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MINSEP-Facefoot saga: FIFA encourages respect of texts, dialogue and amendment of 2015 convention

Following the recent appointment of a new head coach for the Cameroon national football team, FIFA has sent a letter to the Cameroon football federation expressing concerns over the appointment process While FIFA believes that the decision of appointing the coach should be made by FECAFOOT's executive committee without outside interference, they have no plans to sanction Cameroon. Instead, FIFA feels that the 2015 convention signed between the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education and FECAFOOT regarding the management of national teams should be revised to clarify the rights and responsibilities of each party involved in selecting the technical staff and coach of the national team. They stress the importance of adhering to the principles outlined in the convention and encourage dialogue between the parties to find a mutually beneficial solution. In summary, FIFA encourages the respect of texts, dialogue, and amendment of the 2015 convention in the ongoing Ministry of Sports-FECAFOOT saga. Source: Ca meroon News Agency

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Unisport fears sanction backtracks on withdrawal from Cameroon Cup

Elite Two team, Unisport who initially withdrew from the 2023/2024 Cameroon cup due to financial difficulties has made an urgent appeal for financial assistance to enable them participate in the competition. According to a statement released by the team, the budget for the competition has been estimated at 2,332,000 FCFA and includes expenses such as accommodation, meals, medical kits, unpaid bonuses, player salaries, and transportation costs. The team back paddled their decision to back out of the competition to avoid a first-ever forfeit and monetary penalty for the team in their 64-years of existence According to article 75 of the laws which govern Cameroon football, the team will face automatic exclusion from the next edition of the competition if they do not participate, in addition to any sanctions that may be imposed by the Football Federation (FECAFOOT). Same sanction was applied on Ranger FC of Bafut who missed their 2023 Cameroon cup fixture against Union of Douala and as a result the team was s uspended from playing the 2024 edition of the Cameroon cup and were fined 5 million FCFA. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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South West Governor welcomes Elite One champions, Victoria United

The Limbe based elite one outfit, Victoria United arrived the premises of the governor's office with a crowd of supporters. The team which two 2 years ago were promoted into the elite one was described as the pride of the sea side city of Limbe and the rest of the South West by various speakers who took turns to speak. The president of Victoria United, Nkwain Valentine who took over the club in 2019 had promised that the team will play the CAF championship. With a dream come through, he lauded the support of the South West Governor and other stakeholders who believed and stood by the team. The Victoria United president said it wasn't an easy journey to the top. However, they are determined not only to win but to use football and disarm separatist fighters in the bushes. 'I'm very sure we are going to go far in the African Championship. I'm sure we can bring the cup to South West,' he affirmed. Ndazeh Valerie Nchiakeh, president of the South West bearuea of the Federation of Cameroon Football (FECAFOOT) said a lot had changed for South West football in just few years. He explained that prior to the emergence of their leadership, the region was barely heard in football despite the infrastructure it boost off. Mr. Ndazeh then informed the governor that the victory is clear indication that the sporting endowment in the region are being effectively used and the trophy is going to inspire most youths in the region. With joy, the South West Governor received the trophy which stands as first of it's kind in the administrative unit. He noted that the win was a show that hardwork pays off and 'the South West region is standing tall. The South West region is doing well.' Highlighting the significance of the win, the senior administrator said it was testament of the living together in the South West. 'We are the South West region, the historical laboratory of living together,' he remarked. Through the elected representatives present, the South West boss called on the population of the region to mobilize and provid e the necessary support to the team. He concluded by calling on the team to remian vigilant and ensure healthy collaboration at all levels. Upgrade their performances and remain discipline to attain more victories. The South West Governor handed a cash envelope to the team. Senator Mbella Moki, in same manner gifted the team 1 million francs. Victoria United will be competing in the CAF championship. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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Samuel Eto’o participates in charity match with French President, other world figures

The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o, has participated in a gala match in Lyon France, aimed at raising funds to improve the daily lives of children and teenagers in hospital. The game played at the Bernard Giroux stadium, featured two teams; Variétés Club de France in which French President, Emmanuel Macron played alongside media personalities and former football players, and the team of caregivers whom Eto'o played with. The initiative led by the Pieces Jaunes foundation, was watched by several high-profile personalities including the French first lady Brigitte Macron, who is the president of the charity organization. Other world personalities present included the coach of the France national team, Didier Deschamps, world renowned coach Arsene Wenger, Didier Drogba, and Eden Hazard among others. The 2024 event marked 35 years since the initiative was founded. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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Samuel Eto’o participates in charity match with French President, other world figures

The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o, has participated in a gala match in Lyon France, aimed at raising funds to improve the daily lives of children and teenagers in hospital. The game played at the Bernard Giroux stadium, featured two teams; Variétés Club de France in which French President, Emmanuel Macron played alongside media personalities and former football players, and the team of caregivers whom Eto'o played with. The initiative led by the Pieces Jaunes foundation, was watched by several high-profile personalities including the French first lady Brigitte Macron, who is the president of the charity organization. Other world personalities present included the coach of the France national team, Didier Deschamps, world renowned coach Arsene Wenger, Didier Drogba, and Eden Hazard among others. The 2024 event marked 35 years since the initiative was founded. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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Faris Moumbagna unleashing his full potential at OM

