CAF: confirmed Guines to host AFCON 2025

Guinea

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced on Sunday that Guinea had agreed to host the African Nations Cup (AFCON) in 2025, potentially solving a crisis that ensued when Cameroon was stripped of this year’s AFCON.

Ahmad, who was on a visit to Guinea, along with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, said Guinea’s President Alpha Condé had agreed to a delay in hosting the tournament.

Guinea’s football federation had earlier protested plans by CAF to strip them of the AFCON 2023 hosting rights.

In 2014, CAF awarded Nations Cup hosting rights to Cameroon (2019), Ivory Coast (2021) and Guinea (2023).

But in November last year, CAF stripped Cameroon of this year’s hosting rights, citing insecurity and infrastructure delays. CAF then proposed that all AFCONs be delayed, with Cameroon hosting AFCON2021, Ivory Coast hosting the touranment in 2023 and Guinea, being pushed forward to 2025.

READ MORE: Is it time for CAF to revise process of awarding AFCON hosting rights?

While Ahmad also told reporters that Cameroon has agreed to host the Nations Cup in 2021, Ivory Coast, which has been offered AFCON 2023, has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision to hand the 2021 tournament to Cameroon.

CAF is set to announce the host for this year’s African Nations Cup on Wednesday, choosing between bids from Egypt and South Africa.

Amla guides Proteas to victory at Centurion

South Africa

Cape Town – A welcomed return to form for Hashim Amla saw the Proteascomfortably over the line in the first Test against Pakistan on Friday. 

The Proteas won by 6 wickets, with the under-fire Amla silencing his latest critics with a knock of 63* while the value of Dean Elgar’s 50 can also not be understated. 

The unpredictability of the Centurion wicket had made batting against the seamers extremely difficult throughout the Test match, which was over well inside three days. 

Set a target of 149 for victory, the Proteas were off to the worst possible start on the third morning when Aiden Markram was out LBW to Hasan Ali for 0

Amla and Elgar, though, fought hard to get through to lunch unscathed in a partnership that benefitted from an element of luck. 

Amla was dropped in the slips when he was 8* while Elgar, in the most controversial moment of the day, looked to have been caught when he was 4* only for the third umpire to have ruled that the ball had dropped just short of Azhar Ali. 

That moment would prove to be the killer blow to the Pakistan chance, and when the Proteas got through to lunch at 81/1, it looked like there would only be one winner. 

Earlier in the Test, Duanne Olivier obliterated the Pakistan batting line-up in both innings, leaving with match figures of 11/96.

On day one, Dale Steyn also became the highest wicket-taker in South African Test history when he moved past Shaun Pollock at the top of that list. 

The second Test gets underway at Newlands in Cape Town on January 3. 

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 181 (Azam 71, Olivier 6/37, Rabada 3/59) and 190 (Masood 65, Imam-ul-Haq 57, Olivier 5/59, Rabada 3/47)

SA 223 (Bavuma 53, De Kock 45, Amir 4/62, Afridi 4/64) and ???/? (Amla 63*, Elgar 50)

SA won by 6 wickets

FIFA reject Nigerian FA meeting request

Nigeria

FIFA have declined a meeting with a Nigerian delegation proposed by Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, as the NFF try to settle the country football crisis

Earlier this week, the world football governing body issued an ultimatum to Nigeria, giving the country a deadline of 20 August to restore and recognise Amaju Pinnick as the legitimate president of the NFF, or face a ban.

Dalung wrote to FIFA on Wednesday, proposing a meeting between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and a 15-man Nigerian delegation headed by the minister, and including both the NFF President Pinnick, and Christopher Giwa, who claims to have been elected NFF president.

In a clear and unambiguous response signed by General Secretary Fatma Samoura, FIFA not only turned down the meeting request, but reminded Dalung of the deadline.

“We regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Ieadership. In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period,” Samoura stated in the FIFA response.

“Moreover, we would Iike to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA DiscipIinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of footbaII-related activity imposed by the Nigeria FootbaIl Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016.

“We would like to seize this opportunity to remind you that as per the decision rendered by FIFA’s Bureau of the Council on 13 August 2018, in the event the NFF offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF Executive Committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick by Monday, 20 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET) the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening binding obligations of the FIFA Statutes.”

Dalung’s letter to FIFA came on the same day that Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with both Pinnick and the minister to find a solution to the crisis.

Sources told KweséESPN that Osinbajo emphasised to both parties to respect the FIFA Statutes in the administration of football in the country. Giwa was neither invited to, nor present at either meeting.

Nigeria Victor Moses announces international retirement

Chelsea winger Victor Moses stunned the Nigerian football community by announcing his international retirement on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old stated his desire to focus on his club career with his Premier League team, his young family, and encourage the progression of the next generation of Super Eagles players.

