It is typical for most footballing contracts to expire on June 30th. Now that we are in July, here are three Africans plying their trade in Europe whose contracts are expiring.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – PSG – 31
Cameroonian international Choupo-Moting made a shocking switch to the Parisians in the summer of 2018 after his Stoke City side were relegated from the Premier League.
Choupo-Moting has made 48 appearances for PSG across all competitions, scoring eight goals during his two-year stay with the side so far.
His contract was set to end this week but the Ligue 1 Champions extended it until the end of the season so he can compete in the Champions League, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.
Similar extensions were handed to Thiago Silva and Sergio Rico.
It’s unclear how important of a role Choupo-Moting will play, given that he has only appeared 17 times for PSG this season; although five goals is not a terrible return.
Wilson Eduardo – Braga – 29
Angolan international forward is set to leave Braga after five years. Eduardo was born in Portugal and played in their youth national team setup from U16 to U21.
He joined the Sporting academy aged 14, and was contracted to the club for 11 years before he joined Braga.
In 2013 he rejected the opportunity to play for the Angola national team, although he finally decided to switch international allegiances in 2019 ahead of the AFCON.
Eduardo appeared in all three of Angola’s group stage matches.
Eduardo was the ninth highest scorer in the 2018/19 edition of the Portuguese league, netting 12 times.
He won the Taça da Liga this season, but has fallen out of favor with management and will have to find a new club.
Guelor Kanga – 29 – Sparta Prague
Gabonese attacking midfielder Guelor Kanga is a player whose career likely flew under most of our radars due to the fact that he played in less popular European leagues.
After beginning his career in Gabon with Mangasport, Missile and Mounama, Kanga took a leap of faith and made the jump to Russia when Rostov signed him in 2013.
Perhaps Kanga’s most notable moment in Russia was when he responded to monkey chants from opposition fans by showing them his middle finger. Ironically, Rostov coach Igor Gamula was already banned from the fixture for discriminatory comments about black players on his own team. Kanga was suspended for three games.
In four seasons with the Russian Premier League side he made 82 appearances, scoring eight times.
He moved to Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade in 2016, where he made 59 appearances in two seasons before joining his current club Sparta Prague.
Donning the number nine jersey, Kanga made 60 appearances for the club, scoring 25 times.
Aged 29, he is still in his prime, but it is unclear what is next for the Gabonese midfielder.