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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 […]

Mozambique Gets Ready For 10th All Africa Games

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-4)
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The 10th All Africa Games will officially open Saturday in Maputo, Mozambique. The quadrennial African sports festival was originally scheduled to be hosted by neighboring Zambia, but because of financial problems, the Zambians pulled out and the Mozambicans stepped in. The Games, which go through September 18th, will feature competition in more than 20 sports, […]

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Rudisha Runs To First World Title

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Kenyan star David Rudisha traveled to South Korea with some big titles to his name, including those of 800-meter world record holder and 2010 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year. But Rudisha, whose parents were also track athletes, went to Asia knowing he had not yet been crowned a world champion or an Olympic champion. […]

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Montsho Waves Botswana’s Flag High In South Korea

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm (UTC-4)

Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, who set a national record of 49.56 seconds Monday in winning the gold medal in the women’s 400-meters at the world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea. It marks the first world title for the 28-year-old Montsho, who is the reigning African and Commonwealth […]

Kenya Sweeps Medals On Day One In Daegu

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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Kenya is off to a great start at the world athletics championships in South Korea, winning all six medals at stake on Saturday. Edna Kiplagat won the first gold medal awarded in Daegu, finishing first in the women’s marathon in 2:28:43. She was followed across the finish line by Kenyan teammates Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon […]

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Africa and “The Beautiful Game”

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 1:39 pm (UTC-4)

Soccer has been described as “The Beautiful Game,” and that’s also the name of a new documentary that will be screened for the first time on Saturday here in Washington. Director Victor Buhler and Producer Julian Cautherley will present the documentary at the National Museum of African Art, an appropriate venue for a project described […]

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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.