Gabon: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 12:02 am
If you own a mobile phone, chances are it has tantalum in it from Africa and you have small amounts of the rare metal within inches of your brain. U.S.-based AB Minerals claims to have invented a new disruptive tantalite processing technology that it says will enable tantalum-producing countries to add value to the ore themselves rather than exporting raw ore to China. The company hopes to sell this technology all over Africa. The first African plant is expected to begin operating in Rwanda in 2017. Here’s part of an interview with AB Minerals founder and CEO Frank Balestra.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:19 pm AFKI Original
Riyad Mahrez has been named as the 2016 African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at a gala event held in Abuja on Thursday night. The Algerian striker for English Premier League champions Leicester City won the coveted individual prize at the expense of fellow nominees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabon striker who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, who currently represents Liverpool in the Premier League.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:23 am AFKI Original
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the 11 African players who make up the CAF Team of the Year for 2016, based on the prowess of these individuals in their respective positions over the course of the past year. The selection is a mix of the best players based in Europe and Africa, with the entire midfield made up of players who ply their trade on the African continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:16 am AFKI Original
Each year the best soccer players on the African continent are nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year award. The three nominees have been decided, and it is a tight race to see which of the three African superstars will be crowned the continent’s best for the year. We take a look 12 things you should know about the African Player of the Year Award.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:14 am AFKI Original
Among the dark horses that will be fighting for the Africa Cup of Nations title in Gabon this month, Egypt have named a provisional squad of 27 players which will be cut down to a final squad in the coming days. The Pharaohs have returned to winning ways under Argentine coach Hector Cuper over the last year, and they are coming into the Nations Cup tournament on a high as one of the in-form teams.
Dana Sanchez, 6:15 pm
Teodorin Obiang, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, is in line to succeed his father, the president. The son also faces 10 years in prison and a $105 million fine for money-laundering. The country’s treasury paid almost $115 million into Obiang’s personal account. Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country is often criticized for repression, torture, corruption and unlawful killings. France is preparing cases against relatives of other African leaders including from Congo, Gabon and CAR.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:21 am AFKI Original
Cote D’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has named his squad for the upcoming 2017 AFCON, with a 24-man team set to defend their Nations Cup title in Gabon. Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony and Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha have been included in the list of attacking players set to feature in the tournament that begins on January 14.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:23 am AFKI Original
The year 2016 has provided African sports fans with numerous moments to be proud of, with many African Sporting highlights that stand out after reflecting on the year that was. Sport can always be relied upon to lift the spirits of fans, and give everyone something to celebrate, even during difficult times. That is the beauty of sport. We gathered 15 highlights in African sport from the year 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah has asked for coach and national team selectors to not include him in the Black Stars squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. At a time when most players are working hard to earn a call-up to their national teams ahead of the premier continental competition, which takes place in Gabon this January, the Juventus midfielder is going against the grain, asking Ghana coach Avram Grant to let him opt out of the Nations Cup.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:30 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Nations Cup hosts are ready to welcome the continent, with Gabon having the honour of holding African soccer’s flagship competition in January and February. Sixteen teams will be present in Gabon to fight for the right to be named African champion, with defending champs Cote D’Ivoire aiming to retain the title they won in 2015. Gabon will make an excellent host nation, and the tournament will no doubt go down as a success in both sporting and hosting terms.
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