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From: Charles Banda

Football Association of Zambia (Faz) president Kalusha Bwalya has sent a message wishing Japan the best in the 2014 Fifa World Cup hosted by Brazil.

In a letter of gratitude addressed to Japan Football Association president dated June 19 Kalusha especially thanked Japan for hosting Zambia in an international friendly match played on June 6 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The contents of the letter are reproduced in full here below:

“On behalf of the Football Association of Zambia Executive and indeed on own behalf, we wish to thank you and the Japan Football Association Executive for accepting to host the Zambia National Team in a friendly international match played in Tampa, Florida on 6th June 2014.

“It is my sincere hope that the friendly match will go a long way in assisting the Japan National Team in its quest towards the World Cup Glory in Brazil.

“Through this mutual cooperation it is our hope and desire that our two Associations will collaborate and strengthen relations through such bilateral arrangements.

“Once again we look forward to meeting in the near future,” the letter ends.

Zambia lost the match 4 -3 having taken a 2-0 lead within the opening half hour but allowed Japan to pull a goal back before half time with a penalty converted by Keisuke Honda following a handball inside the area by Emmanuel Mbola.

Two quick-fire goals in the 73rd and 75th minutes by Shinji Kagawa and Honda respectively meant that Japan took the lead for the first time in the match. Zambia equalised through substitute Lubambo Musonda in the 88th minute only for Yoshida Okubo to net Japan’s winner two minutes later.

The match was the first ever played between the two teams.


Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

AS the Cecafa football tournament for this year is just coming to remembering, how it is all started in 1939. It was originally called Gossage Cup, named after an Englishman a colonial civil servant who worked in Kenya as the Commissioner for Community Development Mr Gossage.

Originally only three national football teams competed. These were Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda with the Isles of Zanziber and Pemba posting a team which later participated in the regional tournament in 1940.

For all those years the prestigious regional football tournament was being held on rotation between stadiums in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam and later on the matches were staged in Zanzibar. The winners were exclusively from Uganda and Kenya while Tanganyika and Zanzibar remained the underdogs every year without a win.

However, the tournament has expanded dramatically years after the end of colonial rules in the countries of East, southern and Central African regions.

The final matches used to attract the presence of the four colonial goernors of the region with reception of Zanzibar which was already enjoying semi-indpendent status as a British Protectorate under the Sultan asyyed assayed of Zanzibar who occasionally used to sit in the VIP podium with the three colonial governors of Kenya, Tangsnyika and Uganda.

Football matches were very popular thereby pulling huge crowd of people, particularly in Nairobi where the now vintage City Stadium was the popular venue. In Kampala Nakifubo Stadium featured in the games while Ilala Stadium in Dar Es Salaam host the games in Tanganyiks.

However, the Gossage Cup games changed face in November 1950 when a young, but highly talented Kenyan footballer suddenly appeared for the Tanganyika team. His name was William Nahashon Ong”weya {Ragwel] from Kobura Masogo sub-location in Kisumu district. Ong”weya learnt football games wile studying at Maseno high School and later joined the defunct East African Railways and Harbors corporation and was posted to work In the lakeside town of Mwanza. As a shed clerk.

He began his football career in Tanganyika by turning up in the local leagues where he played for the Railways. It was during this time when his talents caught the eyes of the Tanganyika national team officials who promptly included hi in the national first eleven team.

In 1950, William NAHASHON was among the the Tanganyika team players who represented that country at the end of the Zanzibar, but the following year 1951 he had changed position from the utility player [No 10} to that of inside right wearing [shirt No8].The tall and slender Kenyan produced the ball jagling style that that took everyone by surprise. The home team beat Kenya 3-2 and clinched the cup for that year. Tohisown credit Ongweya scored two of the three goals for Tanganyika to the excitement of everyone including the three governors, namely Sir Edward Twinning {Tanganyika}, Sir Andrew Cohen {Uganda} an Si Evelyn Baring of Kenya.nzibar. The excitement of the people of Tanganyika went a niche higher.

For the first rime, all the women Kitenge lassos produced by a Textile companies in Mwanza and Dar Es Salaam had the following printed words in Bold and capital letters .

In Kenya a famous guitarist W.W.Witts [ Owiti} from Gem Ulumbi composed a poplar song in praise of Ong”weya Ragwell. Saying the melody and lyrics that Wuod Kobura Ache lKende had joggled the ball and dodged all the teams before a capacity crowd including the four colonial governors. After retiring from the Railways service in the early 1960e, William Nahashon Ong”weya lived on in Tanzania, and died a blind man after poor health in 1980s. his wife has also Also died and buried IN Kano West and both

After the countries of East,Southern and Central African became independence in the early 60s, the annual football tournament was expanded from Gossage Cup to become Senior Challenge Cup. teams competing now in the tournament included Ethiopia, Malawi, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.


