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Galatasaray fans shame football authorities over Mandela homage

Supporters of Istanbul giant Galatasaray on Tuesday publicly paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, after the Turkish Football Federation threatened to punish two top Ivorian club players for their homage to the late South African anti-apartheid hero. Star striker Didier Drogba had removed his club shirt after a match Friday against SB Elazigspor to reveal a T-shirt that read "Thank You Madiba", using Mandela's clan name. Drogba is among the nominees of the African Football Confederation's 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013.

Football: Assaidi, Chamakh on target in England

Goals for Oussama Assaidi and Maroune Chamakh helped their sides pull in three points in the English Premier League at the weekend. Assaidi scored a dramatic late winner for Stoke against Chelsea, while Chamakh scored the second goal for Crystal Palace in the 2-0 win over Cardiff. In France, Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was finally beaten, conceding his first goal in 1,062 minutes of play for Lille - ironically an own-goal by Simon Kjaer. ENGLAND GUY DEMEL (West Ham)

Football: Riviere strikes as Monaco go second in France

Emmanuel Riviere scored his eighth goal of the season to give Monaco a 1-0 win over 10-man Ajaccio on Sunday and cut the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain to two points. Riviere struck in the 75th minute as Monaco replaced Lille, who had lost 1-0 at Bordeaux earlier in the day, in second spot. PSG stayed top on Saturday with a 5-0 demolition of rock-bottom Sochaux. "The matches are always complicated and difficult," said Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri. "Ajaccio played very deep but I saw that we had a desire to win. I am satisfied with three points."

Football: Riviere strikes as Monaco go second in France

Emmanuel Riviere scored his eighth goal of the season to give Monaco a 1-0 win over 10-man Ajaccio on Sunday and cut the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain to two points. Riviere struck in the 75th minute as Monaco replaced Lille, who had lost 1-0 at Bordeaux earlier in the day, in second spot. PSG stayed top on Saturday with a 5-0 demolition of rock-bottom Sochaux.

Football: Own goal ends Enyeama clean sheet record bid

Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's run of not conceding a goal ended after 1,062 minutes on Sunday with an own goal by Lille team-mate Simon Kjaer in the Ligue 1 clash with Bordeaux. The Danish defender deflected a harmless looking shot by Bordeaux' Landry N'Guemo which tantalisingly hit the post before entering the net in the 28th minute of the match. It was the first time Enyeama had had to pick the ball out of his net since September 15 in the 2-0 defeat by Nice.

Zambian Kalaba nominated for CAF award

LUSAKA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Zambia national soccer team playmaker Rainford Kalaba has made the final list for local-based players African-Footballer of the Year Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Friday. The 27-year-old midfielder played a significant role when Zambia lifted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title and has been a fulcrum of his DRC team's midfielder. The diminutive Kalaba, currently playing for Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe, is among five finalists on the CAF reduced list released on Thursday.

Football: Chamakh goal takes Palace off bottom

Crystal Palace gave themselves renewed hope of avoiding relegation from the Premier League as Tony Pulis's first home match in charge ended in a 1-0 win at home to London rivals West Ham on Tuesday. Marouane Chamakh scored the only goal of the game -- the Moroccan's first since August 24 -- when he headed in Barry Bannan's curling cross in the 42nd minute. Victory took Palace off the bottom of the table and left them just three points adrift of safety and West Ham, one of several clubs on 13 points who could yet get drawn into a relegation battle. jdg/gnf

Football: Yaya Toure wins 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday. It was the fifth straight year the Manchester City star had made the shortlist but the first time he'd taken the award. "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot," said Toure in a BBC statement. "I'm very proud, I'm very happy, this award is amazing. "It's the fifth time in a row (being nominated) and this time is very special."

Football: Yaya Toure wins 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday. It was the fifth straight year the Manchester City star had made the shortlist but the first time he'd taken the award. "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot," said Toure in a BBC statement. "I'm very proud, I'm very happy, this award is amazing." jdg/bc

Football: Uche, El Kaddouri and Aboubakar hit braces

Villarreal's Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche, Torino's Moroccan midfielder Omar El Kaddouri and Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar of Lorient were the African stars of the weekend in Europe. All three hit braces as Uche also won a penalty in helping the yellow submarines thump Levante 3-0. El Kaddouri was on target twice in Torino's 4-1 win over Catania while Aboubakar's two goals helped Lorient earn their first away win of the season, 4-0 at Evian. ENGLAND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)
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