The 2019-2020 season as served us some entertaining football actions across leagues in Europe as it’s gradually coasting home, with boys been separated from the real men in their respective leagues, for the season to have a clearer picture of who the winner of the league would be, having seen leagues full of goals and lots of drama from the VAR.
This season, some players would end the league season as champions while some would live to hope for a better season come 2020/21 with their respective team.
Therefore, today we will look at African players who could end their season campaign with a title with their respective team in Europe.
Sevilla: Title Contender (La Liga )
The Moroccan En-Nesyri wouldn’t have thought his team will be in the conversation for winning the league when he was with Leganes last season, but this season having joined Sevilla in January, with 7 appearance and 3 goals to his name.
Julien Lopetegui led side might not have the kind of quality players the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have in their team, however, they’ve been able to punch above their weight and put themselves on the front burner to fight for the league with Real Madrid and Barcelona blowing hot and cold this season, but then its left to be seen if Sevilla could actually go all the way to win the league.
Getafe: Title Contender (La Liga)
Getafe CF might not be able to win the league this season, perhaps because of the low quality of players they have in their team, but this season they’ve been able to work as a team in launching an assault on the league.
The Jose Bordalas led side sits in fourth position on the log this season, as they are fighting tooth and nail to cement their European place for next season champions league campaign, and with Nyom in the team who has played over twenty-three matches this season for his team, which gives credence to their wonderful performance in the league and the Europa League.
Etebo Oghenekaro returned to Spain in January when he joined Getafe on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to stay permanently, however, since he joined he has only played for the Bordalas led side just six-time.
With Getafe currently doing brilliantly both in the league and Europe, although the Nigerian isn’t having enough playing time, then he will be ready to play anytime is been call upon, perhaps we might see a surprise winner of the La Liga just like we had in time past with Deportivo La Coruna.
Ndiaye is one of the important players and the brain behind their high pressing play in the midfield for his team this season, his input to the team mind-blowing display in the league and the Europa League has been second to none.
The 23-years old Senegalese has been growing in leaps and bound since he joined Bordalas led side, this might be his opportunity to win a title if Real Madrid and Barcelona failed to live up to the billing, or even forge ahead to win the Europa League if they scale through the hurdle of Inter Milan.
Liverpool: Title: ( EPL)
Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team are gradually coasting home with their performance thus far in the EPL, haven’t lost the league narrowly to City last season, but this season the likes of Salah, Mane, and Fermino have been very instrumental in whatever Kloop will achieve this season.
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The success story of Kloop can’t be mention without pouring some sort of accolades on what the Egyptian forward has achieved thus far this season with the Anfield side, scoring 16 goals in 26 matches, that alone is something very unique about the Egyptian which definitely should attract praises to him as he looks forward in winning his first Premier League with Liverpool since he joined.
Liverpool : Title: (EPL)
The Senegalese forward has been the darling of the Anfield side since the start of the season, and he has always lived up to the billing in terms of goals scored and all-round play of the team, even when he’s out injured the team do miss him but when he returns back into the team, he does that with a bang.
Mane has scored 14 goals in 26 appearances this season for Liverpool in their quest to win the league, a brilliant performance thus far for the Anfield based side which epitomizes how fantastic Kloop and his team are, however, the fear of Coronavirus might be a hindrance in letting them win the league, but then Kloop and his boys look like a champion waiting to be crowned.
Liverpool: Title Contender (EPL)
Joel Matip & Naby Keita
The Cameroonian international and the Guinean midfielder has only played sparingly for Liverpool this season due to injuries, Matip has only played 8 times, while Keita also played 9 matches thus far with one goal scored by both players respectively.
Even when both players are fit to play, going straight into the starting eleven looks more like a herculean task for them due to the arrears of stars in the team, however when it’s time for the team to be crowned champions, Matip and Keita would definitely be on the podium to receive their medals.
Borussia Dortmund: Title Contender (Bundesliga)
The Real Madrid loanee has continued to grow in leaps and bounds with his performance with Borussia Dortmund this season, and he has played a large part in this year’s Bundesliga matches for the Signal Iduna Park outfit.
The CAF Youth Player of the Year has set up over 10 goals this season, as the Moroccan international continues to thrive in his right wing-back position for Lucien Favre led side, which has really helped his attacking prowess as a defender, contributing up to 10 successful dribbles 2.5 per game with a 62 percent success rate.
RasenBallsport Leipzig: Title Contender (Bundesliga)
The Malian international hasn’t featured for Julian Nagelsmenn led side as much as that of his colleagues playing from the midfield, but he has contributed immensely to the Die Roten Bullen’s outstanding performance this term, making over 13 league appearances.
Haidara has only started four matches in all of his 13 matches appearances, but then the young lad can be trusted when given the chance to start, with the fact that he has shown he can impact play for the team anytime, any day, however, it’s left to be seen if they would be able to dethrone Bayern Munich as the league champions at the end of the season.
Borussia Monchengladbach: Title Contender (Bundesliga)
Ramy Bensebaini & Ibrahima Traore
Only Bensebaini has made a significant impact to the team in terms of match appearances compared to Traore in their push for league success, the Algerian has only played 10 matches this term with 4 goals to his name, while Traore has only played twice this season, Traore might still get the chance to play as the season progresses in their quest to lunch an assault on the league.
The Algerian international came off the bench to be the hero for Saint-Ettiene to help them into the final of the French Cup for the first time in 38 years, Boudebouz struck the crucial goal that booked Les Verts a place in the cup final against Rennes.
Boudebouz’s goal against Rennes in the cup competition was the second goal of the season for the 30-year-old’s, after having scored once in Ligue 1 this season, Les Verts would square up against PSG, however, its left to be seen if the Algerian would go with a trophy and medal come April 25th in the final.
PSG: Title Contender (Ligue 1)
Idrissa Gueye & Choupo Moting
The Senegalese international and the Cameroonian forward has a combined 29 match appearances in between them so far this season, 21 matches played for Gueye and one goal to his name, and Moting with just nine matches appearance and three goals.
It’s only a matter of time before PSG would be crowned champions of the Ligue 1, as Marseille keenly breath through their neck in the league, but then Thomas Tuchel led side has enough talents in the team to win the league.
SS Lazio: Title Contender (Seria A)
The Angolan international hasn’t featured for the Inzaghi led side team as much as he wants, however, he has played eight times for the Rome side this season with just a goal scored so far.
Lazio only trailed Juventus with just one point on top of the log, however with the Coronavirus pandemic currently rocking Italy, it might affect all the hard works Lazio had invested in the League in their quest to win the league since they last won it, but if the league body find a way out of continuing the league, we might see Lazio coasting home with the league.
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.