The dark side of migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup

From: Yona Maro

Qatar’s population is increasing by 20 people every hour. most of those arriving in the country are low-income construction workers from Asia. These migrant workers have been recruited to help build massive projects worth up to US$220 billion, as part of Qatar’s drive to create a regional and global hub. Many of these projects will contribute, directly or indirectly, to the staging of the 2022 World cup. This Amnesty International report looks at how a permissive legal framework in Qatar allows unscrupulous employers to exploit and abuse migrant workers.


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Hunting Africa’s Newest Holy Grail – an Affordable Internet and Content Device for the Home

From: Abdalah Hamis

Up until now, the focus has largely been on seeing how the price of mobile phones (whether smart or feature phones) can come down to open access to different content and services to wider numbers of people. But the new Holy Grail is finding a cheap household or “on-the-go” device that can deliver both Internet and VoD content to households. Russell Southwood looks at the kind of projects that are coming forward to tackle this need.

Whatever anyone tells you, Africans buy content. Go anywhere in an African city and you will find a market stall or small shop selling DVDs and VCDs. Take Kenya, for example, pirated DVDs sell for between US46-57 cents a copy and large numbers of people spend several dollars every month on this form of entertainment. The same is true for music DVDs. Even the most remote villages get DVD shops the moment electricity arrives.

A pirate market is simply one that functions at a level people can afford (remember the grey market in VoIP calling) not the one that suits the rights holders. So the commercial challenge is to be able to deliver both Internet and VoD content that works within these spending parameters.

In small markets, the cost of rolling out fibre to households is enormous so there is a “chicken-and-egg” barrier: the market is too small so there can never be sufficient “critical mass” to get prices to a level that is affordable so the market stays small.

However, even in places like Kenya, the practical challenges of delivering VoD content have left some of the best minds in disarray. Jamii Telecom may have built a fibre network and connected people with Fibre-To-The-Home but they have not yet created a convincing VoD content bundle to make use of it.

Enter stage left one of Kenya’s bountiful supply of small entrepreneurs, Kahenya Kimunyu, CEO and Founder of Able Wireless. He has created a modified Raspberry Pi with inbuilt wireless access (via Wi-Fi on 802.11G) that can give Internet access to two devices in a household.

His vision is to get local franchisees to put up local wireless aerials that will service several households locally. Each aerial will be able to service 20-25 people. The aim is to sell the box for KS500 (US$5.73) and to charge the same amount for an unlimited content service. He is looking to launch in November 2013 and reckons that it will be possible to get to 20,000 people by the end of year one.

The weakest part of his launch narrative so far is the content piece:”We’ll work with anyone who will offer a revenue share and our terms are generous.” He has one or two aces in his hand he can’t yet talk about but thus far the content is mainly low cards. A streamed channel of Al Jazeera, curated local You Tube content and the possibility of other local content providers coming in:”We want to get the kind of content people are currently buying at pirate DVD shops.” He may yet solve the content problem so let’s not judge too early in the process.

Another example of a different approach is a project at the “We”nnovation Hub in Lagos. One of its members has designed a piece of hardwire to use Wi-Fi and it can create its own network (within an area like a neighbourhood or a school) that can hold a digital library of content. It would allow users to stream content locally but have digital rights management that prevented piracy and it can be operated just within a local network.

These projects represent are just two examples of the kind of low-end, hybrid content delivery plays that people have talked about to me. They may not succeed but they are an attempt to find a way that suits the local context at a price people are already affording. One day soon maybe one of them will succeed…

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Kenya: Two Crucial Bills That Youth should be Taking about

From: amenya gibson

Dear Kenyans,

May I present my greetings to all and silently say Happy election year 2013.

I plead with my fellow young people that the 10th parliament passed 2 crucial bills that we can grab and use
1-Sports Bill
2-Small and Micro Enterprises Bill

These are very important piece of legislature that could see those who will move ahead and embrace them they will help this nation develop and attain good global status as a business hub and also as a sports country.

I will be happy to see Kenyans play in World Cup,Global Tennis Competitions like ongoing Australian Open Formula One racing,Dakar Rally.

Let us not wait start now asking those governors how will they incorporate you in national building.

Gibson Amenya

Drogba, Eto’o and Pienaar Join ALMA Heads of State, CAF and Players Across Africa to Unite Against Malaria in New 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Health Campaign

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)


Drogba, Eto’o and Pienaar Join ALMA Heads of State, CAF and Players Across Africa to Unite Against Malaria in New 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Health Campaign

Campaign Will Deliver Prevention and Treatment Messages Across the Continent

DURBAN, South Africa, October 22, 2012/ — Ahead of the official draw for the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), African football stars and heads of state have joined United Against Malaria (UAM) (, pledging to distribute life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the tournament. Football icons including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Pienaar, along with African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) heads of state including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, will lend their voices to the cause, appearing in television spots, billboards and educational materials that will be distributed across Africa.


“Across the continent, football dominates the hearts and minds of children and parents alike. But, so does malaria – the cause of 174 million illnesses and nearly 600,000 deaths in Africa alone every year,” said Samuel Eto’o, Cameroonian national team player and UAM champion. “We have united to utilize the power of football to fight malaria and we hope our fans will join us.”

