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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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:26 am AFKI Original
Congo have confirmed the appointment of Barthelemy Ngatsono as their new national team head coach ahead of next month’s friendly against Senegal. The friendly encounter against Africa’s best ranked nation will serve as a test for the coach, who may take on the position on a long-term basis.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:29 pm AFKI Original
A sense of what Zimbabwe can expect post-Mugabe. Partnership in the fight against terror for Tunisia. Better strategies combating poverty and HIV in Swaziland. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2016 gives way to 2017.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 11:42 am
With 13.5M people, Guangzhou, China, is one of the most populous metropolitan areas on Earth, and it’s though to have Asia’s largest African population. Formerly known as Canton, the city was home at one point to up to 200,000 Africans, although that number has been disputed. One trend seems undisputed. The African population in Guangzhou is shrinking. Africans are leaving for greener pastures elsewhere in Asia.
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.
Ann Brown, 8:12 am AFKI Original
A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneur Marcel Mutsindashyaka chose to use the media, not for revenge, but for peace building. His Rwandan media and IT company has helped restore unity in the country by engaging youth. It is now the second most popular news website in Rwanda. Mutsindashyaka was chosen to be in Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The experience “opened my mind from local to global perspective,” he told AFKInsider. “From this I realized that there is potential for the U.S. and Africa to collaborate for mutual benefit.”
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