Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Zimbabwe drew with Morocco today in Harare during the Rugby Africa Gold Cup

16.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

On Saturday 16 June 2018, the Zimbabwe Sables played against Morocco’s Atlas Lions during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. In a largely aggressive game, Zimbabwe drew its opponent 23 – 23 on the final whistle.

The first half began on a frustrating note for both teams as they each sought to make their way to the try line. Unequally matched, in terms of experience in the competition, the two sides proved to be equally matched on the field as they maintained a 00-00 point deadlock. In the first quarter, Zimbabwe conceded a penalty to Morocco giving flyhalf and man-of-the-match, Hmidouch Chakir an opportunity to kick for 3 points lead. Zimbabwe fullback Shingirai Katsvere proceeded to bring cheers from the home crowd as he scored earning his first Sables cap, a try which was successfully converted by Lenience Tambwera giving Zimbabwe a 7-3 point lead.

Twenty seven minutes in to the match, Morocco’s defense gave way to a second try from Zimbabwe’s debut player, Katsvere raising the score to 14-3.  The Atlas Lions were not to be waylaid as they made a comeback with a try and a quick conversion by Chakir. Half-time saw Morocco leading their hosts 14-16.

The second half had Morocco and Zimbabwe actively taking advantage of the penalty system impacting on the scoreboard. Morocco conceded two penalties to Zimbabwe in the 67th minute allowing the hosts to lead 20-16. In the last fifteen minutes, Morocco fullback Jaoudat Souheyl added five points for his team which was successfully converted by Chakir, leading Zimbabwe 20-23. The match ended on a 23-23 draw owing to a penalty taken by Zimbabwe flyhalf, Lenience Tambwera.

Zimbabwe Sables captain, Denford Mutamangira said: “Morocco played well, we made a few crucial mistakes on our defense which we need to be corrected ahead of our next game.”

In an interview with Morocco captain, Arabat Hocine said: “We appreciate the ambiance the crowd brought today. We’ve only been able to train as a team for a week and playing Zimbabwe has given us a picture of how competitive our opponents are.”

Morocco coach Pierre Chadebech also added: “Zimbabwe was difficult to beat. We to need work on retaining the ball when going into contact and play a faster game. We will work on our mistakes in preparation for our game against Kenya.”

“What a thrilling opening game for the Rugby Africa Gold cup. It was a very close game, very well balanced actually. Well done to both teams, it promises an exciting tournament!”, said Abdelaziz Bougja, chairman of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa.

“The excitement, support and suspense that surrounds the Rugby Africa Gold Cup keeps growing every year. The opening day of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup has been hailed a huge success by the fans and sponsors. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in Africa and has seen record participation growth and fan engagement over the last five years”, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (, the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa.

The next games will happen on June 23, where Namibia will host Tunisia as Morocco faces Kenya in Casablanca. Zimbabwe’s next fixture is scheduled for August 4, where the team will host Namibia at Hartsfield in Bulawayo.

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World Rugby press release: Namibia lead the way in Gold Cup

16.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Defending champions Namibia were the big winners on the opening day of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018, their 55-6 defeat of Uganda in Windhoek comfortably putting them in pole position in the race to qualify as Africa 1 for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

The nine-try Namibians, chasing a sixth successive qualification for the World Cup and a spot in Pool B alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner, stole a big round one march on Zimbabwe, the 1987 and 1991 qualifiers who were held to a 23-23 draw by Morocco in Harare.

Zimbabwe spurned the chance to clinch the win in former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’ first game in charge after missing a last-gasp penalty, an error that left Phil Davies’ impressive, bonus-point earning Namibia three points clear in the standings after the first weekend of matches.

Bidding for an unprecedented fifth consecutive title, Namibia next host Tunisia in round two next Saturday, the same day rivals Kenya open their campaign away to Morocco in Casablanca.


Title favourites Namibia successfully opened their defence of the Gold Cup by easing past Uganda in a one-sided encounter in Windhoek.

The result was decided before the half-hour mark, the home side pouncing for their third and fourth tries when the visitors were in yellow card trouble.

