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Four-time African Player of the Year, Toure Sees Future in Coaching



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A lightweight, young but technically-gifted Yaya Toure made his way out of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital at the age of 17.

Aware of his own luck, and good reality, he worked hard at Beveren, Belgium to get to the greatest heights of the game.

Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City- Toure has had a stellar football career and has won many laurels.

His career, which has seen him getting crowned as the African Player of the Year four times is winding down and the footballer has grown a penchant for coaching.

His desire for the basics and understanding of football, he said, was built from home, where it all began for him.

In an interview with Coaches Voice, Toure revealed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Kolo Toure, who’s currently learning at Leicester under Brendan Rodgers.

He said many of his coaches have alway seen the quality of a good coach in him as he asked lots of questions and lived the game.

Toure’s legendary status in African football is without a question, as he is one of the continent’s more decorated footballers abroad.

Respected at home for his much-appreciated effort in helping Ivory Coast to a coveted AFCON title in 2015, their first since 1992, Toure is currently doing his coaching badges at Queens’ Park Rangers under Chris Ramsey.

In a game where it’s difficult for black coaches to earn opportunities, Toure has a close example in former teammate, Vincent Kompany who is working his socks off at Belgian club, Anderlecht as he builds a career in coaching.

Toure hopes the lessons he got from Abidjan down to Manchester will shape his vision going into the profession as he wants to be rather seen on the pitch exchanging ideas, and barking out instructions to young footballers.

Not many African greats have trailed the coaching path, with many rather choosing to be in the corporate world or vie for administrative positions in the game, but Toure may be a pleasing difference and one that will encourage many others.

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia



Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.

Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.

The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.

Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.

The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.

“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.

Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.

Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.

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Algeria’s Slimani Joins Lyon on a Free Transfer



Algerian forward, Islam Slimani, has signed for Lyon on a free transfer, the French club has announced.

Slimani, who scored 13 goals in 47 games in all competitions for Leicester, joins Lyon on an 18-month contract.

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon,” Slimani said.

“I’ve joined a team that’s top of the league, playing well and scoring goals. I want to help the club achieve its objectives.”

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was a child, I came to the area, to Givors, to play in tournaments with my team. I’m a combative person who gives everything on the pitch.”

He added: “Lyon is a big club and near the top of the table every season, playing to participate in the Champions League.

“I spoke to Djamel Benlamri a lot. He told me a lot of good things about the club, the players and the coach. I’m here to help the team. Even if I start as a substitute, get in the game and help the team, the coach won’t let me sit on the bench.”

Slimani, 32, began his professional career in his native country. After four successful seasons at CR Belouizdad, he left Algeria to join Sporting Club de Portugal in 2013. In Portugal, he spent three seasons and in his final season he scored 27 goals in 33 league appearances.

In 2016, Slimani joined Leicester City where he formed a very complementary duo with Riyad Mahrez. After the departure of Claudio Ranieri from the Foxes, the Algerian international played less and went out on loan.

In 2019, Slimani won the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

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Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Barcelona – Line Up, Prediction, and Team News



Barcelona could be said to be “back and better” after going eight straight games without a loss in the La Liga. This recent form should get Real Sociedad worried as the two teams match up tonight in Córdoba for the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup.


Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann

R. Sociedad (4-3-3): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, Guridi; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzabal


Real Sociedad: LLLWDL

Barcelona: DWDWWW


Competition/Round: 2021 Supercopa de España, Semifinal 1

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, Córdoba, Spain

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

VAR: José Luis González González

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