South Africa To Monitor Illegal Immigrants’ Stay At Deportation Camp

South African Department of Home Affairs says Minister Naledi Pandor has set up a mechanism to ensure that the number of days each illegal immigrant spends at the transit centre, Lindela, does not exceed 120 days, as stipulated by law.

Addressing the media in Pretoria on Thursday, Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said the department would continue to enforce the observance of the immigration laws of the country within the framework of the Constitution.

The department said the court case brought against it by the Human Rights Commission and People against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) was withdrawn in court on Tuesday, 13 November. The case sought to ensure that inmates at Lindela were not detained for more than 120 days.

“The withdrawal arose from the fact that by the time the case was brought against the department, the 39 inmates on whose behalf the case was brought had already been released or deported,” said Apleni.

“The challenges that had previously led to inmates overstaying the stipulated 120 days arises from, among others, a deliberate attempt to subvert the law by refusing to supply officers at the transit centre with details of their origin and/or nationality,” he added.

Lindela is a place where illegal immigrants are detained and thereafter deported to their countries of origin. Pandor is expected to visit the centre to interact with inmates and staff members.

Apleni said extended stays at the centre were also due to some embassies and high commissions not being forthcoming to assist the department in identifying their nationals, thus delaying the process of deportation.

“These issues are a matter of concern and continue to receive the attention of the minister with a view to finding an amicable resolution to these challenges.” –

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South Africa Directs AFCON Teams, Fans To Declare Agricultural Products


All national teams and their supporters who will be coming to the country during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) soccer tournament have been advised to declare imports of animals and animal products before entering South Africa.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, all imports of animals and animal products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other regulated goods may only be imported into South Africa by means of an import permit, unless exempted, and must be declared with the department’s inspectors for inspection at ports of entry before entering South Africa.

These import control measures are aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world.

A total of 32 nations will be battling it out at the Afcon tournament next year, where thousands of visitors from participating nations are expected to flock to the country to support their teams for the duration of the event.

Acting Chief Director for Stakeholder Relations and Communications at the department, Steve Galane, said inspectors from the department would be conducting luggage and consignment inspections at the ports of entry by means of visual inspections and sniffer dogs to ensure compliance with the import permit requirements.

He further warned soccer fans that the importation of certain alcoholic products with an alcohol content of more than one percent into the country for drinking purposes was restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by the department. This excludes beer, sorghum beer and medicine.

“Conditions may differ according to the country of export, global pest distribution, type of products, etc. Travellers are therefore advised to call the department for further information regarding the requirements for the products to be imported,” he said.

All the consignments must be presented at the port of entry for such inspection as the executive officer regards as necessary. The consignments may not be removed from the port of entry without written authorisation or before being granted entry by the department.

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Obafemi Martins Promises More, Onazi Vows African Cup Of Nations Spot As Eagles Camp Open Dec 17, Pros Get January 4 Deadline


Levantre of Spain striker, Obafemi Martins may not have scored in the friendly against Venezuela, but he is thinking of doing that when he returns to the team soonest, even as Head Coach Stephen Keshi assured that he would be given a second chance when camp opens for the Afcon 2013 preparations.

Martins said after the game that he wanted to score on the night, but the goals simply did not come. “But I will be back and better when we return to camp, I know what I can do, and I’m sure the coach will give me the opportunity to prove myself”.

Also, speaking, Lazio of Italy midfield sensation Ogenyi Onazi, who scored the team’s third goal has vowed to grab a shirt ahead of the Nations Cup. “I’m happy at the way the coach has been given me opportunity, and I can assure Nigerians that I will be part of the team that will bring the Nations Cup to the country next year”, the former My People FC star owned by Pastor TB Joshua declared.

Meanwhile, December 17, has tentatively been chosen as the day camp will start in Abuja to kick-start preparations for the Nations Cup in South Africa. Keshi said in Miami that the camp will begin with home based professional players while their foreign based counterparts are expected to join up with the rest of the squad in Faro, Portugal between January 3 -4.

