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AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by CAFS’s recently elected president Patrice Motsepe, also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25. A total of 23 teams have confirmed their places at the continental showpiece. They are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The one spot left will be contested between Benin Republic and Sierra Leone. The match between the two countries in F...
AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed

The 23 countries that qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, have been confirmed. They are Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Sierra Leone’s match against the Benin Republic was called off yesterday after the Squirrels refused to play in protest of several of their players allegedly returning positive COVID-19 tests shortly before kickoff. However, the fate of the match and teams is pending a decision from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Cape Verde defeated Mozambique 1-0 following the conclusion of the 2021 AFCON qualifying fixtures on Tuesday. Malawi ...
AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far
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AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far

  After Thursday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, half of the teams that will play at the tournament have been confirmed. Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana and Egypt have joined Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon in January’s tournament. Gambia qualified for their first-ever AFCON after a 1-0 win over Angola. Assan Ceesay netted the winning goal after an hour, ensuring The Gambia clinched one of the two tickets from Group D. The other slot was secured by Gabon who beat DR Congo 3-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Bouanga, and Aaron Boupendza scored the goals for the Panthers. Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Kenya, was enough to get the point they needed in Group G to qualify, while Ghana drew 1-1 in South Africa to make it throu...
Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Two more countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, following the conclusion of Match Day 5 fixtures. They are Guinea and Burkina Faso. Their qualification was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday via its official Twitter page. “Burkina Faso and Guinea are the latest to bag their qualification ticket,” the tweet read. Burkina Faso drew 0-0 with Uganda, while Guinea defeated Mali 1-0. Five countries had confirmed their places since 2020. They are Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Mali and Tunisia. Cameroon has an automatic slot as hosts. 17 spots are still up for grabs in the last two matchdays.
“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu
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“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu

Abubakar Kawu Baraje has traced the origin of the current insecurity in the country to the influx of Fulani from neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad brought into the country for election purposes in 2015. He said this in Ilorin as part of activities to mark his 70th birthday anniversary. He also backed self-help initiatives of the south west governors, stating that re­sponses of Sunday Igboho to the herdsman menace were necessary because the Federal Government failed in its prin­cipal responsibility to secure life and property. Baraje said that the ruling party was only wast­ing its time. According to the former PDP chairman, who also once served as the party’s national secretary, chairman of the breakaway faction of PDP that formed the nu...
Morocco Defeats Mali 2-0 To Retain African Nations Championship Title
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Morocco Defeats Mali 2-0 To Retain African Nations Championship Title

The Atlas Lions became the first team ever to retain the African Nations Championship as they defeated the Eagles in Sunday's final Morocco scored two second-half goals to defeat Mali 2-0 in the final of the African Nations Championship on Sunday, becoming the first team to retain the title in the competition’s history. Soufiane Bouftini opened the scoring in the 69th minute after Mali had held firm for over and hour, but Ayoub El Kaabi added another 10 minutes later to take the contest beyond the Eagles. To add insult to injury, Issaka Samake was sent off for Mali in the 93rd minute as their otherwise impressive Chan campaign ended on a sour note. Despite entering the tournament as favourites, Morocco started the tournament sluggishly—with a narrow 1-0 victory over Togo befo...
Buhari Sympathizes With Niger Republic Over Terrorist Attack That Killed 70
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Buhari Sympathizes With Niger Republic Over Terrorist Attack That Killed 70

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 70 people in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali by militants, describing the incident as another clarion call for united action by African leaders against terrorism. President Buhari, while reacting to the incident on Sunday in Abuja, said, “I am profoundly shocked by the large scale death of innocent people at the hands of these callous militants who have no regard for the sanctity of human life.” The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja last night said, “We are facing grave security challenges on account of the evil campaign of indiscriminate violence by terrorists in the Sahel and only united action can help us defeat t...
Austin Eguavoen to be appointed manager of top African club Malien de Bamako
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Austin Eguavoen to be appointed manager of top African club Malien de Bamako

