Laser beams help Senegal win a FIFA World Cup qualifier

Thousands of Senegalese fans pointed laser beams in the eyes of Egyptian players during the crucial match between Egypt and Senegal. During penalties, the lasers continued unabated, with the referee not doing anything about them, not even when goalkeeper El Shenawy was about to defend a Senegal free kick and had several lasers pointed at his face to try and disorient him. Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty for Senegal while Mohamed Salah missed it as lasers were flashing in his face

Laser beams help Senegal win a FIFA World Cup qualifier

The result was a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final two months ago when Mane again scored the winning penalty. Senegal dominated most of the proceedings and Egypt were indebted to goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who produced a series of stunning saves to deny Pape Abdou Cisse and Ismaila Sarr in extra time. He was easily the most outstanding player of the match and even ended up saving a couple of penalties during the shootout.

A formal complaint has been lodged by the Egyptian Football Association with the match official, security official, CAF, and FIFA concerning the atmosphere surrounding the Senegal game. Egypt’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar were dashed after a penalty shootout loss to Senegal, in which Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, and Mostafa Mohamed all missed from the spot.

Before the game, Egypt’s team bus had been attacked by Senegal fans and delayed, leading to reports that the EFA requested to postpone the match by 30 minutes. In addition, bottles were thrown bottles at the Egyptian players during their warmup, and the EFA claimed the team was racially discriminated against due to some offensive banners in the Senegalese stands aimed at forward Mohamed Salah.

Klopp makes abrupt statement about renewal of Mo Salah’s contract

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp surprised Mo Salah’s fans with an abrupt statement about the Egyptian star and Liverpool striker, saying the club has done all it could to renew Salah’s contract with Liverpool. Media reports revealed new developments related to negotiations for the renewal of Salah’s contract. “We can’t do much more, that’s the way it is. During the meantime, it is pretty much Mo’s decision. I think the club did what it could. I don’t have anything more to say on the subject, it is exactly the way it should be,” Klopp said at a press conference.

Klopp makes abrupt statement about renewal of Mo Salah’s contract

In the English Premier League for the current season, Salah has scored 19 goals, far ahead of his closest rivals Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, the Reds’ stars, with 12 goals. According to reports, Liverpool has agreed to extend Salah’s contract, boosting his weekly salary to 450,000 sterling pounds per week. Ramy Abbas, Mo Salah’s agent, agreed on the contract terms with Liverpool’s management. Salah’s salary under the new contract will be LE9.3 million per week, or LE37 million per month, or more than LE430 million a year.

Nigerian women protest against the Gender Bill with tenacity

During the voting on the constitution amendment bills earlier this month, both chambers of the Nigerian national assembly rejected five constitutional amendments. They clearly don’t want Nigeria to progress, and their only interest is to further enhance the power of Nigerian men by throwing out these Bills in such a cavalier and arrogant manner. Since March 2, 2022, women have been protesting at the National Assembly against the rejection of several bills seeking gender equality in the country.

Nigerian women protest against the Gender Bill with tenacity

The protest is intended to get federal lawmakers to rethink all the gender bills that were rejected during the Constitution amendment last week. Womanifesto’s co-convener, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, made this statement during a meeting with other women groups. On the first day of Women’s History month, the Nigerian legislature voted to deny citizenship to foreign-born husbands of Nigerian women while a Nigerian man’s foreign-born wife gets automatic citizenship. Legislators also denied Nigerians in the Diaspora the right to vote.

Furthermore, Akiyode-Afolabi noted that lawmakers voted to deny women the right to take indigeneship in their husband’s state after five years of marriage, as well as rejecting women’s appointments for 35 percent of positions. In addition, the lawmakers voted to deny women 35 percent equity in party administration and leadership, as well as specific seats in the National Assembly.

At least 200 Nigerian women protested at the National Assembly against the rejection of the bills. The women of Nigeria have resolutely continued to challenge the misogynistic attitudes of some lawmakers and the disregard for women concerns. Despite the fact that Nigerian law discriminates against women, women were ready to rise up and take their destiny into their own hands, and they called for women across the country to do the same. By voting against the gender bills, the 9th National Assembly (NASS) denied Nigerian women the opportunity of inclusion and representation.

African governments begin repatriating their citizens from Ukraine

African citizens studying and working in Ukraine, such as Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalis, Moroccans, and others, have been trying to escape over the Ukraine border into neighboring countries. This is along with thousands of people trapped in the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

African governments begin repatriating their citizens from Ukraine

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s foreign minister, announced that the country will begin to fly its citizens back home to countries bordering Ukraine. About 5,600 Nigerians remain in Ukraine, most of them students, Onyeama said. There are measures in place to ensure that they move to safety in neighboring Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Honorary consuls, diplomatic representatives, and Ghana students’ associations will receive Ghanaian students. They are expected back in Ghana within the next few days. There are currently more than 1,000 Ghanaian nationals residing in Ukraine.

Christopher Lutundula, the foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said on Twitter that he will meet with the Polish ambassador about the passage of about 200 Congolese, mostly students, across the border.

The majority of Africans claim they are the victims of discrimination at border crossings. This is especially after they are prevented from boarding trains and buses, which are filled with foreigners fleeing the conflict.
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