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Cameroon's Benoît Assou-Ekotto jostles for possession with Mustapha Allaoui of Morocco

Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Africa. Indeed, football is probably the most popular sport in every African country, although rugby and cricket are also very popular in South Africa. (Full article...)

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The African Women's Championship is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation is the tournament's history, having won a record 8 titles, meaning they have won all but one of the previous tournaments.

The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other year since its inception in 1991. In 2006, the final round of the competition took place in Nigeria for the third time, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties.

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Al Ahly players pose for a photo before a match in 2011
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Players of Al Ahly pose for a team photo before a match in 2011. The Egyptian side is the most successful club in both Egyptian and African football history, having won the CAF Champions League a record 8 times and the CAF Super Cup a record 6 times. They have also won the Egyptian Premier League a record 37 times, the Egypt Cup a record 35 times and the Egyptian Super Cup a record 7 times.

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Mario Lemina in 2013
Mario Lemina is a Gabonese professional footballer for English club Southampton and the Gabon national team. He played for French sides Lorient and Marseille, before joining Italian side Juventus in 2015, where he won the domestic double in both of his seasons with the club.

Lemina began his career in France with the Lorient youth academy at the age of 11; he was later promoted to the first team during the 2012–13 season, his only season with the club. The following season, he joined Marseille for €4 million, although he initially struggled to gain playing time in his first year with the club, making only eight league starts during the 2013–14 season. He began to be used more frequently by manager Marcelo Bielsa during the 2014–15 season, making his breakthrough with the club as he helped the team to a fourth-place finish. On 31 August 2015,Juventus announced the signing of Lemina on a season-long loan for €500,000 with an option to buy for €9.5 million at the end of the 2015–16 season, in which he helped his team achieve a domestic double. His loan was made permanent in April 2016. On 8 August 2017, Lemina joined Southampton on a five-year deal for a club record fee of £15.4 million.

Lemina represented France at under-20 and under-21 level, winning the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup before opting to represent Gabon at senior level in June 2015. He scored on his international debut in a 3–3 friendly draw against Tunisia on 9 October 2015.

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