FIFA 18 - top 100 African players of the game

EA Sports Fifa 18 is out officially and to public since the 29th of Septembre. With many improvements and many features, it is considered as the most played football simulation in the world.

Our team decided to dig deep into the game and have a deep analysis and stats on the African players of in the game.

Here is our top 100 highest rated Africans in FIFA 18

































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































# Player Role Overall
100 Atsu RM 75
99 Musa ST 76
98 Dié CDM 76
97 Traore CB 76
96 Koné CB 76
95 Kessié CM 76
94 Konan LB 76
93 Djilobodji CB 76
92 Diop CDM 76
91 Babacar ST 76
90 Saiss CDM 76
89 Ayoub CM 76
88 Dirar RM 76
87 Regattin LM 76
86 Chahechouhe LM 76
85 Duncan CM 76
84 Ayew ST 76
83 Benzia CAM 76
82 Bensebaini CB 76
81 Ghezzal RW 76
80 Gradel CAM 77
79 Kouyaté CDM 77
78 Lemina CM 77
77 Pogba CB 77
76 Elneny CDM 77
75 Abdennour CB 77
74 Bastos CB 77
73 Marega ST 77
72 Sané CB 77
71 Ndiaye CAM 77
70 Diouf ST 77
69 Sankharé CM 77
68 Saivet CM 77
67 Carcela RM 77
66 Feddal CB 77
65 Baba LB 77
64 Partey CDM 77
63 Hanni LM 77
62 Ndidi CDM 77
61 Choupo-Moting LM 77
60 Chedjou CB 77
59 Nyom LB 77
58 Song CDM 77
57 Diawara CDM 77
56 Kaboré CDM 77
55 Mbodj CB 78
54 N'doye CM 78
53 Ndiaye CDM 78
52 Asamoah LB 78
51 Mandi CB 78
50 Aboubakar ST 78
49 Bolasie RM 78
48 Traore RW 78
47 Khazri LM 78
46 Adebayor ST 78
45 Kaddouri CAM 78
44 Onana GK 78
43 Nkoulou CB 78
42 Bony ST 79
41 Doubmia ST 79
40 Sané CB 79
39 Boufal LW 79
38 Amrabat RM 79
37 Gyan ST 79
36 Feghouli RW 79
35 Ghoulam LB 79
34 Moses RWB 79
33 Luis ST 79
32 Mexer CB 79
31 Kalou LM 80
30 El Ahmadi CM 80
29 Boateng ST 80
28 Ayew RM 80
27 Bentaleb CM 80
26 Kameni GK 80
25 Traore RM 80
24 Aurier RB 81
23 Zaha RM 81
22 Belhanda CAM 81
21 Ziyech CM 81
20 Boudebouz CAM 81
19 Enyeama GK 81
18 Eto'o ST 81
17 Bakambu ST 81
16 Seri CM 82
15 Baldé Diao LW 82
14 Slimani ST 82
13 Brahimi LM 82
12 Wanyama CDM 82
11 Touré CM 83
10 Gueye CDM 83
9 Mahrez RM 83
8 Matip CB 83
7 Keita CM 83
6 Salah RW 83
5 Bailly CB 84
4 Mané LW 84
3 Koulibaly CB 84
2 Benatia CB 84
1 Aubameyang ST 88

FIFA maintains 32 teams for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans « following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process » which led to the conclusion that « under the current circumstances such a proposal could not

The world’s football governing body, FIFA took a decision to maintain 32 teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, rejecting president Gianni Infantino’s proposal to expand the tournament to feature 48 teams.

FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”.

“(The tournament) will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,” FIFA said in a statement.

Why Gianni wanted 48 teams

The expansion was a pet project of Infantino, who pushed the idea despite the likely need for Qatar’s neighbours to put aside a two-year blockade and help to host an expanded tournament.

“The involvement of these countries in the organisation of the tournament jointly with Qatar implies the lifting of this blockade, in particular the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people and goods,” said a feasibility study submitted to March’s FIFA Congress in Miami.

The study, seen by AFP, also claimed that a Qatar World Cup with 48 teams would generate “between $300-$400 million (265-354 million euros) of additional income”.

