Zambia freed 31 Chinese

Zambia freed 31 Chinese held for illegal mining: China
BEIJING – Dozens of Chinese nationals who had been held for illegal mining in Zambia have departed the African country to return home, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
China had complained that Zambia provided no strong evidence of crimes committed by the 31 arrested in the copperbelt town of Chingola, including a pregnant woman and two victims of malaria.
But Zambia’s immigration chief had told the media the Chinese would have to be deported for violating the law.
“After repeated representations by China’s Foreign Ministry and its embassy in Zambia, on the afternoon of June 6, the 31 Chinese citizens that had been seized and detained boarded a plane and left Zambia to return home,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
In a letter, the 31 had expressed their “satisfaction” with the Chinese embassy’s efforts on their behalf, Hua told a regular news briefing.
Chinese companies have invested more than $1 billion in copper-rich Zambia, but there has been animosity, with some Zambian workers accusing firms of abuses and underpaying.
In 2012, Zambian miners killed a Chinese supervisor and seriously wounded another in a pay dispute at a coal mine. Zambian police charged two Chinese supervisors at the same coal mine with attempted murder two years earlier, after the shooting of 13 miners in a pay dispute.
Resource-hungry China is investing heavily in Africa, a supplier of oil and raw materials, such as copper and uranium, but critics have warned its companies take with them their poor track record on workers’ rights and environmental protection.

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Madagascar, Mauritius advance in Chan


Madagascar, Mauritius advance in CHAN qualifying

Madagascar and Mauritius have booked their place in the second round of qualifying from the Southern Zone for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Madagascar claimed an excellent 1-0 away win in Malawi to claim that tie 2-0 on aggregate and set up a second round meeting with Mozambique.

Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal for the Malagasy early in the second half.
Mauritius were held to a 1-1 draw by Seychelles, but advanced 3-2 on aggregate having claimed a 2-1 victory in the first leg.

They took the lead in Victoria on 15 minutes through Marco Dorza, but Leeroy Corallie equalised five minutes into the second period for Seychelles.

Mauritius will now meet Angola in the second round to be played in July.

Other second round games see Comoros take on Lesotho, Namibia tackle Zimbabwe, Botswana face-off against South Africa and Swaziland play Zambia.

The CHAN tournament is open to national teams that field only players who ply their trade in their domestic leagues.



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Zambia advanced to the 2017 U20 Afcon final after beating South Africa thanks to Edward Chilufya’s goal in extra-time
Zambia defeated South Africa 1-0 in the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi-final clash on Wednesday night.
As a result the Young Chipolopolo will now face the winner between Guinea and Senegal in the final on Sunday, while the losing team are scheduled to take on Amajita in the Third place match on the same day.
Thabo Senong, the Amajita head coach, made three changes from the side that beat Sudan’s Young Falcons of Jediane 3-1 in their final Group B encounter which was played in Ndola on Sunday.
Orlando Pirates duo Tercious Malepe and Sandile Mthethwa started in the central defence, while Portugal-based striker Luther Singh, who had scored four goals in the tournament, was positioned in the left wing.
They faced a much-fancied Young Chipolopolo side which had won all of their three Group A matches. The Zambians had also defeated Amajita 2-1 in the 2016 U20 Cosafa Cup final last December.
But Amajita had a lively start into the match with the team enjoying more possession and they were first to threaten within the first 10 minutes of the game.
Notha Ngcobo whipped in a dangerous curling corner-kick into the Young Chipolopolo box and goalkeeper Mangani Banda did brilliantly to punch the ball away from danger.
As the game progressed the Young Chipolopolo, who are coached by Beston Chambeshi, began to take control of the match, but Amajita looked solid at the back and also dangerous on the counter attack.
A quick move in the 20th minute saw two Young Chipolopolo defenders fouling Amajita’s targetman Khanyiso Mayo on the edge of the box and Singh fired over the crossbar from the resultant free-kick.
Both teams were struggling to create clear-cut chances – relying too much on set-pieces and Amajita keeper Mondli Mpoto did well to gather a dangerous curling corner-kick in the 35th minute.
Nevertheless, the two sides were unable to score in the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval. Amajita and the Young Chipolopolo had cancel each other out in a lively first-half.
Senong made a tactical change eight minutes after restart introducing an attacking midfielder Kobamelo Kodisang for Mayo, who had lacked support upfront as a lone striker.
The tournament’s top goalscorer, Singh, moved into the targetman role just ahead of three attacking midfielders Sibongakonke Mbatha, Grant Margeman and Kodisang.
A good move by Amajita led to Kodisang playing a low free-kick into the Young Chipolopolo box in search of Singh in the 65th minute, but the ball was too close to keeper Banda, who gathered with ease.
The shot-stopper was also called into action two minutes later as Amajita continued to search for the opening goal. Teboho Mokoena forced Banda into a fine save from a well-taken free-kick.
Kodisang’s introduction seemed to have rejuvenated Amajita with Mthethwa and Mbatha missing glorious opportunities just before the 70th minute with the Young Chipolopolo defence exposed.
But the momentum was with the Young Chipolopolo in the dying minutes with Ngcobo’s clearance hitting the upright, before Mpoto denied Patson Daka and the match ended goalless in regulation time and extra-time followed.
The tournament hosts continued their dominance in extra-time with Mpoto denying Young Chipolopolo forward Enock Mwepu in the first-half of extra-time with the Amajita defence caught ball watching.
The pressure paid off for Chambeshi’s side three minutes into the second-half of extra-time when Edward Chilufya rose highest to head home from Prosper Chiluya’s free-kick to seal a 1-0 win to Zambia.


Malawi remains in the top 10 best English speaking nations in Africa. This is according to a study conducted by the World Linguistic Society.

Malawi remains in the top 10 best English speaking nations in Africa. This is according to a study conducted by the World Linguistic Society.

Malawi is the sixth best English speaking nation in Africa.
Malawi is stuck on sixth position where it was after a similar study two years ago. However, Uganda which was not on the list then, comes first.
It is followed by Zambia, South Africa and Kenya. Zimbabwe comes on position five with Malawi sixth. Ghana, Botswana and Sudan complete the list.
In Malawi, the official language is English while major languages include Chichewa, a language spoken by over 57% of the population, Chinyanja (12.8%), Chiyao (10.1%), and Chitumbuka (9.5%), according to information from the internet.
March 1, 2017