THE YEAR IN HIGHLIGHTS
As we head into the last weeks of the year it becomes imperative that the media looks back at events and highlights that made it either a great one or a damp squib.
The different sporting codes had great and sad moments that were the talk of the world's towns. Football, as always, took centre stage on the continent especially because Fifa's 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup are headed this way.
The African Soccer Television show begins a four-part series on the year that was this week when it airs on SABC1 Sports' Laduma programme on Sundays at 2.30pm.
Kicking off this weekend is the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Ghana with President John Kuffour having the honour of officially opening the Confederation of African Football's flagship tournament.
Highlights from the tournament begin with the first semifinal between the hosts' Black Stars and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
With all the home advantage one could call for, Ghana still managed to lose the game 1-0. Many will remember the second semifinal where Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast failed to stop the Egyptian Pharaohs who cruised to a shock 4-1 victory.
While nobody really cares who came third, Ghana salvaged some pride when they beat Ivory Coast 4-2 in the bronze medal playoff. Egypt made it two titles in a row when they beat Cameroon 1-0.