Sunday's 4-0 defeat in Guinea was the last straw for Schans, who had only taken over the team in December of last year.
Namibia's final match of the campaign will be at home against Zimbabwe at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
I once had the pleasure of shaking Sam Nujoma’s hand. He was in Liverpool 8 in the late 80s to thank the dockworkers for their campaign to blockade Namibian Uranium.
Nujoma was inaugurated as President of Namibia on 21 March 1990 and was subsequently re-elected in 1994 and 1999, serving until 2005. He was also President of the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) from its founding in 1960 until 2007.
The Namibian constitution did not allow Nujoma to run for a fourth term. Nujoma’s successor, Hifikepunye Pohamba was elected with a large majority and was sworn in on March 21, 2005. In October 2007, Nujoma declined to seek re-election as SWAPO President, standing aside in favor of Pohamba, the Vice-President of SWAPO, after 47 years as party leader. Pohamba was accordingly elected unopposed as SWAPO President on November 29, 2007 at a party congress. Nujoma said that he was "passing the torch and mantle of leadership to comrade Pohamba"
Nujoma initiated a plan for land reform, in which land would be redistributed from whites (who, despite constituting only a small percentage of the population, own a disproportionately large amount of the nation's farmland) to blacks, although it is being implemented on a more gradual and long-term basis than in nearby Zimbabwe.
It may have escaped those following the Zanu-PF MDC run-off election, but Zimbabwe has a very good chance of qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa. Although Zimbabwe sit in third place in Group 2 of the second stage of African qualifiers, they are only two points behind leaders Guinea. Guinea visit Harare on September 7th. A win for Zimbabwe should see them through.
It would be a deserved reward for a Zimbabwean squad that has played some of the best football in Southern Africa in recent years. Given the proximity of the tournament, the incentive for the Zimbabweans is strong. Many Zimbabweans play professionally in South Africa.
Like Platinum and countless other precious metals and commodities that are extracted and exported by Western conglomerates based in Zimbabwe, an increasing number of Zimbabwean football players are also exported and showcase their talent in Europe’s top football leagues.
Benjani “Alessio” Mwaruwari was the leading goalscorer in the English Premier League for a time last season, which triggered an 8 Million pound transfer from Portsmouth to Manchester City. Mwaruwari was born to parents of Malian descent, but choose to represent the country of his birth.
Zimbabwe are managed by a Brazilian. Jose Claudinei Georgini, also known as “Valinhos” for the town where he was born. Valinhos had a brief playing career at Vasco de Gama and coached the Brazilian U20 side between 2001 and 2003.
Go Warriors Go.
At what point does the United States decide to insert into Zimbabwe the best footballers the 82nd Airborne has to offer?
Sanctions haven’t worked. The South Africans haven’t done enough. Surely, it’s time for the Marines to go down there and deliver democracy; give the people of Zimbabwe the sort of external protection from their own their government they gave to the people of Iraq.
But the situations in Iraq and Zimbabwe are completely different, will claim the US State Department: The Zimbabweans have neighbours we can work with. The Liberian model of transitional mediation worked. The United Nations is doing a heck of a job. The African Union is already on site. The Southern African Development Community can do dialogue. And throwing 'soccer balls' into the bush is a far more trickier proposition that lobbing them into the desert. We've even had reports from the jungle of elephants digesting 'soccer balls', giraffes hiding them in trees, and hippopotamuses using them in asymmetric games of water polo.
*Pictured above are lots of 'soccer balls' in a purpose built soccer field in Baghdad. The field was built at built by D Company, 2nd Batalion of the 82nd Airborne Division in April last year.
Meanwhile, the Iraq Resistance continues to prefer guns to footballs.
27 US Soldiers have perished in Iraq so far this month in what commentators are calling a spike in violence against US forces.
Iraq (who play their home fixtures in Dubai and Doha) failed to qualify from the Asian Group of Death, despite needing only a draw this past weekend in their final fixture against Qatar. Qatar (famous for giving passports to Uruguayans) employed the old school method of introducing a left winger in the second-half. With 13 minutes to go Hassan
Yasser raced down the left and whipped in a dangerous cross. Bechir outjumped two Iraqi defenders and glanced his
header into the top-left corner.
