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Retro 2018: Best of African Sporting Events

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Sport is that one thing that has been able to bring people of all races, nationalities and cultures together, despite their differences. It is very common to see people who disagree come together and forget about their differences especially when they support the same teams.
Sport is one of the most passionate public event in Africa, for those who play the sports and also those who watch. Adults have been spotted shedding tears when their teams loses a match and giving rounds in beer parlours when their team wins. This is very typical with football.

Africans were served to their satisfaction with many sporting events throughout 2018. Many of these events had fans holding their breath and hoping for victory, which unfortunately did not always materialize


The African men’s handball championship.

The 23rd edition of the African Men’s Handball championship took place from the 17th to the 27th of January 2018 in Gabon. The championship also doubled as qualifying games for the 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship. Tunisia took the trophy back home after defeating Egypt 26-24 in the finals. It is worth noting that the Pharaohs have won the championship eleven (11) times.

The African nation’s championship

The 5th edition of the African Nations Championship, also referred to as CHAN was hosted by Morocco from the 12th of January to the 4th of February 2018. Unlike the Africa Cup of Nations, the African Nations Championship is exclusively for players from National championships, that is no player in a foreign team is allowed to play with the team from his country. The competition which featured 16 teams, play 32 matches and Morocco emerged winner for the first time after beating Nigeria. The next rendezvous is taken for 2020 in Ethiopia.

The Africa women cup of nations

Officially known as the TOTAL Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the 11th edition of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations took place in Ghana from the 7th of November to the 1st of December 2018. The biannual tournament was made up of 8 teams. Nigeria carried the trophy back home after defeating South Africa. The tournament doubled as the qualifiers for African teams against the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to take place in France. Those who secured a place in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup are Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon.

Apart from football and handball which turnout to be the most popular and most interesting sporting competition in Africa, there were smaller and not very popular sports tournaments such as the 2018 Marrakesh ePrix; an electric car racing competition which took place in Morocco, the 2018 African Badminton Championship in Algiers, the African Taekwondo Championship and many more.

In terms of football, 2018 served as a preparatory stage for the 2019 World and African football events, as many qualifier and friendly matches were played throughout the year.

Thus, though not as thrilling as 2017 was in terms of excitement as a result of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, the African sports lovers still had many opportunities to watch their games, be it football, handball, basketball and many others.

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