Specifically FIFA was counting on an additional $120 million in TV rights, $150 million in marketing rights and $90 million from ticket sales.

An announcement of the final decision had not been expected until next month’s FIFA Congress to be held in Paris ahead of the women’s World Cup that takes place in France between June 7 and July 7.

Obstacles to expansion

The news comes after Europe’s top football clubs said in March they would boycott an expanded 24-team Club World Cup — also backed by Infantino — which is planned to take place in June and July 2021, replacing the Confederations Cup tournament.

Expanding the competition for the 2022 tournament was always a complicated proposition. FIFA had sounded out potential co-hosts in the region willing to support Qatar, which is subject to an ongoing embargo by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee, charged with the organisation of the tournament, said in reaction to FIFA’s decision that “Qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 had a viable operating model been found and had all parties concluded that an expanded 48-team edition was in the best interest of football and Qatar as the host nation.”

But it said there was insufficient time to make a deeper assessment before the June deadline and “it was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.”

“With just three and a half years to go until kick off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud,” the Supreme Committee said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut all ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting Iran and Islamist groups.

Qatar vehemently denies the charges and says Saudi Arabia and its allies are aiming to incite government change in the emirate, the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas.

Gulf states Kuwait and Oman have not taken sides in the crisis. However, Oman said in April it was “not ready” to host matches.

AFP

South Africa appoints first ever female national rugby coach

The union announced two other former female internationals in team management roles with ex-captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe to be Springbok women’s team manager and Natasha Hofmeester the Under-20 women

South Africa’s Rugby authorities on Tuesday appointed the first ever female coach of a national team, announcing that Laurian Johannes will take charge of the country’s Under-20 women’s side.

She will begin next month with two internationals against neighbouring Zimbabwe in Harare.

“This is a massive achievement for Laurian and for South African rugby, and we wish her luck in this significant role,” said SA Rugby chief executive officer Jurie Roux.

“The fact that Laurian played for the Springbok women’s team and participated in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup before learning the ropes of coaching at Western Province makes this achievement even more meaningful.

“She has come through the ranks, and I hope she will inspire other former female players to enter into coaching and follow their dreams.”

The union announced two other former female internationals in team management roles with ex-captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe to be Springbok women’s team manager and Natasha Hofmeester the Under-20 women’s team manager.

Agencies

Ghana's president convinces Gyan to cancel retirement

Asamoah Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

Gyan back from retirement

Just 48 hours after announcing his international retirement, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has bowed to a presidential request to make himself available for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations

‘‘I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy,’‘ Gyan tweeted.

Government spokesperson Eugene Arhin in a statement confirmed the president’s intervention.

“The President urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by coach Kwesi Appiah.”

Fans applaud Gyan’s national record

Football fans across the world are paying tribute to Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan who announced his international retirement on Monday.

The news which comes a month before the start of the African Nations Cup, follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain.

Striker Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

“Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the national team, if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in a statement.

“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” he said.

The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.

Social media reactions

Fans applaud Ghana's Asamoah Gyan following international retirement

Asamoah Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

Football fans across the world are paying tribute to Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan who announced his international retirement on Monday.

The news which comes a month before the start of the African Nations Cup, follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain.

Striker Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

“Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the national team, if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in a statement.

“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” he said.

The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.

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CAF unveils AFCON 2019 mascot [Football Planet]

Guinea’s U17 side, finalist at this years youth championship have been disqualified from participating in the next two editions of the U17 AFCON as well as the world cup in Brazil lat

Guinea’s U17 side, finalist at this years youth championship have been disqualified from participating in the next two editions of the U17 competition as well as the world cup in Brazil later this year, as they fielded two over aged players during the competition in Tanzania.

RS Berkane last night muscled a late goal in the Caf Confederation Cup first leg finals against Zamalek of Egypt. Playing their first continental finals, the Moroccans take a one goal lead into the return leg to be played this weekend.

Less than a month to the kickoff of Africa’s most prestigious football come together, Caf has officially released the mascot for the competition do not blink it is brief.

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