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A Big Blessing For Nigeria

Posted July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Blessing Okagbare is proving to be the big star at the African Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.  She blessed Nigeria with two more gold medals on Friday, in the women’s long jump and the 4-by-100 meter relay, and now has won three gold medals total in the Kenyan capital. On Thursday, the 21-year-old Okagbare earned […]

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Post-Games Roundup

Posted July 13th, 2010 at 2:18 am (UTC-4)
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Spanish fans celebrate as the Dutch come to terms with their team’s third close call. For those following the story of Paul the “psychic octopus,” Spain’s win put him at a solid 8-for-8. FIFA and South African officials congratulate the host country for a successful tournament. You know it’s gone well when the most serious […]

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Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

Posted July 9th, 2010 at 8:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Whichever team is crowned victor on Sunday, it will be holding aloft the trophy for the very first time. Neither Spain nor the Netherlands has ever won a World Cup, and this will be Spain’s first trip to the finals. Also in this video, a look ahead to Sunday’s closing ceremonies and a discussion of […]

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World Cup Finals Will Be All European

Posted July 7th, 2010 at 7:20 pm (UTC-4)
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After the Netherlands’ victory over Uruguay, Sunday’s World Cup finals will be a battle between two European teams – for the second year in a row. The Dutch are hoping to secure their first-ever World Cup victory. Also, Ghana’s Black Stars return home to a hero’s welcome in Accra.

Tears For Ghana, Tears For Africa

Posted July 3rd, 2010 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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I think one of my lasting memories of this World Cup here in South Africa will be Asamoah Gyan crying as he walked off the pitch at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.  Gyan and “The Black Stars” of Ghana had just suffered an agonizing quarterfinal loss to Uruguay on penalty kicks.  Gyan had a chance […]

Excitement as World Cup Quarterfinals Approach

Posted July 1st, 2010 at 7:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Between Ghana attempting to become the first African team to reach the semis, and five-time World Cup champions Brazil taking on the thus-far-undefeated Dutch, Friday’s matches promise to be some of the most exciting we’ve had so far. Also, will President Jonathan’s suspension of the Nigerian team stand and what could it mean for the […]

Sixteen teams. 28 matches. Three weeks. One winner. Champion of Africa.

Follow all the action in the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 with Voice of America. Led by on-the-ground coverage by Abdushakur Aboud from Equatorial Guinea, VOA’s reporters, producers and bloggers will be watching and reporting—here and on-the-air—as the sides look for bragging rights to be called the best in Africa, and look toward World Cup 2018.

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Schedule — All Times UTC


Saturday, Jan. 17 -- Group A
Equatorial Guinea v. Congo 4 p.m.
Burkina Faso v. Gabon 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18 -- Group B
Zambia v. RD Congo 4 p.m.
Tunisia v. Cape Verde 7 p.m.

Monday, 19 Jan. -- Group C
Ghana v. Senegal 4 p.m.
Algeria v. South Africa 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 Jan. -- Group D
Cote d'Ivoire v. Guinea 6 p.m.
Mali v. Cameroon 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 Jan. -- Group A
Equatorial Guinea v. Burkina Faso 6 p.m.
Gabon v. Congo 7 p.m.

Thursday, 22 Jan. -- Group B
Zambia v. Tunisia 4 p.m.
Cape Verde v. RD Congo 7 p.m.

Friday, 23 Jan. -- Group C
Ghana v. Algeria 4 p.m.
South Africa v. Senegal 7 p.m.

Saturday, 24 Jan. -- Group D
Cote d'Ivoire v. Mali 4 p.m.
Cameroon v. Guinea 7 p.m.

Sunday, 25 Jan. -- Group A
Congo v. Burkina Faso 6 p.m.
Gabon v. Equatorial Guinea 6 p.m.

Monday, 26 Jan. -- Group B
RD Congo v. Tunisia 6 p.m
Cape Verde v. Zambia 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 27 Jan. -- Group C
South Africa v. Ghana 6 p.m.
Senegal v. Algeria 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 28 Jan. -- Group D
Cameroon v. Cote d'Ivoire 6 p.m.
Guinea v. Mali 6 p.m.


Saturday, 31 Jan.
1st Group A v. 2nd Group B 4 p.m.
1st Group B v. 2nd Group A 7 p.m.


Wednesday, 4 Feb.
Winner 25 v Winner 28 7 p.m.


Sunday, 8 Feb.
Winner 29 v. Winner 30 7 p.m.