CAF initiates advance financial payments to clubs

By Anye Nde Nsoh, Kick442.com Contrary to the normal routine of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) paying financial entitlements to clubs participating in the CAF Champions league and Confederation Cup at the end of the season, the football body has decided to make an advanced payment to clubs. This is due to the persistence of the Coronavirus pandemic which has led to the halting of leagues across the continent.  Some countries have eventually cancelled their leagues with champions…

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Cybercrime and COVID-19: A concern for financial stability during the pandemic

Analysis by Palesa Shipalana & Tawanda Matema, allAfrica.com The largest continent in the world today is no longer a physical geographical location but a virtual one. Cyberspace has redefined how people, businesses and the global economy operate.  However, the emergence of the digital economy has also resulted in the proliferation of cybercrime — a scourge affecting the financial industry globally. Cybercrime has long posed a significant risk for financial stability in African countries given limited capacity and attention to…

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How will African citizens be safe from COVID-19 during elections?

By Sethi Ncube, allAfrica.com At least 22 countries in Africa will be organizing polls this year, 13 of which will be for the positions of president or prime minister. Burundi is holding large election rallies and will hold general elections on May 20, while Malawi votes in July, which presumes that both preparations and campaigns will take place during the COVID-19 crisis.  So why are these countries not being advised to postpone elections? Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has…

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CAF releases five strategic focus for Women’s Football

Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde, kick442.com African football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), has released a strategic focus for Women’s Football Foundation in Africa that focuses on building women’s football foundations, creating clear player career pathways, and professionalizing women’s football. The five focus areas and pillars include development; competitions; arketing and promotions; professionalism & leadership and social impact. This strategy serves as a roadmap to guide CAF’s stakeholders on important focus areas between 2020-2023 in terms of women’s football…

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Brazilian Ronaldo is the best of all, says Eto’o as he names the best and next star in world football

By Anye Nde Nsoh, kick442.com Retired Cameroon international, Samuel Eto’o has described Brazilian forward Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima  as the best striker of all time. The four times African Player of the Year was speaking to AS indicating his admiration for him and naming himself a one of the best strikers. “The best of all was Ronaldo, ‘O Fenomeno’,” Eto’o said. “I have such great respect and admiration for him.  “Then there are a lot of us who…

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Thomas Nkono; A story of international woe with the Indomitable Lions

By Muambo Edward, kick442.com Thomas Nkono is arguably Africa’s greatest shot stopper of all times, who ironically, barely won one silverware as goalkeeper with Cameroon, though the Indomitable Lions actually lifted two African Cup of Nations trophies at a time that he was at his prime. A five times Cameroon league winner with Canon of Yaoundé, a two times African Champions League winner, a UEFA Cup runners-up medal winner in 1988, a Bolivian league winner in 1997, and a…

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WHO’s 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife: Health professionals deserve thunderous standing ovation

By Dr Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the year of the nurse and midwife when nothing was heard about the novel Coronavirus.  Even before the dreaded disease went on a rampage and claimed nearly 270,000 lives to date, the world acknowledged the commitment and diligence displayed by the nurses and the midwives all over the world. Now, with their zeal and passion to save human lives, the health professionals command our respect all…

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What will work for Africa in exiting lockdown

By Bacary Dabo & Juanita Williams, allAfrica.com It is estimated that one full month of lockdown across Africa during the COVID-19 outbreak costs the region about 2.5% of its annual GDP. But how do countries safely exit the lockdown phase?  Governments now have to grapple with how to move away from measures — whether partial or total — while continuing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Lockdowns cost Africa US$65 billion monthly, “but can you quantify life?…

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WHO estimates up to 190,000 people could die of COVID-19 in Africa if not controlled

allAfrica.com Eighty-three thousand to 190,000 people in Africa could die of COVID-19 and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, as according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Africa. The research, which is based on prediction modelling, looks at 47 countries in the WHO African Region with a total population of one billion. The new estimates are based on modifying…

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Bird defies the odds by flying 8,000km from Kenya to China

By Elvis Mboya, Daily Nation At a time hundreds of Kenyans are stuck in foreign countries because of COVID-19, a bird has flown 8,000 kilometres in five days from Kenya to China, the origin of the pandemic. The bird that was traced using a global location sensor (GLS) departed from Kenya on April 29, crossing the Arabian Sea, the India subcontinent, The Himalayas, and finally landed in China on May 4. Birding Beijing, a Chinese birding website, posted about…

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