Africa Sports World 

Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy

Lionel Messi of Barcelona has won been named the winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or trophy. That is his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy, the most won by any player in history. Lionel Messi’s previous wins came in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Messi was involved in 63 goals in 2019 for his Spanish club Barcelona and Argentina. He scored 46 goals and made 17 assists, averaging 1’17 per game. He beat competition from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane and rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi is the 2019…

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Africa Boxing Sports World 

Joshua confident of beating Mexican heavyweight Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says he chose to “reinvent” himself after defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr and feels “different” going into Saturday’s rematch. Joshua, who lost his three world heavyweight titles to Ruiz on 1 June, says he has decided to “check” his approach after a first defeat. “There is fire in the belly,” the Briton told BBC Sport in Saudi Arabia before the fight at the Diriyah Arena. “There are things I have had to do to take me to the next level. “I am confident I can be victorious and…

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Africa East Africa Sports World 

The Kenyan footballer who scored eight goals in a match

Kenya striker Michael Olunga scored eight goals as his Japanese second tier team Kashiwa Reysol thrashed Kyoto Sanga 13-1 on the final day of the season. The 25-year-old completed his hat-trick before half-time and added another five after the break with his final goal coming in injury time at the end of the match. His incredible feat took him to 27 goals in his 30 games for the club this season and help his side win the J2 League and promotion back to the top-flight just a season after being…

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Africa Sports World 

Kenya’s Kipchoge names male world athletes of year

Kenya’s marathon sub-two hour man Eliud Kipchoge and American 400m hurdles world record holder Dalilah Muhammad were named World Athletics athletes of the year on Saturday. Their titles were announced at the annual awards ceremony of the sport’s governing body in Monaco. Kipchoge retained the award thanks to his barrier-busting marathon in Vienna in October. The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds over the 42.2km distance, though the record is unofficial because he used rotating pacemakers. “I’m happy to be the first human being to…

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Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager

Tottenham Hotspur have named Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Portuguese returns to management for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December. He replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Spurs on Tuesday. “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement on the club website here “He has a wealth of experience, can inspire…

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Africa North Africa Sports World 

Morocco pulls out as host of African Para Games in 2020

Morocco has pulled out of hosting the maiden African Para Games slated for 26 to 31 January 2020. The country’s capital city of Rabat was to host the first ever African Para Games to develop the game. According to a letter from the African Paralympic Committee (APC) sent to the National Paralympic Committee of the various countries, the decision was made due to unresolved issues between the APC and Moroccan authorities. Morocco accepted to host the African Para Multi-Sport Competition after a protocol agreement was signed in the presence of…

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Africa Sports Tennis World 

Tsitsipas beats Thiem to claim ATP Finals title

Stefanos Tsitsipas confirmed his meteoric rise into the highest echelon of men’s tennis by battling back to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(4) in a compelling title duel at the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 21-year-old debutant, the youngest of the eight qualifiers for the elite season-ender at the O2 Arena, displayed resilience and flair in equal measure to become the youngest champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. Thiem edged an intense first set full of powerful baseline rallies but Tsitsipas, the first Greek player to qualify for the…

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Africa Football Ghana Sports West Africa World 

Ghana’s campaign to reignite love for national football teams

Ghana has launched a campaign to reignite love for its national football teams among soccer fans. The new Ghana Football Association president, Kurt Okraku is leading the campaign weeks after taking charge of the Association. Dubbed ‘Bring Back The Love’, the campaign is mobilizing support for the various national football teams. There is a trending hashtag #BringBackTheLove on social media pushing for Ghanaians to get back to loving their national football teams once more. For many years now the passion and love for national teams in Ghana have dipped due…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa Sports World 

South Africa: Thousands welcome Springboks home

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the country’s underprivileged children should “keep dreaming and keep believing” as he carried the Rugby World Cup trophy through thousands of fans on the team’s return home on Tuesday. Kolisi led the Springboks to victory in Japan when they beat England 32-12 in the final in Yokohama on Saturday, a third title for the country after 1995 and 2007, and the first under a black captain. His rags-to-riches tale has been inspirational for many, and the raucous welcome the side received showcased the full…

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Bayern Munich sack Niko Kovac after heavy loss

Bayern Munich have sacked their coach, Niko Kovac after Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. That was the second defeat for Bayern in 10 Bundesliga games this season. Kovac is leaving the club with the German champions currently placed fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach. It was earlier reported that Kovac would be given two more games to save his job but Bayern officials decided to let go of his services now. The Bavarian club’s hierarchy could not wait for Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture with…

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