Zambia national team coach Milutin Sredojevic alas MICHO. has gone to Europe in search of players with Zambian origin, the Zamfoot has reported.
According to the Zambian sports publication ,Zamfoot, the Serbian gaffer has gone to Europe to check on players with Zambian roots to woo them to play for the Copper Bullets who are in dear need of a first world cup appearance.
After Zambia failed to qualify to the 2022 africa cup of nations for the third time consecutively, Micho promised to look for “the best of the best” defenders to play for Zambia as he noted that it was the weakest department in the national team.
The chipolopolo have majority of their dependable players based in Africa with only a few playing in Europe.
Among the players micho is expected to meet in Europe include Raith Rovers fc defender Frankie Musonda who is reportedly already working on his documents to switch his international allegiance to Zambia.
The English born defender has netted three goals in the Scottish Championship and has been named three times in the team of the week this season.
The world football governing body, FIFA has rejected the newly formed European super league but it’s in support of an African super league to be created.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino had proposed a 20 teams super league for Africa’s elite clubs which he said would be able to generate a whopping $200million every year, but surprisingly the same FIFA and it’s president are strongly against the creation of a European super league, a similarly league they proposed for Africa.
According to a joint statement released yesterday by the european clubs involved in the creation of the super league, twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, called Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.
It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
The clubs said “the formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.”
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid” read the official statement.
In the same statement below is what they explained on how the super league would run:
20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
The statement also read, “going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.”
However, FIFA and UEFA have strongly rejected the creation of the European super league and have threatened to ban the clubs involved from participating in the UEFA champions league and their players from taking part in international fixtures for their countries.
Should Africans accept Infantino’s ‘AFRICAN SUPER LEAGUE’ ?
After making their debut at the Africa cup of nations in 1965 Senegal has come close to winning the trophy twice but all failed attempts.
The highest FIFA ranked national team in Africa has never won the prestigious Africa cup of nations, they were defeated finalists in 2002 and 2019.
The Diofu generation failed, the Demba Ba generation failed but can the Sadio mane generation break this curse?
Who will break their 56-years Afcon drought ?
The Terrenga lions have arguably the most quality players and Africa’s most valuable squad with their players dotted across europe’s top leagues.
With the likes of Sadio mané , their star man in his prime, the Senegalese will hope that he wins the Afcon trophy for them before retiring.
Mané has been a very consistent key player in the Senegal squad and also Liverpool football club, it’s hopeful that he will finally help his country win their first Afcon silverware which they long to see after failing in the previous edition where he helped them reach the finals.
Eduard Mendy is another player Senegalese are looking up to, to help the nation win their first Afcon trophy.
Mendy who plays for English premier league side, Chelsea fc , has kept 20 cleansheets this season and he is being described as one of the best shot stoppers in Europe currently.
He has played eight(8) games for Senegal and out of which he has kept seven(7) cleansheets and only Conceded one(1) goal. Something that has made many fans believe he could be the man to guide the Terranga lions to their afcon glory in Cameroon next year.
Reims striker Boulaye Dia is also one player that people will be hoping to see perform at next year’s Afcon.
He has scored thirteen(13) goals this season in the french ligue 1 to become the highest african goal scorer in the top french league.
He is a very clinical striker and Senegal will also look up to him during their campaign for their first Afcon trophy in Cameroon.
22-years old Kreppin DIATTA is definitely the future for the Terranga , at that age he is already making waves in Europe having impressed in Belgium with Club Brugge, the youngster moved to french side Monaco where he has already scored a goal for them in the french ligue 1.
A machine as he is refered to by his coach at PSG, Idrissa Gueye is another quality player that will be key in Senegal’s squad for the afcon next year.
Having helped PSG qualify to the semi finals of the Uefa champions league , Gueye would be motivated to replicate the same form to his national team and make his country proud by winning the nations cup.
Koulibaly is one of the most valuable African defenders in Europe. He has been consistent with the Italian Serie-A side Napoli and will be a key figure for Senegal at next year’s Afcon.
Diallo who recently switched his international allegiance to Senegal from France, will be a huge boost to the Terrenga lions squad at the back and his patnership with Koulibaly will be one to look out for at next year’s Cameroon afcon.
These are just but a few senegelese stars among the many that are making waves in Europe and across the world.
This a team that have given their everything to
Will Senegal finally win the Africa cup of nations next year in Cameroon?
Former English Premier league side Leicester city and Nigeria’s super eagles forward Ahmed Musa has offered to play for free for his new club Kano pillars, according to Nigerian Newspaper , The Punch.
Musa who is returning to the Nigerian league after 9-years , had scored 18 goals for Kano pillars and was the league top scorer before breaking into Europe
He said, anything that will make Nigerian football grow he is ready to give in his best as he signed a short contract with his former club , Kano pillars fc, which will see him be at the club for the reminder of the season.
“Anything that will help Nigerian football grow, I am ready to give my whole.” Said Ahmed Musa after being unveiled as Kano pillars new signing.
Musa has been a free agent since October 2020, when he left Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, with whom he won the Saudi Pro League title and Super Cup after joining them from Leicester City in 2018.
The southern African region in the past 10-years has seen massive changes with the regional giants, however, shrinking and underdogs making it big on the continental level.
From the emergency of Madagscar who stormed the quater finals of the previous Africa cup, to Comoros qualifying for the first time this year , to Malawi booking a place at next year’s edition for the first time in 11-years , and finally Zimbabwe qualifying back to back.
South Africa last made an appearance at Afcon in the previous edition while the chipolopolo of Zambia have missed three times consecutively and have failed to regain their winning glory since 2015.
However, Zimbabwe who made their debut at the Africa cup of nations in 2004 have recently produced some of the best players to come out of the southern African region playing in Europe’s top leagues and are becoming a strong force to reckon with in the region as they have qualified to the last three afcon editions.