Former Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen is set to be named the head coach of top African football club, Malien de Bamako of Mali.   The former Nigeria international defender is expected to arrive in Bamako, Mali today Tuesday, October 20, to formally take charge of Malien de Bamako, which entered prominence after winning the 2009 CAF Confederation Cup. ‘Former Nigeria coach, Augustine Eguavoen (55) is expected to arrive in Mali on Tuesday to take over the head coach role of the giants Stade Malien de Bamako,’ African Sports journalist based in Kumasi, Ghana Nuhu Adams revealed on Monday, October 19.   Eguavoen led the Super Eagles to a bronze medal at the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt and has also coached Bendel Insurance, Sharks FC, Nigeria U17 and U23....
Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews
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Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews

The attacker reflects on his time with the Blacks Stars for October’s friendlies against Mali and the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar England-born winger Tariqe Fosu has hailed the quality of new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew after linking up with the trio for the first time on Ghana duty. Born to Ghanaian parents in the UK, the attacker joined up with the Black Stars for October’s international friendlies against Mali and Qatar. He was previously capped by England at youth level.
West Africa bloc, ECOWAS lifts post-coup sanctions against Mali
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West Africa bloc, ECOWAS lifts post-coup sanctions against Mali

The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions it imposed against Mali following an August 18 putsch that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The 15-nation bloc – which includes Mali – had, on August 19 said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies, close land and air borders, until there is the formation of a unity Government and a demand for "sanctions on the putschists and their collaborators." Recall that a transitional Government was sworn in a fortnight ago. #BREAKING West Africa bloc ECOWAS lifts post-coup sanctions against Mali
Mali: Osinbajo In Accra For ECOWAS Summit (Photos)
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Mali: Osinbajo In Accra For ECOWAS Summit (Photos)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Tuesday arrived Accra, Ghana where he is currently attending the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on the situation in Mali on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting is part of the several efforts of the leaders in the sub-region to find solution to the Mali political crisis. Here are images of the summit. On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I am at the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit in Accra, Ghana today. The summit is considering how to resolve the political situation in Mali.
ECOWAS Leaders Meet Again On Mali
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ECOWAS Leaders Meet Again On Mali

The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States will on Friday hold another Extraordinary Summit on the socio-political situation in Mali. The summit was convened based on the decision of the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State which held on August 20, following the military coup in the West African country. According to a statement by the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday, the parley will hold virtually through videoconference. The statement titled, ‘ECOWAS leaders to meet again on the socio-political situation in Mali,’ stated, “ECOWAS has strongly condemned the undemocratic change of government as is against the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and issued some sanctions in the Declaration of August 2...
Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed
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Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), again on Monday received briefings from former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the Economic Community of West African States Special Envoy to Mali, on the current situation in the country. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President at the meeting held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the priority in Mali now should be securing the country, which is largely occupied by terrorists. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari receives updates on Mali situation from Special Envoy, Goodluck Jonathan.’ Adesina said the meeting between the two leaders came ahead of an extraordinary virtual summit by ECOWAS heads of state and leaders, scheduled for Friday. ...
Mali: Buhari, Other West African Leaders Meet
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Mali: Buhari, Other West African Leaders Meet

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his colleagues from West Africa are currently meeting over the crisis in Mali. The extraordinary summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS is holding virtually. Buhari is taking part from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He is being joined by some top government officials including the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; and Minster of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), among others. Rebel soldiers took President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse into custody on Tuesday a...
Soldiers Arrest Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta
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Soldiers Arrest Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta

Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta was on Tuesday August 18, arrested by mutinying soldiers.  A  government spokesman who confirmed the development told BBC that Prime Minister Boubou Cissé was also been arrested despite earlier appeals for "brotherly dialogue". The coup which has been condemned by regional group ECOWAS, the African Union and former colonial power France, began with gunfire at a key military camp near the country's capital, Bamako on Tuesday morning. LIB reported earlier that disgruntled junior officers detained commanders and took control of the Kati camp, about 15km (nine miles) from Bamako amid protests led by populist imam Mahmoud Dicko which demanded the President's resignation.  Though Keita won a second te...
Coup In Mali: President And Prime Minister Arrested By The Army
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Coup In Mali: President And Prime Minister Arrested By The Army

