Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 12:08 AM
South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius spent only 9 minutes in the stand today before his lawyer released him from 5 days of agonizing days of cross examination. The 27-year-old athlete left the stand today with a heartbreaking Valentine's day card that his murdered girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp left behind on the day she was shot to death by Pistorius. Invited by his defense lawyer Barry Roux in hopes that the card mend will some of the effects the cross examination has left on him, Pistorius read out the card which was addressed to him by a nickname “Ossie” in a halting voice. The message reads “Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you” the 29-year-old model signed the card with her name and a smiley face.
The Valentines Day card was a means of rebuilding the case for the defense after a nerve-racking cross-examination, Roux set out to create an image of a couple very much in love to counter the viscous image presented by the prosecution who claims Mr. Pistorius stomped around his darkened upscale home, banishing a cocked and loaded handgun while his girlfriend was in the bathroom in fear.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court previously that none of the text messages Steenkamp sent Pistorius ever included the phrase “I love you”
The Olympic medalist killed his girlfriend before dawn on Valentines Day 2013 when he fired through a locked bathroom door. He is charged with murder in Steenkamp's death. And if convicted, he could face up to 25 years to life in prison. Pistorius however maintains he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
Mr Nel's cross examination over the past few days often reduced Pistorius to tears as the prosecutor aimed at deflecting Pistorius claims. In his final summary of the prosecution's case, Nel told the court that Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp, he said “She was locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her... and that what you did” Continuing he said, “Afterward, indeed, you were overcome by what you'd done, that is true. Only because you intentioned to kill her. You realized that”
Pistorius went ahead to deny the accusations, but Neil shot back- “you fired at Reeva”
In tears, Pistorius answered: “ I did not fire at Reeva”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 9:55 PM
|Host nation Brazil- WC KIT|
Africa's 5 representatives have all released their World Cup Home and Away kit for the 2014 edition of the tournament which is slated to hold in Brazil in less than days days to go and they are not looking bad at all.
Although they all look good, I would have to give it to Ghana, their 2014 World Cup kit is exceptionally beautiful and authentic, it features some African prints and designs but its simple enough to be described as classy.
World Cup 2014 Kits-Africa (In alphabetical order)
-Algeria representing north Africa as they make their 4th World Cup appearance this year they will be playing against Belgium, Russia and South Korea in Group H in Brazil. Algeria are currently battling to make an impact in Africa after they were knocked out in the 2013 Nations Cup, but with the World Cup comes the hope of high performances and only time will tell now.
The Algerian Greens will be heading to the World Cup with their Puma made jerseys, their Home kit features flash green as second color and a simple round collar while the sleeve cuffs are light green. The jersey also has a light green Puma logo at the front of the kit. Their 2014 WC Away kit bears very similar features as their home jersey only this one is mainly light green with white applications.
-Cameroon will be making their 7th World Cup appearance this year in Group A making them the the only African side with the most appearances at the World Cup. Several friction in the team has contributed to the Lions poor performance in the past four years, but this year, with Eto'o back, we can only hope for the best.
Cameroon premiered their 2014 World Cup kit which was made by PUMA in their warm-up match against Portugal on March 5th. Their new WC Home kit features cave painting on front of the jersey and the Puma logo is placed in the center of the shirt, the sleeve cuffs also features the cave painting design. Their WC Away kit features similar designs as the home jersey only this one has yellow as the background color and red applications. The patterns are not made visible on this one, and it also has some green in it.
-Ghana made it all the way to the quarterfinals in the last World Cup appearance before they were denied a semi-final spot, but they are back and determined. With a host some of the best mid-fielders including Michael Essien and Kevin Boateng who recently returned to the team, the Black Stars may actually become more successful in their 3rd WC appearance.
They will be representing their country in Brazil 2014 in their Group G with a kit made by Puma who remain their shirt producers since 2005. Their 2014 WC Home kit is quite unique and beautiful, it infuses a lot of the Ghanaian culture. The jersey has a white background and features the Kente cloth design around the collar, the design which is characterized by multicolored patterns of bright colors, and geometric shapes is also seen on the sleeve cuffs of the jersey. Unlike their Home kit, the 2014 WC Away jersey comes in bright red with large front graphics with 'Black Stars' inscriptions. It also features a simple round collar with a yellow Puma logo and the sleeve cuffs designed with bright star patterns.
