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Fiorentina’s Kouame treated for malaria

Fiorentina’s Kouame treated for malaria

FIORENTINA winger Christian Kouame has been treated in hospital for malaria, the Italian Serie A club said. The 26-year-old was in the Ivory Coast squad that won the recent Africa Cup of Nations and played in the quarter-finals. "Christian has gone into hospital to receive treatment and will continue to be assessed over the coming days," Fiorentina said in a statement. Fiorentina are seventh in Serie A with 38 points. Kouame has played 22 matches for them this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
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Nigerian star scores as Napoli draws with Barcelona

Nigerian star scores as Napoli draws with Barcelona

NAPOLI fought back to hold visitors Barcelona to a dour 1-1 draw in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday as Victor Osimhen cancelled out Robert Lewandowski's opener. Last year's Spanish and Italian champions, both struggling this season, played out a poor match in which both sides were toothless and lacking attacking flair. Third in the LaLiga standings eight points behind leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona dominated the first half against a disorganised Napoli who barely managed to get out of their own half. "It is not a good result for the return leg," Barca manager Xavi Hernandez told Movistar…
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Messi shines as Inter Miami beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 in MLS season opener

Messi shines as Inter Miami beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 in MLS season opener

LIONEL Messi set up one goal and had a hand in another as Inter Miami weathered a Real Salt Lake storm after the break to emerge with a 2-0 victory in the opening match of the 2024 Major League Soccer season. Miami dominated the first half in Fort Lauderdale and broke through in the 39th minute when Messi split the defence to find Robert Taylor, whose low shot looked like it had been saved by Zac MacMath before it spun out of his arms and into the net. Salt Lake, who had been tentative in the first half, came out…
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Traore, Diatta banned following Cup of Nations outbursts

Traore, Diatta banned following Cup of Nations outbursts

MALI captain Hamari Traore and Senegal winger Krepin Diatta have been suspended for an effective two matches each following their respective tempestuous reactions to exits at the hands of hosts Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivorians defeated Senegal on penalties in the last 16, with Diatta incensed over what he perceived to be incorrect calls from the match officials. He described the Confederation of African Football as "corrupt" and was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute which also carried a fine of $10,000. Ivory Coast went on to beat Mali 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals following…
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African female football star sets world transfer record

African female football star sets world transfer record

BAY FC have signed Zambia forward Racheal Kundananji from Spain's Madrid CFF, the clubs announced, with the American team paying up to a reported $860,000 to set a new world record in women's football. The 23-year-old, who joined Madrid in 2022 from fellow Spanish top-tier side Eibar, signed a contract through the 2027 season with an extension option for the 2028 campaign, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) club said.. The San Francisco Bay Area's new NWSL franchise paid $785,000 for Kundananji, local media reported, with a possible $75,000 in add-ons, making her the most expensive female soccer player ever. The…
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Ghana fans demand reform after Cup of Nations flop

Ghana fans demand reform after Cup of Nations flop

HUNDREDS of soccer fans took to the streets of Ghana's capital Accra, demanding better governance for football after their team failed to get out of the group stage at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. Clad in black and red T-shirts saying "Save Ghana football" and holding placards, the protesters marched through the main streets to show their frustration over the Black Stars' poor performances at recent major tournaments. Ghana, four-time Nations Cup champions but not since 1982, has qualified for four World Cups and reached the quarter-finals in 2010. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) sacked coach Chris Hughton last month after…
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Brand new African Karting Championships kicks off in South Africa ahead of Karting World Cup

Brand new African Karting Championships kicks off in South Africa ahead of Karting World Cup

THE inaugural African Karting Cup starts this weekend at the Zwartkops Kart Circuit, in the city of Centurion, Gauteng, from February 15 -17.  Over 15 countries, including Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, will be represented by 40 drivers on the karting circuit, signalling the popular rise of young drivers with high ambitions.  The event will be managed by Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and is an FIA-recognised competition. MSA chairperson Adrian Stoltz said that the Cup competition was meant to take place at the main Zwartkop Racing Circuit, but announced a last-minute venue change due…
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African football won the 34th Afcon, with Côte d’Ivoire a close second

African football won the 34th Afcon, with Côte d’Ivoire a close second

The 34th Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) came to an end in Côte d'Ivoire with millions of viewers around the world shouting at TV screens, and an astonishing performance by Côte d'Ivoire both on the field as champions and off it as hosts. The West African country beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final but the good news was bigger than the match. The group stage of the most important national tournament in Africa produced an average of 2.47 goals per game – the highest in the competition for over a decade. CHUKA ONWUMECHILI, Professor of Communications, Howard University As a…
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Kelvin Kiptum: the Kenyan runner who redefined what it takes to win marathons

Kelvin Kiptum: the Kenyan runner who redefined what it takes to win marathons

KENYAN athletics has lost Kelvin Kiptum, the marathon world record holder who was destined to be the first person to run the race in under two hours. The runner, aged only 24, died on 10 February in a car accident that also claimed his coach Gervais Hakizimana, 37, from Rwanda. WYCLIFFE W. NJORORAI SIMIYU, Professor and Chair of Kinesiology and Health Science, Stephen F. Austin State University The accident occurred near one of the high-altitude athletics training centres that dot the country’s north Rift Valley. The region northwest of Nairobi is home to many Kenyan distance runners, among them world-famous…
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Kenya’s Sarah Chepchirchir gets 8-year ban for second doping violation

Kenya’s Sarah Chepchirchir gets 8-year ban for second doping violation

KENYA'S Sarah Chepchirchir has been hit with an eight-year ban after the former Tokyo Marathon winner was found to have violated anti-doping regulations for a second time, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said in a statement. Chepchirchir had returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone, the AIU said. The sample was collected at the Bangsaen42 Chonburi Marathon in Thailand in November. The 39-year-old was previously banned for four years in 2019, backdated to April 11, 2018, because of abnormalities in her athlete blood passport. The latest ban will be backdated to December 22, 2023, and Chepchirchir's competition results from November…
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