Although preventable and treatable, malaria kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds and costs the continent an estimated minimum of US $12 billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year.

“I have been a victim of malaria and have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects it can have on individuals and families,” said Didier Drogba, Côte d’Ivoire national team captain and UAM champion. “We need malaria out of the game. Using the popularity of football to increase awareness of prevention and treatment methods will go a long way in the fight to show malaria the red card.”

By leveraging the popularity and excitement surrounding Africa’s signature tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and UAM are partnering to disseminate life-saving malaria messages through television and radio spots, in-stadium branding and local outreach to policy-makers and millions of fans across the continent.

“Malaria affects nearly everyone on the continent of Africa, including footballers and government leaders. With all eyes on the tournament and its participants, CAF and UAM are committed to utilizing this platform to communicate important messaging to end deaths from this devastating disease,” said Mr. Hicham El Amrani, secretary general of CAF.

Activities kicked off during tournament qualifying matches as President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf surprised football fans at the friendly game between Liberia and Ghana to cheer on her national team and congratulate them for their efforts to fight malaria. “When we all fight malaria together, we build a stronger nations and save lives,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. “As a football fan myself, I understand the game’s power and popularity. We have the tools to win against malaria and I urge others to join us in the fight.”

In Nigeria, Malawi, Benin, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and other countries, malaria messages will be shared using football players, favorite teams and sports programs. Research has shown that audiences retain and act on these messages more often when delivered by their football heroes. In those countries, billboards, sports journals, tournament programs will complement the PSAs on air to ensure the UAM campaign messages reach every household. In Cote d’Ivoire, images of Drogba and his teammates Kolo Toure, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou attract readers to malaria educational materials, and create excitement about ridding this West African country of the burden of malaria. The UAM campaign has broken language barriers by having PSAs recorded by football stars in over 18 African languages since the campaign was launched in 2009.

“I am honored to be a champion for this cause,” said Steven Pienaar, UAM champion and former South African captain. “It is unacceptable that malaria kills one child in Africa every minute. We can take such simple steps to prevent and treat this disease. United we can beat malaria.”

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of United Against Malaria (UAM).

About Malaria

Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. If left untreated, the infection in its most severe forms can lead to coma and death. Although malaria is preventable and treatable, it continues to kill a child every 60 seconds and 655,000 people globally each year. More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in Africa, and the majority of them are children under the age of five. Furthermore, malaria contributes to the cycle of poverty and limits economic development.

About United Against Malaria

United Against Malaria (UAM) ( is a partnership of football teams and heroes, celebrities, health and advocacy organizations, governments, corporations, and individuals who have united to win the fight against malaria. Our goal is to galvanize partners throughout the world to reach the international target of reducing deaths worldwide. To learn more about UAM, please visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Orange Africa Cup of Nations

The Orange Africa Cup of Nations is the continent’s premiere football championship, organized biannually by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The 2013 tournament, hosted in conjunction with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the South African Football Association (SAFA) will take place from January 19 to February 10 and be followed by millions of fans in Africa and around the world. For more information, please visit

About ALMA

ALMA is a 46-member alliance of African heads of state and government working to end malaria. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

UAM – Anna McCartney-Melstad: +27 743 674636

CAF – Mahmoud Garga: +20 238 371000 ext. 116


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Kenyans athletes reject the pleas by ICC suspect to boycott London Olymnpic games

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

KENYAN athletes have rejected a call by the Eldoret North MP William Ruto that they should boycott the London Olympic Games to protest the ICC cases against the four Kenyan suspects.

The athletes – – the majority of them known for their exploits in international and local track events – – told a political group calling itself Kalenjin, Massai, Turkan and Samburu {KAMATUSA} to steer clear from sports activities and not to drag their politics into the sporting area.

The two-time Olympic medalist Dr. Kipchoge Keino who Is the current chairman of the National Olympic Committee and Athletics Kenya Secretary David Okeyo said it is wrong and unworkable for the leaders to introduce their politics in sports.

Representatives of the athletes also strongly condemned the boycott call. The majority of the athletes are currently training in Eldoret town, which is located within William Ruto’s constituency in preparation for this weekend’s third meeting of a six-leg tournament which will lead to the Olympic qualifiers.

The two days meet will be held in Kitale Ton in the neighboring Trans-Nzoia County. The proposal to have the athlete’s boycott the Olympic was one of the 16 resolutions arrived at after the Kamatusa meeting held in Eldoret on Monday this week. The meeting was hosted by Ruto who is one of the four suspects in the Kenyan cases now pending before the ICC

The majority of the long and medium distance runners are members of the larger Kalenjin ethnic group which Ruto belong to.

The Kamatusa meet was attended by over 30 MPs and other leaders mainly from the Kalenjin community. The resolutions were read by the chairman of the Kalenjin Council of Elder Major {rtd} John Sei.

