Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Namibia have qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019 after winning the Africa Gold Cup

18.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On Saturday 18 August 2018, the Namibia senior rugby team the Welwitschias played against Kenya during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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This was the fifth win for the Welwitschias and saw Namibia qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Namibia opened the scoring through a penalty by Clive Loubser.

Kenya then scored the first try of the match through right winger William Ambaka which was converted by Darwin Mukidza, to take a 7-3 lead inside 13minutes.

Namibia hit back through Chrysander Botha’s try which Loubser converted for 17-7 scoreline.

Namibia regained the lead through man of the match and double try scorer Louis Van Der Westhuizen.

Kenya were offered an opportunity to reduce the arrears through a penalty but Ambaka missed.

Loubser then added a try and a conversion to take the scoreline to 22-7 at halftime.

The Welwitschias resumed the second half stronger with  Van Der Westhuizen adding his second try of the day within a minute of resumption with Loubser adding more points from the boot.

The Welwitschias who have won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for four times in a row will be looking to qualify for the 2019 World Cup finals slated for Japan.

With Namibia dominating the game, Kenya made a raft of changes which added urgency to their game with Ambaka scoring his second try for Kenya.

Mukidza converted the try to take the scoreline to 32-14.

The home side hit back immediately through Tjeriko Mahepisa and Loubser converted to give Namibia a 39-14 lead.

Darrly De la Harpe added his name to the try scorer and Loubser converted to take the scoreline to 46-14.

Kenya kept pushing and captain Davis Chenge scored a try which was converted by Mukidza.

Kenya then scored and converted two more tries while the home team added one more converted try by Botha to leave the final scoreline at 53-28 in favour of Namibia.

With the victory Namibia retained the Africa Gold Cup for the fifth time and qualified for the world cup.

Kenya will have another chance to claim a spot at the world cup when they play the repechage qualifies in November.

Speaking to the media after the match Namibia’s Coach Phil Davies said he was pleased with the ambitions of his side.

“We played well today, the team stuck to the game plan. This means a lot as we have been building a team since the last world cup. We have an average age of 24 years now compared to 31 at the previous tournament. We have depth now,” he explained.

Captain Johan Deysel said Namibia had played well by utilizing all the chances that came their way.

Ian Snook the Kenyan coach said his team played their hearts out but lost the match due to lack ‘intelligence’.

Abdelaziz Bougja, chairman of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), said: “Namibia has been impressive all along this competition and today the strongest team has won. Congratulations and I have no doubt that they will make us proud at the RWC 2019 in Japan. Well done as well to Kenya who kept going and played really well. I am very proud of our African teams and the progress they have made over recent years.”

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, said: “As the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, we will put all our efforts in ensuring the world knows about Namibia’s participation in the World Cup. We will soon unveil a communication plan aimed at promoting African rugby during the Rugby World Cup 2019.”

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Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Zimbabwe defeats Uganda Saturday in Kampala during the Rugby Africa Gold Cup

18.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On Saturday August 18th, the Uganda Cranes played against Zimbabwe during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan in their last game of this year’s tournament.

Uganda managed only two tries through Byron oketayot and Michael Wokorach against Zimbabwe’s six through Makombe, Mhende, Chitokwindo, Johannes Coetzee and McNab.

Zimbabwe, with intent on surviving the chopping block, started the game on the front foot and were through in the fifth minute after a try from Johannes Coetzee. Flyhalf Mandivenga converted with ease to give the visitors a comfortable 7-0 lead. Uganda got a player into the sin bin and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo capitalized on the numbers to run quick through a disorganized defense to extend the Sables lead. Uganda saved face with a try of their own through flanker Byron Oketayot, with Philip Wokorach converting. Zimbabwe were through again after Tafadzwa Mhende eased past Uganda’s sleeping defense and ended the half with his Sables leading 19-10.

Behaving like a home team, the Sables kicked off the second half with as much enthusiasm as was with the first and not before long, they were over through Tafadzwa. They failed to convert though. Phillip Wokorach switched on his goose-stepping feet and did away with three sables before offloading to Martial who released Michael Wokorach and the center scored Uganda’s second try of the day. The Zimbabwean train was back again on the prowl and caught Uganda’s defense short on the wing, to gift Shayne Makombe with a try. The Sables closed the show with another try down the wing to confirm the win and secure Gold Cup rugby for 2019.

