Goals not guns: in troubled DRC, football academy draws in youth
Africa

Goals not guns: in troubled DRC, football academy draws in youth

Rumangabo (DR Congo) (AFP) – In war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, national park authorities are hoping a football academy will persuade youngsters to take up the Beautiful Game rather than a rifle. Around 50 children aged between 10 and 16 have signed up to the Virunga youth football training scheme at a stadium in […]

Africa

/ 36 days ago

Goals not guns: in troubled DRC, football academy draws in youth

Rumangabo (DR Congo) (AFP) – In war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, national park authorities are hoping a football academy will persuade youngsters to take up the Beautiful Game rather than a rifle. Around 50 children aged between 10 and 16 have signed up to the Virunga youth football training scheme at a stadium in […]
ByAFP

Africa

/ 43 days ago

African players in Europe: Vieira hails 'fantastic' two-goal Zaha

Paris (AFP) – Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha raised his Premier League goal tally to three this season with a brace in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend. The Ivory Coast international was hailed by manager Patrick Vieira, a 1998 World Cup winner with France, after adding to his goal at Liverpool […]
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Africa

/ 57 days ago

African players in Europe: Salah, Mane score as season starts

Paris (AFP) – African superstars and former Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored at the weekend as new league seasons dawned in Europe. Egyptian Salah scored on the opening day of the Premier League for a sixth straight season to salvage a 2-2 draw for Liverpool at Fulham.   Senegalese Mane, who left […]
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Africa

/ 75 days ago

Mane wins second African Player of the Year award

Rabat (AFP) – Sadio Mane was crowned African Player of the Year in Rabat on Thursday for the second time. The Senegal forward first won the honour in 2019 while he was at Liverpool. The 30-year-old left the Premier League club last month after signing a three-year deal with Bayern Munich. Mane was in the […]
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Africa

/ 155 days ago

African players in Europe: Liverpool's Keita steps out of shadows

Paris (AFP) – Naby Keita enjoyed a rare day in the spotlight for second-placed Liverpool by scoring the goal that earned a 1-0 Premier League win at Newcastle United and kept the pressure on leaders Manchester City. Guinea midfielder Keita usually operates in the shadows for the Reds while Senegal talisman Sadio Mane and Egypt […]
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Africa

/ 162 days ago

African players in Europe: Salah helps crack Everton resistance

Paris (AFP) – Mohamed Salah provided a key assist as Liverpool beat stubborn local rivals Everton 2-0 at the weekend to remain one point behind leaders Manchester City in a thrilling Premier League title race. A pin-point cross by the Egypt captain enabled Andrew Robertson to end the deadlock on 62 minutes and keep the […]
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Africa

/ 169 days ago

African players in Europe: Red-letter day for two-goal Mane

Paris (AFP) – Senegal talisman Sadio Mane scored two goals — one soft and one superb — at the weekend to take Liverpool into the FA Cup final with a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Wembley. The Reds will face Chelsea in the May 14 showpiece final — a repeat of the League Cup […]
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Africa

/ 183 days ago

African players in Europe: Joy for Wissa after World Cup let-down

Paris (AFP) – A week of mixed fortunes for Democratic Republic of Congo forward Yoane Wissa ended on a high as he scored the final goal for Brentford in a stunning 4-1 Premier League triumph at Chelsea.  The 25-year-old came off the bench to complete the rout of third-placed Chelsea four days after being part […]
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Africa

/ 186 days ago

Nigeria coach Eguavoen resigns after failure to reach World Cup

Abuja (AFP) – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said national coach Augustine Eguavoen and his assistants have stepped down after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The NFF said in a statement late Thursday the coaching staff had resigned "with immediate effect". On Tuesday, Ghana pipped Nigeria on the […]
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AFCON

/ 191 days ago

Cash-strapped and exiled, minnows Sao Tome book AFCON group spot

Johannesburg (AFP) – Forwards based in Finland and Bolivia scored in Mauritius on Sunday to take minnows Sao Tome e Principe to the group stage of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. Ricardo Cardoso from Helsinki outfit Klubi 04 netted twice and recent Guabira signing Luis Leal once in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Mauritius […]
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Africa

/ 197 days ago

Surprise side Gambia want to avoid becoming one-tournament wonders

Johannesburg (AFP) – Tom Saintfiet, the Belgian coach who transformed Gambia from minnows to Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finalists this year, desperately wants to avoid the fate that befell Madagascar.  Debutants Madagascar took the 2019 Cup of Nations in Egypt by storm, stunning Nigeria in a group match, then eliminating the Democratic Republic of Congo […]
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