Thursday 18 January 2018
(AFP 12/20/17)
South African Premiership table after Tuesday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Sundowns 14 9 1 4 23 10 28 Cape Town 15 7 3 5 17 15 24 Chiefs 15 5 7 3 13 9 22 Baroka 15 5 7 3 19 19 22 Free State 15 6 4 5 17 17 22 Pirates 15 4 8 3 11 11 20 Chippa 15 4 7 4 11 10 19 Celtic 13 5 4 4 12 12 19 Maritzburg 14 4 6 4 12 8 18 Arrows 15 3 9 3 17 16 18 SuperSport 10 4 3 3 11 9 15 AmaZulu 13 3 6 4 15 17 15 Polokwane 14 3 6 5 14 17 15 Platinum 15 3 6 6 9 15 15 Ajax 14 3 4 7 10 16 13 Wits 14 2 5 7 7 17 11
(AFP 12/20/17)
African football supremo Ahmad Ahmad insisted on Tuesday he is not backing down over plans to increase the CAN from 16 to 24 teams despite Cameroon's organisational struggles. Back in August, world governing body FIFA appointed a committee to run crisis-hit Cameroonian football amid growing fears the country would not be able to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN). And despite the country's difficulties in completing necessary infrastructure, Confederation of African Football president (CAF) Ahmad said no compromise will be made regarding the number of participating countries. "If the host country cannot organise it (the CAN) we'll find another country that can," Ahmad said on Tuesday during a visit to Abidjan. The 2019 edition is due to be...
(AFP 12/20/17)
South African Premiership result Tuesday: Mamelodi Sundowns 0 Cape Town City 1 (Akosoh-Bempah 27) Playing Wednesday Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport Utd
(AFP (eng) 12/19/17)
Egypt's military prosecutors have released more than 200 football fans who had spent over five months in detention accused of vandalising a stadium and attacking police, a lawyer said Monday. Police had detained hundreds of supporters of Cairo's Zamalek club following a July 9 game against Libya's Al Alhi SC, keeping 236 of them in detention ever since, said defence lawyer Mohamed Hafez, who represented more than 100 of them. Following months of investigations, the military prosecution released them Saturday "because there was not enough evidence to allow for a criminal trial," Hafez said. Their release was also reported by state media.
(AFP (eng) 12/14/17)
SuperSport United of South Africa will begin their quest to reach a second successive CAF Confederation Cup final next year against Angolan or Malawian opponents. A qualifying draw in Cairo Wednesday pitted Petro Luanda against African debutants Masters Security during February and the overall winners earn a March showdown with SuperSport. The Pretoria outfit have a bye in the preliminary round and, after many long journeys en route to the 2017 final, they will welcome the close geographical proximity of whichever side they face in the first round. SuperSport lost the title decider 2-1 on aggregate to Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe, leaving coach Eric Tinkler desperate for CAF success. A midfield enforcer in the 1996 South Africa...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Nigeria's Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mohammed Sanusi has said. "We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup," he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out. Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Both countries have clashed once at this level, in November 1995, when England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Rwanda will be seeking to put their Cecafa Cup campaign back on track against Libya when the two teams meet on Thursday in a prelude to next year's CHAN finals in Morocco. Champions for the only time in 1999, Rwanda are at risk of bowing out of the tournament without a win after back-to-back defeats against Kenya and Zanzibar in Group A. German coach Antoine Hey has had the chance to study all 23 of his players after completely reshuffling the team that lost 2-0 to Kenya for Tuesday's 3-1 reverse against Zanzibar. "We don’t have any other chance to prepare for CHAN (African Nations Championship) and this is our chance to give every player a platform and for us...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
The country is chronically unstable and gripped by militia violence, its unpaved streets are a rush of crazy traffic -- and for the vast majority of its impoverished citizens, a new bike is a laughable dream. But nothing deters the plucky racing cyclists of Central African Republic (CAR). At dawn, in dusty Bangui, a peloton weaves around white troop carriers of the UN force in a training session as part of efforts to revive the competitive sport in a nation ravaged by poverty and war. "There are no race teams left in Central Africa. There used to be more than 10 of them and they supported athletes and bought equipment," says Christ-Noel Yarafa, who has run the cycling federation for...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
Hosts Kenya scored two first-half goals to beat 10-man Rwanda to launch their Cecafa Challenge Cup campaign on Sunday. The Kenyans could have won by an even bigger margin at the newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, in Western Kenya, but for the performance of Rwandan goalkeeper Eric Ndashimiye. Masoud Juma scored the opening goal on 25 minutes after Rwanda defender Kayumba Soter conceded a penalty. Duncan Otieno doubled the lead on 38 minutes following a slick exchange with AFC Leopards team-mate Whyvonne Isuza, as Kenya coach Paul Put made a winning start in his first match in charge. Rwanda, who are using the tournament to prepare for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, were reduced to 10...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/17)
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has been given a new two-year contract after guiding the country to the World Cup finals, the country's football association announced on Tuesday. "He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future," said Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The 64-year-old Rohr oversaw the Super Eagles' qualification for Russia in October, when Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Zambia. The German coach has been in charge for 12 matches since taking over 15 months ago, recording seven wins, four draws and a defeat. Nigeria, who have not gone further than the round of 16 in five...
