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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Egypt sack coach El Badry after Gabon draw
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Egypt sack coach El Badry after Gabon draw

A last-gasp effort from Mostafa Mohamed rescued a point for the Pharoahs who struggled to dominate Sunday's game in Franceville The Egyptian Football Association has sacked national team head coach Hossam El Badry after their 1-1 draw with Gabon in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Sunday. His dismissal was announced a day after the Pharaohs struggled to grab a point in Franceville, thanks to Mostafa Mohamed’s 90th-minute strike that cancelled out Jim Allevinah’s opener for Gabon. Despite the dropped points, Egypt remain at the top of Group F with four points after two matches, pending the outcome of Angola and Libya's encounter on Tuesday.
Tunisia beat Cote d’Ivoire to win 2021 FIBA AfroBasket
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Tunisia beat Cote d’Ivoire to win 2021 FIBA AfroBasket

Tunisia on Sunday won the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Cote d’Ivoire 78-75 on Sunday at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. It was the Tunisians’ third AfroBasket title, having claimed the trophy in 2011 in Madagascar, and the 2017 edition of the tournament at home. With the win, Tunisia became the first team to win back-to-back AfroBasket titles since Angola in 2009. Omar Abada finished with 10 points, while Michael Roll was magnificent by contributing 18 points and nine assists. Makram Ben Romdhane contributed eight points and 10 rebounds and Salah Mejri came up with 22 points and six rebounds for Tunisia. Makram Ben Romdhane was named the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Most Valuable Player. Souleyman Diabate was 4-of-5 from behind the arc to finish with a game-high 2...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Libya shock Aubameyang’s Gabon as Salah-less Egypt beat Angola
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Libya shock Aubameyang’s Gabon as Salah-less Egypt beat Angola

The second round of the qualification for next year's global showpiece started across the continent on Wednesday Libya shocked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon with a 2-1 defeat in their opening match of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The Panthers gave up their early lead and conceded a goal in each half of Wednesday's encounter which set them up for a poor start. Andre Biyogo Poko got Gabon off to a flying start with his 11th-minute opener at the Martyrs of February Stadium but Libya responded shortly after with their equaliser.
Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist
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Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist

  The Lagos state government has placed 14 countries on its COVID-19 watchlist to curb the spread of the disease in the state. The state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi made the announcement on Wednesday May 12. Abayomi who explained that travellers coming from other countries into Lagos have been classified into three groups — the red countries, the amber countries, and the green countries, added that the state government is outlining measures that will guide the management of inbound passengers of interest (POIs) from other countries. The red countries are India, Brazil and Turkey where new variants of COVID-19 are causing an increase in infection rate. The amber countries are Canada, US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun, Angola, South Afr...
UK Stops Recruitment of Doctors and Nurses from Nigeria and 46 Other Countries
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UK Stops Recruitment of Doctors and Nurses from Nigeria and 46 Other Countries

The recruitment of health and care workers from Nigeria and 46 other countries has been suspended by the United Kingdom government as confirmed in its updated Code of Practice (CoP). Africa Check had earlier reported that about 5, 250 Nigerian-trained doctors are on the UK books as at April 2018, a rise of 10 per cent on the previous year. The Sun reported that the announcement which is contained in the CoP and released by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, would help to meet UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024. The UK said CoP provide safeguards against active recruitment from 47 countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list, and also aligns with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical recruitment to promote effective...
Angola Decriminalises Same-Sex Sexual Relationships
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Angola Decriminalises Same-Sex Sexual Relationships

A new law decriminalising same-sex sexual relations in Angola has gone into effect on Wednesday. According to reports, the new law overturned a colonial-era ban on homosexual relations which described it as "vice against nature”. Activist Jean-Luc Romero-Michel tweeted, "The law decriminalising homosexuality adopted in Angola in 2019 took effect today. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is now reprehensible and even punishable by prison." He said it was “a great step forward” in the fight against state-sponsored discrimination against the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and intersex) community. Reacting to this development, Nigerian novelist, Elnathan John, predicts that Nigeria would likely adopt the law decriminalising homosexuality. ...
Jabi Lake Mall board denies authorizing Naira Marley concert
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Jabi Lake Mall board denies authorizing Naira Marley concert

