Last week African football governing body CAF announced two major alterations to its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations. The changes were met with widespread consternation among African football purists, but with applause from some others
The phrase “defense wins championships” is a popular one in North America. It’s meant to apply to team sports in general, and no where does it ring truer than in the world of football.
“Fishy,” a term often used to evoke suspicion, isn’t strong enough to describe the tenor surrounding FIFA’s oddly-timed decision to issue an extraordinary “special” ranking to decide top seeds for forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
It’s been a little over a year since Héctor Cúper took over as manager of Egypt’s national team. In that span, his charges have played 12 matches, six of which were for official competitions; ample time to get an idea of how the 60-year-old Argentine is attempting to mold the Pharaohs in his image.