February's African football news in brief

Guinea-born Ilaix Moriba in action for Spain's under-17 team
Guinea-born Ilaix Moriba played for Spain at last the 2019 Under-17 World Cup in Brazil

Thursday 27 February:

South African women's international Bambanani Mbane is the latest African to move to play in Europe as she joins Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk.

The 29-year-old defender has signed a year long deal from South African side Bloemfontein Celtic after successfully undergoing medical tests.

"I can only thank God for this, it has long been coming and I was really patient but at some point I thought it would never happen but then the Almighty works in his own time," said Mbane in Belarus.

"When the opportunity came to come this side I did not even think twice - I have been here for well over two weeks and finally I have put pen to paper."

"Right now the most important this is to settle quickly before the start of the league at the end of March so that I am ready."

Mbane helped Banyana Banyana to finish as runners-up at the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana as she featured in all their matches in the tournament.

She was also part of the team that represented South Africa at the Women's World Cup in France last year.(By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Guinea coach Didier Six's has continued his bid to convince eligible players to pledge their international future to the West African country of their ancestry.

His latest meeting was in Spain with Barcelona youngster and Spain under-17 international Ilaix Moriba.

Pictures of the meeting between Six and the exciting 17-year-old midfielder have emerged, but details have not been made public.

Born in the Guinean capital city of Conakry, Moriba who is also known as "Kourouma Kourouma" has represented Spain at youth level but remains eligible for Guinea through his parents.

Six also met with Marseille's Bouna Sarr - who is eligible for France, Senegal and Guinea - in January as he continues his bid to strengthen his squad. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Wednesday 26 February:

Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido
Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido has now worked with Moroccan rivals Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca

Hosts Sierra Leone were held to a goalless draw by 10-woman Cape Verde in the opening match of the maiden West African Football Union (Wafu Cup) Zone A Women's cup on Tuesday.

In the day's other Group A match Senegal beat Guinea 1-0, courtesy of Ndeye Diakhate's 18th minute penalty.

Eight countries are taking part in the tournament which will end in Freetown on March 7.

Group B consists of Liberia, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia and Mali, who have included five players from the squad that finished fourth at the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

The tournament should have taken place in December last year but was postponed because "logistical" reasons. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca have appointed Spaniard Juan Carols Garrido as the club's new head coach on a six-month deal.

The 51-year-old coach replaces Frenchman Sebastian Desabre, who parted company with Wydad by mutual consent yesterday.

The former Uganda boss left less than two months after taking charge, following a poor run of results.

It will be Garrido's second stint working in Casablanca having previously worked for Wydad's rivals Raja, who he led to the 2017 Throne cup and the 2018 Confederation Cup.

"Happy to join this big club which only plays to win titles. Wydad have got wonderful players and exceptional supporters," he said at his unveiling.

"I am here to win the titles, the Moroccan league and the Caf Champions League."

Garrido's previous club's include Spanish side sides Villarreal and Real Betis as well Club Brugge in Belgium.

His African experience has seen him take charge of Egyptian giants Al Ahly as well as Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel. (By Jalal Bounouar)

Sunday 23 February:

Al Ahly players scuffle with Zamalek players after the Egyptian Super Cup Final.
Al Ahly players scuffle with Zamalek players after the Egyptian Super Cup Final

The Egyptian Football Association have suspended six players from Al Ahly and Zamalek after a brawl at the end of the Egyptian Super Cup marred the game.

The match was hosted in Abu Dhabi and Zamalek won via penalties after a goalless draw. The fight was sparked by one of the Zamalek players celebrating in front of Al Ahly fans in the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

Al Ahly's Mahmoud Kahraba and Zamalek's Imam Ashour received the harshest penalties with both players banned for the rest of the season. Zamalek captain Mahmoud Shikabala was given an eight match suspension whilst his teammate Abdullah Gomaa will miss three matches. Al Ahly star Yassir Ibrahim and his Nigerian colleague Junior Ajayie were banned for two matches.

The Egyptian FA also banned Zamalek's chairman Mortada Mansour for three matches.

Nazim and Kalim Amokachi
Nazim and Kalim Amokachi, the twin sons of Nigeria legend Daniel Amokachi

Saturday 22 February:

Nazim and Kalim Amokachi - the twin sons of 1994 Nations Cup winner Daniel - have been given the chance to train with Nigerian Premier League club Kwara United as they continue their search for a new club.

