Nigeria Miss Out On Olympics As Faleye Wastes Great Chance

 

Nigeria missed out on a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games football tournament when they were held 0-0 by South Africa in Cairo on Friday.

Unmarked Sunday Faleye wasted a great chance to snatch victory for the Nigerians in the final minute by heading across wide when a goal seems inevitable.

Ivory Coast edged Zambia 1-0 through a goal from center-back Kouadio-Yves Dabila in the other Group B match of an eight-nation qualifying competition.

The final group matches were played simultaneously in the Egyptian capital with all four countries in contention for semi-finals places before the kick-offs.

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Ivory Coast (six points) topped the final standings followed by South Africa (five) and they advanced to the semi-finals next Tuesday while Nigeria (four) and Zambia (one) head home.

Impressive Group A winners Egypt will face South Africa at the penultimate stage followed by the Ivory Coast against Group A runners-up Ghana.

The semi-finals winners are guaranteed places at the Tokyo Olympics while the losers get a second chance in the third-place play-off to fill the third and last African slot.

Egypt have competed at Olympic football tournaments 11 times — a record for an African nation, but have never collected medals.

Ghana will be seeking a seventh appearance, South Africa a third and the Ivory Coast a second at a tournament where Nigeria (1996) and Cameroon (2000) have won gold.

Olympic qualifying is restricted to under-23 footballers, but three ‘over-age’ stars are permitted at the finals.

Football: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Results

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Results of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations matchday one qualifiers on Wednesday:

Group A

At Windhoek

Namibia 2 (Adoassou 66-og, Katjiukua 77) Chad 1 (N’Douassel 68)

Group B

At Blantyre, Malawi

Malawi 1 (Mhango 68) South Sudan 0

At Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso 0 Uganda 0

Group C

At Khartoum

Sudan 4 (Agab 7, Eltetsh 44, Diogo 62-og, El Rasheed 77) Sao Tome e Principe 0

Group D

At Luanda

Angola 1 (Eduardo 3) Gambia 3 (Ceesay 17, 18, Marreh 89)

Group E

At Bangui

Central African Republic 2 (Mabide 5, Mafouta 90+2) Burundi 0

Group F

At Yaounde

Cameroon 0 Cape Verde 0

Group I

At Bissau

Guinea-Bissau 3 (Jorginho 40, Piqueti 45, Mario 73) eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 0

At Thies, Senegal

Senegal 2 (Sarr 26, Diallo 28) Congo Brazzaville 0

Group L

At Uyo, Nigeria

Nigeria 2 (Osimhen 45-pen, Kalu 62) Benin 1 (Sessegnon 5)

At Freetown

Sierra Leone 1 (Quee 72) Lesotho 1 (Thabantso 90)

Playing Thursday (all kick-off times GMT)

Egypt v Kenya, Mozambique v Rwanda, Togo v Comoros (all 1600), Democratic Republic of Congo v Gabon, Algeria (holders) v Zambia, Ghana v South Africa, Mali v Guinea (all 1900)

Friday

Tanzania v Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe v Botswana (both 1600), Morocco v Mauritania, Tunisia v Libya (both 1900)

Saturday

Madagascar v Ethiopia (1300), Ivory Coast v Niger (1900)

One Killed, Five Wounded In Fresh Johannesburg Xenophobic Violence

A partially destroyed shop is seen in Johannesburg’s Malvern suburb, on September 09, 2019, after South Africa’s financial capital was hit by a new wave of night violence. At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday, police said, after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence. PHOTO: Michele Spatari / AFP

At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday, police said, after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence.

South Africa’s biggest city and other areas were hit by a surge of attacks against businesses owned by migrants in the last week, leaving at least 10 people dead and prompting protests from several African countries.

Riot police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets on Sunday to break up crowds targeting shops in the city’s Central Business District (CBD), police said.

“We can confirm one person was reported dead,” police spokesperson Xlolani Fihla told AFP. “We can’t confirm the cause of death.”

Five more people were reported injured, Captain Kay Makhubele, a national police force official, told eNCA news.