Faris Moumbagna's acrobatic finish in Marseille's 2-2 draw against Toulouse on Sunday, has been the major highlight in French football in the past days. The Cameroonian forward, who had a gloomy start with Olympique of Marseille when he arrived from Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt in January, is now unleashing the fierceness in him. 'It is true that when I arrived, I was heavily criticized and I still face it till today. I know what I have to do and I'm at the disposal of the coach anytime he needs me' Moumbagna said. His equalizer on Sunday, came after his goal against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday, which helped his team qualify for the semi-finals of the competition. Coach Jean Louis Gasset said the Cameroonian's success will help boost his confidence. 'It is good for his progress. He has much potential. But he still has to work on the technical part' the OM coach said. Source: Cameroon News Agency

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Ethiopia Implements Homegrown Initiatives to Ensure Food Security, Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change

Addis Ababa: The government of Ethiopia has been implementing various homegrown initiatives with a view to mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensure food security of the people, Minister of Agriculture Girma Amente remarked. The minister made the remark at the opening of High-Level Side Event on the margins of the 14th Session of the African Risk Capacity Conference of Parties in Addis Ababa. The High-Level Panel aims to convene a diverse array of stakeholders, including policymakers, executives and representatives and experts of continental institutions to share lessons, build on existing strengths, and address the multifaceted challenges that the African food system faces. The meeting will also addresses the interlinkages between climate change and food systems for food security, and resilience in Africa by fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange on climate-smart agricultural practices, technologies, and policies as well as resilience building efforts that enhance food security while mitigating climate change impacts. Attempting to identify Africa's major opportunities and challenges in implementing climate-smart solutions and resilience building efforts at national, regional, and continental levels is also the other objetive. Ethiopia's Agriculture Minister Girma Amente said on the occasion that despite Africa is endowed with immense resources vital to ensuring food security; the continent has still been suffering from the harsh impacts of natural and manmade disasters. However, he said Ethiopia is exerting efforts in order to alleviate the negative impacts of climate change and ensure food security in the country by implementing various homegrown development initiatives. The minister mentioned the ongoing Green Legacy Initiative which has so far enabled the nation plant more than 32.5 billion tree seedlings stating that the objective is to reach 50 billion at the end of 2026. The initiative is playing critical role in increasing the forest coverage of the country, he added. The Minister has also shared Ethiopia's success registered in wheat development program that was initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pointing out the national wheat irrigation development currently underway on 3 million hectares of land across the country. Girma said Ethiopia is sharing its success being registered in wheat development to other African countries. Ethiopia has also been implementing National Food System Roadmap with view to successfully achieve efforts being carried out to ensure food security, the minister stated. He called on African nations to strengthen cooperation in order to fight the impacts of climate change and food insecurity. Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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SDGs’ Current Pace of Progress Insufficient to Achieve set Targets by 2030

Addis Ababa: Africa is making progress in 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the current pace of progress is insufficient to achieve the goals by 2030, according to an experts report on the progress on Africa Sustainable Development. The report launched ahead of the 10th Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia indicates that progress on the SDG agendas varies across sub-regions. The report was produced by a team of experts convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with African Union Commission, the United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP-RBA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB). On the occasion, the Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme Support at the ECA, Antonio Pedro underlined the lack of robust data as a major hurdle in tracking progress accurately. Improving data systems to effectively monitor and achieve the SDGs is essential, he stressed. 'Addressin g wide-ranging challenges-including social, political, environmental, and economic-is essential; specific focus areas like women's empowerment, peacebuilding, and security need targeted attention,' said Pedro, stressing the need to take advantage of technological advances, including artificial intelligence, to target interventions and achieve the SDGs with greater efficiency. He said there is need to foster domestic resource mobilization through evolving a better and innovative tax system. Countries need to improve institutional governance, strengthen data collection, analysis and reporting and devise better strategies for debt restructuring. Africa still accounts for over half (54.8 Percent) of global poverty. Particular attention therefore needs to be paid to addressing child poverty - the number of children living in extremely poor households, as about 7 out of 10 poor children live in Africa. In addition, lack of access to clean water, sanitation, energy, health, and education services coupled with ineq uality, infrastructure gaps, climate change, ethnic conflicts and limited employment opportunities are among the key drivers of poverty in Africa. On climate financing, the progress report shows the high climate financing gap in Africa. A large chunk of these resources emanates from public sector compared to private sector climate financing. 'Issues of policies on carbon market, debt for climate swaps, and carbon tax on natural resources, as well as the establishment of national sustainable financial framework for climate change should be addressed,' says the report. The surge in debt across African countries is impeding Africa's development, as debt servicing costs crowd out resources for social spending. There has also been limited donor support for capacity building; on average, African countries spend a trivial 0.5 percent of GDP on science, technology, and innovation. To bridge the gap and ensure that the continent achieves the SDG goals by 2030, the report recommends investing in data and capacity, integrating different data sources, developing new and alternate indicators, identifying new partners with tools and solutions such as the private sector, NGOs/CSO and academia. Source: Ethiopian News Agency