“We need to work together for at least two weeks, and after that we should have a strong team that can challenge any team in the world that is why we want everybody in camp by January 4th at the latest.” Keshi is currently holidaying with his family in the United States and returns to the country in the second week of December.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are scheduled to return to the country on Friday evening on Delta Airline through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

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Former Cameroon International Theophile Abega Dies After Heart Attack In

Former Cameroonian footballer Theophile Abega has died of a heart attack in Yaounde at the age of 58, state broadcaster CRTV announced on Thursday.

The former Canon Yaounde and Toulouse midfielder retired from professional football in 1987 to begin a career in politics, going on to become the Mayor of Yaounde, which he remained until his death.

Abega captained the Indomitable Lions to their first Africa Cup of Nations victory in 1984 and was also a member of the squad that participated in the 1982 World Cup.

He was selected by Caf in 2006 as one of the 200 best African footballers of the last 50 years.

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S/ African Fans Injure Zambian Goalkeeper After 1- 0 Defeat

Zambia’s goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was cut by shattered glass when two boys threw stones at the team bus after they beat South Africa 1-0 in a friendly in Soweto Wednesday night, organisers said. “They stoned the bus as it was leaving the stadium,” said Africa Cup of Nations organising committee spokesman Sipho Sithole.

The two boys, aged 12 and 13, did not attend the game in the FNB stadium, also known as Soccer City, where the opening and closing matches of next year’s Africa Cup will take pace. Current African champions Zambia and next year’s hosts clashed just over two months before the tournament kicks off on January 19. The friendly was organised by the organising committee. The boys were detained and taken to a police station, Sithole told AFP. Zambian goalkeeper Mweene suffered “minor injuries” when he was cut by shattered glass from a window.

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Africa will rule the world –Ujiri

Nigerian-born Masai Ujiri made history in 2010 when he became the first African to be named the General Manager of an American Major League sports team, Denver Nuggets, in the NBA. The former NBA star, who doubles as the club’s Vice President, spoke to CNN on his vision for the sport and Africa’s chances of ruling the basketball world.

On Africa’s potential

As an NBA executive, I’m always looking for untapped potential. As a proud native of Nigeria, I believe that Africa is one of the world’s greatest resources in that area. From Angola and Tunisia to Senegal and South Sudan, there is so much size and athletic ability across the continent.

Some tribes in Sudan and Senegal have an average height of 6-foot-6, which also happens to be the size of the average NBA player. People in Nigeria, Mali and Congo tend to be very big and physical. We need to build a strategy to go into these regions and cultivate the talent through infrastructure and instruction.

On awareness of the sport

Kids in Africa start kicking a ball when they are six or seven years old, if not younger. It’s like baseball, basketball and football in America. If you’re talented, people will find you. That’s what happened with soccer.

The number of academies has grown rapidly, and people are really into it. As a result, nearly every major soccer team has a lot of African players. Through my experience as a Nigerian player, coach and now NBA executive, I believe basketball can follow a similar path. It starts with building facilities. We need to start investing in outdoor courts and indoor gyms for kids to play.

On NBA, FIBA and corporate sponsorship

Most kids in Africa don’t start playing basketball until they are 13 or 14 years old. This puts them at a disadvantage because they lack the instincts and must work harder to develop the skills and habits formed at an early age.

With a tremendous assist from the NBA, Nike and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), we have been trying to provide opportunities for the next generation of African basketball players. Every year, we conduct the Giants of Africa camp, sponsored by Nestlé Milo and Nike, as well as the NBA Basketball Without Borders Africa elite camp. Nearly 100 campers have gone on to play college basketball in the United States, including Luc Mbah a Moute, who now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.

On the emerging stars

Mbah a Moute (Cameroon) is one of several African success stories. Serge Ibaka (Democratic Republic of Congo) is a rising star for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Luol Deng (born in Sudan) was an All-Star last year for the Chicago Bulls. These guys are great examples for young people in Africa. Kids are beginning to see the possibilities because of the exposure of the NBA.