Jabi Lake Mall board has denied authorizing Naira Marley concert, as they expressed shock and disappointment over the development. According to a report by THISDAY, the board condemned the illegal action in the strongest terms, clarifying that the event took against express instructions given to the property manager. According to a source close to the shareholders; “Jabi Lake Mall was built in 2015 with the vision of creating a beautiful lakeside property that allowed the residents of Abuja to shop, relax, network and have fun. The mall was also designed to invigorate the local economy and provide a safe and comfortable location for retailers to sell their goods. “As is typical for large properties like this, the shareholders selected a property manager who was paid to manage...
Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star
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Okwaraji: President Buhari mourns mother of former Super Eagles star

The octogenarian's death was confirmed by her eldest son on Monday at her residence in Enugu Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Samuel Okwaraji’s mother who died at the age of 83 on Monday. Lady Janet Okwaraji was a retired teacher, a school proprietress and a devout Christian before her death was confirmed by her eldest son, Patrick. She lost her son Samuel, who was a Nigeria midfielder, during a Fifa World Cup qualifying match against Angola on August 12, 1989
Man Who Had 281 Children From 47 Wives Dies At 73 In Angola
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Man Who Had 281 Children From 47 Wives Dies At 73 In Angola

About a thousand mourners and sympathisers flouted Angolan president João Lourenço’s directive banning large gatherings – as a measure to curtail the spread of coronavirus – to pay their last respects to Francisco Tchikuteny Sabalo, the man who fathered 281 children from 47 wives at Mungongo Island in Angola on April 19. According to the Voice of America (VOA), Sabalo, who was also known as Pai Grande, or Big Dad, was a popular polygamist. However, 125 of the children predeceased him, leaving him with 156 surviving children and 250 grandchildren. Pai Grande, who died at the age of 73 after battling prostate cancer for over a year, was initially taken to the country’s capital city of Luanda as well as other places for treatment, but was returned home when his condition wor...
Angola prosecutors close in on dos Santos children
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Angola prosecutors close in on dos Santos children

Angola's former first son Jose Filomeno dos Santos has spent hours contemplating the marble floor and wood-panelled walls of Luanda's Supreme Court where he has been on trial since December. The 42-year-old child of Jose Eduardo dos Santos could soon hear whether he is guilty of stealing millions of dollars from Angola's sovereign wealth fund, which he oversaw from 2013 to 2018. His father is so far not under investigation, but prosecutors are closing in on the dos Santos children. Jose is the first dos Santos member to stand trial since President Joao Lourenco launched a purge of Dos Santos' administration in a bid to tackle graft soon after he took over in 2017. Isabel dos Santos, the ex-president's billionaire daughter, was this year charged with financial crimes related t...
Countries With The Strongest And Weakest Passports In The World
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Countries With The Strongest And Weakest Passports In The World

A 2020 ranking done by Henley Passport Index has rated Japan as the country with the most powerful passport with Visa-free access to 191 countries. This is the third time Japan would be getting the top position. Singapore follows in the second position with South Korea in the third place. It should be noted that the ranking is based on the visa-free access the passports have. On the African continent, Angola is rated the strongest with access to 49 countries. Below are therefore African countries according to their ranking: Angola Global ranking:93 Visa-free access to 49 countries. Burundi Global ranking: 93 Visa-free access to 49 countries. Cameroon Global ranking: 93 Visa-free access to 49 countries. Egypt Global ranking: 93 Visa-free access to 49 countries Liberia Gl...
Peter Okoye Calls Out Promoter Using His Picture To Advertise Twin Brother’s Show In Angola
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Peter Okoye Calls Out Promoter Using His Picture To Advertise Twin Brother’s Show In Angola

Peter Okoye of the defunct Psquare recently dragged a promoter for using a photo of him to sell his twin brother’s show in Angola – The 37-year-old star even threatened to sue the organisation involved – Many fans of the musician have reacted to this Peter’s action. On his Instagram page, Peter Okoye shared a post of a poster showing off himself and his brother together. This poster was being used to promote a show of his twin set to be held in Angola. The singer did not quite find it funny that his photo was being used to advertise a program that had nothing to do with him. Hence, in a caption, Peter called out the show promoter involved. He threatened to sue them because, according to the musician, they have looked for his trouble. Peter’s action is set against the bac...
Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations
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Coronavirus: WHO Lists Nigeria, 12 Others As Top-risk African Nations

