Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan signs for Turkey’s Kayserispor

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan (second from left) signing his contract with Kayserispor
Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan signs for Kayserispor who were 15th in the Turkish League last season.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has signed a two-year deal with Turkish club Kayserispor.

He joins from the Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, who had loaned him to Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates last season.

The 31-year-old ends a five-year absence from Europe after he left English club Sunderland in 2012.

Kayserispor have finished just one place above the relegation zone in the Turkish top flight for the last two seasons.

Source : BBC Africa

Robin Thicke headlines oil tycoon heir’s £5m wedding at Churchill’s Blenheim Palace

The lavish event celebrated the marriage of the son of a Nigerian billionaire and his Iranian-born wife

Sir Winston Churchill’s ancestral home was adorned with a million white roses as part of a wedding estimated to have cost £5 million.

Folarin Alakija, the son of a Nigerian oil tycoon, married Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar, a model, at Blenheim Palace. The event included a 12ft wedding cake and a performance by the pop star Robin Thicke.

Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar and Folarin Alakija

The groom’s mother, Folorunsho Alakija, 66, has an estimated fortune of £1.6 billion and has been ranked as the 14th richest person in Africa by Forbes. She was placed 80th on the global Power Women list and in 2014 overtook Oprah Winfrey, the American chat show host, as the richest woman of African descent.

Wedding pictures were circulated on social media at the weekend, showing the couple sharing…

Source : The Times

Côte d’Ivoire : l’affaire de trop pour Guillaume Soro ?

Après la découverte d’une cache d’armes chez l’un de ses proches, Guillaume Soro se retrouve une nouvelle fois dans la tourmente. Face aux soupçons, l’entourage du président de l’Assemblée nationale dénonce une manipulation orchestrée par ses rivaux.

Le président a enfin demandé à le voir ! Ce mardi 16 mai, cela fait plusieurs jours que Guillaume Soro n’a pas rencontré Alassane Dramane Ouattara (ADO). En janvier, lors du soulèvement d’anciens rebelles intégrés à l’armée, il avait été étroitement associé aux négociations. Rien de tel cette fois-ci. Alors que, quatre jours durant, le pouvoir a une nouvelle fois été défié par des mutins déterminés, le président de l’Assemblée nationale n’a pas été consulté. « Il a été mis de côté, tout a été piloté par Amadou Gon Coulibaly depuis la primature », explique un visiteur régulier du palais présidentiel.

Il est près de 20 heures lorsque Guillaume Soro arrive à la résidence du chef de l’État. L’ancien chef de la rébellion des Forces nouvelles (FN) sait qu’il est au centre des rumeurs. Deux jours plus tôt, un important stock d’armes a été retrouvé à Bouaké, dans une maison appartenant à son directeur du protocole, qui, depuis, a été entendu à plusieurs reprises par la brigade de recherche de la gendarmerie du Plateau (Abidjan).

Guillaume Soro derrière les mutineries ?

La discussion entre les deux hommes est tendue. « Les chefs militaires avaient affirmé au président qu’ils avaient dû céder face aux mutins à cause de cette cache d’armes. Selon eux, cela expliquait toute leur déconvenue militaire », rapporte un proche de Guillaume Soro. « En réalité, ils se cachent derrière cette affaire. Ils tentent de faire oublier leur débâcle ! » s’agace-t-il. Pourtant, il semble bien que cet approvisionnement inespéré, pour des mutins arrivés à court de munitions et sous la menace d’une intervention du Groupement de sécurité du président de la République (GSPR), a été décisif.

À quoi devaient servir ces armes de guerre ? À un coup d’État ? En tout cas, ce n’était pas pour tirer des pigeons !

Pendant de longues minutes, l’ancien chef rebelle tente d’imposer sa version et assure que les armes étaient stockées là depuis la crise postélectorale de 2011. Cela ne suffit pas à convaincre le chef de l’État. Depuis le début de l’année, une partie de l’entourage d’Alassane Ouattara est persuadé que Guillaume Soro est derrière les mutineries. « Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu », explique un dirigeant du Rassemblement des républicains (RDR), le parti présidentiel.

