River Plate Thrash Kashima Antlers, but the Cracks are Clear

River Plate Thrash Kashima Antlers, but the Cracks are Clear

🕔00:07, 27.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sorts City Stadium ©Satish Sekar (December 22nd 2018) Fresh from their shock defeat on penalties to local side Al Ain, Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate took out their frustrations on Asian champions Kashima Antlers

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African Greats who Deserved Better

African Greats who Deserved Better

🕔20:25, 21.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (November 10th 2018) Pioneers Still reeling from the death in September of Zambian pioneering footballer, Ken Banda, African football has been plunged into mourning once more. Salifu Fuseini, a winner of Ghana’s historic AFCON

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Gareth Bale Hat-trick Dispatches Kashima Antlers

Gareth Bale Hat-trick Dispatches Kashima Antlers

🕔18:20, 21.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium © Satish Sekar (December 19th 2018) Bale – the Difference A Gareth Bale hat-trick scored in twelve minutes either side of half-time ended the contest early in the second half

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Al Ain shock River Plate

Al Ain shock River Plate

🕔07:47, 21.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar at Al Ain’s Hamza Zayed Stadium © Satish Sekar (December 18th 2018) Unlikely Hero He defies conventional wisdom on goalkeeping prerequisites, but Khalid Eisa, who stands just 1.78m tall, silenced the naysayers with a Man of the

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Espérance Edge Guadalajara After Dramatic Evening of VAR

Espérance Edge Guadalajara After Dramatic Evening of VAR

🕔10:55, 20.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al-Ain © Satish Sekar (December 18th 2018) Penalties Reduced to nine men Espérance Sportive de Tunis beat CD Guadalajara 6-5 in the penalty shoot-out to claim 5th place in the World

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The Hosting Game

The Hosting Game

🕔20:05, 17.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (December 16th 2018) The conspiracy theorists were half right. Ever since Ahmad Ahmad ousted Issa Hayatou last year and the new CAF President organised a symposium in Morocco to plan the direction African football

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Football and Politics (Part One)

Football and Politics (Part One)

🕔19:37, 17.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (December 17th 2018) Politics and football don’t mix. It’s often repeated, but it’s a false mantra. Politics is never far from sport. There was a war over a football match between El Salvador and

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Controversial Draw leaves Bafana Bafana with Hill to Climb

Controversial Draw leaves Bafana Bafana with Hill to Climb

🕔09:01, 16.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar at the FNB Stadium, Soweto © Satish Sekar (November 17th 2018) Since the banishment of Kenyan referee Aden Marwa from football for corruption, Gambia’s Bakary Gassama is reputed to be one of if not Africa’s best official.

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Wales pip Ireland

Wales pip Ireland

🕔08:55, 16.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin © Satish Sekar (October 16th 2018) Fresh from a football masterclass in the friendly by Spain, Ryan Giggs’ young charges put the record straight against Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland tonight, courtesy

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The Times are Changing, but Things Remain the Same

The Times are Changing, but Things Remain the Same

🕔10:28, 11.Dec 2018

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (December 11th 2018) Almost seven years ago I interviewed Zambia’s then Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili. He and Zambian football were on the rise then. Kambwili made pledges about the Gabon Plane Crash, claiming that

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