The World Health Organisation has identified 13 high- risk African countries for coronavirus . They are Algeria, Angola , Ivory Coast , DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius , Nigeria , South Africa, Tanzania , Uganda , and Zambia . A statement from WHO said the identified African nations have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " WHO has identified 13 top priority countries ( Algeria, Angola , Cote d’ Ivoire , the Democratic Republic of the Congo , Ethiopia, Ghana , Kenya , Mauritius, Nigeria , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda and Zambia ) which either have direct links or a high volume of travel to China . " To ensure rapid detection of the novel coronavirus, it is important to have laboratories which can test samples and WHO is supporting countries...
Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud
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Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud

Angola’s billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos has been charged with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol. Documents leaked this week alleged the daughter of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion (1.82 billion euros). “Isabel dos Santos is accused of mismanagement and embezzlement of funds during her tenure at Sonangol and is thus charged in the first instance with the crimes of money laundering, influence peddling, harmful management … forgery of documents, among other economic crimes,” prosecutor general Helder Pitta Gros told a news conference late Wednesday. Investigations into Isabel dos Santos’s 18-month tenure as Sonangol head from Ju...
Africa’s Richest Woman, Isabel Dos Santos Charged With Fraud
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Africa’s Richest Woman, Isabel Dos Santos Charged With Fraud

Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman has been charged with fraud which took place during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol. Angola’s billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santo’s has been charged in the southern African country with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol, the Angolan prosecutor general announced on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of files about dos Santo’s were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and released by several news organisations on Sunday, dubbed the “Luanda Leaks”. They allege the daughter of ex-president José Eduardo dos Santos plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion (€1.82 billion). “Isabel dos Sant...
Africa’s Richest Woman ‘Ripped Off Angola’ By BBC Panorama
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Africa’s Richest Woman ‘Ripped Off Angola’ By BBC Panorama

Leaked documents reveal how Africa's richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country, and corruption. Isabel dos Santos got access to lucrative deals involving land, oil, diamonds and telecoms when her father was president of Angola, a southern African country rich in natural resources. The documents show how she and her husband were allowed to buy valuable state assets in a series of suspicious deals. Ms Dos Santos says the allegations against her are entirely false and are a politically motivated witch-hunt by the Angolan government. The former president's daughter has made the UK her home and owns expensive properties in central London. She is already under criminal investigation by the authorities in Angola for corruption and her assets in the count...
The Countries With The Most Powerful Military In Africa In 2019, Nigeria Is No..
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The Countries With The Most Powerful Military In Africa In 2019, Nigeria Is No..

Check out the most powerful countries in Africa in terms of military strength. The criteria for rating are used in such an approach that a smaller country with good military intelligence competes favorably well with a highly populated country with lots of great foot soldiers while landlocked countries are not penalized for lack of an active navy. Check out the Top Ten African countries with the most powerful military according to Tina Magazine. 10. LIBYA The 2011 Libya revolution has placed a big question mark on the military capabilities of a country with population of just over 6 million. Almost 3 million citizens are fit for service and just about 116,000 people reach service age each year but these small numbers correlate quite oppositely to the artillery and ammunition the count...
Angola Becomes First African Country To Build A Football Stadium On Water
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Angola Becomes First African Country To Build A Football Stadium On Water

Angola becomes the first country to build a football stadium on water. The stadium was first opened over the weekend in Luanda and more than 1,000 fans attended. The beautiful stadium cost the country in excess of $20 million and was built for six months. It’s built in such a way that even if there’s a heavy downpour, the water cannot rise to the stadium’s level. At the edge of the stadium, there are beautiful roads where fans watch the beautiful game from. What’s amazing is that even if the ball accidentally falls in the water, there are people ready to collect it for the play to continue.
Nigerian Amputee Team Goes To Angola With Flight Ticket, Jersey, Boots On Credit
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Nigerian Amputee Team Goes To Angola With Flight Ticket, Jersey, Boots On Credit

Nigeria's Amputee football team known as Special Eagles, has arrived in Angola for the 2019 Africa Amputee Football Cup of Nations. The 15-man team, which has decried neglect from the government, managed to arrive in Angola through air tickets procured on credit from an agent. The team would also be participating in the tournament with jerseys, tracksuits, boots and other vital items all procured on credit. Speaking on arrival in Angola, President of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation, Suleiman Isah, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari for urgent support of the team. He said, “It is tough for us but we needed to make this trip to keep hope alive for the amputees who had decided to counter their physical disability by engaging in sports. “They have been absent fro...
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Meet Africa’s Four Representatives To Brazil
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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Meet Africa’s Four Representatives To Brazil

