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FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: QUARTER-FINALS STAGE.

Out of the three qualifying African teams at this year’s U17 Women’s World Cup that began on March 15th, hosted in Costa Rica, two - Ghana and Nigeria - have made it to the quarterfinals stage.

With only one win out of three against hosts Costa Rica, Zambia’s losses against Italy and Venezuela respectively sealed their fate early in the tournament denying them any chance of advancement out of the group stage.

Ghana was the first team in the tournament to make it to the knockout stage after beating Germany 1-0. Emerging at the top of their group with 6 points, Ghana kicked off their start in the tournament with a 2-0 win against North Korea followed by their win over Germany. Their loss to Canada didn’t hurt their chances of moving forward due to the negative results of Germany and North Korea.

Nigeria have smooth sailed their way through the tournament. Without a single defeat, the team made it to the quarterfinals at the top of their group with 9 points. The U17 ladies beat China PR 2-1 in their opening match, followed by a win over Colombia with the same result, ending with a 3-0 victory over Mexico.

In the quarterfinals, Ghana is set to play Italy on March 27th. Nigeria are pit against Spain on the same day.

Good luck ladies!

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A Quick Who’s Who: African Representatives at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.

Name: Mathilde Amivi Petitjean
Country:
 Togo (Born in Niger to a Togolese mother, raised in France).
Participation: 
10K classical-style cross-country race

Name: Alessia Afi Dipol
Country:
 Togo(Originally Italian, Dipol is a naturalized Togolese citizen).
Participation: 
Women’s slalom alpine skiing.

Name: Luke Steyn
Country: Zimbabwe (Harere-born but attends university in the US. The only African representative born in the country they are representing, this year).
Participation: Men’s slalom and giant slalom.

Name: Kenza Tazi
Country: Morocco (Born in Boston).
Participation: Women’s slalom and giant slalom.

Name: Adam Lamhamedi
Country: Morocco (Born in Montreal, Canada to a Moroccan father and Canadian mother).
Participation: Alpine skiing. He won gold in the Super -G at the Olympic Youth Games in Innsbruck , Austria, in 2012, becoming the first person from an African nation to win a winter related Olympic medal.

For all Sochi Winter Olympic updates and athlete profiles visit their official site.

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CHAN2014 Semi-Finals: Ghana and Libya advance to the finals.

Both Libya and Ghana headed into penalties to secure their position in the CHAN2014 finals. Libya beat first-time finals hopefuls Zimbabwe a narrow 5-4 and after Nigeria missed two penalties, Ghana took their place alongside Libya with a 4-1 win. 

(images via CAF FB)

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#CHAN2014 Updates: who’s through to the semi-finals?

After being down 0-3 againnst the Lions of the Atlas Mountains, Nigeria beat Morocco 4-3, scoring 3 goals in the second half and their winning goal in extra time, to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Zimbabwe made history for qualifying for the semi-finals round for the first time ever in the team’s history after beating Mali 2-1.

The heated match between Libya and Gabon saw the former team qualified by beating Gabon 4-2 in penalties.

Ghana’s 1-0 win, with a goal that came about as a result of a penalty kick, was regarded with a lot of controversy by many DR Congo fans on twitter who claim the ref did not handle the game fairly.

Upcoming matches: Semi-Finals (Weds. 25th Jan)

  • Libya vs Zimbabwe - 5pm CAT
  • Nigeria vs Ghana - 8:30 CAT

(all images via CAF)

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Zimbabwe and Morocco join Nigeria and Mali as both teams progressed to next stage of CAF / Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Burkina Faso and Uganda respectively. 

Nigeria beat hosts South Africa 3-1 on Sunday whilst Mali ousted Mozambique with a 2-1 defeat on the same day.

These four teams will meet each other at the quarter finals.
 

A great weekend for West African football

Three epic football matches occurred this past weekend with each involving great gains for West African football. 

In a fiery game between Chelsea and Manchester United, Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o wow’d fans and rivals alike with his spectacular hat-trick that ensured the Mourinho-led team a solid victory against the Red Devils who were on home turf.

On Sunday, the last games for Group A in the Africa Nations Championship took place in South Africa. Nigeria and Mali were the first teams to progress from the group stages and qualify for the next round in this year’s CHAN tournament.

Hosts Bafana Bafana were chowed by the Super Eagles who scored their first two goals in the first half of the game with a brilliant goal from Ejike Uzoenyi in the 22nd minute, and another goal in the 32nd minute scored by Rabiu Ali after a foul from South Africa’s keeper lead to a penalty kick. Although South Africa managed a goal in the second half, with a third goal from Nigeria already in the net, it was far too little too late for the home squad.

In another West Africa vs Southern Africa showdown, Mali defeated opponents Mozambique 2-1 to advance with Nigeria to the next phase of the tournament.

All CHAN upcoming fixtures can be found here.

The third annual Orange African Nations Championship kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa this past weekend with four opening games that saw surprising results throughout.

