Friday, May 24, 2024

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Educating footballers

Former Nigerian international, Waidi Akanni is on a mission to prevent young footballers from sacrificing their education for a career on the pitch. This will help Nigeria, he says. by Humprehy Njoku Waidi Akanni comes from the generation of Nigerian football...

“Numbers don’t lie”. The statistics game in African basketball – and other sports.

Providing accurate statistics for basketball games is still about as foreign as keeping time in African basketball culture. But I believe the tide is turning, especially with people like Coach Liz Mills providing advanced stats for major tournaments, like...

Cape Town could become Ultra-trail’s 2020 showcase

“This time for Africa” sang Shakhira, celebrating the arrival of one of the world’s biggest sporting events on the African continent – the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Chances are that Nic Bornman and Stuart McConnachie, organisers of South Africa’s...

Running’s role championing conservation

By Stephen Granger The environment and trail running are two sides of the same coin and while challenges remain to be solved, the partnership between SANParks and the trail-running community in South Africa is strengthening conservation and becoming a global...

A Pro’s trail: Q&A with Abuchi Obinwa

Abuchi Obinwa is a Nigerian-American currently playing professional football in the United States. He was provisionally part of the Nigeria squad that won the title at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. A controversial...

When a successful sporting event becomes Africa’s best brand advertising

By Stephen Granger The dust has settled on Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) trails and most of the international athletes who participated have found sufficient gaps in flight bans to depart our shores, following an exceptional Ultra-trail Cape Town event which...

SOUTH AFRICA’S 13 PEAKS CHALLENGE

World-class trail running performances are invariably linked to legendary and iconic trail running races. There are some hugely well-known races, like the Western States 100 miler, the Ultra-trail Mont Blanc, or Golden Series events such as Zegama and Sierra...

This Mountain Kingdom’s Ultra marshall is a multitasker on a mission

The taxi, fully laden with items bound for the next ultra marathon refreshment station, bumps along what is little more than a track, way up in one of Africa's highest mountain ranges. It has left behind the Sani Stone...

Kandie’s 21km time – is this a revolution?

by Stephen Granger Kibiwott Kandie’s world record-breaking run in the Valencia Half Marathon was a remarkable feat of distance-running. Kandie led three others across the line faster than his Kenyan compatriot Geoffrey Kamworwor’s former world record of 58 min 01 sec....

“Football builds bridges – and is the ice-breaker.” Mainz 05 holds first German-Nigerian Online...

An online engagement between former Nigerian football players, a sports historian, a top African sports organiser and German sports professionals has opened up a dialogue that is creating a great deal of interest and excitement in African sporting circles. Two...
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