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I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome
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I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and constitutional lawyer has asked why the National Assembly is afraid of ‘referendum’ and ‘a people’s constitution’. The senior lawyer in an interview on Channels Television, recalled how he took on frontally the Deputy Senate President, Senator Omo-Agege on this issue penultimate Friday June 11 at the International Conference Centre. Ozekhome said he explained on a blow-by-blow account how to bring about what we call a people’s constitution, after a referendum. He said;   “In trying to restructure this behemoth, this elephantine, this very unwieldy, unitary federation, which passes for a federal system of government, how do we go about it? That has always been the question. And I have never underrated the role of the Nation...
Sevilla’s Bounou: Europa League final save is best in my career
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Sevilla’s Bounou: Europa League final save is best in my career

A year ago, the Morocco international produced a standout performance as Julen Lopetegui's men saw off the Nerazzurri in Cologne Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou has chosen his save against Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during the 2019-20 Europa League final as the best in his career so far. With the score 2-2 at the RheinEnergieStadion, the 30-year-old produced a moment of brilliance to stop Lukaku from beating him for a second time after the Belgian star had earlier converted a penalty in the fifth minute. The save helped Sevilla from going behind in the encounter as the former Manchester United forward later deflected Diego Carlos's strike in the 74th minute which turned out to be the match-winning effort.
Nigeria has 9,100 dollar-millionaires, worth $207bn – Report
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Nigeria has 9,100 dollar-millionaires, worth $207bn – Report

Nigeria has recorded about 9,100 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) each with minimum net assets of one million dollars and a combined total wealth of approximately $207 billion, as at December 2020. The 2021 Africa Wealth Report released by South Africa-based AfrAsia Bank in collaboration with New World Wealth, also stated that by this record, Nigeria has the third highest number of wealthy individuals in Africa. It, however, ranked Nigeria 11th on wealth per capita, meaning the country’s wealth is less distributed amongst the population as Mauritius is ranked at number one. AfrAsia Bank, a global market research group in Johannesburg, defines total wealth as the private wealth held by individuals living in a city/country. This includes all their assets – property, cash, equities...
Hakimi’s Inter Milan must turn the screw against Juventus
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Hakimi’s Inter Milan must turn the screw against Juventus

The Morocco star and his teammates can throw the Old Lady’s chances of Champions League football into further doubt in Saturday’s Derby d’Italia If Inter Milan’s last two Serie A performances are anything to go by, Antonio Conte isn’t going easy on his team despite securing their first Scudetto in over a decade. Having played conservatively for a couple of months to secure their 19th Scudetti, the Nerazzurri have dismantled Sampdoria 5-1 and played out an entertaining 3-1 win over Roma on Wednesday night. It was Inter’s 15th consecutive home win in the league and the four-time Serie A winner certainly isn’t letting up. Neither is Achraf Hakimi, who has seen an upswing in the final third in recent gameweeks.
‘Who wouldn’t want to play for Bayern?’ – Hakimi’s agent responds to talk of move from Inter to Munich
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‘Who wouldn’t want to play for Bayern?’ – Hakimi’s agent responds to talk of move from Inter to Munich

  The highly-rated defender has seen a switch away from the Serie A champions mooted heading towards the summer transfer window Achraf Hakimi's agent is ruling nothing out heading towards the summer transfer window, with Alejandro Camano responding to talk of potential interest in the Inter defender from Germany by saying: "Who wouldn't want to play for Bayern Munich?" The highly-rated Morocco international is approaching the end of a productive debut campaign at San Siro, with a Serie A title triumph already safely wrapped up. Financial struggles in Milan are, however, sparking talk of prized assets being offloaded in the next window, with Hakimi among those to have seen their future called into question.  
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 ...
17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022
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17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday, confirmed that 17 countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, with one round of qualifying fixtures left. CAF in a tweet on their official Twitter handle, stated that there were seven slots left to be filled. The teams that have qualified are: Guinea, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Nigeria qualified even before kick-off of their match against Benin Republic in Porto Novo, after Lesotho drew 0-0 with Sierra Leone. The Super Eagles, who host Lesotho in their last game, will now finish top of Group L. Countries like The Gambia and Comoros that have never played at the tournament before, have benefitted from the decis...
Nigeria And Morocco Sign Agreement To Establish Chemicals Platform In Nigeria
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Nigeria And Morocco Sign Agreement To Establish Chemicals Platform In Nigeria

