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  •  South Africa Agriculture Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union EU Ports
    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports
     South Africa Agriculture Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union EU Ports
    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports
    Africa5 days ago

    South Africa: Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Negotiates Agreement to Clear Citrus Blocked in European Union (EU) Ports

    The Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD, for its acronym in English) confirms that it has managed to negotiate an agreement that will see the cleaning of citrus containers stuck at ports of entry in the European Union (EU).

    To date we have managed to dispatch more than 300 of the 509 containers and we are processing the dispatch of the remaining containers.

    The EU introduced new measures to regulate the risk associated with false codling moth (FCM) in citrus.

    The new measures include additional amended phytosanitary declarations for grapefruit and baby citrus and a revised cold treatment regimen for oranges.

    The measures were published on June 21, 2022 and came into force on June 24, 2022.

    This meant that shipments arriving in Europe from July 14 had to comply with the new measures.

    Taking the shorter sailing time to the EU meant that shipments leaving South Africa on June 24, 2022, three days after publication, should have been certified under the new measures.

    The DALRRD explained to the European Commission (EC) in a meeting and by written communication that the date was not reasonable.

    At the time of the publication of the new measures, there were shipments that were certified and had already left for the EU, as well as some that were in the process of being exported.

    DALRRD's claims were that changing the inspection and certification system within three days was not realistic.

    The reasonable date for compliance with the new measures would have been for shipments leaving SA on July 9, 2022, considering the required adjustments of the systems and the communication to the different regulatory sites, which required at least three weeks from the post.

    However, the EC insisted on July 14, 2022 as the implementation date.

    As anticipated, the DALRRD began receiving queries from exporters after the implementation date regarding the rejection of shipments at EU ports.

    The EU authorities needed phytosanitary certificates that would comply with the new FCM measures.

    The DALRRD segmented the cases into only documentation on grapefruit and tender citrus and compliance with the cold treatment on oranges.

    The deadlock was later resolved by replacing the phytosanitary certificates with the correct additional declarations as of July 22, 2022.

    The orange cases remained a problem until the industry in a meeting on July 25, 2022 presented DALRRD with possible measures.

    of equivalence with respect to the treatment applied to these shipments.

    under the South African systems approach to FCM.

    The DALRRD undertook to negotiate with the EU through the relevant National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) so that they consider these equivalent measures.

    The first official letter was sent to the NPPO of the Netherlands on July 27, 2022 and a positive response was received on July 28, 2022.

    Based on this agreement, it was agreed that replacement phytosanitary certificates will be issued for oranges with declaration of equivalent cold treatment.

    The issuance of replacement phytosanitary certificates for oranges began on Monday, August 1, 2022.

    In a meeting with the industry on August 3, 2022, the DALRRD agreed to include other ports of entry after receiving another positive response from Italy on the declaration.

    of equivalent cold treatment.

    The ports that the industry presented as those where South African oranges were rejected included ports in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

    More than 2,000 containers, with an estimated value of R 500 million, were affected by this blockade.

    So far, the department, with the information sent by the industry, is recertifying the orange shipments blocked in the ports of the Netherlands and Italy and we are receiving confirmation that the containers are being cleared.

    In addition, DALRRD held the meeting with the EC on 5th August 2022 on the handling of non-compliant shipment in EU ports and agreed on the interim measures, namely that the EU adhered to DALRRD's request to complete the cool down period.

    in the EU Provisional measures provide for shipments to be treated at EU cold treatment facilities and the department to notify other EU member states.

  •  Ten Hag era at United begins with defeat to Brighton
    Ten Hag era at United begins with defeat to Brighton
     Ten Hag era at United begins with defeat to Brighton
    Ten Hag era at United begins with defeat to Brighton
    General news1 week ago

    Ten Hag era at United begins with defeat to Brighton

    New manager Erik ten Hag saw the depth of the crisis at Manchester United when his side fell to a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday, with German Pascal Gross scoring twice.