On ex-internationals as role models

It was unfortunate that Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Dikembe Mutombo (Congo) and Manute Bol (Sudan)-three African giants-came in an era before the internet, cable and satellite television. A lot of African kids have heard of these guys, but they don’t know the scope of their accomplishments. Deng, Ibaka and Mbah a Moute are trying to become giants themselves, but they can’t do it alone.

Through the Sprite clinics and Basketball Without Borders, we’ve been to Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. On a continent with more than a billion people, we still have a lot more ground to cover, and we need help from sponsors in Africa.

On support for the sport

We need more companies to help build courts and gymnasiums for kids to play. Nestle Milo paid for a worldclass floor made in the United States. That’s what we use for my Giants of Africa camp. For years, Nike has generously provided shoes and equipment for the players.

That is the kind of support we need from influential investors in Africa. As you can probably tell, the push to develop talent in Africa is personal. I grew up there. I played there. I know how much talent there is.

We have to concentrate on building facilities, establishing successful leagues and finding investors to help young players. America gave me the opportunity, but I truly believe Africa is going to be the next big thing. It is going to be prominent in tapping basketball talent. I really hope I’m alive to see it happen. This much is certain: I will die trying.


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Crisis: NFF Stops NPL Congress Puts Season On Hold


The delayed 2012/2013 new season of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) expected to kick off on December 1, may not be realised after all. This is because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday ordered the NPL to put on hold its 7th Congress earlier scheduled to hold this Saturday, November 17, in Kano.

It was planned that the December 1 proposed date would be ratified by delegates at the Kano Congress, despite lack of a title sponsor for the league because of a lingering court case involving two telecommunications firms struggling to buy into the league.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, said the Federation took the decision as part of its determination to see that outstanding issues around the NPL were conclusively resolved with a view to putting in place a credible first tier of Nigeria’s domestic football.

The NFF wrote the letter based on the need to put all lingering matters to rest before we can start talking about a new season. This is of high importance, Inyama said.

The letter addressed to the Acting Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, and signed by NFF General Secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu, read, inter alia,I have the mandate of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation to inform you to put all arrangements for the staging of the NPL 7th Congress 2012 on hold until further notice.

This is as a result of several lingering issues around the Nigeria Premier League that have come to the fore and which must be fully resolved before a Congress can be called to set the date for the beginning of a new season.

You may kindly recall that the Nigeria Football Federation had earlier directed you to suspend plans for the commencement of a new season based on some issues. Now, other matters have been added, for which the NFF issued you a query that has only recently been answered.

The 2011/2012 did not begin as scheduled because of the leadership crisis in the NPL and when it eventually kicked off, the league, which was bogged down by the title sponsorship litigation, eventually ended on September 7, 2012.

Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, had earlier ordered the NPL not to start the new season until all cases in court concerning the League’s sponsorship were withdrawn or resolved.


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Messi, Falcao, Neymar Make 10-Man Puskas Award Shortlist

The 10 nominees for the 2012 Puskas Award – a list of the top 10 ‘most beautiful’ goals of the year, has been revealed by FIFA.

They include: Agyemang Badu from Ghana, last year’s winner Neymar, Lionel Messi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Radamel Falcao, Moussa Sow, Eric Hassli of Vancouver Whitecaps, Miroslav Stoch and Nacional Potosi’s Gaston Mealla.

Interestingly, there is representation from women’s football – Olivia Jimenez’s stunning long-range effort for Mexico against Switzerland at the Women’s Under-20 World Cup.

The list was drawn up by a panel of experts and members of FIFA’s Football Committee, but the winner will be decided by public voting. The first round of voting ends on November 29, while the winner will receive his plaque at the Ballon d’Or Gala on January 7.


