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8 African Legends Who Didn’t Win AFCON In Their Time

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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is no longer just a football tournament for Africa! It’s become such a huge deal that people all over the world are excited to watch. But even though it’s such a big competition, some of Nigeria’s most talented football players haven’t managed to win the AFCON trophy yet. That’s pretty surprising, right? Well, here’s a list of 8 African legends who didn’t win the AFCON in their time.

1. Didier Drogba

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Football legend Didier Drogba, who was famously known for his powerful strikes, surprisingly never lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy despite playing 105 times for his home country, Ivory Coast, and scoring an impressive 65 goals.

Drogba was widely considered one of Africa’s greatest strikers. He shone brightly for Chelsea, winning many titles. But with Ivory Coast, luck wasn’t on his side. He reached the AFCON finals twice, in 2006 and 2012, but heartbreakingly lost both times on penalties.

Adding to the bittersweet story, Ivory Coast finally clinched the AFCON title just a year after Drogba’s retirement. While it wasn’t a happy ending for him, it showed the strength of the team he helped build.

2. George Weah
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George Weah is one name that echoes through the halls of football history, especially in Africa. His achievements on the pitch are like trophies stacked high, with no other African player coming close. The crown jewel among these achievements was winning the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in the world!

Arsene Wenger, a football legend himself, spotted Weah’s talent back in 1988. Weah became the blueprint for strikers of today with his speed, skill, and goal-scoring prowess.

But while he dominated on club teams, bringing home titles in France, Italy, and England, he couldn’t quite replicate that magic with his home country, Liberia. Despite his best efforts, Weah could only guide them to the African Cup of Nations twice, and sadly, they weren’t able to advance beyond the group stage on either occasion. This is what makes him one of the greatest players to ever play, yet he never graced the biggest stage—the World Cup. He may not have lifted the World Cup trophy, but his legacy as an African footballing king remains untarnished.

3. Frederick Kanoute

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Frederick Kanoute wasn’t just another player who kicked the ball around in England’s Premier League. He shone brightly there, then went on to dazzle in Spain with Sevilla, scoring tons of goals and helping them win big trophies. But Kanoute wasn’t all about club glory. He was also a hero for his home country, Mali, leading them to the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in 2024! His amazing skills even earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 2007.

4. Kanu Nwankwo

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Kanu Nwankwo is a football superstar and one of the luckiest, smartest, and most talented players Africa has ever seen. He did amazing things on the pitch in his home country, Nigeria, and even played for top teams like Ajax, Inter Milan, and Arsenal. You couldn’t have asked for more success!

But there was one trophy he just couldn’t grab—the African Cup of Nations. He came sooo close in 2000, reaching the final with Nigeria, but Cameroon took it home after penalty kicks. So close, but still a legend!

5. El Hadji Diouf.

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El Hadji Diouf was a retired soccer star from Senegal who used to zip around the field as a winger or forward. He was a key player for his home team in the early 2000s, even helping them reach the amazing quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup! Things weren’t quite as smooth in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) though. While Diouf and his team made it all the way to the final in 2002, they sadly lost to Cameroon in the end.

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6. Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana’s football hero, Asamoah Gyan, was a big deal on the world stage, known for banging in goals left and right at the World Cup. But at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), things were different. He led his team all the way to the championship game twice, in 2010 and 2015, but heartbreakingly, Ghana lost both times. So close, yet so far from lifting the trophy!

7. Michael Essien

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Michael Essien, a superstar footballer from Ghana, used to rule the midfield! Now, he is a member of a Danish Superliga club in Denmark. He even played for Ghana over 50 times!

Essien became a real hero at Chelsea, winning lots of trophies with them. While he couldn’t quite add the African Cup of Nations title to his collection (Egypt snatched it in the 2010 finals!), his career was still amazing.

8. Emmanuel Adebayor

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Emmanuel Adebayor was a real star on the soccer field, especially when he played in England for teams like Arsenal and Manchester City. He also did amazing things for his home country, Togo.

People still remember his incredible skills and speed, and he even won the title of African Player of the Year in 2008! While he couldn’t quite lead Togo to win the Africa Cup of Nations, he helped them get all the way to the quarterfinals in 2013, which was a big accomplishment. So, even though he didn’t get the trophy, he was still a legend for Togo!

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MOVIES

A Recap Of “Aníkúlápó” Ahead Of The New TV Series Sequel In March

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The highly anticipated sequel to the 2022 Netflix film “Aníkúlápó,” titled “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre,” is now a six-part series. Picking up where the movie left off, the story follows Saro (Kunle Remi) in a relentless pursuit of his desires.

At the centre of the drama lies Saro’s forbidden love affair with Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye), the wife of the powerful Alaafin of Oyo (Taiwo Hassan). Their secret romance is exposed, forcing them to flee. However, Saro’s attempt to escape takes a drastic turn when he’s captured and nearly beaten to death.

In a surprising turn of events, Arolake intervenes, saving Saro’s life by confronting Akala, the mythical bird responsible for transporting souls to the afterlife. She steals Akala’s powerful gourd, granting Saro the ability to raise the dead.

This newfound power brings immense wealth to Saro, but it also unleashes his greed. Unfortunately, his insatiable desire ultimately leads him to a tragic downfall.