Both forwards, 23, previously turned out for Turkish club Besiktas under-21s and Finnish side JS Hercules, without much success.

Based in the central Kwara State, the club denied reports in the local media that they have signed the two players.

"Yes both Nazim and Kalim are training with us. They are not on trial but staying fit by joining our club in practice sessions," club spokesman Jimoh Bashir told BBC Sport.

Their father Daniel won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia as well as the English FA Cup with Everton in 1995.

As a player, the former striker contested the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and won Olympic gold with his home nation in 1996. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Wednesday 19 February:

DR Congo forward Meschak Elia has signed a deal with Swiss club Young Boys until 2023 and could feature for them this weekend.

It comes five days after his former club TP Mazembe said Fifa had provisionally cleared the 23-year-old to play again while his contract dispute with them was being looked into.

The former Swiss champions confirmed that Elias can make his debut in their colours in St. Gallen on Sunday.

He was banned last November from all football-related activity by the DR Congo FA after he was accused of falsifying his age to win a contract with Young boys.

At the time he said he considered the decision to suspend him as "null and void" because he was never given the opportunity to be heard. He insisted all allegations against him were false. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Sunday 16 February:

Gervinho
Gervinho back in action for Parma against Sassuolo in Italy's Serie A on Sunday

Ivorian forward Gervinho scored for Parma to secure a 1-0 win at Sassuolo in Italy's Serie A on his return to action on Sunday.

The former Arsenal player missed Parma's last five matches partly because he was ordered to train alone earlier this month after missing a number of training sessions in a bid to push through a move to Qatari club Al-Sadd.

But he was allowed to return to training with the team last week after he apologised.

"On Gervinho I believe that when you make a decision you have to reset and start again," the Parma coach Robert D'Aversa said before Sunday's game. "All that has happened is now in the past."

A 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner with Ivory Coast, Gervinho has made 18 appearances so far this season for Parma, scoring five goals. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Saturday 15 February:

DR Congo international Meschak Elia has been given provisional authorisation by Fifa to play again, while his contract dispute with his former club TP Mazembe and the Swiss club Young Boys who he signed for, is being looked into.

The 23-year-old was banned last November from all football-related activity by the DR Congo FA after he was accused of falsifying his age to win a contract with Young boys.

At the time he said he considered the decision to suspend him as "null and void" because he was never given the opportunity to be heard. He insisted all allegations against him were false.

TP Mazembe confirmed the news of Fifa's decision on their website on Friday.

Elia featured in all four of DR Congo's matches at last year's Nations Cup finals in Egypt. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Former Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has had a claim for damages against the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) rejected by a Fifa Players' Status Committee.

But Broos, whose contract was terminated in December 2017, has been awarded the 143,300 euros in unpaid wages he said the country's football authority owed him.

Broos led the Indomitable Lions to a surprise triumph in the tournament in Gabon at the start of 2017. A poor performance at the Confederation Cup in Russia followed by failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup led to his dismissal.

He turned to Fifa as he fought for compensation plus interest of 5% per year from 21 December 2017 as well as payment for his legal costs.

"The judgment dismissed Hugo Broos of all of his claims, including his main claim for damages for the alleged wrongful termination of his contract. Fecafoot owes him only his salary arrears, established the single judge of the FIFA Players' Status Committee," Fecafoot said in a statement. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Friday 14 February:

Ethiopia's Lydia Tafesse is set to make history by becoming the first female referee to take charge of a senior men's game at a continental level tournament in Africa.

The 39-year-old has been named as the only woman on a list of 20 referees for this year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) which begins in Cameroon in April.

Tafesse has previously officiated at the Africa Women Cup of Nations and Fifa Women's World Cup.

Last year, Tanzania's Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama became the first woman to referee at a junior level continental tournament by taking charge of games at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations. (By Omna Tadelle)

Thursday 13 February:

Moges Tadesse playing for Ethiopia
Moges Tadesse played for Ethiopia at the 2013 Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup

Former Ethiopia international Moges Tadesse has died aged 26.

The defender had been receiving treatment, partly funded by fellow players and clubs, after being injured in a crash two years ago.

He rose to fame as a youth player with Saint George SA and was promoted to the senior side by Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic who told the BBC he is 'devastated' by the news.

