Archive | December 23, 2016

Aubameyang, Mahrez and Mane make CAF’s final award shortlist….

Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund and Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still in line to retain his African Player of the Year crown after making the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) final three-man shortlist. The 27-year-old will go up against Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez – the BBC’s 2016 African Footballer of the Year – and Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Islam Slimani of Algeria both missed out having made the final five. CAF confirmed that the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday 5 January in Abuja, Nigeria.  Aubameyang’s victory last year ended Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure’s run of winning the trophy in four successive years. Mahrez stands a great chance of dethroning him after a stunning 2016 in which he helped Leicester win the Premier League title and won the English Players’ Player of the Year award. Zambian midfielder Rainford Kalaba, Zimbabwean forward Khama Billiat and Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango are the three contenders for the prize for CAF’s best African player based on the continent.

Chelsea’s Oscar to join Shanghai SIPG in China….


Chelsea and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for midfielder Oscar to move to the Chinese Super League club in the January transfer window. The 25-year-old Brazil international said earlier this month the move, worth about £60m, was “90% certain”. Oscar joined Chelsea from Internacional for £25m in 2012 and has scored 38 times in 203 appearances for the club. He will complete his move “at the beginning of the January transfer window”, the club said in a statement. Oscar, who has struggled to get into Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side since October, will join former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas in Shanghai. The Chinese side confirmed Oscar “will arrive in Shanghai in the coming days to officially join SIPG”. The player, who has won the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup during his four-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge, will earn a reported £400,000 a week.