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Sierra Leone 0-1 Equatorial Guinea: Pablo Ganet’s strike at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium sends Guinea through to the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations

  • Equatorial Guinea overcame Sierra Leone at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium
  • They booked themselves a place in the knockout stages of the tournament 
  • It was Pablo Ganet’s strike that secured them the 1-0 victory on Thursday
  • Sierra Leone went down to 10 men in the 90th minute of the game
  • Midfielder Kwame Quee was shown a second yellow card  for a bad foul


Equatorial Guinea overcame Sierra Leone at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Thursday evening to book themselves a place in the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations. 

Prior to the game, both sides separated by just one point in Group E of the tournament. However, it was Pablo Ganet’s goal that saw Guinea advance through in second place. 

Ganet found the back of the net in the 38th minute of the game with a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.  

More to follow… 

Ganet's goal secured Guinea a place in the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations

Ganet’s goal secured Guinea a place in the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations

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‘My heart is absolutely fine’: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang assures fans he is ‘completely healthy’ as he posts workout pictures after the Arsenal striker underwent cardiac tests following his dismissal from AFCON duty due to ‘cardiac lesions’

  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was released from AFCON duty by Gabon
  • Superstar Aubameyang was hit by several problems and did not kick a ball there 
  • He was discovered to have suffered ‘cardiac lesions’ and has returned to London 
  • The 32-year-old striker underwent several examinations back in the capital 


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has assured fans that his ‘heart is absolutely fine’ after the Arsenal striker was forced to return from AFCON early due to cardiac issues.

Aubameyang did not get to kick a ball in Africa, having contracted Covid and then missed out on selection after suffering ‘cardiac lesions’.

The 32-year-old underwent tests back in London and has revealed the results were positive.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has assured fans that his 'heart is absolutely fine'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has assured fans that his ‘heart is absolutely fine’

‘Hi guys, I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy!!’ he wrote alongside a picture of himself in the gym.

‘Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it.’

Sportsmail has previously reported that there was a degree of confusion over the situation, and manager Arteta has revealed Aubameyang will now undergo tests.  

Quizzed on the star, he said: ‘He’s in London and going through some examinations because we haven’t had any clarity from Gabon about why he came back. 

Striker Aubameyang was not able to kick a ball for Gabon at AFCON after several setbacks

Striker Aubameyang was not able to kick a ball for Gabon at AFCON after several setbacks

‘So it’s our obligation to make sure he’s safe and in good condition. So far historically with what we’ve done with the player that’s never been an issue.’ 

 it remains to be seen whether Arteta will welcome him back in from the cold after stripping him of the captaincy and dropping him.

When asked whether the 32-year-old will ever play for him again, he added: ‘He contracted Covid and then the national team decided to bring him back here.

‘We need to make sure the player’s health is in the best possible condition and then we’ll see what happens.’ 

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Ivory Coast vs Algeria LIVE: Riyad Mahrez and Co face must win clash to join opponents in the last-16 of AFCON


It’s crunch time for Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations as they take on Ivory Coast in a must win encounter to progress to the last-16 of the tournament.

Riyad Mahrez and Co know that three points will secure them a place in the knockout stages along with Ivory Coast who have already qualified. 

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Africa Cup of Nations coverage of Ivory Coast vs Algeria, including build-up, team news and updates.  

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Sierra Leone showcased their talents to the African continent for the first time in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. 

A 16-year-old boy scored the winning goal against Burkina Faso in their first match of Group B.

That youngster wore the No 10 shirt and played at Lugano, Switzerland. His name is Mohamed Kallon. 

Alhaji Kamara kept Sierra Leone's AFCON hopes alive with a stoppage-time equaliser

Alhaji Kamara kept Sierra Leone’s AFCON hopes alive with a stoppage-time equaliser

He scored in injury time to make it 2-2 against the Ivory Coast in Group E clash on Sunday

He scored in injury time to make it 2-2 against the Ivory Coast in Group E clash on Sunday

At that time he was the youngest footballer to ever score in the AFCON and would end up becoming the best Sierra Leone footballer of all time. 

The legacy he left is so significant that his name is still linked to Sierra Leone football and its national team. 

Two players of the current squad at the disposal of coach John Keister come from FC Kallon, the club founded in 2002 by the former Inter Milan and Monaco forward.