A regional official says Mali's president and prime minister are now in the custody of mutinous soldiers, sparking fears the country could be plunged into further political turmoil.Mali's president and prime minister have been detained by mutinying soldiers on Tuesday night, according to a regional official. The two leaders were taken into custody in an apparent mutiny, army officer Sidi Gakou told DPA. Earlier on Tuesday, soldiers took up arms at the military base in Kati, a town 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Bamako, and began arresting senior military officers. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday said soldiers had launched a "mutiny" and urged them to immediately return to their barracks. "This mutiny comes at a time when, for several mont...
Southampton winger Djenepo aiming to be the next Mane
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Southampton winger Djenepo aiming to be the next Mane

The Mali international did not hide his admiration for the Senegalese forward whom he has been compared to earlier this season Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo said he is aiming to become the next Sadio Mane as he described the Liverpool star as "a big inspiration" for him. Djenepo has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the Premier League after his move from Standard Liege last June, with a contribution of two goals and two assists in 18 outings for the Saints. The 21-year-old’s electric form in Ralph Hasenhuttl's team has drawn a comparison between him and Mane, who left St Mary's Stadium in 2016 to join Liverpool.
Senegal Reports 104 COVID-19 Cases, Mali 19
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Senegal Reports 104 COVID-19 Cases, Mali 19

Ministry of Health and Social Action in Senegal announced Wednesday 104 new cases of COVID-19. It was the first time the daily increase exceeded 100. Senegalese Director General of Public Health Doctor Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye said Senegal carried out 1,182 tests in the past 24 hours. Out of them 104 samples tested positive, made up of 100 follow-up contact cases and four community transmission cases. According to her, in the last 24 hours, 23 patients were discharged. Six patients are in intensive care units of two hospitals in Dakar. One patient also died Tuesday night bringing the total death toll to 12. Among the 1,433 confirmed cases in the country, 1,215 are follow-up contact cases. Eighty-six are imported cases and 132 are community transmission cases. ...
Racism: Porto Striker Moussa Marega Walks Off Pitch In Protest (Photos)
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Racism: Porto Striker Moussa Marega Walks Off Pitch In Protest (Photos)

FC Porto striker Moussa Marega left the pitch in protest at being subjected to racist insults during his side’s 2-1 win away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga on Sunday. The 28-year-old Mali forward scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 60th minute. He celebrated the goal by pointing to his skin in response to a section of the home fans who had targeted him throughout the match. The player was shown a yellow card for the reaction and after the abuse continued he tried to leave the pitch, pointing his thumbs down to the crowd. But he was restrained by his team mates for a number of minutes. FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was eventually forced to substitute Marega in the 72nd minute. “We are completely indignant,” Conceicao told reporters. ...
The Successes we Have Achieved Fighting Boko Haram have Restored our Pride and Honour – Buhari
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The Successes we Have Achieved Fighting Boko Haram have Restored our Pride and Honour – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday February 6, announced that he has kept his promise to end Boko Haram and other forms of criminalities after being first voted into power in 2015. The Nigerian leader who said this at the official induction of Nigerian Air Force Helicopters at the Eagle’s Square in Abuja, stated that professionalism, capacity building and adequately equipping the armed forces and the other security agencies are major policies of this administration. Buhari said; “I promised to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities that have bedeviled our country during my inaugural speech as president. “You will all agree with me that the successes we have achieved so far have restored our pride and honour the world over. Conse...
Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack
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Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history. The new armed forces chief of staff is General Salifou Modi, who replaces General Ahmed Mohamed, the government said in a statement read on national radio. The new head of the army is Brigadier General Seidou Bague, replacing Sidikou Issa. The decision was made by a cabinet meeting shortly before Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou left for Pau, southwestern France, for a summit on the crisis in the Sahel. It brings together a summit of the so-called G5 countries — Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania — with France, the former colonial power in the region, who is leading the fight against the ...
Interpol Rescues Nigerians, Others From Sex Trafficking In Mali
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Interpol Rescues Nigerians, Others From Sex Trafficking In Mali

