Peter Pedroncelli, 3:11 am
The interest around Franck Kessie’s signature in recent months has been incredible, with numerous clubs in England making offers to lure the talent from Italian side Atalanta, but the Ivorian international midfielder has made it clear which club he would favour. The January transfer market saw Kessie featuring as one of the most sought after players, but numerous offers were rejected by the club from Bergamo, including from rivals Roma and Juventus in Serie A. London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur seemed to be frontrunners in the race to sign the 20-year-old, with Everton and Manchester City throwing their hat in the ring.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original
The allure of lucrative contracts continues to attract numerous African players to the Chinese Super League, with Nigerian striker Brown Ideye becoming the latest addition to the list of professionals swapping Europe for China. The Super Eagles attacker has completed a deal that will see him playing alongside national team captain John Obi Mikel at Tianjin Teda. The 28-year-old has made the decision to leave Greek side Olympiakos in favour of a three-year deal with his new side in China.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:40 am AFKI Original
The rich will pay more tax. That’s one of the most riveting things to come out of South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget speech. Income tax increases across the board did not materialise, but wealthy South Africans will be taxed at a higher bracket. Taxpayers earning more than $115,000 a year will pay a 45% tax rate. Around 100,000 taxpayers will be affected. Investors and global credit agencies were keen to hear Gordhan’s speech — his second one in his second stint as finance minister. Here is a closer look at 12 things you should know about the 2016 South African budget speech.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:28 am
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi was in Egypt this week as part of an initiative to raise awareness and bring attention to a specific health campaign in the North African country. The incredibly talented attacking player travelled to Egypt on Tuesday as part of a campaign to inform and encourage Hepatitis C sufferers in the country to seek treatment for their illness. It is hoped that Messi’s fame and popularity will give further attention to the important health initiative in the North African nation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:26 am
Cameroon winger and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) player of the tournament Christian Bassogog has completed a transfer from Danish club Aab Fodbold to Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye. Bassogog was a key performer for Cameroon at the 2017 AFCON, contributing two important goals and a great deal of hard work from the wing in a successful tournament for the Indomitable Lions, allowing them to lift their fifth AFCON trophy after a 2-1 win over the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:58 am AFKI Original
The transfer season is a busy time for European soccer, and this includes the January transfer window which falls in the middle of the season. As it often happens at this stage of the campaign, numerous African players were the subject of transfers from one team to another in order for sides to strengthen their squads going forward into the second part of the season. We take a closer look at 12 of the African players who have made moves during the January transfer season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) proudly announced the backing of South African president Jacob Zuma this week in regards to current head of CAF Issa Hayatou, who is trying to remain at the continental soccer governing body for yet another term. The embattled South African head of state has pledged his support to Hayatou ahead of the confederation’s upcoming elections. On Saturday Zuma was paid a visit by Cameroonian Hayatou at his home in Pretoria ahead of the CAF Super Cup final, which saw the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup face off against the victors of the CAF Champions League, the continent’s two premier club competitions.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:10 am AFKI Original
African football has become a force to reckon with on the world stage, and an indication of which national teams are the best on the continent comes in the form of the FIFA Ranking, which ranks all members of world football’s governing body. Below are the top 10 ranked African national teams in world football for the month of February, according to the FIFA ranking.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am
German motor racer Nico Rosberg was recognised ahead of South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk this week in a tight contest for the Breakthrough of the Year award at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco. Pundits and fans of sport are divided regarding whether Rosberg deserved to win it over the other nominees, but the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, is in no doubt as to who the recipient should have been.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:18 am AFKI Original
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have decided on the eleven players that performed to outstanding levels at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, allowing them to be considered as part of the team of the tournament. The Nations Cup ended on Sunday with Cameroon victorious over Egypt in the final, but the team of the tournament focused on individuals who stood out at the competition, and as such, there were names included from various national teams involved in the tournament.