African Football birthdays this week

African Football birthdays this week
Aliou Cisse, head coach of Senegal chats with players during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, semifinals Senegal training at 30 June Stadium Annex, Cairo, Egypt on 13 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Mar 23, 2020. 11:00

African Football takes a look at the continent’s top football birthdays for the week ahead, 23-29 March 2020.

Tuesday 24 March

– Ruud Krol – The Dutchman is a boda-fide legend as a player, but also a great coach who has worked extensively on the African continent with teams such as Zamalek, Orlando Pirates, CS Sfaxien and Esperance de Tunis.

– Aliou Cisse – Senegal’s captain on their World Cup debut in 2002 and current coach of the Teranga Lions, who finished as runners-up at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Wednesday 25 March

– Victor Obinna – Former Nigerian national team striker who has played for the likes of Internazionale, West Ham United, Lokomotiv Moscow and Cape Town City.

Thursday 26 March

– Pierre Wome – A journeyman left-sided player who won Olympic gold with Cameroon in 2000 but also famously missed a penalty which cost the Indomitable Lions qualification for the 2006 World Cup.

– Patrick Ekeng (d. 2016) – The late Patrick Ekeng would have celebrated his 30th birthday today. Sadly he passed away in May 2016, having suffered a heart attack in a league match for Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.

Friday 27 March

– Nicolas Nkoulou – An Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2017 with Cameroon, defender Nicolas Nkoulou is currently on the books of Italian side Torino.

Saturday 28 March

– Christopher Samba – Former Congolese international Christopher Samba is best remembered for his time at Blackburn Rovers, but he also represented the likes of Hertha Berlin, Queens Park Rangers and Dynamo Moscow.

– Yohan Benalouane – Currently on the books of Nottingham Forest, Yohan Benalouane was born in France but has represented Tunisia at international level.

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