Afcon title is Nigeria’s to lose

Only Burkina Faso stand in the way of Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi from becoming only the second man to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach.That proud record is held by Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary, who won the title in 1959 as a player, and in 1998, as coach of...

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:00 AM

Nigeria must respect Mali to avoid upset

They may have caused an upset by eliminating pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals but Nigeria need to give their semi-final opponents Mali the respect they deserve in order to avoid falling victims of an upset themselves.Mali, led by their inspirational captain Seydou Keita,...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

The ‘golden generation’ fall short again

For being the overwhelming favourites to win the Afcon 2013 competition, Ivory Coast players maybe thought they would simply turn up and things work out themselves—how wrong they were.Bookies odds and expert predictions are not right all the time--they can sometimes be misleading as the...

Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

Mutesa rules Serena Monthly Mug again

Chldren: Over all winnerCyril Malayil 28 Net (Stroke play)Ladies winnerJenny Linda    66 points (Stableford play)Men Group 3 winner (Handicap 19-28)Taylor Koonce    72 points (Stableford play)Group 2 winner (Handicap 10-18)Deogratus Chuwa  154 Net (Stroke play)...

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Nigeria need belief, not money, to beat Ivory Coast

It’s every player’s dream to play for his country but to hear that the same players need to be given extra incentives to be able to perform to their best is ridiculous, to say the least.A player getting allowances plus additional benefits for their service to their countries is one...

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:00 AM

Spain needs to take a strong stand on racism

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has described the fight to eliminate racism from football stadiums in Spain, in his own words, as “a lost war.”The Brazilian international made the observations on Thursday, a day after he was racially abused by sections of Real Madrid fans at the Santiago...

Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ghana could be in for upset

There is nothing as awkward in football like playing against a team that has nothing to lose as Ghana may find out when they take on Cape Verde in the first quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nation South Africa 2013.The Black Stars, the pre-tournament second favourite after Ivory Coast to win the...

Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

Burkinabe will miss Traore as West rules

When news came through that Burkina Faso striker Alain Traore had been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a thigh injury, one could only conclude that the hope  to reach the semi-finals for the second time in the country’s history was no more.The tournament’s top scorer...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

It’s a shame teams can’t pay players

The issue of some African teams dithering whenever it comes to paying bonuses for their players during major tournaments needs to be dealt with once and for all; it’s a shame to Africans. Mali captain Seydou Keita has vowed not to let a possible disagreement over player bonuses spoil his...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Zambia treading a slippery ground

Champions Zambia know what they need to do when they face Burkina Faso in the last and decisive Group C match to avoid the embarrassment of early elimination.However, the problem is, knowing what to do is one simple thing but achieving it is totally a different issue. The Chipolopolo face a real...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda can take heart from Algeria, Mali and Nigeria

Rwanda did not qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 but even her opponents in Group H of the Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014 qualifyiers, Algeria and Mali have been exposed, while Nigeria, which eliminated Amavubi is struggling in South Africa.Algeria, whith three points, one behind group leaders...

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Mweene late goal denies Nigeria a win

Group CZambia      1-1   NigeriaGoalkeeper Kennedy Mweene scored a late penalty for Zambia to deny Nigeria their first three points of the Africa Cup Of Nations South Africa 2013.The Super Eagles took the lead in the 57th minute through striker Emmanuel Emenike and...

Friday, January 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ghana beat Mali in edgy Afcon clash

MIDFIELDER MUBARAK Wakaso scored the only goal of the match as Ghana beat Mali 1-0 on Thursday to assert themselves as the powerhouse in Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013.It was the Black Stars’ first win of the tournament but which took them top of their group with four...

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Gervinho wins it late for Ivory Coast

TuesdayGroup DIvory C 2-1 TogoOverwhelming favourites Ivory Coast left it late to beat Togo 2-1 in their opening Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 match played on Tuesday.Arsenal striker Gervinho (below)scored a late volley to give the Elephants victory in the first Group D game. Yaya Toure...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Karegeya mixes it well with older rivals

Stage five (190.4 km)Top 3Frédérique ROBERT 04h36’50’’ 10’’ (BEL)Andrea Francesco PALINI 04h36’50’’ 6’’ (ITA)Gért DOCKX 04h36’50’’ 4’’ (BEL)Team Rwanda27. Jérémie KAREGEYA...

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Byukusenge’s serge continues

Byukusenge Nathan, the Team Rwanda captain is having an excellent race after moving up to 19th place overall at the ongoing La Tropicale Amissi Bongo cycling tour in Gabon.The experienced rider did a wonderful job coming 15th in the 109km stage four (Oyem-Mitzic) on Thursday, clocking 02h28’...

Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Nathan Byukusenge is Team Rwanda’s hope

Team Rwanda riders will have to make significant improvement in the remaining three stages if they are to repeat or improve last year’s 7th place finish in the ongoing UCI La Tropicale Amissa Bongo cycling race in Gabon.The team led by skipper Nathan Byukusenge ended stage three on Wednesday...

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Worrying start for Team Rwanda

Team Rwanda riders made an indifferent start to the 2013 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo cycling race in Gabon with none finishing in the top 30 in the opening stage, Bitam - Ebolowa on Monday.Captain Nathan Byukusenge, who is also the most experienced member on the team, was the highest placed in the...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Messi can make Ballon d'Or his...

Lionel Messi is dominating the world player of the year title the way his feet does with the ball. The Argentine forward’s magical left foot has kept the prize in his possession for a fourth consecutive year.Unfortunately, for Cristiano Ronaldo, he can only settle for second and possibly be...

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

David Villa is better off at Barcelona

BeLated Happy New Year Having gone for my annual leave for the lager part of last month, I didn’t get the chance to wish you one, but it’s not too late though.Unlike in England where the league doesn’t stop for the winter break, the rest of European leagues including Spanish La...

Saturday, January 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

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