Africa in action: Top sports news this week from Africa
In this article, we have mentioned all the seven important and famous sports-related news from the Africa of this week in detail.
This week in African sports, from DR Congo’s amazing penalty win against Egypt, and the lows, with Morocco’s disappointing exit from the Africa Cup. Join us as we explore the ups and downs of African sports, highlighting the biggest stories of the week.
DR Congo eliminated Egypt from AFCON after winning in a penalty shootout
Congo secured a spot in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals by defeating Egypt 8-7 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in regular and extra time. Egypt faced challenges, including goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy’s injury and Mohamed Salah‘s absence. Despite efforts, Egypt’s misfortunes continued, and they finished the match with 10 players. The decisive moment came when Egypt’s goalkeeper Abou Gabal missed his penalty, allowing Congo to advance.
Morocco’s hopes dashed in AFCON as South Africa secures victory, leading to a disappointing exit in the round of 16
Morocco’s football team, the Lions of the Atlas, suffered a 2-0 loss to South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16, disappointing fans who considered them favorites. Expressions of frustration were evident among supporters, reflecting on missed opportunities. The defeat marks the end of Morocco’s AFCON journey, prompting reflection on the challenges faced. In contrast, South Africa’s impressive win advances them to the quarter-finals, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the tournament.
International Sports Press Association denounces ‘unacceptable’ conduct of journalists at Africa Cup
The International Sports Press Association criticized journalists’ “unacceptable” behavior at the Africa Cup of Nations. Some reporters, wearing their national team jerseys, openly supported their teams, leading to incidents like fights and celebrations in the stands. A statement from AIPS emphasized the need for journalists to act appropriately and exercise restraint. Instances of arguments and chaos, both in and around matches, were noted. The association urged national bodies to enhance training for journalists in covering sports events to avoid such behavior in the future.
Oshoala departs Barcelona for Bay FC in the United States
Bay FC, a National Women’s Soccer League team in the USA, has acquired Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala from FC Barcelona. Oshoala, a standout player for Nigeria, has an impressive goal record and a diverse career, previously playing for Arsenal, Liverpool, and a Chinese club. She expressed a desire for change and aims to contribute her energy and skills to Bay FC, aspiring to win trophies with the team. Oshoala, known for her colorful hair, has signed with Bay FC until 2026, with an option for 2027. The NWSL season begins on March 16, when Bay FC faces Angel City in Los Angeles.
CAF addressing and combating “unprofessional” conduct by journalists at AFCON
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is addressing the “unprofessional” behavior of journalists at the Africa Cup of Nations. CAF, along with local authorities, is working on solutions to curb wild celebrations, fights among media, and the use of vulgar language. Journalists engaging in such conduct will face immediate removal and loss of accreditation. CAF also prohibits filming in certain areas and live streaming from designated zones. The move comes after the International Sports Press Association criticized journalists for disruptive behavior, including wearing national team jerseys and loud celebrations during games. Altercations between journalists have also been reported.
Ivory Coast and South Africa advance to the semifinals of the Africa Cup
Oumar Diakité scored in extra time, securing a dramatic 2-1 victory for 10-man Ivory Coast over Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals. Ivory Coast played the entire second half and extra time with 10 men, finishing with nine players after Diakité’s booking for excessive celebrations. Simon Adingra’s 90th-minute goal equalized, forcing extra time, and Diakité’s late winner set up a semifinal clash against Congo. In another quarterfinal, South Africa advanced on penalties, with goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saving four in a 2-1 shootout win against Cape Verde after a goalless draw in extra time.
Ronaldo was sidelined with injury, ruling out the anticipated clash against Messi in the gala match
Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be able to play in the match against Inter Miami due to a calf injury, according to Al-Nassr coach Luis Castro. The much-anticipated reunion between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is delayed as Ronaldo is still in the final stages of recovery. The match, part of Miami’s preseason tour, was expected to showcase the rivalry between the two football legends. However, Ronaldo’s injury has led to his absence, disappointing fans looking forward to the iconic clash.
The upcoming matches of this week are the African Cup of Nations between Nigeria and South Africa, Ivory Coast, and DR Congo, and cricket matches between South Africa and New Zea Land.