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Achimota School Boxing club

Accra, Ghana

1933

Ph: J.K. Bruce Vanderpuije

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) has confirmed that Darfur will be the host of the 2013 Cecafa Club Championships in June.

The tournament is expected to take place after 15 June will attract League winners in the 12 member nations in the region.

Tanzania’s Young Africans are the defending champions, winning the title in 2012 after beating local rivals Azam FC in the final in Dar es Salaam.

Cecafa Club Championship participants:

Young Africans (Tanzania - defending champions), Simba (Tanzania Mainland), Zanzibar representatives, El Merriekh, Al Hilal (Sudan), Tusker (Kenya), Express (Uganda), APR (Rwanda), Vital’O (Burundi), Ports (Djibouti), Elman (Somalia), South Sudan representatives and St George (Ethiopia). Eritrea has not confirmed an entry.

- BBC

DOCUMENTARY: Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell (Dir. Clifford Bestall via Al-Jazeera, 2012

South African filmmaker Clifford Bestall traces the history of the once thriving and all-white downtown Johannesburg neighborhood of Hillbrow, through the life stories of various different inhabitants of the now deeply congested melting pot in one of Africa’s most economically prosperous cities.

As I watch this documentary, I can’t help but think Bestall’s narration and use of music paints the very real and painful stories of some of these individuals as romanticized stories of struggle.

Inter Milan has been hit with a $58,600 by UEFA after being found guilty of “improper conduct” following allegations its fans racially abused Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker, who scored a precious away goal to take Tottenham through to the next round during last month’s Europa League tie, appeared to be subjected to monkey chants, while a fan was also seen with an inflatable banana.

Inter won the match 4-1 but crashed out of Europe’s second-tier competition on the away goals rule with Adebayor’s strike proving crucial.

The Italian club was also charged with “insufficient organization” and “throwing of missiles and/or fireworks.”

Inter has already been punished in domestic competition after the Italian football authorities found its fans guilty of racially abusing former players Mario Balotelli and Sulley Muntari, who now play for fierce rival AC Milan.

The club was fined $65,500 for the incident which took place in March, while it was also forced to pay out $22,700 after fans sang racist chants about Balotelli during a Serie A game against Chievo.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede who is the winner of this year’s London Marathon Men’s Race.

This is the second time he’s won this title after first winning this race in 2010.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo who won the Women’s Race at this year’s London Marathon.

Jeptoo took advantage of a dramatic fall by Olympic champion Tiki Gelana to win the London Marathon.

Jeptoo, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist, won in two hours, 20 minutes and 13 seconds, ahead of compatriot Edna Kiplagat and Japan’s Yoko Shibui.

Earlier, Gelana was involved in a collision at a water station with Canadian wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy.

Despite falling, the Ethiopian was able to rejoin the race, but, in clear discomfort, her challenge faded.

Gelana, part of the leading pack at the 15km mark, cut across the path of Cassidy as she attempted to collect a drink.

The collision ended Cassidy’s participation in the men’s wheelchair race, which was won by Australia’s Kurt Fearnley . Britain’s six-time Paralympic gold-medal winner David Weir , aiming for a seventh London Marathon win, was fifth.

In the women’s wheelchair race, American Tatyana McFadden emerged victorious, with Britain’s Shelly Woods fourth.

McFadden also won the Boston Marathon on Monday, a race that was later the target of a terrorist bomb attack.

London paid tribute to the victims of the bombings, with a 30-second silence observed before the start of the men’s elite and mass races.

More to follow.

nostalgerie:

Tunisian Jewish boxing champion Victor Perez who survived by boxing until 1945, when he died during the death march from Auschwitz. 

He was born to Khmaïssa Perez on October 18, 1911, and was raised in the Jewish quarter of Tunis. At age 14, alongside his older brother, he started training to be a boxer after being inspired by Senegalese boxer Battling Siki.

Standing at 5’1” and weighing 110lbs, Perez defeated Kid Oliva from Marseille to win the Flyweight title in Paris in 1930. The following year he won the International Boxing Union’s version of the Flyweight crown after knocking out American champion Frankie Genaro. This victory made him the youngest world boxing champion in history.

In September 1943, following the German Nazi invasion of France during the Second World War, Perez was denounced to the occupation authorities and was arrested and detained at the Drancy internment camp before being transported to Auschwitz in October. There, he was assigned to the Monowitz subcamp to serve as a slave laborer for I.G. Farben at the Buna-Werke.

Perez was killed on January 22, 1945 on the death march from Monowitz to Gleiwitz.

In 1986, Perez was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Read more profiles of notable Africans.

In the west African country of Senegal, traditional wrestling is as big as football. However, women rarely get a chance to enter the arena.

In Casamance, in the small village of Diembering, the Ricefields’ festival is one of the rare occasions that you can watch ladies try to bring each other to the ground.

via BBC

Congratultaions to Egypt’s U20 football team for winning this year’s U20 AFCON Championship!

Re-live their victory against Ghana here.

It’s a been a great year for Egyptian football. Earlier this year, Egyptian club Al Ahly beat Congo’s AC Leopards 2-1 to claim the Orange CAF Super Cup 2013 Champions cup.


Austrian football player of mixed Filipino and Nigerian descent scored an incredible goal today for putting his team Bayern Munich in the lead against Juventus in their UEFA quarterfinals match.
Bayern went on to win the match 2-0.

Austrian football player of mixed Filipino and Nigerian descent scored an incredible goal today for putting his team Bayern Munich in the lead against Juventus in their UEFA quarterfinals match.

Bayern went on to win the match 2-0.


Austrian football player of mixed Filipino and Nigerian descent scored an incredible goal today for putting his team Bayern Munich in the lead against Juventus in their UEFA quarterfinals match.
Bayern went on to win the match 2-0.

Austrian football player of mixed Filipino and Nigerian descent scored an incredible goal today for putting his team Bayern Munich in the lead against Juventus in their UEFA quarterfinals match.

Bayern went on to win the match 2-0.

Watch the Nigeria - Mali Orange African U-20 Championship 3rd place match.

Played on March 29th, 2013.

Watch a live-stream of the final U-20mAFCON Match, Ghana vs Egypt, tonight at 4:30pm GMT.

WEEKEND SPORTS: Watch the 3rd place and final match of the U20 AFCON Tournament live on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March respectively, taking place in Algeria.

Both matches can be streamed live on youtube here.

Results of the World Cup qualifying matches of African football teams that took place this weekend.

Definitely surprised to to see Lesotho draw with the previous AFCON champions, Zambia, and Kenya almost made history during their game with the current AFCON champs on home turf.

Kenya have never beaten Nigeria and up until the last few minutes were leading the game with a solid goal scored by Francis Kahata by way of a free kick - an absolutely beautiful goal. However, after numerous goal opportunities, Nigeria’s Nnamdi Oduamadi was able to end the Eagles’ goal drought in stoppage time, much to the relief of Super Eagles fans.

SPORTS: Nigeria vs Kenya, and Cote D’Ivoire vs Gambie.

WATCH BOTH MATCHES LIVE HERE

I’ll be live-tweeting both games at @dynamicafrica on twitter.