Sadio Mané and Victor Wanyama’s futures in doubt as transfer window opens for business


Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe fell in pain. The culprit Victor Wanyama remained on the ground, resigned to his fate as the referee brandished a second yellow and then a red. The Kenyan’s dismissal was to prove costly as Alex Tettey’s strike insured that Norwich City prevailed over Southampton. Sadio Mané the other African, was dropped to the bench for a late show to the pre-match briefing.

Both men were linked with moves away from St Mary’s last summer, Wanyama interested Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were rumored to be keen on Mané. The Saints boss Ronald Koeman has made it clear that both players are not for sale, but the Norwich game might make him think hard about both men’s commitment to the team.

Southampton have lost 7 of their last 9 matches in all competitions, the 4-0 win against Arsenal a false dawn. Mané and Wanyama are both starters when fit, but have suffered from a dip in form. The 6’2″ Kenyan is an imposing presence in midfield however, this seasons  two sending-offs  were a result of accumulation of cards. This hints at a lack of control when playing on the edge.

Mané at 5’9″ is not as physically intimidating as Wanyama, but has the pace, stamina and quick feet to trouble the most robust of defenses. The Senegalese international scored the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history, clocked at 176 seconds against Aston Villa last season. His impact on the field has been hindered by off field misdemeanors: A no show at a team meeting early last year resulted in being dropped from the starting lineup against Liverpool who won 2-0.

There is a trend when Mané is dropped from the squad, Southampton lose. It is not inconceivable to think that potential suitors might be put off by the duos comportment, if indeed they’re trying to push a move through. For two of Africa’s hottest stars, the January transfer window could be an eventful one.



Adebayor blames career woes on mother’s ‘Juju’


Togolese born striker Emmanuel Adebayor (L) hugs his mother as he attends a ceremony in which he received the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year trophy in Lome June 3, 2008. Adebayor plays for Arsenal Football Club in England. Picture taken June 3, 2008. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon (TOGO) - RTX6I53

There comes a time in every footballers career where they experience a dip in form. Depression, niggling injuries or bad luck are all reasonable causes. But Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has added a new one to the list: a mother casting a Juju (Western African witchcraft) spell on her son.

The former African Footballer of the Year has distanced himself from his mother Alice and has not spoken to her since 2013. Adebayor has only scored twice in 13 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

While the Togolese striker has laid the blame on his mother, Tottenham fans have grown fed up with the strikers lazy displays. This led some sections of the crowd to boo his comeback from a two month break, in the recent home win against Sunderland.

Adebayor’s siblings have also spoken out against their brother. Kola a truck driver in Bremen, Germany has slammed his younger  brothers choice of alfas. (Islamic spiritual healers)

“Emmanuel has been brainwashed by these Muslim alfas – spiritual men – who prophesise when he scores goals and why he is not playing well.

“They have convinced him his sister and mother put juju curses on him. My mother is very sad. Every day she is crying. I just talked to her on the phone and she was crying again.’

His sister Maggie has also highlighted her brothers lack of financial support to their mother has resulted in her selling  ‘polythene bags, padlocks and other things’ to provide for the family.

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