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Fifa boss ‘sad Africa is out of the World Cup’

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.

“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.

An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”

With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.

After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.

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Tunisia anger over Zimbabwe rugby team’s street sleeping

The Tunisian Rugby Union has said it “strongly deplores” the “anti-sports and unethical actions” of Zimbabwe’s national team after they slept on the streets before a World Cup qualifier.

Zimbabwe said they were were unhappy with the poor standard of their hotel in Beja, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian Rugby Union said Zimbabwe’s actions did not reflect their “strong ties of friendship”.

They added Zimbabwe “started complaining” as soon as they landed in the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian union said a statement:

“The head of the Zimbabwean delegation expressed reservations about the state of the bathroom in one of the rooms, the lack of a swimming pool and the low internet speed.

He started talking about leaving the hotel on the pretext that it is not decent enough for his team.

He asked all the members of the delegation to take out their luggage, leave the hotel and spend the night outside on the ground.”

England 2 Tunisia 1: Harry Kane’s last-gasp header rescues Three Lions after night of frustration in Volgograd

HARRY KANE is just too damn good.

England’s captain scored two, directing a 91st minute winner beyond Tunisia’s stand-in keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in this Group G opener.

England celebrate their dream start to the World Cup after Harry Kane’s opener

Jordan Pickford punched the air after England deservedly took the lead

What a way to do it, stooping at the far post to meet Harry Maguire’s fick-on before setting off in search of England’s travelling fans.

He never got anywhere near them.

Instead he was dragged back by his team-mates, tugging at his red shirt and leaping on top of him in honour of their skipper.

This, unquestionably, was a captain’s performance.

Harry Kane rescued England with his cool, composed header

England fans were thrilled with their side’s flying start in Volgograd

It brought back memories of Captain Marvel, the sort of match-winning qualities England relied on when Bryan Robson wore that armband.

Different positions on the pitch, but inspirational figures all the same.

Kane got the winner when England needed something, lifting a nation when everybody else was out of ideas.

The forward, who has scored in every game he has worn that captain’s armband for England, responded.

Harry Kane led by example with his 11th-minute poacher’s effort

They are up and running.

Injury-time winners can be ruinous and fortuitous, but frankly nobody will care too much for Tunisia.

This turned into England’s night.

To win this, when they had been denied penalties in each half for fouls on Kane by the haphazard refereeing of Colombian Wilmar Roldan, shows guts and determination. Good on them for that.

When they were pegged back, conceding a stupid penalty when Kyle Walker gave Tunisia forward Ben Youssef a shove in the first half, they needed something special to win it.

It came, eventually.

There had been so much to celebrate about this England performance, especially when Kane got them going after just 11 minutes.

Early days, for sure, but they were a joy to watch for half an hour.

There was so much promise, with players feeding off the adrenaline and enthusiasm of a World Cup.

They have been in Russia for the best part of a week, but played like they belonged on the world’s biggest stage.

England deserve a pat on the back for that.

Until Tunisia equalised, they were in charge of this opening group game. Everybody thought they were on to a good thing.

There was so much to get excited about.

Kane’s goal, England’s passing, the tempo, the cohesion, the solidarity among these boys.

This should have had this sewn up long before Kane’s late winner.

He clearly should have had a penalty in the first half when left-back Ali Maaloul dragged the striker back by his shirt.

After the break, Yassine Mariah got away with another when he flung his arms around Kane’s neck.

Tunisia celebrate their equaliser to frustrate England

To his credit, he kept going.

He had his first goal by then, despatching his first tournament goal beyond Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen after 11 minutes.

All that pent up frustration, the eagerness, all that anxiety, went when England’s captain put the ball into the net.

They were looking at a top class performance here, a polished, powerful and purposeful display in their opening group game.

The rest of the world world was on alert.

There was structure, a very obvious pattern of play and a confidence about them.

Nobody here thought they could possibly settle for one.

Harry Kane was the hero at the death for England at Volgograd

If they had scored four, five or even more, it would have been about right.

Raheem Sterling, picked to play in this creative role behind Kane, could have tucked a couple of early chances away.

Hassen saved his first effort three minutes in, with the Tunisia keeper making a recovery to divert Jesse Lingard’s rebound away with his legs.