The warriors who struggled to make another appearance at the Africa cup of nations after their second appearance in 2006 had to wait for 11-years to make a return in 2017 and since then they maintained their mojo and qualified to the continent’s biggest football tournament again in 2019 and they will be going to Cameroon in 2022, making it three out of three consecutively.
Among the players that Zimbabwe has produced include in-form Lyon striker Tinotenda ‘tino’ Kadewere who has risen from playing second tier football to france top tier and now banging goals at the highest stage as he has found the back of the net 10 times this season in the french Ligue 1.
Tino has proven to be a good striker who is being listed among the best African players in the french League and Zimbabweans will be hoping that he replicates his form to the national team in Cameroon next year.
Marvelous Nakamba is another Zimbabwean who has broken through europe’s top league. Nakamba has made impressive appearances for English Premier league side Aston villa , turning out to be a dependable player for Zimbabwe .
Another man who Zimbabweans are counting on is Reims Midfielder Marshall Munetsi who plays in the french Ligue 1. He has aswell made fantastic appearances against top french clubs.
South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs’ forward Khama Billiat is one man that has come forward for the Warriors of Zimbabwe on several occasions.
Having been a consistent key member in their squad that secured qualification to afcon on three occasions, he remains a treasure for the warriors and they will count on him like always.
Other key players include captain Knowledge musona , Tendai Darikwa among others making waves in Europe and locally.
The six times record champions of the COSAFA tournament will be looking to claim the “king of the region” title by ensuring that they go past the group stages at the African cup of nations for the first time after four failed attempts.
The debate, however, remains for the fans who have taken it to social media to claim the “king” title with Zambians boasting of winning Afcon in the last decade as well as producing players who have won various individual awards while South Africans bragging about their three world cup appearances and a 1996 afcon gold medal .
Share your thoughts with us. Who do you think deserves the crown of the Southern African king?
Arsenal star Alexander Lacazette last night took a knee in front of Czechi republic’s Slavia Prague during the EUROPA league to protest against ‘RACISM’ which some of the club’s players have been found guilty of , recently .
Slavia recently had defender Ondrej Kúdela banned for a further nine games under the UEFA banner after he was found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in the previous round.
Footage showed Kudela covering his mouth and whispering something untoward in Kamara’s ear.
He reacted angrily and said “he’s f***ing racist” – with teammate Bongani Zungu telling the referee that the Czech Republic international used the word ‘monkey’ – with Kamara reiterating that was the exact slur he was subjected to.
He told ITV: “[Kudela] came over and said ‘you’re a monkey, you’re a f****** monkey and you know you are’. From there I reacted and said ‘he’s racist, he’s racist’.
“From there I had a lot of emotions going through my mind; angry, upset, I felt humiliated. All my family, friends, fans, whoever is watching, I felt like a little boy.
“Words can’t explain how I felt. Hopefully, I never have to feel that again. It was crazy really.”
The club’s conduct through various statements following the incident at Ibrox was widely condemned, while some of the supporters displayed a disgusting banner containing a vile racist message aimed at Kamara.
Arsenal were in fine form in the second leg, with Nicolas Pepe, Lacazette (penalty) and Bukayo Saka all on target in a breathtaking six-minute period in the first half.
Lacazette would then had a second in the 77th minute to give Arsenal a 5-1 aggregate lead and set up a semi-final with Villarreal, managed by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.
23-year-old British born defender of Zambian decent Frankie Chisenga Musonda has continued impressing in the Scottish Championship making many Zambian soccer fans call for his inclusion in their national team.
He was born on the 12th December 1997 in Bedford , England to Zambian parents.
Musonda has scored 3 goals in 22 games this season for Raith rovers fc and has been named in the Scottish Championship team of the week three consecutive times.
He is 6 ft tall, with a well built body and aggressive movements on the ball befitting a defender and also possess good leadership skills on the pitch having captained most of his youth teams.
He can dribble, assist, defend and attack, a thing which has not only made Zambian fans crave for his services but also Raith Rovers fans calling for the extension of his contract as he is now attracting big clubs in Europe while being likened to top defenders like Real madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
With the Zambian national team struggling with defenders who conceded more than 10 goals in their last five international fixtures , many fans hope he will be called up ahead of the FIFA world cup qualifiers that kick off in June this year to fill up Stopilla Sunzu’s vacuum in the chipolopolo team.
After failing to qualify to the Africa cup of nations for the third consecutive time, the Zambia national team coach Mulitin “MICHO” Sredojevic said, the Chipolopolo need quality defenders and he will go flat out to identify “the best of the best” Zambian defenders.
And two weeks ago, the Zambian FA also told the press that they will invite some of the European born players who are willing to play for Zambia.
According to various reports, Frankie is willing to play for his country of origin , Zambia and has been waiting for an invite.
However, there are high chances that he will be the new chipolopolo center back as the former African champions seek to get back to their winning ways by cementing their porous defendence which has been their major weak department in their national team despite having some of the sharpest strikers and Midfileders on the continent such as the in-form RedBull Salzburg striker Patson Daka who is scoring goals for fun, rapid Kv Oostende forward Fashion Sakala, Midfileder Enock Mwepu among others who are making headlines in Europe.
Daka also scored the fastest hatrick in the history of the Austrian Bundesliga in 8 minutes after kick off.
When asked about the next step for the youngster, Kanoute had this to say: “I think it’s time for a new challenge at the end of the season, he really got going this season. He is developing almost daily.”
During the international break Daka told the press that he is ignoring all the rumors and only focusing on developing himself and issues to do with transfers and contracts will be handled by his agent as he declined to confirm numerous transfer rumors.