HISTORY OF AFCON

Now that the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations is just around the corner let’s remember the birth of football in Africa.
Started in June 1956 at the FIFA congress in Lisbon.

The first African Cup of Nations was held the following year in Sudan, but it included only four nations: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. South Africa was struggling with the worldwide boycott due to its apartheid regime, which also explains why their team consisted of only white players.

The country was hence disqualified, leaving Ethiopia to the final match to play against Egypt. In the end, Egypt was the first champion. Egypt –as the winning team – hosted the next cup and won a second time.

The third AFCON was held in Addis Ababa with nine teams competing for qualification. The final four consisted of Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tunisia with Ethiopia winning the cup.

The 1960s marked the entrance of Ghana into the games. Their first appearance was in 1963, where they won against Sudan and became the champion for the first time. Two years later, they competed with a completely different team, yet they managed to win again.

In 1968, the quota of the final tournament was increased from 4 to 8 with 22 teams competing for qualification. Once qualified, the eight teams competed for the semifinals in two separate groups of four. The four winning teams then competed for the grand finale. DRC was the winner of 1968 after beating Ghana.

The matches were aired on TV for the first time in 1970. The 70s was the decade of the first time. The 1974 Cup was the first and only time the final game had to be repeated because the first game ended up in a tie.

Morocco won for the first time in 1976 while Ghana won for the third time in 1978. This victory made Ghana the first nation to win three championships. Also, DRC became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1974.

During the 1980s, Cameroon made a significant breakthrough, winning two of the five games and reaching the final in a third cup. Algeria was also dominant, reaching the semifinals in almost all of the games except the AFCON in 1986. They eventually won in 1990.

The 1990s was a turning point in AFCON because the concept of the quarterfinals was introduced, for which 12 teams qualified. Ivory Coast was the first winner of this new system.

Another major event of the 90s was the revival of South Africa since they made their first appearance after the boycott was lifted with the end of Apartheid in 1994. South Africa hosted the games in 1996, where the final tournament quota was increased to 16. They won the competition that year and reached the final the following year.

During the late 90s and the 00s, Egypt outshined by winning three more titles and having six in total. Egypt was also the first team to win three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

The 2000s was also the beginning of signing overseas players for the African teams; however, this caused severe time conflicts as the other continental football matches clashed with AFCON. Starting from 2013, the tournament has been held in only odd-numbered years to avoid time conflicts with the World Cup.

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There were several political conflicts in Africa in the 2010s that disrupted the tournament. The civil wars in North Africa prevented their teams from either hosting or joining the cups. Besides, the 2015 game suffered a few relocations and delays due to the Ebola virus epidemic.
Currently, AFCON continues without further disruption. The 2019 game going on in Egypt. Has 24 teams instead of 16.

 

Source: Research/Wiki/Ghana Education/African Studies

John Dumelo at the Launching of an association R.U.F.A.A  (Rise up for Agriculture in Africa) in Cameroon

 

Giving back is one of the most important and valuable things anyone can do for their community. We love seeing African Celebs giving back to the community! 

”Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done~ proverbs 19 17”

Award-winning Ghanaian Actor, Farmer, Philanthropist. UN ambassador John Dumelo‘s was recently in Yaoundé, Cameroon for the launching of an association R.U.F.A.A  that stands for Rise up for Agriculture in Africa. 

The goal is to improve the quality of life of Africans by increasing the production and consumption of natural agriculture products.

 

 John Dumelo‘ took to his social media handles to post the message below:

”I was in Cameroon for the launching of an association RUFAA that stands for Rise up for Agriculture in Africa. RUFAA’s aim is to bring together young Africans who have a passion in agriculture and livestock in order for them to achieve realizable and sustainable projects. The vision is to improve the quality of life of Africans by increasing the production and consumption of natural agric products.”

”J’etais au Cameroun pour le lancement d’une association RUFAA:Rise up for Agriculture in Africa, qui a pour but de rassembler de jeunes Africains ayant la passion pour l’agriculture et l’elevage afin de pouvoir réaliser des projets à long terme.

Leur vision est d’améliorer la qualité de vie en Afrique en encourageant la production et la consommation des produits naturels.@rufaa1st”

”R.U.F.A.A is an association of young and passionate agropreneurs whose aim is to bring young Africans together…As a result, improve livelihood of both Cameroonians and other African citizens in both urban and rural African communities, thus boosting production rate and also curb poverty within families.” ~ R.U.F.A.A 

We hope other African Celebs will be inspired and give back to the community.

Credit/John Dumelo/”R.U.F.A.A

CELEBS WHO GIVE BACK

”Slavery is theft – theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne” ~ Kevin Bales

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Slave Trade In Libya 2017: Migrant Slave Markets In Libya..

