Gabon: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:20 am AFKI Original
Egypt international striker Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Italian Serie A club Roma on the weekend against Bologna in a 3-0 victory over their opponents. The win allowed the club from the capital to move into second place, four points behind Italian top-flight leaders Juventus, while Salah’s form is good news for Egypt.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:07 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts Gabon have decided to fire national team coach Jorge Costa, with the tournament only two months away. The country will welcome 15 of the best national teams on the continent in January for the latest edition of the prestigious AFCON competition, but the hosts will now be destabilised following the decision to remove Costa at this late hour.
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
Oil-importing African countries are showing an improved business environment as the continent endures its slowest growth in more than two decades. In contrast, countries that export commodities are under economic pressure due to low oil prices including three of Africa’s largest economies. Some countries that are doing better are predicted to grow at more than 6 percent. IMF predicts average growth will fall to 1.4 percent in 2016, less than half of 2015 growth.
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.
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.
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.
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.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm
African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:31 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw was held in Gabon’s capital city Libreville on Wednesday evening, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) determined the four groups of 16 teams that will be aiming for glory come the AFCON in January 2017. The four host cities that will stage matches include Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil, as Gabon hosts the continental showpiece on their own, six years after co-hosting the competition alongside Equatorial Guinea.
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