Peter Pedroncelli

  • 12 Reasons Why South Africa Will Avoid A Ratings Downgrade In December

    Avoiding A Ratings Downgrade By 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.

  • Brendan Rodgers Believes That Kolo Toure’s Warrior Mentality Is Important For Celtic

    Kolo Toure - Brendan Rodgers By 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.

  • Eric Bailly Injury Threatens Cote D’Ivoire AFCON Participation

    Jose Mourinho is pleased with Bailly's return from injury By 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.

  • Belgian Georges Leekens Takes Over As Algeria National Team Coach

    Georges Leekens named Algeria coach. Photo: UEFA.com By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:31 am AFKI Original

    Belgian coach Georges Leekens has been confirmed as the new man in charge of the Algeria national team. The former Tunisia and Belgium coach takes over from Milovan Rajevac, who was relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Fennec Foxes after a disappointing result in the opening match of the group stage World Cup qualifiers.

  • Ballon d’Or Shortlist Includes Riyad Mahrez And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Group A By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award which recognises the best soccer player in the world was released this week, with two African players included among the 30 nominees. The two African players nominated for the award are Algerian Riyad Mahrez and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both were also recently nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year accolade, with the duo among the favourites to scoop the continental prize.

  • 15 Global Businesses Owned By Africa’s Most Valuable Company

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 11:50 am AFKI Original

    Naspers is Africa’s most valuable company, and it has built its $72 billion valuation through investments in international companies and the creation of other businesses that have gone global. The South African media company which is listed on the Johannesburg and London Stock Exchanges has stakes in about 45 technology and media companies around the world. Here are 15 global businesses owned by Africa’s most valuable company, Naspers.

  • Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah Returns For Juventus Following Knee Injury

    Kwadwo Asamoah - Juventus By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:18 am AFKI Original

    At a time when injuries have ravaged the Ghana national team, removing a number of experienced and key personnel, fans will be pleased at news that midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has returned to training following an injury sustained in September. The Juventus midfielder ruptured the meniscus cartilage in his knee, forcing him to sit on the sidelines at Italian club.

  • Pieter-Steph Du Toit Named South African Rugby Player Of The Year

    Pieter-Steph du Toit receives SA Rugby Player of the Year award - Photo - Gallo Images By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:55 am

    Pieter-Steph du Toit was named SA Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2016 at an awards ceremony held at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday night. In doing so, he became the second Springbok lock in two seasons to earn the main award dedicated to the best rugby player from the country over the course of the year.

  • 30 Players Nominated For The 2016 African Player Of The Year Award

    German Bundesliga Thomas Tuchel desperate to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist of 30 nominees for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. Below are the 30 players who have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.

  • Sundowns To Represent Africa At Club World Cup In Japan

    Club World Cup participants - Mamelodi Sundowns enjoying success this season. Photo: kickoff.com By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:47 am AFKI Original

    South African soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns will represent the African continent at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan this December. The Tshwane-based outfit earned the honour by becoming African club champions this past weekend. Sundowns beat Egyptian club Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate over two legs to secure their first ever African triumph in the CAF Champions League.