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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
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:53 am
South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American Rajeev Ram caused an upset on Monday night at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when they defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut both of France, who are vying to become the year-end No. 1 pair in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am AFKI Original
The five nominees for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for 2016 have been announced, with four English Premier League stars and the current African Player of the Year from the Bundesliga named in the shortlist. Sadio Mane, Andre Ayew, Yaya Toure, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been selected as the five candidates.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:21 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continued this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action across the continent. This is how the 10 African World Cup qualifying matches turned out for the participating nations looking to earn their ticket to Russia in two years’ time.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 pm
Nigerian starlet Alex Iwobi would deny a multi-million dollar move to Spanish giants Barcelona in favour of remaining at English Premier League club Arsenal, the Super Eagle’s father believes. The Nigerian striker is growing into his role with the Gunners, having impressed last season when injuries saw him thrust into the limelight.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:32 am
South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk is in line for the most prestigious international athletics accolade after being confirmed as one three finalists for the men’s award of the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations Athlete of the Year. The Olympic 400m champion and world record holder was named on Wednesday alongside Jamaican Usain Bolt and Mo Farah of Great Britain.