Egyptian international and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the winner of the 2017 African player of the year award. He’s handed the award this night in Accra, Ghana. He takes over from Algerian born Riyad Mahrez
The first match of Boxing Day in the premier league has already ended with Tottenham’s Harry Kane making history. The England striker made it eight hat-tricks across 2017 and a staggering 39 Premier League goals in just 36 games.
Harry Kane was Tottenham’s hat-trick hero and record breaker as Mauricio Pochettino’s men destroyed Southampton at Wembley.
Kane scored a glorious treble to take him to 39 Premier League goals – in just 36 games – in 2017 which beats Alan Shearer’s 22 year old record of 36 goals in a calendar year.
Incredibly, Kane has now even eclipsed Lionel Messi as Europe’s top scorer for club and country with 56 goals for Spurs and England in 2017 and Barcelona do not play again this year.
Courtesy: John Cross, Chief Football Writer.
If the English Premier League is known for big spendings on players, it’s renowned for sacking club managers. The 2017/2018 football season has already witnessed the departure of six managers starting with Crystal Palace’s Frank de Boer who spent just seventy seven days at the helm of the English side. The latest to be fired is Swansea City’s Paul Clement.
But is this the end of the sack race?
It’s certainly not the end as three premier league managers are under pressure. They are; Stoke City’s Mark Hughes, Newcastle United’s Rafael Benítez, and Bournemouth’s Edie Howe. After playing 18 league matches, Bournemouth is placed 16th with 16 points, Stoke City 17th with 16 points and Newcastle United now occupies position number 18 with 15 points. After weekend’s matches where the dominant Manchester City takes on Bournemouth, Stoke City on West Brom and West Ham United on Newcastle United, we’ll know who may be leaving on Monday considering the fact that most of the departed premier league managers were fired on Monday.
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The FECAFOOT Normalisation Committee has decided to part ways with the winner of the 2017 AFCON. Hugo Broos is no longer the coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. His contract was terminated Monday following a resolution of the Normalisation Committee, which currently manages the day-to-day affairs of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fécafoot). The Belgian technician leaves the Cameroonian team two months from the end of his contract (February 2018) Broos is accused of failing to qualify the Indomitable Lions for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Arrived at the helm of the indomitable Lions in 2015, the former Club Brugge coach unexpectedly won the 2017 AFCON with Cameroon but reports also have it that he’s failed to respect clauses of his contract amongst which is his long stay abroad when he’s expected to be in Cameroon. His replacement is not yet announced.
In the sense of Cameroon music, Jovi will say “do me for aller wait me for retour.” Today’s UEFA champions league matches mark the start of return leg matches of the competition whereby relatively losing teams are expected to build momentums and correct their mistakes of the away matches. In one of the several matches to be played across Europe today, I go for my favourite team Manchester United FC.
Manchester United takes on Benfica at Old Trafford. In the away match, Manchester United got all the three points when Rashford’s powerful free kick pushed the the Benfica goalkeeper and his ball beyond the goal line and later considered a goal by the UEFA goal accreditation system in what also looked like an own goal (O.G) for the teenage goalkeeper.
Some interesting statistics ahead of the game at Old Trafford: Svilar, the Benfica goalkeeper is the youngest goalkeeper to play the UEFA champions league; he’s just 18 and he actually looks young when compared to other ‘young’ players such as the Indomitable Lion’s sugar striker Christian Bassogog.
Manchester United has one of the world’s finest goalkeepers; David De Gea is yet to concede a goal at home in the Premier League. Thanks to De Gea, Manchester United are the only side in Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A) yet to concede a goal at home in the league so far this 2017/2018 football season.
Also, Manchester United’s wonder boy Marcus Rashford and lone scorer of 18 October 2017 Manchester United 1 – 0 win at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica has turned 20 today. Happy birthday Marcus!
I’ll be posting about today’s UCL matches via my facebook page as the day unfolds.
Come on, United!!!
Ronald Koeman was appointed Everton manager before the 2016-17 season. Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Sunday’s 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone.
A statement said the club “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.
The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League and have won just two of their nine league games this season.
“I still believe I can change the whole situation,” Koeman had said on Sunday.
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Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester.
The 54-year-old Dutchman, who guided Everton to seventh place in his first season in charge last term, paid the price for a poor start to this season despite having spent £140m in the summer.
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri gave Koeman his backing a fortnight ago after their 1-0 defeat by Burnley, but the Toffees then drew at Brighton and lost to Lyon, in the Europa League, before their Goodison Park humbling by Arsenal.
Everton’s chances of progressing from Europa League Group E are slim, with the Merseysiders bottom after defeats by Atalanta and Lyon and a draw with Apollon Limassol.
On Sunday Koeman tweeted that getting a result against Arsenal was “impossible” after being reduced to 10 men while losing 2-1.
Koeman reported for training at the club’s Finch Farm base on Monday morning, with preparations for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game at Chelsea seemingly under way.
But chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone were later reported to have arrived unexpectedly and Koeman’s dismissal was confirmed soon after.
You can read the complete story here via the BBC website.