-Ivory Coast, Africa's favorite are heading to their third World Cup this year in Group C and while this may be the last chance for some of the team's top players, they have not been quite successful in last two attempts; failing to get past the first round each time. The Elephants are currently the number 1 team in the whole of Africa. Like Cameroon, the Elephant wore their brand new World Cup kit which was also made by Puma during their friendly against Belgium in March.
Their 2014 WC Home kit is made more simple with a round collar with the main color orange. The shirt features cave paintings on the sleeves including the graphics of an elephant. Their WC Away kit is similar to the home design but differs in color. The Away jersey is green and features the same template as the home kit.
-Nigeria will be heading to their 5th World Cup this summer after a very successful year in 2013 . The Super Eagles made their first World Cup appearance in 1994 and although they bowed out of the competition in second round, their World Cup kit was quite phenomenal, the kit which was complete with patterned shoulder panel was eventually tagged the best World Cup kit in USA '94. For this summer's World Cup, the Super Eagles will play against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iran in their Group F.
The new Super Eagles 2014 World Cup Away kit is based on Adidas Regista 14 template and is mainly white with dark and light green accents. Their 2014 World Cup Home jersey is based on Adidas Condivo 14 kit template, the front of the jersey features small darker green pinstripes while the sleeves are divided in one light green and one dark green part. The V-collar features both green colors that is found in the sleeve cuffs.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 11:55 PM
The African player of the year had an amazing season scoring 22 goals in all competitions, lets hope City will find a suitable replacement for this amazing striker.
Posted by wasaafrica at 10:36 PM
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:41 AM
Nigeria and a host of other World Cup bound nations moved up in FIFA's World ranking which was released yesterday for the month of April. Nigeria moved up to the 45th position from their 47th position in the last ranking, the new position in FIFA's list is as a result of their goalless draw in their recent World Cup warm-up games against Mexico last month.
For CAF's list in the ranking, the Super Eagles of Nigeria now occupy the 6th position trailing closely behind Cape Verde who currently occupy the 5th position, Ghana sits at the 4th position while Egypt and Algeria occupied the 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Africa's favorite, Ivory Coast have not moved an inch as they remain in their number 1 spot in African football and moved up 1 point to number 21 in the World ranking. Europe occupies the three top spots on the list after Portugal climbed third behind leaders Spain and Germany. Four South American nations have moved up in their spots for this month with Colombia following behind in the 4th positon, Uruguay moved up 1 spot to the 5th position while rivals Argentina and Brazil both share the 6th positoin in the ranking . Greece are once more in the top 10 in the World and they are right on number 10 with Italy occupying the 9th position in the top 10. England however missed by 1 point and are number 11 in the ranking.
Africa's top 10 list
1. Ivory Coast
5. Cape Verde
7. Tunisia8. Cameroon
Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 10:17 PM
The Touts are hilarious and spend a huge amount of time coming up with all kinds of crazy concept. We are all guilty of overreacting in one way or the other when watching our favorite game, especially when its close to home like the Super Eagles or even the Black Stars of Ghana.
Watch this very funny video of how one of the Touts reacts during Nigeria VS. Mexico's game, it is hi-la-rious
Foxy P | Instagram: @TheFoxHimself
Posted by wasaafrica at 7:16 PM
Brazilian football legend, Pele annouced a range of diamonds, each made from a strand of his hair in commemoration of the 1283 goals he scored in his professional football career.
The 73-year-old legend will give 1283 fans the opportunity to buy a strand of his hair for a whopping $7500. The strand of hair will be fashioned into diamonds and sold in a gold-plated box which will be embossed with Pele during his playing days.
Will you buy one?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 11:14 PM
Super Mario has finally caught the Instagram bug, to confirm his arrival he uploaded a video confirming it was truly his account. The AC Milan striker uploaded the video in an attempt to shun all the fake Instagram accounts that have been opened in his name. Mario joined the social networking sight ahead of Milan's trip to Genoa. The former Manchester City player posed with his brother Enoch as well as his girlfriend to further prove he was in fact the real deal.
Mario's girlfriend Fanny Neguesha in turn confirmed his Instagram account, and Barcelona FC striker also joined in to confirm it is the real Mario.
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:16 PM
The countdown to the 2014 World Cup has since begun and today, with only 65 days to go, it is time to take a look at some of the top Nations that have participated in the World Cup since its inception in 1930. 32 nations will be heading to Brazil this summer for the competition that comes by every four years, and ever since the premier tournament in Uruguay where they had only 13 nations in attendance, some nations have earned the right to be called the greatest, so here are the top 10 nations in the history of the World Cup
Friday, April 4, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 2:30 AM
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:51 AM