“This year 2012 another Olympic year. Unless an environment of inclusiveness and fairness is provided, the Kalenjn community will consider asking the condemned athletes to boycott the Olympics,” said the resolution.

This resolution stemmed from another one which state that he entire Kalenjin community- including the athletes- had been condemned because of the crimes against humanity charges which William Ruto an radio journalist Joshua sang are facing at the ICC. The meeting resolved that the entire Kalennin community was on trial at The Hague.

But in a footnote and before the ink dried up in the Olympic boycotting resolution another group of Kalenjin leaders addressed the press conference and disowned the William Ruto’s group dismissing them as self-seekers and elf styled politicians “for hire.’

It included the four cabinet Ministers allied to the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga dismissed the Kamatusa meeting that was held on Tuesday as “reckless and ineffective.’

The Mister included Franklin Bett {Roads}, Dr. Sally Kosgei {Agriculture}, Prof. Margaret Kamar (Higher Education} and Home Affairs Assistant Minister Beatrice Kones distanced themselves from the meeting in Eldoret in which the area MP William Ruto was endorsed the Kalenjin leader.

Dr Kosge hit at a similar meeting held two weeks ago by the Gikuyu {Kikyu} Embu and Meru Association {GEMA}. She explained that the two gatherings were alienating other Kenyan communities, a move that cold worsen relations in the country.

“If you have lived in the Rift Valley Province for as long as I have, you will agree that people from all communities live here. Why then would anyone select a few tribal groups and leave out the rest? The Agricultural Minister wondered.

The Road Minister Franklin Bett said politicizing the ICC process was not helping the suspects and instead called on all Kenyans to pray four he our accused persons who are facing cases at the ICC court, including Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Sang.

“If we play politics with ICC, the situation for the suspect could get worse,” said the Minister. Meanwhile another group of the Kalenjin elders led by veteran Eldoret politician Jackson Kibor yesterday scathingly criticized the lat Tuesday meeting organized by William Ruto’s so-called Kimatusa group.

Kiore told newsmen tat those who attended the Kamatuisa meeting were not de facto Kalenjin elders, but people handpicked for the purpose of pressurizing the ICC in support of the four Kenyan suspect who are said to be in a great panic.

Kibor was accompanied by the ODM chairman in Uasin Gishu County David Songok, the Uasin Gishu North ODM chairman Said Chepkeitany, KANU official Jonathan Bii and Narc-Kenya’s leader in Uasin Gishu Kipkorir Menjo denounced the Kamatusa meeting.

At the same time the nation council of NGOs had also added its weight by saying that such groupings are a threat to national security in Kenya. “This is dangerous ploy aimed at causing tribal clashes in the country like the 1992,1997 and 2002. The government, the NGOs said, must act immediately, added the NGOs chairman Ken Wafula.

On Thursday Okey lashed out at the Kamatusa leaders and their resolutions which he said should be ignored.” Participating in the Olympic Games even without winning a medal is the dream of every athlete. It is wrong for anyone to ask them to boycott such an international vent because that would affect their careers, “ said Okeyo.

And on Wednesday, two middle and long distance Olympic medal hopeful Mark Kiptoo {10,000 meters} and Eliud Kipchoge {5,000m} said they will not allow themselves to be dragged into politics as they concentrate on their taining. ”We are athletes and that is okay for us. Please keep us out of politics,” said Kipchoge.

Veteran long-distance runner, two-time world championship gold medalist and two times Boston Marathon Moses Tanui asked the politicians to keep out of sport.

Tanui, who is retired fro the track in 2004 following a knee injury, is the first athlete to run the half marathon under 60 minutes., His world record was broken five years later by a fellow Kenyan Paul Tegat.

Daniel Komen, whose 1998 indoor and 1996 outdoor records for 3,000 still stands, and who remains the only man to run back-to-back under four minutes miles, added his voice by urging politicians to sort out their grievances without distracting the athletes.

“Let those training for the games do so peacefully. Once you start discussing politics in games then you ruin the games,” said Komen who is still being remembered for his rivalry with Ethiopian’ Haile Gebreselassie.,

At other camps training in the high altitudes in Keiyo and Iten, athletes and their managers said they would not allow anyone to discuss politics at the camps and referred journalists to the ALK. The Athletes rejection of the Olympic boycott call came as a section of elders and politicians from the Kalenjin community dismissed William Ruto’s efforts to revive Kamatusa mainly or the purpose of scuttling the ICC cases as uncalled for.

The Kalenjin elders opposed to the boycott calls said the meeting hosted by William Ruto in Eldoret town did not address serious issues affecting the people of the rift Valley. The faulted the meeting for endorsing Rot one of the ICC suspect as the Rift Valley’s Province presidential candidate and has URP as the party for the region as unwarranted, irrelevant and misleading.


The ICC judges ‘Must Calculer’.

