TP Mazembe have claimed the African Champions League title for the fourth time. The Congolese side drew 1-1 with Tunisia’s Esperance in the second leg of the final but their 5-0 victory in the first match secured them the win.
THE WORLD CUP is being played in Africa this year, and it’s about time. African players have been prominent in global club football for decades now -- as many as 1,000 of them play in Europe -- and only a bureaucratic inside job ensured that the 2006 tournament went to Germany when South Africa had been widely expected to get the nod from FIFA, the governing body of world soccer. In its embarrassment, FIFA promised the 2010 finals to Africa, and the growing excitement on the continent is palpable.
And yet African soccer’s progress on the playing field has been pathetic when you compare to the expectations that began to bubble in 1990, when a tough, attractive Cameroon team – led by the brilliant Roger Milla, a 38-year-old striker – charged to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating defending champions Argentina in the opening game of the tournament’s group stage.
JOHANNESBURG – Defeat for Ghana couldn’t come heavier than today’s match against Uruguay, losing 4 – 2 on penalty shootouts after strongly demonstrating their superiority to their adversaries. Winning was a must for Ghana, after all, they were the last African team in the tournament, the first ever being played in the African soil.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa – Lightning stroke twice for the United States National Soccer team today as Ghana, once again, eliminated them from the World Cup 2010 as they did on the previous world Cup in 2006, with the same score of 2 – 1.
What a great show for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa; the very first world up to be played on African soil. With so much negativity following the pick of an African country hosting the world cup, South Africa has set the African standard again by providing an unbelievable great opening show in the eyes of the entire world.
IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS we will be experiencing History in the Making, as South Africa becomes the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup on African soil. This is a moment of rejoicing not just for one country, but for an entire continent who has waited many years for this day to come.
On the 8th of January 2010 the Togolese national team - The Hawks - set out for Cabinda, Angola from the Congo to commence their campaign in the African Cup of Nations. A brief domestic risk assessment of this strategy would show that it is fraught with danger. And it has proved to be a serious error of judgment.
By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer
CABINDA, Angola – Togo's national soccer team, devastated by a shooting attack on its bus that killed at least three and left eight gravely injured, withdrew from the African Cup of Nations on Saturday.
The bus was in Angola about six miles from the border of Republic of Congo when the gunfire began. When the ambush ended, 30 minutes later, the driver was dead and the team's assistant coach and spokesman were mortally wounded. It was not immediately clear if the convoy was targeted. The attackers fled back into the Republic of Congo after Angolan forces intervened, officials said.
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