It is hard to believe that Slave Trade still in 2017!  Migrant are being sold in a Slave Markets In Libya, North Africa. Many migrants from Cameroon, Senegal, Gambia, Zambia, Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria have been using using Libya as their gateway to Europe.

With the help of greedy human traffickers the migrants travel illegally through the desert all in an attempt to reach Italy, France, UK via Libya.

According to Nikki Laoye an ambassador for NCFRMI, most of the migrants are

”…thrown into jail for illegal entry or falling into the hands of wrong people and being sold into slavery/prostitution…
A total of 3,480 young Nigerians, mostly girls, were returned from Libya in the last 10 months, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI) has confirmed.

The NCRMI South-West Zonal Director, Mrs Magret Ukegbu confirms, that the returnees were received from Feb. 1 to Nov. 6.

Ukegbu said that the commission had been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant organisations in receiving the returnees.  Nikki Laoye

 Racism At Its Peak! 2017, yet Race Discrimination SEEMS TO BE AT ITS PEAK. Is a shame one can be discriminated against because they  belong to a certain racial group…All we can say LORD HAVE MERCY!

We’re praying for their safe return back to their countries of origin.

Professional Soccer Player Samuel Eto’o is a year older today! Join African Celebs in wishing the World-class Cameroon/Antalyaspor international striker God’s richest blessings on his birthday and every day… 

The 4 times African Footballer of the Year winner Samuel Eto’o,  was born on March 10, 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon.  Samuel Eto’o was only 16 years Real Madrid signed him in 1997…

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Samuel Eto’o currently plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005… 

Samuel Eto’o gives back to the community through the his charity foundation ‘Fundacion Privada Samuel Eto’o’ which was founded in 2006. ‘Fundacion Privada Samuel Eto’o’ helps provide basic necessities  such as healthcare, they have built hospitals in the cameroon…

Some boys from his foundation now play in Barcelona’s youth academy, Malaga… “I have a lad who’s a good forward, he’s doing quite well, named Odongu. I have a kid named Abanya who’s a center back. All of them come from my foundation and it’s the joy that I try to share — the opportunity — that I want to give to each child. They themselves have to fight for their place, but the first opportunity is what I try to give them.” Samuel Eto’o

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Samuel Eto’o was the winner of the 13th Edition of the Golden Foot 2015…. happened on the Champions Promenade in Monaco.

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Photo Credit: Samuel Eto’o 

African Racing Driver Christian EbongFBF:Meet Christian Ebong, the first African to distinguish himself in motor racing. Christian Ebong was born on June 9, 1983 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. At a tender age of  14, he left his native country for a career in motorsport in France.

From childhood, Christian  had a passion for motor racing and especially the battles between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Christian began his career by the rally cross while most drivers started with karting.

Soon, his driving talent was revealed and has continued to confirm on the asphalt.

Proud of his Cameroonian roots and France, the host country that allowed him to access his dream, Christian wears the colors of the two countries on his favorite headphones.

Christian is the first African to distinguish itself in motor racing. Moreover, since 2013, it represents the stable Nigerian Eagle Racing; a Team 100% African. A symbol!

Apart from motor racing, Christian customize vehicles, both aesthetically and mechanically (motor power) for celebrities, business leaders, individual passionate about motor racing.

Christian wants to participate in the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race, and so driving in LMP1 prototype (premier class endurance).

Christian wants to develop partnerships with international companies wishing to invest in Africa through its image.

It is also looking for sponsors to support it in its new athletic goals and retraining for future projects.

Well done Christian Ebong! We hope  you get sponsors to support your amazing goals. We will continue spreading the word for you!

Credit: Christian Ebong 

History Maker: Meet Léopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith, the world’s first Black Flight Attendant.  Leopoldine was born in Cameroon, West Africa,  she began flying as a stewardess in 1957 with Union de Transports Aeriens (UTA). She remembers her first flight at the tender age of 17 like it was yesterday!  Léopoldine had no idea how her first flight  was going to be like, she was so scared her colleagues helped her calm down…Her first flight wasn’t easy but she didn’t make that discourage her.

Léopoldine also had her fair share of racism as one of the world’s first black flight attendants, which was not very common in those days, in fact it was unheard of! 

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In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the Black Flight Attendants of America recently honored Doualla – Bell Smith, 76, now retired in Denver, for her years of service at the flight path Museum at the Los Angeles International Airport. Leopoldine is a true pioneer and a legend, she broke through barriers as a woman.