Pacte d’entraide

« Il est légitime de se demander pourquoi son nom revient toujours lorsqu’il y a de sombres affaires. À quoi devaient servir ces armes de guerre ? À un coup d’État ? En tout cas, ce n’était pas pour tirer des pigeons ! » dénonce-t-il. « De part et d’autre, il y a beaucoup d’intox », met en garde un habitué du palais présidentiel. Mais, « pour Alassane Ouattara, cette cache d’armes a été la goutte d’eau de trop », témoigne-t-il.

J’ai toujours démontré ma loyauté envers le président Alassane Ouattara

Dans l’interview exclusive qu’il a accordée à Jeune Afrique, Guillaume Soro assure au contraire que ses relations avec le chef de l’État sont « bonnes ». « Je ne suis pas un homme qui pourrait poignarder dans le dos. J’ai toujours démontré ma loyauté envers le président Alassane Ouattara », s’est-il défendu ces derniers jours. Entre les deux hommes, l’alliance remonte au début des années 2000. « Ils ont été présentés l’un à l’autre par Téné Birahima Ouattara, le frère d’Alassane », raconte un de ses amis les plus proches. « Je crois que le président a apprécié son courage et sa fougue. De son côté, Guillaume admirait son élégance et son intelligence. Ils se complétaient bien. »

Ouattara estime qu’il n’est plus aussi indispensable qu’avant

Jusqu’ici, le pacte d’entraide ne s’est jamais démenti. Lorsque, en novembre 2015, le nom de Soro apparaît dans l’affaire des écoutes téléphoniques au Burkina Faso, Alassane Ouattara le soutient. Un mois plus tard, quand, à Paris, il se retrouve sous le coup d’un mandat d’amener après une plainte déposée en 2012 par Michel Gbagbo, le président lui envoie son avion personnel pour qu’il puisse regagner Abidjan sans être auditionné.

Un homme qui divise

Peu à peu, ces derniers mois, le président de l’Assemblée nationale a pourtant été marginalisé. Avec l’avènement de la IIIe République, il a perdu sa place de dauphin constitutionnel et n’est plus que quatrième dans l’ordre protocolaire, derrière le vice-président et le Premier ministre. À la tête de l’armée, l’un de ses proches, Soumaïla Bakayoko, l’ancien chef d’état-major des Forces nouvelles, a été limogé en janvier. « Ouattara estime qu’il n’est plus aussi indispensable qu’avant », analyse un observateur basé à Abidjan. « Certains comzones ne lui sont plus si fidèles. Soro a-t-il encore vraiment la main sur les anciennes troupes rebelles ? » s’interroge-t-il, rappelant que les mutins, s’estimant oubliés, se sont mis progressivement à fustiger leurs anciens chefs.

Beaucoup continuent pourtant à se méfier de son ambition. Ses détracteurs le dépeignent comme un homme sans scrupule, prêt à user de tous les moyens pour parvenir à ses fins. « Il faut se rappeler de sa rivalité avec Ibrahim Coulibaly et de la lutte féroce qu’ils se sont livrée au sein de la rébellion », rappelle l’un d’entre eux. Pour ses soutiens, il est au contraire « le meilleur de sa génération ».

« C’est un homme très intelligent, impressionnant même », reconnaît un diplomate en poste à Abidjan. Lorsqu’il prend la tête de la puissante Fédération estudiantine et scolaire de Côte d’Ivoire (Fesci), en 1995, Soro étonne par son charisme. « Nous succombions devant le charme de ce gamin exalté, drôle et téméraire », se souvient un de ses amis de l’époque. Ce jeune militant ancré à gauche est alors surnommé « Le Che ». « La grammaire de Laurent Gbagbo est notre langue, et Guillaume la parle parfaitement », analyse un ancien camarade.