They then convincingly pushed on in the second half, adding five more tries to confirm a comfortable victory.

Victorious coach Davies will be pleased with his team’s clinical nine-try effort, as just 14 first-half minutes were needed to put John Duncan’s Uganda firmly on the backfoot.

Powerful flanker Janco Venter was unstoppable when touching down alongside the posts after 10 minutes, while JC Greyling supplied an equally efficient finish in the corner four minutes later.

There was no let-up with hooker Obert Nortje burrowing his way over off a lineout maul on 19 minutes before captain Johan Deysel secured the try bonus point when he dotted down 10 minutes later as Namibia took advantage of the Ugandan indiscipline that led to Saul Kivumbi getting yellow carded.

The visitors at least got on the board before the interval with James Ijongat landing a penalty. However, other than a second kick from the fly-half 12 minutes into the second half, there was no further interruption to Namibia’s complete control. 

Another lineout maul was the catalyst for the first of their tries in the second half, replacement hooker Louis van der Westhuizen tagging on at the back of a rampant drive to the line.

Wian Conradie and Greyling added further tries before a 67th minute score for Chrysander Botha, on the occasion of his 50th test, generated the loudest cheer of the day. A second try for van der Westhuizen capped off the win for Namibia.


A scrappy opener in Harare culminated in a nerve-shredding conclusion, Zimbabwe’s Lenience Tambwera missing the last-gasp penalty that would have dramatically won the match for the hosts.

Morocco had kicked the ball into touch from scrum possession thinking time was up. However, there were still some seconds to play and with the visitors illegally collapsing the resulting lineout maul, Tambwera was given an opportunity off the tee to clinch the spoils.

The fly-half failed to break the stalemate, though, his miss mirroring the contest’s early second-half exchanges where multiple penalty chances went untaken by both teams.

With Morocco leading 16-14 following a first half that featured three tries, nerves got the better of the kickers in the early stages after the break.

Brendon Mandivenga and Tambwera missed for Zimbabwe, who in total squandered four of seven penalty attempts, while Hmidouch Chakir was twice off target for the visitors. The excitement levels picked up from there, however.

Zimbabwe’s Denford Mutamangira was excellent, holding up Morad Akkaoui over the line to prevent a try and with Morocco unable to create off the ensuing five-metre scrum, the hosts’ counter forced the penalty that Tambwera landed from in front of the posts on 60 minutes for the lead.

He kicked another plenty seven minutes later to make it 20-16, but Quadri Karim then stripped replacement prop Gabriel Sipapate and the Morocco winger raced in for a try converted by Chakir that had the visitors scenting victory.

Tambwera levelled it up at 23-23 with a kick, but late misses from Mandivenga and Tambwera were to leave Zimbabwe frustrated with a home draw in a tournament where three of their remaining four matches will be away.

De Villiers’ side had earlier enjoyed a promising 14-3 first-half advantage, a brace of tries from fleet-footed full-back Shingirai Katsvere putting them in a strong position after 29 minutes.

However, they then lost concentration and went in at the interval trailing after Ismail Nassik’s try was followed by a conversion and two penalties from Chakir.

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Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Namibia Defeated Uganda Saturday in Windhoek during the Rugby Africa Gold Cup

16.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

On Saturday 16 June, the Namibia senior rugby team the Welwitschias played against Uganda’s Rugby Cranes during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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The Welwitschias who have won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for four times in a row started off their defence on a positive note as they humbled Uganda 55-6 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon.

It only took seven minutes for the Namibian team to put points on the scoreboard after brilliant play from the right wing to the left found right flanker Janco Venter who scored their opening try and Cliven Loubser made no mistake from the spot.

Namibia strike once again in the 12th minute through Johann Greyling who was too strong and fast for the Ugandan’s. Venter converted from the spot.

Uganda had a chance of bringing themselves back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 16th minute but a poor taken penalty by their scrum half Aaron Ofoyrwoth kept the score line the same.

In the 18th minute the Welwitschias score their third try of the match from a lineout after a brilliant driving maun saw their hooker Orbet Nortje add to their score once more with Loubser scoring the conversion to make the score 21-0.

