BVB youngsters are on fire and almost certainly the world's best !

In recent years, Borussia Dortmund have invested a lot of money in their youth academy and it sure shows through the quality of the players that we consider the best in the world. 

Christian Pulisic is coming for you

Everything goes much faster with him than with others. The youngest player to have scored with the American selection and younger foreign goal scorer in the history of the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic, nineteen years old (he celebrated them on September 18), saw a career start at a hundred- hour: the often complicated passage of categories of young people to the professional world, the Dortmund striker digested it with a maddening precocity. And this season, with the departure of Ousmane Dembélé to FC Barcelona and the arrival of Peter Bosz to the head of the Borussia, Pulisic took on new responsibilities. Here he is regular titler, a role he assumes to perfection: three goals and a decisive pass, all competitions confused.

Dan-Axel Zagadou
The French defender, who was trained in Paris Saint-Germain, also arrived at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. He was five times in the championship, for injury to Portuguese Raphaël Guerreiro. On 13 September, Dan-Axel Zagadou even played against Tottenham (1-3), his first minutes in the Champions League. At just eighteen.
Maximilian Philipp
Another (very) good summer pick of the leaders of Dortmund, Maximilian Philipp, twenty-three years, continues the performances of high rank in recent weeks. The German, aligned by Peter Bosz on the left wing of a three-division attack he shares with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic, scored two doubles in six days: against Cologne on 17 September (5-0), and against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (6-1). The return of Marco Reus is not expected before January 2018, it will have opportunities to have fun in this offensive team of Dortmund.

Julian Weigl
If he missed the start of the season, recovering from a broken right ankle, Julian Weigl (22 years) has majestically treated his return to competition. After a few minutes against Cologne on 17 September, he took part in the Dortmund demonstration against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday. His goal, the sixth and last of his team, is a masterpiece: he controlled the ball, let it rebound and then unleashed a strike that went to lodge in the window of a helpless Tobias Sippel. The Germans, relieved of their physical worries, will now be able to resume their progress.

Mahmoud Dahoud
Because the whole of Europe was courting it, the Dortmund ruling sphere accelerated contacts to secure its recruitment long before the opening of the summer market. Mahmoud Dahoud, thus, came to garnish this season the plethoric strength of the team coached by Peter Bosz. At 21 years old, the German midfielder - born in Syria - realized a monstrous start to the season: five times in all competitions, he has already delivered five decisive passes.

Alexander Isak, who has just celebrated his eighteenth birthday, has only been allowed two short entries: Rielasingen, Germany Cup (4-0, 12 August), and against Cologne, in the Championship (5-0, 17 September). But the Swedish international (2 selections), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's designated substitute, should take advantage of the series of matches to scratch the playing time. Same observation for the Germans Felix Passlack (19) and Jeremy Toljan ). Raphaël Guerreiro (23), is on the return. The Portuguese, injured during the Confederations Cup last June, resumed his rehabilitation in mid-September. And should, in the coming weeks, find the land with Dortmund.
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African qualifiers for 2022 World Cup: Second-round group pairings

Africa’s race to elect representatives for the next World Cup enters the second round with today’s draw. There are forty teams expected to pooled into 10 groups of four after the draw.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel located in Egypt’s capital Cairo hosted the high and mighty in African football when the second-round draw for African World Cup 2022 qualifiers was held on Tuesday, January 21.

Africa’s race to elect representatives for the next World Cup now enters the second-round with today’s draw. Forty teams were pooled into 10 groups of four after the draw. This qualifying phase starts in March 2020 and comes to an end in October 2021. Ten teams will make it after this stage.

For the third and final round, the ten group winners will be drawn into five two-legged knockout ties to be played in November 2021.

The forty teams pooled today comprised – the 14 winners of the first-round of qualifiers. They were joined by the 26 highest African nations in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (as of December 2019). Only the section winners advance to the third round and final round.

How the groups played out

Burkina Faso

Equatorial Guinea

Cape Verde
Central African Republic

Ivory Coast



South Africa



DR Congo

The pots

  • Pot 1: Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, Congo DR
  • Pot 2: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Uganda, Cabo Verde, Gabon, Benin, Zambia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Pot 3: Madagascar, Mauritania, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Niger, Central African Republic, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau
  • Pot 4: Malawi, Angola, Togo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Djibouti

How they shape up: FIFA Analysis of groups

Pot 1: Maghreb nations looking strong

The continent’s big guns line up in Pot 1, among them the five nations that represented Africa at the last FIFA World Cup: Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt and Senegal.

Reigning CAF Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria are in the hat with them. The Desert Foxes missed out on a place at Russia 2018 and will be anxious to return to the World Cup scene for the first time since Brazil 2014. The same goes for Ghana and Cameroon.

Completing Pot 1 are Congo DR and Mali. The Leopards have not graced the world finals since Germany 1974, when they went by the name of Zaire, while the Eagles have never qualified.

Pot 2: Côte d’Ivoire the team to avoid

Two sides with World Cup experience figure in Pot 2: the formidable Côte d’Ivoire, who will be led by their fearsome strike duo of Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha; and South Africa, who have failed to make the big stage since hosting the 2010 tournament, an absence they are keen to end.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon and Naby Keita’s Guinea are two ambitious sides that will also pose a threat, despite their record of never having qualified.

Burkina Faso, Uganda, Cape Verde, Benin, Zambia and Congo are also capable of big things and should not be underestimated.

