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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.
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.