Saturday 19 August 2017
(Ghana Web 08/18/17)
Ghana international Kevin Prince Boateng has signed a three year deal with German side Eintracht Frankfurt, Ghana's leading football website GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. The Ghanaian has wasted little time in moving back to Germany just 48 hours after terminating his contract with Spanish side Las Palmas. The 30-year-old former AC Milan man will be returning to the league he played in the past with Schalke, Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. Boateng has put pen to paper on a three year deal and is reported to have copped 4 million euros a year deal, thrice what he was getting at Las Palmas. He scored 10 goals for Las Palmas last season and only cancelled his contract because...
(MmegiOnline 08/17/17)
Botswana has proposed to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to assist them in organising a friendly match against Japan men’s national softball team in October. The match is expected to take place during the upcoming World Baseball Softball Conference (WBSC) to be hosted in Gaborone. Speaking during the handover ceremony of softball equipment yesterday, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) representative, Steve Botlhasitse said he has been informed by Botswana Softball Association (BSA) president, Tirelo Mukokomani, that they are putting together a presentation that would be forwarded to JICA. He said it would mean a lot if JICA came onboard and assist in bringing the Japanese team to Botswana. Botlhasitse said the match would showcase what the Botswana men’s national...
(BBC News Africa 08/17/17)
Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly...
(The New Times 08/16/17)
WITH over Rwf250 million to spend, AS Kigali have more than it takes to be genuine title contenders in the next league season, which will start on September 29. The City of Kigali-sponsored side have their eyes set on winning this season’s Azam Rwanda Premier League after finishing fourth last season. The 2013 Peace Cup winners will start their campaign against defending champions Rayon Sports. “Our ultimate target is to play continental football and the only way to do that...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Jailed South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius briefly left his Pretoria prison on Wednesday to attend his grandmother's funeral. "He left in the morning under supervision of our officials and by 20-minutes-past-one he was back at the facility," Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo told AFP. He was driven from Atteridgeville prison in Pretoria after he had been granted permission to bury his maternal grandmother‚ Joyce Bekker, who according to local media, died last week aged 93. The funeral took place...
(BBC News Africa 08/16/17)
Former Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is once again without a club after ending his contract with Spanish club Las Palmas by mutual consent. Las Palmas cited "irreversible personal reasons" for the decision. The 30-year-old had a contract with the La Liga side until 2020 after signing for them a year ago following a six-month absence from the sport after leaving Italy's AC Milan. He scored 10 goals in 28 appearances at Las Palmas including one on his debut. Boateng has...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Morocco has lodged its bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup, the country's football federation said in a statement on Friday. The offer to host the expanded 48-team tournament will compete with a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The North African nation narrowly lost out to South Africa in its offer to stage the 2010 finals. “The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has officially submitted its candidacy on Friday, August 11, 2017 to organize the World...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Olympic champion Caster Semenya maintained her two-year unbeaten record over 800 meters as she eased through the first round at the World Championships on Thursday. Her main challengers, Francine Niyonsaba, Margaret Wambui and Ajee Wilson, also cruised into Friday's semi-finals but defending champion Maryna Arzamasova was eliminated after finishing fourth in her heat. South African Semenya, last beaten at the World Championships semi-final in Beijing two years ago, was third going into the final straight and eased past Rose Mary...
(APA 08/11/17)
Morocco has formally submitted its application to organize the 2026 World Cup, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Friday. “The FRMF has officially filed its application to the specialized commissions of the International Football Federation (FIFA) to host the World Cup 2026,” the body said in a statement. After four attempts to host the major global football event (1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010), Morocco aspires to be able to clinch the World Cup 2026, the first that will...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
Morocco on Friday launched its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Morocco's football association (RMFF) said in a statement posted on its website that it submitted its application to host the 2026 World Cup to the world soccer governing body FIFA. This will be Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cups, after its unsuccessful bids for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament. The deadline for a country to express their intention to...
(Times Live 08/10/17)
Oupa Manyisa may be a shadow of the player he was at the peak of his powers but Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana expects their recent acquisition to regain his bearings in his new surroundings and fire from all cylinders again. The 29-year-old Manyisa‚ who joined the Brazillians on a three-year deal last week‚ joined his new teammates on the last day of their mini pre-season camp at the Royal Marang Hotel in Rustenburg on Saturday morning and Kekana says...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Botswana's Isaac Makwala admitted to being heartbroken and fuelled by anger as he ran two rounds of the 200 metres -- one on his own -- to reach the final at the world championships on Wednesday. The 30-year-old had been given the go-ahead by the sport's governing body the IAAF after missing Monday's heats and then the 400m final because the quarantine period for the highly contagious norovirus which he had been diagnosed with had expired. However, the fastest man...
(Goal 08/10/17)
There is massive financial ploughing into stadiums by Addis Ababa as the EFF prepares to host the 2020 CHAN and put in a bid for the 2025 AFCON. The increase in the number of participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 means only a few countries on the continent can afford to host the tournament. Ethiopia is building its capacity to become one of those few with an investment of more than $500million in new stadiums across...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Egypt debut in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) this weekend at home to formidable Morocco, ending an unexplained nine-year absence from the competition. Matches in the biennial competition carry full international status despite being restricted to footballers registered with clubs in their country of birth. It was introduced by CAF in 2008 amid concerns that home-based stars were getting few national team opportunities with compatriots playing in Europe dominating squads. The Nations Championship has grown quickly in popularity and crowd...
(Graphic Online 08/09/17)
Deputy captain of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Eric Donkor, says their quest to win this year’s Ghana Premier League title is not over despite their current fourth position on the league table. Last Sunday, Kotoko were unable to move up the log after being held to a 1-1 draw by their arch-rival Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium, making their title aspiration a difficult task given the effort of the teams ahead of them on the log. However, Donkor...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Botswana's Isaac Makwala was refused entry to the London Stadium on Tuesday after earlier being withdrawn from the night's 400 meters final at the World Championships after falling victim to an outbreak of sickness that has hit scores of competitors. The 30-year-old, who was considered one of the main challengers to gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk and is a national icon, had also been ordered to withdraw from Monday's opening round of the 200m. Makwala said he felt well and...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Former Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou on Tuesday slammed his successor Ahmad Ahmad over claims that Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Malagasy Ahmad, who ended Hayatou's 29-year reign as CAF president last March, had said that the country's infrastructure "wasn't ready" to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help stage the event. "He (Ahmad) has to first come to see before speaking as he did," Cameroonian Hayatou, 71, told French radio station RFI. "Cameroon already has five stadiums, not to mention the ones which are in the process of being built. Nobody can say that Cameroon has done nothing.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Wayde van Niekerk retained his world 400 meters title in dominant fashion on Tuesday as he stormed to victory in 43.98 seconds but there was almost as much interest in the empty lane alongside him where Botswana's Isaac Makwala should have been. South African Van Niekerk, the Olympic and defending champion and world record holder, ran a controlled race and was even able to ease down over the final strides as he secured the first half of what he hopes...
(Voice of America 08/09/17)
Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti said here Wednesday that the team is upbeat and ready to go and do the nation proud in their 2018 CAF African Nations Championships qualifiers third round first leg match against the Comoros slated for Aug. 13. Mannetti told a press briefing that his team's advantage is their ball playing ability and he hopes it will work for them when they lock horns against the Islanders. "Comoros are not a ball playing team. They love to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 meters steeplechase with a courageous and confident victory at the World Championships on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury. A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago and Olympic champion in Rio last year, Kipruto kicked on to take the lead with less than 300 meters left and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds. The east African...

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