Pot 3: Outsiders with big ideas

None of the teams in Pot 3 have ever qualified for the biggest tournament in football, though the likes of Madagascar and Mauritania have made significant progress in recent times and look increasingly capable of taking that last step.

Joining them are Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, who have all been on the qualification campaign trail for several months now. The quartet emerged from a tricky first round and have designs on going further.

Rounding off the pot are Libya, Niger, Kenya and Central African Republic, who all fancy their chances of causing an upset and making the third round.

Pot 4: Potential surprise packages

The fourth and final pot is an indication of the quality on show in the group phase, containing as it does two previous World Cup qualifiers in Togo and Angola.

Alongside them are teams of the calibre of Tanzania – back in the limelight after appearing at their first Africa Cup of Nations in 40 years – Malawi and Liberia, who respectively knocked out Botswana and Sierra Leone in the last round.

Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea also negotiated the preliminary phase and are aiming to make their presence felt in what promises to be an exciting second round.

Saudia Arabia unperturbed about ban on Iran hosting games

Iran has threatened to boycott the 2020 AFC Champions League if they are banned from hosting international matches

President of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation has said he is not concerned by Iran’s threat to boycott the 2020 Asian Champions League (AFC).

Yasser Almisehal said Saudi clubs will be playing as usual.

“The Asian Football Federation assesses the situation in the hosting countries, and the AFC Competitions and Executive Committees make decisions based on that, and when they think the situation is not safe to host matches in some country, they take the necessary measures. Saudi teams are ready to play anywhere. We only focus on our matters and interest. This issue is an internal one, it only concerns Iranians and we don’t want to comment on it”, he said.

Saudi club Al Hilal won the title last year. It was the first time a team from the country had triumphed in Asia’s top club competition since Al-Ittihad triumphed in 2005.

Iran has threatened to boycott the 2020 AFC Champions League if they are banned from hosting international matches.


Disunited Union Sportive of Douala

Arguably the best Cameroonian club side in history, Union sportive of Douala a one time national treasure today represents a shadow of its past. Nasara Gamakai in crisis.

Arguably the best Cameroonian club side in history, Union sportive of Douala a one time national treasure today represents a shadow of its past. Nasara Gamakai in crisis, we take you over to Douala for the details.

A series of top rated derbies on the continent as we take you to Zambia where Zanaco and Zesco united crossed the sword over the weekend, Supersports united beaten at home by Sundowns and we shall also look at the Senegalese top flight plus what made news in Liberian football over the weekend.
Customarily we take you to Europe where African players as the case will be every weekend scored goals in some of the top five European leagues, Mo Salah stole the show at Anfield as Liverpool silenced Manchester united 2-0 on Sunday. 

Chelsea's Rüdiger says 'Sierra Leone is home', donates $100,000 towards education

The player’s links to Sierra Leone is via his parents who fled Sierra Leone during the war and resettled in Germany.

Chelsea and German international Antonio Rudiger has donated $100,000 towards free education project by the Sierra Leone government. The player said it was his contribution towards the development of the country of his parentage.

He made the donation when he met with President Julius Maada Bio in London on the sidelines of the ongoing UK-Africa Investment Summit.

Rudiger said he was donating the money as his modest contribution to the President’s flagship project, which aims to support over two million children in primary and secondary schools in the West African nation.

He further stressed the importance of education to the human capital development of a nation, adding that that was the bedrock for every national development.

“Sierra Leone is my home. I’m not the talking type of a person, I am about action. You can count on us and do not hesitate. We are here to support your vision and agenda, especially on education. I am ready to take on my responsibility to change the narrative and image of Sierra Leone,” he said.

The player’s links to Sierra Leone is via his parents who fled Sierra Leone during the war and resettled in Germany. Rüdiger assured the President that he was committed to supporting his government’s effort at rebranding the natural resource-rich country with huge potentials for investments.

The Minister of Education, Dr Moinina David Sengeh who was present at the ceremony stressed that the funds will put to best use. First Lady Fatima Bio, who has been a strong advocate for girl child education and protection was also present. The player presented customized jerseys to the First Couple.

Rudiger’s humanitarian work back “home” goes beyond this donation given that he has in the last few years paid for corrective surgeries for children with cleft lips and burns.

CAF's 'reverse pass': AFCON 2021 to be played in January

The new tournament dates will likely be unpopular with European soccer clubs, which have long objected to the mandatory release of their players in the middle of the domestic league seasons.

The 2021 African Cup of Nations is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global soccer calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with European clubs.

The 24-nation competition was originally planned to begin in June, but the Cameroonian soccer federation said Wednesday it will be held from Jan. 9-Feb. 6 to avoid the country’s rainy season.

The new tournament dates will likely be unpopular with European soccer clubs, which have long objected to the mandatory release of their players in the middle of the domestic league seasons.

The current Liverpool squad would stand to lose star forwards Sadio Mane of Senegal and Mohamed Salah of Eqypt, the past two African players of the year.

The influential European Club Association has been part of talks with FIFA to move toward coordinating all continental championships in the European offseason. The 2019 Cup of Nations, hosted by Egypt as a late replacement for Cameroon, was the first in the new June slot.

FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup competition also kicks off in June 2021, with a 24-team lineup including Liverpool set to play in China.

Moving the 2021 African Cup of Nations clears a competing tournament from the calendar and avoids a clash for African players at top European clubs.