Zimbabwe’s win was their first and only win of this year’s campaign and it was enough for them to secure Gold Cup for another year regardless of the result in Tunisia later in the day.

“It was a very good game. Credits to my boys without whom I wouldn’t have been voted man of the match. Uganda were a good team, one of the good contests,” said Jeremiah Jaravaza, the man of the match.

Both sides were similar; scrambled defenses. I am happy to be an African, and with some money added, the game will be better.

“We are going to enjoy this tonight. We stayed in the competition. We have some matched to go build on and be accountable going into next year,” remarked winning coach De Villiers of Zimbabwe.

“The boys are gutted. We didn’t start with the energy that we needed today and but at the end of the day, credit to Zimbabwe. They played particularly well. But we shall be back because we finished third but it doesn’t take away the fact that it hurts and the boys are hurting,” said a remorseful John Duncan, the coach of Uganda Cranes.

“Definitely, it (the win) was long overdue. It means a lot to our nation and we really wanted to stay in group 1A and we managed that. In 2 to 3 years, this will be the team to beat,” said a joyful Denford Mutamangira.

It is disappointing losing this game but we are still up in Tier 1A. I won’t say we were complacent because we made a few mistakes in there, and two yellow cards let us down. Playing 14 men (against 15) for 20 minutes is not good at all,” said Uganda’s skipper Asuman Mugerwa.

Abdelaziz Bougja, chairman of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), said: “By winning with a bonus point in Kampala, Zimbabwe did everything they could to maximize their chances to start in the gold cup next year. It is the end of the rugby Africa gold cup for Uganda and Zimbabwe, it has been a fierce competition well done to both teams.”

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, said: “It was amazing to see such a passionate crowd in Kampala today. Zimbabwe and Uganda definitely have a growing rugby fan base and cannot wait to attend the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2019!”.

Both teams played their final game of the year, as Zimbabwe secured Tier 1A rugby in the Gold Cup for 2019 while Uganda were confirmed for third on the log.  

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President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina eulogizes Kofi A. Annan

18.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina eulogizes Kofi A. Annan:

It is with much sadness that I learnt today of the death of Mr. Kofi A. Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations. 

He was a great personal mentor and father to me. His simplicity, decency, uncommon humility, selflessness and compassion made him a gem for humanity.

A distinguished gentleman. He was a global icon and a man of peace who stood firmly in support of good governance and accountability for leaders. 

He was my boss as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), when I was the Vice President for AGRA. He had an infectious passion for ending hunger and poverty in Africa. He greatly supported me when I was Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, when he served as a member of the Eminent Persons Group that helped to support the transformation of agriculture in Nigeria. He energetically co-Chaired the High-level Panel of global leaders to support the African Development Bank in its efforts to accelerate Africa's development. 

As U.N. Secretary General and throughout a distinguished career, Mr. Annan made Africa stand tall globally. Africa has lost a great gem. 

I will greatly miss him and his rich words of wisdom.

May his soul rest in peace.

Akinwumi A. Adesina

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African Development Bank Mourns Passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi A. Annan

18.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The African Development Bank (www.AFDB.org) has learned with deep sadness the news of the death of Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Noble Peace Prize Laureate, at the age of 80 in Bern, Switzerland.

“With Mr. Kofi Annan’s passing, Africa and the entire world has lost its finest diplomat, champion of world peace and development advocate, leaving a void which will be hard to fill,” President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina said.  “Today, the international community is mourning a man of great humility and righteousness; a formidable architect behind critical peace brokering agreements around the world. His leadership on spearheading the Millennium Development Goals, made poverty eradication an achievable global imperative. He touched the lives of everyone he met with his dignity and quiet resolve. We stand with his dear wife, Nane, family and friends at this time and express our heartfelt condolences”, Adesina added.

For the African Development Bank, Mr. Kofi Annan held a special place on several of the Bank’s initiatives. He was a staunch advocate of the Bank’s ‘New Deal on Energy for Africa’, a partnership-driven effort which aims to achieve universal access to energy in Africa by 2025. He was appointed as the “Champion” of the New Deal on Energy for Africa. In 2016, Mr Annan co-chaired the Special Panel on Accelerating the Implementation of the African Development Bank’s Ten Year Strategy, launched by President Adesina.

