The show where we look at African football both what's happening around the continent and what African players are doing overseas.
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On this week’s show we get ready for the resumption of the EPL – it’s just days away now, and Stuart looks at how the remaining games might go. Will there be some surprises with games played in empty stadiums? Also we have an interview with former Gambia national team defender John Bass, whose career was cut short due to a kidney problem. He tells us his story, and about how he’s now raising awareness of kidney disease in The Gambia. Plus, Raheem Sterling speaks out on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
On this week’s show we have an interview with Nigeria defender Leon Balogun, he’s on loan at English Championship side Wigan Athletic from EPL club Brighton until the end of the season. He talks about the disappointment of failing to get a regular starting place with Brighton. Balogun also talks about racism in Germany, where he grew up, and on the same theme we look at the Black Lives Matter movement as footballers have spoken out about the death of George Floyd in the USA.
On this week’s show we look at the future of football in Africa, as an online conference was held to examine the direction that the African sports industry should take post Covid-19. We’ll hear from Liberia’s President George Weah, and from South African sports media consultant Gary Rathbone, who believes that clubs must have a stronger digital presence. We also look at a suggestion that some of Africa’s traditional sports could be commercialised. Our European football expert Stuart analyses the apparent lack of home advantage in the Bundesliga, and whether it will affect the relegation battle in the EPL. Send us your views on WhatsApp +44 7955 232 780
On this week’s show we take a look at transfer fees – how they have risen steeply in the world’s big leagues over the last few years, and whether Covid-19 is going to end this transfer inflation. The biggest transfer deal for an African player is Nicholas Pepe last August, while 222m Euro move to PSG is the world record. But back in 1979 there was excitement when Trevor Francis became Britain's first £1 million player, we speak to him. Plus listeners’ thoughts on lessons that we are learning during the coronavirus pandemic, and Stuart has some great statistics as the Bundesliga resumed in empty stadiums – only one home win and less dribbling.
On this week’s show we talk about playing behind closed doors, as it’s one of the conditions for football to return. Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo scored for Man United in an empty stadium in a Europa League match just before football was stopped in Europe, he tells us about it. And the German Bundesliga is back this weekend – the first of Europe’s big leagues to return to action. Stuart highlights the African presence in the Bundesliga.
On this week’s show we ask if we’re likely to see any more continental competition in Africa this year, given the effects of coronavirus. Also, as the coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of people to think deeply, to think about what really matters in life, we speak to Yaw Yeboah, the Ghana captain at last year’s Under-23 AFCON in Egypt. He’s based in Spain and he tells us about how life is there. And Stuart looks at the issues that clubs must vote on ahead of a resumption of the EPL, and we ask whether the Uefa Champions League is likely to be completed
On this week’s show we look at how the coronavirus situation is affecting football in Africa. There was good news for national associations as Fifa will give $500,000 of financial relief to all of their member associations for operational costs. But it’s tough for clubs, though Cameroon’s FA, say they will give clubs in the top divisions $2000 each – it’s not much, but they are trying.Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba’s aim of becoming the next Ivory Coast FA president took a knock in a preliminary vote, where he had no votes. But do we need more former players to get involved as administrators, or do they lack the skills required? Plus Stuart continues his series assessing the African players’ performances in the EPL so far this season.
On this week’s show we remember the Zambia air disaster of 1993, when Zambia lost most of their national team players in a crash off the coast of Gabon. In 2012 Zambia were to go on to win the Nations Cup in Gabon. As mental health is an issue right now, we have an interview with Gambian Cherno Samba. When a dream move to Liverpool fell through, Samba battled with depression and he attempted suicide.And we have a very clever commentary from Sierra Leone to promote coronavirus awareness.
On this week’s show we talk about racism in football – while most of us are missing the excitement of football in Europe’s big leagues, it’s worth remembering that it’s been a bad season in terms of racism in European football, and we hear from former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey. Also Stuart continues looking at the African players who have done well so far this season in the EPL, and we go into the archive and relive a trip to the pyramids in Egypt during last year’s AFCON.
On this week’s show we ask when will action resume in the EPL, as fans around Africa are missing the games so much. Also, Stuart takes a look at the best African players in the EPL this season, and we go into our archive to a 2017 interview with Liberia legend James Debbah, who played alongside George Weah. Debbah talks about Liberia’s first qualification to the AFCON in 1996.
On this week’s show we talk about stadiums in Africa, and we hear from South Africa legend Mark Fish, who’s part of a Caf team that’s been inspecting stadiums in Africa ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. Fish says that better stadiums in Africa will produce better football. Plus, we go into our archive and go back to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, and visit the Copacabana Beach and the Christ the Redeemer statue. And Stuart looks at the large amount of errors made this season by goalkeepers in the EPL.
