Yaya Toure is facing a fans’ backlash at Manchester City over his behaviour at the end of their Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
While team-mates including goalkeeper Joe Hart were shown being consoled by opponents in the wake of Jerome Boateng’s 90th-minute winner, Touré, who played under Pep Guardiola during his spell at Barcelona, was pictured hugging and joking with the Bayern manager at the end of the game.
The Telegraph says with Touré’s subdued performance in the Allianz Arena proving to be his latest below-par display since angering the club’s supporters with claims of unhappiness at the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season, the Ivory Coast midfielder now faces a battle to turn a tide of increasing frustration with his perceived lack of commitment to the Premier League champions.
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has been ranked as the best national team coach in Africa in the latest ranking released by a leading coaching statistics agency for national team coaches.
Keshi continues to top the poll for coaches on the continent, despite Nigeria’s unimpressive start to the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
Coaching rating agency, Football Coach World Ranking, named the Big Boss in the 14th position with former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah a distant second in the 32nd position.
The ranking of the top 50 coaches is dominated by managers who coached at the World Cup, with the top 15 almost exclusively for those who excelled at the World Cup with the exception of Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque who is placed second even though his side crashed in the group stage.
World Cup-winning coach, Joachim Low of Germany, tops the ranking with Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay in third position.
1. Joachim Low
2. Vincente Del Bosque
3. Cesare Prandelli
4. Paolo Jorge Gomes Bento
5. Jurgen Klinsmann
6. Louis Van Gaal
7. Fernando Santos
8. Jose Pekerman
10. Jose Manuel de la Torre
Chelsea icon Didier Drogba is set to be recognised by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Daily Mail says Drogba is being honoured by the FWA.
Drogba will be feted by the FWA at their annual tribute evening at the Savoy in January both for his achievements during his first spell at Stamford Bridge and his charity work.
Democratic Republic of Congo-born footballer Agiti Tady Etekiama has received a two-year ban on Wednesday after playing for Rwanda under a different name.
A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said the suspension was decided at an Africa Cup of Nations committee meeting in Addis Ababa.
The striker from Kinshasa club Vita became Dady Simeon Birori when appearing for his adopted country.
Rwanda were disqualified last month from the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifiers when a team they defeated, Congo Brazzaville, complained to CAF about the striker.
The player has never explained why he used two names.
An immediate impact of the ban will be Etekiama missing a CAF Champions League semi-final against Tunisian club CS Sfaxien in Kinshasa this weekend.
An extraordinary late strike from former City defender Jerome Boateng gave the German champions a victory over their English contemporaries and gave them important headway in Group E.
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, so devastating last season, has not been at his best so far this term. Possibly as a result of his summer disputes with the City hierarchy, Toure has occasionally looked listless, unmotivated and clumsy.
Following the defeat to Bayern, BBC pundit and former Champions League winner Phil Neville weighed-in on Toure’s performance.
“I thought Yaya Toure was really disappointing,” he began, speaking to BBC Sport,
“That wasn’t the Yaya Toure we’ve seen in big games over the past three or four years for Manchester City.
“He didn’t look happy. He was strolling around the pitch and his body language wasn’t right.”
City may well have their work cut out to progress from their opening pool, with closest rivals AS Roma looking terrific as they put five past CSKA Moscow.
Algeria star Yacine Brahimi sparkled for FC Porto as they hammered visitors Belarusian visitors BATE 6:0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The attacking midfielder, who joined the Portuguese giants this summer from Spanish side Granada, netted a hat-trick, while Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar, another new FC Porto signing, also scored.
24-year-old World Cup star Brahimi struck the game’s opening goal from a tight angle in the 5th minute and doubled the advantage with a stunning goal on 32 minutes – after collecting the ball around the centreline and running the length of the BATE half before curling into the bottom corner.
Aboubakar joined the fray in the 64th minute, but there was still time enough for the in-form former Lorient striker to cap win in the 76th minute.
Elsewhere Cote d’Ivoire forward Gervinho scored a brace and set up another goal for Roma who crushed Russian visitors CSKA Moscow 5:1 in Rome.