    United fans’ hopes that the off-season would mark a turning point have faded, with the club failing to make major moves yet in the transfer market and there was a grim familiarity to the club’s opening match.

    The former Ajax coach witnessed a performance that was every bit as disjointed as those produced under his predecessors Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season.

    The sense that this was a continuation of last year’s decline began before kick-off where there were yet more loud and angry protests against United’s owners, the American Glazer family, under the South Stand.

    If that felt familiar, then the sight of Scott McTominay and Fred in midfield as United laboured against Graham Potter’s superbly drilled side was verging on deja vu.

    United had been shambolic in their 4-0 loss at Brighton in May and, even with debuts for defender Lisandro Martinez and midfielder Christian Eriksen, little felt new or changed about the performance.

    Brighton took the lead on the half-hour with Leandro Trossard finding former United forward Danny Welbeck who squared the ball to the back post for Gross to slot home.

    Nine minutes later, Gross doubled the lead with his sixth career goal against United, after David De Gea had poorly pushed out a Solly March drive right into the path of the German who again made no mistake.

    Ten Hag introduced Cristiano Ronaldo in the 53rd minute and the Portugal forward, who is reported to want to leave the club, provided the spark for United’s attempted comeback.

    The home side gave themselves a foothold in the 68th minute when a goalmouth scramble ended with Alexis Mac Allister turning the ball into his own net but Brighton held on for a second straight win against United and their first ever at Old     
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  •  Spain battles northwest wildfires
    Spain battles northwest wildfires
     Spain battles northwest wildfires
    Spain battles northwest wildfires
    Foreign1 week ago

    Spain battles northwest wildfires

    Spanish firefighters on Saturday struggled to contain wildfires that have ravaged large tracts in the northwest, as a third summer heat wave grips the country.

    Firefighters were battling six blazes in Galicia that have scorched nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres).

    Some 700 people have been evacuated from the area around Boiro, where a blaze broke out on Thursday, according to regional officials.

    But no casualties have been reported so far.

    “The situation remains complicated.

    Helicopters are not enough to control all of the homes,” the mayor of neighbouring A Pobra do Caraminal, Xose Lois Pinero, wrote on Facebook.

    Near the town of Verin, by the border with Portugal, authorities were managing to contain a fire that started Wednesday and is suspected to have been arson, Galicia government said.

    Temperatures hit a 40.

    9 degrees Celsius (105.

    62 Fahrenheit) high on Thursday, according to the national weather agency.

    They have eased since but were expected to remain around 35C across much of the country on Saturday.

    Scientists say human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events including heatwaves and droughts more frequent and more intense.

    They in turn increase the risk of fires, which emit climate-heating greenhouse gases.

    Spain has faced 366 wildfires since the start of the year, fuelled by scorching temperatures and drought conditions.

    The flames have destroyed more than 233,000 hectares, more than in any other nation in Europe, according to the European Union’s satellite monitoring service EFFIS.

  •  Nigeria ships hardware contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace keeping
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
     Nigeria ships hardware contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace keeping
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping

    The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS.

    Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil.

    “Nigeria’s effort towards peace-keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate.

    “The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally.

    “By moving this equipment, we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.

    The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully.

    “The Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence.

    “At the end, we will continue to showcase the capability, capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub-region.

    “This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead,’’ he stressed.

    Wambai recalled that in 1990, the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia.

    The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).

    ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3,000 troops and has grown to between 10,000 and 12,000 troops, the vast majority being Nigerians.

    ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, later joined by Mali. According to Wambai, “we did the same thing in Sierra Leone; three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau.

    “We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need,’’ the FOC declared.

    He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub-region.

    Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity, professionalism and team work in all their operations.

    “I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities.