Missing from Nigeria’s 2008 World Cup campaign is Kanu.
Kanu has turned his attention to taking on agents. The Nigerian wants to take on "agents who have for years preyed on young African players, ripping them off and leaving many penniless and abandoned".
In a recent interview with Jason Burt of the Independent, Kanu says he is simply formalising something he already does as "people call me all the time, even when I'm traveling, they come to my hotel and ask for help…I've been through a lot and played for a long time so I can understand what others will go through," he says. "That's why I want to help them out. There are a lot of players who go to Belgium, for example, and have had terrible experiences. I know players and they have come to me. We need to make sure they have more support and that will make their families happier because they know they are being looked after.”
"The foundation, I hope, will be a big organisation covering lots of different areas and whatever help the players need then we can direct them in the right way and give them the best. A talented footballer comes over, his family depends on him and if his agent or club don't treat him well he might not succeed and then he feels he's let everyone down. For years, African players have been exploited. I know a lot who have suffered and the foundation is going to have a big responsibility."
Kanu has proven experience with foundations. His heart foundation has been a success. Kanu has served as a Unicef Ambassador. Kanu’s partners in his football foundation venture are the NVA Entertainment Group. Among other things, they help footballers drive big cars.
Yakubu opened the scoring just before halftime when he tapped in a square pass from Peter Odemwingie
Ike Uche, who came on for Aiyegbeni with 10 minutes left, scored the second in the 84th minute, setting off on a jinxing run before thumping home a shot.
No confusão in Abuja. Nigeria are the first of 12 group winners to go through to the next phase. They will be joined by the eight best-placed runners-up in a draw of 20 teams for the final phase, which starts in November.
The Black Antelopes. Remember them. Nigerians need no reminding.
I suspect the powerful performances of the Palancas Negras in 2004 could well explain why Nigeria is the only African team to have so far made it into the final African qualifying stage.
Here's the Black Antelopes in Luanda yesterday before their match against Uganda. The game finished in an 0-0 draw, a result that keeps both Angolan and Ugandan hopes of qualification alive. Both remain two points behind group leaders, Benin, with two games to play.
Oscar invariably repeats the MPLA slogans: A Victoria e certa! Victory is certain. But that is skimpy and, moreover, not exactly what everyone is looking for. Felix gives the most matter-of-fact and truthful answers. Asked about the situation, he answers tersely: Confusão.
Confusão is a good word, a synthesis word, an everything word. In Angola it has its own specific sense and is literally untranslatable.
To simplify things: Confusão means confusion, a mess, a state of anarchy and disorder. Confusão is a situation created by people, but in the course of creating it they lose control and direction, becoming victims of confusão themselves. There is a sort of fatalism in confusão. A person wants to do something, but it all falls to pieces in his hands; he wants to set something in motion, but some power paralyzes him; he wants to create something, but he produces confusão. Everything crosses him; even with the best will in the world, he falls over and over again into confusão. Confusão can overwhelm our thinking, and then others will say that the person has confusão in his head. It can steal into our hearts, and then our girls dump us. It can explode in a crowd and sweep through a mass of people – then there is fighting, death, arson. Sometimes confusão takes a more benign form in which it assumes the character of desultory, chaotic, but bloodless haggling.
Confusão is a state of absolute disorienation. People who have found themselves on the inside of confusão can’t comprehend what is going on around them or in themselves. Nor can they can explain specifically what caused this particular case of confusão. There are carriers who spread confusão, and others must beware, though this is difficult because literally any person can at any moment become a perpetrator of confusão, even against his will. By confusão we also understand our own states of perplexity and helplessness. We see confusão raging around us and can’t do anything to stop it. Camaradas, we hear again and again, don’t make confusão! – don’t! But does it depend on us? The most precise report from the front: What’s new with you? Confusão! Everyone who understands this word knows the whole story. Confusão can reign over an enormous territory and sweep through millions of people. Then there is a war. A state of confusão can’t be broken at one stroke or liquidated in the blinking of an eye. Anyone who tries falls into confusão himself. The best thing to act slowly and wait. After a while confusão loses energy, weakens, vanishes. We emerge from a state of confusão exhausted, but somehow satisfied that we have managed to survive. We start gathering strength against for the next confusão.
