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Sad Times For Cameroon And Nigeria Football

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-4)

With Africa’s premier football tournament kicking off in less than three months in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, these are sad times in nearby Nigeria and Cameroon. The Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, two of the traditional giants in African football, both failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. […]

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Dikembe Mutombo In South Sudan

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)

For a man who’s traveled all over the world, Dikembe Mutombo sounds a bit surprised about his first visit to South Sudan, which borders his homeland in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Speaking by phone from Juba, the capital of Africa’s newest country, Dikembe tells me South Sudan is “his next door neighbor and it’s […]

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Sharif Bogere: The Ugandan Lion Roars in Boxing Ring

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:48 pm (UTC-4)

Unbeaten Ugandan lightweight prizefighter Sharif Bogere is getting attention for his boxing skills inside the ring and his showmanship outside the ropes. ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael had this to say: “When you see him, you’ll remember him because of his over-the-top ring entrance. He wears a lion’s head and skin and is brought to […]

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Big Engine & Big Payday For Kenya’s Moses Mosop

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Moses Mosop is nicknamed The Big Engine for his powerful endurance and running technique, and on Sunday, with his motor apparently not even at full throttle, the 26-year-old Kenyan cruised to a course record at the Chicago Marathon, clocking two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds. Mosop said he wasn’t even at full strength in […]

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Do The Right Thing: Mares vs. Agbeko II

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 6:12 pm (UTC-4)

It’s nice to see Ghanaian fighter Joseph King Kong Agbeko getting a rematch against Mexico’s Abner Mares. Their first fight on August 13 in Las Vegas may have been the most controversial bout of the year. Nnamdi Hollywood Moweta, VOA’s undisputed, Reigning Prince of Pugilistics, says Mares stole King Kong’s International Boxing Federation bantamweight title, […]

Kenya’s Record-Breaking Patrick Makau

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-4)

Patrick Makau has reason to smile after successfully defending his Berlin Marathon title in record-breaking fashion. The 26-year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, smashing Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie’s previous world record by 21 seconds. Haile set his record three years ago on the same Berlin course, regarded as one of the fastest on the international marathon circuit. […]

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Ghana’s Birdman Soars To New Heights In MLS

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-4)

Ghanaian striker Dominic Oduro of the Chicago Fire says he got the nickname Birdman when he was based in Texas with his first Major League Soccer club, FC Dallas. In a phone interview with the Voice of America, the 26-year-old Oduro said the Dallas fans, so impressed with his speed on the pitch, said “he […]

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All Aboard! The Maputo Express @ 10th All Africa Games

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)

Mozambique’s national women’s football team lost both its matches and scored only one goal at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, but the squad got a lot of attention because of its inspirational, 38-year-old captain Maria Mutola. The former 800-meter track star grew up playing soccer against boys, and she got a chance in […]

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Darren And Other South Africans Say, “GO SPRINGBOKS!”

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 3:14 pm (UTC-4)

When I was in Johannesburg last year during the FIFA World Cup football tournament, I went to a coffee shop with my South African buddy Darren Taylor, a reporter for the Voice of America. While I sipped my dark roast, I quickly found out about the percolating popularity of South Africa’s national rugby team, nicknamed […]

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Vivian Cheruiyot Charges Toward 2012 Olympics

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Vivian Cheruiyot is looking ahead to next year’s London Olympics with a lot of confidence after a great performance at the recent world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea. Cheruiyot, who celebrates her 28th birthday on September 11, swept the gold medals in the women’s 5000 meters and 10,000 meters in Daegu. Her two gold […]


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