Senegalese winger Sadio Mane has been in stunning form for Liverpool this season, earning him a coveted place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year. The Professional Footballers’ Association announced their best 11 of the season thus far on Thursday, and of the 11 players selected by position, Mane was placed within his favoured right wing role. After missing out on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist last week, the Teranga Lions star will be pleased to have made it into the team of the year.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 4:46 am
Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr has publicly stated that a return to the Super Eagles is a possibility for internationally retired goalkeeper and former captain, Vincent Enyeama. The German coach opened the door to his return, making it clear that he is welcome to reignite his national team career if he is willing to work hard and be humble. The Nigerian shot-stopper decided to retire from the Super Eagles in October 2015 following the revelation that then coach Sunday Oliseh had chosen for Ahmed Musa to captain the side, rather than the veteran keeper.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am
Wayde van Niekerk will have an opportunity to attempt a rare World Championship double, after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) cleared the way for him to run the 200m and 400m events at the IAAF World Championships, to be held in London between 4-13 August 2017. The development follows a special request made by Athletics South Africa (ASA), after Van Niekerk showed interest in attempting the rare double.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am AFKI Original
The Professional Footballers’ Association announced their shortlist for the annual PFA Player of the Year award on Thursday, with six English Premier League stars on the list, but Liverpool’s Senegalese player Sadio Mane was not included. The Teranga Lions attacking player has been in impeccable form at Anfield this season after joining the club in an African record deal worth around $45.1 million.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:02 am
New Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad has unveiled plans to involve African legends in the continent’s favourite sport in order to develop the game and give younger generations access to their heroes. In an outcome that has surprised many in Africa, Issa Hayatou’s reign at CAF ended last month as Madagascan government minister Ahmad was elected as the new president of the Confederation of African Football.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:04 am
English Premier League club Manchester City is interested in a potential transfer for Crystal Palace’s Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha, with a view to signing him at the end of the current season. Zaha has been in great form for the relegation strugglers throughout the campaign, threatening opposition defensive lines with his pace, power and finishing. Manchester City have taken note of his abilities, and according to reports in England, they have requested first refusal should the Eagles decide to sell their star striker.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:58 am
The Springbok Sevens team, known as the Blitzboks, maintained their decisive lead at the top of the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series standings, despite their loss to Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament on Sunday. The South Africans are yet to win the sevens title at the Hong Kong National Stadium, despite their dominance in other competition and their great run to the final this weekend. They lost the final 22-0 to Olympic champions Fiji, failing to reproduce the form that earned them a place in the final, but they can be pleased with the fact that it was their seventh consecutive final of the 2016-17 season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:24 am
Englishman Stuart Baxter seems set to be officially confirmed as the new South African national soccer team coach, having agreed to terms with the country’s soccer authorities in what will be a return for the SuperSport United manager. The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that the 63-year-old has concluded a deal to coach Bafana Bafana, and all that remains is for the confirmation to be made public via the media.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:02 am AFKI Original
African football has become a force to reckon with on the world stage, and an indication of which national teams are the best on the continent comes in the form of the FIFA Ranking, which ranks all members of world football’s governing body. Below are the top 10 ranked African national teams in world football for the month of April, according to the FIFA ranking.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am
Former African Player of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in trouble over his masked goal celebration linked to personal sponsors Nike after the striker scored for Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Schalke in the German Bundesliga. The Gabon international is famous for his sense of humour and playful nature on and off the pitch, having previously donned batman and spiderman masks when celebrating goals, to the delight of supporters.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:09 am AFKI Original
The Ghana national team will see the return of a familiar face, with coach Kwesi Appiah re-appointed to the role he left after the 2014 World Cup. The 56-year-old softly spoken Ghanaian assumes control of the Black Stars following the departure of former coach Avram Grant, who resigned following the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in February. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) made the announcement this week, with a two-year contract that will officially begin on May 1.