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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has explained the “takeover” of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Earlier in the week, the committee had informed the CSA that it had suspended the board, placing it under administration.

This led to concerns from the International Cricket Council (ICC) who took action against the CSA as the International Cricket governing body has strict policies on interference of its member nations.

The SASCOC sent a letter to the ICC stating that its intervention is not government interference.

“At no stage did Sascoc act under the direction of the Minister of Sport. Sascoc rejects any allegation that the intervention constitutes government interference. In this regard, we are quite prepared to meet with you and discuss this issue to give you the assurance that the Sascoc intervention is a bona fide attempt to assist one of its members who clearly and desperately needs such assistance.”. The SASCOC letter read.

“CSA’s steadfast refusal to make the forensic report available is puzzling, as it appears that they are unable to self-correct if the report is not made available, not only to its own members but also to the media and public at large since it is a public document. CSA (like Sascoc) remains accountable to the public at large since we are public bodies … and are required to act in the public interest.”

CSA did not welcome the move from the SASCOC, as they issued a statement after the suspension of its board as they will be seeking legal advice on the matter.

“CSA, including its Members’ Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.

“In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket.”

CSA’s Board of Directors and the Members Council are meeting over the weekend, with the latter body hopeful that they will finally be able to interrogate the forensic report. In a statement released earlier, Sascoc called the failure to release the forensic report to the Members Council “irrational and unreasonable”.

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Fenerbahce Sign Samatta From Aston Villa On Loan

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Captain of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania Mbwana Samatta has signed for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on loan from English Premier League side Aston Villa.

Samatta made the move to Aston Villa from Genk for £8.5million but after scoring twice in 16 appearances, and the arrival of Ollie Watkins and Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore meant Samatta was surplus to requirements, hence his loan move to Fenerbahce.

Samatta’s loan deal could see him stay beyond the 2020-2021 season on a permanent move.

The Yellow Canaries made announced the signing of Samatta with a statement from the club.

“Our club has added Mbwana Samatta, captain of the Tanzania national team from Aston Villa, England, to their squad for four years,” a club statement read.

“This season, the player who will wear our shirt on loan will receive the testimonial at the end of the season. We welcome Samatta and wish him well in the striped jersey.”

The Tanzanian captain is pleased with himself for having the opportunity of playing in the English Premier League, and he hopes other Tanzanian footballers can do same.

“When I was starting my professional career, the ultimate goal I set myself was to play in England,” he said.

“But more than a goal achieved, coming here was, above all, the realisation of a dream. It’s a dream that a great many Tanzanian players pursue but one that had never been achieved before. I realise therefore how fortunate I am.

“It’s a source of great personal pride, but I hope it can serve to help others. If I can succeed, then other Tanzanians can too. And if I can help them believe in themselves, so much the better!”

Samatta might not make his debut when Fenerbahce take on league rivals Galatasaray this weekend, but he heads to Istanbul in search of first-team football eight months after his move to Aston Villa.

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Aubameyang Names Rwandan Baby Gorilla “Goal”

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Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang named a baby gorilla ‘Goal’ at Rwanda’s annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony Kwita Izina held Thursday virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony which was held late on Thursday 24 September was conducted on the World Gorilla Day, which was first observed on September 24, 1967, when Dian Fossey an American researcher, founded the Karisoke Research Center to study endangered mountain gorillas.

Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists in the world and spent 20 years in Rwanda, where she actively supported conservation efforts, strongly opposed poaching and tourism in wildlife habitats, and made more people acknowledge sapient gorillas. Her work largely helped reduce the downward population trend in mountain gorillas, saving them from extinction. She was murdered in her cabin at a remote camp in Rwanda in December 1985.

“Conservation, tourism, and community development go hand in hand. Each reinforces the other. I commend the people living around the park for being good stewards of the natural environment and such warm hosts for our visitors,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame said during the virtual ceremony.

At Thursday’s ceremony, nine female and 15 male baby gorillas born between May 2019 and June 2020 from 12 families, were given names by national volcanoes park rangers, vets, guides and three players from Arsenal FC. In May 2018, Arsenal signed a 3-year deal worth £30 million with the Rwanda Development Board to promote tourism in the country and also sponsor the team’s shirt sleeves on matchday shirts.

One of them born during the coronavirus pandemic was named “Amabwiriza” (Guidelines), as a ranger calls for gorillas visitors and people in general, to abide by guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored 72 goals for Arsenal FC, who he also captains, named the baby gorilla ‘Goal’ calling for ‘collective goals to their protection’.

Defender Hector Bellerin named one ‘Iriza’ (First born), while goalkeeper Bernd Leno named another ‘Myugariro’ (Defender) saying it will be his pleasure “to meet my baby boy gorilla”.

Among other names given to baby gorillas include;

Amarembo – Gateway
Nkomezamihigo (Keep it up) – Born in June 2020
Kazeneza (Welcome) – Oldest of a new one year old family of gorillas
Umuyobozi (leader) – In honor of Rwandan authority’s efforts in conservation
Umuganga (Vet) – Given by Dr Antoine Mudakikwa a retired gorilla vet

The powerful mountain gorilla is now critically endangered with only around 880 left in the wild. They’re found in high-altitude montain and bamboo forests – sometimes at elevations of 4,000m – where they mainly eat leaves, shoots and stems.

More than 1,000 gorillas live in Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes between DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since 2005 more than 300 gorillas have been given names in efforts to monitor their life and protect them from poachers, it was said in the 16th event, the first virtually held because of coronavirus.

Aubameyang, Bellerin and Leno return to action with Arsenal on Monday 28 September when they visit Anfield to face reigning Premier league Champions Liverpool.

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Tanzania’s Simba Extend Partnership With Al Ahly

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Tanzanian Premier League (TPL) side Simba have extended their partnership with Egyptian giants Al Ahly as plans are on the way for a sports center to be built in Tanzania to benefit the sports personalities in the country.

The partnership extension was revealed by Simba’s Information and Communication Officer, Haji Manara who said that both clubs are looking forward to building a good relationship.

“Our CEO has gone to Egypt, looking forward to building the relationship with Al Ahly and will have an opportunity to visit Zamalek. It is also an opportunity for Zamalek to expand their exposure regarding how to manage and guarantee growth in such big clubs. Learning from those big Clubs will eventually give them an experience that will impact our club’s growth.”

“Besides building relationships between the two clubs, Al Ahly plan to build a joint facility that will be run by both Simba and Al Ahly. This will be their first facility they will build outside Egypt.”

He further stated that the facility when built will have Egyptian trainers in it, and players will be scouted by big clubs.

“This project will grace us with Egyptian trainers who will have an opportunity to exchange experiences while enabling our players to get a chance to be scouted by big clubs. Thus, this project will be very profitable; for not only Simba but also the whole country as Al Ahly building a centre will be for the benefit of all.”

Simba and Al Ahly met twice at the group stage of the CAF Champions League last year with Simba winning the first leg 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania, but went on to lose comprehensively in the second leg 5-0 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt.

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