African Cup of Nations online coverage review: Part 2 - African newspapers

 by Martin Belam, 27 January 2010

Yesterday I posted about some of the coverage of the African Cup of Nations in the UK press and on the Eurosport website. Today I wanted to look at some of the online coverage from newspapers across the African continent.


As you'd expect from a leading sports newspaper in the host country, Jornal de Sportos had plenty of coverage of the tournament. In fact 'CAN' was added to the end of the primary navigation.

Jornal de Sportos masthead

As well as dominating the content on the homepage, the paper has created an online section specifically for the event.

Jornal de Sportos CAN coverage

The Jornal doesn't have any social sharing or bookmarking widgets on its pages, but it does have the ability for users to share a story by email. Interestingly, this acts by opening a dynamic panel underneath the headline of a story, rather than opening up a pop-up or overlay as is more usual.

Jornal de Sportos email sharing interface

Whilst easily able to find the fixture list for the tournament - I struggled to find the group standings at first. That may, of course, be a failing more of my Portuguese than their navigation, although the Angolan domestic league standings were still prominent on the site. When I did find them, the tables were lacking in details - only the points gained, not goal difference, was displayed. With a couple of the groups very tightly poised, this wasn't helpful.

CAN fixtures in Jornal de Sportos


El-Khabar is Algeria's best selling newspaper, and the online version comes in three languages. The homepage has been dominated by images of the Algerian in action in Angola.

El-Khabar homepage

The tournament logo in the right-hand navigation leads to a fixture chart, but this was a static image, rather than something updated as the games are played.

El-Khabar static fixture list

Liberté is a French language paper in Algeria, and they have been using embedded YouTube videos on their homepage to provide clips of Algeria's appearances in the finals.

Liberté using YouTube clips


The state-owned Cameroon Tribune has some coverage of the tournament, although they seemed to have time-travelled into a future tournament.

Cameroon Tribune 2019

The paper is covering the event in both French and English, and seemingly without any image rights, as all the stories I saw were strictly text only.

A Cameroon Tribune article in English


Al-Ahram has the Cup of Nations logo in their left-hand navigation, leading to a specific section for the tournament.

Al-Ahram Cup of Nations sections

Interestingly, this section is not part of their sub-domain.

Al-Ahram's football site


In the next part of this series I'll have screengrabs and notes from some more African newspaper coverage of the Cup Of Nations.


The El-Khabar website link is not working for me, that is why i want to ask a question about it. Does it offers news in English Language ? as i see in the screen shot its written in non English version.

El-Khabar is in French and English as well as the Arabic version pictured

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