November’s African football news in brief

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Algeria’s Islam Slimani is on loan at French club Monaco from English side Leicester City

The latest African football stories in short for November.


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Friday 29 November:

Guinea’s football fraternity will lay to rest female Fifa assistant referee Manty Keita in a cemetery in Conakry on Friday.

Keita, who had been on Fifa’s list of officials since 2012, died in a hospital in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis a week ago at the age of just 34.

She was in Tunis to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness and the cause of death has not been made public.

“The Guinean Football Federation offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, the association of Referees of Guinea and the great sports family of Guinea,” the Guinea Football Federation said in a statement.

Keita survived by her two children and husband Mohamed Fofana, who is an employee of the Guinean professional football league and also a steward for the local Syli national team (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Monaco will not be appealing against two-match suspension handed to Algeria striker Islam Slimani for his red card against Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 last weekend.

The 31-year-old, who is on loan from English side Leicester City, will miss Monaco’s home fixture against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday and away to Toulouse on 4 December.

He will be available again for the home game against Amiens on 7 December.

Slimani has six goals and eight assists in 10 league games for the principality side this season. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Thursday 28 November:

Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Former Ghana international Dominic Adiyiah has completed a one-year deal as a free agent with Chiangmai United in Thailand’s second-tier.

He has been playing in Thailand since 2015 and Chiangmai United are his third Thai club after Nakhon Ratchasima and Sisaket.

The 29-year-old helped Ghana to win the 2009 Under-20 World Cup in Egypt scoring eight goals to finish as the tournament’s top-scorer and best player.

Adiyiah was with Italian giants AC Milan from 2010 to 2012, but was never given the opportunity to play for them and was instead loaned out to several clubs including Reggina and Partizan Belgrade.

His 20 Ghana caps at senior level include appearances at both the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup in 2010. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Wednesday 27 November:

Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke led Tanzania to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

Ex-Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke, who led Tanzania to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, has applied for the vacant post with Zambia to replace Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck.

The 48-year-old, who won the 1994 Nations Cup and 1996 Olympics football gold, has been out of work since parting company with the East African nation in July.

The former Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona winger met Monday’s deadline to submit a formal application to the Football Association of Zambia (Faz).

Faz is targeting a Uefa Pro License holder or someone with equivalent qualification as well as extensive international football knowledge and experience at the senior national team level (Africa and Europe).

The 1994 African Footballer of the Year had previously managed his country’s under-17 side to World Cup success in 2015 and had a brief spell as manager of Sudanese club SC Khartoum. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Tuesday 26 November:

Tarek El Taib (left) played for Libya at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

Former Libya international star Tarek El Taib will finally get a testimonial game three years after he announced his retirement from football.

His former Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal have announced that they will take on Egypt’s eight-time African champions Al Ahly on a date yet to be confirmed.

El Taib announced his retirement back in 2016 as he left Al Ahly Tripoli the Libyan club where he had also begun his career.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Entertainment, released a statement saying it would cover all expenses for the match.

The 42-year-old represented Libya at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations as well as playing for clubs in Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Kuwait, Egypt, Oman and Qatar.(By Morad Dakhil)

Monday 25 November:

Morocco’s Anuar Tuhami (right) has played his entire club career with Spanish side Valladolid

Morocco midfielder Anuar Tuhami has signed a two-year contract extension with Valladolid, keeping him at the Spanish club until 2023.

The 24-year-old is yet to play competitively for Morocco but made his debut for them in a friendly against Burkina Faso in September.

Tuhami, who has been at Valladolid for his entire career, was born in Cueta which is a Spanish-ruled enclave in Morocco.

He has made nine La Liga appearances for Valladolid so far this season. (By Jalal Bounouar)

Sunday 24 November:

Nigeria’s Isaac Promise, who passed away in early October, was voted forward of the year by fans of American USL side Austin Bold.

The 31-year-old scored three goals in 20 appearances in the 2019 USL Championship season before his untimely death.

Promise was captain of the Nigeria U20 side that finished runners up at the 2005 Fifa U-20 World Cup and the U23s that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He spent much of his career in Turkey, with Trabzonspor and Antalyaspor among his former clubs, and also had a brief spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Friday 22 November:

Sierra Leone international George Kweku Davies has extended his contract with Austrian club St Polten by one more year until 2021.

“He has proven with his achievements in recent times that he is an important part of our team,” St. Polten general manager Andreas Blumauer told the club website.

The 23-year-old winger has featured in 10 of St Polten’s 14 Austrian Bundlesliga matches so far this season.

Davies won his first major silverware when he helped Riga to win the Latvian league last year.

He was sent-off in the dying minutes of Leone Stars 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opening match against Lesotho at home which ended in 1-1 draw nine days ago. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Thursday 21 November:

Senegal midfielder Younousse Sankhare has had his contract with French club Bordeaux amicably terminated by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old was originally suspended by the club on 5 September for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

Sankahare, who last played for Senegal in 2017, said in an interview shortly after the suspension that he did not know why he had been punished.

Bordeaux have wished him all the best for the future and hope that he will find a new club soon.(By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Wednesday 20 November:

Zimbabwean coach Joey Antipas recovered from a 1-0 loss to Somalia to lead the Warriors to the group stage of 2022 World Cup qualifying

A team of locally-based Morocco players beat their equivalents from Guinea 3-1 as both sides began preparations for next years African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon.

