Christopher Katongo is better than Lionel Messi. Messi is the best player in the world, that is undeniable, but he isn’t entertaining to watch any more, his zig-zag, mechanical runs are inevitable, functional and boring. One of the players better to watch than him is, of course, Christopher Katongo, Zambia’s fiery and lively captain and talisman in their Cup of Nations triumph, the official Player of the Tournament. Excitement-wise, Messi is Uncle Ben’s basmati rice while Katongo is Tilda basmati rice with a bottle of Supermalt. But even when you analyse the core of them as footballing men, Katongo is clearly the better footballer:
Archive for the ‘African Cup of Nations 2012’ Category
Tags: Argentina, Army, Christopher Katongo, Lionel Messi, Military, Petty Thief Theory, Zambia
The best goals at the Africa Cup of Nations 2012! Feel free to like, comment and subscribe to our channel (and we will subscribe back).
Tags: Alain Giresse, Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka, Ghana, Gilson Paulo, Herve Renard, Ivory Coast, Jean-Jacques Gosso, Jordan Ayew, Mali, Nathan Sinkala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rainford Kalaba, Senegal, Youssef Msakni, Zambia
The hardest thing about football is finding a replacement for it when it’s all over because there just isn’t any, especially as we quite simply witnessed one of the greatest major tournaments of all-time. So we decided to do half-review, half-awards bash to cherish what we’ve just witnessed. Tom Legg, East African football coinosseur, is back and he is joined by Steve of Spirit of Mirko, an African football enthusiast, both of these guys have been providing excellent Cup of Nations coverage,
Here is the panel for the awards:
Tom – Tom is an East African football enthusiast and expert and has produced some fantastic tactical pieces during the Cup of Nations. For further reading of his expert reports and tactical analyses you can visit his blog Eastern Promise and follow him on twitter.
Steve – Steve is an African football enthusiast, Cardiff City supporter and founder of the brilliant, Guardian-nominated 100-football-blogs-to-follow blog Spirit of Mirko which deals with football’s trivialities, curiosities and statistics, although has also diversified into African football recently with enlightening pieces like this. You can follow him on twitter.
Salim – Editor and co-founder of this humble site, Salim is obsessed with all things football and has been watching the Cup of Nations religiously.
James - Co-founder and writer, video-producer extraordinaire and the strategist behind our marketing ploys.
Sagar – Editor and writer, has a fetish for fringe players and is equally knowledgeable in the field of cricket.
Amro – Editor and co-founder, his current dream is that Zico will lead Iraq to Brazil in 2014 so he can join the samba party.
Joe – Writer, a recent addition to the team, he has a fine eye for tactical detail and has already done some brilliant pieces of analysis.
Kevin – Writer, Kevin is one of the two members on the team who had a native nation to support at the Cup of Nations. He’s still nursing the wounds of Ghana’s exit but the future is bright for the Black Stars.
Tags: Adama Tamboura, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Cedric Kante, Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Emmanuel Mayuka, Eric Mouloungui, Ibrahima Traore, Jean-Jacques Gosso, John Boye, Juvenal, Kennedy Mweene, Kolo Toure, Nathan Sinkala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rainford Kalaba, Seydou Keita
Kennedy Mweene (Zambia)
Although he was one of the most eccentric goalkeepers at the tournament, Mweene was – paradoxically – a calming presence to his team-mates, his confidence unflappable even when he flapped at crosses or had nervy moments. He was brave when he came out to collect or punch balls which were lofted into the box and his distribution was one of the best in the tournament.
Jean-Jacques Gosso (Ivory Coast)
Coming into the tournament, Gosso was barely a kitchen appliance name in an Ivory Coast squad filled with household names. Usually a defensive midfielder, he was deployed as a makeshift right-back due to fitness concerns over Emmanuel Eboue. It’s easy to understand why he was deployed there – his combative style often saw him come out on top in one-on-one duels and he joined in the Elephants’ attacks with forward runs of sheer doggedness, even though, understandably, his positioning was questionable.
Tags: Emmanuel Mayuka, Francois Zahoui, Gervinho, Herve Renard, Ivory Coast, Jay-Jay Okocha, Jean-Jacques Gosso, Rainford Kalaba, Rashidi Yekini, Sunday Oliseh, Yaya Toure, Zambia
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for; the game played with ubiquitous percussion and constant rhythm from the stands, the final of the Cup of Nations 2012 and the biggest game in African football. There’s no doubt in my mind that we have the two best sides at the tournament in terms of the standard of performances and quality.
Zambia enchanted during the group stages, being at the forefront of the revival of the attacking flair that we associated with African football south of the Sahara in the yesteryear, Rainford Kalaba and Christopher Katongo the poster boys of the revival. Ivory Coast, meanwhile, have been playing the sort of football that is typically branded the “Hallmark of Champions” – productively efficient, conservative football (or ‘boring’ football, if you believe the decriers) and have conceded no goals so far in the tournament. Yet in their semi-final victory over Mali we saw glimpses that when the quartet of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Yaya Toure and Gevinho are on their game, they can be a very aesthetically pleasing side indeed.