Kamara played for former Inter Milan and Monaco forward Mohamed Kallon's (right) FC Kallon

Kamara played for former Inter Milan and Monaco forward Mohamed Kallon’s (right) FC Kallon 

Some others have grown up there or spent some seasons at the club. Among them Alhaji Kamara, the man who scored the unexpected equaliser against Ivory Coast in Sierra Leone’s second Group E match this month. 

Kamara grew up in Lungi, in the Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom district. He started playing football on the streets just like every other kid of that area, situated next to the Freetown International Airport. 

He had even formed a junior non-division team with his friends called ‘Young Lions’. His career changed when he joined FC Kallon. He made his professional debut while playing for them, fulfilling a dream that every aspiring footballer in Sierra Leone would like to achieve. 

‘I wanted to be part of FC Kallon because Mohamed Kallon was a legend and his club offered a lot of opportunities,’ Kamara told Sportsmail

‘They had the best facilities back then and many scouts circled the team. We also used to travel to Italy to play the Viareggio Tournament. Opportunities in Sierra Leone are very small, so you have to be part of one of the teams that can bring you better chances and showcase your career.’ 

FC Kallon is not only about football. ‘It’s a platform where, before you leave, they make you understand how to live alone when you go overseas and how to play football as a professional player,’ said Kamara, who was nicknamed after a Kallon former team-mate, Adriano Leite Ribeiro. 

But Kallon hadn’t just given his name and money to the team. He was interested in the progress of the kids who joined his club. 

Kamara was denied playing in the Champions League due to a heart condition but returned

Kamara was denied playing in the Champions League due to a heart condition but returned

‘Every time Kallon was in Freetown, he used to tell us about his life,’ recalls the current Randers striker. 

‘He explained to us how he started in Europe, how to be humble and disciplined and have a strong character while being in a foreign country.

‘FC Kallon means a lot of experience that I can’t even mention. All those lessons made me improve my career.’ 

Although he recognises that learning never stops, Kamara feels like a mature man today who doesn’t need too much advice. 

‘Once in a while me and Kallon catch up, we have a good relationship,’ he said. 

‘I’m still 27 and can learn a lot, but Kallon is not giving me advice. Now I’m a man and know what’s good and what’s bad.’  

This maturity also stems from an unpleasant episode that Kamara had to face and which made him grow faster. 

In fact, Kamara could have missed this year’s tournament and the excitement after the goal he scored against Ivory Coast could have remained just a dream. 

Sierra Leone face Equatorial Guinea in their final group-stage clash on Thursday afternoon

Sierra Leone face Equatorial Guinea in their final group-stage clash on Thursday afternoon

In 2016, when he was 21, he underwent some tests required by UEFA which found a congenital heart defect. IFK Norrkoping, the Swedish club where Kamara was playing at, were preparing for their first appearance in the Champions League since 1963, but the Sierra Leone striker had to give up taking part in that historic event. 

UEFA wouldn’t allow him to play, and the Swedish champions decided to terminate his contract. Sierra Leone’s football association also had to close its doors to Kamara, because they couldn’t afford to guarantee the prompt and professional medical attention to him in case of an incident on the pitch. 

‘Life is challenging,’ Kamara admitted. 

‘There aren’t easy roads. Whatever you do, there must be an obstacle, and that was the obstacle that came in my career.’ 

He tried to stay positive, because he had never felt any symptoms while playing football and other different sports. But above all he didn’t give up. 

‘It obviously was a shock for me, but I told my agent that I needed to try other options, to listen to other doctors,’ he said. ‘So, together with him, I chose to go to the US.’ 

Striker Kamara was given a lifeline by DC United after medical tests and now plays for Randers

Striker Kamara was given a lifeline by DC United after medical tests and now plays for Randers

Fortunately, DC United came on board and made him undergo different kinds of tests. He finally got the approval to play and his career restarted after doctors determined that the congenital heart defect wasn’t serious enough to prevent Kamara from playing professionally.

‘I’m happy and excited that I didn’t make the decision to stop my career back then. I wouldn’t be part of this team now,’ he pointed out. 

‘Not being able to play for my country when they found my heart problem was the worst moment, but I looked at the positive side. That wasn’t my time. My time is now and I feel blessed for that.’ 