Insaisissable et incontournable

Soro est devenu proche du leader socialiste, mais la rupture idéologique intervient à la fin des années 1990. « Il n’a pas supporté les discours sur l’ivoirité et les dérives identitaires dans l’entourage de Gbagbo », poursuit son vieux camarade. En 1998, Guillaume Soro part pour la France, où il vit plusieurs mois sans papiers. Le jour, il se fait discret ; la nuit, il refait le monde au sous-sol de Chez Georges, un bistrot de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Un apprentissage de la clandestinité qui lui sera précieux par la suite.

Car, en 2000, Laurent Gbagbo devient président. Et très vite Soro cherche un moyen de le renverser. Avec la bienveillance du président burkinabè Blaise Compaoré, il s’installe dans une maison modeste de Ouagadougou, où, en toute discrétion, il met sur pied une rébellion. En 2002, les Forces nouvelles tentent un coup d’État à Abidjan, mais l’opération échoue. Recherché par les forces de Gbagbo, Soro quitte le pays déguisé en femme.

Quelques jours plus tard, l’ancien leader syndical se dévoile. « Quand j’ai vu que c’était lui à la tête de la rébellion, je suis tombé de ma chaise ! C’est un homme insaisissable », témoigne l’un de ses plus proches amis. Quand les FN prennent le contrôle de la moitié nord du pays, Guillaume Soro devient incontournable. En 2007, en vertu des accords de Ouagadougou, son adversaire Laurent Gbagbo – qu’il appelait « Papa » lorsqu’il était jeune – le nomme Premier ministre. En 2010, face au refus de Gbagbo de reconnaître sa défaite à l’élection présidentielle, les Forces nouvelles marchent sur Abidjan et aident Alassane Ouattara à s’installer au pouvoir.

House of Cards

Élevé par un père ayant milité au Parti démocratique de Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), se revendiquant de gauche et aujourd’hui encarté au RDR, Guillaume Soro reste inclassable. Grand amateur de séries politiques – il dévore House of Cards –, il aime brouiller les pistes. Proche d’Henri Konan Bédié, le président du PDCI, avec qui il aime fumer le cigare, il garde quelques relations au Front populaire ivoirien (FPI), fondé par Laurent Gbagbo. En 2016, son accolade avec Michel Gbagbo, le fils de l’ancien président, a ainsi défrayé la chronique.

Depuis plusieurs années, il a aussi mis sur pied des dizaines de « teams GKS » – pour « Guillaume Kigbafori Soro » –, afin de mailler le territoire. Animés par des jeunes, ces « fan-clubs » sont très actifs, notamment sur les réseaux sociaux. « Guillaume Soro est un électron libre », estime un observateur.

Rêve présidentiel

Une liberté que lui confère son poste de président de l’Assemblée nationale. « Lorsque tu es Premier ministre ou vice-président, tu dois en permanence en référer au chef de l’État. Même pour une rencontre ou un déplacement, il faut son autorisation. Ce n’était pas pour nous », explique un membre de son cabinet. Car depuis son arrivée au perchoir, en 2012 – il y a été réélu en 2017 –, Guillaume Soro voyage beaucoup. À Paris, au Maroc et en Égypte ces dernières semaines, il soigne ses relations, en particulier sur le continent.

La vie de Guillaume n’a été qu’une succession de combats, nous sommes prêts à parer à tous les coups

Proche de longue date du président togolais Faure Gnassingbé ou du Congolais Denis Sassou Nguesso, il fréquente également Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, le fils du président équato-guinéen. En Afrique de l’Ouest, seules ses relations avec le chef de l’État burkinabè, Marc Roch Christian Kaboré, ne sont pas bonnes.

