African Football

Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi: Lazio’s Rising Star

It is very probable that Nigerian teen Ogenyi Onazi will feature in some capacity in tonight’s hotly anticipated Europa League encounter between SS Lazio and Tottenham Hotspurs in London. The young Nigerian, whose rise from a poverty-stricken home in the war-torn city of Jos, Plateau State to a regular in Lazio’s first team this season is nothing short of remarkable

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Chelsea crash out of Champions League

Berekum Chelsea are out of the running for a semi-final slot in the African Champions League following TP Mazembe’s win over Al Ahly on Sunday. The Congolese side beat Ahly 2-0 to qualify alongside the Egyptian champions into the last four after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Zamalek in Cairo 24 hours earlier

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Euro 2012 winners pocket US $33.76 million, AFCON 2012 winners scrimp on US $1.5 million: Is the Africa Cup worth the bother?

While there was enough on the pitch to dazzle one in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy, NewAfricanFootball.com was jolted in equal measure by the reported US $ 33.76 million prize money that was on offer to the winners. A few days before Spain pocketed its hefty cheque, Zambia’s Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili announced in parliament that the ...

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Breaking down defensive team: What African sides can learn from Euro 2012

The Italian and Spanish sides have delivered two telling lessons in how to break and wear down highly defensive teams through innovatative deployment of intelligent players. The Spaniards -lacking a potent No 9 – have adopted Barcelona’s system of deploying Cesc Fabregas or David Silva as the nueve mentiroso – the famed “false nine”. The Italians, on the other hand, ...

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Uefa’s “zero-tolerance” to racism and a polluted Euro 2012

That the Euro 2012 is, thus far, a polluted tournament is not an understatement. There has been nothing on the pitch to rival the ugly scenes of violence, street fights and plenty of racial incidents. The pitch has served up mechanical football with teams employing rigid defensive formations that cancel out each other. There have been fewer “wow” moments. Most ...

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The farce of using an ineligible player: Will Sudan’s use of Saif El Din Ali against Zambia cost them?

Zambia’s protest to FIFA against Sudan’s bizzare use of Saif Eldin Ali Idriss in crucial World Cup qualifier match played in June in Sudan, has sent blogoshphere into overdrive, with all sorts of permutations being bandied about. Some measure of insults and accusations have also done their rounds. New African Football wishes to weigh in with an analysis on this ...

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