Six years later, the scare of quitting football has eventually faded away and Kamara has been able to write a wonderful new chapter in Sierra Leone’s turbulent football history. 

After taking advantage of Ivory Coast goalkeeper’s mistake, Steven Caulker served him a ball that only needed to be pushed into the goal. Kamara’s is only the fourth goal of the Leone Stars in the AFCON but it was a goal that retained the hope of qualifying to the knockout phase for the very first time. 

He was left speechless. ‘I experienced a mix of emotions and feelings that I can’t describe,’ he recalled. 

Kamara is now fulfilling his dream by playing and scoring at the Africa Cup of Nations this year

Kamara is now fulfilling his dream by playing and scoring at the Africa Cup of Nations this year

‘I started watching the AFCON from a young age, and it has always been my dream to play the AFCON with my country’s national team one day.’ 

The opponent’s name also contributed, adding: ‘I couldn’t believe that I had just scored against Ivory Coast. 

‘It’s a team that I used to watch when I was a kid, because I admired Didier Drogba very much. It was an extraordinary feeling to score against them and for my country, because millions of Sierra Leonean people around the world were watching us.’

Fourteen out of 28 players are plying their trade outside of the African continent, filling the experience gaps Sierra Leone were suffering from. 

All this acquired experience will have to be applied one more time on the pitch to be able to beat Equatorial Guinea and get through to the last 16, but the result doesn’t really matter to Kamara. 

‘We are happy to be here,’ he claimed. ‘It’s been 26 years since last time and, no matter what happens, we will be proud because we are a small nation taking part in a big tournament and facing big teams. 

‘The game against Ivory Coast has given us even further motivation. Now we just need an extra push to give a new smile to our people.’ 


Egypt 1-0 Sudan: Mo Salah and Co advance to the AFCON knockout stages after Mohamed Abdelmonem’s first-half header helps Pharaohs see off stubborn opponents

  • The deadlock was broken by Mohamed Abdelmonem following a superb corner 
  • Pharaoh’s dominated proceedings in the first half to go into the break one up 
  • Nigeria topped the group with Egypt going through in second place 


Egypt beat neighbours Sudan 1-0 in Yaounde on Wednesday to ensure their progress to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.   

They finished second behind Nigeria in Group D after another laboured performance.

Centre back Mohamed Abdelmoneim, drafted in because of injury, headed home after 38 minutes from a corner to make the breakthrough as Egypt dominated the derby but created few chances.

Mohamed Abdelmonem celebrates scoring for Egypt in their final group game

Mohamed Abdelmonem celebrates scoring for Egypt in their final group game

The favourites went ahead in the 25th minute following a corner that was flicked in

The favourites went ahead in the 25th minute following a corner that was flicked in 

Mo Salah showed glimpses of brilliance for his side, who have advanced to the next round

Mo Salah showed glimpses of brilliance for his side, who have advanced to the next round

The display will not do much to temper the criticism that followed the Egyptians’ first two games at the tournament. 

The first was a 1-0 loss to Nigeria followed by a narrow win over tiny Guinea Bissau.

Egypt ended with six points, three behind Nigeria, and will meet the winners of Group E. 

That will be settled on Thursday. Sudan finished bottom of the group with one point.

Sudan's Dhiya Mahjoub challenges Egypt's Omar Marmoush for possession

Sudan’s Dhiya Mahjoub challenges Egypt’s Omar Marmoush for possession 

Salah was angry about a hard challenge on him but fortunately he shook it off

Salah was angry about a hard challenge on him but fortunately he shook it off 

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Arsenal ‘receive loan offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr for exiled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with permanent £6.5m transfer clause’

  • Mikel Arteta stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy 
  • The striker never got going this term and was punished for a disciplinary breach
  • Al-Nassr have made initial loan offer with a obligation to buy for around £6.5m


Arsenal have reportedly received an offer from the Middle East for exiled former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeang.

Aubameyang, who has returned home early from AFCON due to cardiac problems, was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a disciplinary breach last month.

He was training alone before heading to Africa and his future at the club looks extremely uncertain.

Arsenal have received an offer from the Middle East for Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeang

Arsenal have received an offer from the Middle East for Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeang

And The Telegraph claim Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr have offered Aubameyang and Arsenal away out of their fractured relationship.

The report says the Gunners  hierarchy are currently considering the proposal, which is thought to be an initial loan offer followed by an obligation to buy for around £6.5 million. 