Nigeria Unity Cup Kicks Off In Abuja

The Nigeria Youth Peace and Unity Cup will kick off today at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja. According to the chairman of the Central Working Committee of the tournament Mr. Ejugo Alfred the official launch of the ball will precede the kick off. Meanwhile, the mascot for Nigeria youth peace and unity Cup 2012 was unveiled by Chief Vincent Okumagba, Chairman Managing director Pixal Petroleum Company Ltd at Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Okumagba who was represented by his personal assistant Prince Kunle Ojo stated that any meaningful idea aimed at checking the rising restlessness in the youth of this country and to promote peace and unity was a welcome development.

According to Okumagba, the tournament will not only promote peace and unity among the youth but will also reduce the lingering security challenges facing the country, using the power of football as a unifying factor for sustainable development.

Speaking in the same vein the acting managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority Engr. Mfon Essien commended the main organizing committee of the unity cup tournament. He said that the Nigeria Peace and Unity Cup was a tournament every Nigerian should support since it has to do with promotion of peace and unity of the country.

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Inquiry Looks into Dettori’s ‘Positive Test’

Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, one of the biggest names in flat racing, is to face an inquiry by French horse racing authorities after a ‘positive test’ at Longchamp in September, the rider’s legal representative said.

“On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week,” said Christopher Stewart-Moore in a statement.

“In compliance with, and out of respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting further until the France Galop procedures have been completed.”

On that day, the British-based jockey had four races at Longchamp that included riding Joshua Tree to third in the Qatar Prix Foy.

The Sunday meet was a day of major trials for October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting.

The statement did not specify what the positive test was for. France Galop was not immediately available for comment.

The 41-year-old Dettori, who enjoys celebrity status in the sport, announced in October that he was ending his 18-year stint as retained jockey for the Godolphin stable of Sheikh Mohammed, for whom he has ridden more than 100 Group One winners around the world since 1994.

Dettori memorably won all seven races in one afternoon at Ascot, England, in 1996, costing bookmakers millions of pounds in payouts to gamblers.

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K-League Cornthwaite Strikes Against Korea

Late call-up Robert Cornthwaite was the unlikely hero with an 87th-minute winner on Wednesday as Australia enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-1 friendly win over South Korea.

Defender Cornthwaite, who plays for K-League side Chunnam Dragons and was only brought into the squad after a series of injuries, pounced on a loose ball in the box to complete a come-from-behind victory in Hwaseong.

Australia have had just one win in four games in the final round of World Cup qualifying, but they will enjoy their success which came through Nikita Rukavytsya, who cancelled out Lee Dong-Gook’s early strike, and Cornthwaite’s late winner.

South Korea had climbed to the top of their qualifying group, and they looked on course to see off one of their biggest regional rivals after Lee Dong-Gook volleyed Lee Seung-Gi’s cross past the diving Mark Schwarzer on 11 minutes.

But Australia evened things up moments before half-time, as Rukavytsya converted a Tommy Oar pass from the right side of the box.

Both sides began the second half slowly before the game opened up in the final 20 minutes. In the 70th, Hwang Jin-Sung’s diving header bounced right at Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Two minutes later, visiting captain Lucas Neill nearly put his side ahead, but Kim Young-Kwang in the South Korean goal kept out his close-range header.

At the other end, Schwarzer was equal to another volley from Lee Dong-Gook.

When Australian substitute Tom Rogic’s hard, left-foot strike in the 84th went right at Kim in goal, the teams appeared to be headed for a draw.

But in the 87th minute, Cornthwaite capitalised on a mad scramble deep in the South Korean penalty area, when Eli Babalj’s shot after a free kick hit the right post and bounced off goalkeeper Kim.

As the ball rolled along the goal line toward the opposite post, the unmarked Cornthwaite stepped in and calmly put it in the back of the net.

Australia’s next World Cup qualifier is at home against Oman on March 26, while South Korea will host Qatar on the same day.

Culled from ALJAZEERA