No doubt all over the world, the round leather game is about the goals, the deft touches, and the mesmerizing skills of the players on the field of play.
When football enthusiasts, fanatics, and stakeholders come together to watch the beautiful game of football, what they’re on the lookout for is the goals, the sleek touches, and the mesmerizing skills of talented football stars.
While some are on the lookout for new talent, but mostly ladies who love to watch the beautiful game lookout for players with a great physique, handsome or cute faces, and six-packs who they can easily appreciate because of the beauty of that particular player.
While CheapGoals certainly don’t make a propensity for judging players by their looks or condemning, this is just to serve you the top all-time ugliest football stars in Africa.
Harrison Afful – Ghana/Columbus Crew
Afful came through the Feyenoord youth team but went on a loan to Asante Kotoko in Ghana spending two seasons with the Ghanaian side and in 2008 he wins the league with them. He also had a stint with ES Tunis when he left Kotoko appearing for the club over 170 times, winning the Ligue Professionnelle 1 four times, played in three CAF Champions League final, and later won it in 2011.
In 2015, Afful sealed a move to the United States to signed for Columbus Crew, helping the club qualified for the MLS Cup in 2015 in his first season with the team, also at the international level he made his debut with Ghana in 2008 at the Afcon helping the Black Stars to a third-place finish at that tournament.
Afful has appeared at four Afcon tournaments for Ghana but 2010 and 2015 perhaps might be one of the painful tournaments he had played in finishing as runners-up in both.
The Black Stars center back may not be one of the sexiest footballers around just like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham with the good looking physique, six-packs, and a sexy hairstyle, but then his definitely one of those defenders strikers don’t want to mess with when it comes to shielding his team.
Gilles Binya – Cameroon/Alsancak Yeşilova
The Cameroon defender spent most of his playing career in Turkey, he represented Gaziantepspor and Elazigspor. Binya played over 87 matches for the Turkish-based side, he also had a stint with MC Oran in Algeria, Benfica in Portugal, and Neuchatel Xamax in Switzerland.
Binya also had a relatively decent international career with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. In 2007, he was called up into the national team under the tutelage of then manager of the team Otto Pfister, and in 2008 he made his first Afcon debut where Cameroon finished as runners-up against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
The former Benfica defensive midfielder may not be one finest among the big stars in the world of football or one of the best in his preferred position.
However, when it comes to doing the job, he does it diligently, which perhaps makes opponents get weary of his intimidating look. This sometimes gives an impression that he could either be a rampaging Vikings, a thug, or a hardcore hip-hop rapper.
Hopefully, Gilles Binya finds time to fix those various problems with his teeth.
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Benjani Nwaruwari – Zimbabwe/Retired
The former Portsmouth forward started his career with Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, before moving to Europe to continue his professional career, Benjani joined Grasshopper in 2001.
Thereafter he joined Auxerre a year later in France, he also had a stint with Portsmouth, Manchester City, and Sunderland among other teams he represented in England before coming back to the continent to play with Chippa United and Bidvest Wits.
The dreadlocks wearing forward also captained the Zimbabwe national team at the 2006 Afcon, but couldn’t take his team to the final stage. Benjani played a total of 31 matches for Zimbabwe before he hung his boot after Zimbabwe’s draw with Cape Verde in an international football match.
Benjani who is the third Zimbabwean to play in the English Premier League, may not be as cute as many will want him to be, but he’s definitely in one of those categories of strikers that a goalkeeper wouldn’t want to face on his good day.
Fatau Dauda – Ghana/Enyimba FC
Dauda began his football career in 2004 with Ashanti Gold S.C in his hometown, and in 2016 he signed for NPFL side Enyimba FC.
Dauda may not be one of the fancy and gorgeous football stars you will want to have a date with, notwithstanding his exploits on the field of play puts a shut up to whatever deficiency he suffers facially so much that he was voted Ghana best goalkeeper of the year in 2008.
The Enyimba shot-stopper also at some point had a stint with Orlando Pirates in 2013 where he played as a backup to Senzo Meyiwa, he also played with Chippa United but unfortunately for Dauda, his stint there ended acrimoniously when the club failed to pay his fees.
Dauda also had a brilliant time with the Ghanaian national team, he was part of the team squad for the Afcon in 2008, and at the 2013 Afcon edition, he was in between the stick for the Black Stars as the first choice.
Manuel Cange – Angola/Santos
Cange, popularly known as Loco is one player who will have fared well as a clown if he wasn’t a footballer, his appearance at every match venue is usually greeted with curiosity especially by people who are just seeing him play for the first time. Even at some point a fan once teased that the Angolan looks like a movie star in a horror film if the hairstyle on his forehead was anything to go by.
