Sunday 22 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar celebrates one year as CAF president Friday having caused a shock last March by ending the 29-year reign of Cameroonian Issa Hayatou. It has been a hectic time for the previously largely unknown Malagasy with plenty of changes to the African football landscape and numerous meetings with heads of state. After the increasingly autocratic rule of Hayatou, Ahmad has been more democratic, allowing all stakeholders a chance to air views and contribute toward decision making. AFP Sport reviews the first year in office of Ahmad, highlighting his successes and also challenges that lie ahead. SUCCESSES -- Morocco hosted two worthwhile symposiums, one looking at all aspects of African football and the...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/18)
Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year in Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday, the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983. The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season for the Premier League outfit after moving from AS Roma in the summer. He also starred for resurgent Egypt, who last year finished runners-up to Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations and secured a first World Cup appearance since 1990. In the penultimate round of World Cup qualifying, Salah scored the brace that edged Congo Brazzaville in Alexandria, including the stoppage-time winner from a penalty that sealed a trip to Russia. Salah's Liverpool teammate...
(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...
(The Associated Press 09/15/17)
Reggie Moore rarely gets through a day without stopping for an autograph or selfie in the basketball-mad African country of Angola. “If I'm in the mall, it's going to be 30 to 40 selfies,” said Moore, a bearded 36-year-old Californian who plays in Angola's professional league and also for its national team. “It's kind of nice to have a country that knows who you are.” For Moore, representing an African country is a little like playing on a Dream Team...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/24/17)
One of six African nations will bid to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships as the continent hopes to stage the global meet for a first time, the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) president Hamad Kalkaba Malboum has said. African countries have previously held several major sporting events with South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Morocco staging an IAAF Diamond League event this year. Three nations also co-hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Malboum believes that the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(Xinhuanet 04/06/17)
Top players will miss this year's All Africa Individual Championship slated for April 21-23 in Pretoria, South Africa, a senior official said here on Wednesday. Simon Mugabi, a regional official of the Badminton Confederation of Africa, said Jacob Maliakal of South Africa and Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring will miss the event. "It is unfortunate that we shall miss the top male players because they will be engaged in other events. We expect tough competition at the event which brings...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
African Football Confederation (CAF) secretary-general Hicham El Amrani resigned on Sunday without giving an explanation. The 37-year-old Moroccan revealed his decision in a letter to African national football associations. His move is probably linked to the defeat of long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou by Malagasy outsider Ahmad Ahmad in the CAF presidential election this month. El Amrani was a Hayatou loyalist, constantly defending his boss, who ruled African football for 29 years, against public and media criticism. He became secretary-general, initially...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was "a vote for change" after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou. Ahmad, head of Madagascar's football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital this month by 34 votes to Hayatou's 20. "The African confederation needed to decide what it wanted for the future and Africans voted for change," Infantino told journalists on the sidelines of a football congress organised at...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Issa Hayatou, the last of the old generation leaders in world football, faces a rare and determined challenge when he bids for an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football in Thursday's election. Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Madagascar Football Association, has picked up key votes with his calls for "change" against the 70-year-old Hayatou. The Cameroonian official remains favourite but many African federations refused to say who they would back when asked by AFP. "Issa has...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
Issa Hayatou, born a prince and emperor of African football for three decades, has been at the centre of scandal -- but never wounded -- for much of his life. The 70-year-old Cameroonian, seeking an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an election on Thursday, defied his royal roots early on when he chose sport as a career. "It was a scandal in my family. I wanted to do sport, that was my passion,"...
(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) 01/21/17)
The poor state of the pitch in Port-Gentil means teams must perform their pre-game warm-ups indoors ahead of Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations matches. Ghana and Mali meet at 1600 GMT at the venue in the Gabonese port city, with Egypt and Uganda clashing later on the same surface at 1900 GMT. The surface at the brand-new venue cut up terribly during the first games to be played there on Tuesday and Saturday's decision by organisers -- an extremely rare...
(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...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(The Associated Press 11/24/16)
A British pilot who had gone missing while flying a 1943 Piper Cub plane from Sudan to Ethiopia has been found safe and well, the organizers of a trans-Africa air show said Wednesday. All participants in the Vintage Air Rally, including the hitherto missing Maurice Kirk, are currently in Ethiopia's Gambela region. Authorities there "have elected to allocate them accommodation at the airport rather than permit them to proceed to their pre-booked hotel," a publicist for the air show said...
(APA 11/22/16)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Arbitration Commission has sanctioned referees for matches between Libya-Tunisia and South Africa-Senegal, counting for Day-2 of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. The Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey is suspended for three months for having given a non-existent penalty to South Africa against Senegal (2-1). As a result, he will be deprived of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) which is to kick off in less than two months in Gabon. Appalled by...

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