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Peter Pedroncelli, 3:54 am
South Africa’s world 400m champion sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has been nominated in the Breakthrough of the Year category for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Van Niekerk, who set a new world record of 43.03 seconds to win 400m gold at last year’s Rio Olympic Games, was nominated alongside Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana, Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, the Fiji national rugby sevens team, the Iceland national team and Leicester City.
Dana Sanchez, 5:26 pm
South Africans supported Semenya overwhelmingly on social media with the hashtag #handsoffcaster during the Rio Olympics. She experienced open hostility and protests from other runners who said the race was unfair because they were competing against a man. Semenya was born without ovaries. Instead she has internal testes and testosterone levels three times higher than most women. “If I was a woman 800-meter runner right now, I’d be looking to change careers,” a sports scientist said. SA is the only African country where same-sex marriage is legal.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:51 am
Newly appointed Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo is proud to be leading the Indomitable Lions into battle at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. The 28-year-old Lorient striker was recently given the captain’s armband by national team coach Hugo Broos, and since his appointment the team have had to deal with numerous top players opting out of participating in the AFCON in favour of their clubs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am
South Africa’s highest world ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from this year’s Australian Open. The 67th ranked Anderson made the announcement via his official Twitter handle from his American home base in Delray Beach this week, revealing that his injury requires some extra recovery time, and he will miss the first grand slam event of the year as a result.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:19 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON will take place in Gabon this month, and while it is highly-anticipated by players and fans, English Premier League coaches will be cringing at the thought of losing key players to the prestigious biennial tournament that will determine the champions of Africa. The tournament begins this coming weekend on January 14, with the final on February 5
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am AFKI Original
Riyad Mahrez was named as the 2016 African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) a few days ago, and will go to the 2017 AFCON as the best player on the continent. We take a look 12 things you should know about the talented Algerian winger who has blown his opponents away with Leicester City in the English Premier League.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:19 pm AFKI Original
Riyad Mahrez has been named as the 2016 African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at a gala event held in Abuja on Thursday night. The Algerian striker for English Premier League champions Leicester City won the coveted individual prize at the expense of fellow nominees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabon striker who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, who currently represents Liverpool in the Premier League.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:23 am AFKI Original
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the 11 African players who make up the CAF Team of the Year for 2016, based on the prowess of these individuals in their respective positions over the course of the past year. The selection is a mix of the best players based in Europe and Africa, with the entire midfield made up of players who ply their trade on the African continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:13 am AFKI Original
English Premier League club Leicester City have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian club Genk. The youngster has been on the Foxes radar for some time, and has now signed on the dotted line in a $18 million deal that will see him remain at the current Premier League champions for five and a half years.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:16 am AFKI Original
Each year the best soccer players on the African continent are nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year award. The three nominees have been decided, and it is a tight race to see which of the three African superstars will be crowned the continent’s best for the year. We take a look 12 things you should know about the African Player of the Year Award.