Through the course of the past week, African Sports saw remarkable events that called for excitement, inspiration and bathed-eyelids in their form.
KSTV highlights the incidents which shaped the sphere in the continent, one way or the other.
- KANU NWANKWO: ‘lives over trophy’ declaration
From former Nigeria international, Kanu Nwankwo’s declaration of a life being saved through the Kanu Heart Foundation, KHF, is more important any laurel won as a footballer whether for country or club.
Kanu made this declaration in the UK where he is currently on a fund-raising campaign for KHF to save more children from heart diseases.
A football match, the Petrolex Kanu Cup is already scheduled to hold Barnet FC’s Hive Stadium on September 30.
“for me, one life being saved means more than winning trophies.
“trophies are good, you work hard for them, but you have them, hold them and then they are gone. But life, when it stops, that is the end.”
- ZAMALEK FC: Players Fined NGN2m
Players of Egyptian club, Zamalek FC, were all fined by the chairman for their failure to win the league’s season opener at Petrojet.
The chairman, Mortada Mansour considered the players wasteful chances in the game an eyesore that he sanctioned them with a fine of NGN2m; a sum equivalent to one hundred thousand Egyptian pounds.
Zamalek drew that game goalless away after failing to convert any of their more-than ten shots at goal.
- NBBF: Fire and Hire at of D`Tigress coach
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, chose last Friday as its play ‘Hire and Fire’ play day in the labour force.
NBBF sacked the Women Senior national team, D’Tigress’ coach, Sam Vincent on grounds of no assured commitment to the team.
D’Tigress are in camp for the FIBA Women World Cup slated for Spain in September and the ladies needed total concentration and dedication from a team manager; one which the American was not available to give.
Hours later, on the same Friday, another American, this time, a former NBA coach, Otis Hughley was appointed as replacement for Vincent.
Hughley’s appointment was considered on the ground that he is and will be readily available to commit wholly to the team’s preparation for Spain 2018 where that are paired Group B alongside Argentina, Australia and Turkey.
- CLARENCE SEEDORF: appointment as Cameroon coach
Famous for his achievements at club level with Real Madrid and AC Milan, Clarence Seedorf was given another shot at management by Cameroon.
The current African Champions appointed Seedorf on Saturday and Patrick Kluivert as assistant. They both are charged to lead the Indomitable Lions to a title defence in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
- ASABA 2018: Glitz and Glamour in the Delta capital
Africa’s best senior athletes converged in Delta State capital for the 21st African Athletics Championship on August 1-5.
The five-day athletics championship had top officials from the Confederation of African Athetics, CAA; Confederation of African Football, CAF; International Athletics Federation, IAAF, and others, camped in Asaba.
Asaba had the glitz and glamour of the sport frescoed around it for the long days.
Though marked by some controversies, the championship ended with some laudable achievements from performance of the athletes to the support from local and visiting fans