Monday 23 October 2017
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(Pana 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Star Africa 08/13/14)
Les éliminatoires de la CAN Orange 2015 s’approchent à grand pas, nous poursuivons la présentation des sept groupes de cette phase des poules. Après le groupe A et le groupe B, place aujourd’hui à la poule C composée par le Burkina Faso, l’Angola, le Gabon et le Lesotho. Le Burkina Faso : pour refaire l’exploit. Malheureux finaliste de l’édition précédente, les burkinabés ont hérité d’un groupe à leur portée et peuvent facilement se qualifier à la CAN Orange 2015, sauf surprise. Pour ce faire, les Étalons peuvent compter sur une équipe jeune composée par plusieurs joueurs évoluant dans les plus grands championnats européens à l’instar de Charles Kaboré, Djakaridja Koné, Jonathan Pitroipa, Abdou Razack Traoré, Alain Traoré, auteur de trois...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising says Africa has more than enough talented riders to achieve this. 58-Year-old Boyer made Tour de France history himself when he was the first American to participate in the legendary annual bicycle race in 1981. Team Africa Rising has formed...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available between the national football federations and players. Take Cameroun which has represented the continent six times. Their participation in this year's World Cup was out of pure luck, as they were eliminated by Cape Verde, which then lost the points...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All this coming after the team threatened to boycott the tournament and kicking up a mighty fuss over bonuses by rejecting an offer of US$103 000 per player. In a tournament that promises to be the most exciting in its long...
(Pana 04/23/14)
Lomé, Togo - Burkinabe Seydou Bamogo on Saturday won the sixth (the last but one) stage of the 23rd international Togo cycling tour over 60 kilometres between Notsè and Kpalimé, sources closed to the Tour told PANA on Sunday. He won the stage in 1 hour, 59mn 49sec and the Togolese-born Frenchman Fréderic Clain came second. Another Burkinabe rider, Hamidou Yaméogo was third while Ivoirians Issiaka Fofana and Bassirou Konté finished fourth and fisth. Overall, Harouna Ilboudo of Burkina Faso, winner of the fifth stage, is leading the pack. The seventh and last stage over107 kilometres, is being run about now between Assahoun and Lomé. Eleven teams from nine countries -- Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Belgium,...
(Pana 04/11/14)
Eleven teams from nine countries will take part in the 23rd edition of the Togo international cycling tour, scheduled for 14-20 April, sports sources told PANA here Wednesday. The cycling tour will be made up of seven stages, the first of which is over a 164-km course, will start from the capital Lomé to Atakpamé. Organizers say that the race will be run over a distance of 813 km but racers will be transshipped over 506 km. The teams will come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Belgium, France and Togo. Benin and Togo will present two teams of six racers each, say the organizers. The competition is initiated by the Togolese cycling federation, in collaboration with...
(Pana 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,' CAF's media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said. 'We continue with massive strides...
(Pana 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams and it will cover the cost of their stay. This was among the many decisions made at the recent CAF...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended goalless after extra time, mirroring the result from both semi-finals. The best goal opportunities appeared in extra time, when play picked up as both teams frantically tried to score in the quarter-full 64,000-seater Cape Town stadium. Having come on the...
(Pana 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six weeks together. I am beginning to fall in love with them. And I know if I stay six months with them, they will become what I want them to be,' Keshi said at the post-match news conference. 'I salute them...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three successive titles, emulating Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who now plays for Chelsea. Voted for by African national team coaches and technical directors, Toure needs only one more title to join Eto'o in an elite band of players who have won...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and strength and have achieved success, fame and fortune. Belowis a list of players from the African continent, which includeone Congolese, one Togolese, one Cameroonian, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, two Malians, and three Ivoirians, who have been on top of their...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on this year's shortlist, drawn up from votes by 44 journalists across Africa, has won the BBC award before and two - Burkina Faso's Pitroipa and Aubameyang of Gabon - are the first nominees from their respective countries. Ivory Coast's Toure...
(Notre Voie 10/30/13)
Les Eléphants locaux qui compliqué leur tâche lundi en perdant 1 à 0 contre le Mali jouent cet après- midi leur destin qu’ils n’ont plus complètement en mains. Contre le Burkina Faso à 15 h30, au stade Robert Champroux, ils n’ont pas droit au faux pas. Une victoire est non seulement impérative pour eux mais ils doivent en plus espérer que le Mali perde ou fasse un mach nul contre les Eperviers du Togo au Parc des Sports de Treichville. Pour cette importante rencontre, Saraka Norbert doit présenter conquérante. C’est surtout au secteur médian qu’il faudra donner de la gueule parce qu’après deux sorties, on s’interroge sur l’entêtement du coach des Eléphants à conserver sur le terrain plus que de...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(The Guardian Nigeria 09/11/13)
SHOLA Ameobi got his first goal for the Super Eagles on a day the Nigerian team went goals wire, scoring four goals to Burkina Faso’s one. The match was expected to be a tough assignment for the Nigerians, who beat the Burkinabe by a lone goal in February to win the 2013 African Nations Cup, but fans at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna were pleasantly surprised by the classic display of attacking football from Stephen Keshi’s boys. It was such a tame performance by the Stallions that even Brown Ideye, who lost his starting position in the Eagles line up following his poor performance at the Brazil 2013 Confederations Cup, found time and space to score two goals. Eagles leading...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group games in Africa. The Black Stars need just a point to advance to the final round of play-offs while Chipolopolo must win to progress. However Kevin-Prince Boateng's return to the Ghana line-up has been put on hold because of a...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them may train in the United States and have American accents -- Ahoure has lived in America since she was a child after arriving from the Ivory Coast via a brief stay in France -- but they are Africans to the...

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