African soccer on the rise, Geremi says

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Cameroon midfielder Geremi Njitap says that the performances displayed at the 26th MTN Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana reflects the improvement in the game on the continent.

The Newcastle United player has come of age.

"African football has improved a lot," says Geremi who attributes this to the influx of African footballers to top clubs all over Europe.

"We had some top-class players at the tournament, and this ensured the quality remained at a high level."

Geremi, who made his fifth appearance at the biennial championships, is the player being profiled by the African Soccer Television show on SABC1 Sport's Laduma programme on Sunday.

Camoroon's Indomitable Lions lost by a lone goal to defending champions Egypt in the final but the midfielder looked satisfied with their performance at the tournament.

"Nobody gave us a change to reach this far. But it is very unfortunate we lost the final," Geremi concludes.

Other highlights on the programme are those of the Confederation of African Football's Champions League encounter between South Africa's Platinum Stars and Lesotho Correctional Services.

The Mountain Kingdom team saw their pride bring salvaged by Makala Mehlala's brilliant strike in a 1-0 victory that unfortunately changed nothing as the Tycoons had already wrapped up the two-legged encounter with a 4-0 pasting of the jail warders in an earlier game.

Miguel Gamondi, Stars' coach, took a rather threadbare team to Maseru and rested a good number of their regulars knowing he had already done the job in Rustenburg.

The programme will wrap up with highlights from the CAF Super Cup derby final between Tunisian giants Etoile Sahel and CS Sfaxien. This was thrill-a-minute, fast-paced game that will linger long in the minds of spectators.