From: Joram Ragem

Here is my final submission your honors

I am basing my argument based on how and why Zinedine Zidane of France was sent off at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final match. Matterazzi insulted him. We saw it, but the referee did not see it. Zidane retaliated. We saw it and the linesman saw it. He told the referee and Zidane was sent off. Matterazzi instigated it all. What he did was wrong, in the eyes of God and man. However there was no real tangible evidence of what Matterazzi did before the eyes of the referee. Zidane reacted by defending his attacked humane dignity. He head-butted Matterazzi. It might have been justified, but the soccer rules are clear. It was wrong to retaliate. Not only did France lose the World Cup, but Zidane was banned from soccer for a while. Earlier he had announced his retirement. Zidane was an excellent player. But the many more who did not know him, now remember him for the head butting incidence. This has formed part of his legacy. Now apply this scenario to Kenya’s PEV circumstances and the pending ICC verdict. If the shoes fit, let them wear it. If the gloves don’t fit, the judges must acquit. But best of of all, to the ICC judges and Ocampo, one Prince Eyango tells you, “YOU MUST CALCULER.” Because what Kenyans want is Peace.

I am Joram Ragem.

You are not.

Kenya: Major cultural and sporting events planned for homa-By for Xmas and end of the year

Reports Leo Odera Omolo.

HOMA-bay will be the beehive of the end of the year festivities involving cultural an sporting meeting the first time of it kind for the Lake side town which is expected to be the administrative headquarters of the region within the next few months.

The sporting festival will include the lunching of the Homa-Bay Star a football clubs, which will be able to compete with teams from other counties and even with the teams playing in the national football league countrywide

Participating teams are expected from all the six parliamentary constituencies of Mbita, Gwassi, Ndhiwa, Rangwe, Homa-Bay, Karachuonyo , Kasipul and Kabondo.

The cultural activities will include discussions, tribal dances, canoe regatta, music festival and other activities. It is hoped that this festivities will bring together the people of Homa-Bay County, one of the largest in the region.

The festival is the brainchild of Dr. Mark Matunga, an executive with the Microsoft International computer company. Matunga, who hails from Mbita district, is one of the front runners for the race for the elective post of the Homa-Bay County governorship.

Dr Matunga is the patron of the event which kicks off on the boxing day December 26, 2011 and ending on December 31st 2011.

Thousands of people who will be relaxing at heir rural homes during the Christmas and New Year festivities are expected to be in Homa-Bay town and this will give a boost to the business community such as taxis drivers, boda boda motor bike taxis, hotels etc. Thereafter the festival will be an annual calendar event.

Dr Matunga said his infant organization will mount intensive publicity so that it could attract participants from other counties in the neighboring regions. The participants are primarily expected to come from all corners of Homa-Bay County stretching from the far eastern end of Kabondo to the far western end in Mbita and Gwassi district.

The region has received two new parliamentary constituencies which include the sub-division of Rangwe and Kasipul Kabondo giving the region two more constituencies bringing the to total to seven. Some regions are rich in cultural activities such as the famous Kochia and Karachuoyo traditional dancers

The festival steering committee met at Homa-Bay town over the weekend to strategize and brainstorm on the final touches of the festivities.



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The Bronx Africa Nations Soccer Tournament ended with sparkles. Just as expected, the final match between Guinea and Gambia was such a spectacular show of athleticism. May 21, started as a bright sunshine day, and there couldn’t have been a more perfect weather for a soccer match. Gambia was the underdog. The Guinean team has demolished everything along their path to qualify for the finals. Gambia, on the other hand has struggled throughout their matches.

The first half ended with guinea leading 3 goals to nothing against the Gambia. All the spectators were entertained by the Gambian demise, except the Gambian coach who continued to encourage the team. Suddenly the sky opened and it poured and poured as if he had called to send down the rain. The spectators ran for cover while the game continued. By the time it finished raining, Gambia had scored 2 goals. They finally equalized the in about 3 minutes to the end of game. This type of incident is called injury time African in soccer.

The audience was animated and we all couldn’t have asked for a better match to close the game. At the end, Guinea was the better team, as they outscored the Gambians in penalty kicks.

Once again we learned that soccer is a team sport and only the most disciplined team will triumph. Guinea is our champion this year. The team will be collecting their trophy and gold medals on May 25 at the Africa Day celebration which begins at 5pm in 2006 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx.

We are inviting everyone with great enthusiasm to please join us as we present medals to these fantastic young men who have made your countries proud. We are honoring them with Gold Medals, Silver Medals, Bronze medals and certificate of participation from the Borough President as a symbolic gesture of their performance at the event.

Please see additional pictures on the AV’s Facebook page:

Here is the detail of events

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3rd Round


Final Round



Here is a quick background of the event. Traditionally, May of each year the Borough President along with the Bronx Borough community celebrates the Bronx Week festival. African immigrant communities have not been a part of the Bronx Week Event, yet we are considered the second largest immigrant community in the borough. On January 13, 2010, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the creation of an African Advisory Council. The mission of the council is make recommendations on strategies that will improve the quality of life for the African community in the Bronx. According to the most recent census estimates 61,487 residents are immigrants of Sub-Saharan African. Considering the inclusion of the North African population, and direct generations, we believe that the total population is well over 100000.