Authorities have rescued 64 victims of human trafficking and people smuggling during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation in Mali. The victims – mostly women and girls – were rescued from sexual exploitation forced labour in the mining sector, as well as forced begging. Operation Horonya, which means ‘freedom’ in Bambara, took place from 3 to 11 October to support the Malian authorities to identify and dismantle the criminal groups operating in the country and more widely across the region. Police also conducted raids at known trafficking and smuggling hotspots in the country. The nearly 70 victims identified and rescued came from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria and were working in bars, homes and mining sites. Among them were three young boys rescued from an illegally ...
Wolves winger Adama Traore shuns Spain as he switches nationality to represent Mali
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Wolves winger Adama Traore shuns Spain as he switches nationality to represent Mali

In-form Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, Adama Traore has switched nationality to represent Mali on the International level instead of Spain. The 23-year-old footballer who was born in Spain to Malian parents represented Spain at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels in March 2018. Adama Traore began his career with Barcelona in 2004, appearing mainly for the reserves. In 2015 he signed for Aston Villa and a year later, he went to Middlesbrough, before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2018. The winger will now be looking to help Mali secure qualification for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). With the qualifiers starting this month, Mali will face Guinea, Namibia, and Chad in the Group A of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
CAF Changes AFCON U-23 Draw Date
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CAF Changes AFCON U-23 Draw Date

The U-23 team of Nigeria will find out their group opponents for the Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 tournament on Wednesday, October 2 at the Haramlek Palace, inside the historical Montaza Complex, Alexandria. The draw, which was supposed to take place initially on the October 3 was brought forward a day ahead following a decision taken in consultation with the Local Organising Committee which was due to logistic reasons. The eight teams host Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, South Africa and Zambia will know the identity of their opponents at the iconic 19th century palace. CAF in a statement said, “The representatives of the qualified teams are expected to be in attendance for the event that will set the tone for the final tournament scheduled for Novembe...
Nigeria Defeats Mali 79-58, Will Play Senegal In Afrobasket 2019 Final
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Nigeria Defeats Mali 79-58, Will Play Senegal In Afrobasket 2019 Final

Nigeria booked their slot in the Final and a chance to defend their title when they defeated Mali 79-58 in a one-sided match that saw D'Tigress maintain their unbeaten run at the biennial competition bringing their win ratio to 4-0. Her big minutes were backed by good performances from captain Adaora Elonu, Evelyn Akhator and Atonye Nyingifa who added 13, 12 and 10 points for Nigeria. Akhator's 13 rebounds for a double double stood out tall as she dealt with the Malian duo of Meiya Tirera and Mariam Coulibaly to the core. Tirera and Coulibaly themselves scored 14 and 10 points respectively while Djeneba N'Diaye scored 11 points for Mali but the Nigerians were too strong for them and indeed they ended their dream of winning yet another title in Dakar as they did in 2007. Senega...
Nigeria Defeats Congo 79-46 In Afrobasket, To Face Mali In Semi Final
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Nigeria Defeats Congo 79-46 In Afrobasket, To Face Mali In Semi Final

Defending champions Nigeria will face their biggest test at this tournament when they take on a fellow title contender in Mali. Nigeria defeated Democratic Republic of Congo 79-46 in the first Quarter-Final of the day. D'Tigress have point guard Ezinne Kalu to thank for sinking 17 points while Victoria Macaulay and captain Adaora Elonu posted 14 and 11 points in that order to give the Congolese no chance whatsoever to emerge winners. A 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter showcased Nigeria's intent from the onset and the rest was history. When Nigeria realised that the Congolese guards were unable to bring down the ball comfortably on their left, they took them on a full court press which worked. Nigeria made a total of 18 steals scoring 35 points from Congolese turnover...
Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency
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Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday night declared that the real Boko Haram has been defeated. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that what is in existence now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb He said “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated. “What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb together with West African terrorists bonding together. This is a fall out of the collapse of the Libyan State, and from farther away, of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They are taking advantage of our porous Sahelian borders....
Nigerian National Basketball Team Sleep Out In The Cold Ahead Of FIBA AfroCAN In Mali
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Nigerian National Basketball Team Sleep Out In The Cold Ahead Of FIBA AfroCAN In Mali

