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  • Senegal Secures Quarter-Final Spot As North African Derby Favours Tunisia

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:23 am AFKI Original

    Senegal beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash in Franceville on Thursday night, securing their quarter-final place as the first country to ensure progression to the knockout stages of the competition. The victory and three points ensured six total points in the group, thanks to Tunisia’s earlier 2-1 win over their North African rivals Algeria.

  • Gabon Coach Jose Antonio Camacho Still Believes In AFCON Progression For Hosts

    Jose Antonio Camacho is a respected coach. Photo: El Confidencial By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:57 am

    Gabon drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations action at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday night, but coach Jose Antonio Camacho believes in his team’s prospects despite the AFCON hosts settling for their second consecutive stalemate of the group stage. A converted first half penalty from captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out the opener from Burkina Faso’s Prejuce Nakoulma, who scored early in the first half for the Stallions. As a result, the Panthers have two points and sit tied for second in Group A along with Burkina Faso. Cameroon top the group following their 2-1 victory over Guinea Bissau on Wednesday.

  • Gabon Pick Up Second Draw While Cameroon Lead Group A

    Group A By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:55 am AFKI Original

    Following the second round of matches in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations for Group A, Cameroon lead the standings after a 2-1 win over Guinea Bissau while hosts Gabon earned a second successive 1-1 draw, this time against Burkina Faso. Gabon and Burkina Faso settled for a 1-1 draw at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday evening.

  • Ayew Penalty Earns Three Points And Top Spot For Ghana In Group D

    André Ayew penalty By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:37 am AFKI Original

    An Andre Ayew penalty was enough to earn the Black Stars of Ghana three points thanks to a 1-0 victory over Uganda at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The West Africans defeated their East African counterparts in a Group D encounter at Stade de Port-Gentil in Gabon on Tuesday evening. The Uganda Cranes were making their first appearance in the premier African tournament in 39 years, and they did not disappoint their fans with passionate play that ensured they gave their illustrious opponents a tough time.

  • How A Top-Ranked Female Tennis Champ Became An Exercise Entrepreneur In Kenya

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 10:56 am AFKI Original

    Kenya has long been known for fantastic athletes, but not so much for entrepreneurs focused on the business of fitness. Kenya-born Saloni Kantaria Mathur ranked No. 1 in Kenyan women’s tennis and studied law in the U.S. before starting an indoor cycling studio in Nairobi. The Reform brand is unmistakably Kenyan and it’s not your average gym experience. Reform integrates live-streamed performance data tech into classes, bringing the competitive instinct into the workout. Mathur shared with AFKInsider what she learned as a female African fitness entrepreneur.

  • Congo DR Takes Top Spot After Stalemate Between Cote D’Ivoire And Togo

    Emmanuel Adebayor Cote D'Ivoire And Togo By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) continued on Monday night with two more fixtures in Group C between Cote D’Ivoire and Togo, as well as Congo DR and Morocco. Defending champions Cote D’Ivoire struggled to break down a stubborn Togo side in the earlier match, and things ended in a goalless stalemate in the highly anticipated West African battle at the Stade d’Oyem.

  • 12 African Stars Who Are Missing The 2017 AFCON Through Injury

    Cote D'Ivoire Stars - The 2017 AFCON By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 AFCON is the pinnacle of national team soccer on the African continent, and with the Africa Cup of Nations competition taking place every two years; it is a tournament that the best players in Africa want to win for their countries. The nature of the sport and the rigorous club schedules that the top players are expected to manage means that injuries have become a frequent and unfortunate consequence of the professional game.

  • Senegal Take Command Of Group B At The 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:05 am AFKI Original

    With four games played thus far at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal was the only side to secure a win and take command of Group B thanks to their three-point haul. The opening day of matches in Gabon saw two draws, with the hosts stumbling to a 1-1 stalemate against tournament newbies Guinea Bissau, while Cameroon and Burkina Faso managed the same scoreline in the late match on Saturday.

  • Wayde Van Niekerk Nominated For Laureus Breakthrough Of The Year

    Breakthrough Of The Year for Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk By 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.

  • Olympic Medalist Caster Semanya Marries Longtime Love Again: Why You Should Care

    Caster Semanya marries longtime love again By 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.

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