Nigeria and Morocco have signed an agreement to develop a $1.3 billion Basic Chemicals Platform in Nigeria that will produce Ammonia and various NPK and DAP fertilisers, using Nigeria’s gas reserves. We are well on our way to becoming a regional and global fertiliser power house. The new Plant when completed will complement the existing Dangote & Indorama Chemicals facilities which produce urea, ammonia & other industrial raw materials. These are in addition to dozens of fertilizer blending plants we‘ve revived under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. I am pleased with the partnership and support of the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), and the progress they have made over the past five years. Today, we are seeing the fruits of their...
Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr
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Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said the Republic of Benin will be hard to beat on their own turf. Nigeria take on the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday. Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run. Benin have also not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. “Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home. The last time they lost was in 2013. So you can imagine we want to be the first team to win there in eight years. “It will not be easy, they have a very good defence. They were quarter-finalists in the last AFCON tournament. They eliminated Morocco,” Rohr told reporters.
CAF Cancels U-17 African Cup Of Nations
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CAF Cancels U-17 African Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football has cancelled the 2021 U - 17 African Cup Of Nations billed to kick-off on Friday in Rabat, Morocco. There was no official reason given by CAF for the cancellation , but reports claimed that the tournament was cancelled as a result of the closure of the Moroccan airspace until March 21, due to COVID- 19. Algeria ’ s U- 17 national team was expected to arrive in Morocco on Saturday but they are yet to be granted entry visa into Morocco. The PUNCH learnt that only five countries have arrived the North African country for the tournament . The countries are Senegal, Ivory Coast, Uganda , Tanzania, Zambia. The Golden Eaglets , who finished second at the U -17 WAFU tournament , were scheduled to depart the country on Tuesday for Morocco.
Super Eagles Drop to 36th Place in February FIFA Ranking
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Super Eagles Drop to 36th Place in February FIFA Ranking

  Nigeria’s senior national team have begun the year 2021 with a rating as the 36th best country in the world. The Super Eagles dropped one place in February’s FIFA ranking released on Thursday morning. The three-time African champions amassed 1474 points to remain as the fifth-best team in Africa behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Nigeria’s last international fixture was their double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November 2020 which ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively. The Lions of Teranga are ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points, while the Carthage Eagles are 26th in the world and second in Africa after amassing 1503 points.
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...
Chan 2021 Wrap: Classy Morocco defeat Cameroon to join Mali in final
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Chan 2021 Wrap: Classy Morocco defeat Cameroon to join Mali in final

The Atlas Lions are aiming at successfully defending their title African Nations Championship defending champions Morocco stormed into the final after a 4-0 win over hosts Cameroon, to set a date with West African heavyweights Mali. Soufiane Rahimi scored a brace for the Atlas Lions at Limbe Stadium with other goals coming from Soufiane Bouftini and Mohammed Ali Bemammer. It took the North Africans 28 minutes to find the back of the net against the Indomitable Lions.
Buhari, King Mohammed Discuss Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline, Fertilizer Plant
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Buhari, King Mohammed Discuss Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline, Fertilizer Plant

President Muhammadu Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morroco on Sunday had a telephone conversation. A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday, said the two leaders discussed joint efforts towards the realization of strategic development projects that included Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline and a fertilizer production plant. Shehu said they welcomed the positive and dynamic bilateral relations in all fields between the two nations since the King’s visit to Nigeria in December 2016, and Buhari’s visit to Morocco in June 2018. He said President Buhari and King Mohammed expressed determination to carry out, as soon as possible, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline and construction of a fertilizer production plant in Nigeria. He said Buhari, who spoke with His Maj...
FIFA Clears NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council
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FIFA Clears NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has scaled the first hurdle in his bid to secure a seat on the highly-exalted FIFA council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021 as World football governing body FIFA has given him a clean bill of health. He was cleared by the FIFA Ethics Committee to contest following a lengthy and extensive scrutiny of his candidacy by the world football body. “FIFA has cleared @TheNFF President @PinnickAmaju to contest for a seat on the FIFA Council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021,” the NFF stated on its official Twitter handle Pinnick was initially touted to run for the Presidency of Confederation of African Football (CAF) due to his growing influence in continental and global footbal...
Chan 2021 Wrap: Uganda fail to break preliminary round jinx, Rwanda advance
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Chan 2021 Wrap: Uganda fail to break preliminary round jinx, Rwanda advance