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The film ends with Akala, the mythical bird, furious about his missing gourd. Although Saro lies dead, Arolake has emptied the gourd, which still poses a risk to Akala’s power. Worse yet, Saro had already used the gourd to bring people back from the dead, dangerously disrupting the delicate balance between life and death.

As Saro’s greed and desire for more escalate, Queen Arolake reaches her breaking point. When Saro refuses to use the gourd unless given the king’s daughter in marriage, Arolake takes a decisive stance.

Knowing his dependence on the gourd, she cleverly empties it, rendering him powerless and trapped in the palace. Arolake, with her experience in escaping, gathers her belongings and flees the village. She leaves Saro with his newfound wives and the angered king.

Meanwhile, Alaafin Ademuyiwa, Arolake’s first husband, continues his relentless pursuit of her and Saro, seeking vengeance for their betrayal.

The film reaches a tragic conclusion with Saro’s demise. Blinded by greed, he demands the hand of a princess in exchange for resurrecting her brother, the prince. However, his empty promises and reliance on the stolen gourd backfired.

Unable to fulfil his side of the bargain, Saro faces the king’s wrath. The enraged villagers brutally attacked him and left him for dead outside the village.

In the final act, Akala, the mythical bird, retrieves his stolen gourd and carries Saro’s lifeless body to the afterlife, forever bound by the consequences of his actions.

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Before You Type That Comment Online, Know This

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The way we connect and express ourselves online has changed dramatically with the rise of digital communication. While this has made it easier to share ideas and stay connected, it’s also opened the door to negativity and unkindness.

It’s important to remember that our words online have a real impact on others, even if we can’t see them face-to-face. With that in mind, let’s explore some ways to be kind and create a more positive online environment for everyone:

Take a step back before hitting send on a comment or message. Think about how the person receiving it might understand your words and how they might feel. By remembering that there’s a real person behind the screen, you can be more empathetic and kind in your online interactions.

Think before you type. Imagine you’re talking to the person face-to-face. Would you say those words to them directly? If not, it’s best to reconsider sending the message.

Be respectful online, just like you would be in person. Remember that even though you’re communicating online, the person you’re talking to is a real person with feelings. Treat them with kindness and courtesy.

Keep in mind that everything you post online, from comments to tweets, leaves a digital trail that can last a long time and potentially come back to you. This can be a strong reminder to choose kindness over negativity.

Think about the potential future: your future employer, colleagues, or even friends might see your online activity someday. It’s important to be mindful of the impression you create online and project a positive and kind image of yourself.

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Being kind online goes beyond avoiding negativity. It’s also about actively spreading positivity and taking responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, misunderstand someone, or post something hurtful, acknowledge it and apologise. A sincere apology can repair relationships and build a more positive online environment for everyone.

While giving helpful advice is important, there’s a big difference between constructive criticism and just being mean. Instead of attacking someone’s ideas or their character, focus on helpfully expressing your thoughts. Point out areas where things could be improved, but do it in a way that is positive and focused on the work itself.

Spreading kindness online goes beyond just avoiding negativity. Look for and share uplifting news, stories, or quotes that can brighten someone’s day; be generous with genuine compliments and words of support for others; participate in discussions respectfully; and focus on finding solutions rather than placing blame.

By contributing to a positive online environment, you not only improve your own experience but also inspire others to do the same. Remember, everyone plays a role in shaping the online world. By being kind, taking responsibility for our actions, and spreading positivity, we can create a virtual space that is informative, entertaining, and welcoming to all.

The internet is a powerful tool, and the way we use it matters. Let’s choose kindness and work together to build a better online world.

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Nigerian Albums Released So Far In 2024

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This list of albums includes the diverse and different landscapes of Nigerian music. It features projects by artists who identify as Nigerian, irrespective of their current location.

Whether they are actively contributing to the music scene within Nigeria itself or creating music influenced by Afrobeat rhythms and styles from anywhere in the world, their work finds a place in this collection.

This approach acknowledges the global reach of Afrobeats and the dynamic exchange of artistic expression between Nigerian artists at home and abroad. It also shows the individual journeys and perspectives that Nigerian artists bring to their music, regardless of their physical location.

See the list of albums below:

  1. Jeriq & Psycho YP – Evil Twins (Jan 26)
  2. Timi Dakolo – The Chorus Leader (Jan 26)
  3. Iyanya – Once Upon A Cat (Feb 2)
  4. Portable – Tony Montana of London EP (Feb 5)
  5. Toby Shang – Afrohype Legend (Feb 6)
  6. Kayode – Kay Kay EP (Feb 7)
  7. Dxtar – Frequency EP (Feb 8)
  8. Adanna Duru – Nappy Hour II EP (Feb 9)
  9. Muis – Muis EP (Feb 9)
  10. Idowest – Ritmo Mafioso (Feb 9)
  11. Wavy – Blessings EP (Feb 9)
  12. Praiz – Loverboy EP (Feb 9)
  13. Rhedi – Quantitative Reasoning EP (Feb 9)
  14. Shae’s Universe – Love Letters (Feb 14)
  15. YKB – Yusful Music (Reloaded) (Feb 15)
  16. Shoday – BRKFST (Feb 16)
  17. Moses Bliss – Love Testament EP (Gospel) (Feb 23)
  18. Neza Iv – Love and Lamba EP (Feb 23)
  19. Geniie – Birth of Genie EP (Feb 23)
  20. Afolabi – For The Culture EP (Feb 23)

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