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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.

Somali women’s groups launch the first ever national campaign against FGM at a rally in Mogadishu Stadium on International Women’s Day, Monday, 08 March 2004. ANP/EPA/Stringer

Egypt: Law imposing jail terms up to 15-years for FGM comes into effect

An amended law in Egypt, imposing tougher penalties on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and reclassifying the practice as a crime rather than a misdemeanour has come into effect. FGM practitioners will now face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of carrying out the procedure. Although the practice was criminalised in 2008, FGM remains widespread in Egypt, and it is also silently practiced in other African countries. The amended law has been welcomed by anti-FGM campaigners.

(L) Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad September 17, 2016. Photo: ANP/AFP Adrian Dennis (R)Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26 September 2016. Photo: ANP/ EPA/Bernd Thissen.

CAF reveals Top 5 African Player of the Year shortlist

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the shortlist for the African Player of the year award, the continent’s biggest individual soccer prize. The five-man list includes reigning African footballer of the year and Bundesliga’s Player of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, English (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah, and Algeria’s Islam Slimani. Who are you tipping to clinch the top award?

Kiteboarder Oswald Smith from South Africa competes in the Red Bull King Of The Air competition in Big Bay, Cape Town, in front of the World Heritage site Table Mountain.  Photo: ANP/EPA/Nic Bothma

Johannesburg and Cape Town attract 5million tourists, earning $2,7 billion

South Africa’s two major cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have been named in the top 10 most visited destinations in the Middle East and African region, attracting a combined 4,9 million tourists, and earning a total of $2,7 billion according to this year’s MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Cairo and Casablanca also feature on the list of the most popular tourist destinations.

A fan of the Nigeria national football team cheers as he watches the World Cup match between France and Nigeria at a viewing centre in Lagos, on June 30, 2014. Photo. ANP/AFP Pius Utomi Ekpei

Nigeria clash with Algeria: Road to Russia

It’s the battle of Africa’s soccer heavyweights as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Algeria’s Desert Foxes battle for the precious three points, vital in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification. The game certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter considering the depth of both giants and high stakes on the table as the two soccer giants battle for glory in the Group B match. What’s your prediction?

Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, salutes 31 August 1986 upon his arrival in Harare for the 8th Summit of Non-aligned countries. Photo: ANP

Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?

This week we reported that Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign led by academics. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”. With a plethora of African queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, who should receive this great honour?

Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa, speaks during the World Economic Forum on Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa, 04 June 2015. Photo: ANP  EPA/Nic Bothma

Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe gives team the entire $1.5m (20.8m Rand) prize money

South Africa’s mining mogul Patrice Motsepe, owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, has said the team will share the U.S. $1.5million (20.8m Rand) prize money, a gesture which is being applauded on media, Sundowns were on Sunday crowned CAF Champions League winners, after beating Egyptian giants Zamalek clinching their maiden continental title and South Africa’s second title. “All of the $1.5 million it’s all theirs. They must now sit down and start thinking about how they are going to divide that money amongst themselves,” Motsepe said.

Mamelodi Sundowns' players celebrate with the trophy after winning the CAF Champions League football competition following the final match against Egypt's Zamalek on October 23, 2016 at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria. Photo: ANP/AFP Stringer

South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns crowned Champions League winners

The long wait is finally over, South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made history, crowned as the African champions for 2016 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate. With the remarkable achievement Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane becomes the first South African coach to guide a club to continental glory. A hearty congratulations to Sundowns and Mosimane on the historic achievement.

File photo. Uganda's players celebrate after midfielder Luwagga Kizito scored a goal during the AFCON 2017 qualifying match Botswana vs Uganda at the Francistown Stadium in Botswana on 4 June 2016. Photo: ANP / AFP. Monirul Bhuiyan

Ghana v Uganda: Road to Russia

A mouth watering clash beckons tomorrow as hosts Ghana clash with Uganda in the first games of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers. Ghana is eying a fourth consecutive berth at the World Cup but the Cranes, buoyed by their historic 2017 AFCON qualification are likely to make life difficult for the Black Stars. What’s your prediction?