Peter Pedroncelli, 5:40 am AFKI Original
Africa is the new tech frontier, with a great deal of potential and passion for technology that should translate into the right environment to nurture and grow successful African tech startups, but obstacles and struggles remain. These issues scupper the necessary investment and growth that these startups require so that they can become sustainable and successful on a continental and global scale. We take a look at 12 things that need to be addressed in order to help struggling African tech startups.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:43 am
The CAF presidency will be decided on Thursday when elections for the next president of Africa’s soccer governing body will take place at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa. Current CAF president Issa Hayatou will be attempting to secure his eighth term in charge of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), while the Cameroonian will face a challenge from Madagascan government minister, Ahmad, who goes by a single name. Since Hayatou first became president in 1988, he has only ever faced three challengers to his reign at the top of Africa’s most popular sport.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:46 am
South African coastal city Durban will no longer host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in five year’s time, as the city did not meet financial demands levied by the Commonwealth Games Federation. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand last year in April. According to the South African government the decision was set to benefit the country’s economy with around $1.49 billion expected to be injected into the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:45 am
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has reserved great praise for his Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, claiming that the player is good enough to play for any club team of his choosing. Toure, a four-time African Player of the Year, has experienced a turbulent season with the Citizens during 2016-17, beginning Guardiola’s reign at City with a soured relationship before things drastically improved, and he is now once again an indispensable member of the first team.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:02 pm
Nigerian international midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is a player of great interest for English Premier League club Leicester City and Turkish giants Fenerbahce. The current English champions and the dominant Turkish outfit are monitoring the CD Feirense player, who is doing well at the Portuguese club. According to numerous reports within Turkey, the 21-year-old is a potential target for the Turks ahead of the end of season transfer market window, in which clubs attempt to strengthen their squads for the new campaign.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:28 am AFKI Original
The Chinese Super League has become an attractive top-flight competition for players from around the world thanks to the lucrative contracts being offered to those willing to call China their new home. The recent list of world class players dedicating their immediate futures to a new soccer adventure in China has boosted the league, with numerous African players making the decision to join clubs in the country. We take a look at 12 African soccer professionals who are now playing in the lucrative Chinese Super League.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:32 am
Brazilian Roberto Bianchi has been appointed as the new coach of the Angola national team, and will lead the side with immediate effect. The Angolan Football Federation announced the news this week, with the 50-year-old Brazilian-born tactician set to take the Palancas Negras into the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. Bianchi replaces Jose Kilamba, who was in charge of the Angolans since 2015, becoming the fourth Brazilian to coach the southern African former Portuguese colony.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:30 am
At only 26 years of age, Olympique Lyonnais defender Nicolas Nkoulou has decided to retire from the Cameroon national team with immediate effect, following the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title triumph in Gabon last month. The defender was an important player during the recent success story at the Nations Cup, with Nkoulou rising up to score a decisive goal as a substitute in the AFCON final with a powerful header, contributing to the Indomitable Lions beating Egypt 2-1 to secure a fifth continental title.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:22 am AFKI Original
Africans who tweet don’t like to talk about brands nearly as much as their American counterparts. Instead, Africans are increasingly talking politics as Twitter comes of age in Africa, according to a London-based communications firm. Previous research showed that Twitter in Africa was more of a space for social interaction. Now serious debate about politics and government prevails. Twitter continues to be one of the most popular social networks available in Africa, enabled through a heavy mobile usage and apps that cater to smartphone users.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am AFKI Original
Italian Serie A side Inter Milan are aiming to secure the transfer of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from top-flight rivals Roma in the upcoming summer transfer market window. The talented Egyptian has been a top performer for the club from the capital during the current campaign, and as a result he is an interesting prospect for teams looking to strengthen their attacking lines for next season. According to Italian reports linking the Nerazzurri from Milan with the 24-year-old Egyptian international, the Italians previously monitored the youngster’s progress when he was still with FC Basel, before joining Chelsea in the English Premier League.