Ouahigouya/3rd edition of the University President’s Cup: UFR/SS wins the trophy


Ouagadougou: The Health Science Training and Research Unit (UFR/SS) won the 3rd edition of the President’s Cup of the Lédéa Ouédraogo University (ULBO) on Saturday, June 8 , former University of Ouahigouya) by beating on penalties (0-0 then 4-1) on the University grounds, that of Human Resources Management and Land and Real Estate Management (GRH/GFI).

Organized as part of the 72 hours of the student, the President’s Cup of the Lédéa Bernard Ouédraogo University (formerly the University of Ouahigouya), the 3rd edition reached its climax this Saturday, June 8, 2024 within the premises of the relocated headquarters of the University.

It was under the theme ‘Sport, a factor of resilience and success’ that the first edition of the sports and cultural days of Lédea University student Bernard Ouédraogo was held. For 72 hours, professors, administrative staff and students came together through sporting and cultural activities to promote living together in the university world.

At the end of regulation time of 60
minutes of play (2×30 minutes), the score remained goalless. It was during the penalty shootout that the medical team showed itself to be more skillful than their opponent by achieving four shots to one (4 to 1).

As a reward, in addition to the trophy, the champion team received the sum of 75,000 F CFA from the hands of President Professor Adama Ouéda. As for the vice-champion, she pocketed the sum of 50,000 CFA francs.

At the end of the competition, the President of Lédéa Bernard Ouédraogo University, Professor Adama Ouéda, did not hide his satisfaction with the organization of these sporting and cultural days. ‘We extend our thanks to all those involved in the academic world for the efforts made which led to this success,’ he said before congratulating the two finalist teams and all the registered teams. in the tournament.

‘We are very happy to be able to win the University President’s Cup. It should be noted that this is the very first time that the medical faculty has won this cup. Our opponents were n
ot unworthy but it’s football, we needed a winner and we won. All our thanks to the President of the University with his entire team who fight day and night for us students’ suggested Cheik Aziz Sankara, captain of the champion team.

Harouna Ouédraogo, President of the Organizing Committee, with a feeling of a job well accomplished, will say that ‘we have largely achieved the objectives, the main one of which was to strengthen social ties through sporting and cultural activities. Considering the great mobilization, the bet has really been won.’

An appointment has been made in 2025 for the next edition on the ULBO website.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kamzong Abessolo wins 20th edition of Cameroon International Cycling Tour


The yellow jersey of the 2024 Cameroon International Cycling Tour has been won by renowned Cameroonian cyclist, Kamzong Abessolo who led the competition from start to end.

He finished first in the opening and fifth laps of the race and maintained a lead in the overall classification which summed up to 20 hours 59 mins 9 secs.

The final stage of 107.7 km, run from Ngoulemakong in the Mvilla division of the South region to the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde on Sunday, was won by Ivorian Cisse Issiaka.

Issiaka won the yellow jersey in the previous edition in 2023. He finished fourth this year.

The 20th edition of the Cameroon International Cycling Tour kicked off on May 31 in Maroua and ended on June 9 at the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Marc Brys makes impressive start with Indomitable Lions


New Indomitable Lions coach Marc Brys, won his first match as head coach of the Cameroon national football team on Saturday, June 8, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. The Lions humbled visitors Cape Verde in a 4-1 defeat, counting for day three of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026.

It was a favourable start for the Belgian, who finds himself in the middle of the crisis that has rocked Cameroon football for the past two months. His appointment on April 2 by the Sports Ministry was not initially accepted by FECAFOOT. The federation later agreed to work with the 62-year-old but formed its own administrative, technical and medical staff which it insists is the one recognised by FIFA.

In the victory against Cape Verde, Cameroon displayed an image of unity. There was visible joy on all faces as Ngadeu, Vincent Aboubakar and Nohou Tolo scored to give Cameroon the lead in group D of the qualifiers. The Lions top the table with 7 points.

‘They are united’ Marc Brys commended the dedication shown by the players. ‘You
saw during the match, the group does not need their coach to play well’.

‘We are very happy with these results but we have to maintain our focus’ the coach said, referring to the next match against Angola on June 11. He expressed regret over the chaos that surrounds the national team. ‘It is not productive for the team and 30 million Cameroonians’ He reiterated that he is ‘apolitical’ and is focused on his job.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Mombasa Stars Draw Against Kibera Black Stars


In their last National Super League (NSL) home match of the season, the Mombasa Stars drew 1-1 with the Kibera Black Stars at Serani Sports Ground on Saturday.

The home side, Mombasa Stars, opened the score in the first half with a penalty kick by Alfred Manigi.

However, the lead was short-lived as the Kibera Black Stars were also awarded a penalty, which was scored by Richard Bolo.