On Wednesday May 25th, at the Al Iman Community Center, 2006 Westchester Ave, Bronx, New York 100462, at a special conference to Celebrate Africa Day, the Borough President’s office will be presenting the winning teams (Guinea, Gambia, and Cote d’ Ivoire) with a trophy medals, and recognition certificate to the participants.



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Africa & USA, NY: Africa Nations Soccer Tournament in the Bronx

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Dear friends we love and colleagues we admire,

Please find the attached information in regards to African nations’s Soccer tournament. The African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough PresidentRuben Diaz Jr. Cordially invites all African nation’s communities and leaders in Diaspora to participate in its Bronx Week Celebration.

The African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President, announces the 2nd Annual African Nations Cup Soccer Tournament scheduled to take place at the Macomb Dams Park on 161st and Riverside Avenue (opposite the old Yankees stadium) in the Bronx. The event begins with a kickoff by the Borough President Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr. On Saturday May 14, at 1pm and continues on Sunday May 15 with soccer matches and other events. The finale is on Saturday May 21st.

We are inviting all African Nation representatives in Diaspora both in private, public and academia sectors to help organize and register a team that best represent their country in this tournament. The deadline for registration was initiallyApril 25th, but are still accommodating new registration. The first three runners up will be awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals authenticated by the Bronx Borough President. The winning team will also be awarded a trophy and invited by the African Advisory Council to participate in the famous Bronx Week parade on May 22nd which includes Music, Food and Arts Festival and Celebrity induction to The Bronx Walk of Fame.

See flyer for detail:

Detail about the event is also available on facebookpage/African Advisory Council Page. For any questions contact:

General question: Gerald Koala: 1401-6631717

Marketing and Sponsorship: Wale Idris 1646-226-0262

Team registration: Ambrose Ngande: 1917-370-3196


On January 13, 2010, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Announced the creation of an African Advisory Council. The mission of the council is to work with the Bronx African community to resolve emerging issues and make recommendations on strategies that will improve the quality of life of this growing population. According to recent reports, the African population in the Bronx has grown considerably in recent years, the census reported 12,063 sub-Saharan Africans in 1990, while the most recent census estimates 61,487 African residents. The Council’s objective is to encourage continental Africans, including people of the African Diaspora to actively participate in the economic, social, and cultural developments of the borough.

We need you to please help get this information to all member states so that they can be informed and make sure that their country is properly represented. See enclosure for details.

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Kenya: Running with the Kenyan, World AIDS Day 2010, Kisumu, Kenya

from: Richard Brodsky

Hi : : December 16, 2010

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2010, Kisumu, Kenya. The Standard, one of Kenya’s leading newspapers wrote an article about my wife and me, Jodi and Richard Brodsky. For five straight years we have been traveling to Kenya a few days before World AIDS Day so the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation can sponsor orphan dinner dances. The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation also co-sponsors the World AIDS Marathon with the Kisumu World AIDS Marathon Group.

A record number of participants, 404, completed the half and full marathon. Of the 404 runners, 29 were disabled athletes, and 80 were part of relay.

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India: Common-Wealth is Indeed Ou Wealth

The ongoing Common-Wealth games in India are instructive in so many ways especially on the subject of human development through talent enhancement. The event does highlight the fact that we are all members of the human family hence the need to embrace each other beyond the borderlines of prejudices, nuances and stereotypes. May the event enrich our collective resolve for a humane, tolerant and peaceful world. God bless and best wishes always,

Ochieng M.K
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“We can nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth” Abraham Lincoln

Leadership perspectives Visa-vis South Africa

The entire world was glued on television watching the world cup for the first time from the African Continent. Our two leaders in the coalition government President Kibaki and PM Raila Odinga travelled to Johannesburg for the tournaments’ opening ceremony. I wonder if they learnt any lesson while in a country which has enjoyed majority rule for only 15 years but has comfortably positioned itself in the global stage surpassing the Continent’s power houses like Nigeria and Egypt.

When South Africa won the votes to host the 2010 World cup, it sent a very strong message to Africa and the world that the post apartheid nation was prepared for greatness globally. It was impressive during the matches … security, infrastructure and logistics to safeguard the comfort of fans who thronged the rainbow nation was well coordinated; a reminiscent of a developed country.

South Africa’s economic grid and governance practices are phenomenal; a sharp contrast with Countries which attained self rule more than a half a century a go like Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Morocco, and Guinea. In fact, the Country’s GDP is 10 times that of Kenya despite being 3 years away to celebrate a half a century since we attained independence from Britain.

I don’t want to sound disrespectful to African leaders who took over after independence; but it appears like they were not ready for majority rule. May be things would be better today if the colonialists stayed longer the way they did in South Africa. The challenges we see in the DRC, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, or Kenya, are all homegrown as a result of poor leadership foundation laid upon by the founding fathers.

