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The five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award has been announced.

This year's nominees are Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The Black Queens of Ghana defeated Algeria by a solitary goal in the opening game of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations.

Gladys Amfobea's 13th minute strike was enough for the Black Queens to open the campaign with victory.

The Black Stars are stranded at their training camp in Naivasha, Kenya, due to poor organisation which has delayed their preparation for Sunday’s crucial AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Graphic Sports has reported.
The report claims, the technical team left Accra for Kenya on Monday night without any official from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) or the Ministry of Youth and Sports, leaving Coach Kwasi Appiah and his technical staff and players to fend for themselves in Kenya.

The pair played together for a season at Lille before the Belgium international swapped Ligue 1 for the Premier League and Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard is destined to win the Ballon d'Or in the near future, according to former team-mate Joe Cole.

The Brazilian has seen his participation in the first team increase since Santiago Solari's arrival, but finding a regular spot is still a challenge
After the storm of Julen Lopetegui's brief, turbulent reign, something approaching calm has returned to the halls of Santiago Bernabeu.

The Italian top-flight could follow in La Liga's footsteps by staging games outside of Italy, according to the Bianconceri's chief revenue officer
Juventus’ Chief Revenue Officer Giorgio Ricci has claimed that he is open to Serie A playing games abroad.