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Sorry, Mr Klopp, but the Afcon date change is best for African fans

The Confederation of African Football did the right thing by changing the Afcon 2021 dates to January-February, but it should not have had to do so in the first place.

For close watchers of football in Africa, especially of CAF, the decision by the organisation last week to make a hugely significant scheduling change to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations would have come as no surprise.

After all, none of the originally scheduled hosts of the past five tournaments have actually hosted them. If anything,...

AFCON a 'catastrophe' for Liverpool - Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says it's strange for a club like Man United to take such a defensive approach to matches.
Ale Moreno says it's hard to pick against Liverpool if Marcus Rashford isn't fully fit for Man United.
Steve Nicol says Liverpool's attack needs to pick up even as the Reds continue to dominate the Premier League.
Steve Nicol is shocked by how the current Liverpool side's attack constantly tries to get behind their opposition.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to January a "catastrophe," with the switch meaning he will likely have to go without key players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a month next season.

Salah plays for Egypt at international level, while Mane represents Senegal, who were runners-up at last year's edition of the tournament. In 2021, the continental competition is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global football...

Liverpool face month without Salah, Mane when AFCON returns in 2021

Steve Nicol is shocked by how the current Liverpool side's attack constantly tries to get behind their opposition.
Steve Nicol says Liverpool's attack needs to pick up even as the Reds continue to dominate the Premier League.

Liverpool face the prospect of going a month without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when the Africa Cup of Nations returns in 2021.

The 2021 edition of the continental tournament is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global football calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with Premier League clubs.

Other Premier League players affected could include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Naby Keita (Guinea), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Riyad Mahrez (Libya),...

Sadio Mane beats Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez for top African player

Sadio Mane was named African Footballer of the Year for 2019 on Tuesday after winning the Champions League with Liverpool and leading Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Mane, 27, wins the award for the first time after finishing runner-up to his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of Egypt in 2017 and 2018. He was third in 2016.

He is only the second Senegalese to win the award after El Hadji Diouf, who was the winner in 2001 and after joining Liverpool in 2002.

"Football is my job, I love...

African football's five defining moments of the past decade

African football has stepped into a new decade, so ESPN remembers the defining moments of the past 10 years.

The Hand of Suarez

African football entered the previous decade upon a wave of optimism and amidst talk of a 'new dawn', with the continent set to host its first World Cup in 2010.

South Africa got the nod, and opened the tournament in some style - with Siphiwe Tshabalala's unforgettable thunderbolt against Mexico - but in truth, Africa's challengers largely fell short of the expectations...