    “Also, I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties,’’ the FOC told the departing contingent.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Football Kings of West Coast
    Football Kings of West Coast
     Football Kings of West Coast
    Football Kings of West Coast
    Features2 weeks ago

    Football Kings of West Coast

    Football Kings of West Coast Football Kings of West Coast   By Chukwuemeka Opara, News Agency of Nigeria   Nigerian soccer fans direly needed succour when the Super Eagles, bungled a veritable opportunity to appear in its seventh World Cup final in Qatar.  

    The Eagles disastrously drew 1-1 with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on March 29, in one of the African playoffs for the November, 2022 mundial.  

    The team had drawn 0-0 with the Ghanians four days earlier in Kumasi thereby eliminated on the infamous away goals rule.

    The fans were aghast, with those inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, going berserk.

    They destroyed stadium facilities and anger was palpable across the nation.  

    After darkness comes light, as the old adage goes.

    But there seemed to be no light at the end of this tunnel.

    The distraught fans needed succour.

    The Eagles next engagements were two international friendlies against World Cup bound Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America in May and AFCON 2023 qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome in June.   There were however two sub-regional youth competitions in between: The West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B, U-17 and U-20 championships.

    In this two competitions to be hosted in Niamey, Niger Republic and Cape Coast, Ghana respectively, the two finalists would qualify for the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023.   These were competitions of lesser magnitude, but to an average Nigerian football fan, every victory mattered.

    The question sprouted: Would the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets be ready?  

    The apprehension was somewhat confirmed.

    The Flying Eagles only resumed camping with barely three weeks to the competition in May.  Coach Ladan Bosso hurriedly invited players to camp.

    He lamented the shortness of the preparatory period, but vowed to present a team which would spring surprises.  

    Coach Nduka Ugbade, also lamented, but made the same promise on the Golden Eaglets.

    To the average Nigeria fan, the preparatory period was too short for both teams to make impact.

    The interest waned.  

    The Flying Eagles however, kicked off the competition in Niamey with a 2-0 spanking of defending champions Ghana on May 8. The team drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso to qualify for the semi-finals, where it beat an enterprising Ivorian team 2-1 to qualify for the final.

    This final qualification also earned it a berth at the African U-20 championships in Egypt in 2023. The team outclassed Benin Republic 3-1 in the final to win the competition.  

    The triumph took many fans by surprise.

    Joy was restored even if on a minute scale.

    The wish was for the Golden Eaglets to follow suit in June. The joy could perhaps be restored in full.  

    The Eaglets fortunately took the cue and took the WAFU Zone B, U-17 competition by storm.

    The team on June 11, whitewashed hosts Ghana 4-2. It defeated Togo 3-1 to qualify for the semifinal where it humbled Cote d’ Ivoire 3-1. The team sensationally beat a stubborn Burkina Faso 2-1 in the final to win the competition.  

    Thus, the new kings of the West African sub region football had emerged.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria sought the views of football fans in Ebonyi on both teams and steps to be taken by relevant authorities to ensure that the kingship extends to the African continent and perhaps, the world.  

    Chaka Nweze, Pioneer Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi congratulated the Golden Eaglets for the feat, noting that they duly followed the footsteps of their immediate seniors, the Flying Eagles.  

    Nweze, also former Chairman of Ohaozara Local Goverment Area of the state, said the victories of both teams showed that the astute ‘can do’ spirit of Nigerians always stand them out among their peers.  

    Nweze said both teams showed astuteness in their resolve to win the competitions right from the preparations.  

    “I watched the Flying Eagles training in Abuja before the competition.

    Despite the short period of preparation, they showed tenacity to succeed.

    One could see aggression, commitment and efficacy in their approach.  

    “They dismembered teams they played in their trial matches.

    The team continued from where it stopped at the competition proper and beat all opponents to emerge champions,” he said.  

    The soccer enthusiast said that the Golden Eaglets had a similar experience that was even more precarious.

    Bosso had the luxury of picking more established players for the Flying Eagles, but Ugbade had the challenge of raising a team from a pool of rookies who are in schools and academies.  