The referee’s decision to award the penalty sparked anger from the Mombasa Stars’ side, with Head Coach Mohammed Hussein ‘Madaga’ openly criticising the referee’s decision.

‘I expected a win for my team. The referee gave our opponents an undeserving penalty just to balance the game. It was a decision that cost us the three points we needed,’ said Coach Madaga after the match.

Kibera Black Stars’ coach, Edwin Lavatsa, expressed his frustration over missed opportunities by his players. Despite the equaliser, Lavatsa felt his team could have secured a victory through their performance.

‘We created several chances but failed to
convert them into goals. I feel like we lost two points today because we were not able to capitalise on our opportunities,’ Lavatsa said.

After the draw, Kibera Black Stars and Mombasa Stars are in the ninth and tenth positions, respectively.

Mombasa Stars now have three successive away games in the NSL league.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Ioba: The Dakolé A school wins the trophy in the football final in the CEB of Dano

Dano: The football final was the apotheosis of the sporting and cultural activities of the basic education district (CEB) of Dano with the victory of the Dakolé A school, Saturday May 18, 2024 in Dano.

The closing of sports and cultural activities in the basic education district (CEB) of Dano took place for 48 hours. The educational community, students, parents and customary and municipal authorities were strongly mobilized to close these activities.

The cultural competitions were held on Friday May 17, 2024 at the Dano Women’s Museum. The schools competed in archery, drama, recital, folk choir and traditional dagara dance. The apotheosis of this edition was the football final on the field of the Dakolé A school in Dano.

The match in this final pitted the Yabogane school against that of Dakolé A. At the end of regulation time, the score was zero goals everywhere. At the end of the penalty shootout, Dakolé A won with a score of 3 goals to 1.

She wins a set of jerseys, a ball, a sum of 25,000 francs and the
trophy. The four best teams were all awarded prizes in football.

In the cultural and athletics competitions, the first three schools per discipline each received a prize. This year’s activities were under the theme “sport, culture and leisure, factors of social cohesion and resilience between communities”.

This 2023-2024 edition was sponsored by the prefect, president of the special municipal delegation (PDS) of Dano, Denis Zanré. For the second time in a row, EMAF CEO Aly Maïga sponsored the activities of the organization of sport, culture and leisure in primary schools (OSCLEP) in the CEB of Dano.

The chief of Dano canton, Naonfa 2, offered blessings for the peaceful progress of the final. He congratulated all the actors for their hard work. Naonfa 2 reiterated his thanks to the head of the CEB (C.CEB) of Dano, Romaric Somé for his commitment to the cultural awakening of children.

The representative of the sponsor, Nouonta Dabiré praised the remarkable participation of schools in the various competition
s. Children constitute the future of the country, which is why they need to be supported to flourish, he continued.

According to him, Aly Maïga does not hesitate to support the CEB of Dano for the social cohesion found there.

For the C.CEB of Dano, Romaric Somé, thanks to the resilience of the teachers and particularly the organizing committee, the difficulties encountered during this edition were overcome. Hence the relevance of the theme of this sporting and cultural campaign.

He noted that the cultural days provided the opportunity to encourage the ‘one school, one cultural troupe’ initiative for the 2024-2025 school year.

He thanked the special delegation from the municipality of Dano which offered to support the initiative according to its possibilities. He reiterated his thanks to all those who contributed to the success of these events.

‘They understood that investing in children means saving,’ he said. Romaric Somé made it known that creating a framework for expression and development for childre
n is a duty for educators.

‘In view of the mobilization during these 48 hours, I am very happy’ he concluded. The PDS of the commune of Dano, Denis Zanré said that culture is a sure value that must be instilled in younger generations.

For him, succession is assured because the children have a lot of potential. ‘It is with great honor and satisfaction that we committed to supporting the CEB of Dano in the activities of OSCLEP,’ he maintained.

As part of strengthening the patriotic fiber, the special delegation will accompany schools with the national colors at the start of the next school year, declared Mr. Zanré.

He congratulated the C.CEB and all the teaching staff for this successful organization.

A curtain-raising match between school principals and their deputies marked the start of the closing ceremony. The victory went to the school directors with a score of two goals to zero.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Fecafoot pulls out of world cup qualifier


The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) announced their decision to exempt themselves from the preparations for the upcoming 2026 world cup Qualifiers between the Cameroon and Cape Verde including Angola on June 08 and 11, respectively.

According to the fédération, the decision comes after a series of ‘serious’ events that occurred during the preparations for the start of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon training camp on Sunday June 2.

FECAFOOT said its staff were subject to intimidation by the law enforcement forces, making it impossible to carry out the usual welcoming operations for the Indomable Lions at the Hilton hotel

These events led to an emergency meeting where the Committee decided to exclude themselves from the preparations for the two upcoming games.

