Friday 23 February 2018
(AFP (eng) 02/22/18)
Ivorian goalkeeper Ali Badra Sangare made several superb saves to help fourth-place Free State Stars draw 1-1 at leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday in the South African Premiership. Sangare and his team-mates suffered an early setback when Percy Tau, widely regarded as the best Premiership performer of the 2017-2018 season, put the hosts ahead on five minutes. Zimbabwean Khama Billiat and Uruguayan Gaston Sirino combined to create a chance and Tau fired 2016 African champions Sundowns into the lead from close range. Sundowns, who top the table by five points despite having lost more matches than they have won at home, controlled the opening half and should have led by more than one goal at...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/18)
Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit. The plucky West Africans finished 20th in Pyeongchang, more than seven seconds behind gold medallists Germany in a sport where success and failure is measured in hundredths of a second. But try telling that to Nigerian driver Seun Adigun and partner Ngozi Onwumere after a landmark appearance, cheered on by their families and a vocal pocket of Nigerian fans. "It's quite amazing, I'm overwhelmed with joy and overwhelmed with the idea of knowing that history was made and we gave everything we had to do it," said Adigun, after bumping off several walls...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/18)
South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl in the second Twenty20 international against India at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. With South Africa needing a win to stay in contention in the three-match series, captain JP Duminy cited the possibility of rain as a key factor in his decision. Two hours of rain earlier in the day caused a match between the women's teams of the two countries to be abandoned. More rain was possible. Indian captain Virat Kohli...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/18)
When Amir al-Awad fled Syria for Egypt, he intended to cross the Mediterranean for a European country. But instead, the boyhood Syrian wrestling champion opted against the risky sea journey and found work at a restaurant in Alexandria, where he was introduced to the city's Syrian community. Together they established the Syrian Sports Academy, and he replaced his dream of an Olympic medal with a goal to "create champions from the young refugees" from his country, says Awad. This was...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Belgian Paul Put on Monday quit as Kenya's national football coach just two months after taking up the position. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said 61-year-old Put, who took charge of the Harambee Stars in November and led the team to win the CECAFA Challenge Cup the following month, had resigned for personal reasons. "The tactician's resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country's ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as he was an integral member...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
After a riot sparked by a contested penalty and a flurry of red cards left 19 police officers hospitalised, Etoile Sahel said Sunday they were ready to go to court over their 3-2 defeat by bitter rivals Esperance. Thirty-eight police officers were injured when they were pelted by smoke bombs, stones, chairs and pieces of metal at Thursday's Tunisian league match in Rades, on the outskirts of Tunis. The local football authorities also suspended the match referee Karim Khemiri until...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Nigerian club Akwa United face a second humiliating CAF Confederation Cup preliminary-round exit unless they score at least twice away to Banjul Hawks in the Gambia this week. The west African teams meet Wednesday with the unfancied Hawks holding a shock 2-1 lead from the first leg in southern Nigerian city Uyo this month. Muhammed Jallow and Lamin Charty gave the unfancied Gambians a two-goal half-time lead before Victor Mbaoma offered Akwa a glimmer of hope by halving the deficit...
(AFP (eng) 02/17/18)
One player was sent off, 12 cautioned and 46 fouls committed during a fiery South African Premiership derby won 2-0 by Maritzburg United against AmaZulu Friday. There could have been more red cards as Togo centre-back Sadat Ouro-Akoriko of AmaZulu escaped with a yellow after pushing his hand into the face of an opponent. The red card that was shown went to another AmaZulu player, Butholezwe Ncube, midway through the second half after a second booking. Both United goals came...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/18)
Thirty-eight police officers were injured when they were pelted by smoke bombs, stones, chairs and pieces of metal at Thursday's Tunisian league match between bitter rivals Esperance of Tunis and Etoile Sportive Sahel. The match at Rades on the outskirts of Tunis was won by Esperance 3-2, but was twice interrupted by the violence. Objects were thrown at the police "by supporters of EST (Esperance)", said an interior ministry spokesman. Nineteen police needed treatment in hospital. Football in Tunisia is regularly plagued by violence especially when the country's top clubs clash. In recent years, violence has escalated so much that sports minister...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/18)
Kenya's 800 metres Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha and two-time Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will not seek selection for this year's Commonwealth Games, team officials said Tuesday. A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan trials in Nairobi on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification for the April 4-15 championships on Australia's Gold Coast. But with the Commonwealth Games coming at an unusual time...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Deep in Egypt's Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's top scorer and Africa's top player. Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool -- his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season. Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Limited numbers of football fans are to be allowed into stadiums for league matches in Egypt for the first time since deadly riots in 2012, the country's football federation said Monday. Mostafa Tantawi, a spokesman for the federation, told AFP that up to 300 fans would from Monday be allowed to attend championship matches, while no restriction on numbers would apply to cup games. Clubs would be held responsible for their fans' behaviour, he said, following a partial lifting of...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Cameroonian goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb saved a penalty and scored the tie-deciding one Sunday as Bloemfontein Celtic ended the two-season reign of SuperSport United as South African FA Cup holders. He blocked the third United spot-kick from Denwin Farmer before converting the penalty that gave Celtic a 5-4 shootout triumph after a 1-1 draw following extra time. Ndumiso Mabena gave Celtic a 36th-minute lead from a penalty and Sipho Mbule levelled 13 minutes into the second half. Victory in the last-32...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/18)
Senegal will play Bosnia and Herzegovina in a World Cup warm-up in France on March 27, the African country's football federation said on Friday. The Teranga Lions, who are likely to be led by Liverpool striker Sadio Mane at the World Cup, will also take on Luxembourg four days later while plans are being laid for further friendlies against Croatia and Estonia. Senegal will face Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia later this year, having dominated a...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
AB de Villiers returns to the South African squad for the last three one-day internationals against India, Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday. The star batsman missed the first three matches because of a finger injury suffered in the third Test against the same opponents last month. There was no immediate word on whether De Villiers had recovered sufficiently to play in the fourth match at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. He will be assessed when the squad reassembles in...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur. Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi's sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday's 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/18)
Former Springboks coach Peter De Villiers has been appointed to lead Zimbabwe as it seeks to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup, the union boss said Wednesday. The Zimbabwe Rugby Union CEO Sifiso Made confirmed De Villiers' appointment on a two-year contract. "As you are aware Peter de Villiers was Springboks coach at both senior and junior level and he is the first guy to beat New Zealand," Made told AFP. "He brings depth, knowledge and a wealth of...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/18)
The South African one-day international team suffered a third injury blow on Monday when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the rest of the series against India because of a wrist injury. South Africa started the six-match series against India as the world’s number one team in one-day cricket, with four of the world’s top ten batsmen. They have already surrendered the top team ranking to India after losing the first two matches – and De Kock’s injury...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech. But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise. Few neutrals expected Sudan to go beyond the group stage of the competition restricted to home-based footballers with Morocco and Guinea favoured to advance from Group A...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Ayoub el Kaabi scored his ninth goal of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as Morocco became the first hosts to triumph by thrashing 10-man Nigeria 4-0 Sunday in a Casablanca downpour. With Nigeria in disarray and the final long over as a contest, the previously little known striker completed his record-extending goal haul by firing into the net from close range. Zakaria Hadraf put the home team ahead at Stade Mohammed V on the stroke of half-time and added...

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