This was a fast, fluid England start.

They got their goal when John Stones met Ashley Young’s corner after 11 minutes in, with Kane on target after Hassen’s initial save.

Tunisia were wobbling, with their keeper forced off with a shoulder injury after 15 minutes.

Farouk Ben Mustapha, his replacement, looked like he would be in for a busy night.

Jordan Henderson tested him immediately, hoping for the best when he sent a yorker straight at his toes. He kept that one out.

Lingard missed another chance midway through the half, failing to get a connection when the ball failed to sit up for him at the back post.

The big test, the penalty awarded to Tunisia, was next for this young, inexperienced England side.

Kyle Walker knew that Fakhreddine Ben Youseff was behind him, giving him a little dig when the England defender knew he would miss out on the header. It was soft, but it was enough.

Ferjani Sassi scored, beating Jordan Pickford with a 35rd minute penalty arrowing away to his right.

England responded, with yet another effort hitting the base of the post when the England forward cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper.

They fell away the second half, running out of ideas after all that early optimism.

Southgate made changes, with Marcus Rashford on for Sterling and Ruben Loftus-Cheek providing some more attacking impetus when he replaced Dele Alli.

Rashford, scorer of that belting goal against Costa Rica at Elland Road, added pace to the front-line. England needed it.

They finished the game with five up front every time they were on the ball, throwing men forward in search of another goal.

Incredibly it came in injury time, when Maguire met Kieran Trippier’s outswinging corner to send a downward header into Kane.

After that, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

By Socceruncle

Top 10 richest countries in Africa 2018 Edition rated

Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion.
According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently, according to the figures provided at the time, the Top 10 richest countries in Africa.

1. Nigeria: GDP: $594.257 billion

The most populous country in Africa is a major contender on this list, its manufacturing sector being the third largest in Africa while it contributes a considerable share of the world’s oil. Taking into account this country’s population of 170 million, Nigeria is on track to becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, make i hear.

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2. South Africa: GDP: $341.216 billion

South Africa is popularly known for its mineral resources such as gold and diamond but the Gold Rush ended back in the 19th century. There are more things to look forward to in South Africa besides its jewels. Major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town offer a unique experiences that can offer scenic routes to mountain ranges by the ocean.

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3. Egypt: GDP: $284.860 billion

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BCE as one of the world’s first nation states.

4. Algeria: GDP: $227.802 billion

Oil and gas exports have placed Algeria on this list. Much of its wealth is received from oil deposits deep within the North African soil. Also rich in natural minerals, it is suggested that the ancient Romans collected stones and marbles from quarries in what is now known as Algeria. You can find onyx, red and white marbles, iron, lead, and zinc in large quantities. It’s capital city, Algiers offers rare beauty in the intricate architecture of its most famous buildings.

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5. Morocco: GDP: $112.552 billion

Morocco was named the first most competitive economy in North Africa. Tourism, telecoms, textiles and agriculture are Morocco’s biggest biggest money pullers.

6. Sudan: GDP: $112.552 billion

More than once, we have mentioned oil and gas as the main source of income for countries on this list. Sudan also falls into that category but in a more diverse way. It depends on oil but with a third of its GDP contributed by agriculture. Cotton and peanuts constitute its major agricultural exports. You may not notice a “Made in Sudan” tag on the shirt you buy in Khartoum but cotton from Sudan has fueled the textile industry in many parts of the world.

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7. Kenya: GDP: $53.40 billion

The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in Southeast and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe. The service industry is also a major economic driver. Kenya is a member of the East African Community. Compared to other African countries, Kenya enjoys relatively high political and social stability.

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8. Angola: GDP: $49.857 billion

Angola has a large deposit of oil and gas resources, diamonds, and bountiful agricultural land. Still recovering from the 27-year civil war that lasted from 1975-2002, Angola has made efforts to revive its economy with heavy oil and agricultural exports. Cities like Luanda are undergoing major reconstruction to make Angola a top African destination.

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9. Libya: GDP: $49.341 billion

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which accounts for 80% of GDP and 97% of exports. Libya holds the largest proven oil reserves in Africa and is an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude.Apart from petroleum, the other natural resources are natural gas and gypsum.The International Monetary Fund estimated Libya’s real GDP growth at 122% in 2012 and 16.7% in 2013, after a 60% plunge in 2011.