'He was a player with unbelievable never say die character. A reliable defender that was hard to beat and incredibly disciplined out on the field', he added.

Tadesse won the national title with Saint George in 2008 before going on to play for several other teams including Adama City and Sidama Coffee

His debut for Ethiopia came in 2012.

He went on to win seven caps but missed out on Ethiopia's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign despite being named in the provisional squad. (By Omna Tadelle)

DR Congo international Chikito Lema Mabidi has joined Ghana legend Michael Essien at Azerbaijani club FK Sabail.

The 26-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season with the top-flight side in a bid to resurrect his career.

He has been without a club since his contract with Morocco's former African champions Raja Casablanca ended last July.

Mabidi, who has been capped 23 times by his country, is the third African midfielder in FK Sabail's squad alongside Essien and South Africa's Hendrick Ekstein. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Wednesday 12 February:

The Democratic Republic of Congo's football federation have appointed Mihayo Kazembe as head coach of the local national team ahead of this year's African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The 43-year-old former international has been serving as assistant to Christian Nsengi-Biembe who will now concentrate on the senior national team.

Mihayo is the head coach of African giants TP Mazembe who lead the Congolese league and are in the last eight of the African Champions League.

Les Leopards are two-time champions of the CHAN which is strictly for footballers playing in their own domestic leagues.

The CHAN is scheduled to take place in Cameroon from 4 to 25 April 2020. (By Momodou Bah)

Mihayo Kazembe
Mihayo Kazembe, the current TP Mazembe coach, will take charge of DR Congo at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in April.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has signed an agreement with the Egyptian government to keep its headquarters in Cairo for another 10 years. The deal is renewable.

Dr Ashraf Sobhi, Egypt's Minister of Youth and Sports, said it shows "the country's desire to continue to support Caf activities and efforts to facilitate its mission to develop, promote and improve the popularity of football on the African continent."

The agreement also includes a package of tax and customs privileges for Caf's headquarters in Egypt. (By Tarek Talaat)

Tuesday 11 February:

Senegal and Dijon keeper Alfred Gomis
Alfred Gomis played for Senegal in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis will miss the Teranga Lions upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea Bissau due to a knee injury.

The 26 year-old suffered the injury when he collided with Nantes' Nigeria winger Moses Simon just after the break in their thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday.

"The MRI performed on Monday confirmed the initial diagnosis - it is indeed a rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament of the right knee," Dijon said in a statement.

"This injury should not require surgery. The Senegalese goalkeeper should be unavailable for a period of two to three months."

Gomis has established himself as Dijon's first choice goalkeeper and has kept six clean sheets since joining on a four-year deal from Italian side Spal last summer.

Senegal face Guinea Bissau in back-to-back qualifiers in March as they look to strengthen their position at the top of Group I, which includes Eswatini and Congo.

He has ten international caps since making his debut in November 2017 and stepped in to replace injured first-choice keeper Edouard Mendy during last last year's Africa Cup of Nations as Senegal finished as runners-up in Egypt. (By Momodou Bah)

Olympiakos and Algeria forward Hillal Soudani faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering another injury setback.

The 32-year-old, who has been hit by fitness problems over the last two years, picked up a knock against Atromitos Athens in the Greek league on Sunday.

Soudani who has seven goals and provided five assists in 19 appearances for Olympiakos this season, did not shed any light on the extent of the injury, which is suspected to be a ligament damage.

"Unfortunately bad news about my injury, I will come back even stronger. Thank you all for your messages," he posted on social media.

He missed Algeria's successful campaign at last year's Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but has since bounced back by scoring for the Desert Foxes in their 5-0 win over Zambia in November's 2021 Nations Cup qualifier. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs have announced that they will appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) against a transfer ban handed to the club by football's world governing body, Fifa.

Chiefs have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows after failing to compensate Malagasy club Fosa Juniors for the signing of Madagascar international Adriamirado 'Dax' Andrianarimanana in December 2018.

"The club and the player have received correspondence from the Fifa Disciplinary Committee concerning the Malagasy player Adriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianarimanana," Chiefs announced in a statement.

"Kaizer Chiefs will lodge an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in accordance with article 58 par. 1 of the Fifa Statutes." (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Sunday 9 February:

Ghana's Samuel Inkoom
Ghana's Samuel Inkoom

Ghana international Samuel Inkoom has joined his 11th professional club as he looks to revive his career at Georgian top side FC Samtredia.