The FIFA U17 World Cup is one the very few competitions where African teams have been able to show dominance on the World Scene. African teams have won the competition seven times with Nigeria accounting five of the trophies and Ghana getting the other two. However, while Ghana has not participated at the U17 for quite some time now, Nigeria have won two of the last three editions only missing the 2017 editions. This year the 2019 edition is scheduled for Brazil and Nigeria have qualified alongside two debutants and one team who will be making their second FIFA U7 World Cup appearances and we take a look at the four Africa representatives. NIGERIA Nickname: Golden Eaglets Appearance: 12 Debut: 1985 Last Appearance: 2015 Best Performance: Winners (x5) Coach: Man...
Angola 0 Mali 1: Haidara dishes out AFCON elimination
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Angola 0 Mali 1: Haidara dishes out AFCON elimination

Angola were unable to get the point they needed to advance in the Africa Cup of Nations, but Mali reached the last 16 as Group E winners. Amadou Haidara's stunning goal sent Mali into the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 as Group E winners with a 1-0 win over Angola, who were consequently eliminated. RB Leipzig midfielder Haidara fired a fine 20-yard strike past Tony Cabaca in the first half and it proved to be sufficient to set up a meeting with Ivory Coast in the knockout stages. Angola were unable to find an equaliser that would have sent them through as one of the best third-placed teams, with South Africa progressing instead.
Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon
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Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon

Harambee Stars will have to return home after Benin earned a point against the Indomitable Lions on Tuesday Harambee Stars chances of making it to the Last 16 of the competition were left in tatters after they lost 3-0 to Senegal in their final Group C match on Monday. That defeat meant Kenya were relying on Mali and Cameroon to beat Angola and Benin respectively. However, Benin managed to squeeze a barren draw against the Indomitable Lions, meaning they will now qualify for the knockout stages at the expense of Kenya.
Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse on the importance of starting with a win
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse on the importance of starting with a win

The Tunisia coach is keen to start on a bright note in Monday’s Group E opener against the Palancas Negras Tunisia coach Alain Giresse has declared he is targeting a winning start against Angola at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Monday. In his pre-match press conference on Sunday, the coach of the Carthage Eagles highlighted the need for his team to start well at the Afcon if they are to achieve their aim of going far in the tournament.
Tunisia coach Alain Giresse sets Africa Cup of Nations target
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Tunisia coach Alain Giresse sets Africa Cup of Nations target

The Carthage Eagles are gearing up to make their 19th appearance in Africa's foremost football showpiece later this month Coach Alain Giresse has revealed that Tunisia are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Since their first Afcon triumph in 2004, the North Africans have exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage five times, including the last two editions in 2015 and 2017. For their campaign in Egypt, Tunisia have been placed in Group E against Angola, Mali and Mauritania.
Wednesday’s Cosafa Cup Group A action: Kick off, TV channel, squad news & preview
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Wednesday’s Cosafa Cup Group A action: Kick off, TV channel, squad news & preview

Group A remains wide open with an opportunity for all of its participants to sneak into the next round of the Cosafa Cup It is winner takes all in Group A of the Cosafa Cup as Comoros take on fellow islanders Mauritius on Wednesday afternoon. With a win yet to be registered by any team in the group and this being the final game of the group stage for both teams due to the withdrawal of Angola, the stakes are intriguingly poised. Eswatini currently leads the group standings with just two points following two draws against both Comoros and Mauritius, meaning that a win for either Comoros or Mauritius would be enough to see them advance to the next stage of the competition, joining Malawi from Group B, who have already qualified.
Paul Okoye Reacts To Peter Okoye’s Threat of Suing Promoter
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Paul Okoye Reacts To Peter Okoye’s Threat of Suing Promoter

