Thursday 29 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Democratic Republic of Congo premier league club FC Renaissance has been relegated to the second division as part of sanctions after violence by its supporters. The decision was taken by the Congolese Football League (Linafoot) after it met on Monday following the violence on Saturday, AFP reports. FC Renaissance was found guilty of the Saturday incident during a championship match between the team and Vita Club at the Martyrs stadium in Kinshasa. FC Renaissance lost to Vita Club, sparking an attack by their supporters who “threw projectiles while their management invaded the pitch.” They were also fined $20,000 and tasked to pay for all damages at the stadium. Prior to the sanction, FC Renaissance –...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/17)
The training pitches and classrooms are fit for one of Africa’s most illustrious football clubs, but the political battles rife in Democratic Republic of Congo have stopped Tout Puissant Mazembe from using their new academy. The teenagers who are meant to be the future stars of African football are losing weight because food rations have been cut back. Lush grass is starting to grow around the buildings that owner Moise Katumbi, exiled tycoon and key opposition leader, has built on his property in Lubumbashi. Katumbi took over Tout Puissant Mazembe – which means All-Powerful Mazembe -- in 1997 and spent millions to turn it into a continental football force. They subsequently won the African Champions League title three times --...
(APA 06/27/17)
Burkinabe international forwarder Bertrand Traore, 21, has signed a 5-year contract with the French club Olympique Lyonnais, media sources disclosed on Monday. Recruited earlier by the English Premier League club Chelsea and later lent to the Dutch side Ajax of Amsterdam, Traore is believed to be signed by the French club to the tune of more than €19 million for 5 years excluding his bonuses. The talks between Chelsea FC and Olympique Lyonnais lasted nearly two months. Lyon chattered a...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop beat training partner Irene Cheptai to win the women's 10,000 metres on the first day of the Kenyan world championship trials on Friday. Tirop, winner of the women's senior cross country title in Guiyang, China in 2015, sprinted away from Cheptai on the home stretch to win in 31min 56.0sec and qualify for her first world track and field championships. Cheptai, who succeeded Tirop as champion at this year's world country event in Kampala, Uganda, clocked 31:56.4 to also book her ticket...
(APA 06/23/17)
Former coach of the Ghana Black Stars Herbert Addo is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday, APA learns here. The coach, who died in March, is expected to be buried in Accra on Saturday. Addo had coached some prominent Ghanaian teams such as AshantiGold, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and the WAFA Club, which is currently leading the Ghana Premier League table. He had on two occasions handled the senior national team as substantive and caretaker...
(APA 06/23/17)
The Black Stars of Ghana are expected to leave Accra for the United States of America to play two international friendly matches in a row, APA learns here. The players are expected to play Mexico next week and USA on July 1 respectively. The team will be traveling without deputy skipper, Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan, following their request to be excused from the two games. Some Ghanaian players, who ply their trade the US, are expected to join...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Kenya's sports minister Hassan Wario assured the CAF delegation that all five stadiums will be ready at least three months before the competition. The Confederation of African Football has said four out of five Kenyan stadiums fall short of standards for hosting next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) and has given Kenya until June to upgrade them. An inspection team led by CAF vice-president Suketu Patel said a lot of work needs to be done, but insisted Kenya remained on track to host the international tournament, reserved for players featuring in their domestic league competitions.
(APA 06/21/17)
The Senior national team, Black Stars, have resumed training in Accra towards two international friendly games against United States of America and Mexico respectively. They are scheduled to play Mexico on June 28 and USA on July 1. The team, under the guidance of returnee coach Kwesi Appiah, had a training session at the Accra Sports Stadium and is expected to continue training on Wednesday till they depart from Accra to the USA, where the games would be played. Coach...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/17)
Arturo Vidal's late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role. Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant. The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal...
