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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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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.

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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"

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

Video profile on the life of the incredible 16-year-old Ugandan chess star Phiona Mutesi on how she discovered her love for chess, her successes so far, as well as her hopes for the future.

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WOMEN’S MONTH NEWS: Isha Johansen has been confirmed as the new president of the Sierra Leone Football Association.

At 48, Johansen (pictured left) joins Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera (pictured right) as the only two women to occupy the position of president of a football association. Nsekera has been president of the Fédération de Football du Burundi since 2004, and since 2009 has been a member of the International Olympic Committee.

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South Africa’s Lucas Sithole became the first player from the African continent to win a wheelchair tennis Super Series title on the weekend when he defeated world number one David Wagner 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 to claim the quads singles title at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Open.

Sithole has won 23 singles titles to date, including the Korea and Daegu Opens in June 2012, but the prestigious British Open Quads singles title is his biggest win to date.

One of only six Super Series events, the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships was played at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Despite losing out for a try at first place at the U20 World Cup this year, after losing to France, Ghana’s Black Satellites managed to bag the third place position after beating Iraq 3-0. 

Out all the four African teams represented at the tournament, Ghana were the only ones to make it past the round of 16 stage as Nigeria lost to Uruguay 2-1, and Mali and Egypt never made it past the group stages.

Congrats to Ghana’s U20 team on their bronze medal win.

Whilst most of the football world is paying attention to the Confederations Cup currently taking place in Brasil, the FIFA U20 World Cup is currently underway in Turkey where the group stage matches are almost all played.

At the tournament, Africa is represented by Egypt, Mali, Ghana and Nigeria and currently, out of these four teams, Nigeria is the only squad to have secured a position in the second stage of the tournament.

Mali look unlikely to qualify sitting in third place in their group line up with 2 points. Similarly, Ghana, are in third position in their group standings. However, with only a point separating themselves from second place France, and haven beaten the USA 4-1, Ghana could potentially advance to the next round if they are able to claim one of four places available to the best third placed teams.

Unfortunately for Egypt, having lost all their matches so far, they stand at the bottom of their group with zero points.

Today, June 26th, 2013, marks ten years since the tragic sudden death of Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé who, during the semi-final match against Colombia in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, collapsed on the field in the 72nd minute of the game.

After attempts to resuscitate him on the pitch, he was stretchered off the field, where he received mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen. Medics spent 45 minutes attempting to restart his heart, and although he was still alive upon arrival at the stadium’s medical centre he died shortly afterwards, in spite of the efforts to save his life.

A first autopsy did not determine an exact cause of death, but a second autopsy concluded that Foé’s death was heart-related as it discovered evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise.

At the time of his death, Foé was 28 years old and had played in both the French League and English Premier League for teams such as Lens, Lyon, West Ham United and Manchester City (on loan). He had been playing for the Cameroonian national team since making his debut with them in 1993.

Foé was posthumously decorated with the Commander of the National Order of Valour in his home country.

He is survived by his wife Marie-Louise Foé and their three children.

Africa’s representatives Nigeria play their second Confederations Cup game today against South American CONMEBOL 2011 Copa América winners Uruguay in a game that could see them advance to the next round, after beating Tahiti 6-1.

Watch the highlights from the Tahiti vs Nigeria match played on Monday this week.


Gols de Nigéria 6x1 Taiti - Copa das Confederações 2013 17-06-2013

Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, while Ethiopia and Zambia gained crucial victories that put South Africa and Ghana at risk of missing out on football’s top tournament.

Lacina Traore, Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure scored in Gambia for the Ivorians, keeping Africa’s top-ranked team in control of Group C and on course for a place in the decisive five final playoffs as one of 10 qualifying group winners.

In Group A, Ethiopia’s run continued with a 2-1 win in Botswana to stay two points ahead of 2010 host South Africa and a step closer to a first appearance at the World Cup in Brazil next year. South Africa beat Central African Republic 3-0 in neutral Cameroon, but has just two games left in the group stage to overhaul a two-point deficit.

Africa’s only quarterfinalist at the last World Cup, Ghana also is in danger of missing out following Zambia’s 4-0 win over Lesotho - which kept the 2012 African Cup champion a point ahead of the Black Stars, who won 3-1 in Sudan on Friday.

Tunisia was held 2-2 in Sierra Leone, coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 down with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef’s 90th-minute equalizer in Freetown. That still left the Tunisians with a four-point lead atop Group B and in pole position for the all-or-nothing playoffs after Cape Verde’s 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea.

Republic of Congo is the surprise leader of Group E, holding a six-point advantage after drawing 0-0 in Gabon ahead of African Cup of Nations finalist Burkina Faso’s meeting with Niger on Sunday. And Senegal heads a now-tight Group J after giving up an early lead against Angola via striker Papiss Cisse to draw 1-1. Uganda beat Liberia 1-0 to close within a point of the Senegalese.

Ivory Coast cruised past Gambia for a third win out of four in its group, with midfielder Toure capping a smooth display with his late goal. Closest challenger Tanzania is in Morocco later Saturday.

South Africa overcame a grueling 36-hour trip to Yaounde after travel problems to beat Central African Republic with goals by Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Katlego Mphela. But the Ethiopians, who returned to the African Cup after a long absence this year, maintained their push for an historic World Cup appearance with victory in Gaborone. Ethiopia and South Africa meet in the crucial next round.

Jacob Mulenga had a brace for Zambia, which has also never been to the World Cup. Ghana kept up the chase with the help of a brace from striker Asamoah Gyan in Sudan.

