Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
Friday Apr 14, 2017. 16:00
We look back at the major stories which have captured the imagination of football followers across the continent this past week.
The main news thrust this week has been focused on Africa’s biggest stars based in Europe. While Harry Redknapp has claimed that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revived Victor Moses’ career, Senegal’s Sadio Mane has undergone surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.
Read: Harry Redknapp: Antonio Conte has allowed Victor Moses to blossom
Read: Senegal star Sadio Mane to go under the knife today
The coaching status of two of North Africa’s biggest teams is very much up in the air, with Tunisia having parted ways with Henryk Kasperczak, while sacked Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been linked with the vacant Algeria job.
Read: Aitor Karanka a candidate for Algeria
Read: Tunisia part ways with coach Kasperczak
Moving on to Nigeria, coach Gernot Rohr has claimed that he will resign from his post if he doesn’t lead the Super Eagles to qualification for next year’s World Cup. They are sitting pretty at the top of their group, but things could change very quickly in their upcoming double-header against new African champions Cameroon in August and September.
Read: I’ll resign if we don’t make the World Cup - Gernot Rohr
Last weekend saw the first leg matches of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup’s playoff round held across the continent, and one of the headline results was TP Mazembe’s 2-0 win over JS Kabylie. The Ravens may have a stranglehold on the tie, but their former coach Hubert Velud has not ruled out a comeback for the Algerians.
Read: JSK can come back against TP Mazembe - Hubert Velud
Finally, there was a close shave for an African football legend in the shape of Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh, who was almost caught up in the shocking explosives attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus ahead of their UEFA Champions League tie against Monaco in midweek.
Read: Ex-Nigeria skipper and coach Sunday Oliseh narrowly escapes Borussia blast