Moving on, the Indomitable Lions’ maiden training session scheduled for Monday was held late after FECAFOOT confiscated kits.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

‘No one can understand how excited I am right now’ Kylian Mbappé

Ouagadougou: Striker Kylian Mbappé (25 years old) expressed his satisfaction after signing for Réal Madrid, the club of his dreams.

‘No one can understand how excited I am right now, I can’t wait to see you, madridistas; and thank you for your incredible support.’, wrote the attacker on his X account.

Kylian Mbappé, who has always proclaimed his love for Réal Madrid, finally stayed at Paris Saint Germain after the 2021-2022 season following various pressures as he prepared to join the Spanish capital.

Since then, Real Madrid have won two Champions Leagues (2022 and 2024) with compatriot Eduardo Camavinga, 21.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

UFOA-B tournament: the cadet stallions present their trophy to the President of Faso

Ouagadougou: The President of Faso, His Excellency Captain Ibrahim TRAORE received, this Monday morning, the U17 Stallions, winners of the Union of West African Football Federations tournament, Zone B (UFOA-B). On this occasion, the cadet stallions presented their trophy to the Head of State.

‘I am very happy to receive you,’ declared the Head of State to these young ‘VDP’ who carried the torch of our country during this West African tournament. ‘When the national anthem penetrates you, it releases adrenaline (…); you never gave up, you never gave up,’ underlined Captain Ibrahim TRAORE, satisfied with the performance of the U17 Stallions.

While praising the spirit of combativeness and self-sacrifice of the cadet Stallions, the Head of State congratulated the players and the entire technical staff for the pride and honor given to the entire Nation.

‘You feel us on a mission and we came back with the trophy,’ said the U17 Stallions coach, Oscar BARRO.

The President of the Burkinabè Football Federation (FBF)
Lazare BANSSE thanked the Head of State for the efforts made to support all national teams in football, despite the difficulties the country is experiencing. ‘You are the first captain of all our national teams,’ underlined Lazare BANSSE.

As for the captain of the U17 Stallions, Badra BARRO, he expressed, on behalf of the entire team, their gratitude to the Burkinabè people for all the support shown during the competition.

With this coronation, the U17 Stallions are automatically qualified for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in their category.

‘I urge you to keep this momentum going. You have to love very far; you are capable (…). I hope that you will maintain the flame and carry the country’s flag high,’ said the President of Faso.

Facing the Head of State, the coach pledged to do more to bring further laurels to our country.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Real Madrid’s Vinicius named best player in Champions League

Brazilian striker of Spain’s Real Madrid Vinicius is named the best football player in the Champions League for the 2023/24 season, the press service of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) reported.

Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham has been named best young player. Besides Vinicius and Bellingham, the symbolic Champions League squad included goalkeeper Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), defenders Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rdiger (both Real Madrid), Mats Hummels, Ian Maatsen (both Borussia), midfielders Vitinha (PSG), Marcel Sabitzer ( Borussia), attackers Harry Kane (Bayern) and Phil Foden (Manchester City).

Real Madrid won the Champions League for the 15th time, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final. Carvajal and Vinicius have scored goals for Real Madrid.

Vinicius is 23 years old. He has been playing for Real since 2018. With the Spanish team he became three times champion of Spain, once winner of the National Cup and twice of the Super Cup, as well as double winner of the Champions
League. In total, the Brazilian made 264 appearances for Real, scoring 83 goals and making 75 assists.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Narcisse Mouelle Kombi makes recommendations to FECAFOOT for ‘success’ against Cape Verde, Angola


The minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, has made some recommendations to FECAFOOT ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Cape Verde and Angola.

During the preparatory meeting at the sports ministry on Wednesday, May 29, the minister pointed out that in fulfillment of ‘the instructions of the President of the Republic’, FECAFOOT will have to actively ensure that the national team led by Marc Brys is in good conditions for the two matches on June 8 and 11.

Among the recommendations, the federation will be expected to make didactic material and sports equipment available for the team, ensure good collaboration during the encounters by sharing important information, and ensuring that ticket issues are resolved within the shortest time possible.

FECAFOOT will also be tasked to ensure that the visiting country is well received in Cameroon for the match against Cape Verde scheduled at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on June 8.

The presence of FECAFOOT representatives
at the MINSEP meeting was lauded by the minister. He said the works which already started in a ‘cordial atmosphere’ will have to continue in the same conditions.

The drama at Tsinga in Yaounde on Tuesday, had created an atmosphere of uncertainty over the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixtures. The doubts are still not completely cleared, however, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi reiterated that ‘the matches against Cape Verde and Angola will be played’.

Source: Cameroon News Agency