Who will be named 2018 African Player of the Year? CAF announces nominees

Madagascar and Mauritania are contenders for the national team award with Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Award winners will be announced on January 8 at a ceremony in Dakar.

Liverpool’s African players Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will be competing to be named the 2018 African Player of the Year award, following their inclusion among the 34 nominees announced by Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday.



Egyptian Salah won the award last year after scoring 44 goals in all competitions during his first season at Anfield.



Senegalese Mane has been in outstanding form for Liverpool this season while Guinean Keita adapts to English football after a mid-year move from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.



A couple of previous African Player of the Year winners, Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, are also contenders this year.



Nigerian Alex Iwobi, Senegalese Idrissa Gueye and Ivorian Wilfried Zaha complete the list of nominees who play in the Premier League.



Men’s coach of the year



History-making French coaches Nicolas Dupuis and Corentin Martins are among 10 nominations for the best coach award.



Dupuis has qualified Madagascar for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and Martins achieved a similar feat with Mauritania.



Men’s national team of the year



Madagascar and Mauritania are contenders for the national team award with Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.



Award winners will be announced on January 8 at a ceremony in Dakar.



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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. AFP

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.

Tunisia's Espérance celebrates centenary

The Esperance of Tunis can boast of 45 titles including 28 championships and 3 Champions League titles.
Tunisia’s oldest football club is 100 years old. The Esperance of Tunis is celebrating its centenary with pride following its third continental crown in the champions league last November. “Esperance is a very large family. When Esperance wins, everyone is happy in Bab Souika. If someone in our neighborhood asks for help, they are given money without being held accountable. Esperance makes us happy and gives us joy and pleasure and brings us closer to people”, said Espérance supporter, Mohamed Hosni. For another supporter, Bahri Moron “Esperance is not just football, it’s a social phenomenon. Everyone tries to imitate him and everyone envies him. That’s why its popularity is growing”. The Esperance of Tunis can boast of 45 titles including 28 championships and 3 Champions League titles. In Tunisia, the club is known to be close to the government and its management was effectively linked to the regime of former president, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. AFP

Liberian National County Meet 3rd Place Fixture

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These are 3rd Place Fixture's National County Meet will be played a day before finals. Nimba will play Bong County in Kickball and Gbarpolu - Grand Gedeh in football. National County Meet 3rd Place Fixture - Jan 12 : Kickball : Nimba vs Bong county - 3:00 PM Football : Gbarpolu vs Grand Gedeh - 4:00 PM