(AFP (eng) 11/27/17)
India's captain and star batsman Virat Kohli will be rested for the one-day matches against Sri Lanka after the ongoing Test series ends, selectors said Monday. Kohli has stepped up calls in recent weeks for a break from cricket because of a packed calendar. India, the world's top Test nation, start a demanding tour of South Africa in January. "I'm not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed," Kohli said before the Sri Lanka series started. He has played more international cricket in 2017 than any other Indian player -- nine Tests, 26 one-day internationals and 10 T20s. The squad for India's tour of South Africa is expected to be named later this week...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African's sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit. Then on Valentine's Day in 2013 his achievements were just as quickly demolished. In the early hours of the morning at his upmarket Pretoria home, he shot and killed his 29-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, later saying he believed her...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
A South African appeals court on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months. Here is a timeline of events following the shooting on Valentine's Day in 2013, in a case that shocked the world. - Shot four times - February 14, 2013: Police arrest the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter for killing Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, who was shot four times at his Pretoria home. February 15: Pistorius bursts into tears as he is charged, denying murder "in the strongest terms". February 19: Pistorius claims in an affidavit he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. He said he fired through a locked bathroom door, in...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
The Nigeria Football Federation will pay players and officials a total of $2.4 million as a bonus for securing qualification for the World Cup in Russia, a spokesman said Wednesday. "The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4 million out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA," said Ademola Olajire. The NFF have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria's participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Next year's World Cup will be Nigeria's sixth appearance at the global finals and they have reached the knockout rounds three times, in 1994, 1998 and 2014.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Nigeria captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria were placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Many Nigerian supporters believe the country will coast to a top-two group finish in January and secure a quarter-finals slot, but Ezenwa is wary of their rivals. "Libya must be respected as they have been CHAN champions while Rwanda lost narrowly to eventual...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday. The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4. They finished third in 2014 in South Africa, but failed to reach the knockout phase in Rwanda last year. Libya are the only former champions in the 16-team field having triumphed in 2014 by overcoming Gabon, Zimbabwe and Ghana after penalty shootouts. Rwanda were the last qualifiers for Morocco, winning a play-off against Ethiopia last weekend after Egypt withdrew because top clubs were not prepared to release players. Equatorial Guinea are...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have agreed to move next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October to allow the continent's World Cup finalists play friendlies in March. Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are the five African teams for Russia 2018. "African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF executive committee approved a proposal by Nigeria for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018," said Super Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye. "The 2019 AFCON will now be played in June 2019 as against January when the match schedule was announced so there is more time now for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the cross country permit meeting across Europe will secure him the needed endurance ahead of the indoor and outdoor track competition. "Poor form costed me a place in Kenya team in March and I accepted it and moved on. But I...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
The Egyptian Chess Federation invites Chinese grandmasters to join a new international competition that will be held in February 2018 at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, the federation chief told Xinhua in an interview in Cairo. "We will hold the first version of Sharm el-Sheikh international chess competition on Feb. 16-27, 2018, with total rewards up to 30,000 U.S. dollars," said Hesham al-Gendy, president of the federation. "We would like to invite Chinese chess grandmasters to join the competition and we will cover the flight tickets and accomodation for them," Gendy added. China is ranked second after Russia in the world chess ranking for countries. It has nine male and 12 female players among the world's top...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Somalia and Sudan have withdrawn from the regional 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, with hosts Kenya being drawn to face stiff competition from invited team, Libya, and neighbouring rival Tanzania. The organizers also announced in Nairobi on Thursday that the other invited side, Zimbabwe, will travel for the regional tournament whose start has been pushed back to Dec. 3 despite the political turmoil in that country. Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye said the remaining 10 teams had been placed in two groups with the top two qualifying directly to the semi-finals. "I'm in communication with Zimbabwe despite what's happening the team will come. These are some of the reasons we had to push forward the competition also bearing in mind...

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