 Paul Okoye has reacted to his twin brother Peter Okoye's threat of to suing a show promoter in Angola who allegedly used his photo to "allegedly sell his (Paul) show in the country". Recall that it was reported earlier that Peter Okoye shared a post of a poster showing off himself and his brother together. This poster was being used to promote a show of his twin set to be held in Angola. Passing off threat to sue the promoter of the show he has nothing to do with, Peter wrote; "Na Wa o! So they needed my image to sell their show Angola. This promoters @pubfoureventos you’ll be hearing from my lawyers soon. #UnaDonFindMyTrouble" However Paul Okoye who reacted to his twin Brother, Peter Okoye's threat of suing the show promoter from Angola, shared a snippet of hit single 'Reason Wit...
Facebook Bans Israeli Firm ‘Using Fake Accounts’ To Post News About Nigeria
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Facebook Bans Israeli Firm ‘Using Fake Accounts’ To Post News About Nigeria

Facebook has banned Archimedes Group, an Israeli company, for using fake accounts and pages to post political news about Nigeria. Archimedes Group is a political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its ability of wining elections worldwide. In a post, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, explained that the accounts and pages were identified through “internal investigations”. He accused firm of coordinated inauthentic behaviour, saying so far, Facebook has removed 265 fake accounts. “Today we removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Gleicher said. “This activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia along with som...
Angola Becomes First African Country To Build Football Stadium On Water
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Angola Becomes First African Country To Build Football Stadium On Water

Angola becomes the first country to build a football stadium on water. The stadium was first opened over the weekend in Luanda and more than 1,000 fans attended. The beautiful stadium cost the country in excess of $20 million and was built for six months. It’s built in such a way that even if there’s heavy downpour, the water cannot rise to the stadium’s level. At the edge of the stadium, there are beautiful roads where fans watch the beautiful game from.What’s amazing is that even if the ball accidentally falls in water,there are people ready to collect it for the play to continue.
Under-17 Africa Cup Of Nations: Nigeria And Angola Reach World Cup.
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Under-17 Africa Cup Of Nations: Nigeria And Angola Reach World Cup.

Fifa U-17 World Cup after they booked semi-final places at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania on Saturday. Nigeria's Golden Eaglets drew 1-1 with the Uganda Cubs in a Group A match at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Angola were 4-2 winners over Tanzania's Serengeti Boys at the National Stadium. All four semi-finalists from Tanzania also earn a place at the World Cup in Brazil later this year. A goal from substitute Alou John Kokasin gave Uganda the lead against Nigeria who equalised through Ibrahim Jabaar. Angola's convincing win against the hosts came courtesy of a brace from Pedro Osvaldo while Leson Tome and Davide Nzanza were also on the score-sheet. Omary Omary and Agiri Ngoda scored for Tanzania. Five-times U-17 world champions Nigeria finished top ...
Zenith Bank Hails Eaglets, Olusegun
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Zenith Bank Hails Eaglets, Olusegun

Zenith Bank Plc on Wednesday congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for picking a ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup billed to take place later this year in Brazil. Nigeria defeated Angola 1-0 yesterday in Tanzania to confirm a place in the U-17 finals with six maximum points from two matches. The country earlier defeated host Tanzania 5-4 on Sunday in a highly entertaining encounter. The bank specifically showered praises on the scorer of the lone goal for Nigeria, Olakunle Olusegun, who incidentally is a product of outfit in the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles project. It was learnt that shortly after the match yesterday, an official of the bank called the team camp in to congratulate the players and officials of the team. The ongoing Africa U-17 Africa Cup of Nations h...
Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.
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Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.

The World Bank who released the taxonomy of growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa in its latest report on the regional economy titled, ‘Africa’s Pulse’, disclosed that Nigeria's economy slipping. According to the World Bank, Nigeria's economy has been slipping since 1995 and this continued till 2018. The apex bank who disclosed that its analysis involved a series of macroeconomic variables for 44 sub-Saharan African countries from 1995 to 2018, added that the taxonomy is used to help identify the factors that are correlated with success or failure in economic growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on macroeconomic and financial variables. The World Bank said, “The bottom tercile consists of 19 countries: Angola, Burundi, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, the Co...
Obangame Express: Creating safe corridor at the Gulf of Guinea
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Obangame Express: Creating safe corridor at the Gulf of Guinea