Police later said on Twitter the CBD, Jeppestown and Hillbrow neighbourhoods were under control.

South Africa is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. But others come from South Asia and Nigeria looking for work in the continent’s second-largest economy.

The recent violence soured ties between South Africa and Nigeria, which summoned Pretoria’s envoy and boycotted an economic summit in Cape Town in protest.

Officials said several Nigerian businesses were attacked and burned down, though they said no Nigerians were killed.

Foreign workers often face anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled industries.

In 2008, xenophobic attacks left 62 people dead, while in 2015, seven were killed in attacks in Johannesburg and Durban.

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South African President Calls Mugabe A ‘Champion’ Against Colonialism

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday mourned the death of Zimbabwe’s former president and remembered him as a “champion of Africa’s cause against colonialism”.

“Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.

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Mixed CAF Champions League Fortunes For Nigerian Clubs

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Enyimba triumphed and Kano Pillars were eliminated Sunday as Nigerian clubs experienced mixed fortunes in CAF Champions League preliminary round second legs.

Forced to play behind closed doors because the competition organisers were dissatisfied with some renovations to their stadium, Enyimba crushed Rahimo of Burkina Faso 5-0 in southeastern city Aba.

Enyimba qualified 5-1 on aggregate and face Al Hilal of Sudan next month for a place in the group phase, where prize money kicks in.

Reuben Bala and Stanley Dimgba bagged braces for Enyimba, the only Nigerian club to win the Champions League, and one of only four teams to achieve back-to-back titles.

Early and late goals gave Asante Kotoko of Ghana a 2-0 victory over Kano Pillars, a 4-3 overall win and a last-32 showdown with fellow former African champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.

Kelvin Andoh netted for the Kumasi outfit after just three minutes and the Porcupine Warriors struck again 10 minutes from time when Emmanuel Gyamfi completed a brilliantly executed move.

Highly ambitious Simba of Tanzania were shock preliminary round casualties, losing on away goals to UD Songo of Mozambique after a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam.

Luis Miquissone gave Songo an early lead they retained until three minutes from time when Tanzanian international Erasto Nyoni levelled from a penalty.

CAF Champions League results

CAF Champions League preliminary round, second leg results on Sunday:

Horoya (GUI) 1 (Nikiema 23) Stade Malien (MLI) 0

Horoya win 2-1 on aggregate

ASC Kara (TOG) 1 (Nane 82) Buffles Borgou (BEN) 0

Kara win 2-1 on aggregate

V Club (COD) 1 (Mumuni 54) UMS Loum (CMR) 0

V Club win 1-0 on aggregate

Al Hilal (SUD) 0 Rayon Sports (RWA) 0

Aggregate: 1-1, Hilal win on away goals

Enyimba (NGR) 5 (Bala 32, 86, Okorom 47, Dimgba 79, 89) Rahimo (BUR) 0

Enyimba win 5-1 on aggregate

USM Alger (ALG) 3 (Mahious 26, Ellafi 35-pen, Ardji 65) Sonidep (NIG) 1 (Kheiraoui 62-og)

USM win 5-2 on aggregate

Gor Mahia (KEN) 5 (Kamana 5-og, Kipkirui 16, 38, Ambudo 64, Omondi 66) Aigle Noir Makamba (BDI) 1 (Gasongo 74)

Gor win 5-1 on aggregate

Mekelle (ETH) 1 (Gebremichael 13) Cano Sport Academy (GEQ) 1 (Naone 40)

Cano win 3-2 on aggregate

Asante Kotoko (GHA) 2 (Andoh 3, Gyamfi 80) Kano Pillars (NGR) 0

Kotoko win 4-3 on aggregate

Petro Atletico (ANG) 2 (Isaac 37, Benvindo 82) Matlama (LES) 0

Petro win 4-0 on aggregate

Nouadhibou (MTN) 1 (Gaye 70-pen) SO Armee (CIV) 0

Nouadhibou win 1-0 on aggregate

Elect-Sport (CHA) 2 (Gamninga 53, Bechir 62) Cercle Mberi Sportif (GAB) 0

Elect win 2-0 on aggregate

Simba (TAN) 1 (Nyoni 87-pen) UD Songo (MOZ) 1 (Miquissone 12)

