FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly Kano Pillars, have lost 71 to 65 points to hosts, Al-ahly Sporting Club in the 2016 FIBA semi-final played on Thursday at the Al-ahly arena in Cairo.

The Nigerian champions who had started off well, would not be playing in the finals of the Champions Cup currently holding in Egypt.

Al-ahly won the first quarter 15 to 13 points but kano pillars fought back to take the second quarter 21 to 19 points.

But the Egyptians took the game beyond Kano pillars as they triumphed 20 to 17 points in the third quarter and 17 to 14 points in the final quarter.

Abubakar Usman was Kano pillars star player of the match with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bronze Medal Match

The Nigerian team would however play Association Sportive De Sale of Morocco in the bronze medal match of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup, after both lost their semi-final matches to Egyptian and Angolan opposition.

In the championship decider, hosts Al-alhy of Egypt, would face Recreativo Do Libolo of Angola.

China-Africa Cooperation Forum Endorses Plan Of Action

China-Africa CooperationThe Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has ended in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the leaders present endorsing the declaration called ‘the Johannesburg plan of action’.

The plan will further deepen trade relations between African countries and China, with the Chinese government pledging huge investments in the agriculture sector, empowering local farmers.

The Johannesburg plan of action comprises a cooperation partnership addressing three key priority areas; inadequate infrastructure, inadequate skilled personnel and inadequate funding for identifiable projects.

The 10-point plan that goes with it includes the China Africa industrialisation plan, agricultural modernisation plan, infrastructure development plan and the green development plan.

It also includes a trade and investment plan, peace and security cooperation plan, skills transfer and training, amongst others.

According to Chinese President, Xi Jinping, all the plans have been crafted to ensure a win-win partnership based on equality.

Asides both sides seeking and expanding converging interests, they also committed to going for open and inclusive multilateral cooperation, capacity building and to reject trade protectionism.

On the sidelines of the forum, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, held bilateral talks with the leaders of Angola and Guinea Bissau.

At the closed door session, President Buhari said he was satisfied with the outcome of the forum while pledging Nigeria’s commitment to Africa’s development.

At the meeting with the Angolan President, Jose dos Santos, both leaders stressed the need for a new consensus among oil producing nations on the current level of oil price, as a way of boosting price.

Both countries reached an agreement to cooperate and also reach out to other oil producing countries in an effort to shore up the dwindling price of oil in the global market.

This understanding was struck when Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and his Angolan counterpart, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, met on the sidelines of the Summit of FOCAC.

Will having talks with the President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Bavz, President Buhari said he decided to enlist the assistance of a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to mediate in the political crisis in Guinea Bissau because of his wide political and military experience.

President Buhari also said he had considered the former President’s strong commitment to the unity of Nigeria and Africa before choosing him.

China had at the forum promised massive investment in agriculture, especially in the rural areas to boost food security and employment.