Sweden-based stars shine in World Cup qualifiers

A number of African footballers plying their trade in the Swedish premiership were in action on Tuesday in the second leg matches of the first rounds of the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup with some of them hitting the net. Sierra Leonean striker Alhaji kamara, who plays for league leaders IFK Norrkoping, scored twice in nine […]

African goals in Sweden

Eritrean striker Henok Goitom scored an early goal on Sunday as his club AIK, third on the table, kept its title dreams alive in a 2-1 win over Swedish champions Malmo. The 12th minute strike was Goitom’s 16th in the Swedish football premiership this season. After leading the scoring chart lately the 31-year-old is now second, three goals […]

Africa: Using football to support development

Africa United partners, including the African Union, Confederation of African Football (CAF), CDC Foundation and the World Bank Group proposed Africa United as a Commitment to Action at the 11th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting today. Africa United, a powerful neutrally-branded communications platform, leverages African political and football leadership along with national and local […]

Mexico claims double win in Homeless World Cup

Mexico raised both the Women’s and the Men’s Homeless World Cup trophies in Amsterdam on Saturday evening, making them just the second nation to secure a men’s and women’s title in the same year. With this win, the Mexican women are the first team to claim the top prize three times, overtaking the men’s teams from […]

Homeless World Cup: one family, different cultures

“It is one big family with people from different cultures. You can’t explain the feeling. You should be part of the experience to know what I mean.” Michel van Oudheusden is at loss for words to describe the atmosphere of the Homeless World Cup. “My wife joined me a couple of years ago in Poznan. When […]

African players are top scorers in Sweden

African players are at the helm of the scoring charts of  Sweden’s two top football championships. Eritrean striker Henok Goitom leads the pack in the country’s premier male football championship, the Allsvenskan, with 15 goals in 23 matches  while Cameroonian goal machine Gaelle Enganamouit has been banking the goals this season for Ekilstuna United DFF in the female […]

Homeless World Cup begins in Amsterdam

The 13th Homeless World Cup kicked off in spectacular style in Amsterdam Saturday, after being opened by King Willlem-Alexander. The tournament, which uses football to tackle homelessness, will feature over 500 players from 48 nations over the next seven days. The event started with the players marching and dancing their way through an opening parade […]

Lone Star’s win against Tunisia is commendable

Optimism among some Liberians, mainly the young folks were very low, if not at its lowest in many years. I am sure that low expectation for a victory for the Liberian national football team, the Lone Star, was due largely to the lackluster performance of the team in major competitive games over the past years, […]

Homeless World Cup in Holland

Dutch king Willem-Alexander will officially open the Homeless World Cup at the Museum Square in Amsterdam on Saturday morning 12 September. Following the opening, he will watch the opening games of the Dutch Women’s team against Argentina and the Dutch Men’s team against Northern Ireland. More than 500 players in 64 teams will represent their […]

Pro USA is now Yes, Inc.

Thanks to a youth-led rebranding effort, Pro USA has a new name and a new youth success coaching program. This summer Yes, Inc. (formerly Pro USA) is rolling out its new identity, along with a new youth success-coaching program. Yes, Inc.’s startup Success Plan program pairs underrepresented youth with volunteer coaches to realize each youth’s vision […]