The 30-year-old, who left Bulgarian club FK Dunav last week, joins the 2016 Georgian champions on a deal until the end of the season.

After a topsy-turvy career that has taken him from his native Ghana to Bulgaria via Switzerland, France, United States, Portugal and Turkey, Inkoom seeks to resurrect his career FC Samtredia.

"I like everything here and hopefully it is the next step to something positive," he said.

"I have played in different countries, even though things have not really gone as planned I hope to give my best to Samtredia."

Capped 46 times by Ghana, the much travelled Inkoom has also played for clubs in Ukraine and Greece. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Saturday 8 February:

Lamine Sane
Senegal international Lamine Sane

Senegal international Lamine Sane has joined Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on a deal until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old defender, who has previously played in France and Germany, joins as a free agent after leaving Major League Soccer (MLS) club Orlando City in December.

"By signing Lamine [Sane], we are adding an extra option to our rear-guard with a good deal of experience," Utrecht's Technical Director Jordy Zuidam said.

"He is strong in the duels one-to-one, has a good speed and remains calm under pressure. Moreover, he has a great personality. As a mentor to our great young talents, he can play a role in their development by transferring his experience to them."

Sane has won 35 caps for Senegal, including in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns. (By Oluwashina Okeleji)

Friday 7 February:

South Africa's Jermaine Seoposenwe
South Africa's Jermaine Seoposenwe is the latest African to move to play in Spain

South Africa's Jermaine Seoposenwe has signed for Spanish top-flight side Real Betis Feminas until the end of the season, with the option to extend for a further one.

The 26-year-old arrives from the Lithuanian side FK Gintra, where she has played in the Champions League and has won the Baltic league championship.

She played for Banyana Banyana at last year's World Cup in France and at the Rio Olympics as well as at four Women's Africa Cup of Nations finals, including helping them to finish as runners-up twice in 2012 and 2018.

She joins Cameroon's Michaela Abam and Nigeria's Alice Ogebe, who signed in September, at the club.

Thursday 6 February:

DR Congo's Riffi Mandanda in action
DR Congo's Riffi Mandanda is one four goalkeeping brothers

The Gambia defender Bubacarr Sanneh has finally joined his new KV Oostende teammates six days after signing a loan deal from Belgian rivals Anderlecht.

The 25-year-old has been unable to join his new side due to difficulties in updating his work permit.

Sanneh terminated his season-long loan deal with Turkish side Goztepe after six months by mutual consent.

The Scorpions defender struggled for game time in Turkey and managed just two league starts and four cup appearances since joining them last summer.

Sanneh is a key member of The Gambia national team for whom he has 16 caps since making his debut against Tanzania in 2013.

"Bubacarr is an important member of the team and this move will give him more playing time which is very vital for us," said Gambia coach Tom Saintfiet. (By Momdou Bah)

Nigeria's Moses Simon has said he wants to stay with French Ligue 1 club Nantes at the end of his season-long loan from Spanish club Levante.

The 24-year-old winger joined Nantes on loan with an option to buy in August.

"Yes of course, I want to stay. I feel very good at Nantes. However, my future does not depend solely on me!" he said at a press conference.

He scored for Nantes in their 2-1 loss to champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday to take his tally to seven goals in 23 appearances for the club.

Congolese goalkeeper Riffi Mandanda has signed for French Ligue 1 side Rennes as a free agent until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old ended his contract with French third-tier side US Boulogne by mutual consent in January.

Rennes announced that Mandanda will be the club's fourth-choice keeper.

Riffi is one of four goalkeeping brothers and was called up by the DR Congo to a provisional squad last year, but was later cut from the list.

His oldest brother Steve, 34, playa for French club Marseille and has 30 caps for France and was part of the 2018 World Cup winning squad.

Another brother, Parfait, 30, is currently on loan at Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest and has won 17 caps for DR Congo.

A fourth sibling, Over, is also a goalkeeper and the 21-year-old is currently at French third-tier side US Creteil-Lusitanos.(By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Wednesday 5 February:

Reims and Morocco defender Yunis Abdelhamid
Morocco's Yunis Abdelhamid has been with Reims since 2017

Morocco defender Yunis Abdelhamid has extended his deal with French club Reims until June 2022.

The 32-year-old has been with the club since June 2017 and has played every minute in all competitions for Reims since the start of the 2018 season.

