Peter Pedroncelli, 4:26 am AFKI Original
New Leicester City signing Wilfried Ndidi of Nigeria was presented this week with the Belgian Goal of the Year award for a stunning strike that he scored last year while representing his former club Genk. The midfielder scored the long-range effort in a Belgian top-flight match against rivals Club Brugge while playing for Genk in the 2015-16 season, before he left the club for the English Premier League in January this year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:10 am
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has completed his 10-day visit to Africa, returning to Switzerland after spending time in nine African countries. During the visit Infantino attended the three-day summit in Johannesburg, South Africa where national association delegations from three different confederations were able to interact with the FIFA president and his staff, with specific focus on how the needs of African and other associations could best be addressed.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:35 am AFKI Original
Zimbabwean business mogul Strive Masiyiwa has been incredibly successful in his career as an entrepreneur and investor, with business interests worldwide showing his pedigree as a businessman. The founder and CEO of telecoms company Econet Wirless is Zimbabwe’s richest man, and continues to use his fortune for philanthropic pursuits throughout the African continent, with education among the youth proving to be a particular passion for the British educated Masiyiwa. Here are 12 things you may not know about Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:29 pm
Nigerian winger Victor Moses has extended his contract with English Premier League club Chelsea until 2021. The talented Super Eagles player has been an important part of coach Antonio Conte’s impressive team this season, with the Blues leading the EPL standings at the moment on 63 points, 10 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:31 am
Allister Coetzee has been confirmed as Springbok coach despite a terrible 2016 season which prompted fans and rugby stakeholders in South Africa alike to call for him to be removed from the post. The Springboks have always been a force in world rugby, but last year saw the team struggle to replicate their usual good form against top sides. Coetzee survived a review to keep his job as coach of the side despite a terrible first season in charge in which the Springboks experienced a number of embarrassing losses while looking out of sorts at times.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am
German Bundesliga club Schalke have moved to make a loan deal for Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb permanent, with the talented youngster set to complete the switch from Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. The 21-year-old had been a regular for the north London club for two years since the end of 2013, making 66 appearances for Spurs over the course of three seasons, but only five of those came in 2015-16, prompting him to look elsewhere for playing time.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am AFKI Original
Africa loves soccer, and the popularity of the sport has inevitably attracted soccer sponsors that provide funds in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various competitions taking place around the continent. These global and local brands are important to the development of the sport, ensuring that the most popular brands on the continent are associated with the regional and continental competitions that command the most attention and support from fans. We take a look at 12 soccer sponsors that are involved in sponsorship of the beautiful game on the African continent.
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.