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Peter Pedroncelli, 3:55 am AFKI Original
Friday will see the World Cup qualifying draw for the 20 African teams who still have a chance to qualify for the tournament that is set to be held in Russia during 2018. This will be the third round of qualifying from Africa, with 54 teams on the continent originally attempting to book a place amongst the sport’s elite. Only 20 African countries remain.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:16 am
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made a final decision concerning his immediate club soccer career, following a great deal of interest in his signature from sides all over Europe. Interest in the player is at an all-time high, with excellent performances for club and country raising his profile among the elite European clubs who are strengthening their teams ahead of the next season.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:50 am AFKI Original
The transfer window is always a busy time for European soccer, and this particular pre-season window will be no different, with numerous African transfer targets set to attract a great deal of attention. We take a closer look at 10 of the African players who are transfer targets in the market window this summer.
Julia Austin, 4:53 pm AFKI Original
Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi died in 2012 at age 57, with no official autopsy report or death certificate released. Zenawi’s sudden deteriorating health was linked to an encounter with a journalist at a conference who allegedly confronted and humiliated him about his policies. Some say the stress of this encounter may have agitated the president’s pre-existing health conditions and led to his demise. Other reports suggest Zenawi was poisoned.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am AFKI Original
FIFA have announced the African seeds for teams from the continent which still remain in contention for a qualification berth at the 2018 World Cup set to take place in Russia. A total of 20 teams from Africa will be involved in the draw, which will take place in Cairo, Egypt on June 24. Of those 20 remaining teams, which have been through a previous qualification phase thus far, five will ultimately qualify for the showpiece by topping their respective groups.
Dana Sanchez, 8:50 pm
Ghana is the world’s No. 2 cocoa producer. The country issued its first Eurobond in 2007, successfully raising $750 million at a coupon rate 8.5 percent. Now the government needs the cash to retire it — it matures in 2017. A second Eurobond followed with another $750 million in 2013, while 2014 and 2015 each saw another $1 billion added to the debt. “Ghana is already in the market…So we have to think about the way to pay for the debts,” the finance minister said.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:44 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON qualification matches took place over the course of the past weekend, with a number of national teams securing their places at the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the final qualifying matchday. The tournament is set to take place in Gabon at the beginning of next year, so the Panthers are assured of qualification as hosts, but for the rest of the continent, the qualification phase has been crucial.
Dana Sanchez, 4:17 pm
South Africa lost its spot as No. 1 economy in Africa to Nigeria in 2014, and its No. 2 spot to Egypt in 2016. So who has best shot next at bypassing the South African economy? These are 21 of the International Monetary Fund’s top performing economies in Africa based on gross domestic product. You’ll be surprised who’s absent from this list: Rwanda.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Staff, 5:56 pm
There is widespread social resistance under way in Africa. Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led “growth” and fiscal austerity. They are demanding that their basic needs be met instead. After the dramatic Arab Spring, protesters picked up the pace in many sub-Saharan countries. Even if it is ignored in Kigali, or repressed on the ground, the popular risings against the WEF’s dubious “Africa Rising” rhetoric await…
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