On 3 July, at Ghana’s 48th republic anniversary celebrations in Accra, CAF President Issa Hayatou was presented with the “National Award of the Order of the Volta – Member” by Ghana President John Agyekum Kufuor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of football on the African continent and in the world as a whole. The 62-year-old has headed the continent’s football governing body for the past two decades.
The “Super Eagles” of Nigeria beat an Africa select side 2-1 on 26 June in a testimonial match to honour former Nigerian captain Jay-Jay Okocha. The match at the Warri City Stadium attracted a host of international stars who defied a heavy downpour to join Okocha’s celebrations. Okocha, who had earlier featured for the Africa select side, scored the winning goal in the second half after Daniel Amokachi had cancelled out Nwankwo Kanu’s fourth-minute opener. The “Super Eagles” team, a blend of retired and active players, consisted of Idah Peterside, Joseph Yobo, Taribo West, Wilson Oruma, Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka, Victor Anichebe, Obinna Nwaneri, Danny Shittu, Taye Taiwo, Osaze Peter Odemwingie, Victor Nsofor Obinna, Julius Aghahowa and Garba Lawal. The Africa select side boasted the likes of Aloysius Agu, Lucas Radebe, John Fashanu, Youssef Fofana, Abdoulaye Traore, El-Hadji Diouf, Mohammed Kallon, Benjani Mwaruwari, Harlington Shereni, Tony Baffoe, Sulley Muntari, Celestine Babayaro, Victor Ikpeba and Daniel Amokachi, amongst others. Okocha, one of the most talented players of his generation, left Hull City in May and can look back on an impressive career that has spanned 17 years with stints at Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers and Qatar SC.