“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country,” Moses said in a post on Facebook.

“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagle stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.

“There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them.

“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team. Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”

Moses’ Nigeria debut took a year before it happened, due to a prolonged delay by FIFA in confirming his international switch of allegiance, – having represented England at the youth level – and a late minute withdrawal from a pair of international friendlies in 2011.

However, he did eventually make his Nigeria debut away to Rwanda in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in February 2012, and went on to make 37 appearances, scoring 12 goals for the national team.

He represented the Super Eagles in two FIFA World Cups, and emerged a winner in his solitary Africa Nations Cup in 2013.

France 2018: Falconets fail to break German jinx

NIGERIA’s Under-20 girls, Falconets, battled hard but once more, were unable to break the German jinx as they lost 0-1 to the 2010 and 2014 champions in the opening game of Group D of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Saint Malo Monday

Germany’s Lena Oberdorf (L) vies for the ball with Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie (R) during the Women’s U20 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Germany at the Marville stadium in Saint-Malo, northwestern France, on August 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Stefanie Sanders was gifted acres of space in the six –yard area to slam into the net from a corner kick even after inspired goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had made two consecutive saves. The Falconets, runners-up in 2010 and 2014 and semi finalists in 2012, had their own opportunities to get on the scoresheet but Anam Imo and Peace Efih were somewhat unlucky.

Victory shot the Germans top of the Group D table ahead of the clash between Haiti and China. The Falconets turned out in Nigeria’s new NIKE outfits and fought hard and confidently on the turf of Stade de Marville. Germany pushed hard and relentlessly in the opening half, but could find no breakthrough as a brilliant Nnadozie, with defenders Glory Ogbonna, Oluwakemi Famuditi and Sunday Opeyemi, kept things tight at the rear. Nigeria should have levelled three minutes after the Germans shot ahead, but Peace Efih’s swerving shot rocked the upright with the goalkeeper stranded.

Africa’s Richest Woman Snubs State Prosecutors

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 17: Isabel dos Santos (L) and Sindika Dokolo arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/amfAR/Dave Benett/WireImage for amfAR)

Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos has failed to respond to her summons from state prosecutors to answer questions about alleged financial impropriety during her time as chairperson of Sonangol, the state oil company

According to a report by the Angolan state news agency Angop, dos Santos is allowed to provide reasons for not appearing three times, after which she could be arrested.

In January, Sonangol’s current chairman Carlos Saturnino alleged that an internal audit had revealed a series of dubious financial transactions during dos Santos’ time at the helm, including a $38 million transfer to a company in Dubai shortly after she was officially dismissed from the oil company. Dos Santos has denied any impropriety and has accused Saturnino of trying “to rewrite history.”

Ever since President Joao Lourenço took office in September, dos Santos, who accumulated a multi-billion dollar fortune by leveraging on her father’s influence to acquire stakes in flourishing Angolan companies for pennies on the dollar, has seen a reversal of fortune. She was relieved of her position at Sonangol shortly after Lourenço came into power. Then in March this year, Diamond exploration licenses previously owned by companies linked to her were revoked. She has also been removed from each of the lucrative contracts or positions awarded by her father such as construction awards for the Caculo-Cabaça hydroelectric dam and Corimba Coast Road among other key ventures.

Isabel dos Santos is still Africa’s richest woman with a fortune FORBES estimates at $2.5 billion.

Nature up close: Back to Africa

Two leopard cubs having a slight disagreement while Mom is out hunting.

By “Sunday Morning” contributing videographer Judy Lehmberg.

I’ve been singing John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” for weeks in my head. “I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” Well, actually I do; I’ve got two whole months in South Africa and Kenya — seven weeks in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and then 10 days in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

In the early 1970s my father’s company got a contract to do the infrastructure for South African television. He spent most of those years in South Africa, and even married a South African woman. A little over a year after I graduated from college, he asked me if I would like to come live with them in Johannesburg. Oh my gosh, yes! Just before Christmas of 1975 I found myself quitting a great teaching job and packing for South Africa with all the anticipation of a 12-year-old, except there was one big drawback: I had a boyfriend I really cared about. He didn’t want to get married, but I did. So, I came up with a strategy: See South Africa and make him miss me.

I knew Johannesburg was a big city, but when I got there I somehow expected an elephant to greet me at the airport. That didn’t happen. Instead, the first thing I saw was a Holiday Inn. Disappointing, to say the least. The next day my step-mother, Merlyn, took me to the South African Department of Education in Pretoria, and suddenly I had a teaching job at an all-boys high school in Johannesburg. I had been teaching in the U.S. so that wasn’t new, but the very British school system was. Between the other teachers and my students I figured out what was expected of me and had a great time teaching biology to a bunch of very sweet, very polite boys. They were also very naïve, because they had never seen TV. They were all white. Apartheid was still in effect then, and schools weren’t free, either financially or socially. I don’t remember exactly how it came up, but one day I alluded to the lack of black students at the school and asked the kids how black students got an education. (I knew the answer – I was working on their awareness of the effects of apartheid.) I was really shocked when they began asking me questions. They were surprised I had taught black students. What were they like? Could they learn anything?

