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Sunday 26 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Multiple CAF title winners TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and JS Kabylie of Algeria were paired Tuesday in the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs draw. Mazembe won the African equivalent of the Europa League last season, comfortably defeating another Algerian club, Mouloudia Bejaia, in the final. The Congolose club from southern city Lubumbashi are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles, nine less than Al Ahly of Egypt. Kabylie have won six African titles, and the pairing is a repeat of a 2010 CAF Champions League semi-final won 3-1 on aggregate by Mazembe. Mazembe are among 16 clubs demoted from the Champions League to the Confederation Cup last weekend after...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it takes more than a municipality,...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
When Fathia was seven years old, she would wait each day for classes to end, throw down her schoolbag and rush to play football with the boys from her neighbourhood. Now in her twenties, Algerian international Fathia plays for all-female club Afak Relizane, where love for "the beautiful game" has trumped gender stereotypes and even militant threats in the conservative yet football-mad North African nation. Coach Sid Ahmed Mouaz helped to launch Afak in 1997 in the middle of Algeria's...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/17)
Algeria's Belgian coach Georges Leekens quit Tuesday after the side crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations. Algeria were one of the pre-tournament favourites for the competition in Gabon but failed to win a game in their opening group. "For the good of all I decided to quit even though I do it with heart ache, and I wish all the success in the world to the national side," he said in a statement on the Algerian Football Federation...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/17)
Islam Slimani scored twice but Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations hopes were ended after a 2-2 draw with Senegal in Franceville on Monday. The Leicester City striker put Algeria ahead on two occasions but each time Senegal equalised, first through Papa Diop and then courtesy of Moussa Sow as they finished Group B in first place with seven points. Like the Senegalese, Algeria were one of the pre-tournament favourites but they go out without winning a game, with Tunisia finishing...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/17)
Le gardien international algérien Raïs M’bolhi (30 ans), qui dispute actuellement la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations avec les Fennecs, a signé un contrat d’un an et demi en faveur de Rennes, a annoncé lundi le club de 1re division française. Formé à l’Olympique de Marseille, il est le troisième international algérien - une sélection que dirigeait l'entraîneur Christian Gourcuff avant de venir à Rennes - au club rennais avec Ramy Bensebaini et Mehdi Zeffane, même si ce dernier n'a pas...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/17)
Algeria coach Georges Leekens admitted on Sunday that his side do not stand much chance of making it to the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations. "We know that the chances are not great. It does not only depend on us," said the Belgian ahead of Monday's final matches in Group B. Algeria, with just one point to their name, must beat already-qualified Senegal and hope Tunisia lose to outsiders Zimbabwe if they are to make the last...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/17)
Star-packed Algeria came to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon as one of the title favourites, but they need a miracle in Franceville Monday to reach the quarter-finals. A team including African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez must defeat Group B winners Senegal, and hope fellow strugglers Zimbabwe beat Tunisia in Libreville in a simultaneous kick-off. Those results would see Algeria and Zimbabwe sharing second place with four points each, leaving goal difference, goals scored or the drawing of lots to separate the sides. Judged by the four matches so far in Franceville, however, victories for Algeria and Zimbabwe
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Tunisia scored twice in the second half to beat Algeria 2-1 in Franceville Thursday and haul themselves back into contention for an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals place. An Aissa Mandi own-goal broke the deadlock and Naim Sliti converted a penalty as the Tunisians atoned for a 2-0 defeat by Senegal in their opening Group B game. Substitute Sofiane Hanni scored a consolation goal for the Algerian Desert Foxes a minute into stoppage time. Among the pre-tournament favourites, Algeria have...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday. Newly-crowed African player of the year Mahrez gave Algeria an early lead in the Group B match but Kudakwashe Mahachi quickly equalised and a penalty before the half-hour mark scored by Nyasha Mushekwi had the Warriors in front. In an action-filled encounter Zimbabwe -- whose build-up to the finals was overshadowed by a row over bonuses -- were just eight minutes away from claiming a famous victory before Mahrez
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Riyad Mahrez chose to play for Algeria rather than France, where he was born, in a tribute to his late father, the African player of the year's brother said. Propelled to global renown by Leicester City's amazing run to Premier League glory, the 25-year-old will be one of the most watched stars at the Cup of African Nations where Algeria start against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Once considered too small for professional football, he will be one of the biggest names...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Virtually all the pre-2017 Africa Cup of Nations talk about Group B has concerned which two countries from Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia will advance to the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe, who complete the quartet based in southeastern Gabonese city Franceville, have been dismissed as no-hopers in a section featuring three of the top five ranked African teams. The Senegalese headed the monthly FIFA listings released this week with the Tunisians fourth, the Algerians fifth, and the Zimbabweans a distant 30th. Recently appointed...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha. The Crystal Palace flier hopes to make an impact in a competition that boasts Europe-based stars like Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Sadio Mane of Senegal. Zaha is a timely addition as many former stars like the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya have retired and...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
Algerian midfielder Saphir Taïder has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a recurring knee injury and will be replaced by Ismail Bennacer. The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) said 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Bennacer will arrive in Algiers on Thursday before flying to Gabon for their tournament opener on Sunday against Zimbabwe. Taïder aggravated a previous injury during training with defender Ramy Bensebaini also nursing a niggling knee problem. Algeria are drawn in Group B with Tunisia, Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Manchester United and Liverpool have each lost an important player, but in the Premier League it is Leicester City for whom the Africa Cup of Nations is the biggest inconvenience. While United centre-back Eric Bailly has been called up by the Ivory Coast and Liverpool have lost Senegalese flier Sadio Mane, Leicester have had to cede Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey. Fifteenth in the table, Leicester are fighting to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight and left-back...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
New African Footballer of the Year and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez tops a cast of stars heading to Gabon this week for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. AFP Sport selects five footballers worth keeping a close eye on when the biennial 16-team competition bursts into action this Saturday: PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Gabon) The 27-year-old striker has been averaging a goal a game this season for Borussia Dortmund to top the Bundesliga scorers' chart going into the mid-season break. After being...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
A new-look Ivory Coast will defend their Africa Cup of Nations title while the hosts' lightning-quick striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the cast of superstar names as the 2017 tournament begins in Gabon on Saturday. As Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang prepares to carry the hopes of the small central African nation on his shoulders at the biennial African football showpiece, the fleet-footed Riyad Mahrez will aim to top a magnificent 12 months by taking Algeria to the February 5 final and...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/17)
Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez is favourite to be crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2016 on the back of his contribution to Leicester City's shock English Premier League title win. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) title would make it a hat-trick of wins for the 25-year-old, who has already been named PFA players' player of the year and BBC African player of the year. The CAF award ceremony -- Africa's most prestigious and now in its 25th year...

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