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Kevin Mwanza, 6:23 am
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) increased the prize money for all its competitions starting next year, after the continental soccer governing body signed a deal French with oil and gas multinational company, Total. The deal signed in July, which sees firm become the official CAF’s sponsors will run for the next eight years and is worth $250 million.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continues this coming weekend, as the second set of matches see 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend 10 fixtures will be played around the continent in the group stages. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:20 am AFKI Original
Egypt international striker Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Italian Serie A club Roma on the weekend against Bologna in a 3-0 victory over their opponents. The win allowed the club from the capital to move into second place, four points behind Italian top-flight leaders Juventus, while Salah’s form is good news for Egypt.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:41 am AFKI Original
Mary Keitany of Kenyan stormed to her third consecutive New York City Marathon victory on Sunday, pulling off a stunning victory in a time of 2:24:26. After moving away from the leading pack before the halfway point of the race, Keitany kept an excellent pace to win the event that she has become very familiar with after wins in 2014 and 2015.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:22 am
Geremi Njitap, one of Cameroon’s most successful footballers, was last week elected the head of National Union of Cameroon Footballers (SYNAFOC), while in Ethiopia, Haile Gebrselassie, one of the world’s athletics legends in long distance and marathon racing, was on sunday elected the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) in Addis Ababa
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:07 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts Gabon have decided to fire national team coach Jorge Costa, with the tournament only two months away. The country will welcome 15 of the best national teams on the continent in January for the latest edition of the prestigious AFCON competition, but the hosts will now be destabilised following the decision to remove Costa at this late hour.
Staff, 12:02 am
While officials in Beijing are expert in building vast media distribution networks such as those available in Africa, the Chinese have been far less successful in creating compelling content that people actually want to consume. By contrast, a certain genre of Chinese-language movies produced in Hong Kong — especially those featuring martial arts legend Bruce Lee — have been staples in African pirated videos since 1960s and ’70s. Even today from Cairo and Uganda to South Africa, Hong Kong’s martial arts films remain extremely popular.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:14 am AFKI Original
Cote D’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has named his squad for the two upcoming international assignments facing the Elephants this month, with some key players missing due to injury. The two matches that Cote D’Ivoire will have to deal with in November include a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 12, before a friendly international encounter against France on November 15.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am AFKI Original
The French Ligue 1 enjoys a long history of attracting quality soccer players from all over Africa. The 2016-17 season in France is proving to be exciting, with players from the continent determined to contribute quality performances for their French clubs in the top-flight. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the French Ligue 1 this season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:17 am
The South African national rugby squad, known as the Springboks, are in Europe for a tour that will include four test matches during the month of November. They will be playing games against England, Wales and Italy, as well as an opening test against the Barbarians this coming Saturday.