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10. Tunisia: GDP: $49.122 billion

Oil, tourism and car manufacturing parts are the name of the game in Tunisia. It is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa so you won’t wander too far into its cities like Tunis before finding a pleasant spot to relax. The city is covered with bits of opulence from as far back as the 12th century. Year-round sunshine and the affordable Tunisian lifestyle have drawn tourists here who now call this place home.

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BEA scholarship application form 2018-19 for university students: how to apply

Have you always dreamed of studying abroad? Well, with the help of the BEA scholarship, you can do that! Learn here about the scholarship, its requirements and application process. Find out how you can make your dreams come true!

What is BEA scholarship in Nigeria?

BEA stands for Bilateral Education Agreement. The BEA scholarship offers the opportunity for Nigerian students to study abroad. It is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, but we are here to talk about the undergraduate option only.

With the help of the BEA scholarship, you can study in the field of your choice in the following countries:

Algeria; Cuba; Egypt; Hungary; Japan; Macedonia; Morocco; Romania; Serbia; Tunisia; Turkey.

If this is something you are interested in, let us tell you about the scholarship in more detail.

Who can apply for BEA scholarship Nigeria?

Unfortunately, not everyone can apply for the BEA scholarship. The scholarship for the undergrads is only available to people who meet the following requirements:

You must be from 18 to 20 years of age at the moment of application.Your senior school certificate must have at least five distinctions, and you must complete the WAEC examinations in the subjects relevant to your chosen course, including Mathematics and English.Your certificates cannot be older than 2 years.As you will be studying in a country, where English is not the main language, you will need to be prepared to take a mandatory one-year course in the foreign language of the country you are going to study in.

The scholarship is offered for all fields of study. Therefore, as long as you meet the main requirements, you can apply. Continue reading to learn how.

How to apply for BEA scholarship 2018

If you plan to apply for BEA scholarship this year, we have some bad news. You are about two months too late, as the deadline for applications closed on February 15, 2018. Nevertheless, you can still read up on how you can apply for it next year.

When the application portal opens again next year, here is what you should do:

Go to http://www.education.gov.ua and find the BEA scholarship. As the application is now closed, the specific scholarship link does not work anymore.Carefully read the guidelines for the application and proceed to the application itself.Fill out the application form, check if everything is correct and print it.Take two copies of your filled application to an interview venue. This year, there were six of them across the country. We will have to wait and see how many there will be next year.

In addition to the application form, you will also need to take the following things to the interview:

2 copies of your educational certificates and testimonials from schools you have attended. The originals will be required for sighting.2 copies of your birth certificate.A certificate from your LGA/state with a date, sign and stamp.4 passport photographs (in colour) on a white background.If you are an undergraduate applicant, only one certificate will be accepted, i.e. WAEC of May/June.If you are a postgraduate applicant, you will need to submit your academic transcripts and NYSC exemption or discharge certificate.

There is no processing fee for this application, so be aware of fraudsters that ask for money for this application.

In case you are lucky enough to be nominated by the board, you will need to provide the following:

Copies of your academic certificates (authenticated);Data page of your International passport;Government hospital medical reports;In some cases, you might be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate.

And that is the whole application procedure. Now you know more about the BEA scholarship. In the meantime, while you are waiting for next year’s application, you can always consider other scholarships in Nigeria, which are still accepting applications.

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Underage Marriage: Morocco struggles to reduce number of affected young women

16% of teenage girls in Morocco are married under 18 years of age compared 3% in Algeria and Tunisia. By raising legal age from 16 to 18 in 2004, Morocco hoped to curb underage marriages however, justice ministry provided data that shows a futile effort.

Human rights activists continue to call for the abolition of articles of the family code that allow judges to certify marriages if the girl is 16, loves and can bear children. “A comprehensive reform is an urgent matter to ensure compliance with the constitution and guarantee effective equality between all family members,” said human rights lawyer Aicha Alehyane. Aicha strongly believes that Young women under 18 should be encouraged to get education. What do you think Morocco can do better?.

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