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Peter Pedroncelli, 4:48 am AFKI Original
The Teranga Lions of Senegal were confirmed as the top rated national team in Africa according to the December release of the FIFA Rankings, giving them a significant psychological edge ahead of the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon next month. The West Africans retained the top spot they earned last month, as well as the 33rd place globally.
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
The U.S.’s National Basketball Association is on a fast track to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa. The NBA held its first game in Africa in August 2015.
Now it’s launching its first African basketball academy for boys and girls. This will be the NBA’s sixth academy globally. This is its latest move to unearth talent from outside the U.S. and extend the league’s reach into new territories. Amadou Gallo Fall, the NBA’s vice president for Africa, is originally from Senegal.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:44 am
Nigerian national team captain John Obi Mikel appears to be close to completing a move to struggling French Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille, if Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is correct. Mikel has been frustrated at Chelsea this season, failing to appear on the pitch for the first team this term under new coach Antonio Conte.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:37 am
Telecommunications giant Orange has concluded a new long-term partnership deal as official sponsors for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) flagship competition. The new eight-year deal will see the France-based company confirmed as an official sponsor of five major CAF competitions from 2017 to 2024, beginning with the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon this January.
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:30 am AFKI Original
The January transfer window is always a busy time for European clubs, and this particular window will be no different, with numerous African soccer players identified as potential targets at the beginning of next year. We take a closer look at 12 of the African players who are transfer targets in the upcoming market window.
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:45 am
England national team coach Gareth Southgate is wanting to speak to winger Wilfried Zaha in an attempt to change his mind before the Ivorian-born player completes an allegiance switch from England to Cote D’Ivoire. The Crystal Palace player made the decision to switch international allegiance last week, submitting an application to FIFA in order to represent the Elephants on the international stage.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am
South African Wayde van Niekerk said that he was delighted with his 2016 season, after being shortlisted among the finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations Male World Athlete of the Year award. The accolade was given to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at a gala function in Monaco by the athletics world body.