The fee would be small for a player of Aubayenag’s profile but it would also removed a £250,000-a-week from the wage bill. 

The player is currently undergoing tests in London after suffering ‘cardiac lesions’ which stopped him from kicking a ball for Gabon.

There does not look to be any way back for Aubameyang under manager Mikel Arteta

There does not look to be any way back for Aubameyang under manager Mikel Arteta 

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The Premier League is set to reconsider its rules on postponing games following a number of controversial decisions to call off matches in recent weeks.

Reports suggest that a Premier League meeting will be called with all 20 top-flight clubs after the next round of fixtures to discuss potential changes to the rule.

According to The Athletic, the Premier League hope the two-and-a-half-week break will provide clubs with enough time to get to grips with any changes to the rules.  

A statement from the league on Wednesday said: ‘The Premier League is consulting with our clubs regarding COVID-19 postponement rules and guidance in light of the changing national picture and the falling number of cases within our squads.

‘The league’s current guidance was amended in December following the emergence of the new Omicron variant and we continue to monitor the ongoing effects of the virus and will update our guidance accordingly.’

Premier League chief Richard Masters will reportedly reconsider postponement rules

Premier League chief Richard Masters will reportedly reconsider postponement rules

A total of 21 games have been postponed, raising questions about the integrity of the league

A total of 21 games have been postponed, raising questions about the integrity of the league 

The Premier League have come under heavy criticism in recent weeks after some teams had games postponed due to Covid cases, injuries, suspensions and absentees due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

A total of 21 games have been postponed, raising questions about the integrity of the league. 

The most recent one was Sunday’s North London derby, which was controversially called off after Arsenal were unable to field a team for the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Sunday's north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal was controversially postponed

Sunday’s north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal was controversially postponed

The current rules dictate that a games will be postponed if one of the teams is unable to field 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper, so long as its ‘either from its squad list of its appropriately experienced Under 21 players’.

As per Premier League rules, detailed on their website, clubs must provide the following when applying for a match to be postponed:

  • Players and staff who have returned a positive COVID-19 test, their vaccination status and, if known, the source of their infections
  • Players and staff who are self-isolating
  • Players who are unavailable to play through injury or illness
  • Players listed on the club’s squad list who are still available to play in the match, including appropriately experienced Under-21 players (which includes Under-21 players who have played for the club, another Premier League or EFL club, or an overseas club in the current season. However, any Under-21 player who participates in a club’s FA Cup Round Three match and has not played in any other first-team competitions for the club this season will not be considered by the Board as appropriately experienced)
  • Supporting medical information to verify the status of each unavailable player, which will be reviewed by the League’s medical advisers

Arsenal, who had at least a dozen players unavailable because of positive Covid cases, injuries, suspension and international duty, had the request to postpone accepted.

This led to the likes of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher to call out the Premier League for doing so, with Neville claiming the lack of transparency around Premier League clubs asking for matches to be postponed suggested many were now doing so for reasons other than the pandemic, which should not be allowed.

Gary Neville slammed the Premier League's decision to postpone the North London derby

Gary Neville slammed the Premier League’s decision to postpone the North London derby

‘Game off (Tottenham v Arsenal). What started out as postponements due to a pandemic has now become about clubs not having their best team,’ Neville posted on Twitter.

‘The Premier League must stop this now, draw a line in the sand and say all games go ahead unless you have an exceptional amount of CV (Covid) cases. It’s wrong.’

Neville added: ‘I honestly believe that all teams, not just in the Premier League but in the EFL now, must be made to play their fixtures. 

‘Balogun has gone out on loan, Maitland-Niles has gone on loan, Xhaka has got a red card, that’s not the fault of anybody else. We can’t be calling fixtures off.’  

‘If it was purely down to Covid in extraordinary circumstances and there were 10 or 15 players out,’ he added. 

Mo Salah (right) and a host of Premier League players are playing at the Africa Cup of Nations

Mo Salah (right) and a host of Premier League players are playing at the Africa Cup of Nations

‘But we’re now talking about teams for the last few weeks where there’s no doubt they’ve been calling games off based on whether they think they’ve got the best squad or team to win a game. It’s got to stop.’

Neville insisted that he was not singling Arsenal out as the sole culprits but believed that their request ahead of the north London derby should be rejected. 

