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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original
National teams throughout Africa were involved in international friendly matches over the weekend, as they used the FIFA international break as an opportunity to prepare for various qualifying campaigns with encounters against other nations. With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns taking place during the course of this year, the African teams are making the most of friendlies as part of their preparations. We take a look at 12 international friendly results involving African teams from the last few days.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:22 am AFKI Original
The idea of funding a venture by raising money through many small contributions on the internet strikes a chord among Africans. It’s ubuntu at its finest. When Media 24 closed Ideas magazine in South Africa in 2016, former editor Terena le Roux took it upon herself to resurrect the publication. Thanks to support on social media, she launched a crowdfunding campaign via Thundafund. The money continues to come in, and she was able to relaunch the magazine.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:37 am AFKI Original
Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper has named his first squad since the Pharaohs lost in the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, falling 2-1 to champions Cameroon at the beginning of February. Determined to refocus and put the disappointment of finishing second in the continental showpiece competition behind him, the Argentinian coach called up 25 players for national team duty in a friendly international against Togo set for next week.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:51 am AFKI Original
Nigerian international Victor Moses has withdrawn himself from the Nigeria squad to face two friendly international assignments in the coming days, infuriating coach Gernot Rohr. The Chelsea player injured his calf muscle during the London team’s 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, and as a result he will miss two matches for the Super Eagles.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am AFKI Original
Marc Wilmots has been appointed the man in charge of guiding Cote D’Ivoire towards their World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying targets as coach of the national team. Former Belgium national team coach was confirmed as the Elephants’ tactician this week by the country’s soccer federation. The 48-year-old begins his new post immediately, taking over from caretaker coach Ibrahim Kamara, who replaced Frenchman Michel Dussuyer when he was sacked following the 2017 AFCON failure.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:45 pm AFKI Original
Major League Soccer in the United States continues to be a popular league for many professional soccer stars from around the world, including some of the best African players. The current season is no different, and African players remain a sought after commodity within the MLS due to their ability to contribute quality performances for their American clubs in the top-flight.
We take a look at 12 African players to look out for in American Major League Soccer.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:06 am
South African 19-year-old Luther Singh has been given a chance to shine for his national team after receiving a call-up to represent Bafana Bafana in upcoming friendly international matches this month. Singh, a star player with the under-20 side that reached the semi-finals of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia earlier this month, has been drafted into a 25-man squad for games against Angola and Guinea Bissau. The teenager ended the tournament as the top scorer with four goals for Amajita, helping them to a fourth-place finish in Zambia.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am
In an outcome that has surprised many on the African continent and beyond, Issa Hayatou’s reign at CAF has ended as Madagascan government minister Ahmad was elected as the new president of the Confederation of African Football on Thursday. The CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, therefore produced a new leader for African soccer, with previous president Hayatou having been in charge for the last 29 years. The Cameroonian was attempting to secure his eighth term in charge of the Confederation of African Football.