« La vérité, c’est qu’on leur fait peur ! » considère un proche de Soro, assurant être la cible d’un « complot » fomenté par le « clan de Korhogo » – la ville d’où est originaire Amadou Gon Coulibaly. Alors que c’est maintenant le Premier ministre qui est vu comme le dauphin d’Alassane Ouattara pour la prochaine présidentielle, les rivalités entre les deux camps, mais aussi avec celui du ministre de l’Intérieur, Hamed Bakayoko, sont exacerbées.

« La vie de Guillaume n’a été qu’une succession de combats, nous sommes prêts à parer à tous les coups », poursuit ce proche. Le patron de l’Assemblée nationale s’exprime peu, mais son entourage se charge, sur les réseaux sociaux, de multiplier les attaques contre ses adversaires. Car s’il se garde bien de dévoiler ses ambitions, son rêve présidentiel est un secret de polichinelle. Catholique ayant suivi le petit séminaire dans un Nord majoritairement musulman, Sénoufo de Ferkessédougou marié à Sylvie Tagro, une Bétée du Sud-Ouest, Guillaume Soro se rêve en rassembleur.

Guillaume Soro est un repoussoir. Peu importe le masque qu’il mettra, nous n’oublierons jamais qu’il est l’homme de la rébellion

Dans son équipe, depuis peu, on aime le comparer au nouveau président français, Emmanuel Macron. « Transcender les clivages ? C’est impossible ! Il y a des régions qui ne voteront jamais pour lui », estime pourtant un cadre du PDCI. « Guillaume Soro est un repoussoir. Peu importe le masque qu’il mettra, nous n’oublierons jamais qu’il est l’homme de la rébellion », commente un dirigeant du FPI.

Après avoir échappé à plusieurs attentats – dont celui contre son avion, en 2007, qui a fait plusieurs morts –, Guillaume Soro est persuadé d’avoir un destin. « Alassane Ouattara pense que 2020 est trop tôt pour lui, et que son tour n’est pas encore venu. En 2025, peut-être », confie un proche du pouvoir. Est-il prêt à attendre ? Chef d’une rébellion à l’âge de 30 ans, ministre à 31, Premier ministre à 34 et président de l’Assemblée nationale à 39 ans, Guillaume Soro est un homme pressé.

Source : Jeune Afrique

South Africa: Jacob Zuma ‘plans second home in Dubai’

 

The skyline of Dubai is pictured from the Burj Khalifa (16 May 2017)

South Africa’s embattled president Jacob Zuma has been planning to set up home in Dubai, according to emails published in South African media.

The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controversial Gupta business family.

But the president’s spokesman has dismissed them as an utter fabrication.

Pressure on Mr Zuma has been mounting in recent months because of corruption scandals, cabinet sackings and his handling of the economy.

Senior members of Mr Zuma’s governing ANC tabled a motion of no confidence against him on Sunday at a closed-door meeting of the party’s national executive committee.

But the chairman of the meeting blocked the move because it was not on the official agenda, state-owned broadcaster SABC said.

It is the second time in six months that party rebels have mounted such a challenge and they are thought likely to try again.

Under pressure

The BBC’s Karen Allen in Johannesburg says the ANC now looks like it’s in permanent firefighting mode

Protesters hold signs criticising President Zuma's links to the Gupta family and to Russia in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (04 April 2017)Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe president has been criticised for what are alleged to be his close ties to the influential Gupta business family
Jacob ZumaImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionPresident Jacob Zuma is coming under increasing pressure to step down

Emails between President Zuma’s son Duduzane and figures from a company owned by the controversial Gupta family – who reportedly wield considerable influence over Mr Zuma – include a letter to the Abu Dhabi royal family, our correspondent says.

“I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home,” the president is quoted as saying. “It will be a great honour for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE.”

This opens up questions as to whether this is part of an exit strategy, with Mr Zuma’s party appearing to be turning against him, our correspondent adds.