On this week’s show we look at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting clubs in Africa, with the situation stretching the finances of many teams. Also we speak to Modou Lamin Marong, a Gambian player based in Sweden, he tells us how he’s managing to stay fit as a player in self-isolation.Stuart takes a look at the implications of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, and while we are all affected by the coronavirus situation in some way, we’re going to make sure that the show gives you plenty of entertainment every week to lift your spirits, and this week we’re going back to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, where the world was hit by the noisy vuvuzela!
On this week’s show, Idah has been speaking to Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke – we’ll hear about winning the treble in 1999, his amazing partnership with Andy Cole, and his thoughts on African football.Plus a look at the impact of Coronavirus on football, with the African Nations Championship postponed, and we’ll hear from a Nigerian and a Gambian based in Europe. And as Euro 2020 is postponed because of Coronavirus, as well as Europe’s top leagues, we ask Stuart how the calendar will work as the EPL says the season will be completed. Also we ask what the economic implications are.
On this week’s show we catch up on the Caf Champions League, as there’s a possibility of an all-Egyptian or an all-Moroccan final. We take a trip to Tanzania and find out about one of Africa’s biggest derbies, the Dar Es Salaam derby between Yanga and Simba. And in Europe, we get Stuart’s thoughts on Liverpool’s early exit from the Champions League.
On this week’s show we go to Ghana and hear about the #BringBackTheLove campaign for the national team, as fans have been through frustrating times. Many of us do fall in and out of love with our national team, we hear what Ghana supporters make of this campaign. Plus, three defeats from four for Liverpool, how will the Reds cope in their crucial Champions League game against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday?
On this week’s show we have an exclusive interview with Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who has fulfilled his dream of playing for Manchester United, joining them on loan from China, and even taking a pay cut. We also hear how Ighalo lost his sister Mary, who died last December, and how he is dedicating his career to her. And we ask if Ighalo will be a success at Manchester United. Plus lots on the latest VAR controversy in the EPL.
On this week’s show we take a look at the draw for the 2020 African Nations Championship, the CHAN, to be played in April in Cameroon. We hear from Zambia’s new coach, Micho. As CAF conducts the bidding process for host venues for this season’s African Champions League and Confederation Cup finals – giving potential hosts only 10 days to bid, and with the finals of these two tournaments just three months away, we ask how reasonable this was. And Liverpool lose a game in the Uefa Champions League – will they struggle in the knockout stage?
On this week’s show we focus on the under-representation of black managers in European football. While African stars have lit up the leagues of Europe as players, Africans have made virtually no impact as managers in Europe. More than that, there is a general lack of what are called BAME managers in English football – BAME standing for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. We ask what the way forward is. Plus, Emmanuel Adebayor makes a surprise move to Paraguay, and a look at the EPL and Italy’s Serie A.
On this week’s show we talk about the comments made by Fifa President Gianni Infantino, who has proposed that the Africa Cup of Nations be held every four years instead of two. Is this Fifa interfering in African football, does the idea make sense? Also, with the 2020 Futsal AFCON ending in Morocco, we go to Morocco and find out about the tournament. And as Mbwana Samatta became the first Tanzanian to play in the EPL, Stuart takes a look at the African representation there over the years.
On this week’s show we head to Cameroon and catch up on preparations for the 2021 AFCON, which is less than a year away, and also the CHAN, being held in just over two months, also in Cameroon. We’ll hear from CAF president Ahmad, who is impressed with how it’s going. Also, we catch up with some of the transfer news in Europe in the January window, as Nigeria’s Victor Moses has gone to Italian side Inter Milan on loan, reuniting with Antonio Conte, who was his coach at Chelsea. And Stuart takes a look at the crisis at Manchester United.
On this week’s show we take a look at the draw for the group stage of qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, with some tricky groups there. Also, we ask whether African companies should be funding European football, as Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, says that he remains committed to a takeover bid of English club Arsenal. And Stuart has some fascinating research on whether it pays to fire your manager mid-season if your club is in trouble.
On this week’s show we look at the change of dates for the AFCON, as the 2021 tournament moves back to January and February. This month marks 10 years since the attack on the Togo team bus ahead of the 2010 AFCON in Angola, as shootings left three members of the Togo delegation dead and 9 others injured.We remember what happened. Plus, in the EPL, we ask whether Liverpool can beat Arsenal’s record of 49 games unbeaten.
On this week’s show we take a look at the CAF awards as Sadio Mane wins the African Player of Year award for the first time. We have lots on the EPL with a look at which teams might be relegated, and we speak to exciting young Zambian forward, Fashion Sakala, who’s based in Belgium.
