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Excitement as Africa Cup of Nations 2017 kicks off in Gabon

Our special correspondent Adira Kallo reviews the 31st edition of the biennial international men’s football championship, the Africa Cup of Nations, taking place in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February. He writes that the world of football can confidently look forward to a classy display of the beautiful game at AFCON 2017All eyes will focus on Gabon from Saturday, …

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FIFA expands World Cup to 48 teams; Africa to get more slots, Jose Mourinho supports, Germany against

The FIFA Council has unanimously decided in favour of increasing the number of teams playing at the World Cup from 32 to 48 with effect from the 2026 edition of the global sporting event.The world football’s supervisory and strategic body held its third meeting at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 9 and 10 January, and decided on a …

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA’s best men’s footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star, who has won everything this year.Ronaldo bested France’s Antoine Greizmann and long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi of Argentina for the honour.Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success …

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Riyad Mahrez crowned 2016 African Footballer of the Year

Algerian international Riyad Mahrez has been voted African Footballer of the Year 2016 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), during an award ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria on 5 January.Mahrez beat Gabon skipper and Dortmund’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scooped the prestigious accolade last year, into second place, with Senegal star Sadio Mane, who features for Liverpool, taking third …

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Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh appointed coach of Dutch club, Fortuna Sittard

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has been appointed as the new head coach of Dutch second division side Fortuna Sittard.The 42-year-old former Nigeria captain signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the club.Oliseh who quit the Nigerian national team job in March is expected to resume duties as coach on 2 January 2017.“It’s a new adventure and I …

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Ronaldo beats Messi to win fourth Ballon d’Or

By AFP │ Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made the Ballon d’Or their own personal tug of war and on Monday the title for the world’s best player swung back the Portuguese’s way.A hoarder of personal records and awards, it is Ronaldo’s reward for being on the winning side in the Champions League with Real Madrid and captaining Portugal …

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New film shines spotlight on world’s fastest man Usain Bolt

I Am Bolt is a new documentary about Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the athlete known as “the fastest man alive”.The directors of the film, brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, followed Bolt around for about two years, capturing the nine-times Olympic gold medallist in training and in competition, as well as in private life, relaxing at home with family and friends.I …

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Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie becomes youngest ever winner of New York Marathon

Mary Keitany and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie came in first place in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, of the 2016  New York City Marathon on Sunday.Ghebreslassie, 20, from Eritrea, became the youngest male winner of the 40-year-old contest, which is the world’s biggest marathon race.Keitany, 34, is from Kenya and this win is her third consecutive New York City (NYC) Marathon …

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Serena Williams: What her milestone career achievement means to young Black people

Our contributing editor Michael Nnaji writes on the milestone achievement of Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July, where she equalled German Steffi Graf’s record win of 22 Grand Slam titles in women’s tennis, and what the tennis great means to to young Black people.After falling short three times in a Grand Slam final, the great African-American tennis star Serena Williams …

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Formula 1 goes Africa as Econet commences broadcast to the continent’s viewers

Econet Media has added Formula 1 racing to its portfolio. The African broadcaster has successfully concluded a three-and-a-half-year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited which gives its free-to-air (FTA) platform, Kwesé Free Sports, exclusive free-to-air English language rights across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa.The deal means that Kwesé Free Sports will now broadcast same-day delayed coverage of Formula 1 racing to …

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Jerome Boateng as 2016 German footballer of the year

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been voted German Footballer of the Year by sports journalists in Germany, the German magazine kicker said. Boateng won the vote by a landslide after getting 163 votes, far more than fellow Bayern players Thomas Müller (95) and Robert Lewandowski (90). Boateng is the first defender to win the accolade since Bayern Munich and …

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Deutsche Welle broadcasts Bundesliga in Hausa and Kiswahili for the first time

Two Saturdays ago was the first time a Bundesliga match was covered live on radio in the African languages of Hausa and Kiswahili. Fans were delighted and DW staff were equally pleased to be breaking new ground. It’s minor revolution in sports broadcasting. On 27 August 2016 the new Bundesliga season had just begun. In the 86th minute of the …

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Ethiopian medalist’s protest at the Olympics puts country’s ethnic conflict under global spotlight

On the last day of competitions at Rio 2016, Feyisa Lilesa crossed the men’s Olympics marathon finish line at 2:08:44 hours, clinching silver for Ethiopia. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge was about a minute ahead of him, depriving the Ethiopian runner the gold.Lilesa, 26, however stole the show by a historic action. Just as he crossed the finish line, the athlete put …

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The athletes bearing the burden of Africa’s hope in Rio

The 2016 Olympic Games, which begin today and bring together more than 10,000 athletes from all over the world in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will surely be exciting for Africa, with various surprises expected. Our correspondent Zachary Ochieng writes on the leading continental medal prospects. Kenya’s heavy burdenAthletics powerhouse Kenya carries a heavy burden on its shoulder: to at least surpass …

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