Before the half time break Namibia’s team captain Johan Deysel score one more try for his team in the 27th minute but Loubser miss from the spot.

Uganda were once more given a penalty in the 34th minutes and James Ijongat made no mistake as he added his team’s first points on the scoreboard.

The half time score was 26-3 in favour of the home team.

In the second half it was still a one-way affair as the Namibians ran in five more tries compared to their opponents who only scored a penalty.

Namibia’s tries in the second half were scored by hooker, Louis van der Westhuizen who scored two tries, left flanker Wian Conradie scored one, Greyling scored his second try of the match, while full back Chrysander Botha who made his 50th cap on the day also added to the score board with his try in the 66th minute of the match.

Ijongat scored his second penalty for the Rubgy Cranes while Ofoyrwoth missed a penalty once more in the second half.

Out of the five tries that were scored by Namibia in the second half only two were converted. Loubser converted once while substitute Pieter Steenkamp converted the other.

Speaking to the media after the match Namibia’s coach Phil Davies said the match was very hard for his team but he was happy they won it as more difficult tests still awaits them.

His captain Deysel who captained the team for the first time said it was good to win in front of the home supporters and they will now turn their attention to their next match of the competition.

Meanwhile, Chairman of World Rugby's African association, Rugby Africa, Abdelaziz Bougja expressed his excitement on the great rugby displayed by both teams.

“The defending champions meant business and did not leave anything to chance. Uganda had a difficult start but I wish to congratulate both teams for displaying great rugby. This second match was also the first leg of our trophy tour and clearly today's matches have shown that all six teams will fight hard to take the prize home! Thank you to our unions for hosting these matches brilliantly and to Kwese Sports for enabling the whole world to see what African rugby is all about”, he said.

“The excitement, support and suspense that surrounds the Rugby Africa Gold Cup keeps growing every year. The opening day of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup has been hailed a huge success by the fans and sponsors. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in Africa and has seen record participation growth and fan engagement over the last five years”, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (, the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa.

The other fixtures are as follows:

23 June 2018, Tunisia (home)

30 June 2018, Morocco (away)

04 August 2018, Zimbabwe (away)

18 August 2018 Kenya (home)

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DP World: Media Statement

16.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

It has been noted in some reports that DP World ( may consider an out of court settlement with respect to the dispute with the Djiboutian government over their illegal action in taking control of the port at Doraleh.

A DP World spokesperson said that the concession agreement remains in place, and the action taken by the Djiboutian government is subject to legal process in the International court of Arbitration in London.

“We await the outcome of this process. We remain committed to operating Doraleh port as per original agreement of the concession, and we will not consider any other alternative settlement option.”

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Folorunso Alakija’s Foundation Celebrates 10 Years of Providing Succour for Widows And Orphans

16.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Rose of Sharon ( who first opened their doors to widows and orphanages exactly a decade ago on the 23rd of May, 2008 is celebrating their 10th anniversary.

The Rose of Sharon foundation was founded by Mrs Folorunso Alakija ( to guarantee the financial independence & educational opportunities for widows & orphans through schemes & programmes that assure greater self esteem & ease of socio-economic integration. The foundation hasn’t just stopped there, just last year, it launched a youth empowerment scheme which trained over 100 youth enabling them to become part of the country’s working class. 

The foundation also boasts several educational, mentorship and skills acquisition programs for the widows. Over the years, it has managed to empower thousands of widows who are now able to function without needing assistance from the foundation. 

A journey that started with three (3) widows on 23rd May, 2008, has culminated into a network of almost a thousand widows today. Since inception, RoSF has empowered 970 widows – 11 of whom are in university, awarded scholarships to 1,366 widow’s children and 72 orphans. The loans to widows are interest free and the scholarships have no conditions attached. It has also provided accommodation for residential/business purposes for 82 widows. 

As Rose of Sharon turns 10 today, we celebrate the truly altruistic nature of her founder, Mrs Folorunso Alakija in her generosity towards the disadvantaged as well as the board of trustees and team members who have kept this machine fueled. 

