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The Stars of African Football

Beckham, Platini, Pelé, Buffon, Iniesta, Zidane… Heroes who are revered the world over. A galaxy of African stars is about to join the ranks of the world football greats: Drogba, Touré, Eto’o, Nkono, and Hassan. The list of African football stars who have become household names the world over is growing, and the continent’s brimming with up-and-coming talent, too.

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Cameroon’s Roger Milla had the game’s most unforgettable victory dance

Music - February 08, 2017

Roger Milla: this goal-scoring genius just had the rhythm! Winner of the Golden Ball in Africa in 1976, top scorer in the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 1986 and 1988, named 2nd Best African Player of the 20th century, made Knight of The French Legion of Honor in 2006… This Cameroonian hero is revered in his native land and beyond!

But great as his stats are, Roger Milla is probably even more famous for being the first footballer to celebrate his goals with dances. He’d sprint for the sidelines and dance the Makossa with the corner flag.

Nowadays, most players celebrate with a little post-goal groove, but Roger started it all. MHD even dedicated a song to him called (you guessed it) Roger Milla.;) ) – an Afro Trap song that’s already racked up 35 million YouTube views. Fans across the globe are clamoring to see Roger Milla dance to Roger Milla. Well, wait no more! The legend himself was goofing around with the Cameroonian team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and he hit the dance floor, to the delight of all.;)

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No doubt about it - African football teams have the best names

The infographic - February 08, 2017

African teams have always sported the coolest, most flamboyant names. Here’s a selection of our personal favs taken from the CAN winner’s circle.

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3 questions to Franck Simon, foreign correspondent and African football specialist

The 3 questions - February 08, 2017

Frank Simon covers football for L’Équipe, the BBC, Radio France and France Football. He’s been reporting on African football for 30 years. He shared some of the continent’s success stories with us.

Orange Pop: How popular a sport is football in Africa today?

Frank Simon: It’s always been popular in Africa because it’s a sport you can play without snazzy equipment and facilities. You can fashion a ball from paper, string, or old rags. All over Africa, everyone plays football in the street. There are even derivative forms of it, like the maracana in Ivory Coast, and farther afield in West Africa. Though the continent still lacks sufficient infrastructure, it’s passionate about the game. Women’s football is also developing there and building a fan base, which isn’t always the case in Europe.

O. Pop: What is the greatest success story in African football today?

FS: In addition to the stars who are household names around the globe, there’s Yves Bissouma, a Malian player of Ivorian descent. He started playing pick-up street ball in Abidjan’s slums. His talent got him noticed, and an invitation to a football academy in Mali followed. He grew up in Bamako, took Malian nationality, and played for Mali in this year’s African Nations Championship (exclusively for locals who play in leagues in the nations they represent) in Rwanda. Scouts took a shine to him and he signed with Lille, France. He represented Mali during the CAN and sparkled on the pitch. Not bad for a 20-year-old. He’s got a promising career ahead of him in Europe for sure.

O. Pop: How inspiring are stories like this on the continent?

FS: Every sand lot kid dreams of becoming the next Yaya Touré, Samuel Eto’o or Yves Bissouma. These sporting heroes are a huge source of inspiration across the continent. Football can offer livelihoods and the ability to help family, friends, and communities. Icons like these spark the dreams of Africa’s youth and inspire them to develop talent, values and strong work ethics. And making it doesn’t necessarily mean skipping off to Europe; you can shine in domestic leagues and on national teams.

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Frank Simon talking tactics with young talent © Frank Simon/Twitter

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Why is Africa a hotbed of goalies?

The killer question - February 08, 2017

If there were a global hall of fame for goal-keepers, it‘d be stacked with Africans. Ever since the legendary keeper Thomas Nkono graced the cage, everyone wants to mind the net. The Cameroonian star has a CAN trophy, was quarter-finalist in the 1990 World Cup, an Olympic gold medal winner, UEFA finalist, Bolivian champion, and recipient of 2 Golden Balls in Africa.

Nkono has mentored generations of excellent goalies and shone on the European stage. Gianluigi Buffon, arguably the planet’s finest current keeper, credits his interest in the position to Nkono’s brilliant play. He even named his son Thomas, in homage to the “greatest keeper of all time.”

