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I ♥ AFCON 2017: Where and When to Watch the African Cup of Nations in NYC

In cities like New York, the African Cup of Nations has become a must watch tournament for football fans of all backgrounds.

The African Cup of Nations starts Saturday and American fans of the tournament are eager for the action to begin. Even in an international city like New York, it used to be a difficult to find a place showing the matches but this year its popularity is growing even outside neighborhoods with large African populations.


The African Cup of Nations—AFCON—is Africa’s biggest football competition. First held in 1957 in Sudan, since 1968, it has been held every two years. The 31st edition of African Cup of Nations which is starting January 14, 2017 was scheduled to be hosted by Libya, will instead be hosted by Gabon due to ongoing war in Libya.

New York has seen a rise in football supporters since the last world cup alongside the growing popularity of Major League Soccer in the city. One New Yorker Moses Sanchez grew up watching the game. A long time fan of the European leagues, after the excitement of the last African Cup of Nations two years ago, Sanchez has sworn not to miss anymore of that competition. His main interest this year is to get a glimpse of the next generation of African stars before they launch onto the international stage.

“I can’t wait to discover the new talents during this competition," says Sanchez. “Lots of great African players are getting older as Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’O, Michael Essien.”

PSG V Chelsea, The Football Factory at Legends Photo: James Higgins © 2015

Sanchez will be watching the games at a Manhattan soccer institution, the Football Factory at Legends. Jack Keane founded the Football Factory 22 years ago. Today it is home base for 35 supporters clubs following teams from all over the world.

“Our uniqueness,” says Keane, “is that it is dedicated to nothing else but showing Football.

Our message is simple: as many games to as many people that we can possibly do, we are certainly looking forward to an African Cup of Nations.”

Keane believes that this coming AFCON will be different from the previous one, “I think that this one will will be mainly about the stars of the premier league. When I first aired African Cup of Nations 20 years ago,” he remembers, “it was a pretty average tournament. The pitches in particularly were very poor, the facilities were poor but now today the pitches are at very high standards, the teams looks to be well prepared and it really seems to me that African Cup of Nations has been strongly developed over the last 20 years”.

PSG V Chelsea, The Football Factory at Legends Photo: James Higgins © 2015

According to Keane, two years ago, the bar was packed for the AFCON finals. He believe it’ll be the same this time around with the tournament’s popularity expanding to fans outside New York’s various African communities. People like Sanchez.

“My family is from Brazil, so for us the soccer is in our blood,” says Sanchez. “I advocated for screening the African Cup of Nations matches in New York City… We are interested in seeing these players on their national teams. If it is well broadcasted, there is no doubt that the African Cup of Nations will become more popular in New York City in years to come. The game is beautiful whether you are from Europe, America, Africa, or Asia. It brings us all together”

The kick off of the tournament will take place in Libreville the capital of Gabon on Saturday 14, and 16 teams that qualified for the tournament in four groups, and the final match will take place on February 5th.

Legends Football Factory will screen all the games alongside the regular European club games. Bars across the 5 boroughs will also be screening games.

Here’s the schedule:

DateTime (GMT/ET)TeamsStage
Saturday, Jan. 144 p.m./11 a.m.Gabon vs. Guinea-BissauGroup A
Saturday, Jan. 147 p.m./2 p.m.Burkina Faso vs. CameroonGroup A
Sunday, Jan. 154 p.m./11 a.m.Algeria vs. ZimbabweGroup B
Sunday, Jan. 157 p.m./2 p.m.Tunisia vs. SenegalGroup B
Monday, Jan. 164 p.m./11 a.m.Ivory Coast vs. TogoGroup C
Monday, Jan. 167 p.m./2 p.m.Congo DR vs. MoroccoGroup C
Tuesday, Jan. 174 p.m./11 a.m.Ghana vs. UgandaGroup D
Tuesday, Jan. 177 p.m./2 p.m.Mali vs. EgyptGroup D
Wednesday, Jan. 184 p.m./11 a.m.Gabon vs. Burkina FasoGroup A
Wednesday, Jan. 187 p.m./2 p.m.Cameroon vs. Guinea-BissauGroup A
Thursday, Jan. 194 p.m./11 a.m.Algeria vs. TunisiaGroup B
Thursday, Jan. 197 p.m./2 p.m.Senegal vs. ZimbabweGroup B
Friday, Jan. 204 p.m./11 a.m.Ivory Coast vs. Congo DRGroup C
Friday, Jan. 207 p.m./2 p.m.Morocco vs. TogoGroup C
Saturday, Jan. 214 p.m./11 a.m.Ghana vs. MaliGroup D
Saturday, Jan. 217 p.m./2 p.m.Egypt vs. UgandaGroup D
Sunday, Jan. 227 p.m./2 p.m.Cameroon vs. GabonGroup A
Sunday, Jan. 227 p.m./2 p.m.Guinea-Bissau vs. Burkina FasoGroup A
Monday, Jan. 237 p.m./2 p.m.Senegal vs. AlgeriaGroup B
Monday, Jan. 237 p.m./2 p.m.Zimbabwe vs. TunisiaGroup B
Tuesday, Jan. 247 p.m./2 p.m.Morocco vs. Ivory CoastGroup C
Tuesday, Jan. 247 p.m./2 p.m.Togo vs. Congo DRGroup C
Wednesday, Jan. 257 p.m./2 p.m.Egypt vs. GhanaGroup D
Wednesday, Jan. 257 p.m./2 p.m.Uganda vs. MaliGroup D
Saturday, Jan. 284 p.m./11 a.m.A1 vs. B2Quarter-Final 1
Saturday, Jan. 287 p.m./2 p.m.B1 vs. A2Quarter-Final 2
Sunday, Jan. 294 p.m./11 a.m.C1 vs. D2Quarter-Final 3
Sunday, Jan. 297 p.m./2 p.m.D1 vs. C2Quarter-Final 4
Wednesday, Feb. 17 p.m./2 p.m.QF1 vs. QF4Semi-Final 1
Thursday, Feb. 27 p.m./2 p.m.QF2 vs. QF3Semi-Final 2
Saturday, Feb. 47 p.m./2 p.m.3P1 vs. 3P2Third Place Play-Off
Sunday, Feb. 57 p.m./2 p.m.SF1 vs. SF2Final

via BBC

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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