How to explain all this to people who have been in Luanda only a few hours? So once again, as if they hadn’t heard him, they ask Felix: “What’s the situation?” And Felix answers: “Haven’t I told you already? Confusão.” They go away shaking their heads and shrugging their shoulders because Felix has sown confusão among them.
Excerpt from "Another Day of Life", Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Fear in the air!
On each street corner
Vigilant sentries light incendiary glances
in each house
hasty replacement of the old bolts
of the doors
and in each conscience
seethes the fear of listening to itself
History is to be told
Fear in the air!
It happens that I
humble man still more humble in my black skin
come back to Africa
with dry eyes.
Dr. Agostinho Neto:
Popular Liberation Movement (MPLA)
Now consider where John McCain dreamed up his 100-year commitment to War in Iraq.
Look no further than Charlie Black, John McCain’s Chief Political Advisor.
Charlie Black is currently in the news because of his suggestion that a terrorist attack on America would be good for his candidate.
Charlie Black knows war. Back in the 1980s, Charlie Black was busy lobbying for War in Angola.
Like Iraq, Angola has oil. And a few diamonds too.
Angola's oil concessions, pictured left. Mbendi, Africa's leading business website, reports that Block 0 off Cabinda, accounts for Angola’s largest oil production, followed by Blocks 1 to 4 off the northern coast near Soyo. Other significant production areas include the Kuito, Benguela, Belize and Landana fields of Block 14 offshore of Cabinda, the Girassol, Dahlia, Rosa and Lirio fields of Block 17 between Soyo and Luanda, and the Kissanje, Marimba and Hungo fields in Block 15 near Soyo.
As Evan Thomas reported in Time on May 3rd, 1986, Charlie Black once worked for Jonas Savimbi. "When Savimbi came to Washington last month to seek support for his guerrilla organization, UNITA, in its struggle against the Marxist regime in Angola, he hired Black, Manafort. What the firm achieved was quickly dubbed "Savimbi chic." Doors swung open all over town for the guerrilla leader, who was dapperly attired in a Nehru suit and ferried about in a stretch limousine. Dole had shown only general interest in Savimbi's cause until Black, the Senate majority leader's former aide, approached him on his client's behalf. Dole promptly introduced a congressional resolution backing UNITA's insurgency and sent a letter to the State Department urging that the U.S. supply it with heavy arms. The firm's fee for such services was reportedly $600,000." "With most of his war supplies provided by the U.S., Savimbi was able to pay 'Black, Manafort' some $5 million to lobby for U.S. aid, generate favorable U.S. media coverage and gin up political support in Washington. With Black, Manafort's help, Savimbi has made at least five well-publicized trips to Washington, visiting President Reagan at the Oval Office, dining with former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and meeting with then-Vice President George Bush in 1988. Bush called Savimbi a "true patriot" and warned that cutting off Savimbi's U.S. aid would be "an immoral sellout of a loyal friend."
And the blood money kept rolling in as Steve Burkholder reported in Common Cause Magazine in the Spring of 1993,
With Charlie Black pulling the strings, Ronald Reagan described Jonas Savimbi as “Angola's Abraham Lincoln”.
"When Savimbi came to Washington last month to seek support for his guerrilla organization, UNITA, in its struggle against the Marxist regime in Angola, he hired Black, Manafort. What the firm achieved was quickly dubbed "Savimbi chic." Doors swung open all over town for the guerrilla leader, who was dapperly attired in a Nehru suit and ferried about in a stretch limousine. Dole had shown only general interest in Savimbi's cause until Black, the Senate majority leader's former aide, approached him on his client's behalf. Dole promptly introduced a congressional resolution backing UNITA's insurgency and sent a letter to the State Department urging that the U.S. supply it with heavy arms. The firm's fee for such services was reportedly $600,000."
"With most of his war supplies provided by the U.S., Savimbi was able to pay 'Black, Manafort' some $5 million to lobby for U.S. aid, generate favorable U.S. media coverage and gin up political support in Washington. With Black, Manafort's help, Savimbi has made at least five well-publicized trips to Washington, visiting President Reagan at the Oval Office, dining with former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and meeting with then-Vice President George Bush in 1988. Bush called Savimbi a "true patriot" and warned that cutting off Savimbi's U.S. aid would be "an immoral sellout of a loyal friend."