Originally scheduled to take place in Libya, the North African country had forfeited its right to host the tournament after post-Gaddafi conflict that broke out 2011

The opening ceremony saw local stars Jimmy Dludlu and Mi Casa take the stage, accompanied by stunning displays and acts. Following this concert, Bafana Bafana took to the field in the first game of the tournament against fellow Southern African nation Mozambique. The home side beat their Lusophone neighbours 3-1 in a much-needed victory for the home side. 

Following this match, two heavyweight West African teams went head-to-head as Mali faced Nigeria. In what many say was a surprising finish, Mali defeated Nigeria 2-1 sending jitters down the nerves of the Super Eagles. 

Sunday saw Zimbabwe draw 0-0 to Morocco, and another surprise came about in the form of Uganda beating Burkina Faso 2-1 with two goals from Sentamu.

The tournament continues today with Ghana playing Congo, and Libya taking on Ethiopia. 

(all images via CAF)

About a year or a two ago, I came across an article somewhere on the web that talked about how Sierra Leone locals were trying to revive their country’s tourism industry after it had been marred by years of a terrible civil war. In particular, part of these efforts were being channeled into building up both a culture and industry around surfing, a sport originally developed by the native Polynesians in Hawai’i, as the western coast of Sierra Leone is home to a number of beaches that make for some pretty good surf locations.

Whilst not on the level of more mature surf industries and primary surf locations, there are at least four beaches in Sierra Leone that those who visit the country can venture on to with their surfboards in tow: River No.2 beach, Aberdeen beach, Bureh beach and Sulima beach

Out of the four listed above, Bureh beach seems to be gaining the highest level of popularity, probably due in part to the Bureh Beach Surf Club (BBSC) of which some of its members are pictured above as part of a photographic essay by Sierra Leone-based photographer Tommy Trenchard.

The BBSC was set up in 2011 as a non-profit organization in and is the country’s first and only surf club. Bureh is a small fishing village that is about an hour and 30 minutes drive from the capital Freetown.

So if you were thinking of visiting Sierra Leone, or looking for a place to vacation in Africa, these spots are definitely areas to consider. For those who possess ECOWAS passports, you can get passport stamped upon arrival if all your documents are intact. But be sure to check with the Sierra Leonean embassy where you live before departing. Non-ECOWAS passport holders will need visas upon arrival into Sierra Leone.

Dedicated to supporting youth in Ethiopia through the promotion of skateboarding and other education initiatives, Ethiopia skate was started in 2012 by 16-year-old Abenezer Temesgen, who fell in love with skateboarding two years ago and has since taught 25 kids how to skateboard, and his partner Sean Stromsoe, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With plans to launch Ethiopia’s first public skate park, Skate Ethiopia needs as much support as they can get to successfully carry out this plan and make this dream come true.

Here’s the first video from the organization introducing their project and the guys behind this great initiative. 

The nominations are in for BBC’s African Footballer of the Year competition for 2013. 

This year’s five players all hail from West Africa and represent four African countries, namely Gabon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. No surprise there considering how well West African teams did at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, with Nigeria taking the title and Burkina Faso coming in second place. 

List of the nominated candidates, their nationality, and their club teams:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon and Borussia Dortmund
  • Victor Moses - Nigeria and Liverpool (on loan from Chelsea)
  • John Mikel Obi - Nigeria and Chelsea
  • Jonathan Pitroipa - Burkina Faso and Rennes
  • Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast and Manchester City

Who would you vote for?

IAAF RESULTS:

Kenya’s Milcah Chemos Cheywa, winner of the womens 3000m steeplechase.

Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa, bronze medalist in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Women’s 3000m steeplechase silver medalist Liday Chepkurui, from Kenya.

Eunice Jepkoech SUM of Kenya, gold medalist winner in the women’s 800m.

Helen Onsando Obiri of Kenya took home the bronze medal in the women’s 1500m race.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

(L-R) Silver medalist Mercy Cherono of Kenya, gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and bronze medalist Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 5000 metres during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

(L-R) Silver medalist Gladys Cherono of Kenya, gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia and bronze medalist Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopiastand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 10000 metres during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

Collecting three medals between the two of them - two silver and one bronze, sprinters Murielle Ahoure of Cote D’Ivoire and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria helped to shine the spotlight on African sprinters at this year’s IAAF championships in Moscow.

Both women participated in the women’s 100m and 200m races, with Murielle Ahoure coming in second in both finals and Okagbare winning the bronze medal in the 200m race.

Seen here in the middle, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won both races.

"Tonight has seen a new era launched in women’s sprinting," said a radiant Ahoure.

"I am so proud to be up here as an African. We are the perfect opponents as Blessing represents English speaking West Africa and I represent French speaking West Africa."

On her winnings, Okagbare had this to say:

"I may live in the United States but I am a proud African and moments like this are wonderful when I feel I am putting them on the map in athletics."

"I just hope that people will look back and say I gave Africa something to smile about at a world championships."

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AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

WOMEN’S MONTH SPORTS: Botswana’s Amantle Monthso won the country’s first medal at the IAAF Championships, so far, after winning silver, coming in second in the women’s 400m race.

The former 400m defending champion lost out to Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu who surged her body forward in the last seconds of the race, giving the Briton a minute but critical lead time of 49.404 seconds with Montsho clockin in second at 49.408.

Watch the race here.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women