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Senegal forward beat Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez to award

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Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been named the 2019 African Men’s Player of the Year.

The Liverpool man saw off competition from the likes of club team-mate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City and Algerian star Riyad Mahrez.

Mane won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup as well as just missing out on the Premier League title by a single point.

The Senegal attacker also guided his nation to the final of the 2019 AFCON where they lost to Algeria.

While accepting the award Mane said ‘Football is my job, I love it. I am really happy and proud to win this award. I would like to thank all the Senegalese people, they push always me. I must also thank my (Senegal) coach, Aliou Cisse and Liverpool, all my team mates there.’

Fellow nominees, Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez were absent from the awards due to club commitments.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala won the African Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth time.

Oshoala beats South African Thembi Kgatlana and Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya to win the award.

Award Winners
African Player of the Year
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

African Women’s Player of the Year
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

African Interclubs Player of the Year
Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

African Men’s Coach of the Year
Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)

African Women’s Coach of the Year
Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

African Men’s National Team of the Year
Algeria

African Women’s National Team of the Year
Cameroon

Federation of the Year
Egyptian Football Association

Special Award
Kojovi Obilale (former Togolese goalkeeper)

CAF-Fifpro Best XI
Goalkeeper: Andre Onana

Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye, Riyad Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Super Falcons goalkeeper moves to France

Chiamaka Nnadozie joins Feminine Division One team Paris FC

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Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie has completed her transfer to Paris FC in France from Nigeria Women Football League side, Rivers Angels.

Nnadozie is expected to sort out her visa issues in Nigeria before she joins up with her teammates in France.

The 19-year-old shot-stopper is expected to be the first-choice goalkeeper for her new side who are currently sixth on the table after 13 matches in the Feminine Division One.

Over the weekend, Paris FC defeated Montpellier 2-1 away from home and will next face Dijon on February 8.

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2022 FIFA World Cup draw throws up interesting pairings

Draw ceremony took place in Cairo, Egypt, with 40 African countries paired in 10 groups

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The Draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar took place on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, with 40 African countries discovering their fates for the second round of the qualifying campaign.

The ceremony took place at The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Egypt and saw the 14 first-round winners and the 26 highest-ranked African nations in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking drawn into ten groups of four ahead the penultimate stage of the continental journey to Qatar.

DRAW:

Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti
Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia
Group D: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi
Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda
Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola
Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia
Group H: Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Togo
Group I: Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Biisau, Sudan
Group J: DR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania

Marcel Desailly, former Captain of the French Men’s national football team, who hails from Ghana and Clementine Toure, Coach of Côte d’Ivoire’s Women’s national football team, were on hand to assist Samson Adamu, CAF Director of Competitions, to conduct the draw for the group phase of the qualifiers which starts on October 2020 and runs until October 2021

The winners of the ten groups will qualify for the final round of the continental qualification on the road to Qatar.

The final round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.

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Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb joins Newcastle United

25-year-old completes loan move to Premier League club from Schalke 04

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Newcastle United have completed the signing of Algeria international midfielder, Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke 04 on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

The 25-year-old, who previously played for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking shortly after he was unveiled, Bentaleb told nufc.co.uk: “I’m very happy to come back to the Premier League, especially with a club such as Newcastle.

“The project really interested me. I wanted absolutely to come back to the Premier League. The coach had some trust in me and the club also – I saw that straight away – and I think it’s the perfect move for me.”

While Manager of the Magpies, Steve Bruce gave his thoughts after the Algerian was presented to the media: “He’s somebody who I paid particular attention to when he was at Spurs, when he broke through and got a big money move to Germany.

“He’s played at the highest level now for the last four or five years but he will come in hungry and feeling he has something to prove and will give us the competition we obviously need.

“With the numbers that we’ve got at the minute, he’s got a bit of experience and I think people will enjoy watching him play. He’ll come into the squad and I’m sure he’ll be a good acquisition for us.

“The fact that he’s played in the Premier League before helps, because we know that he can play and knows what the demands of the Premier League are. He’s gone from the Premier League to Schalke and played in the Champions League as well, so we’re delighted to get him. It’s a great signing.”

Bentaleb made 66 appearances while with Tottenham and scored his only goal against Newcastle United in a League Cup tie in December 2014 – before making the move to Schalke in the German Bundesliga in August 2016.

He has made 97 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit scoring 19 goals in the process.

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