The Angolan who played as a right-back for Santos was noticeably for his unique hairstyle when he was playing for Angola at the 2006 World Cup, but his hairstyle and facial look couldn’t take the Angolan to the final of the competition.
Taribo West – Nigeria/Retired
Taribo is one of the best defenders that ever comes from the continent, he caught the eyes of the world playing for Inter Milan and the Nigerian national team with his colorful dreadlocks that comes in white and green respectively.
He was a rock-solid defender during his playing days, legend has it that his look sends shivers down the spine of world-class strikers and make them lose focus.
The former defender who is now a pastor was so good that he stood toe to toe with some of the best forwards in the world like Alessandra Del Piero and Andrey Shevchenko in Serie A back then.
Taribo’s name would never go missing when listing top all-time ugliest football stars in Africa. However, he will always be remembered for his exploits for the Nerazzurri and the Super Eagles, making over 42 appearances between 1994 and 2005.
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Dominic Adiyiah- Ghana/ Chiangmai United
Talking about the ugliest football stars, if clubs somehow consider beauty as the first criterion before securing a players’ services not sure the Ghanaian international would have been known as a footballer but a diligent actor whose major role would be the unnatural herbalist in Ghollywood movies.
Dominic Adiyiah hasn’t tumbled off the lattice completely right now. He can’t be hard to notice with that size of his head.
Adiyiah was called up by the Black Satellites in 2008, making his debut on 30 March in a match against Niger, and furthermore participating in the WAFU U-20 Championship. He was once touted as the next big star before fizzling out into oblivion.
Afriyie Acquah – Ghana/Yeni Malatyaspor
Acquah is another player whose facial look isn’t attractive, however, his composure and agility on the field of play overshadow his unattractive look.
The Ghanaian played for quite numbers of a club in Italy, but critically he will be best remembered for his stint with Torino. He also had a relatively decent time with the Black Stars, he was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile in 2012, also in 2014, he was part of the provisional list in Ghana’s quest for the FIFA World Cup.
Fabrice Akwa – Angola/Retired
Akwa will be remembered for his exploits for the Angolan national team with how he was instrumental for them in their quest to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The player with the face of a woman might not be handsome or a player that comes with a good physique but then his eye for goal is top-notch.
Akwa wasn’t known for playing with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but then he had a stint with almost three Qatar club sides. He played for Al-Wakrah, Al-Gharrafa, and Qatar SC, and during his time in Qatar, he won the Arab Champions League, Qatar Crown Prince Cup, and was the league top scorer in 1999 with 11 goals to his name.
Hameur Bouazza – Algeria/FC Fleury
Bouazza spent most of his football career in England, he also had a stint in Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, Algeria, and Tunisia, played in two editions of AFCON in 2010 and in 2013 in South Africa, his total appearances for Algeria is 21 and 3 goals to his name.
The former Millwall winger has been repeatedly teased that his face scares the living daylight out of the opposing opponents than his attacking prowess, perhaps he will have fared well with his scoring prowess had it been he doesn’t have a scary face to make the list of ugliest football stars.
Aristide Bance – Burkina Faso/Horoya
Bance will be remembered for his exploits at the AFCON final against Nigeria, which served as one of his best in his career, his controversial Afro spiky hairstyle was one unique thing about him that fans in the stadia usually noticed when he’s on the field of play.
The Horoya of Guinea forward may not be as sexy as much as the female football enthusiast will want him to be. However, his scoring prowess and ability in the air is something the fan will take solace in if they can’t have their favorite star looking all fine.
Krepin Diatta – Senegal/ Club Brugge
Diatta was part of the Senegal youth team that participated in Africa’s U-20 Cup of Nations in 2017. He scored two goals in the tournament, both of which came in the group stage, his first a 70th-minute header against South Africa in a 7 goal thriller, and his second, a goal in the added time of the first half against Cameroon.
On 23 March 2019, Diatta made his national team debut in a 2–0 win against Madagascar in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and ever since then has been a regular with the Terranga Lions. Krepin Diatta might not have been so popular until he scored a wonderful screamer that put his side ahead during their opening game against Tanzania at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Days later, images and videos of the player started going around on social media platforms, many poured onto the internet to troll his ungenerous and ruffled looks. Completely surprised and disappointed at the comments he has been receiving about his looks especially from fellow Africans, the player hit back terming them as “racist”.
However, the table would have turned if Krepin has a beautiful face as that of Eric Decker or a stunning look of Cristiano Ronaldo, but nature has its ways of the opposite.
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.