The Nigerian National Basketball team, D'Tigers that went to the FIBA AfroCAN in Mali allegedly slept out in the cold as there was no provision for hotel or accommodation for them. Super sports analyst, Oluwafemi Adefeso, cries out after some players in the national basketball team shared with him details of their trip to Mali. He wrote; 7 ⭐ EKO HOTEL LODGING! THE NIGERIA NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM I am not the best carrier of BAD NEWS but this one can't be kept quiet. CHIEF!!! A GOOD CONSCIENCE FORBIDS IT. I have personal relationship with at least 9 players + coaches on the D'Tigers Team that went to the FIBA AfroCAN in Mali, the CHAN equivalent in Football. My dear friends slept out in the cold representing their country. BIG FAT SHAME ON NIGERIA! If you call it b...
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: Adama Niane Sent Home For Slapping Team Captain
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AFCON 2019: Adama Niane Sent Home For Slapping Team Captain

Mali have expelled striker, Adama Niane, from their squad for indiscipline. He is the third player to be thrown out by his team, at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. “Adama Niane was excluded from the Eagles group for non-respect,” the team’s media officer, Ibrahim Coulibaly, told reporters. Reports said the 26-year-old Belgium-based player had slapped his captain in an altercation over queuing. The decision came on the eve of Friday’s Group E match against Tunisia in Suez.
Afcon 2019: Burundi won’t be a walk in the park for Nigeria, says Saido Berahino
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Afcon 2019: Burundi won’t be a walk in the park for Nigeria, says Saido Berahino

The two countries are set to lock horns at the Alexandria Stadium in their opening Group B game Burundi captain Saido Berahino has warned Nigeria to expect a tough challenge when they face off in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening game. Saturday's encounter in Alexandria will be the first time the two countries meet in a major tournament. Burundi qualified for their maiden Afcon campaign with an unbeaten record of two wins and four draws to finish as Group C runners-up behind Mali.
Foreign Herdsmen From Burkina Faso, Mali Invade Oyo And Ogun
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Foreign Herdsmen From Burkina Faso, Mali Invade Oyo And Ogun

Residents of towns and villages along the Opara Forest Reserve in Oyo State and Imeko Forest Reserve in Ogun State are living in fear following the invasion of the two reserves by herdsmen. Some residents of Imeko, Iwoye and Jabata told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday that the development had been a major source of concern them, alleging that the herdsmen allowed their animals to destroy people’s farms while grazing in the areas. One of the residents of Iwoye, Adeyemi Olaosebikan, told our correspondent on the telephone that inhabitants of Jabata village in the Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State had deserted their community following the killing of some indigenes during an attack. He said residents fled the community in May after four persons were killed in the community, a...
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.
Militants ambush and kill 17 soldiers in Mali
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Militants ambush and kill 17 soldiers in Mali

Militants have killed 17 Nigerien soldiers in an ambush near the border with Mali while 11 soldiers are missing after the attack near the western village of Tongo.   Niger and other countries in the Sahel have been facing a growing militant threat from several Islamist groups. Militants belonging to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - an affiliate of al-Qaeda - are active in the region and are known to conduct cross-border raids.   They are most active in neighbouring Mali, where French troops intervened in 2013 to prevent them from advancing on the capital.   Abdourahaman Zakariyyah, a spokesperson for the Niger government said the soldiers were in pursuit of militants who attacked a high security prison 50km (30 miles) on Tuesday outside the capital,...
Gunmen kill 17 soldiers in ambush: security source
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Gunmen kill 17 soldiers in ambush: security source

Gunmen killed 17 Niger soldiers in an ambush near the border with Mali, a security source said Wednesday, adding 11 were still missing a day later. The attack occurred Tuesday near the village of Tongo Tongo in the western Tillaberi region where four US soldiers and five Niger soldiers were killed in an ambush in 2017, the source told AFP. “The provisional toll is 17 dead and 11 missing” in what the source described as a “terrorist attack”
AFCON 2019 Draw: All yYou Need to Know
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AFCON 2019 Draw: All yYou Need to Know

