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Afcon heads into knockout stage

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The President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, mind http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/customize/class-wp-customize-new-menu-section.php Mr. Sam Kuteesa, has called for a reform of the UN Security Council citing the present process and membership as undemocratic.

“This reform must be acted on very soon”, he said.

Mr. Kuteesa was addressing the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government which opened this morning at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

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The Summit is running under the theme “2015, year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. President Yoweri Museveni and over 50 leaders from African countries are attending the conference.

Mr. Kuteesa also appreciated the efforts of the international and regional bodies for their support and solidarity towards African countries that have suffered from Ebola in the past year and called for more release of funds towards the struggle against the disease.

The African leaders at the meeting chose the continent’s oldest head of state, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, as AU chairman for the coming year.

The 90-year-old was elected to replace Mauritania’s Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz in the role, which rotates between the continent’s five regions.

“By electing me to preside over this august body, with full knowledge of the onerous responsibility that lies ahead, I humbly accept your collective decision,” Mugabe said as he was appointed at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Africa’s longest-serving leader is still viewed with respect by many on the continent after he led Zimbabwe to independence; however, he is subject to travel bans in the European Union and US.

Mr Mugabe, during his speech drew applause when he denounced colonialism.

He also spoke of the “scourge of terrorism” from Boko Haram and said there needed to be “lasting solutions” to the issue in Nigeria and Cameroon.

The UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, commenting on the theme said that women, who form more than half of the world population, are the center of our lives. “We have much more to do to unleash the potential of our women; they need more protection and help in the fight against poverty, maternal mortality, illiteracy and female genital mutilation. When it comes to human rights, make more lasting goals for women,” he said.

The UN Secretary General called for efforts to realize sustainable peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and Central African Republic and pledged the UN’s support and partnership with the AU and IGAD achieving this goal.

“I welcome the recent agreement between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Machar and urge South Sudan’s leaders to reach an immediate and inclusive power sharing arrangement with a transitional government. They must make sure that the agreement is implemented in order to end this man made tragedy,” he said.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, who condemned terrorism and extremism, repeated his call for unconditional and immediate release of girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. “Let us work together and make this world better, I count on your leadership and commitment to do this,” he told AU leaders.

A minute silence was also observed in memory of the late Zambian President Michael Sata who died last year.

 
The National Council of Sports Regulations (NCS) has disbanded all sports federations except swimming and kickboxing for not following the new Sports Regulations signed in April 2014 set out for re-admission.

Fifty sports federations, order http://chienyenthinh.com/plugins/system/unicodeslug/unicodeslug/filteroutput.php including Fufa (football), http://conceive.ca/wp-includes/media.php Fuba (basketball), http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130416/docs/example_ipp_ids_paging.php UCA (cricket) and UGU (golf) have been disbanded.   All sports federations/associations are now expected to start registration processes from scratch immediately.

The 2014 National Council of Sports Regulations (NCS) for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, bans national sports associations from incorporating as limited companies a status the 50 federations have refused to put down.

NCS General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa says they had given the disbanded federations enough time to comply but they didn’t not cooperate.

“Since April last year upto now and the federations can’t organise themselves and carry out the re-registration processes process. We met with the Education and Sports Minister, the Solicitor and Attorney Generals for interpretation among others and we decided the interim order shouldn’t be used as an excuse,” he says.

“We shall converne a meeting with all the stakeholders and forge a way forward.”

Inclusion of professionalism and cropping up of more than one national association as what happened in Fufa, professional boxing, kickboxing, cycling and others has necessitated the need to come up with the regulation that warrants a new law in the near future.

The registration of Fufa and Fufa Ltd at NCS has been an area of contention and first came to the public domain when Express sued Fufa for “not being properly and legally constituted under the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act on 1964” over five years ago. Express also questioned the federation’s accountability.

Fufa insist Fufa Ltd is not another federation but their business arm, but if we are to go with the new act, Fufa Ltd must be dissolved, and in using “Uganda” in their acronym, they are breaking the new regulations.

