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Winning Player of the Match and scoring a hat-trick on your World Cup debut with a stadium full of fans singing and cheering your name? Many footballers spend their entire career dreaming about this kind of thing ‒ but few get to live it.

Algerian football has been to the doldrums and back. For 29 years, the Desert Foxes ‒ the pride of the nation ‒ have wandered in the wilderness, seeking to reinvent themselves and fall in line with modern trends of the way the game is played. The country has been blessed with some very good players – Rabah Madjer and Riyad Mahrez the biggest examples of the quality of talent the country has produced. But a string of poor managerial appointments led to their relative inefficiency on the big stage.

The semi-finalists for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations were decided after a highly contested quarter-final stage that saw former winners Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa drop out.

In a perfect world, Ghana’s senior national female football team, the Black Queens, would dominate the headlines for their outstanding campaign in the West African Union Championship. The Queens have bagged big wins in Côte d’Ivoire and are on course to succeed in defending their title.

Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods says he would like to make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 next summer.