Thursday 20 July 2017
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
It is a scene played out in football all over the world every day: a team huddles together in the tense minutes before kick-off of a crucial match. But Ayao Adjoa, captain of FC Athleta, and her team-mates are making a small piece of history by playing in Togo's first official women's football championship. "It's a great pleasure for me to play the championship and my only dream is to become a great football star like Emmanuel Adebayor," says Adjoa, who is just 17, referring to the veteran Togo striker, an icon in African football. The players -- nicknamed the Spikes by their small but dedicated legion of enthusiastic Togolese fans -- were singing and dancing in a corner of...
(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) 01/25/17)
Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor will return home and ponder his options after his country exited the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. The 32-year-old former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur forward has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season. Despite that he skippered his country at the Cup of Nations in Gabon, although he could not prevent them from being eliminated in the group stage. Speaking after the 3-1 defeat...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
French coaches Herve Renard and Claude le Roy loom large over the key Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash between Morocco and Togo in Oyem Friday. Renard, a Cup of Nations winner with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast in 2015, was hired by Morocco last year and given a mandate to reach the semi-finals. Right now, a last-four place must seem a long way off for the blond, bronzed 48-year-old former Paris rubbish collector who always wears...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Emmanuel Adebayor has been without a club for six months now but the only thing on his mind in that time has been leading his country Togo into the Africa Cup of Nations. In an interview with AFP at the Togo team's base in Oyem in northern Gabon, the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur striker admitted he felt a responsibility to lead the small west African nation on their return to the tournament. "My teammates look...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast made a disappointing start to their Africa Cup of Nations title defence Monday when held 0-0 by lowest Group C seeds Togo in Gabonese town Oyem. Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier came close to breaking the deadlock with two minutes remaining, heading a cross narrowly wide in a match that failed to sparkle. The result maintained a trend of stalemates in the 2017 tournament, which kicked off two days ago, with four of the first five matches failing...
(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) 01/04/17)
Veteran striker Emmanuel Adebayor was named in Togo's 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday despite being without a club since the end of last season. The 32-year-old former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham star was released by Crystal Palace at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign after seeing out a six-month short-term deal. Togo coach Claude Leroy will take his squad to a training camp in Senegal before heading to Gabon for the January 14-February 5 tournament.
(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...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/16)
Defending champions Ivory Coast believe outsiders Togo will pose an equally big threat as higher-ranked Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. "We must be wary of the Togolese," stressed coach Michel Dussuyer after the Wednesday draw for the January 14-February 5 African football showpiece in Gabon. "They have a lot of good individuals and finished the qualifying competition strongly. We have to focus on our first game." Ivory Coast and Togo meet on January 16 at Stade Oyem in the opening Group C match followed by DR Congo against Morocco in a double-header.
(AFP (eng) 10/07/16)
Togo's national football league is slowly resuming after a two-year FIFA-imposed suspension following chronic mismanagement. Internal wrangling at the Togo football federation (FTF) triggered top-flight football to be suspended in late 2014. FIFA gave Togo a red card, sacking embattled federation president Gabriel Ameyi and setting up a "normalisation committee" structure to manage daily affairs and organise new elections. A new president, Guy Kossi Akpovi, is now in charge with 14 clubs competing in this season's championship. Both fans and...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the "great loss to African football" of Stephen Keshi, the former Nigerian international and coach who died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month. Crystal Palace striker Adebayor was playing in an exhibition game in Lome organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Keshi, also a former skipper of Nigeria, won the Africa Cup of Nations as a...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Star Africa 05/20/16)
Crystal Palace‘s Emmanuel Adebayor seems motivated to spend the rest of his career in the English Premier League. The Togolese striker talked recently about his experience in England during an interview with Sky Sports: “You know that I love the English football. I will everything to stay here but if it doesn’t happen , I would like to thank all the fans, all the journalists , the ones who criticized me and the ones who defended me”. Adebayor added: “My...
(AFP (eng) 04/06/16)
Togo have called on Africa Cup of Nations specialist Claude Le Roy in a bid to salvage their struggling 2017 qualification campaign. The 68-year-old Frenchman, who has managed teams at a record eight Cup of Nations, has signed a three year contract. He faces a tough mission to make his ninth tournament as Togo are placed third in their qualifying group on seven points, behind Tunisia and Liberia with two ties to go. "We need a miracle to qualify for...

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