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Julia Austin, 7:11 am
Africa has some of the most incredible soccer teams (referred to as “football” for the remainder of this article) in the world, and with the FIFA Club World Cup happening in Morocco this month, we wanted to highlight its most notable football teams. Here are Africa’s top 18 soccer clubs as listed on MTNFootball.com and Rsssf.com.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:12 pm
Genoveva Añonma is one of Equatorial Guinea’s best players, and one of the most recognized female stars in the CAF. Named African Women Footballer of the Year in 2012, she plays for a German football club when not representing her home country internationally.
Keren Mikva, 8:00 am
Raisa Smetanina became the first woman ever to win 10 Winter Olympic medals with a career that from 1976 to the 1990s that earned her four gold, five silver, and one bronze. At the ’92 Winter Olympics at age 39, she earned her tenth medal, a gold, while competing for the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:45 am
As fans gear up for the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship to be hosted in South Africa Jan. 11 to February 1, here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits you probably didn’t know.
Kevin Mwanza, 1:28 pm
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala endeared himself to South Africans following his first goal – and the first goal of the tournament – in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He’s helped lead his club to several cup wins and his nine international goals have set expectations high for the star footballer.
Ann Brown, 2:00 pm
Egypt has passed a law that could sentence anyone who posts this symbol on their Facebook page
Julia Austin, 8:55 am AFKI Original
The writer who brought us “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His parents moved there from England when his father landed a job as head of the Bloemfontein office of a British bank.
Julia Austin, 9:15 am
Dikembe Mutombo of Democratic Republic of the Congo spoke no English when he arrived in the U.S. in 1988 to attend Georgetown University on a USAID scholarship. Nonetheless, Hoyas coach John Thompson reached out to Mutombo and helped him land a career that’s earned him $143.6 million. He played the majority of his years with Atlanta, Denver and Houston. Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work.
Makula Dunbar, 12:56 pm
Why the Denver Nuggets decided to portray their city skyline in rainbow colors will remain a mystery, but the team rocked this tribute to Rainbow Brite until Dikembe Mutombo came on board in 1992. He presumably told them, “No, no no, no,” and refused to play until a change was made. Thank you, Dikembe, for doing the city of Denver and NBA fans everywhere a huge solid.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:30 am
Prior to the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the South African national rugby union (the Springboks) headed to Kamp Staaldraad for some “team bonding and training.” Unfortunately, the leaders of this camp apparently thought they were supposed to be hazing freshman fraternity brothers.