Tunisia’s hopes were boosted with Cape Verde’s victory over Equatorial Guinea, preventing the former African Cup host from closing the gap on the North Africans. Republic of Congo is also closing in on the playoffs along with Senegal.

Libya drew with Congo in Tripoli in Group I on Friday, leaving Cameroon with the opportunity to go three points clear if it beats a struggling Togo team on Sunday.

African champion Nigeria beat Kenya on Wednesday to open a two-point in Group F, while Egypt can stamp home its dominance in Group G if it beats bottom-place Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday.

Algeria and Mali are level on six points at the top of Group H ahead of their games on +Sunday against Benin and Rwanda respectively. Africa’s qualifying competition will then move straight to its penultimate round of group games next week.

Goal.com provides a preview of some of the matches happening around the continent between June 8 and 9.

Sierra Leone v Tunisia | Saturday, June 8 at 16:00 (GMT)

Tunisia are on top of Group B with 9 points and could move close to sealing the group’s spot in the event of a win over their weekend’s hosts Sierra Leone, who are out to take their revenge on the North Africans after falling 2-1 to them in March. However, the Leone Stars need to prove they can slow down the momentum of the in-form Eagles of Carthage to revive their campaign before it gets too late.

Gabon v Congo | Saturday, June 8 at 15:00 (GMT)

With 9 points atop of Group E, Congo will take on bottom-placed Gabon, hoping to strengthen their 6-point lead over all other members of the group, who are on tie at 3 points. However, after performing badly in their two previous qualifying games - a 1-0 loss to Congo and a draw at home against Tunisia – the Panthers will strive to make amends in front of their home fans at the Stade Amitie in Libreville against their close neighbours.

Angola v Senegal | Saturday, June 8 at 16:00 (GMT)

This will probably be one of the toughest meetings of the weekend, as Angola, third in Group J with 3 points, will leave no stone unturned to exploit home advantage over visiting Senegal, who currently lead the lot with 5 points. Buoyed by their 1-1 away draw against the West African side in the reverse fixture, the Palancas Negras are hoping to bounce back into the campaign and that could begin with a win, however tiny, over Senegal in Luanda.

Botswana v Ethiopia | Saturday, June 8 at 16:00 (GMT)

With one point obtained from three games, Botswana have little chance to progress from this stage. And playing host to leaders of their Group A Ethiopia may likely not change the situation, as the Walia Antelopes are determined to top their two-point lead over second placed South Africa, who have 5 points and could shoot to the summit of the group if they triumph over Central African Republic in Bangui on Saturday.

Cape Verde v Equatorial Guinea | Saturday, June 8 at 16:00 (GMT)

The stake in Group B appears to be the hunt of Tunisia, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, as bottom placed Cape Verde with zero points have lost hope in the campaign. The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts are eyeing an away victory in Praia over the Islanders to pursue their course to the top.

Morocco v Tanzania | Saturday, June 8 at 19:00 (GMT)

It will be a match to make or break Morocco’s World Cup qualifying campaign. The Lions of the Atlas boast just 2 points from three games, and are third behind leaders and top favourites Cote D’Ivoire (7 pts) and Tanzania (6pts). The Taifa Stars are zealous to topple the Elephants or remain hot on their heels, and beating Morocco on home soil will make this probably happen.

Zambia v Lesotho | Saturday, June 8 at 15:00 (GMT)

After suffering a 1-1 setback at the hands of lowly rated Lesotho, Zambia, who are leading Group D with 7 points - only a point ahead of second placed Ghana - are burning to crush the Likuena and conserve their status in the group while keeping fingers crossed for Sudan’s victory over the Black Stars.

Uganda v Liberia | Saturday, June 8 at 16:00 (GMT)

All the teams in Group J are trailing each other by one point with Senegal leading the lot by 5 points. Uganda, who lost 2-0 to Liberia in March, see a chance to turn the tables on their visitors to give some silver lining to their listless campaign that has left them with 2 points from 3 games.

Niger v Burkina Faso | Saturday, June 9 at 16:00 (GMT)

Niger have not won a match since this year and were crushed 4-0 last March in Ouagadougou by Burkina Faso, levelling both team’s points to 3 each and level with Gabon. However, all three sides are trailing Group E leaders Congo by 6 points, making the race to the top stiffer than ever.

Guinea v Mozambique | Saturday, June 9 at 16:00 (GMT)

After sharing the spoils in their away fixture last March against Mozambique on a goalless draw, Guinea are hoping to snatch a vital home win in Conakry during the weekend in the reverse fixture to breathe life into their qualifying campaign and go after Group G leaders Egypt, who hold 9 points, 5 above the Syli National.

Mali v Rwanda | Saturday, June 9 at 16:00 (GMT)

Mali are level on 6 points with leaders of Group H Algeria. Playing host to Rwanda, who have just one point and likely to crash out in no time, is an opportunity for the Eagles to add up to their gains and push forth to the top, however, depending on a favourable outcome for Benin in Cotonou against the North Africans.

Zimbabwe v Egypt | Saturday, June 9 at 16:00 (GMT)

The leaders of Group G Egypt, with 9 points, and bottom placed Zimbabwe, with one point, will play each other in a match many Zimbabweans are not enthusiastic to watch, following the 8-point gap between both sides and the minute chance The Warriors have to survive the campaign. The Pharaohs are highly favoured to carry the day, but must overcome the resistance of the home side first before singing victory.

Benin v Algeria | Saturday, June 9 at 16:00 (GMT)

After suffering a 3-1 defeat against Algeria in March, Benin are expecting a sweet revenge at their home ground in Cotonou on Sunday in the reverse fixture, to hopefully power their gains from 4 to 7 points and stay competitive in the robust Group H.