‘And I have to say that’s not a dig at Arsenal,’ he said. ‘I should have spoken three or four weeks ago. Manchester United, other teams, have got 30 or 40 players in their squad, I’m not having that they can’t get 14, 15, 16 players together. 

‘And so for me it should be rejected. Without knowing the exact detail, unless there’s an absolute load of Covid cases come in today at Arsenal, I feel having played last night at Liverpool and played fantastically well by the way, it has to stop now. They have to make teams play.’ 

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka will now be able to play in the North London derby after serving his suspension

However, Ian Wright has taken issue with Neville’s previous stance on the matter, suggesting the ex-Manchester United player was more concerned about Super Sunday going ahead for his employers Sky Sports than fans. 

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte claimed the postponement crisis left the season in a mess and says he has never worked in a league willing to call off games due to injuries.

Conte also hit out at the Premier League for causing ‘big damage’ to Tottenham by their initial refusal to reschedule their trip to Leicester — originally due to be played on December 16 — which ultimately led to his club being kicked out of Europe.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte claimed the postponement crisis has left the season in a mess

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte claimed the postponement crisis has left the season in a mess 

Conte said: ‘It is a mess now. There is maybe only one team or maybe two who have played all their league games — City and maybe West Ham.’

Chelsea have played all their games too, but he continued: ‘The others have played 18. Burnley 17. Then they postponed the game against Watford. It is a big mess for sure.’ 

On the Arsenal decision, which he labelled ‘strange’ Conte added: ‘This is the first time in my life that there is a league that postpone the game for injuries. You have to learn to laugh, you have to laugh because they have totally changed the vision.’

However, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta issued a defiant response to critcism over the club’s request to postpone against rivals Spurs – insisting his side did not have the players to compete. 

Arteta furiously hit back in a staunch defence of the club, saying ‘lies’ had been spread and insisted the postponement was ‘for the right reasons’.

Mikel Arteta hit back at the 'lies' around the club's decision to postpone their clash with Spurs

Mikel Arteta hit back at the ‘lies’ around the club’s decision to postpone their clash with Spurs

Arteta said the club did the right thing and vowed to defend it from those trying to 'damage' it

Arteta said the club did the right thing and vowed to defend it from those trying to ‘damage’ it

‘We will defend our club with teeth and nails,’ he said ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool. ‘We’re not going to get anybody damaging our name or trying to spread lies.

‘We didn’t have the players necessary to compete in a Premier League match. That is 100 per cent. We postponed the match for all the right reasons.’

On the negative reaction towards Arsenal this week, he added: ‘I think more than hate there is a lot of respect for Arsenal and that comes from the history of the club, how it’s always acted and how it’s always conducted itself. 

‘We know we did the right thing. We worked with the Premier League and the FA to make that decision. If anything we’ve been very honest at least.’  


Comoros 3-2 Ghana: Minnows dump Thomas Partey and Co OUT of AFCON with historic win after Andre Ayew’s red card in five-goal thriller

  • Comoros scored first ever AFCON goal to break the deadlock against Ghana
  • Ghana captain Andre Ayew was then sent off after consultation with monitor 
  • Boina was injured as a result but on second viewing it looked a harsh red card
  • Ahmed Mogni doubled Comoros’ lead before Richmond Boakye pulled one back 


Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign came to a humiliating end on Tuesday as they were beaten 3-2 by debutants Comoros Islands at Garoua’s Roumde Adjia Stadium to finish bottom of Group C with just a single point.

El Fardou Ben Mohamed scored Comoros’ first ever goal at the continental finals before Ahmed Mogni added a second just past the hour-mark. 

Goals from Richmond Boakye and Alexander Djiku levelled the game up for Ghana, but Mogni grabbed a winner for the tiny island nation with five minutes remaining.

Thomas Partey and Co have been dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations

Thomas Partey and Co have been dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations 

Comoros celebrated in style after securing their greatest ever victory on Tuesday

Comoros celebrated in style after securing their greatest ever victory on Tuesday

Youssouf Mchangama celebrates teammate El-Fardou Ben Mohamed's (not in picture) goal

Youssouf Mchangama celebrates teammate El-Fardou Ben Mohamed’s (not in picture) goal

It is the first time in their history that Ghana have failed to win at least one pool stage match having made 22 past visits to the finals.

