Sports: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:49 am
Sports betting brand Betway have partnered with Ghana Premier League soccer club Ashanti Gold as the betting giant continues to make significant inroads into the African soccer landscape. The Betway Group, which was launched in 2006, is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:30 am
Former Nigeria national team captain and assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has stated his ambitions to take the Super Eagles to another level if he is entrusted the role of head coach in future. The former player for the national team has worked as an assistant to Super Eagles coaches in recent years, including a successful spell under late Nigerian tactician Stephen Keshi in which the Nigerians won the 2013 AFCON.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:40 am
In a piece of news that is becoming all too similar to the Ghanaian midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah has ruptured his meniscus cartilage in his knee, forcing him to sit on the sidelines at Italian club Juventus for the next six weeks. The combative midfielder has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons, spending a great deal of time recovering from a number of serious injury blows.
Dana Sanchez, 10:37 am
Ethiopian Olympic protester Feyisa Lilesa says he can relate to U.S. athlete Colin Kaepernick, who faces backlash in the U.S. for his own peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kaepernick is the son of farmers, Lilesa said, like most Oromo. “We are not violent,” he said. “My people are a peace-loving people.” Lisela’s Olympic protest came at great consequence, as most effective protests often do. Instantly, Lilesa said, Ethiopian Olympic team officials knew they had to distance themselves from him.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:36 am
Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has mentioned the American Major League Soccer (MLS) as a possible future destination, once his contract with English Premier League club Chelsea comes to an end. The Nigeria national team captain is yet to play for Chelsea this season under new manager Antonio Conte, as he was away on national duty with the Nigerian Olympic team in Rio last month, forcing him to miss the London club’s pre-season preparations.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:01 am
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to buy shares in Arsenal, a top English football club, in the next four years, becoming the first businessman from the continent to have ownership in the football giants. The decision comes six years after Dangote turned down an opportunity to buy 15.9 percent shares from Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, a former director in 2010. The Nigerian business mogul revealed the decision last year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:53 am
Cote D’Ivoire stalwart Yaya Toure has announced his retirement from international soccer with immediate effect, meaning that he will no longer feature for the Ivorian national team on the international stage. The combative midfielder surprised many with his announcement, despite the fact that the 33-year-old has enjoyed a long and fruitful career with the Elephants.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:39 am AFKI Original
The UEFA Champions League has returned, and Europe’s premier club competition continues to excite fans the world over. African fans can count on seeing a number of top performers from the continent taking part in the Champions League for many of the best clubs in Europe. Here are 12 Africans to keep an eye out for during the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:21 am
Leicester City’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri has heaped praise on his two Algerian players, winger Riyad Mahrez and striker Islam Slimani. The two Algerian internationals have contributed to Leicester City’s return of form this week after a difficult start to the season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:27 am AFKI Original
Team South Africa will return home from the 2016 Paralympic Games with 17 medals won over the course of the last week and a half of competition in Rio. The 45-person team managed an impressive medal haul of seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals, allowing the country to achieve a 22nd place finish on the overall medal table.