The Cranes saw their ambition of earning a first-ever place in the quarter-finals ended by resilient Morocco Uganda failed again to advance to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship after a 5-2 defeat to Morocco. The Cranes needed a win against the reigning champions in order to book a place in the next phase after a 2-1 loss against Togo in the second group game complicated their chances of booking a maiden slot in the knockout phase. A brace from Soufiane Rahimi, goals from Ayoub El Kaabi, Hamza El Moussaoui and an own goal by Charles Lukwago gave the North Africans the victory as they aim to retain the title.
Injured Ziyech limps off in Chelsea clash against Leeds
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Injured Ziyech limps off in Chelsea clash against Leeds

The Morocco international lasted just 30 minutes before he had to be taken off with a suspected hamstring injury Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech was substituted early against Leeds after sustaining an injury. The Morocco international limped off 30 minutes into the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Christian Pulisic. The 27-year-old went down after passing to Reece James in the build-up to the Blues' equalising goal, with the defender overlapping on the right side to receive the ball from Ziyech and crossing in to Olivier Giroud to fire home.
En-Nesyri: Sevilla striker can punish Real Madrid despite Chelsea setback
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En-Nesyri: Sevilla striker can punish Real Madrid despite Chelsea setback

The Morocco forward’s frustrating night vs the Blues shouldn’t be used against him when Julen Lopetegui selects XI for Los Blancos clash When Youssef En-Nesyri’s tame header trickled into the arms of Edouard Mendy in the closing seconds of Sevilla’s humbling night against Chelsea on Wednesday, it was hard not to feel sorry for the frontman. On a night where Julen Lopetegui made a swathe of changes to the side, last year’s Europa League winners were thoroughly beaten 4-0 in Andalusia, with the North African forward cutting an isolated figure for the majority of the game in Seville. Even though qualification was already sewn up, both sides opted to rest usual starters despite first place in the group up for grabs. In the end, Chelsea’s superior quality told, as Frank Lampard was still...
Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad
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Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad

Last month, the Algerian midfielder and Morocco's Harit were ordered to train individually until further notice by the German top-flight club Nabil Bentaleb has expressed his disappointment following his suspension from Schalke 04's first-team without any reason from the club. The Royal Blues were forced to take make tough decisions as a result of their poor winless run in the Bundesliga since January, with Bentaleb and Morocco playmaker Amine Harit ordered to train individually until further notice and Vedad Ibisevic's contract has been cut short to expire at the end of the year. Bentaleb who has been at Schalke since 2016, took to social media to share his recent struggles at the Veltins-Arena and he appreciated the support he has received from the Algeria Football Federation and ...
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Ziyech handed first Chelsea start against Krasnodar

The Morocco international has been included in the Blues starting XI to face the Russian Premier League side Hakim Ziyech has been handed his first Chelsea start against Krasnodar in Wednesday’s Champions League game at Krasnodar Stadium. The Morocco international teamed up with the Stamford Bridge outfit in the summer from Dutch side Ajax. The winger‘s debut was delayed due to a knee injury he suffered during the Blues pre-season game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Horoya AC misplace players and coaches’ passports ahead of Caf Confederation Cup trip
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Horoya AC misplace players and coaches’ passports ahead of Caf Confederation Cup trip

The Guinean giants have announced the loss of a bag that contains the travelling documents of their players and staff Horoya AC are ready to offer a reward for the safe return of their players and coaches’ passports ahead of their Caf Confederation Cup trip to Morocco. The Ligue Pro 1 giants announced that the passports, packed in a bag, went missing on Sunday in Conakry - the nation's capital. The bag was handled by the team manager as he finalises plans for Horoya’s trip to Morocco on August 24.
How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute
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How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute

The furthest any African country has gone at the World Cup is the quarter-finals with Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana being the only nations to achieve it Former Mali striker Frederic Kanoute has advised African countries to work on their organisation, dedication and their professionalism if they aspire to go beyond the quarter-final stage at a Fifa World Cup tournament. No African country has gone past the last-eight in the global competition with Cameroon the first to achieve it in 1990 before Senegal and Ghana followed suit in 2002 and 2010 respectively. At the most recent edition which took place in Russia two years ago, the five countries who represented the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia - all failed to make it past the group stage.
‘It’s not normal!’ – Poyet bemused by timing of Ziyech deal after January inaction
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‘It’s not normal!’ – Poyet bemused by timing of Ziyech deal after January inaction

While he expects big things of the Morocco international, Poyet does not understand why the move was announced just after the transfer window closed Gustavo Poyet thinks it was bizarre for Chelsea to make no January signings and then announce a deal for Hakim Ziyech days later. Frank Lampard's side confirmed in February that Ajax star Ziyech would be moving to Stamford Bridge after the 2019-20 season for a fee that could reach €44million. While Poyet believes the Morocco star could prove an exciting addition to the Premier League, the former Chelsea midfielder could not understand why the move was announced so soon after the club failed to make any signings during the transfer window.
Pulisic advised on how to deal with Coutinho rumours as Burley backs USMNT star to deliver at Chelsea
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Pulisic advised on how to deal with Coutinho rumours as Burley backs USMNT star to deliver at Chelsea

The former Blues midfielder says a United States international needs to focus on his own game at Stamford Bridge and not worry about arrivals Christian Pulisic should not be concerning himself with Chelsea’s links to Philippe Coutinho, says Craig Burley, with the United States international needing to focus on his own game. The Blues are being heavily linked with moves to bring even more creativity onto their books in the next transfer window. A deal has already been wrapped up for Hakim Ziyech, with the highly-rated Morocco international winger set to complete a switch from Ajax.
It’s Been 365 Days Of Love, Friendship & Happiness For Sabrina & Idris Elba
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It’s Been 365 Days Of Love, Friendship & Happiness For Sabrina & Idris Elba

Amidst recovery, Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Elba celebrates their wedding anniversary. The love birds got married in the month of April of 2019 at an hotel called Marrakesh in Morocco. As they celebrate their wedding anniversary, Sabrina took to social media to write some sweet words about their wedding anniversary. She shared this picture and captioned it: “Words can’t describe what I felt in this moment. Walking down the aisle and seeing the man of my dreams, my best friend, standing in front of me ready to make a bond that lasts forever. You have changed my life, you have changed my world, you have changed my spirit. I thank you for the happiness you give me every day and the love you show me and my family. I can’t believe it’s been a year. All the memories we’v...
Africa reports 17, 247 COVID-19 cases
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Africa reports 17, 247 COVID-19 cases

The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic reached 910 as the number of confirmed cases hit 17,247 across the African continent as of Thursday, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, a specialised agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update said that  South Africa, with 2,506 confirmed cases ranked first among African countries most severely affected. AU also mentioned Egypt with 2,505 cases, Algeria with 2,160 cases, as well as Morocco with 2,024 cases as other countries in the continent most severely affected. The agency also said that some 3,546 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered.
Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent
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Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent

Achraf Hakimi's agent says nothing is decided as the remains on-loan at Borussia Dortmund. The Real Madrid fullback has been linked with Chelsea this week. "The contract with Real Madrid is still the one we negotiated in 2017 and that runs to June 2022," agent Alejandro Camano told Spox. "We'll have to wait and see. After the coronavirus crisis is over, we'll sit down with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to discuss the matter." Hakimi, at 21, already has 28 caps for Morocco and featured at the 2018 World Cup for his country. He made nine league appearances for Real Madrid before leaving on loan.
Msuva: Why Tanzania should follow Morocco’s example
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Msuva: Why Tanzania should follow Morocco’s example