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service during simulation exercises at Obangame Express 2019. It is no longer news that oil made the Gulf of Guinea , GoG region susceptible to criminal activities. Unfortunately, these threats pose adverse security implications on the region generally, as this corridor has been bedeviled by various forms of illegalities ranging from piracy, kidnap of sailors, crude oil theft , illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons, among other maritime crimes. Gradually, these maritime threats began to overwhelm respective navies of countries in the region, just as they also have adverse effect on their economics, as well as those of other countries which ships use the corridor as passage to transact one business or the other. To address this scourg...
AFCON FINAL QUALIFIERS TABLE
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AFCON FINAL QUALIFIERS TABLE

Group A     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Senegal 6    5    1    0    10    16 2  M’ascar 6    3    1    2    0      10 3  E’Guinea6    2    0    4    -2    6 4  Sudan  6    1    0    5    -8    3 Group B     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Morocco 6    3    2    1    5      11 2  Cameroon6    3    2    1    4      11 3  Malawi  6    1    2    3    -4    5 4  Comoros 6    1    2    3    -5    5 Group C     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Mali    6    4    2    0    8      14 2  Burundi 6    2    4    0    6      10 3  Gabon  6    2    2    2    2      8 4  S’Sudan 6    0    0    6    -16    0 Group D     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Algeria 6    3    2    1    5      11 2  Benin  6    3    1    2    -1    10 3  Ga...
AFCON 2019: ANOTHER OWN GOAL BY CAF
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AFCON 2019: ANOTHER OWN GOAL BY CAF

Saturday comment1  Ayodele Okunfolami argues that the decision to strip Cameroon of the hosting right is unfair Egypt and South Africa are the only countries that met Confederation of African Football’s December 14, 2018 deadline to show interest in hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2019. The decision on who wins the hosting rights is expected to come up on January 9, 2019. This is going to be barely six months to the event in June. The decision to host arose when Cameroon was stripped of the hosting rights after it was originally awarded in 2014. CAF had claimed that Cameroon’s unpreparedness and the insecurity arising from the Boko haram insurgency and the Anglophone separatists group were reasons it denied the country from hosting AFCON 2019. I think CAF’s decision is ...
Mauritania Close To First Cup of Nations Appearance
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Mauritania Close To First Cup of Nations Appearance

Mauritania, a largely desert state that have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, are among 15 countries who could secure places at the 2019 tournament this weekend. A team guided by French coach Corentin Martins will be assured of a top-two finish in Group I and qualification if they defeat bottom side Botswana in Nouakchott. The Mauritanians, whose squad includes players from local clubs, other African countries, Europe and the Middle East, enjoy several psychological advantages over their opponents. They travelled to the southern Africa nation for the first round of qualifying in June last year and won 1-0 through an Abdallahi Soudani goal. While Mauritania have won three of four games in a group completed by Burkina Faso and Angola, Botswana have lost three, drawn one, an...
Son Of Ex-Angolan President Detained In Graft Probe
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Son Of Ex-Angolan President Detained In Graft Probe

The son of Angola’s ex-president has been detained in connection with an investigation into corruption and other crimes the official ANGOP news agency reports. José Filomeno dos Santos is the highest profile figure to be held in custody since President Joao Lourenco succeeded former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos a year ago vowing to tackle widespread corruption. ANGOP said he had been arrested for “being part of a criminal association, irregular acceptance of advantages, fraud, embezzlement and corruption, among others.” In March, the younger Dos Santos, the former head of Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund, was charged with fraud relating to a $500 million transaction out of an account belonging to the central bank.
5 Die In Stampede After Angolan Soccer Match
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5 Die In Stampede After Angolan Soccer Match

Five people were killed and seven injured in a stampede after an African Champions League soccer match in the Angolan capital Luanda, the sports ministry said on Monday. Witnesses told the media that the people were crushed to death when they flooded out of the stadium after the game between Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto and TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Angola’s sports ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that it regretted the deaths and that the seven injured people had already been discharged from hospital. The stampede took place on Saturday. Witnesses said the stampede happened after fans found the gates to the Estádio 11 de Novembro stadium shut after the match. When police opened the gates, fans rushed out and some were trampled under police horses. ...
Angolan President’s Daughter Charters $200,000 Plane To Deliver Baby
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Angolan President’s Daughter Charters $200,000 Plane To Deliver Baby

