Monday 11 December 2017
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's contribution to the sport in Africa. The CAF website carries an interview with the body's president and senior vice president of FIFA, Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, in which he says: "What made us support Sepp Blatter is that he has...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. "We've known for many years of the allegations of corruption," says Gavin Hamilton, the editor of World Soccer Magazine. "We've also known for many years that the FBI was investigating the activities of the central...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(Malawi 24 03/09/15)
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has given Silver Strikers a 48 hour ultimatum to respond to player tapping claims made by Mighty Be Forward Wanderers official’s that the area 47 giants are keeping Timothy Chitedze despite being on a contract with the Nomads. In a letter dated 8th March 2015 addressed to Silver Strikers, Sulom revealed that it has received a complaint from Wanderers that their player Chitedze is training with Silver Strikers and that he was even featured in an international friendly match against Caps United. “We received a letter of complaint from Wanderers saying Silver Strikers are keeping Timothy Chitedze who is still in a contract with them. As a body, we wrote a letter to Silver, asking...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a release (from their clubs) of...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top team in each group and...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101 year history that a team from Africa will participate. 'Historic moment' "To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson Hagen, Matt Goss and Tyler Farrar are part of the rider roster at MTN-Qhubeka, which competes on the second-tier UCI Continental Circuits. Team principal Doug Ryder told BBC World Service Sport that Britain's Kenyan-born former Tour champion Chris Froome had...
(Malawi 24 01/09/15)
Former Bullets coach Edington Ng’onamo and Gerald Phiri who served as his vice have sued the team over unpaid dues. The duo claim they were not paid in the period between 2012-2013 making the team owe them about K1.5 million. The duo have not commented yet on the matter since their lines are out of reach. Bullets general secretary Harold Fote dismissed the allegations through nation newspaper but accepted having knowledge about the justice matter. “Yes we are aware that we have been sued but we must assure the public that it is not true, we as BB family are ready to take them on in court. The good thing is that they did not have permanent contracts with us...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Malawi 24 12/10/14)
Big Bullets main executive committee has announced that contracts for the entire Technical panel led by Eliya Kananji expired just after the team’s victory over Blantyre utd last week. Bullets Chairman Kondie Nsungama told the media that Kananji, Mabvuto Lungu, Lloyd Nkhwazi, Billy Tewesa, Fundi Akidu and Swadick Sanudi will have to re-apply for another new contracts if they are to remain with the team. Kananji won a double during his first tenure with the Blantyre based giants, winning Carlsberg Cup and TNM Super League. However, Nsungama dropped a bombshell by saying the team’s executive will meet on Monday to discuss whether Kananji and co will be given another contracts or not. “We were supposed to meet this week to...
(BBC News Africa 12/09/14)
England's netball team will play Wales on Sunday after visa issues meant Malawi will not be able to fulfil the first tie of the three-match series. Wales will now provide the opposition at Liverpool's Echo Arena, but England Netball are hopeful Malawi will be able to travel for the remaining fixtures. The matches are part of the preparation for the 2015 Netball World Cup, which takes place in Australia in August. England drew 1-1 with New Zealand and lost 2-0 to Australia in October. "Having previously received assurances that the issue was resolved, England Netball contacted the Home Office who regrettably informed us that the application had not been made," read a statement. "We are currently working extremely hard with...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) such as making bidding easier and cheaper and allowing possible joint bids are intended to take the Games to “new regions”, according to Bach, “We will see now,” Bach said. “The next candidature phase is for the...
(Malawi 24 12/02/14)
Big Bullets Chairman Kondie Nsungama has once again reassured his fans that the team will participate in CAF’s Champions league next year. Speaking after his team’s 1 nil victory over Moyale Barracks on Saturday, Nsungama told the media that Bullets will be playing in the continental showpiece next year. “We will be taking part in the champions league. Nobody thought we would grab the Carlsberg Cup but we did, nobody gave us a chance of winning this year’s TNM Super League, we have won it so let me assure all Big Bullets fans that we will play in the champions league next year,” said Nsungama. On resources, Nsungama said it will be much easier for them to participate in the...
(Malawi 24 11/28/14)
After beating Mali by two goals to nothing and settling to a goalless draw with Ethiopia some weeks ago, the Malawi National Football team (the Flames), have moved fom r 109th position to position 94 in the latest FIFA Football World rankings. The ranks were released on the 27th November 2014 by the World Football Governing body. The Flames dropped from position 98 to 109 in the ranking released in October this year after loosing twice in a row to Algeria in the CAF’s African Cup of Nations scheduled for Equatorial Guinea next year. The team has now moved by fifteen steps in the just released rankings by FIFA. Germany remains the number one team in the World, with England...
(Malawi 24 11/25/14)
Holland based Malawian swimmer Joyce Tafatatha will take part in a swimming tournament by the end of this year in Doha, Qatar. The sixteen year old who was the youngest swimmer at London Olympics two years ago, will make use of the competition as a warm up in readiness for 2016 Brazil Olympics. She received a major boost at the London Olympics when she won a medal but now her target is the most prestigious, gold medal. President of aquatic association of Malawi, Dean Pinto in an interview with a local radio station said thorough preparations will provide rigid grounds in her pursuit for a gold medal in Brazil. Although she was born to a Dutch mother and based in...
(Malawi 24 11/21/14)
In a bid to beef up their striking force Big Bullets F.C are looking forward to sign former EPAC hit man Ishmael Thindwa from Zimbabwean side, Caps utd, Malawi24 can reveal. This comes amid Thindwa’s sentiments that he does not want to continue serving Caps United after a season with the club due to lack of game time and ahead of Bullets participation in CAF champions’ League action next season,. The tall striker has failed to find his goal scoring form after moving to Caps utd from EPAC last year. In an interview with Malawi24, Big Bullets General Secretary Harold Fote confirmed the development saying Thindwa has the killer form to add value to the team. “I can confirm that...
(Malawi 24 11/19/14)
Flames mentor Young Chimodzi has revealed his first eleven for the team’s do or die CAF Group B African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Walias Antelopes of Ethiopia this evening. The match will be played at Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia. Chimodzi has made a single change to the side that defeated Mali 2-nil last week, bringing in Gasten Simkonda for Gabadinho Mhango. Mhango was ineffective against Mali as he was overpowered by the Eagles defence throughout the entire first half and was substituted few minutes into the second half for Simkonda, who made an immediate impact as he assisted the first goal for the Flames which was scored by Robert Ng’ambi. Below is the full starting eleven for...
(Malawi 24 11/18/14)
Malawi Nation Team the Flames are optimistic to secure a victory during their African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group B crucial encounter against Warriors of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. Reports indicate the Flames were warmly welcomed on their arrival on Sunday after. According to Moses Mkandawire, who is Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Vice President and leader of delegation, the players have morale following their win over Eagles of Mali over the weekend at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Mkandawire said everything is set to ensure a victory over Ethiopia to secure a place in the 2015 Afcon finals to be hosted in Equatorial Guinea. Malawi needs a win if they are to secure a place at Afcon. Other...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is enough time for anyone to do it." Caf said earlier this week that several countries had applied to stage the relocated event, and that a decision would be made in a matter of days . Who will step in as...

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