He spearheaded several initiatives on Africa, including his chairmanship of the Africa Progress Panel and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

In April 2001, in Abuja, Nigeria, at a summit of African leaders, Mr. Kofi Annan made the first explicit public call for a new funding mechanism, proposing the creation of The Global Fund, to be dedicated to the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. He made the first contribution to the Global Fund in 2001.

Kofi Annan was Africa's global icon. He will be greatly missed.

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African Development Bank and Canada share commitment to women’s empowerment on the continent

17.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On her first visit to the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, Canada’s Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau and the President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina (www.AfDB.org), shared a common vision and commitment to the advancement of women and girls on the continent.

Both officials met at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, following the Minister’s visit to a Bank-financed rural agriculture project in Abengourou, Côte d’Ivoire earlier in the day. Bibeau, Adesina and other senior management members exchanged views on wide ranging issues including gender empowerment issues, renewable energy, agriculture, and innovative financing mechanisms.

Canada is the fourth largest contributor to the Bank among non-regional members, and the sixth largest donor to the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group.

The advancement of women and girls is a priority area for the Canadian government in keeping with its Feminist International Assistance Policy (https://bit.ly/2rV5eAG).

The Minister emphasized the need to involve African women in decision-making processes.

According to Bibeau “If we want to end poverty, women in Africa must be able to develop their full potential,” she said. She also expressed the hope that women would no longer be perceived as “mere beneficiaries” but as “agents of change.”

“This is the approach we are taking in Canada. We are working to ensure that 15% of our department's budget is allocated to transformative projects for women,” Bibeau said.

The Gender Strategy is a central part of the Bank’s ambitious vision for Africa, based on the reality that gender equality is integral to Africa’s economic and social development. The vision includes creating opportunities for women, disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities so they can fully participate in and benefit from the development of their communities and nations.

Commending Adesina for exemplary leadership, Bibeau acknowledged that “change will not come overnight, but our collective actions will make a significant difference.” The Bank recorded exceptional results for 2017 with approvals of US $8.7 billion and over $7 billion of disbursements, the highest performance since its creation in 1964.  

From 2010 to 2017, the Bank’s operations have positively impacted the lives of millions of Africans. 83 million Africans have benefited from improved access to transport, and 49 million have gained access   to clean water and sanitation. Nine million African women have been connected to electricity and the living conditions of 29 million more women have been significantly enhanced as a result of improvements in agriculture.

Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina called for greater mobilization of resources in favor of women.

“We need to change the current system, and introduce a mechanism for rating and classifying financial institutions. Those who put the issue of gender at the center of their concerns should be at the forefront of this ranking,” he said.

According to Adesina, “the Bank plans to raise a US$ 300-million guarantee fund for the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative.”  AFAWA is expected to leverage close to USD$ 3 billion over 10 years to empower female entrepreneurs through capacity building development, access to funding, and policy, legal and regulatory reforms to support enterprises led by women.

The initiative provides significant support for the advancement of Africa’s Gender agenda.  The Bank is helping build women’s market programs in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through four commercial banks, at least 200,000 women owned businesses are expected to be impacted through financing, growth in revenues and through coaching and mentoring programs.

Adesina said he hoped Canada would champion the initiative, launched during the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings.

The Canadian Minister and the African Development Bank President also discussed closer cooperation between Canada and Africa, and Canada’s participation in the first Africa Investment Forum scheduled for November 2018 in South Africa.

Canada joined the African Development Bank in 1982. The country has supported all the general capital increases of the Bank and all the replenishments of the African Development Fund (ADF). Canada also participates in a number of multi-donor trust funds and other initiatives managed by the Bank.

The African Development Bank Group is one of Canada's leading partners in supporting sustainable economic growth in Africa. Other Bank Group priority areas of focus include environment and renewable energy, inclusive governance, peace and security.

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Madagascar: President Hery Rajaonarimampianina Announces his Candidacy for a New Term

17.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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At the end of a five-year term of remarkable economic performance, recognized by the largest international organizations, among them the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Hery Vaovao ho an'i Madagasikara – “Vital Force for Madagascar” – Party proclaimed its full confidence in Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA as its candidate for the 2018 presidential campaign.  On Friday, August 17, 2018, in Antananarivo, the present Head of State revealed his intention to seek a second term before a crowd of his party’s supporters. 