Protesters in Pretoria (file photo)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionSouth Africa has seen numerous protests to demand Mr Zuma’s resignation

Meanwhile Zuma loyalists will continue their efforts to block any no-confidence motion on technical grounds.

A motion submitted by opposition parties is being pushed through parliament and is now being examined by the constitutional court.

The president’s successor is expected to be selected at a major conference of the ANC’s top brass in December.

Until then the party looks set to limp from crisis to crisis, our correspondent says.

Mr Zuma’s allies say he will remain in office until his term ends in 2019, but evidence of his unpopularity seems to be growing. He was forced to abandon a May Day rally this year after he was booed by workers demanding his resignation.

His ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa are vying to succeed him.

Source: BBC

Raila Odinga chosen to challenge president in Kenya vote

 

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionRaila Odinga will run for the presidency for the fourth time

Kenya’s veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition’s presidential candidate for August’s election.

Mr Odinga, 72, is set to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who beat him in 2013.

This will be the fourth time Mr Odinga runs for president.

He also ran in the disputed 2007 poll. The violence that followed led to the creation of a unity government in which Mr Odinga served as prime minister.

Mr Odinga will represent the National Super Alliance (Nasa), which is a coalition of the country’s main opposition parties including the candidate’s Orange Democratic Movement.


Odinga v Kenyatta round two, Dickens Olewe, BBC Africa

Nasa leaders at the lrally
Image captionThe Nasa coalition’s leaders were presented to the adoring crowd

Raila Odinga’s nomination is not a surprise.

He has performed better than his rivals in opinion polls and has shown that he has wide support beyond his ethnic base in western Kenya.

Going into his fourth election, Mr Odinga is rehashing a strategy used in the 2002 campaign when opposition parties united to defeat Kanu, the party that brought Kenya independence.

The coalition that won that vote did not however survive as former President Mwai Kibaki reneged on a pre-election deal.

To try and avoid this, the Nasa coalition has unveiled a power-sharing structure involving the party leaders.

During Thursday’s rally Mr Odinga called himself “first among equals”.


The announcement was made at a rally at Uhuru Park in the capital, Nairobi.

Thousands of opposition supporters turned up and live video footage from the rally showed them breaking out into wild cheers as Mr Odinga’s name was read out.

His running mate will be former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

In a statement, President Kenyatta described the Nasa nominations as “about giving jobs [to the politicians] instead of the millions of Kenyans who need jobs”.

Supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalitionImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe supporters were ecstatic when Mr Odinga’s name was read out

Mr Odinga is trying to run on an anti-corruption message and is also emphasising that he is the candidate of national unity, says the BBC’s Dickens Olewe.

President Kenyatta says that Kenya has achieved a lot of economic development under his government and he has managed to increase opportunities for the country’s large youthful population.

Source : BBC Africa

South Africa: Can President Zuma survive outcry over sacking?

Protest in Pretoria against President Zuma and his cabinet reshuffle 03/04/2017Image copyrightAFP
Image captionProtests over Finance Minister Pravin Gorhan continue

President Jacob Zuma’s back is against the wall following his sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at midnight on Thursday.

The fallout from his comrades is unprecedented. His deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, came out in public to say the president’s decision to get rid of Mr Gordhan without consultation was “unacceptable”.

While the Secretary-General of the governing African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, said the list of ministers which Mr Zuma presented to the party leadership was compiled “elsewhere”.

A fellow KwaZulu Natal province comrade Zweli Mkhize, who runs the ANC’s treasury, also came out against the president. “I have my reservations on the process followed and the manner in which this cabinet reshuffle was done,” he said in a statement.

But one of the major consequences for President Zuma since his controversial reshuffle is the call by his own allies from the South African Communist Party for him to resign.

And so the domino effect starts. Mr Zuma’s old allies in the trade unions are also considering a call for him to step down.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary-General Bheki Ntshalintshali said “the federation cannot ignore current political developments”.

There is no doubt that the knives are out for President Zuma. The question is whether all the protests and the public outcry will yield any results.

