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Senegal striker Diafra Sakho has been criticised a lot in the last few days after missing the Africa Cup of Nations citing injury only to feature for his club West Ham a few days later. The forward came off the bench to score the winner against Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth-round.
This put West Ham into the fifth round draw but not without any attention.Sakho has been a fine performer for West Ham since his arrival in the summer. He has helped manager Sam Allardyce overcome the injury troubles faced by star striker Andy Carroll.
Even after the return of the former Newcastle United star,Sakho has been able to keep his place. The 25-year-old took his season’s tally to 10 goals in just 14 appearances for West Ham after this goal, but many suggested that he took the route of an injury in order to miss the Africa Cup of Nations. Read the rest of this entry »
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Kolo Toure was all over twitter last Tuesday. The Liverpool fans were going gaga over him.
The Ivorian had a belter of a game in the Spanish capital against arguably the strongest team in Europe i.e. Real Madrid.
Yes, he could not save Liverpool from defeat, but, his individual performance was certainly praiseworthy.
Before the match against the Whites, Toure had just 3 games to his name in the season.
The centre back had figured in the Cup a couple of times, while, in one of the league games, he had got about half an hour playing time. That’s all.
Because of the continuous lethargic showing by the other defenders, Brendan Rodgers decided to try Toure out at Bernabeu and the 33-year old proved that he should have been played much earlier.
It is really quite hard to understand why Rodgers kept Toure on the bench for so long. No doubt, the Ivory Coast international is 33 and thus, not the quickest player around, but, he is much more experienced if compared to some of the other Reds defenders. He has had a whole lot of international exposure as well.
Now that he has proved he is in form, it remains to be seen if Rodgers keeps him in the heart of Liverpool’s defence on a regular basis or not.
Presently, there are only two players in the Reds squad who have been a Premier League winner at some stage of their career and Toure is one of them.
Toure has actually won it with two different clubs, with the Gunners first and then, with the Sky Blues in 2011-12.
Another guy who has that feat to his name is Glen Johnson. Apart from that, no current Liverpool player has had the taste of League success.
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The 2015 African Cup of Nations has already reached its midway point as all squads have played 3 matches and some have even played 4 matches at this point in time.
Algeria has become the first squad in this tournament to qualify for the next rounds of the African Cup of Nations which is going to be kicked off in January. Algeria secured their spot after comfortably defeating Malawi with a score of 3-0.
Algeria is the only national team that can be officially confirmed to progress through the group stages as they dominated the Group B in a convincing manner but the same cannot be said about the other other squads and groups which are fighting hard hoping to escape the group stages of the tournament.
A few weeks ago, the Algerian national football team experienced a managerial change as Christian Gourcuff was appointed as the new coach of Algeria as he replaced Vahid Halilhodzic but it seems like Gourcuff is the appropriate man to take charge of the African side as the squad is going through a superb campaign.
Group E is being tightly competed between all of the squads as: Togo, Guinea, Uganda and Ghana all have chances of advancing through and anything can happen when the next match is played on November.
Another group that is being closely fought with a number of teams is Group G which consists of: Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Botswana. Senegal and Tunisia are at the top of the group with 7 points but Egypt are following close behind with 6 points meanwhile Botswana had not collected a single point.
Botswana has no chances of making it past the group stages but all of the other teams can indeed progress further.
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