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Frank Simon talking tactics with young talent © José Porras

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Africa discerns its own Golden Ball

Shine at parties! - February 08, 2017

The Beautiful Game’s most coveted individual award is the Golden Ball, since 1956 attributed to the planet’s finest footballer. Winning it is the stuff of every young player’s dreams. But many aren’t aware that since 1970, an African equivalent has been awarded.

The African Golden Ball, created by France Football, (which also created the International Golden Ball Award), goes to the best continental player. Its winners are a who’s who of African football: Roger Milla, Abedi Pelé, George Weah, Yaya Touré, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. Since 1992, the award has been redubbed “African Player of the Year” but everyone stills calls it “The African Golden Ball.”

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Algerian Riyad Mahrez won the 2016 trophy © AFP/ Pius Utomi Ekpei

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Florence Omagbemi, coach of Nigeria’s unstoppable women’s eleven

Who's who - February 08, 2017

Nigeria has always been a football powerhouse. But when it comes to women’s football, Nigeria is THE powerhouse. Of the 12 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations since the event’s inception in 1991, Nigeria has won 10 of them. Their dominance is due in large part to Florence Omagbemi, both as a player and now coach.

Two months ago she brought home another title, as Nigeria bested Cameroon in the final. “Going into this thing, my goal wasn’t to make personal history but to advance women’s football in Nigeria,” she declared with modesty to the local press after her team’s victory. Florence Omagbemi for president!

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Florence Omagbemi’s game face © africapresse.com

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TOP 5 Most decorated African players

Gimme 5 - February 08, 2017

1. Samuel Eto’o: The word “legend” is not hyperbole. His trophy case is jammed packed: top scorer in CAN history, top scorer in Cameroon national team history, Olympic gold, 3 Champions League titles, 4 Golden Ball of Africa awards, best center striker in FC Barcelona’s history. Creds like that speak for themselves. Quite a haul for a poor kid from Yaoundé.

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Eto’o playing against Morocco in 2009 ©Wikipédia 

2. Didier Drogba: No doubt about Didier. Twice top scorer in England’s Premier League, thrice champion with Chelsea of the English league, four Cup titles, twice League Cup champ, and a Champions League trophy in 2012. He’s a hero in his native Ivory Coast and one of Africa’s most decorated athletes.

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Didier Drogba with the Ivorian team in 2012 © Wikipédia

3. Georges Weah:In 1995, the Liberian striker entered the history books as the first non-European to win the Golden Ball (to go with his 2 African Golden Ball awards). Weah won League championships in Liberia, Cameroon, France, and Italy, and won top scorer in the 1995 Champions League tourney. In Liberia his status is quasi-divine.

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Georges Weah sporting Liberia’s colors © fifa.com

4. Yaya Touré: He led Ivory Coast to a CAN victory in 2015, nabbed a Champions League title with FC Barcelona, and pocketed the English Premier League trophy twice with Man City. Yaya Touré is hands-down one of the greatest active African players. African Golden Ball 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Almost seems unfair!

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Yaya Touré wearing the Ivorian jersey in 2013 © Wikipédia

5. Abedi Pelé: Dubbed the “African Pelé,” the Ghanaian center midfielder and 3-time African Golden Ball winner went down in history for his historic assist that gave Marseilles its 1993 Champions League title. He led Ghana to a CAN victory, and remains their goals record-holder. His 3 sons are all international stars. It runs in the family!

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Abedi Pelé, the Black Stars’ star © fifa.com

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AFCON 2017: Cameroon is back on its throne

Stories - February 08, 2017

Cameroon’s national football team has officially regained its throne – the Indomitable Lions have won the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations 😉  Congratulations to them!

However, their success was far from predictable… The team had not won the title for 15 years, and was missing 7 players (who refused to be a part of the competition). No need to say that the team’s motivation and dedication were crucial in repealing the curse!

Cameroon officially knew that it had an appointment with destiny when it discovered that it was going to face Egypt in final. They had what we call a “déjà vu”: 1986 and 2008, same opponent, final stage of the competition, both defeats…

Destiny kept Orange Cameroon and Cameroonian fans on their toes up until the 88th minute of the game – when Aboubakar broke the curse by scoring the winning goal. Final score: 2-1.