Former South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (centre) and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas (right) 31/03/17Image copyrightAFP
Image captionPravin Gordhan: much respected as finance minister

Mr Ramaphosa, who is not known for his brevity, suddenly came out guns blazing over the weekend.

“The events that are unfolding now, are not events that should make us scared. They are not events that should make us afraid of the future that beckons.”

And then he went further.

“A moment of great renewal is upon us and we should not let it go by. We should grasp this nettle because that moment has arrived,” said the man who helped write the country’s constitution.

“Let us act together in unity! Unite our movement, unite our country around one goal.

“The goal of making South Africa great. The goal of making South Africa corruption-free. The goal of making South Africa a South Africa we can all be proud of – and getting rid of greedy people, corrupt people within our land.”

President Jacob Zuma speaks at a rally after launching a social housing project in Pietermaritzburg 01/04/17Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe president has faced and survived significant challenges in his political career

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the shrewd lawyer was saying here.

This is a clarion call for the people to rise and support him.

But will they?

At a crossroads

We have been here before.

President Zuma’s obituary has been written many times before only for him to rise from the ashes.

Political analyst Dumisane Hlophe told me that Mr Zuma is unlikely to be removed.

“He is not going down any time soon. In fact he may be in pole position. He has consolidated his power where decisions are taken within the party. In the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC).

“The numbers within the NEC are what counts and in there he has considerable support.”

In its 23 years of freedom South Africa, which came with much promise when Nelson Mandela took over as the first black president in a post-apartheid world, finds itself at a crossroads yet again.

The question is whether this time around, the people of Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and Ruth First will cross the Rubicon.

Source : BBC

Kenya doctors end strike after signing government deal

 

Doctor raises stethoscope during protestImage copyrightAP
Image captionDoctors say they need better pay and equipment

Doctors in Kenya have agreed to end a 100-day strike that has paralysed the country’s public health system.

Union officials representing thousands of striking medical workers have signed an agreement with government officials in the capital, Nairobi.

The doctors are to receive increased allowances as negotiations over other issues continue.

The doctors have been demanding higher wages and better working conditions and say more doctors need to be hired.

About 2,500 public health institutions were affected by the strike.

A number of patients are reported to have died from a lack of medical care during the walkout.

“We are grateful that this dark page in the history of our country has come to an end,” Health Minister Cleopa Mailu said at the signing of the deal.

The authorities would do their best to ensure Kenyans “get services quickly”, he added, without giving exact dates on when public health services would be back up and running.

Dr Ouma Oluga, head of the union of medical workers (KPMDU), said: “The strike may be over but the industrial dispute is not yet”.

He reiterated the union’s argument that it was impossible to separate the rights of patients from the rights of doctors.

doctors strikeImage copyrightAP
Image captionDoctors and the government have previously refused to compromise

The return to work agreement will see doctors receive an additional $560 (£460) to $700 a month in allowances.

However a separate agreement, called the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is yet to be discussed.

The CBA could take weeks to conclude as the organisations that actually employ the majority of the doctors – the County Boards of Health – were not involved in drafting the document and they need to study it before the county governors can sign.

Previous attempts to end the strike failed as doctors and the government refused to compromise on their positions.

Last week the government withdrew its offer of a 50% pay rise to the workers.

The jailing of KPMDU union leaders for refusing to honour a court order to call off the strike failed to persuade the doctors to back down.

As well as higher salaries, doctors have been campaigning for improvements to dilapidated public health facilities and want Kenya to address a huge shortage of doctors.

Source: BBC Africa

Nkoulou withdraws from Cameroon duty

Nicolas Nkoulou scores with a header in the 2017 Nations Cup final against Egypt

Nicolas Nkoulou scores with a header in the 2017 Nations Cup final against Egypt

Africa Cup of Nations-winning Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou is taking a break from international football.