    “Ugbade who captained the Eaglets to win the inaugural FIFA Kodak U-16 World Cup in 1985, also contended with the initial setback of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

    Most of his first team players reportedly failed the MRI scan and he had to raise a formidable team within such a short period,” he said.  

    The former Super Eagles fullback still raised a team which tore opponents to tatters in the trial matches and in the regional championship in Ghana, Nweze noted.  

    He advised coaches of both teams to sustain such domineering posture when they compete at the CAF and world championships.  

    Brendan Okafor, a football historian, also commended both teams for their splendid performances at the sub regional competitions and urged them to follow the steps of their predecessors who reigned in the continent and in the world.  

    Okafor recalled that the national youth teams which dominated the sub region in respective competitions in the past, also did so in continental and world competitions.  

    “The Flying Eagles that won bronze at the World Youth Championship in 1985 were the best in the sub region and won the African Youth Championship.  

    “The competition was then contested on a home and away basis.

    The 1989 set to the competition also won the African championship then called the ‘Tessema Cup’ and gallantly lost to Portugal in the final of the World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.  

    “The 2005 set also conquered Africa en route another silver medal win at the World Youth Championship in Holland.  

    “The Golden Eaglets squad that took the world by storm and won the inaugural FIFA U-16 World Cup in China in 1985 were the best in Africa.

    So also were the squads which also conquered the world in Japan 1993, South Korea 2007, United Arab Emirates 2013 and Chile 2015,” he said.  

    Okafor advised that just as the above mentioned successful teams, the coaches should retain the bulk of the players who ruled the sub region.  

    “We floundered in the past when teams were disbanded or their blending arrangements distorted before major competitions.  

    “The Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coaches must had noticed areas of weakness and should strengthen the affected departments in their teams.

    They must ensure that the players who would be drafted to fortify the teams are better than the ones they are replacing.  

    “There should be no place for quota system in the set-ups.

    The best players, no matter their geo-political inclinations should be selected.

    Undue interferences from political and related interests should be jettisoned,” he said.  

    Martin Agunanne, former Rangers International Feeders team player, praised the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for appointing experienced and competent coaches for both national teams.  

    “Coach Ladan Bosso had garnered enough experience to assemble a formidable team.

    Having failed with the Flying Eagles in 2007 and 2020, Bosso knew that this might be his last opportunity to impress as a national team handler.  

    “He quickly set to work with the present team and with less than three weeks to the competition in Niger Republic, produced a team that oozed talents from all departments.  

    “Nduka Ugbade follows in the same streak.

    He was an assistant to Manu Garba when the Eaglets conquered the world in 2013.   “He subsequently moved with Garba yet as assistant to the Flying Eagles in 2015. It is instructive to note that Emmanuel Amuneke who was also an assistant to Garba in 2013, went on to defend the title as the Eaglets head coach in 2015,” he said.  

    Agunanne advised both coaches to monitor the players who ensured victories for their teams.  

    “The period between these periods of conquests and the continental championships in 2023 is far and the players if not monitored, might derail.  

    “The players’ progress at their various clubs should be monitored to ensure that they stay fit and focused because the opposition at the continental championships would be tougher.  

    “The coaches should be in steady contact with the various clubs where these players ply their trades to ensure they are ready to conquer Africa and the world.  

    “The coaches should also use this free period to scout for players to fortify areas of deficiency and not to distort the laid down team building process,” he said.  

    Mrs Jane Ofoke, a teacher and football enthusiast, called for prayers and adequate support for both teams as they represent the hope of happiness.  

    “Between the World Cup qualification ouster and the recent floundering of the Super Falcons in the recently concluded African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco, football fans had been disillusioned over our teams’ performances.  

    “Successes in the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023 will bring joy to Nigerians and keep the country in good stead of credible performances at both world championships.

    The players need prayers to maintain their current form and be free from injuries.  

    “The NFF and the sports ministry should adequately motivate the players and officials.

    A situation where the Golden Eaglets were reportedly rewarded with N40, 000 for their conquest in Ghana is appalling.

