| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will miss the last four games of the season with a knee injury, his Lille coach Franck Passi said on Thursday. Enyeama, his country's most capped player with more than 100 appearances for the Super Eagles, was injured against Rennes on April 15. Passi said Enyeama, 34, would undergo an operation next week to "clean up" the knee. "It will therefore be difficult for him to play again before the end of the season because he needs two to three weeks (rest) before returning," said Passi.
(Ghana Web 04/26/17)
In-coming Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah has held a closed-door meeting with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, www.footballghana.com has reported. The meeting which was held on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House precedes Appiah's official announcement as coach of the senior national team. The 56-year-old is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), an appointment which has the blessing of President Akufo-Addo. Appiah's visit to the seat of government precedes a similar trip to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday where he interacted with the Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah and other officials of the ministry. The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko defender will also be in charge of the local Black Stars will begin his...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
CAF Confederation Cup title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin their group campaign in May at home to CF Mounana of Gabon. Mazembe and Mounana were placed in Group D with SuperSport United of South Africa and Horoya of Guinea when the draw was made in Cairo on Wednesday. Popularly known as the "Ravens", the club from southern Congolese city Lubumbashi are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles. Mazembe outclassed Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria 5-2 on aggregate last year to win the Confederation Cup for the first time after finishing runners-up
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Kenya's Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will not contest the May 5 elections, an independent board mandated to oversee the polls said Wednesday. Keino, 77, has been president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 and had not submitted his nomination papers by the time the deadline for entry passed on Tuesday. "He did not submit his nomination papers so he's not vying for elections," said Irene Tindi, the secretary of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD), which...
(BBC News Africa 04/26/17)
The cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has received a financial boost from an energy company worth around US$9.2 million over the next five years. The deal with the Aiteo Group will commence on 1 May. "This will make it easier for us to plan adequately for our national teams," NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said. "It is important to note that this will also take care of the national team coaches' salaries." Pinnick hopes that this means no repeats of problems...
(AFP (eng) 04/23/17)
South Sudan finally made a winning debut in an international competition by defeating Somalia 2-1 this weekend in the first leg of an African Nations Championship qualifier. The youngest nation in Africa, who achieved independence from Sudan six years ago, suffered heavy aggregate losses in their maiden Cup of Nations and World Cup appearances. South Sudan were trounced 5-0 by Mozambique in a 2015 Cup of Nations eliminator and 5-1 by Mauritania in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. James Moga gave the South Sudanese a half-time lead, Somali Abbas Amin equalised and Khamis Leon scored the winner just before the
(AFP (eng) 04/22/17)
Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele believes he is in the sort of form to break Eliud Kipchoge's fastest ever time in the London Marathon on Sunday. Should the 34-year-old -- who still holds the 5,000 and 10,000 metres world records -- manage that it would be a fitting end to a week that has seen the great race receive even more advance publicity than usual. That has been thanks to Britain's Prince Harry revealing earlier this week he had sought...
(AfricaNews 04/20/17)
Senegalese skipper and Liverpool midfielder, Sadio Mane, has been named in the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) Premier League (PL) Team of the Year. The 25-year-old was the only African player to make the list, the recognition also comes despite a premature end to his season. “Mane’s season was ended prematurely by a knee injury sustained during the 3-1 victory over Everton on April 1, but his impressive performances throughout the majority of 2016-17 have earned recognition from his peers,” his...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/18/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance. Kirui finished in two hours nine minutes and 37 seconds after holding off a challenge by American Galen Rupp in the race's final stretch down Boylston Street, the site of the deadly 2013 bombing attack. Kirui repeatedly tested Rupp in the closing miles, with the American Olympic bronze...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players. The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country's best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league. But the club is now set to be questioned by immigration authorities after the...
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, both timing late bursts to perfection to claim the men's and women's races of the prestigious event. Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with American rival Galen Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist. Kirui waved and smiled as he took the tape in a time of 2hr 9min 37sec, with Rupp finishing...
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Ivorians Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace starred in the English Premier League at the weekend. Retired international and four-time African Footballer of the Year Toure bossed midfield as fourth-place City triumphed 3-0 at mid-table Southampton. Winger Zaha tormented Leicester City with his pace and power to help Palace come from two goals behind and draw 2-2 in a clash of lower-half sides. ENGLAND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City) The midfielder was at his commanding best as Manchester City secured an important 3-0 win over Southampton. Needing a victory to cement their place in the top four
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/17)
Ethiopian runner Lemi Berhanu Hayle will defend his Boston Marathon title in a wide open race on Monday against a men's field that includes the first American champion in three decades and no clear favorite. Berhanu Hayle won last year's race in two hours 12 minutes 44 seconds after pulling away from twice champion and countryman Lelisa Desisa, who is not competing this year. The last men's repeat winner was five-time champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya, who completed a...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Lucas Alcaraz has been named as the new coach of Algeria, the country's football federation announced on Thursday in a short statement. The 50-year-old Spaniard was available after being sacked by his hometown team, La Liga strugglers Granada, on Monday. Alcaraz, who was replaced at Granada by former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams, is charged with the task of qualifying Algeria for next year's World Cup in Russia. They are currently bottom of their qualifying section, five points behind leaders Nigeria with four matches remaining. Alcaraz replaces the Belgian Georges Leekens
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer. A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club's playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role. "I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC," Drogba said...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/13/17)
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has agreed to join second-tier United States team the Phoenix Rising in an effort to help them join an expanded Major League Soccer (MLS) competition before he takes an executive role with the team when he retires. The Arizona team added on Wednesday the Ivorian would have a "vested interest" in the franchise. The Rising compete in the second tier United Soccer League (USL), but have applied for an expansion berth in MLS, who are...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
JS Kabylie of Algeria hope Mohamed Boulaouidet can perform another CAF Confederation Cup salvage operation when they face TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend. The Algerians are trailing the Congolese 2-0 after the first leg last weekend of a play-off with a place in the lucrative group phase up for grabs. Striker Boulaouidet has rescued the "Canaries" in two tense qualifying victories that earned his team a showdown with title-holders Mazembe. He bagged a brace in...
(Xinhuanet 04/11/17)
Kenya's sport ministry on Tuesday launched the country's draft strategic plan to enhance governance of sports organizations and promote sports in the country. The Strategic Plan 2017-2018, which will cost 6 million U.S. dollars to implement, presents the key programs, projects and activities to be implemented and is a participatory process involving broad consultation with all stakeholders within the sporting fraternity in Kenya. Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Sports Registrar, Rose Wasike said the document emphasizes the commitment of...
(AFP (eng) 04/10/17)
Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe recaptured Sunday the form that made them African giants to beat JS Kabylie of Algeria 2-0 in the CAF Confederation Cup. The first leg victory margin in Lubumbashi in a play-off should suffice to take the title-holders into the group phase of the African equivalent of the Europa League. In keeping with the multi-national flavour of the team, both Mazembe goals came from foreigners on an artificial pitch at Stade Mazembe. Zambian Nathan Sinkala put the home team ahead after 11 minutes and Malian Salif Coulibaly doubled the lead in the final minute of regular time.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/17)
The Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) will hold back on naming a women's champion until after the conclusion of the doping case involving series leader Jemima Sumgong. Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO (erythropoietin) in an out-of-competition test carried out by the sport's governing body. "While we are distressed to learn of the reports of Jemima Sumgong's positive drug test, if true, they...

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