The continent’s top teams will know their fate on Friday (today) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group-stage draw, as four pots of six teams become six groups of four. The draw will take place outside Cairo, Egypt. It is scheduled to take place behind the famous Giza Pyramids from 6pm GMT (7pm Nigerian time). Hosts Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco are the seeded countries in the draw. The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will hold June 21 to July 19 in six venues: Cairo International Stadium; Borg El-Arab Stadium, Alexandria; Suez Stadium; Air Defence Stadium; Ismailia Stadium and; Al Salam Stadium. THE POTS Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco Pot 2: DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Algeria Pot 3: South Afric...
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...
Conflict claims over 100,000 babies in Nigeria, other countries annually – Report
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Conflict claims over 100,000 babies in Nigeria, other countries annually – Report

At least 550,000 babies reportedly died as a result of armed conflict between 2013 and 2017 in the 10 worst-affected countries, according to a new report by an international nongovernmental organisation, Save the Children. The organisation said this is an average of over 100,000 every year. The countries include: Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia. Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, in a statement in Abuja, said these were the countries where children were hardest hit by conflict in 2017. Thorning-Schmidt said the infants succumbed to indirect effects of conflict and war such as hunger, damaged infrastructure and hospitals, a lack...
Emmanuel Amuneke Qualifies Tanzania For AFCON After 39 Years
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Emmanuel Amuneke Qualifies Tanzania For AFCON After 39 Years

Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Amuneke has qualified the Taifa Stars of Tanzania for the Africa Cup of Nations. The team qualified for the AFCON 1st time in 39 years after they defeated Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday. According to a report by Completesports.com, goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni and a sublime header from Aggrey Morris secured Tanzania’s berth at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. Amuneke’s charges finished second in group L with eight points, five behind leaders the Cranes of Uganda who have already qualified for Africa’s biggest football showpiece event. The other group L fixture between Cape Verde and Lesotho ended in a goalless draw. Both Uganda and Tanzania join hosts Egypt, Nigeria,Burundi, Mali, Cameroon, Morocco, Angola...
Fierce Battle Loading for the Final Ten Tickets
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Fierce Battle Loading for the Final Ten Tickets

Already Qualified Teams: Egypt,Cote d’Ivoire,Ghana ,Nigeria ,Algeria ,Morocco,Tunisia,Senegal,Guinea,Mali,Uganda,Kenya,Madagascar ,Mauritania The 24 countries to play at the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt will be known at the end of this weekend when the final round of qualifiers are played across the continent. While some slots have already been taken before the final round of qualifiers, several others are still to be decided as some groups are delicately poised with plenty to play for in the matches scheduled to begin today through Sunday. The final ten places for the competition will be decided as Burundi, Comoros and Lesotho will be chasing history by grabbing their places in Africa’s flagship competition for the first time, following in the footsteps of Madagasc...
We Are Forced To Sleep With 10 Men Per Day; Nigerian Girls Trapped In Mali
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We Are Forced To Sleep With 10 Men Per Day; Nigerian Girls Trapped In Mali

It has been gathered that about 20,000 Nigerian victims of sex trade are trapped in Mali as the government is struggling to bring them back home. Officials say collusion between law enforcement agents and traffickers is hampering the rescue efforts. A video posted online revealed that thousands of the victims were kept in chattered shacks located at the outskirt of Kokoyo in western Mali. Many girls said the human traffickers had promised them good lives with well paid jobs in Europe but found themselves trapped in Mali for sex trade. Ranging from fourteen years old upward, the girls said they were forced to sleep with ten men per day. Some of them as young as 14 years were practically yanked off the street of Nigeria in their school uniforms, according to Aljazeerah. A six...
UBA Launch In The UK, Dangote, Dbanj, Wizkid, And Others Grace The Event
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UBA Launch In The UK, Dangote, Dbanj, Wizkid, And Others Grace The Event

