AfricanFootball reviews the week

AfricanFootball reviews the week
Wilfried Zaha

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 31, 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 come on the back end of the international break, with African national teams using the March friendlies as a chance to prepare for major tests ahead.

Following their 1-1 draw with Senegal last week, Nigeria have expressed confidence that they will be successful in qualifying for both the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Read: Onazi: Nigeria will maintain momentum in World Cup qualifiers

We’ve also seen Uganda striker Geofrey Massa announce his retirement from international football after more than a decade of service for the Cranes.

Read: Uganda skipper retires from international duty

The CAF Champions League may be in a break while we wait for the start of the group stage, but the news that Alain Giresse may take over at Zamalek has certainly raised some eyebrows.

Read: Confirmed: Alain Giresse and Zamalek in talks

As Africa’s major players prepare to return to action for their European clubs, Nigerian Alex Iwobi has expressed his desire to see Arsene Wenger remain with the Gunners despite their recent slump in form.

Read: I’d like Arsene Wenger to stay - Alex Iwobi

And spare a thought for Wilfried Zaha, who has hit back at England manager Gareth Southgate over a perceived attack on his desire to play for the Three Lions.

Read: Wilfried Zaha rejects Gareth Southgate’s questioning of his desire and passion

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