Peter Pedroncelli, 4:48 am AFKI Original
The Teranga Lions of Senegal were confirmed as the top rated national team in Africa according to the December release of the FIFA Rankings, giving them a significant psychological edge ahead of the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon next month. The West Africans retained the top spot they earned last month, as well as the 33rd place globally.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:45 am AFKI Original
Business magnate Sol Kerzner, 81, is the innovative property developer of Atlantis mega resorts in the Bahamas and Dubai, but it was South Africa’s Sun City that first propelled him to international fame. The legendary hotel and resort developer sold his family interests in Kerzner International Holdings to a Dubai firm in 2014, but it still bears the founder’s name. Kerzner International Holdings expects to manage its first U.S. resort — also an Atlantis property — in Hawaii. Here’s how he became a global icon.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:58 am AFKI Original
Much like in the United States, rewards and loyalty programmes are popular in South Africa, with numerous retail and business giants structuring schemes that benefit loyal consumers as they understand the value of building a relationship with their customers. There are many well-structured loyalty programmes currently running in South Africa, with millions of consumers enjoying benefits, earning points and taking up offers that these plans afford them.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:44 am
Nigerian national team captain John Obi Mikel appears to be close to completing a move to struggling French Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille, if Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is correct. Mikel has been frustrated at Chelsea this season, failing to appear on the pitch for the first team this term under new coach Antonio Conte.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:39 am AFKI Original
South Africans will be able to enjoy a number of international artists and events in 2017, with the likes of Justin Bieber and the Blue Man Group touching down in the country next year. We take a closer look at 12 international artists and events that South African audiences will be able to look forward to during 2017.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:37 am
Telecommunications giant Orange has concluded a new long-term partnership deal as official sponsors for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) flagship competition. The new eight-year deal will see the France-based company confirmed as an official sponsor of five major CAF competitions from 2017 to 2024, beginning with the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon this January.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:30 am AFKI Original
While much of the focus inevitably falls on the African Player of the Year accolade, the various nominees for other soccer award categories have been revealed by CAF ahead of the gala event in January. The additional categories included Women’s Player of the Year, club and national teams of the year, coach of the year and accolades for promising young players.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:30 am AFKI Original
The January transfer window is always a busy time for European clubs, and this particular window will be no different, with numerous African soccer players identified as potential targets at the beginning of next year. We take a closer look at 12 of the African players who are transfer targets in the upcoming market window.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:23 am
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel does not want to lose star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and has pleaded with the club to do what it needs to do to stop a transfer for the player affectionately known as ‘Auba’. The African Player of the Year is a transfer target for a number of high profile clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid indicating their interest in the prolific striker.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:10 am
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is relieved that star Ivorian defender Eric Bailly has returned from injury and is available for selection during a particularly busy Christmas period. The defender suffered a knee injury in English Premier League action in October, with around two months of recovery needed for him to return to the pitch, and he is now ready to contribute for the reds.