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Tuesday June 2 2020
Keita Balde fights for seasonal workers

Former Lazio and Inter striker Keita Balde had to fight in order to find a hotel willing to host 200 seasonal workers in Spain, even when he paid for their food and lodgings.

The forward is currently playing for Monaco and expressed his frustration that the Senegalese workers were forced to sleep in the streets on cardboard.

Despite offering to pay for their food and lodgings, he still couldn’t find a hotel in Lleida prepared to open their doors, with 13 turning them away.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
Serie A stars up for African awards

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan’s Ismael Bennacer are in contention for the 2019 African Player of the Year award.

Koulibaly has been a virtual ever-present in the heart of the Napoli backline and was also nominated for the award in 2018.

Bennacer, meanwhile, was awarded Player of the Tournament at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations as he helped Algeria win the trophy.

The midfielder was signed by Milan on the strength of his displays for Empoli last season.

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Saturday November 16 2019
Koulibaly: 'Napoli is my home'

Amid more Manchester United speculation, Kalidou Koulibaly wrote a love letter to Napoli.

While the British media continue to peddle the idea the Senegal international is pushing for a transfer to Old Trafford, he sent a special message via social media.

Alongside a photograph of himself looking out over the Bay of Naples, Koulibaly wrote this text.

“This is where my children were born.

“This is where I grew up as a man and a player.

“This is where my family and I feel at home. #Napoli ”

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Koulibaly: 'Proud of Ballon d'Or nod'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proud at his 2019 Ballon d'Or nomination and African football's progress. "We've dreamed about it for years."

Koulibaly, 28, spoke to Algerian website Le Buteur about his close friend Faouzi Ghoulam, charity work and his presence in the 50-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award.

"The fact that there are several African nominations (for the Ballon d'Or) shows the enourmous progress African football is making," said the Senegal international.

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Saturday October 12 2019
Koulibaly: 'Racists hide in a crowd'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly told L’Equipe magazine about his experiences of racism. “They’re thugs and would never dare make those noises to my face.”

The Senegal international centre-back was born in France to Senegalese parents and described “swimming in diversity from birth” at Saint-Die-des-Vosges with friends of varied nationalities.

“There might’ve been a racist tinge to some of the comments at FC Metz and Genk, but I didn’t have a single problem of genuine racism.

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Monday August 19 2019
Official: Gomis joins Dijon

As expected, SPAL have officially sold Senegal international goalkeeper Alfred Gomis to Dijon FCO.

The shot-stopper has signed a contract to June 2023.

It is believed to be a permanent move worth €1.5m.

Gomis made 20 Serie A appearances last season, but kept only six clean sheets and was dropped for Etrit Berisha.

SPAL have already brought in his replacement, 22-year-old Club Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.

Image credit: @DFCO_Officiel Twitter

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Saturday August 17 2019
SPAL goalkeeper Gomis to Dijon

SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis is expected to complete his transfer to Ligue 1 side Dijon FCO this weekend.

The Senegal international turns 26 next month and joined SPAL in 2017, on loan with obligation to buy for €1.5m.

He made 20 appearances in Serie A last season, but kept only six clean sheets and was dropped in favour of Etrit Berisha.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Gomis will sign for Dijon over the next 48 hours, possibly even as early as today.

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Saturday August 17 2019
Atalanta ask after Sabaly

Atalanta have reportedly set their sights on Girondins de Bordeaux right-back Youssouf Sabaly, who would cost around €9-10m.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 26-year-old Senegal international would be suited to Gian Piero Gasperini’s style of football, as he likes to pour forward down the right flank and can also play on the left if needed.

Sabaly had already been linked with Napoli last summer, but suffered a knee injury, and is under contract with Bordeaux until June 2021.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Fiorentina look to Keita Balde

Keita Balde Diao could be heading back to Serie A yet again, this time on loan from Monaco to Fiorentina.

According to La Repubblica, the Senegal international forward is on the Viola radar for this season.

He came up through the Lazio youth academy and was sold to Monaco for €30m in 2017.

The 24-year-old was on loan at Inter last term, at a cost of €5m, but the Nerazzurri did not take up their option to buy.

Keita could well return to Serie A again for Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in a similar loan with option deal.

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Friday July 19 2019
Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in the Final, with Ismael Bennacer named Player of the Tournament.

The Desert Foxes took the trophy in Cairo this evening thanks to a bizarre goal in the opening couple of minutes.

Baghdad Bounedjah robbed the ball near the touchline and cut inside, his shot taking a huge deflection off Salif Sane and looping up into the far top corner, with SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis simply watching.

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