Mrs Elizabeth Njoku, a member of ROSF, had this to say about the foundation…

“Today two of my kids are in university. One is in final year and the other is in her 2nd year. Mrs Alakija is a God-send. What my family, in-laws, pastors could not do, she’s done. I have taken several interest-free loans, i just took my third one. She does not discriminate not even based on ethnicity. I want to thank her because I am amazed when I look back and see how far I’ve come.”

Her testimonial just about rounds it up. Truly, this is a cause worth celebrating and we celebrate the Rose of Sharon Foundation for creating social impact nationwide.

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Radio sound bites – Rugby World Cup' African qualifications: Radio sound bites of Namibia new captain Johan Deysel and Namibia Coach Phil Davies commenting on what to expect from Uganda

15.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

The Windhoek Draught Namibia rugby coach, Phil Davies announced that centre Johan Deysel will be team captain for Saturday’s first Rugby Africa Gold Cup game in Windhoek against Uganda.

The 26 year old Deysel will captain the Namibia test team for the first time on Saturday. Deysel made his test debut on 16 November 2013 against Kenya in Windhoek and has 17 test caps to his credit.

Deysel scored 6 test tries for Namibia in his 17 games and the most memorable try he scored was against the New Zealand All Blacks, during the 2015 World Cup in London.

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World Rugby rankings permutations

15.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

With international fixtures taking place across all continents this weekend, including Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers in Africa and Europe, there is potential for significant change in the men's World Rugby rankings.

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World Rugby is providing live coverage from the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and the World Rugby U20 Championship this weekend. Find out more about where to watch here:

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AFIG Funds CEO, Papa Ndiaye, Receives 2018 Private Equity Africa’s Outstanding Leadership Award

15.June.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Private Equity Africa (PEA) awarded Papa Ndiaye, CEO of AFIG Funds (, the 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award at a ceremony held in London Tuesday night. PEA is the pre-eminent magazine on Private Equity in Africa. It is in recognition of PE professionals who have helped shape the industry.

 “It is quite an honor to be recognized by my esteemed peers for Private Equity Africa’s Outstanding Leadership Award. I have had the privilege of seeing the African PE industry blossom from its very humble beginnings in the 1990s, and I firmly believe that the best years are ahead of us, particularly with African capital markets evolving rapidly and the African PE LP base broadening to include a more diverse base of local as well as international institutions in recent years,” said Papa. “This award is a strong testament to the commitment and hard work of my colleagues at AFIG Funds, who have accepted the challenge of promoting private equity both in established and frontier markets on the continent. Thanks to their hard work and excellence, we have invested across 12 countries to-date and impacted the development of African blue-chip companies in several sectors, while providing healthy returns to our Limited Partners. I also thank my peers in the industry, whose support and friendship and contributions have been essential in fostering a collective vision for a stronger PE sector in Africa.”

It has been a remarkable year for AFIG Funds with one of the company’s LP Old Mutual also being recognized for a House of the Year Award, as well as INJARO (an AFIG Funds strategic partner) for the Small Cap/VC category.

Gail Mwamba, Awards Chair &Managing Editor of PEA said: “The Private Equity Africa awards celebrate industry leaders who are doing exceptional work on the continent, and highlighting their achievements helps develop the continent. The Outstanding Leadership Award is the only category that is voted on by industry peers. Papa was selected by the industry leaders for his consistent contribution to the growth of the industry. We would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the industry and congratulate him on winning this prestigious award.”

Papa has been a leader in the Private Equity landscape for three decades. Before AFIG Funds, he was a founding member and Investment Director of EMP (now ECP). Prior to that, he had investment responsibilities in IFC’s Africa Department and helped launch several landmark funds in Africa. He also worked at Salomon Brothers in 1988 before joining JP Morgan’s Emerging Markets Group in 1992 in the Latin America M&A Group and served as Economic advisor to President Wade of Senegal in 2000. In 2004, Papa was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum of Davos, and then as one of the “Frontier 100 CEOs” of the Initiative for Global Development in 2009.

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