Sports wrap: Senegal wins Afcon; Africa’s Winter Olympics hopefuls

The streets of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, were painted green, red and yellow on Sunday evening after the country claimed the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy for the FIRST time in history. 🙌 In a tremendous victory against seven-time winner Egypt, the West African nation’s winning penalty was scored by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. The celebrations in Senegal were a huge affair, with dancing, fireworks and jubilation lighting up the streets. Monday was even declared a public holiday because, as its fans know, soccer is life. 

On the other side of the world, the 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off in Beijing. There are no South Africans taking part but six athletes from five other African countries are representing our continent: Eritrea, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco and Nigeria. Five are competing in Alpine (downhill) skiing and one in cross country skiing. We’re pretty impressed, what with ski slopes not being exactly common in Africa. 😆 As The Conversation reports, no African nation has won a Winter Olympics medal, mainly because our warm climate limits us from training in winter sports. But this could be the year! 💪🏽

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 11 February 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.