Ayoub El Kaabi, who is on loan at Wydad Casablanca from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune, gave Morocco the in the 6th minute from the penalty spot.

El Kaabi was the top-scorer at the 2018 CHAN with nine goals as Morocco won the title on home soil.

Ahadad Hamid increased the lead five minutes later before Ousmane Camara pulled one back for Guinea in the 20th minute when he converted a penalty.

Nanah Ayoub ensured the win for Morocco with his goal six minutes after the break. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Zimbabwe’s caretaker coach Joey Antipas has stepped down from his role seemingly ruling himself out of taking over the job on a full-time basis.

He was appointed on an interim basis in August on a deal until the end of year but with no more international matches left to be played in 2019 Antipas has stepped aside already.

It comes a day after he led the Warriors to a 2-1 win in Zambia in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, a far cry from his first game in charge which was a shock 1-0 loss to Somalia in 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

He managed to overturn the loss to Somalia in the second leg with a 3-1 win to reach the group stage of 2022 World Cup qualifying.

His other game in charge of the full national team was a disappointing goalless draw against Botswana in a 2021 Nations Cup qualifier. (By Steve Vickers)

Tuesday 19 November:

Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido has had stints coaching in Egypt and Morocco

Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel have unvieled Spaniard Juan Carlos Garrido as their new coach to replace Faouzi Benzarti, who is now in charge of Libya.

The 50-year-old, whose last job in Africa was at Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, has signed a contract until the end of June 2021.

“I’m here mainly because of the way this team plays and the passion that drives its players. This is a team that knows how to win games” Garrido said at the press conference.

“The Caf Champions League is my main motivation and so is the case for the players. We are in a difficult group so we mustn’t underestimate any teams.

“At the same time, we know that we are amongst the big teams so we will to embark on the CAFCL journey with a victory”.

Garrido’s first task with Etoile will be a local league match before he faces one of his former clubs Al Ahly of Egypt in a Champions League match on 29 November. (By Souhail Khmira)

Meschak Elia has been banned from football for 12 months by the DR Congo Football Federation (Fecofa) for falsifying his age in a passport.

The forward had been due to join Belgian side Anderlecht in August from Congolese side TP Mazembe but instead decided to pursue a deal in Switzerland with Young Boys.

He also sought political asylum in Switzerland and used a passport that stated he was born in 1997 however following an investigation by Fecofa all his previous registrations with clubs in DR Congo had his date of birth as 6 August 1996.

The highest court of Congolese football came to the conclusion that “the age contained in the new passport of Meschack ELIA LINA is a forgery in writing.”

Second-tier TAS Casablanca shocked top-flight Hassania Agadir 2-1 on Monday to win Morocco’s Throne Cup.

Despite being founded in 1947 it is a first title for TAS, who will now play continental club football next year in the Confederation Cup.’

Malick Cisse gave Hassania the lead after 14 minutes only for Ossama El Melioui to equalise just three minutes later before he scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 75th minute.

Saturday 16 November:

Sierra Leone’s Mohamed Buya Turay won the 2019 Swedish league title with Djurgarden.

Sierra Leone have travelled to Cotonou for their 20121 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin in Cotonou on Sunday without striker Mohamed Buya Turay.

The 24-year-old who recently won the Swedish league with Djurgarden, will miss the group L encounter because of a toe injury.

Turay only played the last 34 minutes of the Leone Stars’ home 1-1 draw with Lesotho three days ago because he arrived in Freetown from Sweden the night before the match.

He also finished as the Swedish top flight’s highest goal scorer with 15 goals. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Guinea defender Issiaga Sylla will be available for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in Conakry on Sunday following the death of his father.

Sylla, who plays for French club Toulouse, lost his father on Wednesday but was only informed about his bereavement after their 2021 opening qualifier against Mali the following day.

He played the entire group A match in Bamako which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Sylla hit an own goal that gave Mali a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute which was cancelled out by Sekou Conde’s goal four minutes later. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Friday 15 November:

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has opted out of Algeria’s squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Botswana for ‘family reasons’.

The 28-year-old captained the reigning African champions to a 5-0 win at home to Zambia in their opening 2021 Nations Cup of Nations qualifier, but has been excused from Monday’s game in Gaborone.

“He’s not travelling with us for family reasons,” Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi announced on Friday.

The win over Zambia extends the unbeaten run of the Desert Foxes to 17 matches since losing away to Benin last October. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Former Chelsea midfielder Bertrand Traore has withdrawn from the Burkina Faso squad for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Sudan due to thigh injury.

The Group B match has been moved to Khartoum, the capital city of neighbouring Sudan.

The 24-year-old was an unused sub in Burkina Faso’s opening qualifier against Uganda at home which finished in a goalless draw on Wednesday.

Bertrand, younger brother of Alain, picked up the injury while playing a Ligue 1 game for Lyon against Marseille last Sunday. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola has been banned for six months by the South African Premier League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee for pushing a referee during a Cup game.

The 33-year-old was given a yellow card by referee Abongile Tom for his reaction after he awarded a penalty to Kaizer Chiefs in their 4-2 shootout away win at Cape Town Stadium on 19 October.

“The Disciplinary Committee has handed a six months ban to Cape Town City FC player, Mpho Makola, was found guilty of assaulting match official, Abongile Tom.” the PSL announced on Friday.