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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr expects victory from his charges this weekend against Zambia in Ndola, as the Super Eagles begin their group stage run in the third round of African World Cup qualifying. Nigeria face the Chipolopolo of Zambia on Sunday in a Group B World Cup qualifier, as the final 20 African teams with a chance to qualify for Russia 2018 beginning the group stage this weekend.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:43 am
Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly was a major transfer target for English Premier League club Chelsea during the past transfer window, but his Italian club Napoli have revealed that they turned down a huge offer for the player’s services. Koulibaly was constantly at the centre of transfer speculation some months ago, with the Blues of London in particularly ferocious pursuit of the Teranga Lions international.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying is upon us, with 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend will see the opening matches of the third round group stage. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:04 am
Recent updates on the injury to Ghana’s Andrew Ayew suggest that the West Ham United winger may return to action by the end of this month, which is a great deal sooner than originally expected. The new West Ham signing suffered an injury in his first Premier League outing for the club in August, and he was forced to leave the pitch half an hour into West Ham’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:05 am
The Cote D’Ivoire national team will be boosted by the return of star defender Serge Aurier from injury ahead of the side’s first World Cup qualifier against Mali this coming weekend. The opening match of Russia 2018 qualifying for the African champions will take place this Saturday at the Stade Bouaké, and the Elephants will be able to count on the defensive efforts of the Paris Saint-Germain player.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:51 am AFKI Original
Ghana national team coach Avram Grant selected a 23-man squad that will do duty for the Black Stars in matches against South Africa and Uganda. The Ghanaians will face Bafana in a friendly encounter on October 11, but will first need to negotiate a World Cup qualifier against the Cranes of Uganda on October 7.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:07 am AFKI Original
Senegalese striker Sadio Mane has been rewarded for his excellent early season play at new club Liverpool with supporters voting him as the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for August and September. The prolific attacker managed to top the votes ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Watford’s Etienne Capue.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:15 am AFKI Original
The top four seeded national teams have been revealed ahead of the 2017 AFCON draw which will take place in Gabon next month. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament is set for January and February next year in Gabon, with 16 countries aiming to be crowned the continent’s champion.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:48 am AFKI Original
Italy’s Serie A has long been an attractive league to top quality soccer stars the world over, including some of the best African players. The 2016-17 season is well under way at this point, with players from the continent determined to make the difference for their teams with quality performances in Italian top-flight league matches. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the Italian Serie A this season.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:38 am
Tyrone Pillay, a shot-putter who won bronze medal for South Africa in the recently-concluded Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was denied entry into a Fly South African Airlines (FlySAA) aircraft while carrying a spare prosthetic leg on Tuesday. The shameful incident happened as Pillay boarded the aircraft from Johannesburg to Durban. A clearly devastated Pillay took to social media to vent his disappointment.