On this week’s show we look ahead to the brand new year in football and ask what your hopes are. Also we focus on the issue of match-fixing and hear from a Zambian, Nchimunya Mweetwa, who was banned by Fifa for three years in a match-fixing scandal, resulting on him missing out on a big move in Europe. Mweetwa now warns other about the dangers of match-fixing.
On this week’s show we take a look back at 2019 in African football – a good Nations Cup, plenty of African players shining in Europe, but issues at CAF, so was this a good year for African football? And we go into our archive and relive the story of the Zimbabwe fan who travelled all the way to Egypt by road for the AFCON, and the story of Cherno Samba, who’s from the Gambia and as a teenager had a bright future when he was set to join Liverpool. When the transfer fell through, Samba battled with depression and he attempted suicide.
On this week’s show we look at the Fifa Club World Cup as African champions Esperance finished fifth – is that good enough? Also, we speak to Zimbabwe’s Edward Sadomba, who had an illustrious career in Africa and beyond and decided to return to the club where is started for him – Harare giants Dynamos. We go into our archive and relive our interview with one of Africa’s leading female footballers - Jean Sseninde of Uganda, as this has been a great year for women’s football. Plus lots on the EPL as Mikel Arteta takes over at Arsenal.
On this week’s show we take a look at the Fifa Club World Cup, and ask how worthwhile the tournament is, and what the chances are for Africa’s representatives, Esperance. We go into our archives and hear the story of the humble beginnings that Leicester and Nigeria star Wilfred Ndidi had. Plus a roundup of the Uefa Champions League, as the group stage ends.
On this week’s show we ask if Lionel Messi deserved to win the Ballon D’Or award, and if Sadio Mane deserved better than fourth place. As Egyptian giants Zamalek fire yet another coach, take a look at the club and what’s next for coach Micho. Lots on the EPL too, with Liverpool still in control. And as we near the end of 2019, we’re going through our archive and this week we hear from Kenya’s Eric Johana, who helped the Harambee Stars to the AFCON, and he talks about life in Sweden.
On this week’s show we look at how social media is changing football – how Whats App, FB, Twitter, Instagram have changed how we get results, how we can follow our favourite players and clubs, and find out more about them, and the financial power of social media. Plus a look at a thrilling week in the Uefa Champions League and an assessment of how the top African players are doing in the EPL.
On this week’s show we look at eventful time in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, and find out a bit about the Botswana national team. We hear from their Algerian coach Adel Amrouche, and they could be the only men’s national team in the world with a female assistant, Dr Carolin Braun from Germany. The EPL is back this weekend, and we ask if Tottenham did the right thing in firing manager Mauricio Pochettino and replacing him with Jose Mourinho.
On this week’s show we have lots on the Under-23 AFCON in Egypt – how it compares to the senior AFCON in July, the level of organisation, and what it means for the teams to take a top-three finish and qualify for the Olympics. We have the latest from 2021 AFCON qualifying.Plus a focus on the EPL as Liverpool go into the international break with a huge lead.
On this week’s show we look at the U23 AFCON, which starts this weekend in Cairo with the top three teams qualifying for next year’s Olympics. We talk about professionalising Africa’s leagues and hear from the chief executive of the World Leagues Forum. And we look ahead to Sunday’s big game in the EPL between Liverpool and Manchester City.
On this week’s show we look at how Fifa's decision to play the 2021 Club World Cup in June and July could affect the Africa Cup of Nations and take us back to club versus country rows over the Nations Cup, and how African stars could have no time to rest on the off-season. Also we look at how football brings hope and inspiration to prisoners, and we look at the EPL and the turbulent times at Arsenal.
On this week’s show we look ahead to the Under-17 World Cup, with four African countries taking part. More on racism in football as an English FA Cup tie was abandoned as one of the teams walked off amid accusations of racism, we ask how significant this was. And as former Nigeria striker Promise Isaac died earlier this month at the age of 31 of a suspected heart attack, we highlight how many others have been affected.
On this week’s show we look at the biggest global sports story of week, the racist abuse of England players by home fans in Bulgaria on Monday night in a Euro 2020 qualifier. We take a look back at the WAFU Cup, where hosts Senegal beat Ghana in the final of the West African regional tournament. All 22 games in the 16-day long tournament were played on the same pitch, was this acceptable? And as Manchester United host Liverpool in the weekend’s big game in the EPL, Stuart looks at the meaning of this fixture that brings together the two clubs that have been England’s most successful past 40 years or so.
On this week’s show we take a look at the draw for the group stage of the CAF Champions League, with some very tough groups. We scrutinise the weather conditions that the 2022 Fifa World Cup will be played in in Qatar, as Stuart has just come back from Qatar, where the World Athletics Championships were held. And lots on the EPL, we ask how significant Liverpool’s eight-point lead is at this early stage.
