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Motsepe Announces CAF Presidential Bid

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Mamelodi Sundowns chairman Patrice Motsepe has announced his intention to run for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency.

Motsepe becomes the third person to bid for the role of CAF president, with incumbent Ahmad Ahmad and Ivorian Jacques Anouma both in the running.

According to Forbes magazine, Motsepe is Africa’s tenth richest man, with an estimate of $2.4 billion.

South Africa FA president Danny Jordan who was part of the press conference said that Motsepe is the appropriate person for the presidency.

“Caf must improve its global standing,” said South Africa FA president Danny Jordaan.

“He is the most appropriate person we could offer for the leadership of Caf. We do not want any compromise on governance or ethics in football.”

According to Jordaan, Motsepe who was not present at the press conference, was in quarantine after contracting Covid-19. Jordaan had South Africa’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa present.

Motsepe is the second candidate to announce his bid in less than 48 hours, after Anouma was formally backed by the Ivorian federation over the weekend.

The reigning CAF president Ahmad Ahmad declared his candidacy in October and it is under threat as he is set to face a ban from football after he was found to have breached various FIFA ethic codes.

The bid from Motsepe comes ahead of Thursday’s deadline for candidates to formally register their interest.

Motsepe is already receiving support from across Africa, as Botswana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have publicly backed the South African.

Nigerian FA president Amaju Pinnick who was also present at the press conference (online) satated that he has no intentions of running for the post, and believes Motsepe has superior qualities.

“He has more superior qualities than me,” Pinnick said.

“It’s not about me, it’s about African football. If you have someone with superior qualities, you have to learn from him and queue behind him and wait for your time.”

Motsepe is able to contest for the position as he fulfils the requirements of having been involved in football for the past five years, having led Mamelodi Sundowns since 2004, and received the backing of his federation.

CAF elections will take place in March 2021, in Morocco.

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Ghana and Switzerland Sign Historic Pact for Climate Action

Under the agreement, the National Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEP) will be implemented. It is expected to lead to the transfer of mitigation outcomes to Switzerland in exchange for financial resources and the extension of Swiss technical expertise as a demonstration of the scalability of Ghana’s conditional mitigation commitments.

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The government of Ghana and Switzerland has signed a bilateral pact as a framework for the implementation of Article Six (6) of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

After two years of negotiations between the two countries, the signing of the framework agreement marks the first of its kind in Africa, and second in the World. The new partnership will enable the adoption of green and low carbon technology solutions across the country resulting in social and environmentally beneficial outcomes.

With this Agreement, Ghana will receive funding from the Swiss side for sustainable development projects.  Switzerland will take carbon credits from the Ghanaian side for the emission cuts to meet her climate commitments without compromising Ghana’s effort to achieve her own climate actions.

The negotiations between technical teams of Ghana and Switzerland was further boosted by a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Bern between Ghana and Switzerland during the State visit to Switzerland by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in February, 2020.

​Read also: https://newscentral.africa/rwanda-to-create-green-energy-bank/

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner stated, “We are proud to have been able to facilitate the dialogue between Switzerland and Ghana, build trust in the process on both sides and offer our technical support in the implementation…”

Article six (6) of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets is an innovative voluntary instrument available to countries to mobilise finance and catalyse private sector investments for the implementation of nationally determined contributions.

Steiner further explains “…We hope this bilateral agreement will enable Ghana’s national clean energy access programme (NCEP) to fulfil its objectives by abating up to 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, providing energy access to millions and head towards a green recovery.”

Read also: https://newscentral.africa/experts-kenya-global-emission-challenge/

In his speech, the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway called on the private sector of both countries to consider “this bilateral cooperation as a step to further strengthen collaboration between Swiss and Ghanaian companies to identify commercially viable and sustainable development projects over the next decade”.  

​In formulating this agreement both parties have highlighted practical ways of operationalising the envisioned architecture of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

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Read also:https://newscentral.africa/fossil-fuel-human-cost-powering-africa/

Under the agreement, the National Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEP) will be implemented. It is expected to lead to the transfer of mitigation outcomes to Switzerland in exchange for financial resources and the extension of Swiss technical expertise as a demonstration of the scalability of Ghana’s conditional mitigation commitments.

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

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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

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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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