"We are building the future with players and men who embody our values," the club's president Jean-Pierre Caillot said.

The France-born Abdelhamid made his debut for Morocco in 2016 and was part of the Atlas Lions squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Tuesday 4 February:

Hungarian coach Bela Gottl
Hungarian coach Bela Gottl led Libya to the final of the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has ordered Sudanese side Al Hilal to play its next four continental club matches behind closed doors.

It comes after crowd trouble during their final Group B game in the African Champions League against Al Ahly on Saturday.

Caf also confirmed the final score of 1-1 which was enough for the Egyptian side to progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of Hilal, who needed a win to advance.

There was also a $100,000 fine for Al Hilal, however half of that has been suspended on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence within one year

Al Hilal official Hassan Mohamed has been banned for five Caf continental club matches and fined $10,000. (By Tarek Talaat)

Former Southampton and Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka has moved to Napsa Stars from local Zambian rivals Green Buffaloes.

The 29-year-old was the Golden Boot winner at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as he scored three goals to help Zambia win its first senior continental title.

As well as playing in Zambia Mayuka has had stints in Israel, Switzerland, England, France and Egypt.

The only coach to lead Libya to an Africa Cup of Nations final Hungarian Bela Gottl has died in Budapest.

Gottl was in charge of Libya when they hosted the 1982 Nations Cup tournament and they reached the final before losing to Ghana on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

He also spent time as coach of Benghazi based club Al Hilal for the 1977-78 season.

Journalist Zain El Abdain Burkan told BBC Sport that even after he left Libya he stayed in contact with several of his former players and followed the fortunes of the national team. (By Morad Dakhil)

Ghana's Kwadwo Asamoah has been left out of Italian club Inter Milan's squad for the knockout phase of the Europa League.

The 31-year-old played three times for Inter Milan in Champions League as they finished third in Group F and dropped down into the Europa League.

Inter's new Nigerian loan signing Victor Moses has been included on the 22-man list as has Christian Eriksen, who also joined in the transfer window.

Next up for Inter Milan are Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad on 20 and 27 February. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Sunday 2 February:

Cisse
Guinea's Ibrahima Cisse joined Fulham in 2017

Guinea international Ibrahima Cisse is currently without a club after he amicably terminated his contract with English Championship side Fulham.

The 25-year-old midfielder struggled for playing time at the London club, making just 13 appearances during his two-and-half-seasons there.

Belgium-born Cisse moved to Fulham in 2017 and played for Guinea at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Another Guinea international who is also without a club is Baissama Sankoh who has terminated his contact with French Ligue 2 side Caen by mutual consent.

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder made a total of 51 league appearances for Caen's senior team including nine this season. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Saturday 1 February:

Spanish La Liga side Leganes have signed Ivory Coast international Roger Assale on loan from Swiss top flight team Young Boys until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old striker has played 24 games across all competitions for Young Boys this season netting seven goals.

He spent three seasons with DR Congo giants TP Mazembe helping them to win the 2015 African Champions League before moving to Switzerland in 2017 to join Young Boys with whom he won with the last two Swiss League titles.

Assale has made 20 appearances so far for Ivory Coast, scoring three goals. He went to last year's Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and was also part of the Elephants' 2015 winning Nations Cup squad although he did not play. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Tunisia international Yassine Meriah has joined Turkish Super Lig club Kasimpasa on loan for the remainder of the season from Greek side Olympiacos.

Kasimpasa have the option to buy the 26-year-old defender who only played five of Olympiacos' 21 league games this season before his departure.

Meriah has been capped 42 times by Tunisia including all the Carthage Eagles' matches at both the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

Sofyan AmrabatSofyan Amrabat
Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat

Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat has signed a permanent deal with Italian Seria A side Fiorentina from rivals Hellas Verona where he was on loan from Club Brugge.

The 23-year-old defender will remain on loan at Verona until 30 June 2020.

He is the third African player to be signed by Fiorentina on transfer deadline day after Ghana's Alfred Duncan and Ivorian international striker Christian Kouame.

Amrabat started his professional career with Dutch club Utrecht and went on to play for Feyenoord before moving to Belgium's Club Brugge in August 2018.

Born in the Netherlands he represented the Dutch Under-15s before switching allegiance to Morocco. (By Mohamed Fajah Barrie)

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