On this week’s show we look at the challenge that many players face of being in the squad but not getting in the starting line-up much. We hear from Nigeria midfielder John Ogu, who went to the World Cup last year and didn’t get to play, and only had 45 minutes of game time with the Super Eagles at this year’s AFCON. We ask why there are no West and East African teams in the group stage of the Caf Champions League. Also, a great week for African players in the Uefa Champions League, and we look at how things are shaping up in the EPL.
On this week’s show we look at the controversy around the Best FIFA Football awards, with no place for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the team of the year. We find out about football in Lesotho, as hopes are of building a team that can qualify for a continental tournament. Have Cameroon made the right move in appointing a Portuguese coach who’s never worked in Africa? We look at the Egyptian Premier League and ask if upcoming Pyramids FC can challenge Al Ahly and Zamalek. Plus lots on the EPL, is it time for Manchester United fans to get worried?
On this week’s show we have the second part of our interview with the 1997 African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba of Nigeria, and we ask whether it works if you pray for victory. Ikpeba says that while he prays in private, he didn’t pray for victory ahead of a match, unless it was the whole team praying together. Often we have fans and players of both teams praying to win. So is it helpful to pray for success before a match, and does God mind who wins a football match or any sporting contest? Will it help if you place the situation into God’s hands?Also, we talk about Barcelona’s 16-year-old talent Ansu Fati, and the goalscoring exploits of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
On this week’s show we speak to Leicester City and Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. We hear about his decision to take up studies at university, and we ask if he will be leaving Leicester soon. Also, as Samuel Eto’o retires, is he the greatest African player ever? And we look ahead to the start of the Uefa Champions League group stage.
On this week’s show we ask whether Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi deserved a place among the finalists in the Best FIFA Football Awards - despite winning the Africa Cup of Nations in July, Belmadi is not among the final three. Also, we have an interview with the 1997 African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba of Nigeria. Ikpeba tells us about his long career in Europe, and how he benefited from playing under Arsene Wenger at Monaco. Also, is the tension between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah anything for Liverpool fans to worry about?
On this week’s show we talk about whether foreign coaches are better than local coaches for national teams in Africa. This year’s AFCON final was contested between two local coaches, and Egypt and Kenya have both said that they want to go in the direction of local coaches. On the other hand, Liberia have appointed an English coach. So can local coaches take Africa to the highest level? Will they always struggle to get the respect of high-profile players? And are things changing. We hear from Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. Plus a look at the issue of racist abuse being directed at black players on social media.
On this week’s show we talk about football in North Africa, with Morocco having a new coach in Vahid Halihodzic, replacing Frenchman Herve Renard. And the African Games are underway in Morocco, with men’s and women’s Under-20 tournaments. Also we have the story of Cherno Samba, who’s from the Gambia and as a teenager had a bright future when he was set to join Liverpool. When the transfer fell through, Samba battled with depression and he attempted suicide. And in the EPL, is the VAR working – is it too much interference, or is it necessary these days?
On this week’s show we talk about women’s football, and hear from one of Africa’s leading female players, Jean Sseninde of Uganda, who has played for QPR in England. Lots on the EPL too, as the VAR was an issue on the opening weekend. And we speak to Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi, who’s moved to Everton, and was once told he would never be good enough for the Arsenal first team.
On this week’s show we start getting ready for the new EPL season, as we assess some of the big transfers, and look at how the VAR will be used as it comes to the EPL for the first time. Also we find out about football in Libya, as the country hasn’t been allowed to host international matches since 2014. If conditions are right, how much of a force could Libya be in Africa?
On this week’s show we talk about flair in African football. While the continent used to be famous for players like Roger Milla and Jay Jay Okocha and the amazing things that they could do, these days there’s certainly less flair in the African game, and some feel that the game is becoming too European in Africa. We look at the AFCON and assess how things were, and we hear from legends Joseph-Antoine Bell, Nwankwo Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha.
In our final Egyptian Dream podcast we look back on the 2019 Cup of Nations with Kenyan journalist Idah Waringa and South Africa-based analyst Solomon Izang Ashoms and we hear from listeners with their thoughts on this year's AFCON edition.
On this week’s show we take a look back at the Nations Cup and the issues around it. Was it a good tournament, how did the expansion from 16 teams to 24 work out, and what about the move to June and July? Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo is in favour but he says it was a challenge. We also talk about Ghana’s early exit and away from the football we take a trip to Garbage City in Cairo.
We review Wednesday's 3rd place play-off match between Nigeria and Tunisia and ask whether the 3rd place play-off has any value or whether it should be scrapped? And we look ahead to Friday's final between Senegal and Algeria.
We look back on Sunday's dramatic semi-finals that saw Senegal and Algeria progress to Friday's final. With one other game to be played before then we ask about the value of the 3rd Place Play-Off and listeners share their thoughts on who will lift this year's trophy.