Peter Pedroncelli, 5:09 am AFKI Original
The Ghana national team will see the return of a familiar face, with coach Kwesi Appiah re-appointed to the role he left after the 2014 World Cup. The 56-year-old softly spoken Ghanaian assumes control of the Black Stars following the departure of former coach Avram Grant, who resigned following the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in February. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) made the announcement this week, with a two-year contract that will officially begin on May 1.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
South African rugby team coach Allister Coetzee is currently in search of the next captain that will lead the Springboks in this year’s list of fixtures, with previous skipper Adriaan Strauss having retired at the end of last year. Strauss captained the Boks during Coetzee’s first year in charge, but soon after he was appointed he made it known that he would retire from international rugby at the end of the season. His coach therefore had a great deal of time to consider his successor.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:21 am
Polish coach Henry Kasperczak and the Tunisian Football Federation are set to come to an agreement in the coming days that will see him resign from his post at the helm of the North African side. Reports in the French and Tunisian media over the weekend suggested that the 70-year-old would leave the team this month, with the federation quoted as seeking an ‘amicable divorce’. This was the Pole’s second attempt at leading the Carthage Eagles, as he first coached the national team between 1994 and 1998, taking them to the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where they reached the final before losing to host nation South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:18 am AFKI Original
Many countries in Africa have extremely high central bank interest rates compared to most of the world, but there are some who boast lower rates that compare favourably on a global scale. Lower interest rates allow the people of that country to be able to afford loans and pay them back at more favourable rates versus countries where the interest rates are much higher. In comparison, the United States federal reserve has an interest rate of 1 percent, while the United Kingdom’s rate is currently set at 0.25 percent. We take a look at 13 African countries with the lowest central bank interest rates.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:00 am
World soccer governing body FIFA has proposed that Africa receive nine automatic qualification spots when the World Cup expands to 48 teams at the 2026 competition. The proposal would see four extra places for the continent, as Africa is currently offered five automatic qualifying berths. In addition to the nine places, a tenth African country will be able to take part in a six-nation play-off tournament between all of the global continental confederations to decide two additional spots.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:25 am
The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) new president Ahmad has thrown his weight behind Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The North African nation is keen to follow in the footsteps of South Africa, which successfully hosted the 2010 World Cup, the first held on the African continent. In an outcome that has surprised many in Africa, Issa Hayatou’s reign at CAF ended this month as Madagascan government minister Ahmad was elected as the new president of the Confederation of African Football.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:05 am AFKI Original
Central banks are the national banking institutions that provide financial and banking services for countries’ governing and commercial banking system, including lending money. African countries have some of the highest interest rates in the world, with some even reaching as high as 23 percent. By way of comparison, the U.S. Federal Reserve recently revised the country’s interest rate to 1 percent, while most of Europe’s central banks have interest rates at between 0.25 percent and 2 percent. We take a look at 13 African countries with the highest central bank interest rates.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:53 am
Cameroon national team head coach Hugo Broos has yet to receive almost seven months’ worth of his salary from the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT). The Belgian tactician led the Indomitable Lions to Africa Cup of Nations glory at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, with Cameroon beating Egypt 2-1 in the final, but he has not yet been paid for half a year’s worth of wages. Reports in Jeune Afrique suggest that the coach, who earns around $48,900 per month at the African champions, has not received a pay check since around September last year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:58 am AFKI Original
A pitch invasion in the dying minutes of a friendly international between Ivory Coast and Senegal at the Charlety Stadium on the outskirts of Paris caused the game to be called off with the score at 1-1. A goal from Sadio Mane from the penalty spot gave the Teranga Lions the lead, but the Elephants would equalise through Bi Gohi Cyriac three minutes later. The match seemed to be heading for a draw when supporters in the stands became restless and lost respect for proceedings.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:13 am
South Africa’s 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau in a friendly international on Saturday in Durban came with a price as four Bafana Bafana players are doubtful for the friendly encounter against Angola on Tuesday through injury. Defenders Erick Mathoho and Thulani Hlatshwayo, as well midfielders Dean Furman and Andile Jali are being monitored by the national team’s medical staff. The quartet missed Bafana’s first training session at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Sunday night, and will need to be closely monitored before a decision on their availability is made.