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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 CAF Confederation Cup is an international club association football competition run by the Confederation of African Football. Select club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the second club football competition in the continent behind the CAF Champions League and the equivalent to the UEFA Europa League.

The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the CAF Champions League in the following season's CAF Super Cup.

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Angolan fans cheering during a match
Credit: Jake Brown

Fans of the Angola national team cheer on their side during their quarter-final clash against Egypt at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. The Angola national team is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, and qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 2006, where they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.

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Asamoah Gyan in 2014
Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish side Kayserispor and captains the Ghanaian national team.

Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring a prolific ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena netting on fifteen occasions in fifty-three league matches and at Udinese where he scored eleven times in thirty-nine league matches. In 2008, Gyan joined Ligue 1 club Rennes, netting fourteen times in forty-eight league matches during two seasons. In 2010, Gyan joined Premier League club Sunderland, breaking the club's transfer record and netting on ten occasions in thirty-four Premier League matches during two seasons. In 2011, Gyan joined Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League on loan and become the league's top-goalscorer, scoring twenty-four times in twenty-seven matches. In the following season, Gyan permanently joined Al Ain and once again became the league's top-goalscorer while he helped Al Ain retain the UAE Pro-League title, scoring an impressive twenty-eight goals in thirty-two matches. In the 2013–14 season, Gyan prolifically scored on forty-four occasions in forty matches with Al Ain.

Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team. He represented his nation at the 2006 World Cup scoring the fastest goal of the tournament after 68 seconds, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, scoring three goals in 2010, and also missing a crucial penalty kick in the last minute of extra-time in a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Uruguay. In 2014, at the 2014 World Cup Gyan became the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.

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