The Italian hosts got the lead in the sixth minute when Gervinho found young Argentine star Juan Iturbe with a through pass and the 21-year-old made hay.
Iturbe then turned provider four minutes later as his cross in was turned home by Gervinho. The Ivoirian was again on target in the 31st minute to make it 4:0 after Brazilian defender Douglas Maicon had scored a third for the hosts.
An own goal in the second half widened the lead, but Nigeria international Ahmed Musa, who put in a full shift for CSKA, grabbed a consolation goal eight minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Britt Assombalonga bagged a stunning hat-trick as Nottingham Forest claimed an entertaining 5-3 win over Fulham in a English Championship match on Wednesday.
Assombalonga’s dad Fedor Assombalonga formerly represented Zaire [now Democratic Republic of Congo], but the former Peterborough forward, who is also eligible to play for England, has yet to represent the Leopards.
The 22-year-old joined Forest in August for what was a club-record fee of £5.5 million.
President of the Ugandan FA says they will have to forget about qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) if the government does not ready to invest in the team.
The FA President, Moses Magogo, told AfricanFootball.com in an interview that he is happy that the team has started well in the campaign, but also made it clear that there will be no miracle for qualification if the government does not realize how important it is to financially support the team.
“I don’t want Ugandans to expect a lot, but there is no way we can qualify when the scenario is still the way it is with almost no government support.
“We have to look for money from other sources as an FA to provide for the Cranes to play. We are still waiting for money from government that they promised they would provide for the team to travel to Ghana early this month for our first Group E match,” he told AfricanFootball.com.
Magogo said he thanks President Yoweri Museveni and his government for the little support they have been able to provide towards football, but added that it’s high time they increased their support.
Despite the financial difficulties, Uganda Cranes top Group E of the qualifiers after a 1-1 draw away to the Black Stars of Ghana in Kumasi and a 2-0 win over Guinea last week at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The FA President said he does not blame Ugandans for being too excited after the team making a fairly good start in the campaign, but added that the reality remains that minus full government support, a miracle will not happen for the team to qualify. Uganda last qualified for Afcon in 1978 in Ghana.
Although one of the telecommunications companies are the title sponsors of the Cranes with about US$350,000 per year, Magogo said the money is little because there are several aspects needed throughout the year for the national team including paying their Serbian born tactician Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has indicated that Juventus have set their sights on Champions League glory this season.
The Turin based club has had a very good run in the Serie A but have failed to repeat that form in the Champions League, however, an opening win against Malmo represents a promising start.
Asamoah admitted that the Old Lady have had a tough time of it in Europe recently, but that good times are just around the corner.
“It has been difficult for us in Europe and we will want to make this season a memorable one, we have won many trophies in Italy but not in Europe. So our target in this year’s Champions League is to go past what we have achieved since I joined the team,” Asamoah told Football411 during an interview.
The 25-year-old also described his team’s transfer business during the summer as a good one. He also cautioned his team that a good start in the UEFA Champions League will be vital to a successful campaign.
“The team did very well by retaining some of our best players, and again they signed equally good players as well. We feel stronger this season than last season. We have started well in the Italian League and we want to do same in Europe this time around.
“Our Group won’t be easy, so if we don’t start well it will affect us,” he also added.
“In Europe you need to start well and hope that things will go as planned.”
The Old Lady is placed in Group A alongside last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid, Malmo FF and Olympiakos.
Besiktas striker Demba Ba has revealed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho urged him to stay over the summer.
After 18 months in London, Ba left Chelsea for Besiktas in search of regular first team football.
“It’s hard to be a reserve, but you must always work head-on and do your best. I could have stayed at Chelsea because Mourinho told me that he did not want to lose me.
“He was impressed by my end of the season last year and he told me that this year I could find more space.
“But I preferred to take my chance at another club.”
Wolves are eyeing Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka.
The Express & Star says the 23-year-old Zambia international is available for a move during the loan window and it’s understood Wolves have the pacy youngster in their sights.
Mayuka, who has almost three years left on his contract, cost Saints between £3m and £3.5m when he joined from Young Boys of Berne in August 2012.
But he is some way down the pecking order at St Mary’s and it is thought Southampton won’t stand in his way if a loan deal is put to them.