The 26-year-old scored in the Nations Cup final with a powerful header, helping his side to beat Egypt 2-1.

Nkoulou has made 74 appearances for the Indomitable Lions and is a former captain of the team.

“After winning the Africa Cup of Nations, I have a sense of having accomplished my duty for country,” he told the Foot Mercato website.

“Since the beginning of my career, defending the colours of my country has always guided my steps. This mission has always constituted a motivating factor and one of my priorities.

“This decision has been difficult to take and I considered the advantages and disadvantages before arriving at a conclusion.”

However, he hinted he would return to the national team, adding: “A lion never dies.”

Source : BBC

South Africa set to name coach after Mashaba loses appeal

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba

Former South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has lost his application to block the country’s FA (Safa) from appointing another coach.

This will enable Safa to name a new coach, which it hopes to do by the end of February.

After being fired for gross misconduct in December, Mashaba appealed his dismissal at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

He had wanted to prevent Safa from hiring a new coach until his appeal had been heard but on Tuesday, the Labour Court dismissed his application.

“We have always maintained that we did everything by the book when Mashaba was found guilty on three charges by our internal disciplinary hearing,” said Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi.

“That process was transparent‚ independent and fair on both sides.

“In fact‚ Mashaba was represented by his lawyers and before the process got under way‚ had requested two postponements because they wanted certain documents from the Association which we provided.”

Mashaba’s termination arose after an outburst following a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Senegal in November, whereupon he publicly criticised both Safa administrators and the country’s media.

Safa has said it hopes to appoint a new coach before two friendlies next month, the first of which – against Guinea-Bissau – takes place on 25 March.

Names on the shortlist include former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, three-time Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Hassan Shehata and Cameroon coach Hugo Broos, who has distanced himself from the post.

Belgium’s Broos is understood to be a serious contender, while Morocco coach Herve Renard – who has won two Nations Cup titles – and Carlos Quieroz, who led South Africa between 2000-2002, are also potential candidates.

Infantino visit

Fifa President Gianni Infantino visited Safa headquarters on Tuesday

In a separate development, Fifa President Gianni Infantino visited Safa on Tuesday.

Safa’s headquarters will soon host Fifa’s regional offices for Africa, which have been relocated from Botswana.

The Swiss-Italian is in South Africa for a Fifa Summit which will take place in Johannesburg, ending on Thursday.

“It is a great pleasure to be here in South Africa, here in Johannesburg for this summit – this football summit which we organised for the first time in Fifa history,” Infantino told reporters.

“We will have representatives here from Europe, from Asia and, of course, from Africa.”

 

Source: BBC

Trump’s ‘Africa Day,’ scheduled to speak to Buhari and Zuma

Trump's 'Africa Day,' scheduled to speak to Buhari and Zuma

President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak via telephone to two African leaders today.

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari – who is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom, and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are the two leaders in question. The US President’s first African engagement was a call with Egyptian President, Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi.

A journalist with The Globe and Mail, Geoffery York, referred to the sessions as Trump’s ‘Africa Day’. The call to Buhari will be at 9:45 am Washington time which translates to 3:45 pm Abuja time.

No details of what the meetings will center on have been released yet. The two presidents head Africa’s largest economies. Both were also on very good terms with the erstwhile administration of Barack Obama.

It will be recalled that his first physical meeting with an African leader was reported to be with Republic of Congo’s, Sassou Nguesso, in January days before he took office. The information relayed by Congo’s government spokesperson was disputed by the Trump team later.

Thierry Moungalla, disclosed via Twitter that there was a meeting scheduled between Sassou and Trump. He said at the time that the meeting between the two leaders was to center around Libya’s security situation and other African issues but failed to disclose any further details.

Trump officially took office as President on January 20 after winning the polls in November 2016. he has since ruffled African feathers by his travel ban which affected three African countries. Libya, Somalia and Sudan.

The ban has however been suspended by a US federal judge.

Source: African News.