Ghana's opponents in the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament Uganda and Mali will touch down in Gabon today as the competition draws closer. Both teams who are in the same group with Ghana and Egypt will arrive in Port Gentil where they will base for the competition which kicks off on Saturday. Uganda ended their days camping in the UAE and has since left the oil rich country for Gabon where the competition will take place. Mali on the other hand will also arrive in the east African country today after going through intensive training session. This year's competition will filled with a lot of thrills and fireworks with defending champions Ivory Coast determined to defend their title whilst host nation Gabon, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and Senegal will all have their eyes o
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has left Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA. The 29-year-old Nigerian has played 372 times for Chelsea since joining in 2006 but has not featured this season. He said it had been "an honour" to play for the Stamford Bridge club but it was time to "seek a new challenge". Mikel Obi has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge. "I haven't featured as much this season as I would have liked and I still have many years in the game ahead of me, "Mikel wrote on Twitter in a message to Chelsea fans. "With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge. "I'm delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC at a time that the Chinese Super League is really t...
Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Confederation of African Football's player of the year award. The 25-year-old Algerian, who helped Leicester to the Premier League title, is also the PFA Player of the Year and BBC African Football of the Year. Borussia Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was second and Senegal and Liverpool striker Sadio Mane came third. "It's never easy to win a big award like that," Riyad Mahrez said. "I'm very happy to win because obviously it was against two big players. "What happened last season was amazing, we knew it wasn't going to happen again - and it won't happen again I think, for a small team like Leicester," added the first Algerian and North African to win the prestigious individual honour since its inception by Ca...
The Zimbabwe faces fine of a $2000 by CAF for submitting their final 23 man squad for the 2017 AFCON finals 24 hours after the official date. Head coach, Callisto Pasuwa finally released the final Warriors 23 man squad on Thursday. All the players part of the AFCON qualification campaign have been retained in typical spirit of rewarding their services. The Warriors played to a goalless draw with Cote D’Ivoire on boxing, a fixture where home based players featured prominently on either sides. The team departs this weekend for the tournament that kick’s off on 14th January 2017. Zimbabwe is in Group B with Algeria,Tunisia and Senegal.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie could be out for a year with a knee injury, says manager Ronald Koeman. Bolasie, 27, injured his right knee during the Toffees' 1 - 1 draw with Manchester United on 4 December. Manager Koeman said on Wednesday: "It will be around 11-12 months before he is back. That is a big disappointment but he will come back." Bolasie is due to have a second operation - on his anterior cruciate ligament - in the coming weeks. The DR Congo international signed for Everton from Crystal Palace in a £25m deal in August, and had played in every league game this campaign up until his injury. Manchester United's Memphis Depay could be brought in to fill the position in attacking midfield, with Koeman having this season expressed his desire to sign his fellow Dutc
Former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been named in the final 23 man squad for the 2017 African Cup of Nations. The unattached forward leads his country as the experienced player for this years competition in Gabon. Adebayor, 32, a free agent since his contract expired with Crystal Palace last summer, will be making his fifth appearance at the tournament also veteran goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, 38, is another player currently without a club named in the squad for Gabon. Fulham midfielder Floyd Ayite was included as was another Europe-based forward Ihlas Bebou of German Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf. LeRoy, who guided Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title and has only failed to reach the quarter-finals once, has also included three players from the domestic leagu
Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is on course to make history in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon as the oldest player to take part in the competition as he has been included in Egypt's final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. El Hadary turns 43 this month and could become the oldest player in Nations Cup history, beating the 2006 record of 39-year-old compatriot Hossam Hassan. He is one of the four players who were maintained by Hector Cuper from the squad which won them their third trophy in row in 2010 where they defeated Ghana by a lone goal. Players such as Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdelshafi and Ahmed Fathi all made the list as one of the four for the competition in Gabon. Egypt, who have missed out on the last three Nations Cup tournaments, play in G
Zimbabwe's preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon have been thrown into chaos by a row over accommodation and financial issues. BBC Sport has learned the team refused to stay at the Zifa Village training facility, saying it is sub-standard, and have been booked at a Harare hotel by Footballers Union of Zimbabwe. The team were also unable to use the national sports stadium for training because a $60 fee had not been paid. They had to use a high school instead. It is unclear why the fee was not paid, given a mobile network provider announced a $250,000 sponsorship for the Warriors two weeks ago to cover all of the team's needs for their Nations Cup campaign. Zimbabwe's first match of the 14 January to 5 February tournament is against Algeria on 15 January
Cameroon expect Liverpool defender Joel Matip, West Brom's Allan Nyom and Schalke's Eric Maxim Choupo- Moting to arrive at their Africa Cup of Nations training camp on Tuesday. The trio are among eight Cameroon players to be called up but who are refusing to play at the tournament, which starts in Gabon on 14 January. They could be banned from club football during the competition. Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has also withdrawn from DR Congo's squad. "We have three players who are due to arrive, notably Allan Nyom and Joel Matip. The third player is Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting," said team manager Alphonse Tchami. Cameroon, who are coached by Hugo Broos, have been drawn in Group A with hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau. Right-back Nyom told Broos he wanted to
Defending champions Ivory Coast have been given extra financial boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals. The Ivorian government has approved a near €6 million euros (£5.1m) budget for the team's campaign in Gabon. It is an increase of €600,000 euros (£507,000) from the last finals in Equatorial Guinea two years ago. Ivory Coast kick off their tournament against Togo on 16 January, before facing DR Congo and Morocco in the group stage. The two-time champions opened a training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday where they will face Sweden in a friendly on 8 January and will complete their warm-up with a game against Uganda, another Nations Cup-bound side, three days later. The Confederation of African Football has revealed the winners of this year's