Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers 2017

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Top 10 Highest Paid African footballers: Africa is not only a continent blessed with vast mineral resources and beauty, it is also a continent blessed with a numerous amount of talents and skills in every aspect of life including sports and especially in football. Many talented African footballers play for multi-national teams across the globe and are paid huge sums for their multi dollar performances on the field. We are ranking these players on the top 10 highest paid African footballers:

1. Yaya Toure

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Yaya Toure – © Mustapha Ousellam | Flickr

Yaya is a Cote d’Ivoire midfielder who plays for Manchester United. He makes it to number 1 standing strong on this list earning 230,000 pounds weekly from his 2010 contract with his current team. He is currently one of the richest African footballers and highest paid player in Africa.

2. Odion Ighalo

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Odion Ighalo is a Nigerian striker who previously played for Watford but moved to China. He is playing for Changchun now and earning 200,000 pounds weekly which makes him our number 2 player on our this list. He is one the highest earning African footballers.

3. Samuel Eto’o

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Samuel Eto’o – © Sharon Cadden | Flickr

He gets the number 3 spot at 170,000 pounds a week, this Cameroonian born international player, earns a whole lot playing for the Turkish team Anzhi Makhachkala. This makes him one of the most expensive African footballers.

4. John Mikel Obi

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John Mikel Obi – © Ben Sutherland | Flickr

We all love John Mikel Obi the Nigerian superstar who is currently the captain of his team. He makes it to number 4 on our list on a 140,000 pounds a week pay check playing for Tianjini TEDA after his current move from Chelsea. He is undoubtedly one of the highest earning African footballers.

5. Victor Moses

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Victor Moses, a Nigerian great player and a big earner takes home 110,000 pounds each week from his club Chelsea FC due to his contract extension to 2021. Playing for his current team makes him number 5 on this list.

6. Asamoah Gyan

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The talented Asamoah Gyan was the highest paid footballer receiving a whopping sum of 227,000 pounds ($350,000 weekly) through his contract with Shangai SIPG in 2015 until July 2017 when he joined Turkish team Kayserispor now earning 100,000 pounds a week. This Ghanaian national was the no 8th highest paid footballers in the world.

7. Obafemi Martins

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This Nigerian born star former Super Eagles striker earns 100,000 pounds a week making him our number 7 player. He is currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua when he moved from Seattle Shenhua playing great and earning big.

8. Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah – © Duy Phạm Nhật | Flickr

This Egyptian player is one of highest paid African players earning a total of 90,000 a week since his move from Roma to play for Liverpool in 2017. Signing a 5 year contract with Liverpool, his earning upscaled letting him join the big earners at number 8.

9. Sadio Mane

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Just like Salah, Sadio earns 90,000 weekly also playing for Liverpool this Senegalese player joined the big earners team in 2016 being one of the best players in Liverpool deserving his big earnings and joining the list at number 9.

10. Kelechi Iheanacho

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Kelechi Iheanacho – © kelechi72 | Instagram

This Manchester City player is one of the richest African footballers ranking number 10 on our list earning 70,000 pounds a week as he joined Leister city taking a pay cut to join this team from Manchester City where he earned more. This however doesn’t diminish him as a great player and also as a big earner.
There you have it the top 10 African big earners in football. There are other big earning footballers the likes of Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye, and so on that although they didn’t make this list they are equally talented and great at what they do but better still they are Africans.

Top 7 African Traditional Sports

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African Traditional Sports: Most people fail to realize that even before the import of sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby and the rest into Africa, there were indigenous African sports that enjoyed huge patronage and goodwill but unfortunately these sports have been relegated and slowly being forgotten. The spirit of some of these games can be re-awakened and who knows, can even be incorporated into the Olympics. Here are our Top 7 Most Popular African Traditional Sports.


There was a sport that bore a striking resemblance to the European based baseball called Ta kurt om el mahag played among Berber tribes people in the Libyan desert. It is popularly believed that the sport was exported to Europe during the Stone Age and renamed baseball thereafter.


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Nguni Stick Fighting – © Mia Corsica | Pinterest

This martial art form is popular among the Nguni herders in South Africa and is strongly rooted in their history. It’s a stick fight that can last up to five hours where opponents take turns at playing offense and defense scoring points based on which part of the body is struck. It is a bloody sport and sometimes opponents can even die but devotees of the sport wave off the criticism, saying it encourages cultural expression and requires skill, discipline and a firm physique. It has been banned in parts of South Africa but is still played in some townships.


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Dambe Boxing in Northern Nigeria – © Sunday_Alamba | Flickr

This is an ancient form of boxing with ties to Hausa of Northern Nigeria. Participants travel to different villages at harvest time and challenge those of the butcher class to duel as festival entertainment. The dominant arm of both fighters are tied together with rope and they try to strike themselves with punches and kicks until one person drops to the floor. This is known as “killing”. Does MMA ring a bell?