“I don’t have 23 players, I have 23 friends” – following the team’s victory, these strong words from team coach Hugo Broos sum up perfectly what football is all about: friendship! A beautiful image of what Africa’s 2019 Cup of Nations edition will look like in Cameroon, with Orange Cameroon – may it be as colorful and passionate as this year’s supporters 😉

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Legendary 44-year-old Egyptian goalkeeper retires from AFCON

Stories - February 09, 2017

Regarded as one of the best African goalkeepers of all time, Essam El-Hadary announced that the 2017 African Cup of Nations would be his last.

AFCON without him will no longer be the same. Over the years he had become a longtime member of the competition, and (more importantly) a lucky charm for his country – winning the trophy 4 times with Egypt (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010), and reaching the second place in 2017 ! To give you an idea of his reputation, the famous Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba said he was “the best opponent” he had ever played against. Pretty impressive!  

So is he retiring? Well, Essam El-Hadary did say it would be his last AFCON, but not that it would be his last competition… (Hurray!) Before retiring, he wants to carry out a dream of his: to compete in a World Cup event. Considering that the goalkeeper is now 44 years old, it would be a great way for him to end an astonishing career. The next World Cup is taking place in 2018, in Russia, so we can expect to see him there.

Until then we can check if his nickname “African Buffon” is worthy, or if we ought to nickname the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon the “European El-Hadary” 😉  

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Ibrahim Soré : Burkina Faso’s twelfth team member

Stories - February 10, 2017

Who said that there could only be 11 on a football team? Maybe on the field, but surely not in the crowd… 😉  

Burkina Faso, for instance, have a hidden lucky charm: Ibrahim Soré – a dedicated supporter. Ibrahim has made a reputation for himself by being present at every African Cup of Nations for the past few years. Every time he follows his team with his incredible outfit: hat, maracas trousers, glasses, rhythmic shoes, necklaces, bracelets,… and of course his country’s football jersey! Don’t worry if ever you go to an AFCON you can’t miss him, just look for an enthusiastic red-green-yellow dancer with a horse looking motorcycle!

Unique and passionate, Ibrahim supported the Stallions with his dance moves up to the semifinals – earning them the third place on the podium. But the Burkina Faso didn’t leave the competition with only a bronze medal… Ibrahim’s performance caught everyone’s eye, including Orange Gabon which awarded him the mascot prize for this year’s AFCON. We are all the more happy that in 2017 Burkina Faso is joining Orange as its 20th country in Africa and the Middle East! Welcome to them 🙂  

 

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AFCON’s eSport competition

Stories - February 13, 2017

Football, Africa, fans… These terms might remind you of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but they also refer to another event… 😉

In parallel to this year’s AFCON, Orange organized the first e-sports cup in Africa: Orange Football Club E-sport. Far from the stadiums, gamers from seven African Orange countries, plus Gabon, engaged in a virtual AFCON on Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PS4).

The competition itself was not as publicized as the AFCON, but it sure was as thrilling and exhilarating! Fans cheered on their countries, supported their friends – it was just like being in the stands. To give the competition a professional feel to it, Orange partnered up with the Word Gaming Federation and organized “qualifying rounds”. The two best players of each country were sent over to defend their flag during the final stage of the virtual competition.

Just like the official AFCON final (Cameroon – Egypt), the first E-sport final took place in Libreville between Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco. No need to say that the Moroccan gamer was as delighted as the Cameroonian AFCON players when he won his trophy 😉

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African football academies are changing the game

Stories - February 14, 2017

Football is much more than sport: it’s friendship, it’s joy, it’s a way to thrive and inspire!

For associations like Right to Dream and Football for Good, based in Africa, football is a virtuous circle: “Anyone with talent, given the opportunity” can become a role model, an ambassador for Africa, and inspire others.

So, what do these associations do about it? Well – to quote their motto – they “nurture talent in Africa”. Compared to other “business-oriented” academies – that send off players abroad in the blink of an eye – Right to Dream makes sure that all players receive a good academic education before accepting any deals. May the newcomer be a goalkeeper, a defender or a striker, the academy gives them the knowledge and equipment (shoes, outfit, training kits, matches, professional coach, facilities…) to help them develop their football skills as well as become graduates!

Over the past few years, these academies have successfully signed many of their players in clubs abroad – lately two players joined Michigan and another signed at Villanova.

If ever you are looking to improve your football skills just check out their social media accounts – they often share tips and tricks! Who knows, you might find out how to train like the next big football star 😉

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See you next week!

To be continued - February 08, 2017

Broadband is bringing you next week’s streaming success stories 😉

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