    It will not motivate the players.  

    “The only motivating factor to them will be to excel at the competitions, to secure lucrative deals either at home or abroad.  

    “The coaches of both teams should be sent to refresher courses abroad to gain more exposure and be in tune with modern dynamics of the game.

    Redundancy will definitely affect their abilities to compete at the continental and world levels,” he said.

    Unarguably, with motivation, the two teams will maintain their lead as the Football Kings of the West Coast.

    (NANFeatures) ** If used, please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria .


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Kenyatta Praises Angola s Efforts to Normalize Relations between Rwanda and DR Congo
    President Kenyatta Praises Angola’s Efforts to Normalize Relations between Rwanda and DR Congo
     President Kenyatta Praises Angola s Efforts to Normalize Relations between Rwanda and DR Congo
    President Kenyatta Praises Angola’s Efforts to Normalize Relations between Rwanda and DR Congo
    Africa2 weeks ago

    President Kenyatta Praises Angola’s Efforts to Normalize Relations between Rwanda and DR Congo

    President Uhuru Kenyatta praised Angolan President João Lourenço for his efforts towards normalizing relations between Rwanda and DR Congo.

    President Kenyatta noted that President Lourenço has shown exemplary leadership and commitment in his role as mediator following his appointment by the African Union to mediate the talks between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

    The President spoke on Saturday at the State House, Nairobi, when he received a special message from the Angolan President.

    The message was delivered by President Lourenço's special envoy, Amb. Téte António, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Angola.

    Ambassador António informed President Kenyatta about the recent mediation talks for DR Congo and Rwanda held under the presidency of the President of Angola in Luanda.

    The Angolan special envoy noted that the two countries have agreed on a proposal for an independent verification team that will ensure that both sides adhere to the proposed roadmap for the peaceful resolution of the problems that affect them.

    President Kenyatta welcomed the progress, emphasizing the need for DR Congo and Rwanda to remain focused on the path of dialogue to resolve their differences.

    “This is a positive move.

    Hopefully, we're heading in the right direction.

    We need to make sure that we are constantly moving together, informing each other about the steps we are taking,” said President Kenyatta.

    President Kenyatta added that the Nairobi process, which he initiated, is now under the responsibility of the East African Community, a step that was taken during the recent EAC summit in Arusha, Tanzania.

    The Head of State thanked the Angolan President for his efforts, which began to bear fruit after the talks held in Lisbon, Portugal, on the sidelines of the Second United Nations Conference on the Oceans.

    “I thank my brother (President Lourenço) for what he has achieved on what we had agreed in Lisbon.

    The most important thing is to establish that liaison office that will have representatives from both teams,” said President Kenyatta.

    The Chief of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb. Raychelle Omamo and the Angolan ambassador to Kenya, Sianga Abilio, among other senior government officials.

  •  Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo
    Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo
     Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo
    Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo
    General news3 weeks ago

    Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo

    Atletico Madrid rule out signing Ronaldo Ronaldo Madrid, July 29, 2022 Atletico Madrid will not be signing Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and that decision is final, club president Enrique Cerezo said on Friday.

    Speaking at the presentation of defender Nahuel Molina, Cerezo said the newly-recruited Argentina international was “the last piece” of the jigsaw.

    That means Diego Simeone’s squad is complete as far as Cerezo is concerned.

    Molina has joined from Udinese, and Atletico Madrid have also brought in the likes of Samuel Lino and Axel Witsel to plump up their ranks.

    This was after Luis Suarez, Sime Vrsaljko and Hector Herrera moved on.

    “With this signing…we have managed to fit the last piece we were looking for,” said Cerezo.

    “I repeat, for the journalists, with this signing we have managed to fit the last piece we were looking for.

    ” The emphasis spoke of how Cerezo wants to move on from the links to Ronaldo, after a group of Atletico Madrid supporters declared their steadfast opposition to his potential arrival.