Ms Jéssica Lorena Dias Lourenço, the daughter of Angolan President has chartered a $ 200,000 (Shs720,000,000 million) private plane to deliver a baby in Washington, private media reported. In 2014 for the same reasons, Ms Jéssica Lorena Dias Lourenço was also in the US but travelled in a normal service. According to Club-k.net the Angolan Presidential couple, João Lourenço and Ana Dias Lourenço have a house in Bethesda, Maryland in Montgomery. By that time, the Angolan first lady Ana Ana Dias Lourenço was the country’s representative in World Bank in Washington. The country’s Presidency has not yet reacted to the news. New President João Lourenço took over from José Eduardo dos Santos in August 2017, following an election, marking the end of a 38-year reign. President João L...
Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets
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Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets

Mall for Africa, an e-commerce and m-commerce platform present in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, has expanded to 11 new countries in Africa in response to rising demand for its patented service. The app will now be available in Angola, Chad, Guinea, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The app offers billions of items from more than 250 top US and UK retailers – stores that would otherwise be inaccessible to many African customers – and manages every aspect of the order and return cycle. "This is an exciting time for Mall for Africa as our rapid growth will afford millions of new customers the opportunity to shop from the most desired retailers," said Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa. "Current customers in Niger...
CHAN: Super Eagles Won’t Underrate Angola In Quarter-Final – Ikechukwu Ezenwa
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CHAN: Super Eagles Won’t Underrate Angola In Quarter-Final – Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Home-based Super Eagles captain, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, insists the team is battle ready for Sunday’s African Nations Championship quarter-final clash against Angola. The Home Eagles secured their passage to the quarter-finals after coming from a goal down to beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in their final group game on Tuesday, while Angola booked their spot after battling to a 0-0 draw against Congo. Nigeria topped Group C with two wins and a draw, while the Angolans came second in Group D behind Congo following a win and two draws from their three group games. “We are firmly focused on the game against Angola. Our main target is to win the trophy but we must take it one game at a time,” Ezenwa said. “At this stage of the competition, there is little room for mistake as it could prove c...
New Party, ANRP, Accepts Obasanjo’s Call For Fresh Coalition; Expresses Readiness To Meet Him
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New Party, ANRP, Accepts Obasanjo’s Call For Fresh Coalition; Expresses Readiness To Meet Him

ecently registered political party Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), has responded to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for Nigerians to gravitate towards a new political coalition that will replace the ill-performing All Progressives Congress (APC) and its discredited counterpart, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).   The former President, in a statement, issued on Tuesday, described the two major parties as unworthy of leading Nigeria and called for a coalition of fresh minds to rescue the country from the grip of the two behemoths in the next general elections.   ANRP Logo In an open letter addressed to Mr. Obasanjo, the ANRP described itself as a political orgnisation founded on openness and transparency, adding that it is at home with the peri...
CHAN: Nigeria To Play Angola In Quarter-Final
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CHAN: Nigeria To Play Angola In Quarter-Final

The group stage of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) ended yesterday after final matches in Group D were dispatched. Two draws were recorded as Congo Republic and Angola failed to score in their match in Agadir. Congo with two earlier wins topped the group with seven points. Angola also made it through as second placed team. In Tangiers, the other game between Cameroon and Burkina Faso ended one – all, but both teams crash out of the tournament. Sydney Sylla gave Burkina Faso a first half lead scoring just before the interval whilst Patrick Moukoko leveled for Cameroon on 53 minutes. The first round of quarter-final fixtures are as follows: Hosts Morocco will face Namibia on Saturday (January 27, 2018), whiles Sudan and Zambia will engage in the other fixture. The othe...
CHAN: Super Eagles Happy To Pass Big Character Test, Talk Up Improvements
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CHAN: Super Eagles Happy To Pass Big Character Test, Talk Up Improvements

Coaches of the home-based Super Eagles have said the team passed a big test of character by coming from behind to beat Equatorial Guinea and also believe the team have continued to improve. “We passed a great test of character and the team should be commended,” said coach Salisu Yusuf. “The goal by Equatorial Guinea stunned us because we did not expect it. “But good enough to fought back in the second half to win.” His assistant, Imama Amapakabo, said the team have improved by each game. “We are improving by each game and hope it continues in the quarterfinal,” he said. Sunday’s quarterfinal in Tangier will likely be against Angola. Salisu Yusuf said they have to win to reach the semi-finals. “We have to play to win and we hope to take our chances,” he said. Skip...
CHAN 2018 DAY 3: Rwanda Holds Nigeria.
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CHAN 2018 DAY 3: Rwanda Holds Nigeria.

