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Chanelle Scheepers « I feel ready for Roland-Garros »

A few days before the French Open, Starafrica met the south-african player, Chanelle Scheepers (n°61 at the WTA). What do you think about your week in Strasbourg? It was good. I played a lot, and I played well. I was there in order to prepare myself for the French Open, and I did it. Do you feel ready for the French Open? Yes. I am happy about the way I played during this week. I played many matches, and ...

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ALGERIA / Foued Kadir: Heading for Great Things

Attacking mid fielder, Foued Kadir, who sells his trade in France stole the headlines again with an outlandish double for his club, Valenciennes, last weekend when they clashed with Bastia. The Algeria international is already walking on water. Since the start of this year’s season, the native of Martigues has been in great shape scoring five goals and assisting four for the Northern club. One of the most ...

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SWIMMING/ SOUTH AFRICA : It’s Summertime for Darian Townsend

Early this November in Beijing, he struck again with a brilliant first place performance ahead of Shuai Wang in the 200m individual medley. 0.11s was all it took to beat the formidable Chinese swimmer in front of a Chinese crowd. His foray into the 200m freestyle also paid off as he left the pool with a silver medal having recorded an excellent 1’43”20 just behind Australian born, Tommaso D’Orsogna. What A ...

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Rasmané Ouédraogo :Burkina Faso’s New Cycling King

Rasmane Ouedraogo enters the world stage of successful cyclists as he win the Tour of Burkina Faso but it his success started last June 20 when he emerged winner of the National Championships held in Uagadugu and Mogtedo. He had just declared himself Hamidou Yaméogo’s successor. “I have trained hard,” Rasmane with obvios excitement, into the numerous microphones stretched infront of him after his victory. ...

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Semi-marathon World Championships: Zersenay Tadese, still master of the Tarmac!

King of the Tarmac, Zersenay Tadesea, has struck again. The Eritrean registered a fifth world title to his name during the Semi- marathon World Championships in Karvana, Bulgaria last October 6. This is a feat one too many athletes would be unable to achieve in their entire career. The record man was driven by a burning desire to take back the reigns of command of a sports that suits him too well. In 2010, ...

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SOUTH AFRICA :Bryan HABANA : Spectacular comeback of the master

Bryan Habana was voted man of the match of the South Africa-Australia (31-8) matchday 5 clash of the Four-Nation Tournament, last Saturday September 29. Three excellent tries were enough for him to outsmart the Wallabies defence line and stand tall among his teammates. The good finisher has maintained this performance since the start of this tournament and hundreds of thousands of Springboks fans were ...

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SOUTH AFRICA / Bryan HABANA : Spectacular comeback of the master

Bryan Habana was voted man of the match of the South Africa-Australia (31-8) matchday 5 clash of the Four-Nation Tournament, last Saturday September 29. Three excellent tries were enough for him to outsmart the Wallabies defence line and stand tall among his teammates. The good finisher has maintained this performance since the start of this tournament and hundreds of thousands of Springboks fans were ...

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Morocco: Rachid Taoussi crowned Lion King of the Atlas Mountains

Moroccan born, Rachid Taoussi, 56, was appointed head coach of the Lions of the Atlas last weekend by the Morocco FA (FRMF) to replace Eric Geret, at a moment’s notice. The Belgian was sacked last September 14 because of the team’s poor performance. Taoussi was selected from a short list featuring big names like Badou Zaki, former coach of Kawkab Marrakech, Aziz Amri, who has been coach of Moghreb of Tetouan ...

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SQUASH/EGYPT :Raneem El Weleily, Aiming for the Top Spot

Raneem El Weleily’s victory on Sunday 16 September over world number one, Malasian born Nicol David, is the result of the Egyptian’s hard work that has seen her take the lead. This latest victory seals off a series of eight defeats suffered by the Egyptian number one from the hands of the Malasian. The native of Alexandria enjoyed a sweet revenge as she beats the unbeatable Nicol in the Malasian Open. Of ...

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Francine Nyonsaba: Burundi’s unrefined gemstone

Francine Nyonsaba is unarguably Africa’s 2012 revelation. Her performance at the Diamond League last Friday, which powered her to victory and secured her a national record in the 800m, was the icing on the cake. Until recently, this young Amazon was unknown to the world of athletics. The native of Nkanda Kayongozi showed Africa the stuff she’s made of last July 1 when she won the African Championships in ...

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