Daily Archives: June 8, 2018

African Football Corp. Announces Strategic Alliance With The Guinea-Bissau Football Federation

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — American company, African Football Corp. (AFC) announced a new strategic alliance with the National Football Federation of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, promoting new opportunities within the country’s public and private sectors.  This historic deal will mark the first time an African FIFA member Federation outsources its operations to an American firm specialized in the promotion and business development of sports teams. The partnership is expected to move the national team from its current 104th FIFA ranking to the Top 50 within a four-year period.

The deal between African Football Corp. and the government from Guinea-Bissau will last 10 years, allowing the company ample time to curate and develop the country’s new team. The partnership will provide the Guinea-Bissau Federation with the private sourced funding required to operate and improve the team’s current global ranking.

The agreement was made official with the signing of President of the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento and President CEO of African Football Corp., Oscar A. Faria.

The signing of the agreement represents a big step forward for football in Guinea-Bissau, but also for the entire African region,” stated Mr. Lopes Nascimento. “This alliance acts as a springboard for future generations as a way to cultivate the talent that exists in the country by training with athletes at the local and regional levels, while generating new development opportunities for children of all ages, and strengthening the capabilities of young football players in Africa.”

African Football Corp. will play an all-encompassing role in the team’s management, by acting as the federation’s commercial agent, business developer, and agent for the national team’s players. By overseeing the team’s operation, it will help the athletes achieve the best deals possible with top teams across Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

African Football Corp. President and CEO, Oscar Faria, said: “We are very pleased with this strategic alliance bridging the public and private sectors in Guinea-Bissau. We believe in the country’s capability to provide the world’s football leagues with world class talent, while catapulting Africa as a football powerhouse. I am confident that this deal will be the first of many and I look forward to counting with other African federations that will join us in this journey.”

As football fanatics worldwide prepare for the Russia 2018 World Cup, slated to begin on June 14, 2018, African Football Corp. will begin working with the local talent found in Guinea-Bissau to hopefully prepare them for the 2022 games.

About African Football Corp.
African Football Corp. is an American company lead by a multidisciplinary team from all walks of life with two things in common, business experience and passion for Football.

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COACH ERASMUS ADMITS HE HAS PICKED RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCED SPRINGBOK FOR FIRST ENGLAND TEST

JOHANNESBURG– New Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that he has selected a relatively inexperienced side for his first ever test match since charge as Boks coach in March.

Erasmus has included three new caps in a 24-man squad for the first test against England at Ellis Park here Saturday. The three new caps in the squad have also found themselves in the starting 15.

They are wings Sbu Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi and lock R.G. Snyman. Erasmus says he’s got good back-up on the bench.

Erasmus says his two overseas-based players Du Plessis and Steyn are still part of his World Cup plans, and their absence for the three test matches against England is a big blow.

Boks flyhalf, Handre Pollard says they are still getting used to each other as players, and things will definitely improve if they get more game time together.

Great to be back. Very exciting times, bunch of new faces in the backline. Some old ones are also back. The guys like Sbu in unbelievable form, unbelievable talent!

Despite untested combinations all round, Pollard says if they can pull in the same direction as a team, the Springboks will get positive results going forward.

Erasmus says although he wants instant results, his main focus is to build a formidable squad for next year’s World Cup. It is still not clear if Du Plessis and Steyn will be available for the Rugby Championship which follows in August.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

COACH ERASMUS ADMITS HE HAS PICKED RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCED SPRINGBOK FOR FIRST ENGLAND TEST

JOHANNESBURG– New Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that he has selected a relatively inexperienced side for his first ever test match since charge as Boks coach in March.

Erasmus has included three new caps in a 24-man squad for the first test against England at Ellis Park here Saturday. The three new caps in the squad have also found themselves in the starting 15.

They are wings Sbu Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi and lock R.G. Snyman. Erasmus says he’s got good back-up on the bench.

Erasmus says his two overseas-based players Du Plessis and Steyn are still part of his World Cup plans, and their absence for the three test matches against England is a big blow.

Boks flyhalf, Handre Pollard says they are still getting used to each other as players, and things will definitely improve if they get more game time together.

Great to be back. Very exciting times, bunch of new faces in the backline. Some old ones are also back. The guys like Sbu in unbelievable form, unbelievable talent!

Despite untested combinations all round, Pollard says if they can pull in the same direction as a team, the Springboks will get positive results going forward.

Erasmus says although he wants instant results, his main focus is to build a formidable squad for next year’s World Cup. It is still not clear if Du Plessis and Steyn will be available for the Rugby Championship which follows in August.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA URGED TO REMOVE HEALTH MINISTER AARON MOTSOALEDI

JOHANNESBURG– The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s largest labour federation, has again called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Aaron Motsoaledi as Minister of Health in order to help save the country’s failing health system.

The labour federation’s spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, said Thursday that the time for Motsoaledi, who has held the health portfoliosinc e2009, to change the situation in the Health Department has long passed. Pamla said new blood must be brought in to assist the collapsing department.

As we look at things, nine years down the line, we feel now this is a failing system and we think that, if President Ramaphosa is to make a success of his New Dawn (vision), some comrades who have been entrusted with some responsibility should be replaced and we should get new blood, people with new ideas,” he said.

“We think nine years is long enough for someone to turn around a department which the government continues to tell us is an essential service department.

Meanwhile, civil society group Section 27 has also written an open letter to Ramaphosa, calling on him to resolve the challenges which the country’s healthcare system is facing.

What we really need here is strong leadership, accountability and we need an ability to respond to the needs of the people who use the health care system. The word crisis is often over-used, but I think it is what we are facing right now,” reads the open letter.

“It is important that we get this right because health affects everybody, it affects the economy, it affects the individuals and it’s a constitutional right to access to health care services.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK