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Abidjan (AFP) At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies. Such moments are typically occasions of nostalgia, even sadness, for many ageing football greats. But, in an interview with AFP, Drogba showed he was brimming with passion — launching a school project for Ivory Coast’s disadvantaged young and fiery about the underperforming state of the national football team. “I say to young people who want toRead More
South Africa's football association president Danny Jordaan on Wednesday denied raping a former lawmaker and singer who made allegations as part of the #MeToo social media movement against sexual assault.Read More
South African officials on Sunday said ticketless fans and fake ticket-holders were to blame for the death of two supporters who were trampled underfoot at the country's showcase soccer stadium.Read More
Johannesburg (AFP) South African officials on Sunday said ticketless fans and fake ticket-holders were to blame for the death of two supporters who were trampled underfoot at the country’s showcase soccer stadium. The macabre event occurred on Saturday at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, where the 2010 World Cup final was held. Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of the company that manages the stadium, said dozens of fans who held counterfeit tickets or no tickets at all, forced their way through an emergency gate after distracting security for several minutes. Two peopleRead More
Two people were killed in a crush Saturday at the South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final, during a match between the country's most popular teams, local media reported.Read More
Dakar (AFP) Eight people were killed during Senegal’s football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister told AFP, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede. Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar. He vowed “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal,” speaking to AFP by phone. A mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances remained at the scene late Saturday.Read More