Algeria To Name Squad For Nigeria On November 1

Algerian Football Federation, Nigeria, Desert Foxes, AlgeriaThe Algerian Football Federation says the list of players invited for the 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Nigeria will be revealed on Tuesday, November 1.

The football federation says new manager, Georges Leekens, would unveil his plans for the Desert Foxes after the roster is announced.

Reports say regular team members such as Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and Adlene Guedioura are in the squad.

They added that Adam Ounas who was recently cleared by FIFA was also listed.

The Foxes are expected to arrive in Nigeria on November 9 for the game scheduled for November 12 at the ‘Nest of Champions’ in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Leekens took over as the Desert Foxes’ coach after the Algerian football governing body sacked Milovan Rajevac.

Rajevac was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, October 11, following the team’s 1-1 draw against Cameroon.


Yaya Toure Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year

ToureManchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015.

The 32-year-old midfielder becomes only the third player, after Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to receive the honour twice.

Football fans voted for Toure, who first won in 2013, beating off competition from Andre Ayew (Ghana and Swansea), Sadio Mane (Senegal and Southampton), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto) to win the latest honour.

He thanked his fans for their support and promised to keep giving his best.

“I am very proud to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year and would like to thank everyone that voted. I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven consecutive times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me.

“I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers – shining a light on our wonderful continent.

“We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation,” Toure told BBC Sport.

Two of the beaten nominees have won the award before, Algeria’s Brahimi in 2014 and Ghanaian Ayew in 2011. Gabon’s Aubameyang was on the shortlist for the third year running, while Senegalese Mane made it for the first time.

Enyeama Makes African Footballer of the Year Top 3 Shortlist

EnyeamaSuper Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has made the final top 3 short-list for the CAF African Player of the Year Award.

Apart from starring for Nigeria at the World Cup, the 32-year-old was impressive in a Lille side that finished third in Ligue 1 last season, helping the club to the UEFA Champions League preliminary stages.

Enyeama kept 21 clean sheets in the last league season.

Current holder; Yaya Toure and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the other two contenders for Africa’s biggest individual honours.

The winner will be unveiled on January 8 in Lagos.

The Super Eagles captain had earlier failed to win the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) organised African Footballer of the Year Award, having been shortlisted among players to vie for its 2014 edition.

Algeria and Porto forward, Yacine Brahimi won the BBC honours.