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Meet 16-Year Old Guangzhou Native Su Yuliang Who’s Poised to Make History in China’s Pro Soccer League

There will be a young, fresh face playing for Guangzhou FC when the Chinese Super League (CSL) opens its new season. Born in the southern Chinese city to Nigerian and Chinese parents, Su Yuliang (苏宇亮) was drafted by the club and, at 16 years old, if he ...

Two Ghanaian Stars in the Chinese Super League talk About the Challenges of Playing Professional Soccer in China

The pressure on African players in China's professional soccer league is going up say two Ghanaian stars who are going to teammates next season on Shenzhen FC. Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will be joined by 30-year old Black Stars winger Frank Acheampong in ...

Ivorian Striker Passes Up Chinese Naturalization So He Can Play For His Own National Team

After five years of playing in the Chinese Super League, Jean Evrard Kouassi qualified for Chinese residency and the chance to play on China's national team. But the Ivorian striker decided to pass in the hope of making his own national team back home. ...

With a Golden Boot on Her Foot, Barbara Banda Returns Home From China as a Star

20-year old Women's Chinese League sensation Barbara Banda returned home to Zambia last week where she was greeted as a genuine star after winning the Golden Boot, the league's most valuable player award. Banda trained with the Lusaka Dynamos Ladies FC as ...

African Women Shine in the Chinese Super League

For the second year in a row, the Women's Chinese Super League (WCSL), China's professional soccer league, awarded its top prize to an African player. 20-year old Zambian forward Barbara Banda took home the Golden Boot this week thanks to an impressive 18-goal season with ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

Congolese Forward Cédric Bakambu Becomes Beijing Guoan’s All-Time Scoring Leader

After he scored his 50th goal on Monday, Congolese forward Cédric Bakambu became the all-time scoring leader for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League. The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa noted the achievement on Twitter.

With So many Big Stars Now Playing in China, the CSL May Be Gaining Traction in Africa

There's been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in the number of news stories published on African media channels about results from the Chinese Super League (CSL), China's professional soccer league. A few years ago these kinds of stories would have ...

African Athletes Emerge as Superstars in Chinese Soccer and Basketball Leagues

There's been a surge of media coverage in recent days about African athletes, mostly soccer players, in China. Both the men's and women's Chinese Super Leagues have spent big money in recent years to lure top-level talent from Africa and now those investments are starting to pay ...