350 years of War in Angola wasn't enough for Charlie Black.
It is impossible to discuss Portuguese influence in Africa without speaking of Angola.
The name "Angola" comes from that of a King, N'Gola, who in the second half of sixteenth century ruled the Mbundu people, inhabiting the region of today's Luanda. N'Gola's kingdom was called Ndango, and it was the southern neighbour of another great African Kingdom, Congo. Both states came under the rule of the King of Portugal, and were wiped off the map.
The export of slaves was the main reason for the Portuguese presence in Angola. To round up as many of them as possible, the Portuguese conducted ceaseless wars in Angola. "The Portuguese contact with Angola, " write the historians Douglas L. Wheeler and Rene Pelisser in their book Angola, "began with war and, as some believe, will end with war. The Portuguese began with a military expedition, which was to be the start of a series of wars lasting for centuries. The state of war did not abate by the end of the seventeenth century; to the contrary: war was the rule rather than the exception during the entire period between 1579 and 1921. Unpublished documents in Portuguese archives prove that in the course of 350 years there were barely five years during which the Portuguese did not conduct war in one place or another in Angola."
* The picture above is a march of Angolan women to celebrate the 1961 War for Liberation, held in a stadium in Luanda, in 1975.
I suggested to João the next time he ran into the inebriated German supporting brother from Cabo Verde that he educate him on the Herero and Namaqua Genocide, then buy him a Super Bock, or better still, a Ceris, the local beer, brewed by the Sociedade Cabovediana de Cerveja e Refrigerates folks in Praia.
After a few minutes on the internet our German supporting Cabo Verdian would discover that on January 12, 1904, the Herero people under Samuel Maharero rose in rebellion against German colonial rule. In August, German general Lothar von Trotha finally defeated the Herero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them and their families into the desert of Omaheke, where most of them died of thirst. In October, the Nama also took up arms against the Germans and were dealt with in a similar fashion. In total, between 24,000 and 65,000 Herero (all values are estimate, 50% to 70% of the total Herero population), and 10,000 Nama (50% of the total Nama population) perished. Two characteristics of the genocide were death by starvation and the poisoning of wells used by the Herero and Nama populations that were trapped in the Namib Desert.
In 1985, the United Nations’ Whitaker Report recognized Germany’s attempt to exterminate the Herero and Nama peoples of South-West Africa as one of the earliest attempts at genocide in the 20th century.
The German government apologised in 2004.
Sticking with the Luso world, I couldn't help but share this tit bit from my mate João on the streets of Praia, Cabo Verde.
I go around alarmed at the takeover by Portuguese businesses and products; and go around with my "buy local" slogan and have people look at me some rabid xenophobe.
Pele was held up at gunpoint by a gang of
youths near Santos, it was reported in the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper today. The stick-up which occurred on June 13th as Pele was driving to his coastal beach house, relieved Pele of a gold necklace, a mobile phone and a watch. There were as many as ten bandits armed
with pistols and knives. Apparently Pele
rolled down the window to tell the attackers who he was - but they robbed him
The writ of the Brazilian state does not run in some parts of the country, where armed gangs from poor neighbourhoods often set up makeshift road blocks, halting traffic and robbing motorists before disappearing back into the 'hood.
The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil.
Fenerbahce announced today that Zico is leaving the club following a breakdown in talks over a new contract. "The contract of Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) has now come to an end. We would like to thank him for the successful work he has done with the club, and wish him all the best for the future," a club statement said according to the Anatolia press agency.
Zico joined Fenerbahce in July 2006 on a two year contract. He led them to a league and Turkish SuperCup double in 2007, the club's centenary year. Zico led Fenerbahce to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup where they were defeated by Chelsea.
Zico steered Japan to victory in the 2004 Asian Cup and to qualification for the 2006 World Cup. He remains the all-time top scorer at the Maracanã, with 333 goals in 435 games.
Brazil remain in 5th place in the Conmebol South American World Cup qualifying group.