That day was a real education for both my students and myself. It wasn’t just that they had been taught that black people were second-class citizens; it was almost as if the whites considered them something other than human. Brainwashing is a scary thing, especially when you are surrounded by it.

During apartheid it was illegal for a black person to marry a white person, for black people to live in certain places, or even to be in those places if they didn’t have a job there. There were buses, restaurants and schools for whites only.

I didn’t last long at that school. I loved the students but I hated the inequity. I got a job doing quality control for a subsidiary of Clorox bleach. I worked in a lab in the basement and very rarely saw anyone other than my boss and a black man who brought us tea five times a day. When he came in we talked about everything – the weather, his family, how long he had to travel to work every day. One day he said, “Madam, why do you talk to me?” I was taken aback by not only the question but by the “madam” part. I was 22 years old, and he was at least twice my age. I tried to answer him, but I’m sure I said something stupid like, “Why not?”

In June of 1976 my boyfriend decided he did really miss me and came to visit. We traveled South Africa from Cape Town to Kruger and got to see all of the animals I had been hoping to see: elephants, rhino, zebra, giraffes, impala, colorful birds. Then we left for a couple of weeks in Kenya and Tanzania, saw more wonderful mammals and colorful birds, and returned to the U.S.

I’ve been back to South Africa six times since then. Apartheid ended a good while ago, and while South Africa still has problems, the civil war everyone in 1976 was predicting would happen didn’t. Instead, against all odds, Nelson Mandela became president and even white South Africans loved him. It is a beautiful country that my boyfriend (now my husband of over 40 years) will continue to visit as long as we can.

I invite you to come along with us on this trip and experience the nicest people and a wonderful diversity of animals. It is going to be an epic adventure full of elephants, rhinos, hippos, lions, leopards, you name it.

Below is a sample of what to expect:

This cub’s aunt is exhibiting a little discipline.

Inside the British company that’s designed more than a third of the world’s cash

One of De La Rue’s designs commemorated the birthday of the late South African president Nelson Mandela

CBS News

In the U.S., the government prints stamps, paper money and passports, but that’s not the case for much of the rest of the world. Many nations have these items created by a single private firm based just outside London. CBS News’ Roxana Saberi goes inside De La Rue, a company that’s been in business for more than two centuries and is known for offering clients both style and security.

Some of De La Rue’s designs include the Fijian dollar and the Seychellois rupee

CBS News

Big Ben turns to gold and turtles take a ride in wallets when designers at British company De La Rue transform ideas into money.

“Beneath the pretty designs is a piece of national infrastructure. Economies rest on banknotes,” De La Rue creative director Julian Payne told CBS News’ Roxana Saberi.

De La Rue has designed more than a third of the world’s bills, from the U.K.’s sterling to the Seychelles’ rupee and the Fijian dollar. While most Americans use credit cards, 30 percent of the world’s adults don’t even have a bank account

“You have to understand how people use their money. This is an example of how some people fold money in sub-Saharan Africa, and then it’s stored interesting places as well. So they’ll store it in clothes, in their underwear, in their shoes,” Payne said.

Meaning it has to be durable. It also has to be complex enough to stay a step ahead of counterfeiters. As Payne put it, their job is to make the money “uneconomic to copy.”

The company’s own team of hackers tries to copy the designs which often involve sophisticated security details like holograms and ultra violet imaging. Head designer Steve Pond said balancing security with durability and design isn’t easy.

“You’re trying to pack a lot of stuff into a very small space. You’re trying to be technically competent, you’re trying to be innovative….It challenges you. you’re only as good as your last jobs,” Pond said.

De La Rue also tries to address what’s happening in that country. They reflected the low-lying Maldives’ concerns about the environment by featuring a turtle in their design and helped commemorate the 100th birthday of the late Nelson Mandela.

“Every country has their heroes and wants them portrayed in a way that is respectful. In a way that also symbolizes and summarizes in a simple way that people can just get,” Payne said.

Sometimes though, people just want to forget and move on. When Saddam Hussein fell in 2003, De La Rue drew up new Iraqi bills without his image. They designed and printed new bills for the country in record time.

The company also marked the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with a limited edition bill to raise money for charity. And when designs like these come together, Pond says, the payoff is priceless.

“As a designer of bank notes, you get to see people holding your art every day,” Pond said. “You know it’s a fantastic thing.”