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This is the most popular sport Kenya’s island, Lamu. There are no cars on this island. There is annual race organized by the island’s administration and this event attracts thousands of people who enjoy watching jockeys race well trained donkeys with saddles. This sport has been around for centuries and requires a plethora of skills.


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Senegalese Wrestling – © Christine Vaufrey | Flickr

Popularly called “Laamb” in Senegal. This sport is over a hundred years old and began as a recreation sport for farmers and fishermen. Currently elite fighters can command up to $100,000 per match and is a giant rival of soccer in Senegal.


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Savika – © Haja Rasambainarivo | Flickr

This sport has its origins in the Betsileo community in Madagascar. Angry bulls are ridden and it’s like a rodeo show. A Brahman cow is released from its cage and players try to mount it and hang on for as long as possible. No awards are given at the end of the day just crazy respect.

7. Ngolo And Capoeira

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N´golo Capoeira – © Roda na Feira do Guará | Youtube

The capoeira is a very popular afro-Brazilian sport that combines elements of dance, music and martial arts. Capoeira originated in Brazil in the 16th century slave trade era in response to the Portuguese slave masters ban on practicing African traditions, especially martial arts. This capoeira is believed to have its roots in the West African country Angola where it is referred to as “ngolo” or “engolo”.

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Senegal’s Balde Signs to Monaco from Lazio

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Ligue 1 champions Monaco have signed Senegal forward Keita Balde from Lazio for a reported £27.8m.

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Monaco has beaten interest from Inter Milan and Juventus to sign Balde for a reported €30m euros (£27.8m).

The Senegal international has signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions after completing a medical.

“It’s the ideal project for me. I’m very happy to be joining a strong squad, with big players who had a brilliant season last year,” said the 22-year-old.

FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: Nigeria Are The Champions


FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: The unbeaten Nigeria’s D’Tigress wins third FIBA Women’s title!

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Sunday, August 27, Nigeria defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title in Bamako, Mali.

Evelyn Akhator scored 13points, a team high and had seven rebounds for Nigeria as they dismantled Senegal to finish the 2017 Women’s AfroBasket with a perfect winning streak.

D’Tigress won all eight games they played at the competition, solidifying their dominance in African Women’s basketball. Nigeria fought back from behind to claim the championship – having lost the first quarter of the final 12-18 points but returned to take the lead in the second quarter with 21-10 advantage to end the first half with 33-28 points.

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This is Nigeria’s third win of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title; they had won it in 2003 and 2005; coach Vincent was also the coach of the other two winning teams, he now has three Women’s AfroBasket titles tied to his legacy.

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As finalists, both Nigeria and Senegal have qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.

Earlier in the day, Mali claimed the last spot on the podium, after edging out Mozambique, 75-52, in the 3rd-Place Game.

Traore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where she was joined by Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria; Italee Lucas(Angola), Leia Dongue (Mozambique) and Nagnouma Coulibaly (Mali).

Final standings of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017:

  1. Nigeria
  2. Senegal
  3. Mali
  4. Mozambique
  5. Cote d’Ivoire
  6. Angola
  7. Egypt
  8. Cameroon
  9. DR Congo
  10. Guinea
  11. Tunisia
  12. Central African Republic

Kelechi Iheanacho: Leicester City Sign Manchester City Forward

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It took a while, but Kelechi Iheanacho is finally a Leicester City player. Leicester City have announced the signing of the Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

Iheanacho, 20, has moved from Manchester City to the King Power Stadium for £25million to become Leicester’s fourth signing of the summer.

Iheanacho joins Leicester from Manchester City in £25m deal. Nigeria striker signs five-year contract at Leicester.

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While at Manchester City, the Nigeria international scored 21 goals in 64 games after making his debut for the club in 2015.

Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare added: “It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played.

Iheanacho told to LCFC TV: “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here.”

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Why Anthony Joshua Visited The Floyd Mayweather Boxing Gym

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The Money Man is currently preparing for his August 26 fight with Conor McGregor and Anthony Joshua visited the Floyd Mayweather Boxing Gym to watch the five-weight world champion train.

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Anthony Joshua pose outside the Mayweather Boxing Gym Club in Las Vegas.

The heavyweight champion is on the verge of becoming a worldwide star.

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Joshua is certainly keeping himself busy through the summer as talks of a major rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. This is scheduled to take place in the boxing capital intensifies.

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Numerous sources are reporting that Joshua is being lined up for a second heavyweight title fight with Klitschko. This will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 11 or 18.

