday will be in a buoyant mood but will Aribo and co cut them to size?

Joe Aribo (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Joe Aribo (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The Saints have proved to be a boggie team for the Red Devils in the past and that could continue on Saturday.

Edouard Mendy – Chelsea

Senegal Afcon winner, Edouard Mendy, had an embarrassing moment to forget in Chelsea’s 3-0 defear at the hands of Leeds United at Elland Road when he practically handed the first goal to Leeds on a platter of gold.

But Mendy is still Thomas Tuchel’s number one and is expected to be in the starting line up for the visit of out of sorts Leicester City at the Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper, Eduard Mendy (Photo Credit: Chelsea FC)

Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper, Eduard Mendy (Photo Credit: Chelsea FC)

And as expected, he should be able to redeem his image with a response worthy of one of the best shot stoppers in Africa.

Chelsea may have endured a mixed bag since the resumption of the new season but with the trust of the manager, Mendy should be able to prove his doubters wrong with a positive result.

Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich

While Liverpool is struggling to make an early impact in the EPL, Senegal forward Sadio Mané who left them for Bayern Munich in the transfer window, is thriving in the German Bundesliga.

Last time out, he was in rampant mood as he bagged a brace in Bayern’s 7-0 thumping of FC Bochum to take his goals tally to three in rural three weeks old season.

Sadio Mané has taken to life in Bayern Munich (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Sadio Mané has taken to life in Bayern Munich (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The Senegal star should be in the line up when the Bavarians welcome Borussia Monchengladbach in gameweek four on Saturday and is expected to lead the line.

Achraf Hakimi – PSG

Moroccan wingback, Achraf Hakimi, has been one the few African shining lights in the French Ligue 1 as he has been in impressive form for Paris Saint-Germain so far in the season.

The Morocco international was on song last time out when PSG annihilated Lillw 7-1 and is poised to once again, be an integral part of the team and Sunday for the visit of Monaco.

Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City

After recovering from a long term injury, Nigerian defensive midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is in line to make the starting line up when Leicester City visit the Stamford Bridge to try to reverse its winless start to the season.

Wilfred Ndidi will be massive for Leicester City against Chelsea (Photo Credit: Leicester City FC)

Wilfred Ndidi will be massive for Leicester City against Chelsea (Photo Credit: Leicester City FC)

Ndidi’s team mates, Kelechi Iheanacho and Zambian striker Patson Daka, should be on the bench as usual and could play cameo roles as Brendan Rodgers hopes to change the fortunes of his floundering squad.

Victor Osimhen – Napoli

Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, has had a productive session so far in the Italian Serie A with two goals so far.

With Luciano Spalletti’s men travelling to Fiorentina in gameweek three, Napoli is looking to make it three wins in three with a third straight win.

Osimhen is unarguably one of the hottest strikers in Italy at the moment as is likely to get the nod to lead the line for the Partenopei’s.


Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel retires from football as one of African most decorated stars



Former Nigerian international footballer, John Mikel Obi has retired from the sport after a boisterous career both home and abroad.

The 35-year-old Nigerian started his career at the age of 12 when picked as a talented footballer by over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy. Mikel would later have his professional career in Norway, England, China, Turkey, and Kuwait.

His most successful club career stint was at Chelsea football club of England which he joined after a dramatic transfer battle between Chelsea and Manchester United.  Mikel enjoined eleven years of stay at the London club where he won 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cup, 1 Football League Cup, 1 FA Community Shield, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 UEFA Europa League.

On the national stage, Mikel won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2006, 2010, and 2019. He was also the captain of Nigeria’s Summer Olympic team that won bronze in 2016

Meanwhile, there have been congratulatory messages and accolades to the former Nigerian star by his former clubs, football bodies, and colleagues.


His personal honour includes FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball in 2005, CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year in 2005, Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2007, and 2008, He was part of the CAF Team of the Year in 2005 and 2013, Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament in 2013, and ended as African Footballer of the Year runner-up: 2013.

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(VIDEO) Big shame as Mali women’s basketball players fight following World Cup match loss



It was a show of shame on Monday when two members of Mali’s women basketball team at the ongoing FIBA Women World Cup in Sydney, Australia, threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in fisticuffs afterafter the team was defeated 81-68 by Serbia.

The two players, Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou, were caught on video going at each other’s throat during a post-match interview with Serbian player, Sasa Cado, in the post game mixed zone and was captured by a Serbian news camera.

Prior to the shameful fight, Mali which is lowest-ranked side at the tournament at number 37 in the world, had lost their first four games of the tournament and were no longer in contention for the knockout stage.

They even managed to set a record by losing to hosts Australia by a 118-58, a whopping 60 points difference.

Meanwhile, basketball’s world governing body, FIBA, in a statement on Tuesday, says it has opened an investigation into the fight.

The two Malian basketball players engaging in a shameful fight

The two Malian basketball players engaging in a shameful fight (Photo Credit: SNA)

The statement issued by a FIBA spokesperson, confirmed it was aware of the incident.

“FIBA acknowledged today that there was an altercation between Mali players in the mixed zone following the Group B game Serbia-Mali at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.

“Following the incident, FIBA has opened an investigation. Once the investigation is concluded, FIBA will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures.”

Mali was only a late replacement for at the World Cup after the Nigeria withdrew from the tournament due to administrative issues around the sport in their country.

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