Africa's leading bank, United Bank For Africa (UBA) has officially launched in the queens land, the United Kingdom. In a post by its official instagram page, the bank made it known that they have a growing footprint of 20 countries in Africa and globally in the USA, France and the United Kingdom. The launch was well attended by industry stakeholders such as Aliko Dangote, Albert Massland, Dr Okey Oramah, Funke Okubadejo and others. Also, Entertainment personalities like Dbanj,Wizkid, Smade and a host of others were also in attendance; with Dbanj serenading the guests with his entertaining performance. The UBA UK launch came barely a month after extending it's shores to Mali. Watch Video Below, As D'banj and Wizkid collabo to perform   ...
Mali Crowned Champions of U-20 AFCON
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Mali Crowned Champions of U-20 AFCON

Mali yesterday defeated Senegal 3-2 on penalties to claim their maiden Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations title following a 1-1 stalemate after extra time in Niamey, Niger Republic. The Aiglons held their nerves in the pulsating shootouts to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final. Mamoutou Kane’s charges open the score at Stade General Seyni Kountche after 15 minutes when Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame’s delivery as Senegal found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament. Youssouph Dabo’s Les Lionceaux replied 17 minutes from normal time through FC Metz’s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equaliser from close range to force the match to extra time and penalties. Senegal missed their first spot kick when midfielder’s spot kick hit the post. The ...
WAFU U20 Cup: Flying Eagles Tackle Niger
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WAFU U20 Cup: Flying Eagles Tackle Niger

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will today begin their campaign in the WAFU U20 Cup Tournament in Lome, Togo as they square up against the Junior Mena of Niger Republic. The Nigerien side on Friday shocked the Black Satellites of Ghana 1-0 in the opening match of Group B to send warning signals to seven –time African champions Nigeria. Hosts Togo head Group A that also has Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali, but the withdrawal of Benin Republic depleted Nigeria’s Group B. After playing Niger today, the Eagles will have to wait until Wednesday for their next match, which is a potentially –explosive encounter against arch rivals Ghana. Head Coach Paul Aigbogun said yesterday that the clash with Niger Republic at the Stade Municipal will be approached with all the seriousness it deserves....
9,822 Nigerians Returned From Libya, Other Countries – NEMA
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9,822 Nigerians Returned From Libya, Other Countries – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than 9, 822 Stranded Nigerians were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from 10 different countries in 18 months. The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South West Zone, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, disclosed this while receiving another batch of of 153 Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) brought back by IOM from Libya on Friday. Some Nigerian migrants from Libya repatriated home He said majority of the returnees were from Libya with about 8,657 voluntary returnees, while others were brought back from Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, Burkina Faso, France, Ireland, Austria and Poland made up the remaining balance. Suleiman explained that IOM had been working with NEMA and other federal agencies towa...
Tunisia Migrant Death Toll Rises To 35
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Tunisia Migrant Death Toll Rises To 35

The bodies of 35 migrants have been recovered off Tunisia’s southern coast, the country’s defence ministry said Sunday, revising upwards an earlier government death toll. As of 1:00 pm (1200 GMT), “35 bodies were recovered and 68 migrants rescued,” said Rachid Bouhoula, a spokesman for the ministry. The interior ministry reported a distress call on Saturday night at 10:45 pm from “a fishing boat about to sink” with migrants on board. Tunisians and seven foreigners were among the survivors, including nationals from Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco and Cameroon, said the defence ministry spokesman. “The coastguard and the navy continue their search with the support of a military plane,” the interior ministry said in a statement. “Units of the Sfax Marine Guard and the Navy went to...
“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist
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“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist

Many Nigerian and African women see all westerners as very wealthy people who can change their lives, hence a man has revealed his escapades with hundreds of women. While speaking to an online news site, Africa24, a 40-year-old French tourist, Jean Michel, admitted that he impregnated more than 600 women in six African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea, within two years. His confession has been translated from French to English by Simon Ateba in Washington, District of Columbia and it reads: “Good morning Africa 24, I have a confession to make about the havoc I have wreaked in six African countries, including Cameroon, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea. I am not proud of what I have done. These were unfortunate experiences. ...

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