Thursday, May 23, 2024

Football

The beautiful game played in Africa. News, events, results, analysis, statistics, profiles, colour stories and more, from across the continent.

Zambia’s Kundananji lifts the earnings power of Africa’s women footballers with a world record...

Zambian footballer, Racheal Kundananji is now the most expensive female player in the world, underscoring the increasing business value and surging demand for African football talent globally. Bonface Orucho, bird story agency Racheal Kundananji, a Zambian woman professional footballer, has become...

AFCON 2023: Major wins from the most exciting Cup of Nations in history

As the dust clears post-AFCON 2023, a number of teams will be celebrating significant - and in many cases, unexpected - victories. One thing commentators are unanimous about: the African Cup of Nations hosted by Cote d'Ivoire was the...

The Moroccan referee who has overcome cultural barriers and gender stereotypes to make history...

While there has been an increase in the number of female referees at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), only Moroccan Bouchra Karboubi has so far taken to the pitch as a centre referee. Joel Omotto, bird story agency Bouchra...

Former Banyana Banyana captain scores major first at AFCON 2023

Amanda Dlamini, 34, is no stranger to fame; in her early twenties, she represented the South Africa women's national team as captain at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. After early retirement, Dlamini got the opportunity to continue working...

Shifting focus to photographers in action at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

For three weeks, football fans across Africa and the world have been hooked on the thrilling action of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The tournament has been a great spectacle, with major upsets, quality football, and an...

International clubs look to Africa for female football talent

International clubs are looking to Africa for more female football talent, a new FIFA report shows. Bonface Orucho, bird story agency Africa is growing into a critical supplier of professional female football talent to international clubs outside the continent, according to...

Ties that bind: Closely-related players who made AFCON 2023 a family affair

Family has been a theme at AFCON tournaments since the early 60s, and the ongoing 2023 competition has brothers and cousins playing alongside each other in search of that elusive family-won title. Joel Omotto, bird story agency In the history of...

Tiny but mighty: How the minnows have outshone Africa’s football giants at AFCON 2023

No African football competition has better echoed the biblical story of David and Goliath than this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Joel Omotto, bird story agency The story of Africa's smaller teams felling the continent's football giants continues,...

Foreign-born players fueling title glory for teams at 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

A record number of players at AFCON 2023 were born in a foreign country and their presence in their origin country's football teams is hailed as a win for the game on the continent. Joel Omotto, bird story agency Twenty-four nations,...

Meet the trailblazing women who are officiating at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Women continue to make giant strides in football with their inclusion in decision-making in Africa and around the world. Women are being seen regularly not only in boardrooms and dressing rooms but also on the pitch. Six women referees...
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