On that occasion, he recalled the entire range of projects launched within the framework of the Fisandratana 2030 Plan, the vision of which serves as a platform for his presidential program for the fight against the high cost of living, for the modernization of agriculture, for the safety of transportation, for the fight against corruption, for the improvement of public services, for industrialization and the creation of jobs at every level. (www.fisandratana2030.com)

Between now and 2023, there will be more than 2 million new jobs that the development of seven priority sectors will have created, and 5 million before 2030. Agriculture, the maritime economy, natural products, mining, precious stones, industry and tourism will be the keys to accelerated growth.  With the creation of four growth areas designed to connect infrastructure projects with industrial sectors, Madagascar will benefit from all the necessary assets to become a regional economic power in the South African Development Community and the Indian Ocean region. 

At the same time, Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA mentioned the progress realized since the beginning of his first term, in particular the exiting of more than 2 million Malagasy citizens from poverty.  Thanks to the effects of training on consumption, the same result will be able to be attained or even surpassed during the next five years. 

This objective is at the heart of his commitment to the Malagasy people, which he described as a non-negotiable requirement for the improvement of living conditions.  In his own words: “Leaders must learn to feel the same impatience for change as the people who brought them to power!  But as I already said, I know your impatience and I feel it myself.  I may well accelerate reforms, accelerate achievements, multiply future plans, but I always want to do more.  Like you, I am impatient to be able to move to the next chapter of the construction of the Madagascar of tomorrow.” 

Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA then touched on his plans for the construction of a modern economy in Madagascar, but he also took care to speak about the values of the Malagasy people.  Alluding to the always present necessity of having “strong reference points”, he called for a “spiritual rebuilding” of the Malagasy nation, supported by family values, by the vital forces of young people and women, by the respect for the wisdom of the elders, all of which are values that strengthen the individual and allow for individual fulfillment. 

As a conclusion of his speech, he mentioned the convictions that motivate him and his belief in a collective purpose to which he has dedicated his action: “I know that I can count on you, on your pride, on your determination, in order to build together the Madagascar of your dreams!  I know that, for you, the vision of this future of prosperity and of development will be all that matters to you the most in the decades to come,” he declared, before announcing his candidacy for president, in order to continue the recovery of the country undertaken since 2014.   

The first round of the presidential election is scheduled for November 7, 2018. 

The website: www.Hery2018.com

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Rugby World Cup – Online Press Conference: Ask your questions live to the winner of the Rugby World Cup' African Qualifiers

17.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Kenya meet Namibia in crunch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying match this weekend. The winner of the match will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan as Africa 1, joining reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner in Pool B.

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET to Kenya captain Davis Chenge, Kenya Team Manager Wangila Simiyu, and Namibia Rugby Union CEO Mervin Green.

Where: Online

When: Monday 20 August 2018 at 10:00 am UK Time (Time converter: https://bit.ly/2Bmc8r6)

Who:

  • For Kenya: Kenya captain Davis Chenge and Kenya Head Coach Ian Snook
  • For Namibia: Namibia Rugby Union CEO Mervin Green

Language: English

How it works: This service is FREE and only requires a computer connected to the internet.

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Rugby Africa Gold Cup: Zimbabwe team to face Uganda

17.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Zimbabwe team to face Uganda:

(1-15): 1.Denford Mutamangira (C), Matthew Mandioma, Lawrence Cleminson, Antipas Kamkwindo, Fortune Chipendu, Brian Nyaude, Connor Pritchard, Tapfuma Parirenyatwa, Ernest Mudzengerere, Lenience Tambwera, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Brendon Mandivenga, Tafadzwa Mhende, Shayne Makombe, Shingi Katsvere

Replacements: (16-22): David Makanda, Cleopas Kundiona, Kudakwashe Nyamufaringwa, Takudzwa Mandiwanza, Jeremiah Jaravaza, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Matthew MacNab

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Official Podcast for the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup: Last games of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup: Namibia vs Kenya; Uganda vs Zimbabwe; Tunisia vs Morocco

17.August.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Watch the Rugby Africa Gold Cup Live on YouTube on Saturday 18 August:

Namibia vs Kenya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvZl-INt84

Uganda vs Zimbabwe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2yg56p2eek

Tunisia vs Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNtBpMDmX0

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