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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."

(source)

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

WOMEN’S MONTH SPORTS: Ivorian sprinter Muriel Ahoure came in second, behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, in the women’s 100m race at the IAAF Championships securing Ivory Coast’s first and only medal so far in the tournament.
ETA: Finishing with a time of 10.93, Ahoure is the first African woman to win a World Championships medal in the blue-ribbon event.
Watch the race here.
AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

WOMEN’S MONTH SPORTS: Ivorian sprinter Muriel Ahoure came in second, behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, in the women’s 100m race at the IAAF Championships securing Ivory Coast’s first and only medal so far in the tournament.

ETA: Finishing with a time of 10.93, Ahoure is the first African woman to win a World Championships medal in the blue-ribbon event.

Watch the race here.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

WOMEN’S MONTH SPORTS: Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the world and Olympic champion, defends her title by winning gold in the women’s 10, 000m race at the IAAF Championships currently being held in Moscow, Russia.

Clocking in at a time of 30:43.35, the Dibaba remains unbeaten in 11 tries and claimed her third gold medal at this distance in the world championships, and her fifth world gold overall.

Gladys Cherono of Kenya took in silver, and fellow Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira came in third.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

WOMEN’S MONTH SPORTS: Kenyan long-distance runner Edna Kiplagat won gold in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships currently being held in Moscow, Russia.

Reigning World Champion, Kiplagat clocked in with a time of 2:25:44, 14 seconds before the next contestant finished in second place.

On defending her title, here’s what Kiplagat had to say:

"I am delighted I was able to defend my title successfully. The time of the race is unusual, because I am used to run most of my races in the morning. So during my preparation I tried to adjust my training to the time. I got confident I was going to win at 40km, when I started to increase my pace. I dedicate my victory to my husband for letting me have enough time to train"

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

37thstate:

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare wins Silver in the Women’s Long Jump at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics championships Moscow 2013!