Egypt's Ahly gain slender first-leg advantage in Confederation Cup

Egypt's Ahly gain slender first-leg advantage in Confederation Cup
Ahly labored to a 1-0 home win over Morocco's Difaa Jadida in the first-leg of the African Confederation Cup round of 16 on Sunday as they began their bid to become the first Egyptian side to win the continent's secondary club competition. A powerful …
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African Sports Initiative: FCT, Akure, Jos, Kaduna Qualify for Finals

African Sports Initiative: FCT, Akure, Jos, Kaduna Qualify for Finals
Football academies from FCT, Akure, Kaduna and Jos on Friday qualified for the finals of the U-13 and U-15 categories of the African Sports Initiative national tournament. Generation Next FC of FCT defeated CCS FC of Kaduna 1-0 to qualify while Lion FC …
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The Cape Verde Connection

Much speculation has been placed upon countries such as Cape Verde entering into the EU. Depending upon which investment company you have been in contact with, these claims can vary depending upon what the company believes their clients wish to hear.

While it can be argued that since Cape Verde is not technically a part of Europe, it can be confusing to understand how it is possible to be considered for entry into EU membership. Yet the country has a long connection with Portugal, having been a Portuguese colony for around 500 years, until it parted in the mid 70s to develop independence.

Since parting from Portugal, the country has gone from strength to strength, although it has not parted completely, as the lack of natural resources requires the country to remain hugely dependent upon Portugal for imports and exports.

Cape Verde became a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), building its ties with the West African nations. As the country is not able to be a member of both systems at the same moment, for the time being Cape Verde would not be successful in an application to become an EU member.

With the outlook for the country’s development to increase its independence and self sufficiency, the possibility of looking into membership with the EU has been considered. The surrounding Macaronesian islands are supporting Cape Verde’s interest to join the EU, and unlike Morocco, the country has not been refused the possibility to join.

In early 2008, the country set up a special-partnership arrangement with the EU, enabling assistance in return for the assistance of Cape Verde stemming the high numbers of illegal immigrants from West African nations using the country as a departure point to enter into the EU via the Canary Islands.

In order for this set up to come properly into effect, Cape Verde will be required to lessen its ties with ECOWAS, as it enables a freedom of movement for citizens of these countries.

In order to oblige with this arrangement, a special arrangement is being developed with ECOWAS, so that the country is no longer a member of this system. This will enable a better position for the country, being not quite a member of either, yet still receiving benefits from both systems.

Whether the country decides in the future to apply for EU membership remains to be seen, the special partnership arrangement can potentially greatly assist the possibilities of entry, depending upon the outcome of the arrangement so far.

As the citizens of Cape Verde were granted Portuguese citizenshipin the early 70s, their position is advantageous, and the promotion the country’s government is undertaking to develop Cape Verde as a known tourist destination is increasing its position. The country is offering a great potential emerging market and is fast becoming a tourism hotspot, which all increase the interest amongst investors, however full entry into the EU still remains to be seen.

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Cosafa Cup 2014 – Announcement

Cosafa Cup 2014 – Announcement
The Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) this week received confirmation from the country's Ministry of Sport that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) had approved their application to stage the event. It builds on the country …
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Latest Cameroon Football News

World Cup 2014: Over 10 years since Marc-Vivien Foé's death, how Cameroon
With no obvious physical ailments beyond his lifeless body as he lay still on the grass surrounded by his concerned team-mates, the scars can still be seen on the football of the country that he left behind today in 2014, as his native Cameroon prepare …
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Latest Africa Sports News

South Africa tackles sports racial quota increase
South Africa's top sports teams must field 60 per cent black players or be banned from representing the country internationally, according to a new resolution from the Department of Sport. Minister Fikile Mbalula drew criticism from teams and fans …
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Ball Gets Rolling for Standard Bank Super Cup

Ball Gets Rolling for Standard Bank Super Cup
Windhoek — The Namibia Football Association (NFA) reached another milestone in its quest to take football to greater heights when it officially launched the maiden edition of the annual Standard Bank Super Cup in Windhoek yesterday. Following marathon …
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Latest Ethiopia Football News

Bishaw: FIFA favours Nigeria
Former Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has launched a scathing attack on FIFA, claiming world football's governing body conspired to see them miss out on a place at the 2014 World Cup. ————————————————————. Predict …
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Morocco vs Gabon Republic Football (Soccer) Game: Time, Date, TV Channel

Morocco vs Gabon Republic Football (Soccer) Game: Time, Date, TV Channel
Morocco faces the Gabon Republic in an international friendly football (soccer) game on March 4. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. EST. The match will be live streamed in Morocco via RTM 1 Al Aoula and Arryadia. A TV channel or live stream partner for …
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African Football's 40 Most Memorable World Cup Moments

African Football's 40 Most Memorable World Cup Moments
This feature presents the 40 most memorable moments in the history of Africa nations' participation in World Cups. None of the continent's sides have ever won the tournament, nor even reached the semi-finals, but over the years Africa has played its …
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