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FIFA awards 2018 World Cup’s broadcasting rights for sub-Saharan Africa

FIFA has granted media rights to five major broadcasting entities in the sub-Saharan Africa region for all 2017-2018 FIFA events, after an open tender process for 42 territories*. This includes the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The following broadcasters have been awarded certain media rights with regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup: ▪ Econet …

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African football gets new leader as Issa Hayatou is dethroned

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday, ousting Issa Hayatou, the long-serving president of the Confederation of African Football, in an election at the organization’s congress in Ethiopia. The 57-year-old former government minister, who goes by just a single name, won the CAF presidency by 34 votes to 20 in the poll, bringing to a …

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Michael Essien’s wife buys Italian football club

Akosua Puni Essien, the wife of former Chelsea midfielder and Ghanaian legend Michael Essien, has purchased Italian football club Como. She paid 237,000 euros for the Lega Pro side at an auction on Thursday. Ms Essien becomes the first Ghanaian to buy a club in Europe. As reported by the Associated Press, the acquisition does not include the club’s board, …

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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 2017 All eyes will focus on Gabon from …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Frankfurt hosts Cup of Nations 2016, as migrant teams in Germany compete for MoneyGram trophy

Larry Bello reports on the final of the football competition that brought together teams of players of migrant origin living in Germany which took place recently in Frankfurt ‘Egyptian Hamburg’, ‘Balkan Boys’, ‘Sylli National Guinea’ and 9 other teams made of players with various migrant backgrounds  gathered in Frankfurt on a sunny summer afternoon,  coinciding with the round of 16 …

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Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup debuts in Berlin

The inaugural version of the Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup Germany football tournament took place on 14 May in Berlin. The trophy was contested for by the chapters of the Nigerian Community Germany (NCG) e.V. Four teams – NCG Hamburg, NCG Wolfsburg, NCG Ausburg and NCG Berlin/Cottbus – participated in the final stages. The competition was organised by the national body of …

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What Stephen Keshi will most importantly be remembered for in Africa

How former Nigeria’s national trainer, who suddenly died on 8 June, defeated prejudice against African coaches in Africa Tragedy struck African football in the early hours of 8 June when Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, former coach of Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, suddenly died at 54 in Benin City. The former international football player and coach had lost his wife …

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