Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Anelka too old to join Algerian club

12 January 2015, 21:30

Algiers - Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka was on Monday refused permission to join an Algerian club on the grounds that he was too old.

The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid star was on the verge of joining Nasr Athletique d'Hussein-Dey (NAHD).

But the move was blocked by the Algerian Football Federation, Mahfoud Kerbadj, president of the Algerian professional football league, told APS news agency.

"The rules concerning foreign players being allowed to play in the Algerian league are clear," he said.

"Only those aged under 27 and playing on the international level for their countries are allowed to sign up with our clubs."

Also read: Anelka joins Indian club

Anelka has been training with NAHD and had hoped to sign an 18-month contract with what would have been his 13th club.

The 69-capped forward's most recent employers were Mumbai City in the Indian Super League.

Last March he was fired by English side West Bromwich Albion for "gross misconduct" after he made an alleged anti-Semitic gesture, known as a "quenelle", as a goal-scoring celebration.

That sacking was the latest in a long history of rows and disputes over the course of a career which saw him play for 11 different clubs in six different countries before heading to India.

As well as playing in a host of top European clubs, he also had a brief spell with Shanghai Shenhua in China.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...