The Taifa Stars striker has urged the local federation to turn their focus to youth development Tanzania striker Simon Msuva believes the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) should focus more on youth development, much like they do in Morocco where he plays his club football. The Taifa Stars forward, who is on the books of Difaa El Jadida, believes Morocco is one of Africa's premier football nations not by chance but rather due to the massive investment they make in youth development. “They take youth football programmes seriously such when a player reaches 17-years-old, his skills are extraordinary and there are many young players of good quality, who can even be included in the senior team and make a big impact,” Msuva is quoted by Daily News.
Africa Has Recorded 17 Coronavirus Deaths – WHO
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Africa Has Recorded 17 Coronavirus Deaths – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Africa has recorded 17 coronavirus deaths since the virus was confirmed in the continent. Though Africa was among the last continent to confirm the virus, 633 confirmed cases of coronavirus has been recorded in 33 countries across the continent. In the last 24 hours, Gambia, Mauritius and Zambia announced their first cases of coronavirus. The deaths recorded in the continent were in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan. A tweet by the World Health Organization, Africa region reads; 633 confirmed #COVID19 cases in #Africa in 33 countries and 17 deaths. In past 24 hrs, The Gambia, Mauritius & Zambia have announced first cases. @WHO  is supporting countries with surveillance, diagnostics & treatment. ...
Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 
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Rwanda Confirms First Case of Coronavirus 

Rwanda has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, becoming the19th African nation to register a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8 tested positive for the virus after he presented himself to a health facility on March 13. He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the ministry said. “The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.” Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, has been forced to suspend all flights to India until April 30 and would refund customers. With 127,000 people already infected and 4,700 deaths from coronavirus worldwide, African nations still have the least...
Super Eagles Move up Four Places in February FIFA Rankings
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Super Eagles Move up Four Places in February FIFA Rankings

Nigeria has moved up four places in the February FIFA rankings released on Wednesday. The Super Eagles now occupy the 31st position in the world and are third in Africa. Senegal remains the best on the continent and 20th in the world, while Tunisia moved up to 27th position. Algeria (35th) and Morocco (43rd) complete the top five in Africa. Globally, Belgium remains the highest-ranked country in the world. France is in second spot, while Brazil, England and Uruguay make up the top five.
Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China
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Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China

Thousands of foreigners are among millions of people stuck in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the country struggles to get to grips with the spread of a SARS-like virus which has claimed 132 lives nationwide. These are the plans so far by foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak: – ASIA PACIFIC – Australia The foreign ministry said Tuesday it was working on a plan to transport home all Australian nationals, most of whom it said are dual nationals. Officials added they had received about 400 calls from Australians in China registering for evacuation. Canberra does not have a consulate in Wuhan but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is negotiating with Chinese officials over the arrangements. He said officials are talking...
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...
2019 CAF Young Player Of Year: Osimhen Or Chukwueze, Who Wins?
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2019 CAF Young Player Of Year: Osimhen Or Chukwueze, Who Wins?

It will be a straight shootout between Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze for the 2019 CAF Young Player of the Year. The third nominee on the shortlist will be Achraf Hakimi from Morocco. The awards ceremony will be staged in Egypt tomorrow night. Both Osimhen and Chukwueze enjoyed a great breakthrough 2019 for both club and country. The two forwards from the U17 World Cup-winning team of 2015 used the past year to announce their arrival in Europe. Centre-forward Osimhen scored a harvest of goals for Sporting Charleroi on loan from German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg to earn a big-money transfer to French Ligue 1 side Lille. And he has since gone on to justify this move by featuring among the leading scorers in the French top flight so much so that the talk now is of a ...
Actress Chika Ike Visits Morocco To Motivate Young Women On The Values Of Education
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Actress Chika Ike Visits Morocco To Motivate Young Women On The Values Of Education

Nollywood actress Chika Ike, has always shown her passion for the girl child and the need to make her see the impact she can make in the world if she is educated. She visited Asni in Morocco and spoke to young ladies about the need to be educated. She shared pictures with caption: One of my most amazing trips was going to Morrocco to speak to the young ladies of Asni, on the importance of education. It was so good seeing the sparks in their eyes, and the zeal to live their dreams. It reminded me so much of myself when I was their age. Never give up on your dreams. Every dream is valid! #africandivatour #morrocco #education #fbf    
Nigeria Rugby Sevens Names Squad, Arrive South Africa For Olympic Qualifiers
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Nigeria Rugby Sevens Names Squad, Arrive South Africa For Olympic Qualifiers

