| Africatime
Wednesday 22 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Manchester City's Yaya Toure believes his side must score at least two more goals against Monaco if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. City twice came from behind to defeat the Ligue 1 leaders in a stunning 5-3 win in the first leg of their last 16 clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with Sergio Aguero scoring twice for the Premier League club. But given how their defence was tested at home, midfielder Toure said merely trying to defend their lead was not a viable tactic for the second leg in Monaco in three weeks' time.
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Elite Kenyan runners competing at the Tokyo marathon on Sunday will be targeting two birds with one stone. Both Wilson Kipsang and Bernard Kipyego hold onto outside chance that victory in the Japanese capital will earn them a slot in the Kenya team to the London World Championships. And like other top runners, they are eyeing to break the world record on the fast Tokyo course. "The world record is not too far. I tried it in London, which is a tougher course we came seconds close to it. Tokyo is another chance for me to reclaim the title and I will do everything possible to run a faster race and hope to emerge victorious," Kipsang said in Nairobi. However,...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a gripping six-run win over South Africa in the second one-day international in Christchurch on Wednesday. Taylor scored an unbeaten 102 as New Zealand batted first and set a target of 290, with South Africa coming close thanks to a late 26-ball half-century from Dwaine Pretorius. The result snaps a 12-match ODI winning streak for South Africa and levels the five-match series in New Zealand at 1-1. Taylor completed his...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/17)
An Egyptian court upheld Monday death sentences against 10 people convicted over rioting that claimed 74 lives at a stadium in Port Said in 2012, judicial and security officials said. The ruling by the Court of Cassation, which is final, excluded an 11th defendant who remains at large after his death penalty was also confirmed in June 2015 by another court. The court also upheld sentences of life imprisonment for 10 people and five years for 12 others, including Port...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/17)
Fallen South African giants Orlando Pirates named Swede Kjell Jonevret as coach Monday in succession to Turk Muhsin Ertugral. The 54-year-old Scandinavian inherits a team lying 10th in the league after suffering a club record 6-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend. Pirates only realistic chance of success this season is winning the South African FA Cup, which begins next month. "I have visited South Africa several times and watched local matches," he told reporters after the announcement. "This is a fantastic opportunity for me with one of the biggest names in African club football."
(Reuters (Eng) 02/18/17)
Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages. The bombing took place outside Maiduguri, the population center at the heart of a government campaign to eradicate the Islamist group, whose more than seven-year insurgency has killed 15,000 people and forced some two million from their homes. The Borno State Emergency Management Agency said eight members of a local militia, the civilian Joint Task Force, were wounded in the attack, which underscored Boko Haram's ability to continue to operate despite the government's insistence
(AFP (eng) 02/17/17)
Belgian Hugo Broos, who guided Cameroon to a shock Africa Cup of Nations title 11 days ago, has applied for the vacant post of South Africa coach. His name was among those released Thursday by the South African Football Association (SAFA) for one of the most sought after football jobs in Africa. Italian Roberto Mancini, manager of Manchester City when they won the English Premier League five seasons ago, is another candidate. Hassan Shehata, coach of Egypt when they won...
(AL Jazeera 02/16/17)
Against the backdrop of a brutal civil war, millions of Congolese turn to football to cope with the conflict. The decades-long civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) divided communities that had previously coexisted peacefully. But millions of young Congolese still have a lot in common, particularly their love for football. Football is the most popular sport in the DRC and at the grassroots-level interest in it keeps growing. The sport brings together children from different ethnic and...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel has blamed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Champions League shocker against Benfica on a loss of fitness at the Africa Cup of Nations. Tuchel hauled off Aubameyang moments after the 27-year-old missed a penalty in the 1-0 last 16 first leg defeat in Lisbon. It was one of four clear chances spurned by Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's top scorer with 17 goals. "'Auba' has been physically behind since returning from the Africa Cup," explained Tuchel. "After the missed...
(Daily Trust 02/15/17)
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has left Women’s Super League One club Arsenal Ladies in England to join Chinese side Dalian Quanjian. The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool. She helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May and recently won the 2016 African Women’s Player of the Year Award. Oshoala also played for Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The...
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
Burundi will in August host the 2017 East African Community (EAC) military games and culture events, a senior Burundian army official said Monday at the launch of the first meeting to prepare those games. "This preliminary meeting has brought together delegates from the EAC armies. We are preparing EAC military games and culture events that take every year in one of the EAC member states," Brigadier General Marius Ngendabanka, a senior Burundian army official said. According to him, the EAC...
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Monday announced the death of former Ghana national team coach Sam Arday. Arday, who was well known as the "Multi-system Man", passed away in Accra last Sunday afternoon after a short illness, aged 71. He was the technical director of Ghana premier league side West Africa Football Academy until his demise. He was the coach of the Black Meteors, Ghana's Olympic soccer team that won bronze medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain,...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/17)
Ghanaian international Thomas Partey tied his long-term future to Atletico Madrid by extending his contract with the Spanish giants to 2022 on Tuesday. "Partey has renewed his contract with our club until 2022," Atletico said in a statement. "I am very happy and want to keep improving at Atletico," Partey told the club's website. Partey, 23, joined Atletico in 2011 and made his breakthrough into the first team last season after loan spells at Mallorca and Almeria. He has scored...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/17)
Senegal star Sadio Mane demonstrated his value to Liverpool with a three-minute brace as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the English Premier League at the weekend. The Reds won just one of seven matches -- against fourth-tier Plymouth in the FA Cup -- while the 24-year-old was on Africa Cup of Nations duty in Gabon last month. Algerians had mixed fortunes with Sofiane Feghouli scoring for West Ham in a draw against West Bromwich Albion while Islam Slimani wasted several...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/17)
Enugu Rangers and Rivers United of Nigeria were among the happiest clubs after the first matches of the 2017 CAF Champions League at the weekend, even though neither won. Rangers and United faced tough preliminary round away assignments at JS Saoura of Algeria and Real Bamako of Mali respectively, and both drew to leave themselves well placed to progress. The return matches will be staged this weekend in Nigeria with places in the second and final qualifying round up for...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Nigeria and Egypt will lead 14 other African countries to this year's International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany. The qualification of the participating teams was based on their attendance of continental tournament held in Agadir, Morocco in 2016, while other African countries that will join Nigeria and Egypt for the tournament are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia. According to the list...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the World Under-18 championships in Kenya under a neutral banner, the organisers said on Friday. It will be the first time that Russia is represented in an international championships after the country was suspended last September by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over doping violations. "Russians athletes will be eligible to compete in Nairobi as "individuals" under a neutral banner (presumably under the IAAF)," the U-18 championships organising committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Mwangi Muthee said. The Russian entry should serve as a consolation for the championship organisers following
(Libération 02/10/17)
Vainqueur de la 5e Coupe d'Afrique des nations de son histoire, le Cameroun est de nouveau au sommet du football africain après une longue traversée du désert. On avait quitté les Lions sur l’île de Bioko à Malabo, capitale de la Guinée équatoriale. Une défaite face à la Côte d’Ivoire, sa deuxième en trois matchs de poule et le Cameroun sortait au premier tour de la CAN 2015 après avoir manqué les éditions 2012 et 2013. Deux ans plus tard,...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Teammates from South Africa's 1995 World Cup winning squad carried the coffin of Joost van der Westhuizen into his memorial service on Friday in front of several hundred mourners. Van der Westhuizen, hailed as one of the greatest rugby players of the modern era, died on Monday aged 45 after a long and public battle with motor neurone disease. Francois Pienaar led the coffin-bearers at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium, where prolonged rounds of applause broke out to honour the celebrated...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...

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