Aggregate: 1-1, Songo win on away goals

Pamplemousses (MRI) 1 (Razah 11) Fosa Juniors (MAD) 1 (Andriamamonjy 66)

Fosa win 2-1 on aggregate

Al Nasr (LBA) 3 (Al Mehdi (2), Balaam) Tempete Mocaf (CAR) 1

Nasr win 3-2 on aggregate

Note: match moved from Benghazi to Cairo for security reasons

Played Saturday

Raja Casablanca (MAR) 4 (Rahimi 15, Nanah 48, 76, Moutaouali 51) Brikama Utd (GAM) 0

Raja win 7-3 on aggregate

Al Merrikh (SUD) 3 (Abdelgadir 44, 74, Ibrahim 56) JS Kabylie (ALG) 2 (Saadou 79, Addadi 84-pen)

Aggregate: 3-3, Kabylie win on away goals

Zamalek (EGY) 6 (Mohamed 25, 52, Shikabala 66, 73, Alaa 78-pen, Abdel-Aziz 85) Dekedaha (SOM) 0

Zamalek win 13-0 on aggregate

Generation Foot (SEN) 3 (Gueye 16, Bayo 57, Diagne 83) LPRC Oilers (LBR) 0

Generation win 3-1 on aggregate

Etoile Sahel (TUN) 7 (Ben Ouannes 38-pen, Aribi 47, 52, 55, 85, Belarbi 51-pen, 62) Hafia (GUI) 1

Etoile win 8-3 on aggregate

Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) 4 (Sirino 14, 34, Lebusa 24, Zwane 39) AS Otoho (CGO) 0

Sundowns win 5-2 on aggregate

Zesco Utd (ZAM) 1 (Were 14) Green Mamba (SWZ) 0

Zesco win 3-0 on aggregate

Township Rollers (BOT) 0 Young Africans (TAN) 1 (Balinya 40)

Africans win 2-1 on aggregate

Platinum (ZIM) 3 (Chafa 4-pen, Tigere 36, Chikwende 81) Nyasa Big Bullets (MAW) 2 (Banda 29, Phiri 79)

Platinum win 3-2 on aggregate

Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 2 (Mabululo 34, 68-pen) KMKM (ZAN) 0

Primeiro win 4-0 on aggregate

Orlando Pirates (RSA) 1 (Jele 60) Green Eagles (ZAM) 1 (Shamende 61)

Eagles win 2-1 on aggregate

Friday

Al Ahly (EGY) 9 (S. Mohsen 6, 40, El Shahat 19, 46, 62, A. Fathy 45, H. Fathy 55, 67, Selim 81-og) Atlabara (SSD) 0

Ahly win 13-0 on aggregate

Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) 2 (Kizza 81, Okello 89) African Stars (NAM) 0

Kampala win 4-3 on aggregate

Cote d’Or (SEY) 1 (Kizito 90) Fomboni (COM) 1 (Mouhtare 87)

Aggregate: 3-3, Cote win on away goals

Byes: Esperance (TUN, holders), Wydad Casablanca (MAR), TP Mazembe (COD).

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa Rebuked For Misleading Parliament

File: Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

South Africa’s ethics watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa misled parliament last year over a 500,000-rand ($36,000, 32,000-euro) donation to his campaign fund from a company facing extensive corruption allegations.

Analysts said the damning report by the country’s ombudswoman, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, could boost Ramaphosa’s opponents within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, which is riven by in-fighting.

Mkhwebane determined that the president had given parliament “erroneous” information when responding to an opposition question over the October 2017 donation.

Ramaphosa initially told lawmakers that the payment was to his son Andile for consultancy work for Bosasa, now known as African Global Operations (AGO).

But Ramaphosa later said it was a donation towards his campaign to become ANC party leader — a hard-fought battle in which he beat ex-president Jacob Zuma’s chosen candidate.

Ramaphosa reacted strongly to the report, saying in a statement that it was “unfortunate” that Mkhwebane had not “given due consideration” to his explanation that he did not know about the donation.

