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African Footballer Of The Year

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For more than two decades (1970-1994), the African Footballer of the Year award was handed out as a Golden Ball by France Football magazine. The magazine discontinued the award from 1995, not because the Confederation of African Football (CAF) started to recognize the best African players three years prior, but for the mere fact that the European Ballon d’Or (also awarded by the same magazine) was made open to all players playing their club football in Europe.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure holds the record for most African Footballer of the Year awards, alongside Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o with both players having won the award on four separate occasions an outcome that has benefitted soccer bet online enthusiasts. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba holds the record for most top-three appearances with nine and has taken home the award on two occasions. With each passing year, the difficulty of predicting who takes home this award has increased, thanks to the constant improvement of African football stars across Europe and the continuous influx of talents from the African continent to the world.

The 2021 African Footballer of the Year award recognizes the performance of players during the 2020 calendar year, and here are some of the early favorites for the 2021 edition of the award.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)

Born in Nagrig, Basyoun in Egypt on June 15, 1992, Mohamed Salah could stake his claim as the greatest player to come out of the North African country. The 28-year-old is one of the best players in the English Premier League and across Europe, and is currently the captain of the Egyptian national team. Salah moved to Europe to sign for FC Basel in Switzerland following an outstanding showing in the 2012 Summer Olympics. After initial struggles with Chelsea after joining them in 2014, the Egyptian has won the Premier League Golden Boot award on two occasions, and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) award -following his return to the Premier League in 2017 with Liverpool.

Liverpool might have failed to mount a successful defense of their league title this season, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred Salah. He is currently the top scorer in the league with 17 goals, and his impressive performances in 2020 helped Liverpool end their 30-year wait for a Premier League title.
Salah is a two-time recipient of the African Footballer of the Year award, winning it in succession in 2017 and 2018.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)

Aubameyang might not have started the 2020-21 season like he ended the 2019-20 campaign, but the Gabon national team captain had a stellar 2020 calendar year.

Born in Laval, France to former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang, Emerick Aubameyang became the most expensive Gabonese player of all time when he joined Arsenal for a then club-record fee of £56 million from Borussia Dortmund. The former AC Milan trainee has more than justified his price tag for the club having finished as Premier League top scorer on one occasion and led the club to FA Cup and FA Community Shield success in 2020.

Aubameyang spent four-and-a-half years with Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga top-scorer crown in the 2016-17 season and also ranks sixth in the club’s all-time scoring list. Featuring in three African cups of Nation tournaments, he presently holds the record as the highest goal-scoring Gabonese in the tournament. A winner of the coveted award back in 2015, Aubameyang is one of the favorite African players to win the 2020 award due to his impact at the club level with an FA Cup triumph.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria)

Riyad Mahrez became the third African footballer born in Europe to win the African Footballer of the Year crown -after Frederic Kanoute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- in 2016 after his former club Leicester City wrote a football fairy tale by winning the Premier League that same year.

Mahrez became the most expensive African footballer at the time when Manchester City paid Leicester City £60 million for his services in the summer of 2018. Not the most important player in the team, Mahrez helped City win the Premier League title in 2019, and his contribution to the team this season hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 30-year-old currently has seven goals and five assists to his name in the league this season, with City seating at the top of the standings -14 points clear of the nearest challenger.

Mahrez also led the Algerian national team to glory in the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, scoring three goals including a late winner against Nigeria in the semifinals.

Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool)

2021 might not be turning to be a good year for Liverpool and some of its players, but the sheer ferociousness that the Reds swept the whole of England in 2020 should be enough to include Sadio Mane in the discussion for African Football of the Year.

Mane, who won the 2019 edition of the African Footballer of the Year award, scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists alongside, as Liverpool secured its first-ever Premier League crown but 19th English league title overall. The Senegalese winger also has 14 goal contributions (seven goals and seven assists) to his name this season despite missing some games due to injury.

Mane captained Senegal to second place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, where they lost to Algeria in the final.

Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan/Morocco)

Born in Madrid, Spain on November 4, 1998, Achraf Hakimi began his professional career with Real Madrid -making his debut in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain after spending 10 years in the club’s academy. After struggling to hold down a regular place in the Real Madrid first team, Hakimi joined Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan in 2018, and his progression to one of the most exciting full-backs in Europe soon followed. The Morocco international contributed two goals and seven assists in 23 appearances during his first season at the Signal Iduna Park.

Hakimi’s performances improved the following year, scoring 9 goals and providing 10 assists in the 2019-20 season before completing a €40 million move to the Italian side, Inter Milan in the summer of 2020. The 22-year-old continues to impress in Italy, with six goals and four assists already this season, putting him in the running for the 2021 African Footballer of the Year award.

Honorable mentions

Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon/Cameroon)

Boulaye Dia (Reims/Senegal)

Ramy Bensebaini (Monchengladbach/Algeria)

Victor Osimhen (Napoli/Nigeria)

Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla/Morocco)

Written By: Bright Elemeje

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Ghanaian Twins Want To Marry One Man; Family Says No Because It’s Abominable!

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Two Ghanaian ladies have been left heartbroken after their family rejected their decision to marry one man.

The twins, only identified as Jane and Janet said they are both deeply in love with a young man who happens to be their ‘childhood’ friend.

According to the devastated ladies, they have become inseparable which makes it difficult to have them married to different men.

They narrated on the SelShow, a Facebook Counselling platform that the young man recently proposed to one of them but they both would love to marry and be with him.

Though the man has accepted the offer to marry the twins, their parents will not allow the marriage come off because “it is an abomination for twins to be married to one man”.

“Sel, we love him together and wants to be with him together as twins. Is it possible for us to marry him or is there anything abominable about our feelings and intentions? If not, then how do we get our parents to understand us, because they have simply made up their minds against this. Please help with your solutions,” the emotionally troubled twins seek advice.

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Dear Sel,

We are twins and have a very tight problem that involves emotions and feelings. As twins, we do everything together and it is very difficult for us to do things separately, so we try as much as possible to be together all the time.

Sel, we have this male friend of us we grew up with, went to the same schools with and we all now have good jobs and are still goods friends. We like him so much and we believe it is the same on his part too. Recently, he proposed to one of us, but the two of us love to marry and be with him. Even though he is okay, the problem now is our parents. According to them, it is an abomination for twins to be married to one man.

Sel, we love him together and wants to be with him together as twins. Is it possible for us to marry him or is there anything abominable about our feelings and intentions? If not, then how do we get our parents to understand us, because they have simply made up their minds against this. Please help with your solutions.

Jane & Janet.

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“Our 38 Old Women Are Still On Instagram Twerking” : People React To Kosovo’s New President, Who Is A 38-Year-Old Woman

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Kosovo has elected a new president, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, 38, after the former president, Hashim Thaci, vacated the post in November, 2020, after being charged with war crimes.

The 38-year-old reformist and lawyer Vjosa Osmani was approved as president by the country’s parliament in Pristina on Sunday, April 4, with the backing of Prime Minister Albin Kurti and his Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party.

Osmani received 71 votes from the 82 lawmakers present in the 120-seat parliament.

While the president’s duties are largely ceremonial, Osmani will now be the commander of the country’s armed forces and also serve as one of the country’s top diplomatic representatives.

The inauguration of Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu as the President of the Republic of Kosovo took place Tuesday, April 6, in Pristina, Kosovo, marking the start of her five-year term in the office.

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

She is the country’s youngest head of state and one of the youngest in the world.

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

Osmani started her carrier as a teenage activist. She studied law in Pristina and then completed her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the US University of Pittsburgh.

The politician was one of the senior officials of the Democratic League of Kosovo (DLK) party. However, Osmani was ousted from the organization following inter-party strife.

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

She remained an immensely popular figure, securing over 300,000 votes as a Vetevendosje candidate at the February election.

Osmani is also seen as a role model for women in the most patriarchal Balkan country.

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

Congratulations have been pouring in for the new president, while some used the opportunity to compare her to women twerking on social media.

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

"Our 38 old women are still on instagram twerking" - People react to Kosovo

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