African Nations Championship kicks off in Algeria

Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane (C), FIFA President Gianni Infantino (R) and President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe attend the opening ceremony of the 7th African Nations Championship (CHAN) at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers

ALGIERS, Jan 14 (NNN-Xinhua) — The seventh edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicked off at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Baraki locality, southern Algiers on Friday.

Host Algeria beat Libya 1-0 through Aymen Mahious’ 57th-minute penalty in the tournament opener.

Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane declared the championship open, in the presence of several international sports personalities and big world football names, including FIFA president Gianni Infantino and president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe.

In his opening remarks, Benabderrahmane welcomed all teams and guests to the tournament as he paid tribute to late Nelson Mandela.

The biennial tournament, which was first staged in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire, runs from Jan 13 to Feb 4 this year.

The Nelson Mandela Stadium was almost full as fans attended the opening ceremony with a musical show animated by famous African singers, in addition to a show that displayed the Algerian culture.

On Thursday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune inaugurated the Nelson Mandela Stadium which was named after the late South African President and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in tribute to his legacy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Egypt relinquishes plans to hold meeting on Sudan’s crisis

Egypt has relinquished plans to hold a meeting in Cairo between the signatories of the framework agreement and the non-signatories, Sudan Tribune learnt on Saturday.

The head of the Egyptian intelligence service Abbas Kamel was in Khartoum on January 2, where he discussed their plan to bring the Sudanese political forces together to agree on a roadmap to end the political crisis caused by the coup of October 2021.

But the signatories were not enthusiastic saying it was too late as they have already launched the final phase and called on Cairo to press two holdout groups to join them.

“Egypt changed its position, and this is a positive development towards the completion of the final phase of the political process,” a senior Sudanese politician told Sudan Tribune on Saturday under the cover of anonymity.

The political leader whose party is one of the signatories stressed that Egypt supports the framework agreement and the ongoing political process in Sudan.

Amani Al Taweel an Egyptian expert on Sudanese affairs stated on January 10, that her country mainly wants to ensure the unity of the divided Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani.

The two sons of the old and sick DUP leader are divided, one is supporting the framework agreement and the other is opposed and joined the non-signatories.

Al Taweel who is a senior researcher in a government centre stressed that the current process would deepen divisions of their historical political ally and weaken its weight after the elections.

After the collapse of the former regime in April 2019, Cairo played the card of the military component and backed the coup.

In addition, Egypt declined calls to join the Quad which was set up by the U.S. to press the military to restore a civilian government in Sudan after the coup.

Source: Sudan Tribune

Kiir, VP Abdelbagi discuss service delivery, food security

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and the Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol on Friday discussed ways to improve service delivery by rehabilitating roads across the country.

The Presidential Affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin attended the meeting.

While addressing reporters, Abdelbagi said the meeting focused on addressing challenges facing the region, citing food security and flooding.

A meeting, he added, was also held with community leaders and chiefs to discuss their role in promoting peaceful coexistence with neighboring communities.

Last year, aid agencies warned that 7.7 million people will not have enough to eat from April to July 2023, while 1.4 million children will be malnourished.

The warning is contained in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger and malnutrition, it said, are on the rise in areas affected by flood, drought and conflict and some communities are likely to face starvation unless aid is sustained, and climate adaption measures are scaled up.

The UN agencies underscored the urgent need for funding, warning that they will be unable to preposition humanitarian assistance in time for the next year, which could push millions of families even deeper into hunger.

Source: Sudan Tribune