Ramaphosa “reaffirms his determination and commitment to fight all forms of corruption” and that “no person regardless of the position they hold is above law”, the statement said.

He has promised to return the funds.

In the report released on Friday, Mkhwebane said that despite Ramaphosa correcting himself “he indeed misled parliament”.

“He should have allowed himself sufficient time to research on a well-informed response,” she said.

After taking over when graft-tainted Zuma was ousted in 2018, Ramaphosa led the ANC to victory in May elections, staking his reputation on fighting corruption.

‘Damaging’ criticism

The findings against the president were “more damaging than expected”, said Darias Jonker of the London-based Eurasia risk consultancy.

The ANC is bitterly split between Zuma supporters and those backing Ramaphosa, who took the helm after Zuma became entangled in graft scandals.

“This report will add to the (pro-Zuma) faction’s plans to neutralize and remove Ramaphosa, as they are threatened by his anti-corruption campaign,” Jonker said.

But he ruled out Ramaphosa facing criminal charges or removal by parliament “in the short-term”.

Mkhwebane is the Public Protector, a powerful watchdog in South Africa who should be politically independent, although critics accuse her of being a Zuma loyalist.

Zuma on Friday withdrew from testifying to an inquiry into corruption during his rule, complaining of bias, though he may return at a later date.

In the corruption scandal popularly referred to as “state capture”, he is alleged to have overseen mass looting of public assets during his nine-year tenure.

Mkhwebane added that the funds for Ramaphosa’s campaign were moved from one account to another, raising suspicion of “money-laundering”.

She asked the country’s prosecution authority to investigate and also gave the speaker of parliament 30 days to demand Ramaphosa divulge publicly all the donations he received towards his campaign.

Ramaphosa’s office said he would study the report in detail and decide on any further action.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party, which first raised questions about the donation to Ramaphosa, called for lawmakers to take decisive action.

“It is time that parliament regain its teeth so that no individual who rises to the office of president will ever be able to abuse that power,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters.

He demanded that Ramaphosa appear before a special parliamentary committee, saying “what is clear is that this matter runs much deeper than initially thought.”

South African Court Acquits Zuma’s Son Over Car Crash

South Africa Police Launch Manhunt For Killers Of Nigerian

 

A South African court on Friday acquitted Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, of manslaughter charges over a fatal late-night car crash in 2014.

Duduzane, 35, had pleaded not guilty at a magistrates’ court in Johannesburg to causing the death of Phumzile Dube after his Porsche hit a minibus.

One woman died in the crash, three others were injured and another passenger died in hospital weeks later.

Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase said the state had failed to prove the manslaughter charges beyond reasonable doubt.

“The accused is found not guilty,” he said.

“None of the evidence presented established that there was anything that a reasonable man in the position of the accused, on that night would have foreseen.”

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Zuma had testified that his car had spun out of control after hitting a pool of water.

Amid tight security, former president Zuma was at the court to support his son, as well as Duduzane’s twin sister Duduzile.

“The court assessed the situation well and the court’s decision has made me happy,” Jacob Zuma told reporters after the ruling.

Zuma, 76, was forced to resign in February 2018 over corruption allegations centred around the Gupta business family, who reportedly held such sway that they picked cabinet ministers.

Duduzane was previously employed by the Guptas.

Jacob Zuma, who has five wives and at least 20 children, has been charged with 16 counts of graft linked to an arms deal from before he became president.

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Father Kills Son Outside School In S.Africa Gun Tragedy

File photo of a South African police van.

 

In a freak accident, a man shot dead his 14-year-old son outside his school in South Africa where he had been waiting to collect him after classes, police said on Wednesday.

Police have arrested the 50-year-old father, who is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

The man had dropped off his son for evening classes on Tuesday and decided to wait for him outside the high school south of Johannesburg.

He sat in his car, locked the doors and waited inside the vehicle, but then fell asleep.

When the son returned he knocked on the passenger window to alert his father that he was back.

“The father who was asleep in the car with his firearm on him got scared by the knocking of his son, he pulled out his firearm and shot towards the direction of the person who was knocking,” police spokesman Mpande Khoza said in a statement.

