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Strange story of an international football friendly match where one side played like a "company team". According to the story Bahrain organised a friendly match between them and Togo with an established agent (who is now helping with the investigation).
Afther the 3-0 victory for Bahrain, the officials realised they were not playing against the official Togo team, but instead a group of imposters. The real national team for Togo were unaware the match was taking place.
"The Togo team – which in the past has called on European-based professionals and Premier League stars like Emmanuel Adebayor – had "no idea of tactics", no organisation in defence and faded badly in the second half, said Hickersberger. They were more like a "company team" than professional sportsmen, he added."-Independent
The article also lists other strange invasions and scandals in football.Strange story of an international football friendly match where one side played like a... more
Sad story out of Congo today. A bus carrying the Togo national football team to the African Cup of Nations in Angola was machine-gunned by a rebel group in the Republic of Congo. Said one of the players:
"We were machine-gunned, like dogs," he said. "At the border with Angola - machine-gunned! I don't know why. I thought it was some rebels. We were under the seats of the bus for 20 minutes, trying to get away from the bullets."
The rebel group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (Flec) said they carried out the attack. Cabinda is the region of the Republic of Congo that the bus had entered.
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Murtala Mohamed Kamara, AfricaNews reporter in Freetown, Sierra Leone
An outbreak of Bird flu has been confirmed in the town of Agbata few miles away from the capital Lome, Togolese health authorities say. The virus was detected in a poultry farm that houses some more than 4,500 birds but could not confirm how many of these birds have already been affected by the virus.
Over 235 people have lost their lives world wide since 2003 for bird flu infections according to World Health Organisations figures. The virus was also detected in Two States in the Northern towns of Katsina and Kano Nigeria the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) announced recently. Health Authorities in West Africa are worried about this new development.
‘’It could well be that there are other channels for virus introduction like: international trade for example or illegal and unreported movement of poultry. This increase the risk of avian influenza spread to other countries in Western Africa’’ says Scot Newman Of the International Wild Life, FAO Animal Health Service.
The detection of the new avian influenza raises some serious concern to the continent.Murtala Mohamed Kamara, AfricaNews reporter in Freetown, Sierra Leone
An outbreak... more
Togo won its first ever Olympic medal when Benjamin Boukpeti took bronze in the men's single kayak slalom at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Boukpeti's snapped his paddle in half during wild celebrations. "I can hardly believe it but I'm not surprised," said Boukpeti, who became the first non-European male kayaker to win an Olympic slalom medal. Unexpected leader after the first run, he held on to finish 5.21 seconds ahead of Ireland's Eoin Rheinisch in fourth.
Germany's Alexander Grimm claimed gold and produced an error-free final run, taking the difficult upstream gates smoothly, to move from fourth to first. But despite Grimm's impressive efforts, the biggest cheer from the packed crowd was reserved for world number 56, Boukpeti. Afterwards he hugged and kissed his French mother and Togolese father, AP news agency reports. "They showed me it was possible," Boukpeti said
Togo's minister for communication, culture and civic education said Boukpeti had made the nation proud. "This is unexpected; it is a good surprise for Togo," Cornelius Aidam said. "It is more than a beautiful surprise because many Togolese are not aware of this sports discipline."
France's Fabien Lefevre, who was favourite to win, took silver, but he struggled in the upper part of the course. Togo won its first ever Olympic medal when Benjamin Boukpeti took bronze in the... more
Girl power and pedal empowerment!
Would love to try some of that shea butter too...
TOGO, AFRICA. Bicycles for Education, a project founded by Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care and the Global Alliance for Community Empowerment, just shipped its second round of over 2,000 bicycles to disadvantaged students (mainly girls) in Togo, West Africa.
About 90% of girls in rural areas of Togo drop out before finishing secondary school, according to UNICEF. Only large towns house these schools, so students from outlying villages can walk up to 10 miles just to get to class every day (there is no bus service). It's physically demanding, often leaving them tired and unproductive, and given girls' household roles as their mothers' assistants, domestic responsibilities come first. So, in the end, the choice is simple for them: stay home.
Enter Alaffia. By supplying qualifying individuals (depending on household income, distance from school, and gender) with a bicycle, helmet, and training session, the people behind the Bicycles for Education project believe they will gradually reduce the reliance of African countries on Western societies. The thinking goes something like this: Get girls back in school, reduce gender and economic inequalities, increase self-empowerment, and eradicate poverty.
Since the first shipment in 2006, bicycle recipients in the 15 communities where they were distributed are still using the bikes for their intended purpose (getting to school). The next 2,000 used bikes were collected through drives in the US and shipped to Togo, where they will be repaired by local mechanics and prepared for distribution. (Bicycles for Education impacts donor communities, as well: It keeps bikes from ending up in landfills and recycles those in bad condition.) Funding for all aspects of the project comes from the sales of Alaffia's skin care line. Girl power and pedal empowerment!
Would love to try some of that shea butter... more