She is married to LeRoy Smith for almost 36 years. In 1969, she decided to stop flying and left Air Afrique to become manager of a subsidiary of UTA, she later became a travel consultant. At her leisure, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren… I’m very honored; I did not expect this. It feels good to be honored; very, very good..says Leopoldine Doualla – Bell Smith, after she was honored continue here

You are opoldine Doualla-Bell Smith a History Maker! Paving way for lots of  black people today! May God continue to bless and protect you always! 

Credit/Photo courtesy/ www.cameroononline.org/atlantablackstar.

Live from Estadio De Malabo, Guinea…Scores: AFCON 2015: Cameroon 0 – 1 Ivory Coast   Vive La Cote D’ivoire…!

 

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Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Cameroon and Ivory Coast Live from Estadio De Malabo, Guinea.

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Cameroon

  • 16 Ondoa
  • 05 Guihoata
  • 03 N’Koulou
  • 21 Chedjou
  • 12 Bedimo
  • 17 Mbia
  • 14 Mandjeck
  • 08 Moukandjo
  • 13 Choupo-Moting
  • 11 Salli
  • 15 Etoundi

Ivory Coast

  • 16 Gbohouo
  • 21 Bailly 
  • 04 K Touré
  • 22 Kanon
  • 17 Aurier
  • 19 Y Touré 
  • 20 Gonzaroua Die
  • 05 Tiéné
  • 15 Gradel
  • 12 Bony
  • 07 Doumbia

Ref: Eric Arnaud Otogo-Castane

african superrich people London Wealthy African buyers are spending almost £4million on London property every week as they look to snap up exclusive investments in the UK, it has emerged.

A mixture of traditional reasons combined with increased terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola is said to be behind the dramatic influx of African money to the capital.

Around 80 per cent spend between £15million to £25million on a residential property, with ten per cent spending more than £30million.

If they are not buying, they are renting luxury homes for up to £15,000-per-week and staying for between six weeks and three months per year.

Super-rich African oligarchs are taking their vast resources and investing them in the safe haven of London property – with more than £600million spent in the capital in the past three years and £4million spent in the city every week. They favour the likes of One Hyde Park.

While African buyers only account for 1.5 per of transactions in the ‘ultra prime’ London market, they make up five per cent of sales by value – up from two per cent. This is by typically spending between £15million and £25million on each home.

The recent Ebola epidemic and continued terrorism from groups such as Boko Haram has resulted in an increase in buyers in recent months.

Beauchamp Estates, which sells some of London’s most expensive homes, today released a report on African buyers in the capital.

The upmarket estate agency said the buyers are coming from six countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Senegal.

Nigerians are the biggest spenders, with wealthy nationals forking out £250million on London homes in the last three years…

Credit: Mailonline 

Super_FalconsThe Super Falcons of Nigeria have won the 9th edition of the African Women Championship after beating the Lionessess of Cameroon 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek, Namibia.

In the final game, Coach Edwin Okon’s team showed supremacy as Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala scored in the first half to ensure Nigeria win the trophy for a record seventh time.

The victory, also means the Super Falcons have avenged the 1-0 defeat they suffered to the Lionessess in the third-place play-off of Equatorial Guinea 2012.

Twenty-year old Oshoala who won the golden ball at the Fifa U-20 World Cup in Canada, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Championship.

The Rivers Angels striker scored four goals and was a major influence in Nigeria’s quest towards winning the title in Namibia.

Desire Oparanozie won the Golden Boot for most goals scored while Cameroon goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom won the Golden Glove award.

Nigeria’s confidence lies hugely on youngster Asisat Oshoala, whose first half brace inspired coach Edwin Okon’s team to a resilient 2-1 semi-final victory over South Africa and helped the former champions to become the first African team to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Interestingly, Oshoala’s superb volley in the 85th minute made the biggest difference as Nigeria overcame Cameroon 1-0 in an international friendly played in Abuja on April 30.

This is coach Okon’s first ever final in his international coaching career after being denied a final ticket at the Japan 2012 Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup as head coach of the Falconets.

He will be hoping to lead the team to next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup that will be played from 6th June till 5th July in Canada.

Nigeria also became the first African team to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada when they defeated South Africa 2-1 in the semi-final.

Source: channelstv

 

 

camerooncafOn Saturday the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the 2019 hosts, plus the hosts for the 2021 and 2023 competitions, as the hosts for the next tournament in 2017 has yet to be announced due to the unrest continuing in Libya which was originally awarded the tournament. A decision on that will be made in 2015.

Cameroon have only hosted the tournament once before, way back in 1972, and the first African nation to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Africa’s best teams will do battle in January 2015, as the tournament which is held every two years will take place in Morocco in four months time. With Cameroon getting the 2019 tournament, the Ivory Coast will hold the event in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.

After announcing the host countries for those three tournaments, the CAF also confirmed that it was extending a ban on games in the Ebola-affected West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia until further notice.