Their cause not helped in Garoua by playing for 65 minutes with 10 men after a harsh early red card for lead striker Dede Ayew.

Morocco topped Group C with seven points, followed by Gabon on five, who also advance to the second round. 

Comoros have an outside chance of being among the best third-placed finishers, though their minus two goal-difference will likely count against them.

Jordan Ayew found his side behind at Roumde Adjia Stadium against the minnows

Jordan Ayew found his side behind at Roumde Adjia Stadium against the minnows 

Issakhu of Ghana comes under a challenge from Faiz Selemani in the first half

Issakhu of Ghana comes under a challenge from Faiz Selemani in the first half 

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Edouard Mendy treated like a hero by his Senegal team-mates as wild celebrations ensue after Chelsea star wins FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award while away at AFCON, becoming the first African to win the coveted prize

  • Chelsea star Edouard Mendy won FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award on Monday
  • Mendy’s Senegal team-mates wildly celebrated after he won the prize
  • The 29-year-old became the first African to win the prize awarded by FIFA
  • Mendy is currently away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal 


Edouard Mendy sparked scenes of jubliation while away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, after he became the first African to win FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award on Monday.

The 29-year-old won the prestigious prize after a stellar year in between the sticks for Chelsea, where he helped guide the club to Champions League and UEFA Super Cup glory.

And after it was confirmed that he beat Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer to the award, he was treated like a hero by his Senegal team-mates in what was a heart-warming moment.

Senegal's players treated Edouard Mendy (centre) like a hero after he won FIFA's Best Goalkeeper award

The Senegal players cheers and applauded after he won the prestigious award

Senegal’s players treated Edouard Mendy like a hero after he won FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper gong

Mendy became the first African to win it as he beat Donnarumma and Neuer on Monday

Mendy became the first African to win it as he beat Donnarumma and Neuer on Monday

The Senegal players wildly celebrated on Monday evening ahead of their AFCON game with Malawi

The Senegal players wildly celebrated on Monday evening ahead of their AFCON game with Malawi

In a video filmed by Bayern Munich and Senegal full-back Bouna Sarr, Mendy can be seen celebrating his achievement while his international team-mates applaud and punch the air with joy.

While Mendy wasn’t able to attend the ceremony in person, it was most likely made more special being around his compatriots.

Mendy took to Instagram after winning the prize, where he thanked everyone for helping achieve a lifetime goal .

He wrote: ‘What a pride to receive this award today. 

‘I am even prouder to be the first African goalkeeper in history to win this title, and I hope to pave the way for many others.

‘The first word that comes to my mind is THANK YOU. 

‘Thank you to my companion, my children, my family and all those around me.

Mendy enjoyed a stellar year with Chelsea, where he won the Champions League

Mendy enjoyed a stellar year with Chelsea, where he won the Champions League

The 29-year-old also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel's side in August

The 29-year-old also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel’s side in August

‘Thank you to the French clubs that trained me and allowed me to evolve. 

‘Thank you to my club Chelsea, my coach, the staff and the players. Thank you to my country, Senegal, my coach and his staff, and all the players of my selection.

‘I will continue to work hard, as I have always done, to maintain this level of performance and win new titles. 

‘To conclude, I would just like to say: believe in yourself, in your dreams, always give your best, trust yourself, everything is possible.’

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Malawi vs Senegal LIVE: Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Co need one point to definitely secure AFCON knockout spot against third-placed opponents

  • Senegal take on Malawi in their final Africa Cup of Nations group stage match
  • Sadio Mane and Co need one more win to 100 per cent secure a knockout spot
  • Defeat may even be enough for Senegal as they could qualify from third
  • Senegal have four points so they would be one of the best third-placed sides 
  •  Latest AFCON news, including live action and results


Senegal take on Malawi on Tuesday afternoon with Sadio Mane and Co hoping to rubberstamp their spot in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds.

Aliou Cisse’s side are currently second in their group with four points, and a draw would definitely take them through to the AFCON knockout stages.

Defeat could even be enough for Senegal as the four points to their name so far could be enough to reach the knockout rounds as one of the best third-placed teams. But Senegal do not want to take their chances. 

Follow Sportsmail’s WILL GRIFFEE for live Africa Cup of Nations coverage of Malawi vs Senegal, including build-up, team news and updates. 

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