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Francophone African Soccer Players Gain Supremacy

2014-11-25 22:13:13

By Koyie Mansaray, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Out of 28 African Cup of Nations tournaments organized between 1957 and 2013, Anglophone countries have won 18.* The remaining 10 have been won by our Francophone counterparts. This fact notwithstanding, Francophone African countries are gaining an increasingly more dominant role on the world soccer stage than their Anglophone brothers. There are more Francophone soccer players in Italy in Europe and North America than (...)

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World Cup: Ballack’s injury, Ghana’s opportunity?

by Thomas Meinders, PV Sports correspondent, Germany - 3 June 2010

It is a big loss for German football. It’s just a few more days to the World Cup in South Africa, but Germany’s captain, Michael Ballack (top photo), has to abandon his participation due to an injury.
The cancellation was preceded by a foul by German-born Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng in England’s FA-Cup-Final. Boateng’s attack on Ballack’s ankle has caused outrage in the German public. Many people think it’s intentional. This is buttressed (...)

Kenya: Sierra Leone invited to tripartite federation competition

5 May 2010

By Our Corrrespondent.
The just concluded activities to mark the 49th Independence day celebrations in Nairobi has motivated the organisers of the annual tripartite federation international sports day that is held in September each year to extend a hearty invitation to Sierra Leone to join the competition this year.
This invitation was disclosed by the Chairman of the Zambian community in Kenya Mr. Dennis Mwanza following the friendly international encounter between his country and (...)

Kenya: Sierra Leone consul’s office donates soccer jerseys

by Emmanuel Turay, PV East Africa Bureau Chief, Nairobi, Kenya - 28 April 2010

Salone Stars in Kenya over the weekend emerged the victors in a test match with Kenya’s Impala Football club with a 4-2 goal aggregate at Don Bosco (Utume) in preparation for this weekend’s Independence Day encounter with the Zambians in Kenya.
Salone Stars took the lead during the second half after conceding a goal during the first half of play in the tenth minute as a result of a defensive blunder. Two penalties were awarded to Salone Stars between the 57 and 68th minutes to (...)

South Africa 2010: Ghana’s biggest challenge ever

by Thomas Meinders, PV Sports correspondent, Germany - 19 March 2010

There are only a few months left until the first football (soccer) World Cup in Africa starts. Time to take a look at the opponents of Africas teams. We will start with Ghana’s opponent, Germany.
The three times World Champion (Germany) is probably going to be the toughest job for the young and ambitious team of the Black Stars. Germany’s football in 2010 is not different from it’s characteristics in the past. It is not first class in playing the perfect pass (...)

Rebel attack forces Togo out of Nations Cup

by Abu Bakarr Shaw, PV London Bureau Chief - 11 January 2010

The 27th edition of the African Nations Cup in Angola has kicked off with the wrong reasons. The Togolese National football team was ambushed in Angola by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC). The team’s bus was attacked on Friday January 8 when the team was returning from training in the rebel strong hold of Cabinda leaving the driver dead on the spot and many injured.
Sadly, on Saturday, as reports confirmed the death of the Togolese assistant team manager, (...)

African Nations Cup kicks off January 10

by Abu Bakarr Shaw, PV London Bureau Chief - 29 December 2009

All eyes will focus on Angola on January 10, 2010, when the African Cup of Nations football contest commences. This Angola competition is even more significant as Africa will be hosting the soccer World Cup for the first time in South Africa in June 2010.
Many African football stars, plying their trade in England and other parts of Europe, have already left their European clubs to join their respective national teams for this prestigious competition in Angola.
The host, the Hawks of (...)

Robert Enke passes away

14 November 2009

By Thomas Meinders, Germany.
The German football community is stunned by the recent death of goalkeeper Robert Enke. The 32-year-old player of Hannover 96 committed suicide at a level crossing, where he was hit by a train. Enke was a German international football player and was expected to be first choice goalkeeper at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
The former player of Benfica Lissabon and FC Barcelona battled depression for several years after having lost his three-year-old (...)

Leone Stars arrive Holland this weekend

12 November 2009

By Chernor Ojuku Sesay, Belgium.
Sierra Leone’s national football team, Leone Stars will play The Netherlands premier club, Willem II Tilburg this Saturday, November 14 at the Willem II Stadium in Tilburg, Holland.
This international friendly, the first time in the history of the Sierra Leone national team to play an international friendly against a Premier club in Europe, is made possible through Sierra Leonean born international Ibrahim Kargbo popularly called Obreh who plies his (...)

Ghana beats Brazil in U-20 World Cup final

16 October 2009

Ghana struck a blow for African pride, defeating Brazil in a penalty shootout Friday at the FIFA U-20 World Cup final in Cairo.
After previously losing in the final to Brazil (in 1993) and to Argentina (2001), Ghana finally came good on Friday, to become the first African team to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup since the inaugural competition in 1977.
The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, before Ghana won 4-3 in the shootout. (...)

Sahr Senesie, the soccer warrior from Sierra Leone

15 October 2009

By Thomas Meinders, PV Germany Correspondent.
It’s not a common story. This story of football-striker Sahr Senesie. Born in Sierra Leone, growing up in Germany, he made his debut in the Bundesliga in 2003, scored his first goal in the European Cup shortly after, was part of the German U-20-squad in the World Cup in 2005, didn’t manage to continue this comet-like journey and plays currently in German fourth division.
But that is not the end of the story and anyway it is a (...)

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Re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone: Another big challenge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

I know a lot of people will be apprehensive about the re-opening of schools in our country just when we are beginning to witness the death throes of the dreaded ebola virus disease. I am one of (...)


The truth about reporting corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)