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BBC World service launches match of the day Africa: Top 10

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Yaya Touré, Efan Ekoku and Gabriel Zakuani will discuss and decide their top 10s from a list compiled by a panel of African football experts

Four-time African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Touré, Africa Cup of Nations winner, Efan Ekoku, and former D.R. Congo captain, Gabriel Zakuani, debate all things African football in a new podcast from the BBC World Service, Match of The Day Africa: Top 10.

Who are the best goalscorers from Africa, or the best managers in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations? What’s the continent’s greatest moment at the World Cup?

Yaya, Efan and Gabriel will discuss and decide their top 10s from a list compiled by a panel of African football experts. When they disagree, Gabriel, who is in the presenter’s chair and posing the questions, has the casting vote. They will also share stories about their time in the game.

Match of the Day Africa: Top 10 starts on 3 July.

In this brand new podcast, the panel will discuss the best players never to make it in Europe’s top five leagues, debate whether Leicester City plucking Riyad Mahrez from the French second division is the best transfer involving an African player, and argue over which Africa Cup of Nations winning side was the best of all time.

The new show follows on from the success of the BBC podcast, Match of the Day: Top 10, with Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards.

When asked about what made him want to join the panel on Match of The Day Africa: Top 10, Yaya Touré says: “Match of the Day Africa: Top 10 is about celebrating African football and trying to give audiences of African football a better understanding and knowledge of some of the best players, tournaments, and moments in the game, as well as being entertaining to listen to – so I’m pleased to be a part of that.”

Answering the same question, Efan Ekoku says: “The purpose of the show is to make sure the audiences of African football are aware of what’s going on with players, in the big tournaments, in the European leagues. We want to raise the profile of African football and make sure that the young kids have people to look up to, to aspire to be, and the best way to do that is to make sure that these stories and their history and the facts are being told.”

And Gabriel Zakuani says: “There’s a lot to discuss about African football, and it’s good that the show gives us an opportunity to do that. The three of us have a lot of knowledge and opinions having all played at a high level ourselves, so we can have some good debates, share different opinions. It just seemed something fun to get into.”

Jon Manel, Podcast Commissioning Editor, World Service English, says: “I’m delighted that Yaya, Gabriel and Efan have joined our new podcast, and look forward to hearing them debate their top 10s. There are going to be some fairly heated arguments too. I also can’t wait to read top 10 lists from listeners on social media.”

Anna Doble, Sports Editor, World Service English says: “It’s so important for the BBC World Service to reach its audiences globally and with Match of the Day Africa: Top 10, we hope to unite our audiences around a passion for African football.”


The first season of Match of the Day Africa: Top 10 will have 20 episodes and will be released weekly from Monday 3 July on BBC Sounds and most other major podcast platforms.


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