Egypt confirmed as hosts of AFCON 2019 - Official

CAF Executive Committee members were initially set to vote in Dakar on Wednesday but opted to do so 24 hours earlier and hours to the 2018 CAF Awards also taking place in the Senegalese capital today,

The upcoming African Cup of Nations, AFCON, will be hosted by Egypt, the Confederation of African Football, CAF; announced on Tuesday after a high level meeting.



The race was between Egypt and South Africa, who submitted candidacies late last year after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights.






Cameroon was stripped of the rights because of their inability to put together infrastructure in time and also due to security threats in parts of the country.



CAF Executive Committee members were initially set to vote in Dakar on Wednesday but opted to do so 24 hours earlier and hours to the 2018 CAF Awards also taking place in the Senegalese capital today, January 8.



South Africa has extensive infrastructure built when they hosted the first World Cup in Africa in 2010. Watchers however expressed reservations about the low South African patronage of other teams.



Egypt also has extensive football facilities, although in recent years attendances at local matches have been restricted because of security concerns in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution and Tahir Square demonstrations.



Morocco had been the favourite to step in after repeatedly promising to do so if needed but then surprisingly said it was not interested once Cameroon was stripped of hosting rights.



It is the first time the tournament will be played mid-year away from the traditional January – February date. It will last between June 15 to July 13, 2019. It will also be the first time there will be 24 participating teams.

Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet after 9 years

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Bomi County won the 2018-19 County Soccer Meet last Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The 1-1 draw went into extra time and it became evident that penalty kicks would settle the deadlock. Bomi County has clinched the trophee after beating Margibi County 4-3 in post-match penalty kicks after regular time 1-1. The 90 minutes plus the extra 30 minutes of play had all the beauty of the game. Both goalkeepers were excellent and kept their team in the game. “It was simply a matter of Bomi winning the match,” said a native of Bomi County. “The 4-3 victory was part of Bomi’s plan, and now let’s see if someone can decide to draw attention to the Blue Lake.” In recent County Meets, Bomi has had difficulties in winning the crown and came to the limelight after beating River Gee 5-2 in 2009. Bomi walked away with LD 500,000 as cash prize, while Margibi took home half of the winner’s price. In the Kickball grand final, Grand Bassa edged Margibi County 2-0 home run, while Nimba County beat Lofa County 7-6 in penalties to win the inaugural edition of the women football in the County Meet. Grand Finals results Football Margibi 3 - Bomi 4 Kickball Margibi 0 - Grand Bassa 1

Serena Williams makes strong start in Australian Open

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide and the American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

Serena Williams made a strong comeback in her quest for a record-equallying 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne Australia on Tuesday.

The tennis legend won 6-0 6-2 victory over German Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open.

The seven-times Australian Open champion was pregnant when she won the last of her 23 grand slam titles at Melbourne Park.

Playing her first Grand Slam since her rant against the umpire at last year’s U.S. Open final, the 37-year old lost only 24 points against Maria.

Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria, who is also her neighbour, sent a backhand wide. The American will next play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

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A second African Golden Ball for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseyn

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf.

In this weeks’s program, the Egyptian striker was named African Player of the Year for the second time in a row. The reward for a breathtaking season. We spoke about this with a former winner, the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf.

It was a smashing start at the Champions League group stage for Wydad, winning 5-2 against Asec Mimosas. Defending champions Tunis Esperance were held in check in Guinea. Find all the results in this program.

And then hero of South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup. Phil Masinga, African champion in 1996, died on Sunday. Sad news for African football.

Egypt launches preps for AFCON 2019

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

The Egyptian sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday launched preparations for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations.

The continent’s largest sporting event will take place from June 15 to July 13.

“Organizing the CAN in three to four months is a great sign of confidence from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and my colleagues at CAF. Egypt has got sixteen votes against one, which shows great confidence in the country, Egypt and our economy, “ said President of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Rida.

Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouli will chair a committee made up of ministers to facilitate work of the federation.

Officials say the opening ceremony and first match will take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International stadium.

The stadium was renovated before the North African nation hosted the 2006 edition of the tournament.

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.

Egypt can boast of a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria as well as a road network linking the main cities.

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Uganda's lacrosse players target youth to grow the sport

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport .

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport and improve upon their performances at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.

In a sunny afternoon in Jinja, Uganda, Andrew Mamawi is getting his players in gear.

Mamawi played for the Ugandan lacrosse team at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018. Uganda is the first African country to field a team at the sport’s penultimate event.

“It showed me a lot of things that sports can do. After playing for a while in Kampala, I came back to the community that raised me, so what I didn’t have, what I didn’t get as a child is what I wanted to give back to the community,” said Lacrosse Coach and player, Andrew Mamawi.

The sport was first introduced in the East African nation in 2012 by an American representative of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Secretary of Uganda Lacrosse Association, Donald Atuhire said Uganda is at the forefront, while the rest of Africa is just waiting them to expand

“It’s a very challenging sport, it’s fast and requires a lot of skill holding all that equipment, there is a helmet, gloves, a stick, a ball that is very heavy, it needs so much skill in handling it, so we expect if the kids take it up professionally, they could easily get a payment for it,” he added.

Funds to pay players, buy equipment, manage leagues, organize competitions, facilitate travel, and eventually offer college scholarships are raised through the California-based Uganda Lacrosse Foundation or the Uganda Lacrosse Association both formed to help support the country’s niche community of players and fans.

The Cranes Uganda’s national team – hope to play in the Olympics one day. They may just have enough time to launch that offensive, given that the FIL sees 2028 as the year lacrosse will return to the Summer Games.