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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:37 am AFKI Original
AFCON-winning coaches Herve Renard and Hugo Broos are among the final candidates being considered for the unoccupied position of South African national team coach, with a final decision set to be made in the coming days. Broos, who is currently Cameroon coach, and Renard, who is in charge of Morocco, are both successful tacticians as far as the continental game is concerned. Belgian coach Broos masterminded a stunning Africa Cup of Nations title triumph for the Central Africans in Gabon last month month, where Cameroon managed a 2-1 victory over favourites Egypt in the final to earn their fifth AFCON trophy.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:10 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s Springbok Sevens team, known as the Blitzboks, won the Las Vegas sevens tournament on the weekend, making it their fourth title in five tournaments so far this year, giving them a decisive 23-point lead at the top of the HSBC World Sevens Series standing. Interestingly, the one out of the five tournaments thus far that the South Africans did not manage to win came in Cape Town, their home tournament, where they lost in the final to a determined England side.
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.