Top 5 African Sport Stories1 minute read
In case you missed it, here is a review of the top 5 Africa-related sports stories from the weekend – October 2 – 4, 2020.
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Europa League: Aubameyang ‘s Goal Lifts Arsenal Over Rapid Vienna
Arsenal scored twice in four minutes to win 2-1 at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday and spare goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s blushes.
This was after his blunder handed the Austrians a shock lead.
Taxiarchis Fountas capitalised on Leno’s misfortune to put Rapid Vienna ahead in the 51st minute.
David Luiz then headed Arsenal level and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who started from the bench, scored for the win which gave them three points in the Group B match.
Arsenal gave a first start to new signing Thomas Partey whose 50 million euro fee is more than the transfer market value of Rapid Vienna’s entire squad.
According to the specialist website Transfermarkt, the squad’s value is around 34 million euros.
Rapid Vienna, backed by around 3,000 fans at the Weststadion, had the better of the first half and deservedly went ahead six minutes after the restart.
Leno received the ball from Luiz but was dispossessed by Ercan Kara and Fountas turned in the loose ball.
Luiz levelled with a simple goal in the 70th minute, outjumping the Rapid Vienna defence to head in from Nicolas Pepe’s floated free-kick.
Fountas just failed to capitalise on another Leno mistake, shooting wide from 30 metres.
This was after the German charged out of his area and fired the ball against Luiz, before Arsenal won the game in the 74th minute.
Mohamed Elneny threaded a neat pass through to Hector Bellerin and he rolled the ball across for Aubameyang to tap into the net
Kenyan President Flags Off Construction Of World Class Sports Complex in Kisumu
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially launched the construction of the Sh415 million Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu.
Kenyatta assured the youth his government will come good on their campaign promise to improve sporting infrastructure across the nation.
The President said he is determined to have stadiums built in all the regions to help young talents across the country realize their full potential.
Accompanied by opposition leader Raila Odinga, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Kenyatta further assured that the renovations will be complete in six months.
“I am here with my brother Raila (Odinga) to lay the foundation stone. The contractor has assured me that the venue will be ready in April (next year). So we will come back to open it with a football match involving Gor Mahia and our brothers from Ingoo (AFC Leopards). I am asking Lusaka to go and prepare his team,” said Kenyatta, amid cheers from the crowd.
“It is my wish to see the youth playing internationally for teams like Liverpool and Manchester. We are building these international facilities and you should also work hard to ensure that happens,” said Uhuru.
“We had planned to build this stadium at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground but were informed the venue is not adequate. So we have shifted the project here. We have talked to your governor and he has agreed to support this project,” he added.
After its completion, the venue will be able to host 30,000 spectators join the Moi Stadium in Kisumu as a ground capable of hosting international and Kenyan Premier League matches.
Kaizer Chiefs Duo Position Under Threat
Coach of South African Premier League side Kaizer Chiefs, Gavin Hunt says his experienced players Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker are not guaranteed starters in his team anymore as he has impressive young players coming through the ranks.
Hunt made a promise to give playing opportunities to young talents after he was impressed with their performance in their MTN8 quarter-final victory over Maritzburg United.
Hunt has specifically mentioned Katsande and Parker as players who’s position in the team is under threat from the young players.
“These guys [Katsande and Parker] have given some unbelievable service to football. They have won a lot of trophies, they have been here for some time,” Hunt said.
“I understand that people are always looking for something special. But until somebody comes up, like right now with our situation, and puts his hand up and says ‘I am willing.’ Willard and Bernard both know that these young players are good like the young [Njabulo] Bloem in Katsande’s place.
“He had a fantastic game [against Maritzburg United], came on and changed the game. But he has to be on a consistency level of playing. I have to give him opportunities, which I will do.
“And he has to keep on challenging Willard, and Willard has to say, ‘These people are on my case.’ Like in all sports, like in boxing when you get older, somebody is going to be better than you.
“Same as Bernard, he has some young boys up there, the [Lebogang] Lesako, [Keletso] Sifama coming up. These boys are going to be challenging him. But right now I don’t see players being put out of position unless somebody really puts his hand up and says, ‘Right, I’m here.’ Look at Bloem on Sunday.”
Parker played the whole 90mins against Maritzburg, while Katsande was suspended for the game.
Chiefs first game of the new Premier Soccer League season will be against rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
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