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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.

Nigerian goal scorer Ahmed Musa celebrates with a fellow Eagles player after leading the AFCON 2013 champions to victory in their 1-0 win over Kenya in Nairobi on Wednesday, June 5th, as part of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Diminutive Russia-based Musa took Nigeria out of their 0-0 misery by scoring a uniquely-aimed goal that bounced its way into the Kenyan goal box.

As it stands, Nigeria lead their group with eight points, followed by Malawi with six, Namibia four and Kenya with two after four rounds. Only the group winners move on to the next round to eventually qualify for one of five places reserved for African teams at Brasil 2014.

Nigeria’s next challenge is the Confederations Cup that begins on June 15th in Brasil.

Roma receive a 50,000 euro (£42,000) fine after racist chants from their supporters halt their Serie A game against AC Milan.

Play in the 0-0 Serie A draw on Sunday was stopped for about two minutes after chants were aimed at Milan’s black players from the visiting fans.

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri called Italian football “a place for the uncivilised” afterwards.

In response to the ruling, Roma released a statement condemning the actions of their supporters.

It read:  “This type of behaviour from any football supporters, including ours, is completely unacceptable. We are committed to facing this issue head-on to rid our sport of this problem and promote respect for all.”

The capital club were also warned they could play future league matches behind closed doors should the same events be repeated.

The game was brought to a temporary halt at the start of the second half and an announcement made to supporters ordering them to cease their behaviour before play was resumed.

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, ex-Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and defender Kevin Constant were part of the Milan team, with the governing body of the Italian league’s judgement stating three unnamed players had been abused.

In January, a friendly between Milan and Pro Patria in January was suspended because of racist chants aimed at Boateng. In April, Juventus were fined 30,000 euros (£25,700) for their fans’ racist abuse of AC Milan players.

The Milan v Roma match marked the first time in Italian football where play had been temporarily halted and then re-started, but Allegri questioned the strength of the sanction.

"Stopping the game doesn’t work, it’s a happy medium and like all happy mediums, it doesn’t do anybody any good," he said.

"Balotelli was defeated, he gave everything, but he is 22 and subjected more and more to racist chants. That doesn’t do him any good."

Achimota School Boxing club

Accra, Ghana


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.


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.


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.

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