“He then realised that it was his son after he had fired the shot,” he said, adding the boy died as he was being taken to the hospital.

The school had to postpone examinations that were due to take place on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in Ennerdale, a gang-infested township south of Johannesburg.

Violent crime is notoriously common in South Africa, with armed robbery, rape, carjacking and muggings among the biggest threats.

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Nigerian Dies In Johannesburg After ‘Jumping Off’ Building

 

A 36-year-old Nigerian man has jumped to his death from his apartment on the ninth floor of a building in Johannesburg, allegedly in an attempt to avoid arrest.

There are still conflicting accounts about the events that led to the invitation of the police to Christopher Omoike’s apartment but his flatmate, a Nigerian man, and his girlfriend said he was trying to avoid arrest following an alleged violent attack on a Nigerian lady who has a child for him.

The Nigerian Consul-General, Godwin Adama, visited the scene of the incident which occurred on Sunday on the invitation of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

“We were told that the previous night, he (Omoike) had been very worried because he was having challenges with the (Nigerian) lady that had a baby for him and seized her phone,” Mr Adama said.

He added that Omoike reportedly beat the lady up later that night in a struggle over the phone, injuring her.

“On the basis of this, the roommate, Oscar, as part of his testimony, took her to the police station to make a report about the fact that she was battered… and based on this, the police were invited,” Mr Adama continued.

Omoike’s South African girlfriend who was with him that night said the 36-year-old told her that if the police came to arrest him, he would kill himself.

An investigation is, however, ongoing into the incident.

“The police told me that the most important thing is to establish the fact,” Mr Adama said, adding that the police denied doing anything to Omoike when they got to his location.

An autopsy would be carried out by the police to ascertain the cause of death.

“After the autopsy, the Independent Investigative Police Directorate will hand over the case to other police investigators,” Mr Adama said.

South Africa’s Main Airport Evacuated Over Bomb Scare

 

Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo airport, Africa’s largest, was evacuated on Monday and passengers forced to wait for two hours to return after South African officials identified a suspect bag.

Images of the deserted terminal were posted to social media while other photographs showed crowds of passengers waiting on roadways for the all-clear to return inside.

The airport’s international arrivals hall was evacuated around 0915 GMT after the errant baggage was spotted and airport users were unable to re-enter until after 1115 GMT, airport spokeswoman Leigh Gunkel-Keuler told AFP.

“To ensure the safety of passengers and customers in the airport terminal building, people were evacuated from the area,” she added in a statement.

“(The police service) has now provided airport management with the assurance that passengers and customers can now return to the airport terminal building.”

The incident caused delays to several flights although the airport had largely returned to normal operation, she added.

“We apologise to clients, passengers, retail concessionaires and all other stakeholders for the inconvenience and ask that they plan accordingly.”

More than 20.6 million passengers use the airport every year and 41 airlines serve the facility according to its operator, Airports Company South Africa.

AFP

South Africa Foils ‘Coup Plot’

The South African Police say they have arrested a suspected “Coup Plotter” for planning to assassinate nearly 19 people, including government ministers, officials of state-owned firms and prominent citizens.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday following undercover operations in the capital, Pretoria, and the main Commercial City, Johannesburg.

The suspect, a founding member of the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance (ASCDSA), was arrested while trying to explain to donors how the assassination of state capture beneficiaries was going to be carried out by the undercover coup plot snipers.

Gauteng Tournament: A Learning Experience For The Team – Eguavoen

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Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen

Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has said he is confident that the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng Cup tournament will serve as a learning experience for the team.

Eguavoen led the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All-Stars Under-17 team to a Silver Medal at the Future Champions Gaunteng international tournament in Johannesburg.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Johannesburg, Eguavoen said the team deserves commendation as they got to know each other within nine days in camp.

Meanwhile, the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, said the football house will continue to work towards building a functional youth system in the country’s domestic leagues clubs.

He also said the NPFL U-17 All-Stars have shown they can compete among the best finishing in second place among top teams in Europe, Asia and Africa.