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Meanwhile, Mayweather was also busy posting pictures on social media as he met up with professional poker player Dan Blizerian. Blizerian posted a photo of the pair together with the caption: ‘Money never sleeps’ as he sat beside the American in a dressing room at the Floyd Mayweather Boxing Gym.

Anthony Joshua, born Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother Yeta Odusanya and a British father Robert of Nigerian and Irish descent. Specifically, he is of Yoruba descent.

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Africa Cup of Nations Expands To 24 Team – Moved To New Date

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AFCON; The Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams, and will move from January to June from its next staging in Cameroon in 2019.

AFCON Tournament will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

switch from January staging to June in 2019.

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AFCON current champion: Cameroon national football team Cameroon celebrating after beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 CAN. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images) 

The tournament has been traditionally held in January and February. This is causing disputes with European clubs who had to release players in the middle of the season. A change of timing that will be welcomed by European clubs, many of whom have lost players at vital periods of the season because of the time slot.

The changes were approved by CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, at a meeting of the Confederation of African Football in Rabat which adopted recommendations made at the two-day CAF Symposium in Morocco earlier in the week.

Africa’s flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996. The tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil.

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Surfing in Senegal: Oumar Seye and Dakar Surfing Waves

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How Surfing in Senegal is making waves in the nation. Thanks, to Senegal’s surfing star Oumar Seye, who has taken his passion for surfing to create a lifestyle for the Dakar city. Senegal, sitting on Africa’s west coast with a rich French colonial heritage and many natural attractions. Dakar in Senegal is an elegant and cosmopolitan capital that encapsulates and offers rich coast glamour. Dakar’s waves were featured in the seminal surf film The Endless Summer. But it was decades before locals started noticing the city’s now popular surf sports. Oumar Seye took up surfing in the late nineties thanks to a tourist and he has never looked back. Thanks to him surfing in Senegal has become quite popular, and his surf schools are finally making the waves. Dakar surfing waves are the perfect for surfing safari.

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Oumar Senegal Surfcamp

Senegal, sitting on Africa’s west coast with a rich French colonial heritage and many natural attractions. Dakar in Senegal is an elegant and cosmopolitan capital that encapsulates and offers rich coast glamour. Dakar waves were featured in the seminal surf film The Endless Summer. But it was decades before locals started noticing the city’s now popular surf sports. Thanks, to Senegal’s surfing star Oumar Seye, who has taken his passion for surfing to create a lifestyle for the Dakar city. Oumar Seye took up surfing in the late nineties thanks to a tourist and he has never looked back. Thanks to him Surfing in Senegal has become quite popular.

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Oumar Seye (C) teaching surf students at Almadie beach in Dakar. AFP Photo Seyllou

One of the pioneers of the sport in a country with 700 kilometres of coastline and 13.5 million inhabitants, Seye today takes part in shows and competitions, which he also organises, drumming up sponsorship to pursue his passion. Oumar explained “It was the place where all the surfers met. Whenever I had the chance to go into the water, I would surf. That’s how I learned,” says Seye, who rode his first wave at age 13. “I am the first black surfer to get a pro contract,” says Seye, who has founded a surf school, and a shop selling famous brands in surf clothing and equipment.

The Growing Skateboarding Culture in Ethiopia

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Skateboarding in Ethiopia: Thanks to the Make Life Skate Life, an NGO that helps build skate parks around the world. Skateboarding in Ethiopia has become influential in their youth culture. For young Ethiopians, skateboarding is the closest thing they have flying.

Ethiopia Skate, a collective from the capital, are pushing the boundaries of the sport, with vision to connect Ethiopian skateboarders with the worldwide community and coordinate opportunities for foreign skaters to link up with locals at skate spots around the country. There’s plans for a skate shop on the horizon, and Ethiopia Skate are in talks with the government about building a specialist skate complex.

Whether you’re a skater or fan, enjoy these exhilarating feeling of skating from the skateboarding scenes from Addis Ababa.

Arki and the crew at a street session near Sarbet ✌️#addisababa #ethiopia

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NFL’s Star, Colin Kaepernick Travels to Ghana to Find His ‘Personal Independence’

Colin Kaepernick celebrates Fourth of July in Ghana as he explores his roots

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America’s NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a video on Twitter, asking, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?”

Colin posted a longer message on Instagram with the video, explaining why he was interested in traveling to Ghana; saying his quest to “find out where my ancestors came from” brought him to the west African nation, where he visited a local hospital and paid his respects at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

"What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?" – Frederick Douglass. In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return. I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah's Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.

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He has also visited Egypt while in Africa. Current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin accompanied Kaepernick there, posting an Instagram picture of himself with the quarterback.

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Kaepernick, 29, six-year NFL veteran, who led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII has remained unsigned this offseason after spending his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. According to several NFL players, Colin has been blackballed for his political beliefs.


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