Libya 3:0 Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria 0:0 Rwanda Day 4 Fixtures Group D: Angola vs Burkina Faso, Cameroon vs Congo Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars held the West African giants Nigeria Super Eagles with a goalless draw in the second game of Group C at Grand Stade de Tanger, Tangiers, Morocco in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Monday night. This is Rwanda’s second consecutive participation in the CHAN final tournament after hosting it in 2016 were they managed to reach the last eight. Amavubi Midfielders Djihad Bizimana and Yannick Mukunzi were cautioned for reckless display towards their opponents Nigeria. The Super Eagles through striker Anthony Okpotu had several chances at the Rwanda’s goal. Unfortunately the efforts were stopped by Eri Ndayishimiye who made saves on n...
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu To Launch ‘Project 100’ For Nigerian Oil & Gas Entrepreneurs
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Dr. Ibe Kachikwu To Launch ‘Project 100’ For Nigerian Oil & Gas Entrepreneurs

The Minister for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe kachukwu, has revealed plans to launch Project 100 for local content development in Nigeria. The presentation was made by Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB, on behalf of the The Minister for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe kachukwu at the 7th Practical Nigerian Content 2017  with the theme “Nigeria The Next Frontier.” The minister said the essence of the Project 100 is to identify 100 businesses that have gained traction in the oil and gas industry. He adds: “In the last couple of years, we have put in place frameworks that are beginning to deliver the type of outcomes we desire in our industry. The new oil and gas policies approved by the Federal Executive Council to sort out the cash call problems in the ups...
Former Nigerian President Obasanjo Ends Visit To Angola
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Former Nigerian President Obasanjo Ends Visit To Angola

The former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, last Monday returned to his country after making a private visit of some hours to Angola, where he was received in an audience by the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço. Olusegun Obasanjo was bid farewell at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda, by the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Téte António, the Nigerian ambassador to Angola, Adesesan Olatunde, and senior staffs of the Nigerial Embassy. The former President of Nigeria discussed with the Angolan President, João Lourenço, aspects related to the reform of the African Union (AU), with a view to contributing to greater efficiency of this continental organisation. At the end of the audience held at the Presidential Palace, Olusegun Obasanjo told the press t...
Angola’s 2018 Budget Predicts 4.9% Growth
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Angola’s 2018 Budget Predicts 4.9% Growth

Angola’s government expects the country’s economy to grow 4.9 percent next year, according to a draft of the state budget presented to parliament on Friday. The budget, which still needs to be approved by lawmakers, forecasts a fiscal deficit of 2.9 percent of GDP in 2018 with government revenue and expenditure of 9.6 trillion kwanzas ($58 billion), according to a report by the state news agency Angop on Friday. “This is a budget built on very realistic foundations, we want the numbers presented to be perfectly attainable,” said Minister for Economic Development Manuel Nunes Júnior in comments posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website. The 4.9 percent growth forecast is well above the 1.6 percent growth expected by the International Monetary Fund for Angola next year.  ...
Foreign Airlines’ $221m Still Trapped In Nigeria – IATA
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Foreign Airlines’ $221m Still Trapped In Nigeria – IATA

The global airline industry has $1.2bn blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. An IATA official, Adefunke Adeyemi, told Reuters in Kigali, Rwanda, during an aviation meeting that last year, Nigeria owed airliners $600m but as of October, the amount had fallen to $221m (about N79.5bn). Adeyemi said of the total of $1.2bn, Angola had blocked the largest amount of $500m, while Sudan had held up $200m. Experts have noted that low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. ...
Nigerians Score President Buhari Low On Anti-Corruption Fight, Economy
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Nigerians Score President Buhari Low On Anti-Corruption Fight, Economy

Nigerians have scored the Federal Government low on its anti-corruption fight and the economy, noting that it had failed to meet the expectations of the people. Speaking at the Buharimeter Citizens’ town hall meeting organized by the Centre for Development and Democracy on Friday in Abuja, various speakers said the government had not done enough to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians. They cited the inability of states to pay salaries, insecurity and the reluctance of the administration to obey court orders. The CDD Director, Idayat Hassan, said President Muhammadu Buhari had spent 881 days in power and yet issues of corruption and insecurity were still rife in the country, adding that his administration is still under-performing in securing the nation. She said the Buharimeter ...

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