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Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am AFKI Original
The African Player of the Year shortlist was recently reduced to a selection of the top five nominees for the 2016 award.
These are 12 things you may not know about the five African Player of the Year nominees who remain in contention to win the prestigious continental award.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:22 am
The 2016 cycling season concluded a couple of weeks ago and once again it has been an incredibly successful one for Africa’s leading professional cycling team. Based out of Johannesburg in South Africa, Dimension Data for Qhubeka managed to win 32 races this year, while climbing the podium more than 70 times.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:59 am AFKI Original
The African Player of the Year shortlist has been reduced to a selection of the top five nominees for the 2016 award. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed the five players this week, choosing them from the original list of 30 players announced last month.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:25 am
Ivorian star player Gervinho underwent a successful surgical intervention recently, but due to a confirmed six month recovery time he will miss the 2017 Nations Cup for defending champions Cote D’Ivoire. The talented attacking player suffered a knee cruciate ligament rupture in training with his Chinese Super League side, Hebei Fortune at the end of October.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:28 am
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure returned to the Manchester City first team on Saturday to splendid effect, scoring two goals for his English Premier League club as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1. The four-time African Player of the Year has been out of favour with coach Pep Guardiola during this season following a spat between the Spanish tactician and Toure’s controversial agent, Dimitri Seluk.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:11 am
South African Raven Klaasen and American Rajeev Ram came close to winning their debut ATP World Tour Finals tournament in London at the weekend, but on the day their opponents had the edge. Henri Kontinen and John Peers finished their debut season with the perfect ending on Sunday in London, winning the doubles title during their team debut, beating fellow first-timers Klaasen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 at The O2 Arena.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:29 am AFKI Original
The German Bundesliga is an attractive European league with many international stars, including a number from Africa, taking part in the country’s top-flight competition. The 2016-17 season in Germany is proving to be an exciting one for the fans. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the German Bundesliga this season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:32 am AFKI Original
Frenchman Pierre Lechantre has been fired from his position as the head coach of the Congo national team following their poor start to the group stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Uganda secured a 1-0 victory over the visiting Congolese in a Group E encounter that saw the East Africans outmanoeuvre their opponents.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:16 am
South African star athlete Wayde van Niekerk has received a special recognition from the Association of National Olympic Committees (Anoc) for his spectacular performance at the Rio Olympic Games in August. The 24-year-old’s incredible athletic performance, which saw him clocking a time of 43.03 seconds to win gold and set a 400m world record at the quadrennial spectacle.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:54 am
Laurent Pokou, two time top goal-scorer at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and arguably one of the greatest footballers from Ivory Coast, died on Sunday after receiving treatment at the Polyclinique Internationale Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM) in Abidjan for two months. The Ivory Coast football legend died of an un-disclosed illness. Pokou, 69, also holds the record for the most goals scored in a single match after netting five against Ethiopia