    Cerezo had already said any deal to bring Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid from Manchester United was “practically impossible.

    ” Ronaldo, who is Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer, appears to be set on leaving Manchester United after the Red Devils failed to qualify for the 20222023 UEFA Champions League.

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  •  Afro Nation returns home to Ghana December 29 30 2022
    Afro Nation returns home to Ghana, December 29-30, 2022
     Afro Nation returns home to Ghana December 29 30 2022
    Afro Nation returns home to Ghana, December 29-30, 2022
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Afro Nation returns home to Ghana, December 29-30, 2022

    Following the huge success of Afro Nation Portugal this July (Afronation.com), the world's largest Afrobeats festival announces the continuation of 2019's African debut event in Ghana.

    Founded to unite the diaspora in a celebration of black joy, Afro Nation Ghana reaches a site of cultural significance.

    Taking place on Marine Drive, Black Star Square, West Africa's capital will play host to the biggest names and rising stars, as thousands rediscover their historic connection to Accra and the African continent as a whole.

    Expanding massively since debuting in Portugal in 2019, the festival's giant new main stage will now be transported to Ghana.

    A stage of this quality does not exist anywhere else in West Africa and serves as a fundamental building block for the live industry on the continent.

    Afro Nation's goal has always been to elevate or draw inspiration from the scene and artists of modern African sounds, and setting this stage in Ghana and bringing the exact same high production value from Portugal to West Africa is just one step towards a bright new future for live events in the region.

    As with Afro Nation Portugal and Afro Nation Puerto Rico, Afro Nation Ghana will work alongside and train local teams to produce the show and bring business to as many local vendors as possible, positively impacting the cultural and tourism economy.

    from Ghana.

    Afro Nation made a sensational return to Europe's Algarve coast in early July, a moment that had been a long time in the making and saw the world's biggest emerging superstars perform like Wizkid, who declared his love on stage for his peers.

    2022 headliners, Burna.

    Child and David.

    Drawing crowds of over 35,000 fans from 134 different countries to the beach for three days of dancing in the sun and celebrating the unifying power of Afrobeats, the festival now looks to bring the movement to Ghana.

    The festival site is located next to where BBC Africa's First President and Man of the Century Kwame Nkrumah declared Ghana's Independence, next to the famous Osu Castle.

    Accra has flourished as a cultural and musical hub and during the turn of the year welcomes thousands of people from the global diaspora who travel home to party and be with friends and family.

    Afro Nation Ghana seeks to foster even stronger ties with the continent around the world, reconnecting, educating and creating, while hosting a festival never before seen on this scale.

    Speaking about this year's landmark event and Afro Nation stage, festival organizers said… “We started Afro Nation to provide a global platform for the artists we love.

    After just 4 shows we have seen over 150 live performances in front of over 100,000 people on 3 different continents, Africa, Europe and America.

    Afrobeats is a special genre, not only uniting the diaspora but connecting nations in a truly unique way.

    Our commitment to Afrobeats goes beyond the Afro Nation festival, in 2020 we launched the world's first official Afrobeats chart with the Official Charts Company in the UK, followed by the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart earlier this year in the US.

    To round off what has been an incredible year, in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and our festival partners in Ghana, Benjamin Ntim and Kojo Annan of Event Blackstar Limited, we have purchased the main stage used at Afro Nation Portugal 2022 and it is currently being sent to Accra for Afro Nation Ghana 2022.

    We have started a training program, where a full stage team will travel from Europe to Ghana with us and train a local team on how to build and run the stage.

    By 2025, this world-class festival stage will be fully operated by the West African team, without any help from the UK.

    We will continue to support our culture and look forward to seeing many global artists perform on this stage in the near future across the continent.

    Thank you for your support” For the culture, for the culture, Afro Nation and Afrobeats is always on the rise.

    Afro Nation Ghana will be held on December 29-30, 2022 at Marine Drive, Black Star Square, Accra.

    Lineup announcement coming soon!