South Africa and Nigeria began their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaigns off to the worst possible start after both teams were soundly beaten in their opening games.
Banyana Banyana opened the scoring in their Group B encounter against Spain through reigning African Footballer of The Year, Thembi Kgatlana’s first-half strike. But two second-half penalties by Jennifer Hermoso and a red card to South Africa’s Nothando Vilakazi helped the Spanish team rally to a 3-1 win.
Elsewhere, African champions, Nigeria were thrashed 3-0 by Norway. First half goals by Guro Ruiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an Osinachi Ohale own goal gave the Norwegians a comprehensive victory.
Meanwhile, Africa’s last representative, Cameroon will be hoping to reverse the trend when they open up their campaign against Canada on Monday 10 June.
Pascal Siakam nets 24 points for NBA champions Toronto Raptors
Siakam’s Raptors teammate Fred VanVleet added 20 points in what was their 21st game of the regular season
Cameroonian NBA star, Pascal Siakam netted 24 points for NBA Champions Toronto Raptors in their 119-109 home defeat to the Houston Rockets.
The 25-year-old who has, so far, started every game this season for the Raptors finished as lead scorer for his team on the night despite the defeat, and he also made 9 rebounds and 2 assists for the Canada based basketball outfit who lie fourth on the Eastern conference table.
Siakam’s Raptors teammate Fred VanVleet added 20 points and point guard Kyle Lowry made 19 in what was their 21st game of the regular season.
The defeat for the Raptors meant they have now recorded their sixth loss this season, their second in a row, and at their home court for the first time at the Scotiabank Arena since losing to Oklahoma City and Charlotte in March this year.
Rockets point guard Russel Westbrook recorded yet another triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
And the win for the Houston Rockets ended a three-game losing streak away from home, with star player James Harden netting 23 points, as they led from the first quarter which they took 34-28.
But it was the Rockets shooting guard Ben McLemore who scored 28 points to finish as the game’s top scorer.
Other games on Thursday night saw another Cameroonian, Joel Embiid grabbing 26 points and 21 rebounds for his team the Philadelphia 76ers, but they lost 113-119 on the road to the Washington Wizards who have now ended a three-game losing streak.
The Phoenix Suns recorded a 139-132 away victory in overtime against the New Orleans Pelicans. And the Denver Nuggets also grabbed a win on the road in New York against the Nicks which finished 129-92.
Liz Young establishes lead at Kenya Ladies Open tournament
tropical weather posed a slight challenge for Liz, who admitted being unaccustomed to playing in such hot weather.
The first round of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open is underway at Vipingo Ridge in Vipingo, Kenya, 30km north of Mombasa on the Mombasa-Malindi Highway. The Pro-Am commenced on December 4th, with the official tournament taking place between December 5th and 8th.
England’s Liz Young, who started in the first pairing from the 10th hole at 7.30 am on Friday, made a brilliant start and took the clubhouse lead on four-under-par 68.
Esther Henseleit needs a win to have a chance of winning the order of merit this week, then came in with a three-under 69, while Cheyenne Woods is the next best-placed player in the clubhouse on two-under-par.
The tropical weather posed a slight challenge for Liz, who admitted being unaccustomed to playing in such hot weather.
“I was on the range warming up this morning and my hands were getting very sweaty, which is unusual for me and I had to change my glove, which is something I never have to do. I knew the ball was going to fly a bit and the last hour on the golf course the cloud cover came in and cooled it down a bit. First thing, it was quite hot out there.”
The tournament features a total of 108 women players from 28 countries, who are set to compete for the top prize of Kes 5million.
CAF announces 10-man men’s Player of the Year shortlist, other categories
The nominations were decided by votes from a CAF technical and development committee along with a panel of media experts
The Confederation of African Football has reduced its shortlist for the men’s category of the 2019 Player of the Year award from an initial 30 nominees to 10.
The top 10 include last year’s winner, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah alongside his Liverpool teammate from Senegal Sadio Mane and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
2019 African Cup of Nations winners Algeria have three players in the top 10 – more than any other nation – which includes captain and Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez. Also, on the 10 list is tournament top scorer and former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo and Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
Africa’s football governing body has also shortened the list of nominees for its other award categories.
In the women’s category, last year’s recipient, Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa and three-times former CAF award winner Asisat Oshoala also made the list. Both players represented their countries at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The nominations were decided by votes from a CAF technical and development committee along with a panel of media experts. This year’s winners will be announced at a CAF awards ceremony scheduled to hold on 7 January in Egypt.
Full list of CAF Awards Nominees (in alphabetical order)
Men’s Player of the Year:
- Andre Onana (Cameroon and Ajax)
- Hakim Ziyech (Morocco and Ajax)
- Ismail Bennacer (Algeria and AC Milan)
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal and Napoli)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
- Odion Ighalo (Nigeria and Shanghai Shenhua)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Arsenal)
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool)
- Youcef Belaili (Algeria and Al Ahli Jeddah)
Women’s Player of the Year:
- Ajara Nchout (Cameroon and Valerenga)
- Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Barcelona)
- Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon and CSKA Moscow)
- Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi and Jiangsu Suning)
- Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa and Beijing Phoenix FC)
Women’s Coach of the Year:
- Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)
- Bruce Mwape (Zambia)
- Clementine Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
- Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
Men’s National Team of the Year:
Women’s National Team of the Year:
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