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Five African Soccer Players Have Been Shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon d'Or

The thirty-man shortlist includes Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane.

Forbes reports that the official shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, the so-called "Oscars" of professional soccer, has been released. The thirty-man list features five African players including Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane. Established in 1956, the prestigious award was previously only given to Europe-based players. However, it is now awarded to the best player in the world.


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While predictions suggest a two-way battle between Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus F.C. looking at third, the five nominated African players have all contributed to the success of their respective teams in a major way this year.

Egypt's Salah won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool while Senegalese duo Koulibaly and Mane were instrumental in getting their national team to finish in second place at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. Mahrez ultimately helped Algeria bring the victory home at the same tournament. Aubameyang, on the other hand, helped Arsenal reach the finals of the Europa League and was awarded the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2018/2019 season with both Salah and Mane. Read further about these players at Africa CGTN.

An important subcategory of the Ballon d'Or is the Kopa Trophy which is awarded by previous Ballon d'Or winners to the best-performing player under the age of 21. Nigerian player and winger for Villarreal, Samuel Chukwueze, has been shortlisted for this year's award.

The winner of the Ballon d'Or will be announced in a few months at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on December 2nd.


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While the Rugby World Cup in Japan might have ended close to a week ago, South Africans are still celebrating their 32-12 win against England. Upon their arrival at the airport this past Tuesday, the Springboks received a warm welcome from hundreds of South Africans celebrating the return of the sports heroes. Currently, the Springboks are on the so-called "trophy tour" which sees the official presentation of the Web Ellis Trophy Cup to President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Amid the celebrations, however, Tendai Mtawarira or the "Beast" as he is affectionately known, has announced that he is retiring from international rugby.

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This is How Scores of South Africans Celebrated the Springboks' Arrival

South Africans showed up at the airport to welcome the players following their Rugby World Cup win.

South Africans are still on a high after the Springboks thrashed England 32-12 to win this year's Rugby World Cup. Yesterday, hundreds of South Africans showed up at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to welcome the players as they touched down on home soil from Japan. Clad in the official Springbok jersey and proudly waving the South African flag amid celebratory songs, it was a moment as joyous as when the Springboks lifted up the trophy in victory.

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Best of the Decade: The Greatest South African Hip-Hop Songs of the 2010s

"Caracara" is easily the South African hip-hop song of the decade.

We asked several South African hip-hop heads, artists, writers and DJs to share their top five SA hip-hop songs of the decade. A majority of them included K.O's 2014 smash hit "Caracara," which features KiD X and is produced by the extremely talented Lunatik.

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Watch Bonang Matheba's Interview With The Breakfast Club

Bonang Matheba talks about her career, misconceptions about Africa and making major moves in America.

South African television personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba is currently in New York after recently receiving the "E! African Influencer" of the Year award in Santa Monica, California. She stopped by Power 105.1 for an interview with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.

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