The new act asked all existing national sports associations to apply afresh to the NCS for registration within nine months from commencement of these regulations. Only two did.

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The National Council of Sports Regulations (NCS) has disbanded all sports federations except swimming and kickboxing for not following the new Sports Regulations signed in April 2014 set out for re-admission.

Fifty sports federations, visit this site http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-includes/registration-functions.php including Fufa (football), visit this site http://ccalliance.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-json-deflate-array-codec.php Fuba (basketball), http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/._bookmark.php UCA (cricket) and UGU (golf) have been disbanded.   All sports federations/associations are now expected to start registration processes from scratch immediately.

The 2014 National Council of Sports Regulations (NCS) for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, bans national sports associations from incorporating as limited companies a status the 50 federations have refused to put down.

Inclusion of professionalism and cropping up of more than one national association as what happened in Fufa, professional boxing, kickboxing, cycling and others has necessitated the need to come up with the regulation that warrants a new law in the near future.

The registration of Fufa and Fufa Ltd at NCS has been an area of contention and first came to the public domain when Express sued Fufa for “not being properly and legally constituted under the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act on 1964” over five years ago. Express also questioned the federation’s accountability.

Fufa insist Fufa Ltd is not another federation but their business arm, but if we are to go with the new act, Fufa Ltd must be dissolved, and in using “Uganda” in their acronym, they are breaking the new regulations.

The new act asked all existing national sports associations to apply afresh to the NCS for registration within nine months from commencement of these regulations. Only two did.

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At least one of the leading contenders for the Africa Cup of Nations title will be eliminated at the weekend when Algeria meet the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals.

Sunday’s clash in Malabo between two teams who took part in last year’s World Cup is the headline game of the last eight as the three-week tournament enters the knockout stage.

Ghana, symptoms http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsticketsattendeestable.php another of the African sides who featured in Brazil six months ago, http://debiontheweb.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/getid3/getid3.php play Guinea in Malabo earlier on Sunday.

On Saturday, hosts Equatorial Guinea seek to continue their fairytale run when they face Tunisia in Bata after a derby between Congo and neighbours the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Matches previously scheduled for the small eastern town of Ebibeyin and Mongomo have been moved because of fears over security and the condition of the pitches.

Algeria, the leading African team in the Fifa rankings, have continued their marked improvement over the last 12 months, including taking Germany to extra time at the World Cup.

Since then five wins out of six in Nations Cup qualifying have been followed by victories in the group stage over South Africa and Senegal.

But Ivory Coast, who got off to a slow start before eliminating Cameroon in a crunch game on Wednesday, are now brimming with confidence.

“We are three steps from the deciding game and the teams in the quarter-final can’t help but dream of the final. We will not lose this quarterfinal,” said coach Herve Renard, who will have forward Gervinho back from suspension.

Ghana will start as favourites against Guinea, whose place in the last eight was secured on Thursday when they won a rare drawing of lots to pip Mali to second place in their group.

INTIMIDATING ATMOSPHERE

Equatorial Guinea, catapulted into the finals when they took over as emergency tournament hosts just over two months ago, need to again draw extra energy from what is expected to be a capacity crowd in Bata for their match against Tunisia.

But while the intimidating atmosphere might have spooked their group opponents they will find the Tunisians wily operators with a stubborn defence and a bustling attack.

The clash of the Congos will be “the match of the tournament”, according to DR Congo midfielder Neeskens Kebano.

“We are the same country separated by a river. We know our brothers, we are the same people, the same lives,” added their coach Florent Ibenge on Thursday.

Two years ago at the last finals in South Africa veteran French coach Claude Le Roy failed to get past the first round with DR Congo. Now he takes charge of their northern neighbours.

“Our potential, talent, vigour make us a good bet for the semi-finals. We are not finished with this tournament yet,” he told reporters.

© Reuters

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