Connect with us

Sports News

New Balance celebrates Mane with customized football boots



Sadio Mane celebrates Africa’s Player of the Year award with new boots.

The Senegal and Liverpool star took the top prize at the annual CAF Awards ceremony which was held in Egypt on Tuesday night.

Mane Toped Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah who came second and Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, who also made the three-man shortlist.

To Celebrate Mane’s year and the award new balance designed a football boot in Mane’s honour. 

The sportswear manufacturers confirmed that Mane inspired and guided the design of the boot as well as the special insignia on the heel of the new Furon 6 boots.

The words ‘African Player of the Year 2019 SM 10’ wrap around the image of a lion – an apt symbol considering the Senegalese national team are nicknamed Les Lions de la Téranga (The Lions of Teranga).

The laces also boast a neat design, while the red boots match Liverpool’s home strip with a brilliant gold flourish.

In addition, New Balance also celebrated Mane’s victory with a billboard campaign in Liverpool City Centre and Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Join our newsletter

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Southern Africa Sports

Botswana FA, Others Pay Tribute to Late Coach Bright



The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has paid tribute to former national team coach David Bright who has died at the age of 64.

BFA, in a statement on its website on Tuesday, said the football community and stakeholders are reeling in shock and mourning the death of Major Bright who passed away on Monday evening after contracting COVID-19.

Bright, popularly known as Fakude, was considered to be one of Botswana’s most successful coaches.

“Shedding tears when someone dies is normal, but I think more people than normal are shedding tears over this, and I think they’re shedding more than normal. I think that’s just because of the way Major Bright lived his life, so positive, so influential, and just doing things the right way even when faced with some of the most long odds imaginable,” said Maclean Letshwiti, BFA President.

Major Bright left his mark on the game. A former head national coach, Major Bright helped some players start their journey into the professionals.

“What a man! Father to many who touched a lot of lives. He was tough as a nut even in his final days. I know he would never have wanted anybody to feel sorry for him. He was a true soldier who died with his boots on. We will meet on the other side. Rest, rest Zombie.” said Masego Ntshingane, BFA VP2.

His eldest son, Mogomotsi Bright said, “You have done your part dad. I will celebrate you for a job well done. You did what God sent you to do. You served the nation wholeheartedly. In the army you trained soldiers and you helped in the development of Botswana football. Go and rest with other legends, the likes of Maradona, the Jonas Gwangwas, your friend Oupa Hugh Masekela and others. Amandla Fakude Amandla, Republic Madala. my kind David, I learnt a lot from you.”

After Bright’s passing Monday evening, Mogomotsi said the family continue to receive an outpour of support.

For him, that goes to show the legacy that Bright will leave behind.

“He was one of the greatest people you’ll ever meet,” said the young Bright.

Bright – a retired Botswana Defence Force (BDF) member was born on June 13, 1956, who during his 13-year spell with Mogoditshane Fighters, led the team to three consecutive Botswana Premier League (BPL) titles between 1999 and 2001.

He also coached South African clubs: Engen Santos, Bay United, Royal Eagles and Black Leopards. In Botswana, he coached the likes of Mogoditshane Fighters, BDF XI, Township Rollers, Gaborone United, Holy Ghost, Morupule Wanderers and Sua Flamingoes.

His spell with the Botswana senior national team, The Zebras ran between the years of 1997-98, 1999, 2000, until 2017-2019.

He was also remarkable with the national Under-23 men’s team, which finished in the group stages of and missed out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Join our newsletter

Continue Reading

Sports News

Chelsea Sacks Frank Lampard After 18 Months in Charge



Chelsea football has sacked Frank Lampard as head coach.

In a statement, Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances, we believe it is best to change managers.

Join our newsletter

Continue Reading

West Africa Sports News

Ahmed Musa Set for West Brom Move



Super Eagles forward and skipper, Ahmed Musa, is reportedly set for a move back to the English Premier League but on a short term deal.

The 28-year-old who has been unattached since quitting Al Nassr in October 2020 is expected to join West Bromwich Albion in the coming days.

According to reports, the Baggies have requested a visa for the winger and have also scheduled him for a medical on Wednesday.

West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, needs a cut-price forward to help his team score enough goals and avoid relegation.

Musa, had an unsuccessful stint at Leicester City and is reportedly interested in the move. It is believed the Super Eagles skipper wants to show he has the quality to succeed in the Premier League.

Capped 95 times by Nigeria, Musa’s career has stalled since he left CSKA Moscow in 2016. Having scored 55 goals in 167 appearances for the Russians, he joined Leicester City in the summer of that year.

Things did not work out at the King Power Stadium, as the African made just seven league starts in 21 outings.

He joined after the Foxes had claimed the Premier League title and hoped to be part of something special with the club.

But he was loaned back to CSKA for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.

He was then sold to Al Nassr in January 2019 and played 62 times in all competitions before being released.

Join our newsletter

Continue Reading