Quotes of the Week

Quotes of the Week: 24/02/18

Everybody loves to talk about football - but what is football talking about this week? Here's our pick of the best quotes uttered about African Football.

 

Everbody loves to talk about football – but what is football talking about this week? Here’s our pick of the best quotes uttered about African Football.

“It’s my dream to win the Premier League – but I want to win it with this club.” – Mohamed Salah

Mo Salah all smiles after a fantastic 2017. Credit: http://www.liverpoolfc.com
Mo Salah all smiles after a fantastic 2017. Credit: http://www.liverpoolfc.com

What a season the Egyptian wing-wizard is having – if Salah continues his rich vein of form with a goal against West Ham this weekend, he would have outscored Luis Suarez’ best ever Liverpool season.

Already on 30 goals from just 36 games, the fact that Salah is a winger only makes the feat that much more impressive.

Whilst Liverpool are not in the frame for the league title, there’s always talk surrounding the Reds’ hunt for their elusive 19th Top Flight trophy, which has now entered into the 28th year.

Salah was speaking to the BBC’s Football Focus show about winning trophies – something Liverpool have not managed since 2012.

“I came to here to win titles.” 

“It’s a long time since the club won the league. It’s my dream to win the Premier League – but I want to win it with this club.”

A 5-0 away thumping of FC Porto has set up Liverpool for advancement in the Champions League, but it remains to be seen if Jurgen Klopp can finally win a trophy with the Reds.

 

“It definitely affected the players psychologically because their main aim was a progression to the next round. Now that it did not happen, their confidence is low and they have to get it back as soon as possible, or else it will haunt them for the rest of the season.” – Boniface Ambani

It’s not everyday that your season is written off after three games!

Kenyan side AFC Leopards have had a torrid start to the new campaign, dropping points unexpectedly to Posta Rangers before being dumped out of the CAF Confederation Cup by Madagascan side Fosa Juniors over two legs.

Ingwe have not won the league title since 1998, so a turn around in form is needed if the Leopards want to finally claim Kenya’s top flight trophy for the first time in the 21st century.

And whilst Kenya’s second most successful side haven’t lost this season, drawing all three of their games, the alarm bells are already ringing for retired striker Boniface Ambani.

Ambani, top goalscorer in the Kenyan Super League in 2006, told Goal.com that “The match against Ulinzi Stars will be very important for the team; a win will re-ignite them, and help them concentrate on the league. So that match will be very important for them.”

Ingwe have not won the league title since 1998, so a turn around in form is needed if the Leopards want to finally claim Kenya’s top flight trophy for the first time in the 21st century.

No pressure then!

“I’m just a boy from Burundi, no one cares about me. […] Stop coming to my house!” – Saido Berahino

Social Media gives players another platform to voice their views – and Saido Berahino took to Twitter to request that The Sun stop sending papparazi to his home.

https://twitter.com/SBerahino/status/966776180409077760

The England u21 international’s fortunes both off and on the pitch have been poor to say the least, and it seems like all the enquires into his life are stressing the Stoke City striker out even more.

A short video clip of the photographers in question was captioned by Berahino, where he stated: “I’ve stayed silent for a long time but I’ve reached my breaking point. These guys have been to my house for three straight days, for what? Like who am I for them to be so interested in?

“I’m a nobody! What I do with my private life has nothing to do with anyone but my family.”

He also labelled the Sun as “unacceptable” in the post.

 

“These African players who hold Africa in their hearts and want to help African sport blah-blah-blah blah while fighting with a teammate on the international scene in 2014…. You make me softly laugh… but these are your values” – Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé held no punches when he tweeted  this at Benoît Assou-Ekotto.

The PSG striker had just met with Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and George Weah, the Liberian President, and afterwards, stated that he wanted to “help African sport to develop.”

Mbappé, who could have potentially lined up with Assou-Ekotto on the international scene if he had chosen to play for his father’s country of Cameroon, took to Social Media to call out the FC Metz Left-back, who had tweeted his thoughts earlier.

The French wonderkid’s tweet was a direct parody of  Assou-Ekotto’s tweet…

“These European players of African descent who hold Africa in their hearts and who want to help African sport blah blah blah while eager to play for a European National Team you make me softly laugh… but it’s for good causes…” – Benoît Assou-Ekotto

The tweet that kicked the feud off – or at least the current battle between the pair.

Back in September, Assou-Ekotto accused Mbappé of over-embellishing a tackle to get the Left-back sent off- stating that it “would have been better to smash into the player” then win the ball fairly.

Assou-Ekotto was known for his outspoken nature during his stint in England, where he claimed he played football just for the money, and that it was just a job rather than a passion.

The return fixture between Metz and PSG is on the horizon, with the return fixture will be played on the 10th of March.. Keep an eye out for the personal contest between these two!

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