Peter Pedroncelli, 4:20 am AFKI Original
Egypt international striker Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Italian Serie A club Roma on the weekend against Bologna in a 3-0 victory over their opponents. The win allowed the club from the capital to move into second place, four points behind Italian top-flight leaders Juventus, while Salah’s form is good news for Egypt.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:41 am AFKI Original
Mary Keitany of Kenyan stormed to her third consecutive New York City Marathon victory on Sunday, pulling off a stunning victory in a time of 2:24:26. After moving away from the leading pack before the halfway point of the race, Keitany kept an excellent pace to win the event that she has become very familiar with after wins in 2014 and 2015.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:07 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts Gabon have decided to fire national team coach Jorge Costa, with the tournament only two months away. The country will welcome 15 of the best national teams on the continent in January for the latest edition of the prestigious AFCON competition, but the hosts will now be destabilised following the decision to remove Costa at this late hour.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:14 am AFKI Original
Cote D’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has named his squad for the two upcoming international assignments facing the Elephants this month, with some key players missing due to injury. The two matches that Cote D’Ivoire will have to deal with in November include a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 12, before a friendly international encounter against France on November 15.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am AFKI Original
The French Ligue 1 enjoys a long history of attracting quality soccer players from all over Africa. The 2016-17 season in France is proving to be exciting, with players from the continent determined to contribute quality performances for their French clubs in the top-flight. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the French Ligue 1 this season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:17 am
The South African national rugby squad, known as the Springboks, are in Europe for a tour that will include four test matches during the month of November. They will be playing games against England, Wales and Italy, as well as an opening test against the Barbarians this coming Saturday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:07 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Nations Cup is around the corner, and unfortunately any players who suffer injuries at this late stage risk missing out on the showpiece continental tournament entirely. This is the case with Cote D’Ivoire star Gervinho, who this week suffered a knee cruciate ligament rupture in training with his Chinese Super League side, Hebei Fortune.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am AFKI Original
Despite all of the issues plaguing South Africa at the moment, the country may manage to avoid a ratings downgrade in 2016. After surviving the potential downgrade of the country’s investment grade credit rating in June this year, the ratings agencies are set to pronounce judgement on South Africa once again in the coming months, and there is a risk that the country could be downgraded to below junk status. Here are 12 reasons why South Africa will avoid a ratings downgrade this December.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:16 am
Scottish club Celtic travel to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday night, and coach Brendan Rodgers is pleased to be able to count on the experience and mental strength of Ivorian defender Kolo Toure in upcoming matches.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:38 am
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury in English Premier League action last week, and has revealed that the recovery time will see him aiming to return to the pitch in two months. The Ivorian will therefore be looking to gain fitness in time to feature for Jose Mourinho’s side in the final days of 2016, only weeks before the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled to take place in Gabon.