Produced by Mike Hove
February 19, 2024
Nigeria Football Authorities Defend Super Eagle Amid Cyber Bullying
Nigerian football authorities and senior players of the Super Eagles have come to the defense of Alex Iwobi, one of the most capped members of the team that played at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, after he fell victim to cyber bullying.
February 16, 2024
South Africa Climbs FIFA Rankings, President Celebrates
South African football authorities and fans say they are happy with the latest FIFA world rankings that listed Bafana Bafana as the 10th best national team on the continent, resulting from their recent Africa Cup of Nations performance where they won bronze.
February 14, 2024
Did Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong Deserve to Win AFCON Player of the Tournament?
African football fans are divided over the awards that were given at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, especially the Player of the Tournament category that was won by William Troost-Ekong, the standout player for Nigeria’s Super Eagles who continuously scored penalty kicks throughout the tournament. The debate flared after the West African player won the award, despite Nigeria losing to Ivory Coast in the final of the tournament. Some fans say an Ivorian player should have been crowned best player. Among the candidates mentioned were Simon Adingra and Franck Kessié.
February 13, 2024
Experts Compare Sebastian Haller to Victor Osimhen, Ivory Coast Completes AFCON Redemption Story
Pundits that watched the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament say Ivorian forward Sebastien Haller outplayed his Nigerian rival, the CAF Footballer of the Year and Italy’s Serie A’s leading goal scorer, Victor Osimhen. Haller scored two goals at AFCON that helped Ivory Coast. His first led to the West African nation defeating the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in the semifinals. His second was the winning goal for his team in the final where they beat Nigeria 2-1 — included in the starting line-up was Osimhen.
February 13, 2024
Kick It AFCON: Ivory Coast Lifts AFCON Trophy, Sebastien Haller Outplays Victor Osimhen and More
On Episode Five of Kick It AFCON, hosts Mike Hove, Kahli Abdu, Sonny Young and Muqbil Yabarow are joined in studio by Sam Sasu, a Ghanaian football analyst and coach based in the Washington area. They discuss Ivory Coast's win of the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations, comparisons between Ivorian forward Sebastien Haller and Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen, and more.
February 10, 2024
Osimhen Legacy After AFCON, African Players Moving to European Leagues
Pundits say Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen stands to solidify his legacy as among the greatest players to represent the Super Eagles — a variable dependent on how he plays in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where the West African team will play against the host nation, the Elephants of Ivory Coast.
February 10, 2024
Ivory Coast Determined to Make AFCON Redemption Story Reality
The turn-around performance by the host of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast, has left African football fans excited for the final of the tournament where they will be playing against Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Pundits say should the Ivorians win the trophy, they will become the first host nation to win the tournament since Egypt in 2006. They will also be applauded by fans of African football for the way the team redeemed itself and turned the tide in its favor.
February 09, 2024
Football Experts, Fans Applaud South Africa for AFCON Performance
African Football fans, coaches and experts have applauded South Africa’s Bafana Bafana for their performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, despite losing to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a thrilling semifinal that was decided by a penalty shootout. Pundits say the southern African team is the perfect example of how investing in local leagues can benefit a nation and add that should Bafana Bafana maintain their form, they stand a good chance of winning their third place playoff against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
February 09, 2024
Kick It AFCON: Ivory Coast, Nigeria Set for AFCON Finals and More
On episode four of Kick It AFCON, VOA’s Mike Hove, Sonny Young, Kahli Abdu and Muqbil Yabarow are joined in studio by Sam Sasu, a Ghanaian who coaches football near Washington . They discuss the semifinals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where fans enjoyed entertaining and strategic football, especially in the game between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, a rivalry that was settled with a penalty shootout won by the West African team.
February 01, 2024
Kick It AFCON: AFCON Favorites Crash Out, Ivory Coast, South Africa in Quarterfinals and More
On the third episode of Kick It AFCON, VOA’s Mike Hove, Sonny Young, Kahli Abdu and Muqbil Yabarow are joined in studio by Samuel Sasu, a Ghanaian football analyst and coach based in Washington. The discussion was focused on the Round of 16 matches that resulted in football giants and favorites winning the trophy, Senegal’s Lions of Teranga and Morocco’s Atlas Lions, exiting the tournament. The Lions of Teranga were defeated by the host nation, the Elephants of Ivory Coast. The Atlas Lions were defeated by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
January 25, 2024
Kick It AFCON: Ivory Coast Qualifies for Round of 16, Fires Coach, Ghana Eliminated and More
On the second episode of Kick It AFCON, VOA’s Sonny Young, Mike Hove, and Kahli Abdu unpack the latest updates from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in Ivory Coast. The hosts discuss Ivory Coast and Ghana firing their coaches for poor results at the tournament, the impressive performances by smaller nations that qualified for the round of 16, and more. The VOA trio are also joined by Blessing Agbomadzi, a player for Ghana’s women’s national football team, popularly known as the Black Queens. They discuss the standards of African football, her experience as a player and more.
November 18, 2023
US State Department, International Partners Invest in African Climate Entrepreneurs
The U.S. State Department in partnership with three international organizations this week launched a climate hub in Kenya focusing on empowering and investing in African entrepreneurs whose ventures address pressing climate challenges including food security.
November 02, 2023
African Rugby Authorities Celebrate Springboks, Call for More Sports Investment
Herbert Mensah, the president of Rugby Africa — the continent’s rugby governing body — says South Africa’s “Springboks” made African rugby fans proud after making history in France winning the Rugby World Cup for the fourth time. In an interview with VOA’s Mike Hove, Mensah said African governments should emulate South Africa by investing in rugby, which he says will lead to more representation at future tournaments, among them the 2027 world cup that will be held in Australia.
November 01, 2023
Athletes, Authorities, Speak on Rugby Growth, Celebrate Springboks Historic Win
Rugby experts have joined South Africans in celebrating the Springboks historic victory at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, as the national team is set for its nationwide appreciation tour on Thursday showcasing the Web Ellis Trophy.
October 30, 2023
South Africa’s Springboks Win Men’s Rugby World Cup
South Africa’s Springboks defeated New Zealand’s All Blacks on Saturday to become four-time champions in the men’s Rugby World Cup. The team is expected to return home to South Africa Tuesday to crowds of jubilant fans. VOA’s Mike Hove joined VOA’s Hayde Adams in studio to recap South Africa's victory.
October 27, 2023
South Africa, New Zealand Face Off at Rugby World Cup
Rugby fans across the world will be glued to their screens on Saturday to watch the 2023 World Cup finals that will witness a repeat match of the 1995 tournament where South Africa’s “Springboks” faced New Zealand’s “All Blacks.” VOA’s Mike Hove has the latest ahead of Saturday’s final match.
October 24, 2023
South Africa's Springboks Advance to World Cup Finals
The South African Springboks beat England over to weekend to secure a spot in the 2023 World Cup Finals. For a live reaction on the recent win and what that means for the Springboks going into the World Cup Finals on Saturday, VOA’s Mike Hove spoke to Vaylen Kirtley, sports reporter at Newzroom Afrika.
August 28, 2023
Zimbabwean Youth Call for Empowerment in Politics, Other Sectors
Young people in Zimbabwe are calling on incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and incoming lawmakers to prioritize policies and laws focused on youth empowerment in politics and other sectors across the southern African nation. VOA’s Mike Hove has more.