Coach Bronson Weir today announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Sevens squad that will be on duty at the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa. The tournament will be held on the 8th and 9th of November, 2019 at the Bosman Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa where Fourteen teams will compete: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. The Tournaments will be played over two match days and the winner of “Africa Men’s Sevens”will be 2019 African Champion and also qualify to the Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. Nigeria has been drawn to play defending champions; Zimbabwe on 8th November 2019 at 10:00 am (South African time), 8:00 am Nigerian ti...
Team Nigeria return with 121 medals
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Team Nigeria return with 121 medals

Team Nigeria arrived in Abuja to a rousing welcome on Sunday after finishing second overall at the just-concluded 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco. The team arrived on Sunday evening via a chartered flight. The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and other officials were on hand at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to welcome the athletes and officials. Dare commended the contingent for representing the country well and promised them better welfare and preparations for future international competitions. Team Nigeria capped a memorable outing in Morocco with a second-place finish, behind defending champions Egypt. Egypt emerged tops on the medals table with 99 gold, 96 silver and 69 bronze medals, while Nigeria won a total of 121 medals. Sout...
2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table
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2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table

A flurry of gold medals in wrestling and others from athletics, boxing and even canoeing has seen Nigeria soar to the second spot on the overall medals table at the ongoing African Games in Morocco. Nigeria, as of Thursday night, had gathered a total of 103 medals (40 gold, 28 silver and 35 bronze medals). South Africa, who were previously occupying the second position, have now dropped to third as the curtain is set to drop on this edition of the African Games. Nigeria’s biggest harvest of gold medals on Thursday came from wrestling where the country won all but one of the six gold medals on offer to reaffirm her supremacy in the sport on the continent. Reigning African Games gold medalists, Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Mercy Genesis (50kg) and Ami...
Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo becomes Africa’s fastest man
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Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo becomes Africa’s fastest man

Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo has emerged the winner of the 100m event after clocking a time of 9.96secs at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco. This is the first time since 2007 that Nigeria will win gold in the men’s 100m at the African Games.
Nigeria Thrash South Africa 3-0 In All Africa Games Women Football
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Nigeria Thrash South Africa 3-0 In All Africa Games Women Football

Nigeria kick started their All African Women’s football Games campaign with a 3-0 thrashing of Basetsana of South Africa at the Stade des Chenes in Rabat, Morocco. The Falconets showed no mercy to their South African counterparts with a professional performance at the Stade Académie Mohammed VI on Saturday. Monday Gift, Zainab Olapade and Cynthia Aku were on song for the Nigerian side. The 2019 African Games women’s football tournament will be the 5th edition of the African Games women’s football tournament. U20 national teams are allowed to take part in the tournament, with Nigeria drawn in Group B of the competition, to contend with Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia
FG Treated Me Unfairly Despite Winning Several Medals – Kalu Eke Onwuka aka Scorpion
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FG Treated Me Unfairly Despite Winning Several Medals – Kalu Eke Onwuka aka Scorpion

In what could be described as a desperate attempt to kill the spirit of patriotism, unidentified officials of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development have removed the name of Abia born shotput medalist, Kalu Eke Onwuka aka Scorpion from the list of contingents to represent Nigeria in the Morocco All African Games 2019. This is even as he won a medal in Niger during the recently concluded ECOWAS senior championship in discos after missing out in shotput as a result of the late arrival of the Nigerian contingents who went through the road. Onwuka while speaking with ABN TV on Wednesday expressed regret that after risking his life going from Kaduna to Niger through the road to represent Nigeria where he won a medal, he came back to discover that his name has been remove...
Tottenham defender Aurier undergoes hand surgery
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Tottenham defender Aurier undergoes hand surgery

The Ivory Coast international damaged his hand while on international duty for his country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier has undergone surgery on a hand injury suffered at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the club confirmed. Aurier was part of the Ivory Coast squad which reached the quarter-finals of the continental showpiece in Egypt, where they bowed to Algeria. During the competition, the right-back played only two games and suffered a hand injury during the Elephants' 1-0 loss to Morocco in their second Group D fixture.
Botswana 0-0 Zambia: Wasteful Chipolopolo held by Zebras in 2020 Chan qualifier
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Botswana 0-0 Zambia: Wasteful Chipolopolo held by Zebras in 2020 Chan qualifier

