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Former Bafana Star Appointed Reading Coach



Bafana Bafana legend Quinton Fortune has been appointed as first-team coach of English Championship side Reading.

The former South Africa international has been coach of Manchester United’s U-23 side, with Former United player Neil Wood.

Fortune will take up a senior coaching role at Reading where former Portugal international Nuno Gomes will be his assistant. Reading made the announcement on their website.

” We are pleased to confirm that Quinton Fortune and Nuno Gomes have both put pen to paper to sign coaching contracts with the Royals.”

“The duo arrive as part of our new manager’s first team staff and joined Veljko Paunović on the training pitch for the first time this morning”

The ex-Manchester United player will join former Atletico Madrid teammate Veljko Paunovic who was appointed as club manager recently.

Manchester United wrote a farewell message to Fortune who played 126 times for the club.

“Everyone at the Academy wishes Quinton the best of luck in his new role,” Man United head of academy football, Nick Cox said.

“All of our coaches, as well as the players, receive a huge amount of development and this is another example of the type of progress that an individual can make within the Academy system. The Under-23s’ promotion was a great achievement for Neil Wood and his staff so we’d like to thank Quinton for his role in that.”

In 1999, the Cape Town-born star joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid where he spent the rest of his career under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Though being in three Premier League winning squads for United, Fortune has only one English Premier League winners medal because he did not play the required amount of games needed to get the medal for the other two campaigns.

Fortune played 46 international matches for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, and also represented his country at two FIFA World Cups.


South Sudan Appoints Awut Deng Acuil as First Woman to Chair University Governing Council



South Sudan has appointed Awut Deng Acuil to chair the governing council of the University of Bahr El-Ghazal.

Acuil, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from August 2019 until March 2020 and the current Minister of General Education and Instructions, became the first woman to be appointed to chair the governing body of a university.

Her appointment was announced in a presidential decree read on the national broadcaster, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation.

The university was established in 1991, when South Sudan was still part of Sudan. The country gained its independence in 2011

Acuil was also the first woman to serve as South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

She relinquished the post following the appointment of a unity government in February to end the conflict between rival groups in South Sudan.

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Limited Number of Fans to attend CAF Champions League Final



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given the thumbs up for fans to attend the CAF Champions League final between Egyptian giants Zamalek and Al Ahly, according to a board member of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Mohamed Fadl.

The final is set for the 27th of November at the Cairo International Stadium, and there were doubts earlier about the attendance of fans on the day amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We contacted CAF regarding fans’ attendance and we got the official approval today,” Fadl told a local TV channel late on Sunday.

“CAF agreed to allow from 5,000 to 10,000 supporters to attend in the stands amid applying all precautionary measures.

“Security authorities will make the final decision within 48 hours and if we got the approval work will start immediately to arrange stadium’s entries and ensure intervals between supporters,” he added.

Zamalek qualified for the final by beating Moroccan side Raja Casablanca with a 4-1 aggregate victory, while Al Ahly got to the final with a victory over another Casablanca based side, Wydad 5-1 on aggregate.

Al Ahly a looking to extend their Champions League record with their ninth title, and their first since 2013. For Zamalek they have won the CAF Champions League five times and re are looking to win the title for the first time since 2002.

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Cocoa Regulators May Suspend Companies Sustainability Schemes

In a conference on behalf of Ghana and its west African player Cote d’Ivoire, Joseph Baohen Aidoo, chief executive of Ghanaian regulator Cocobod said cocoa and chocolate companies in West Africa were upsetting the government’s effort at combating farmer poverty.



The World Cocoa Foundation through Ghana’s cocoa regulator (Cocobod) has threatened to suspend the sustainability schemes used by major cocoa and chocolate companies. The system assures consumers that the beans they use are sustainably and ethically sourced.

In a conference on behalf of Ghana and its west African player Cote d’Ivoire, Joseph Baohen Aidoo, chief executive of Ghanaian regulator Cocobod said cocoa and chocolate companies in West Africa were upsetting the government’s effort at combating farmer poverty.

Consequently, their sustainability schemes, which allow companies such as Barry Callebaut and Nestle to charge consumers a premium for chocolate certified as sustainably sourced, might be suspended.

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, which together account for two-thirds of the world’s cocoa, introduced a living income differential (LID) last year on all 2020/21 cocoa sales and said the proceeds would be used to raise the income of cocoa farmers who earn an average of $1 per day.

Aidoo explains that “Any brand that is seen not to be serious in accepting the LID by mid-December 2020 must consider all its cocoa beans from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire as conventional. We are prepared to name and shame these brands,”

Barry Callebaut, Hershey, Mars, and Nestle restated their financial commitment to efforts by Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to fight farmer poverty.

Related: Ivory Coast President Ouattara Honours Ghana’s Cocobod CEO

World’s biggest food company, Nestle said it is paying the surcharge when buying its “normal volume of cocoa purchases” from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. It added that it was one of the first to pay the LID when it was introduced.

Chocolate makers Barry Callebaut and Mars also said they were paying the surcharge, but did not specify volumes. Hershey said it pays the LID when buying 2020/21 cocoa based on the needs of its business.

Both countries have struggled to sell forward their 2020/21 cocoa crop since introducing the LID, in large part because the coronavirus-induced recession lowered demand for non-staple foods like chocolate.

Aidoo also urged cocoa farmers at Wassa Amenfi in the Western South region to enrol on the Cocoa Management System (CMS) being spearheaded by the Board to improve operations within the cocoa sector.

The CMS Project was launched to capture accurate data on cocoa farmers in Ghana to facilitate and enhance planning in the cocoa sub-sector.

He inducted an eleven-member executive team of the Wassa Amenfi Cocoa Farmer’s Cooperative Union at Wassa Akrapong. It is made up of over 800 registered cooperatives.

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