It must be remembered that if Neslson Mandela could have followed the path that most African leaders took after independence, South Africa would not have gotten the opportunity to host the World cup. Despite the horror of the apartheid regime and Mandela’s incarceration, the white minority rule laid a firm foundation that they passed to the freedom hero and this has continued to define country’s current stature.

Mandela inherited an economically viable Country from the minority predecessor, Fredrick De Klerk and ruled for one term; passing the baton to Tabo Mbeki who perpetuated the same ideals passing it to Jacob Tsuma. Mr. Tsuma recently shepherded the World cup to a successful end.

It’s paradoxical that Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, despite sharing the same colonial heritage with South Africa, cannot measure up to the rainbow nation on good governance, democratic practices, infrastructure, and respect to the Country’s constitution. I’m not implying that South Africans are free from daily challenges but their Country stands on a better platform compared with many African nations.

Shall we conclude that African nations currently bedeviled by civil strife, corruption, governance malpractices and injustices achieved liberation from the colonialists too soon, or post independence leaders were caught off guard before they could set their minds on self rule?

In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe inherited a robust economy from the British, but today the Country is a shell. The citizens cannot even feed themselves, yet the Zimbabwean strongman keeps whining; blaming the West for his Country’s problems. Just recently, the DRC celebrated 50 years of independence from Belgium but there was nothing to celebrate when the country is riddled with poverty, illiteracy, violence, injustices and many other human rights violations.

If Nelson Mandela, suffered for over a quarter a century but after his release and ascendancy to the Presidency proved that political cronyism, tyranny, autocracy, corruption, ethnicity was not in his vocabulary, how come our own Jomo Kenyatta who equally suffered never nurtured the same ideals when he took over from the colonial leadership ?

Nobody thought Kenyatta will renege the spirit of the independence struggle. Nobody thought his reign will be compounded with land grabbing, political assassinations, detaining government dissenters especially those he fought with during the freedom struggle. The first President cynically and tragically aligned himself on ethnic identification through a cartel of tribesmen who misadvised him on key national decisions which is the genesis of Kenya’s present predicaments.

He passed on a devastating legacy to Moi, which has continued to roil our country making it hard to agree on issues that affect the nations especially getting a new constitution. How come former President Neslson Mandela was able to get a new constitution for his people in a span of two years after he became president when it has take Kenya more than 20 years to achieve the same?

My final challenge is for African leaders is to take stock of where they went wrong and devise home grown solutions if they expect to be at par with South Africa.

As we move to see our Country’s rebirth on 4th August, let us not be engulfed by utopia because our great success is dependent upon a transformative leader who will take over our nation under the new constitution. The future is bleak but very hopeful.

Joseph Lister Nyaringo-NJ-USA

My 10th Great Grandfather’s World Cup 2010 Prediction

Soccer fanatics & hooligans,

Here is my 10th great grandfather Ragem’s prediction for the World Cup 2010.

Most teams whose initial letter that begins their country name are represented in two’s or three’s. For instance Argentina & Australia, Cameroon & Chile, Germany & Ghana. All these countries will not make the semi finals!

Some counties have two or more names. i.e. South Africa, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, USA, New Zealand, & Cote de Ivoire. These countries are very blessed and stand to upset big name teams, but may not reach the finals.

Some teams which stand solo in as far as the first initial of their country name may reach the semi finals. These include: Brazil, Denmark, Honduras, Italy, Japan & Mexico.

However, some countries have a second known name. These are Britain for England, Ivory Coast for Cote de Ivoire, and Netherlander for Holland. These countries will may reach the finals, but will NOT lift the trophy.

This leaves us only with France & Japan. Yes, one of these teams is set to take home the trophy.

The question is: will it be again or for the first time in history?

My 10th great grandfather Ragem says, that big history has already been made this year, what with the earthquake in Haiti, the oil rig collapse off Louisiana Coast, Kenyans voting in the new Katiba, and SA successfully hosting the World Cup. So Japan is out of the question.

Therefore, because Marco Materazzi treated you unjustly and FIFA rewarded them, Bahaula will shine the light on Les Blues again!

Joram Ragem
wuod Ndinya, wuod Onam, wuod Amolo, wuod Owuoth, wuod Oganyo, wuod Mumbe, wuod Odongo, wuod Olwande, wuod Adhaya, wuod Ojuodhi, wuod Ragem! (Are you my relative?)

Serena Williams visits the poverty stricken African villages in Kenya over last weekend


Sports Features By leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The American tennis icon, Serena Williams left the country for her native US home over the weekend after a three day humanitarian visit where she came face-to-face with dust and poverty stricken villages, but left with a bagful of praise from the villagers for her generosity towards the less fortune African children.

The tennis celebrity visited Wee village in Makueni , Ukambani region of Kenya’s semi-arid Eastern Province, where she performed the opening ceremony of Wee Secondary School and School for the Deaf, which was constructed last year and partly funded by her. The school is catering for students mostly from poor families, and those with the disability.

