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Next Cup of Nations finals to start in December 2025

Next Cup of Nations finals to start in December 2025

THE next Africa Cup of Nations finals have been put back six months and will now be played from December 21, 2025, to January 18, 2026, the Confederation of African (CAF) football announced. The 2025 tournament in Morocco was supposed to take place in mid-year but has been shifted because of FIFA’s newly expanded Club World Cup with 32 teams in the United States next June and July. CAF has also postponed the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations by 12 months to July 5-26 next year. That is also being hosted in Morocco. Dates for the two tournaments have been…
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Poor facilities cost African teams home advantage in World Cup qualifiers

Poor facilities cost African teams home advantage in World Cup qualifiers

NEARLY half of the African countries hosting World Cup qualifiers over the next week are being forced to host their matches in neutral venues as the Confederation of African Football continues to clamp down on poor facilities. Some 17 of the 43 countries who have a home game scheduled in qualification for the 2026 World Cup between Wednesday and next Tuesday are barred from using their own stadia because they are not up to standard. The list includes Kenya, which is one of the three countries designated to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2027, and Benin, whose…
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TotalEnergies AFCON2024: Hosts Cote d’Ivoire open with impressive win over Guinea Bissau

TotalEnergies AFCON2024: Hosts Cote d’Ivoire open with impressive win over Guinea Bissau

IN a fervent stadium atmosphere electrified by the passionate cheers of local fans, Côte d'Ivoire commenced their TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations journey with a resounding victory, triumphing 2-0 over Guinea-Bissau in Saturday night's inaugural match in the capital Abidjan. The Elephants wasted no time in establishing dominance on their home turf, the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, seizing the lead a mere four minutes into the encounter through the prowess of Seko Fofana. The Lens midfielder seized upon a loose ball outside the box, unleashing a sublime strike that soared beyond the grasp of goalkeeper Jonas Mendes. Fofana, displaying…
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CAF Women’s Champions League sees surge in debutant clubs

CAF Women’s Champions League sees surge in debutant clubs

THE upcoming CAF Women’s Champions League will feature an impressive five debutant clubs out of the eight competing, underscoring its growing nature and the dynamic opportunity it is availing to women footballers on the continent. The tournament, which is Africa’s premier women’s club competition, will be held in Ivory Coast between November 5 and 19, in the cities of Korhogo and San Pedro, and will feature five first-time participating teams and only three returning teams. It is a critical moment for women’s football with this competition being held in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time, the past two editions having…
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The rise and rise of women football in Africa

The rise and rise of women football in Africa

BIRD STORY AGENCY WOMEN'S football in Africa is scoring new progress goals, with more female players, coaches and referees joining the game than ever before. Confederation of African Football's first Women's Football Landscape report 2022 shows there are 150,653 registered female players, 4140 female coaches, and 4724 female referees under CAF. With a record 47 out of 54 countries in the continent having women's national teams, the traditionally male-dominated sport is growing to become an all-gender sport. "We can see that great progress has been made in terms of development and participation with 47 MAs having a senior women's national…
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African football on the rise: CAF’s new continental Super League

African football on the rise: CAF’s new continental Super League

BIRD STORY AGENCY AFRICAN football is poised for a boost as FIFA associations look forward to additional funding under the FIFA Forward 3.0 programme, 2022-2026. In the new round of funding, individual associations could get up to US$5 million to supplement operational costs and an additional US$ 3 million to execute specific football projects. Associations that are the most in need will also take home US$1.2 million to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for their national teams, as well as the purchase of football equipment. Confederations and regional/zonal associations will receive US$60 million and US$5 million respectively, to…
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Bafana Bafana coach fired after failing to qualify for AFCON

Bafana Bafana coach fired after failing to qualify for AFCON

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE South African Football Association (SAFA) has fired coach Molefi Ntseki after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 AFCON tournament in Cameroon. The national football team - Bafana Bafana - lost 0-2 to Sudan in a match which they needed just a point to qualify for the AFCON. SAFA  CEO Teboho Motlanthe announced that SAFA’s national executive committee met this morning and agreed, throught a vote, to terminate Ntseki’s contract.  Motlanthe said he, as head of administration, would attend to all the legalities associated with the decision to part ways with the national coach. He…
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Race to run Africa’s football confederation has just heated up. What’s at play

Race to run Africa’s football confederation has just heated up. What’s at play

SOUTH African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s intention to contest for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will make for an interesting run up to the March 12 election. Until he announced his intention it appeared that Ahmad Ahmad, the Malagasy who currently leads the organisation, would be a shoo-in. CHUKA ONWUMECHILI, Professor of Communications, Howard University He had already secured support from 46 of the 54 member countries. Motsepe’s entry is bound to instigate a rethink. The president of CAF has immense powers, which include representing the continent at the highest committees for global football decision making at…
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Sundowns Partner with Roc Nation

Sundowns Partner with Roc Nation

BOITUMELO RANTAO SOUTH African based team Mamelodi Sundowns have announced a partnership with global sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. The American industry titans have applauded Sundowns climb to continental success and revealed ambitions to grow the team's brand into the "biggest club in African football in the world". Sundowns explained their vision and will collaborate with Roc Nation to "drive change through impactful initiatives and alignments, with the greater purpose of uplifting communities and lives." the club said in a statement. With the intent of maintaining Sundowns high-standard of football Roc Nation Sports will provide consultation regarding "transfers and the…
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