Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Next game 16 February Cardiff (FA Cup, home) Arsenal Played 25, W 12, D 8 L 5 EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has been named Africa player of the year, beating off the challenge of Chelsea star Michael Essien and Mohamed Aboutrika, the Egypt and Al Ahly midfielder. The Togo striker hit 30 goals for Arsenal last season.

POINTS 44 Next game Saturday Watford (FA Cup, away) Chelsea Played 25, W 14, D 7 L 4 SALOMON KALOU has won the African young player of the year title, emulating John Obi Mikel's achievement of 2005. The Ivory Coast striker, 23, beat Inter Milan's Obinna Nsofor and Stephane Mbia, of Rennes, to the honour.

POINTS 49 Next game Saturday Swansea (FA Cup, away) Fulham Played 23, W 7, D 9 L 7 SAMMY CLINGAN says Fulham tried to sign him but Norwich insisted the midfielder remain at Carrow Road. He said: "I take it as a huge compliment that Norwich want to keep me and I respect the decision to turn Fulham down." POINTS 30 Next game 19 February Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Cup, away) Tottenham Played 25, W 6, D 7 L 12 STEPHEN APPIAH is eager to join Russian champions Rubin Kazan after an unsuccessful trial at Spurs. Ghana's captain is a free agent and said: "The prospect of playing in the Champions League next season is very attractive." POINTS 25 Next game Saturday Middlesbrough (FA Cup, home) West Ham Played 25, W 9, D 6 L 10 COLCHESTER have extended goalkeeper Jimmy Walker's loan spell from West Ham for a third and final month. The 35-year-old has agreed to stay for the maximum 93 days allowed for an emergency loan.

POINTS 33 Next game Saturday Plymouth (home) Charlton Played 31, W 5, D 7 L 19 DEON BURTON has been drafted into the Jamaica squad to face Nigeria at Millwall's Den tonight. The 59-cap striker has been called-up to replace Stoke's Ricardo Fuller, who is out after dislocating his shoulder.

POINTS 22 Next game 17 February Plymouth (away) Crystal Palace Played 29, W 11, D 7 L 11 PAUL IFILL admits Neil Warnock was right to dump him as his performances have not been good enough. He said: "It was completely justified.

Most of the time when you're dropped you want to have a moan -- but I couldn't argue. …

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