The school opened its door in January this year, and so far has admitted 25 girls, 35 boys and ten pupils with physical disability. It has so far recruited four teachers, with one specialist in teaching the disabled ones.

Wee village in Makueni district, Ukambani region, is located about 150 kilometers east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The village was last Thursday catapulted into sudden international fame, when three helicopters escorting the American tennis icon landed there with good news and bagful of goodies.

The two choppers, one carried Serena and her inner circle and two carried Hewett Packard staff, television crew and security.

Songs of praise, like “Serena Williams niwavika syana twasya isome {looely transilated in Kikamba vernacular language, ” Serena William has come, let the children go to school and get education}”, rent the air as women and pupils tried to out do each other in singing for the 28 year old world tennis number one.

Serena Williams has been collaborating with the Information Technology Company, Hewett Packard (HP) and a Non-Governmental Organization {NGO}, Build African Schools, in the remotest parts of Kenya’s Maasailand and Ukambani regions in promotion of education to the less fortunate children, mainly from poor families.

The latest of these schools project is the ultra-modern Serena Williams Wee Secondary School, which is established in a six acre parcel of land.

In a brief four minutes speech, Serena Williams said, “Education is key to the future and it gives me pleasure to be part of this project. I thank Hewett Packard and everybody involve in this noble project.”

”I want to see doctors, lawyers, engineers dentists emerging from these classrooms”, Serena Williams told the gathering, which included politicians and senior government officials.

The tennis icon later spent time with the pupils inside their classrooms, asking them questions, and guiding them on their computers.

The star-struck the pupils, most of them not aware of the glory they were enjoying, could only mumble a few words; ”I don’t know her, but I think she is a very important person. This is the first time I am seeing aeroplane in my village”, remarked a 13 year old Purity, who entertained the VIP with a poem.

The climax of the visit came when Serena Williams was initiated into a Kamba woman, and was then wrapped with a shawl around her waste and neck, and handed a gift of Ciondo, a traditional basket that local women use to carry wares from the market. She did a jig with the women as loud music belted from powerful speakers mounted on trees, before she sat happily at the podium, enjoying the proceedings as more teams of traditional dancers trooped in the stage and kicked dust. The dust occasionally engulfed the VIPs section, and save for skeleton security staff who made little fuss with the enthusiastic crowd, it would have been impossible to realize that one of the richest sports personality was amidst these dusty crowd.

The build schools project started in the year 2005, and is the brainchild of one trained Tourist Guide, Mr Dickson Mutitu and Mr Patrick O’Sullivan, who is the Chief Executive of the Build African Schools Initiative, an NGO.

Mr O’Sullivan said, “I will not stop looking for donations from America and Europe to support schools here, because we want to see professionals emerging from these classrooms.”

The two have raised funds to build Ololai Matui and Supeta Primary Schools, near the world renown Maasai Mara National Game Park, Matitu Secondary School in Emali, Serena Williams Matooni, Masumbu, Mutaitu, Nthia and Thomas Fish Secondary Schools.

Mr Mutaitu narrated how these projects cameabout. He said on one early morning, as he was taking tourist to the Maasai Mara, his van drove past a small girl walking by the roadside, going to school. He drove past her, but what seemed to be unknown to the little girl was that a bull elephant was lurking around on her path. He said he though the beast could harm the little girl, so he drove back and picked her in the van. He later drove the girl 10 kilometers away, and dropped her at the schools gate.

From there onward he started discussing the plight of children in remote villages and their sufferings, due to lack of schools closer to their villages, with the tourists. Some of his clients agreed with his suggestions and that is how they initiated these projects. With the help of Mr O’Sullivan, they managed to get Hewlett Packard and Serena Williams on board. This saw the beginning of Ololai and Supeta in 2005. Supeta is located 18 miles out of Narok Town in the heart of Masailand.

Serena William Wee Secondary School is the latest product of this partnership, which has brought forth all the schools mentioned above. The new school is fully equipped with digital cameras, computers and printers.


13 White, 0 Black Mistresses- Is Tiger Woods Racist?

13 White, 0 Black Mistresses- Is Tiger Woods Racist?

Charles Makakala Jr
Tue, Dec 15, 2009
A widely circulated article apparently from Al Sharpton’s News Conference in which he lambasted Tiger Woods for lack of diversity in his mistresses has been said to be a hoax. The article is very interesting, and among many places you can find it here.
But a hoax or not, 13-0 (as I have read from a number of sources) is a damning figure (which among other things proves that Tiger is highly gifted in at least one more field than golf). Is there something very unlikable about black women that Tiger Woods doesn’t find them attractive at all?
According to one article I read: ‘Black men are two and a half times more likely to marry a white woman than a black woman is to marry a white man.’ Why many ‘successful’ black athletes and professionals prefer white women to the point of ‘discriminating’ people from their own race?
Was this question answered properly in the previous discussion?

Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods for Lack of Mistress Diversity

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically young black girls.

“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem . “What does it say to young black girls everywhere when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy say?”

Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed that cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines.

Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”