The Transfer Window continues to dominate the football headlines this offseason. The biggest news from Wednesday was Manchester United officially confirming the signing of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata on a new 3-year deal. Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea and his previous contract ended last month.
Meanwhile, Everton has confirmed the signing of Barcelona Midfielder Andre Gomes. The Portuguese International spent last season on loan to Everton, helping Marco Silva’s side to an 8th place finish. Gomes was also a huge part of Portugal team that went on to win the UEFA European Championships (EUROS) alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Nani.
Locally, Harambee Stars arrived safely in Cairo Egypt ahead of what will be Kenya’s 6th Appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament. The Biennial Tournament kicks off this Friday with the hosts Egypt facing off with Zimbabwe from 11 PM East African Time. Harambee Stars kick off their campaign with a clash against Algeria this Sunday.
This will be Harambee 6th appearances in Africas’s most prestigious having featured in the 1972, 1988, 1990,1992 and 2004 editions. The team has never made it past the group stages in all five appearances. Sebastian Migne’s side will, however, be without center back Brian Mandela who is set to undergo surgery after injuring his knee. Mandela raptured his ligaments in the team’s training base in France.
It will be the first time that the Tournament is held in June-July, previous editions were usually held in January-February. For the first time, Video Assistant Referee will be used in the competition. The latest refereeing technology will be introduced from the quarter-final stage.