Chipolopolo came into the encounter as the favourites, but they were frustrated by the Zebras in Francistown, Botswana Botswana were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Zambia in the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualification second round first-leg clash on Friday. The Zebras of Botswana came into the match having eliminated Seychelles in the first round after winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. On the other hand, Zambia's Chipolopolo, who participated in the 2018 finals in Morocco, were given a bye in the first round. The two Southern African teams both created some goalscoring opportunities in the early exchanges, but they were very wasteful in front of goal.
Morocco Wants Rohr To Replace Renard As Atlas Lions Coach
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Morocco Wants Rohr To Replace Renard As Atlas Lions Coach

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr is at a dilemma whether to accept Morocco’s overtures or continue managing Nigeria’s young team ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations and the 2020 World Cup qualifiers, which begin later this month. Herve Renard, who led Morocco to the Egypt 2019 African Cup of Nations threw in the towel after the Atlas Lions’ failure to move beyond the second round of the competition, forcing the North Africans to begin a search for capable replacement. A source close to Rohr told The Guardian that Morocco has approached the Franco/German with a view to getting him to take over their national team. According to the source, Rohr, who has fallen out of favour with Nigerians following the unimpressive performance of the Super Eagles, is weighing his options and ...
Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop
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Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop

Herve Renard is stepping down as Morocco head coach after their early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.   Morocco were one of the pre-tournament favourites for Egypt 2019 but suffered a shock penalty shootout defeat by Benin in the last 16. Renard, who won AFCON with Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015), had been in charge since February 2016. In a statement on social media, Renard, 50, said 'It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life, not without some emotion and sadness. It is an inevitable decision taken well before Afcon 2019. I took this decision after having - of course - carefully considered [it]. It is therefore irreversible." Renard took Morocco from 81st in the Fifa world rankings to 47th.  He led them to two Africa Cup of Nations tourna...
Senegal anticipated tough game with Benin – Aliou Cisse
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Senegal anticipated tough game with Benin – Aliou Cisse

The Teranga Lions secured a narrow victory over the Squirrels to advance into the last four of the continental tournament Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said they were not surprised by the performance of Benin in the quarter-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Idrissa Gueye’s solitary effort handed the Teranga Lions a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Squirrels as they secured their place in the semi-final of the tournament for the first time in 13 years. Prior to the defeat, Benin were unbeaten in their last four games, forcing Ghana, Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau to stalemates before ousting North African giants Morocco in the Round of 16.
Morocco midfielder Mbark Boussoufa retires from international duty after Afcon 2019 exit
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Morocco midfielder Mbark Boussoufa retires from international duty after Afcon 2019 exit

The 34-year-old called time on his international career following the Atlas Lions' shocking exit from the continental showpiece in Egypt Al Shabab midfielder Mbark Boussoufa has announced his retirement from international duty with Morocco. Boussoufa made the statement in the wake of the Atlas Lions' exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after losing to Benin via penalty shoot-out. The 34-year-old captained Herve Renard's men for their Round of 16 tie against the Squirrels on Friday and was on parade for the entire 120 minutes.
Benin Gets To The Quarter Finals Of AFCON2019 Without Winning A Single Match
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Benin Gets To The Quarter Finals Of AFCON2019 Without Winning A Single Match

10-man Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco in a penalty shootout on Friday to reach the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Cairo. Moise Adilehou forced home at a corner early in the second half to put Benin on course for a shock win but Youssef En-Nesyri equalised for Morocco before Ajax star Ziyech blew the chance to snatch victory by striking the post from the spot in the 96th minute. Benin were forced to play most of extra time a man down after Khaled Adenon received a second yellow card for dissent, but they prevailed 4-1 in the shootout following misses by Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri to set up a clash with Senegal on July 10 for a spot in the semi-finals. With this, Benin have now played a total of 13 games in the history of the African Cup of Na...
AFCON 2019: Benin Republic Knocks Out Morocco
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AFCON 2019: Benin Republic Knocks Out Morocco

Hakim Ziyech's missed spot-kick at the end of normal time proved costly as Morocco suffered a shock penalty-shootout defeat to Benin in Friday's action-packed opening Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie. Much-fancied Morocco won all three of their group matches by a 1-0 scoreline and were overwhelming favourites to overcome a Benin side that progressed with three successive draws, and were knockout round debutants.

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