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  • Springbok Rugby Legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen Dies After Struggle With Motor Neurone Disease

    Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered as a hero on and off the pitch. Photo: ZAlebs By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:29 am AFKI Original

    Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday after struggling with with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) since his diagnosis in 2011. He was only 45. Van der Westhuizen was a multiple record holder during his time as a player for numerous famed Springbok teams and his beloved Blue Bulls franchise. At a time he was the most-capped Springbok with 89 tests and record try scorer with 38 tries for the South Africans.

  • 12 Records And Facts From The 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

    Top 10 Ranked African National Teams By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:57 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has come to an end, with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon securing ultimate victory in the final over Egypt with a 2-1 win that few saw coming. The competition in Gabon was entertaining, providing fans of the beautiful game with action-packed matches to enjoy over the course of three weeks. A number of records were broken, while some interesting statistics came to light during the premier African national team competition. Here are 12 records and facts that emerged from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Cameroon Win Fifth Nations Cup Title With Victory Over Egypt

    World Cup - Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title. Photo: Daily Maverick By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:07 am AFKI Original

    Cameroon have emerged from Gabon with their fifth Nations Cup title after a 2-1 comeback victory over Egypt in the final in Libreville on Sunday night. The Indomitable Lions were not expected to beat the Pharaohs in the decider, as Egypt had only conceded one goal throughout the tournament up to that point, and they were aiming to lift their eighth AFCON trophy with victory in Gabon.

  • Cameroon Topple Ghana To Reach 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations Final

    Benjamin Moukandjo By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:34 am AFKI Original

    The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon managed a 2-0 win over the Black Stars of Ghana in the second semi-final played at the Stade de Franceville on Thursday evening, securing their place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final against Egypt. Goals from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog made sure of victory over a more favoured Ghanaian outfit, with captain Benjamin Moukandjo leading his charges by example with a fine display in midfield.

  • Essam El Hadary Earns Egypt AFCON Final Ticket After Heroics Against Burkina Faso

    Top 10 Ranked African National Teams By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:31 am AFKI Original

    Egyptian national team goalkeeper Essam El Hadary was named man of the match in Wednesday night’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final victory over Burkina Faso at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville. The 44-year-old goalkeeper, who is now the oldest player to have taken part in an AFCON match, helped his side to a win over Burkina Faso after a 1-1 draw in normal time gave way to the lottery of penalties, with the Pharaohs winning the shootout 4-3.

  • 14 Star Players Shining Brightly At The 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations - Prejuce Nakoulma is on form for Burkina Faso. Photo: Alchetron By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:43 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is underway in Gabon, with the 16 best teams in Africa fighting for continental glory. Among those teams are many of the continent’s best individual players, some of whom have been producing world-class performances in front of the AFCON crowds. Here we take a look at 14 African soccer players who are performing well at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Watford’s Nigerian Striker Odion Ighalo On His Way To China

    Nigeria's Odion Ighalo By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:11 am

    Today is transfer deadline day, and of course, there are some bits of last minute business that clubs in Europe are looking to conclude, with Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo set to confirm his next move in the coming hours. A deal that is close to being officially confirmed is Nigerian striker Ighalo’s move from Watford in the English Premier League to Chinese club Changchun Yatai.

  • Cote D’Ivoire Head Coach Michel Dussuyer Resigns After AFCON Failure

    Michel Dussuyer By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am

    Cote D’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has resigned from his post at the helm of the West African national team, following the side’s failure to progress from the group stages at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. The lack of progression to the knockout stages was particularly disappointing for the Elephants due to the fact that they were defending champions, having won the 2015 Nations Cup.

  • Favourites Senegal Out While Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt And Ghana Advance

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations - Prejuce Nakoulma is on form for Burkina Faso. Photo: Alchetron By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am AFKI Original

    Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) favourites Senegal were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage on Saturday, with rivals Cameroon defeating the Senegalese courtesy of a penalty shootout victory. The highly anticipated battle of the Lions, the Teranga Lions versus the Indomitable Lions, was played at the Stade de Franceville, with many pundits believing that AFCON favourites Senegal would be too strong for their opponents.

  • Quarter-Finals Revealed – 2017 AFCON Moves On To The Knockout Stages

    quarter-final By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:58 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage is now over, with only eight teams left in the competition, and the quarter-finals taking place over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see the knockout stages begin, with the final eight teams from around the continent desperate to qualify for the semi-finals in Gabon.

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