(AfricaNews 06/19/17)
Cameroon, the African champions were handed a losing start to their Confederations Cup campaign which kicked off in Russia over the weekend. The Indomitable Lions lost 2 – 0 to Chile (Copa America champions) thanks to late goals from Auturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas. The South American champions were however denied an earlier goal after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled out a legitimate goal by Vargas on the stroke of halftime. Hugo Broos’ side next take on Australia on...
(BBC News Africa 06/19/17)
The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote was held in Abidjan on Sunday following his sudden death in China earlier this month. Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. The former Newcastle United midfielder was honoured with a military funeral with a host of dignitaries and players in attendance. His body was flown back home to Ivory Coast from China earlier this week. We're all here to show him love and to show...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/17)
Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote, whose sudden death in China at just 30 years old shocked his country, was laid to rest Sunday as he was hailed a "worthy son" of the African nation. Tiote, a 52-time capped player who featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, was honoured with a military funeral at the Williamsville cemetery in Abidjan where hundreds of people gathered to mourn. "Ivory Coast has lost a worthy son who served so bravely, who fought...
(BBC News Africa 06/16/17)
Cameroon will be driven by the memory of Marc Vivien-Foe when they contest the Confederations Cup for the first time since the midfielder's death. Foe died after collapsing on the pitch during the 2003 semi-final against Colombia in France. The 28-year-old was later found to have suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The Indomitable Lions will end their 14-year absence from the Confederations Cup when Fifa's World Cup dress rehearsal kicks off this weekend. Cameroon open their Group...
(APA 06/16/17)
The round of 16 games of Ghana FA cup are expected to be honoured this weekend and Sunday with defending Champions, Bechem United, playing away to Berekum Chelsea. The tie is seen as one of the tough games following the two teams 1-1 drawn game in their premier league clash at home of United. Another game that promises more intriguing action would be between Medeama SC and Elmina Sharks at the Tarkwa T&A Park, with both teams aiming to gain...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death. The 52-time capped star -- a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations -- died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5. He was 30 years of age. His death shocked the football world, reverberating...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Equatorial Guinea coach Esteban Becker has become the first casualty of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying after a 3-0 loss in Senegal at the weekend. A national football federation spokesman in the small, oil-rich central African state confirmed Tuesday that the out-of-contract Argentine would not be offered a new one. The 52-year-old made a sensational start as coach of the Equatoguineans, taking the 2015 Cup of Nations hosts to the semi-finals against all expectations. Finishing fourth was particularly impressive...
(APA 06/14/17)
The Ghana Black Stars have been paid $5,000 each for beating the Wiala Antelopes of Ethiopia 5-0 in their AFCON 2019 qualifier in Kumasi last Sunday. Local media reports on Wednesday said that Deputy Sports Minister Puis Enam Hadzie disclosed that the figure was the new winning bonus agreed after a roundtable discussion between the Ministry, Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Black Stars Management Committee. The bonuses were slashed from $10,000, following complaints from a section of the public...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Former Champions League winner and South Africa's record goalscorer Benni McCarthy was named Cape Town City coach Tuesday. The 39-year-old takes over the one-season-old South African Premiership club after former international Eric Tinkler quit to join another top-flight side, SuperSport United. Cape Town had a fairytale first season after buying a franchise, winning the League Cup and qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup by finishing third in the championship. McCarthy has previous managerial experience as an assistant coach at Belgian...
(APA 06/14/17)
A delegation from the Geneva-based International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA, on Tuesday arrived in Khartoum to investigate government interference in elections of the Sudan Football Association, SFA. "We came to the Sudan to get first-hand information about the current crisis in the Sudanese football with the existence of two football associations", the FIFA delegation told reporters. FIFA officials on Wednesday held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr Abdul Karim Musa, in the presence of the...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Kenya on Tuesday confirmed its withdrawal from next month's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas to concentrate on hosting the IAAF world under-18 athletics championships. The July 19-23 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, which features athletics, boxing, judo, rugby sevens, swimming and tennis gets under way three days after the conclusion of the world under-18 track and field champs in Nairobi. "After due considerations and deliberations, I have been advised to inform you that we will not be in position...

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