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Category: Africa

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Field of broken dreams: football’s slave trade – photo essay

All they want is to do is play professionally, but for many young hopefuls from Africa their expensive journey to Turkey ends in exploitation • Photographs by Italo RondinellaFor months, Yves Kibendo woke up every morning at 6am. He would leave his hou…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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Women’s rugby in Morocco – a photo essay

Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Mar…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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‘It makes me hopeful for my country’: Springbok rugby fans celebrate

World victory in game that once symbolised apartheid brings unity to South African streetsThe crowd swelled as the game went on. From scores to hundreds to a thousand or more, young and old, men and women, all gathered in front of the big screen in the…

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South Africans pin hopes on rugby win to lift gloom of troubled country

Many dream of the Springboks repeating success of 1995 World Cup to give nation a morale boostThe beers are on ice, the traditional spiced sausages bought, the barbecue coals stacked, and government advisories on the rules of the game circulated on soc…

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Algeria fans light up London after Afcon triumph – in pictures

Finsbury Park and Trafalgar Square were deluged with more than a thousand Algerian supporters as they won the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night. The 1-0 win over Senegal was greeted with fireworks and jubilation Continue reading…

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Africa Cup of Nations needs action on field to provide good news | Nick Ames

The best players have made it to Egypt and some new names should make the tournament tight and competitiveThe blue and orange seats of Cairo International Stadium make an attractive spectacle and the playing surface, at least when set against the feroc…

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Gay rugby player faces deportation to Kenya as asylum claim rejected

Kenneth Macharia fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence if forced to leave UKA gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a fres…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Aubameyang, Mané and Salah’s Golden Boot ‘good sign for Africa’

• Arsenal forward proud to share award with Liverpool duo• Aubameyang says it took time to settle in English footballPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted his pride at sharing the Golden Boot with Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah and insisted …

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Caster Semenya ruling ‘tramples on dignity’ of athletes, South Africa says

Olympian receives strong backing from South African government and fellow athletesSouth Africans have expressed widespread support for the double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who will run her last 800m on Friday before the imposition of controversi…

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Mo Farah v Haile Gebrselassie: row, recriminations and what next?

A hotel room theft, blackmail and a gym brawl are among the accusations thrown in a very public falling out between two athletics greats who were once friendsA sedate Wednesday morning press conference for this weekend’s London marathon appeared to be …

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FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading…

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Corruption, murder and how Ghana’s football has ground to a halt

It is eight months since Ghana’s last domestic game after a bribery scandal exposé that may have led to a journalist’s assassinationAt 4:49pm, the final whistle of an outstanding top flight match between AshantiGold and Aduana Stars was blown in the mi…

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Journalist who exposed football corruption shot dead in Ghana

Exposés by Ahmed Husein, who died in Accra, had also lifted lid on corruption in judicial systemAn undercover Ghanaian journalist who helped expose corruption in African football has been shot dead in Accra.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…