The classic Sven strategy of plotting his career trajectory using the variables of clubs with little or no competition (as he did in Sweden and Portugal); owners with obscene wealth starved of success and willing to pay over the odds for glory (as he did in Italy); and countries with mindless hooligans who wouldn't recognize beautiful football from a sow's belly and a Federation loaded with cash and run like a knocking shop (as with England) is about to become a dangerous game.
I vacillate between being disgusted with Sven, the Swedish snake oil salesman with the steel rimmed spectacles that suggest unparalleled professorial, acumen and genius and his epic sexual jousting affairs, to having a sneaking admiration for how he manages to pull it all off. No pun intended.
"I'm really happy to have achieved the goal I set out when I was hired," said Jesus 'Chucho' Ramirez, the interim Mexico coach who will now step down to make way for Sven Goran Eriksson.
Ik zal zingen
om de zon
te laten opkomen,
wanneer de sterren weggewassen zijn
uit de lucht.
Ik zal zingen
in wolken van oranje,
bespikkelde lendendoeken van roodblauw,
zwart, dat zich niet langer kan staande houden
wanneer mijn zon aankomt;
een gele boodschap
voor allen die nog in hun kampen liggen,
voor allen die blind zijn van slaap...
Ik zal zingen
om de zon
te laten opkomen,
vanuit het water
dat zo eindeloos breed is,
totdat jullie naar buiten komen
om te luisteren
naar het bericht dat vanuit mijn hart
naar buiten breekt:
enkele druppels van morgenzon.
Michaël A. Slory, b. 1935, Corony District, Suriname
Slory published the first of more than 20 poetry collections in Dutch and Sranan Tongo in 1961. The social and political reality, both in Suriname and elsewhere, are the essential sources of inspiration for much of his writing. Thematically, his poetry is anti colonial and politically leftist, while linguistically it shows a great command of the various registers of the Sranan Tongo. In 1991 a large selection of his poetry was published in Dutch translation (Em andere weg), demonstrating his preoccupation with the beauty of Surinamese nature and black women.
The Flag of Suriname (pictured top left) is formed by five horizontal bands of green (top, double width), white, red (quadruple width), white, and green (double width). There is a large, yellow, five-pointed star centered in the red band.
The flag was adopted on November 25th, 1975, upon the independence of Suriname. The star represents the unity of all ethnic groups, the red stripe stands for progress and love, the green for hope and fertility, and the white bands for peace and justice.
The pre-independence flag (above) consisted of five colored stars connected by an ellipse. The colored stars represent the major ethnic groups that comprise the Surinamese population: the original Amerindians, the colonizing Europeans, the Africans brought in as slaves to work in plantations and the Hindus, Javanese and Chinese who came as indentured workers to replace the Africans who escaped slavery and settled in the hinterland. The ellipse was apparently intended to represent the harmonious relationship amongst the groups. White Cane cutters in the fields striking for better pay?
Yesterday marked the end of some remarkable journeys for a few Central American and Caribbean football nations.
The Spice Boyz of Grenada could not find an opening in Costa Rica. The Netherlands Antilles were beaten by Haiti 1-0 in Willemstad, when tragically Eugene Martha knocked the ball into his own net after 78 minutes. Trinidad and Tobago needed "doubles" in Bermuda. They got them. Darryl Roberts on 10 minutes and Stern John after 66 minutes. The Gombey Warriors are left with a number of what ifs. What if Dwayne Leverock had swapped silly mid off for a stint between the sticks? Antigua and Barbuda could not find the goal in Havana. Belize fell apart in Monterrey losing 7-0.
Panama scored the opener in San Salvador and held their 2-0 aggregate lead until the 70th minute. But El Salvador somehow got the three goals in 20 minutes. The combination of a passionate crowd at the Estadio Cuscatlan, a dubious Penalty kick, or so claimed Panama, and two Panamanians sent off for their trouble. It was the "classic" end to the 2nd Round of World Cup qualifying in the region.
Salvadorean Shawn Martin and Luis Enriquez of Panama pictured left fighting for the ball at the Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador last night.
Paraguay has recently also contributed to a significant re jigging of the political map of South America. The election of Fernando Lugo in April leaves only one "red state" on the continent.
Nelson Mandela is now certain to have a convivial contingent of South American Presidents to entertain in 2010.
The former Paraguayan priest who will inaugurated in August ended a three-nation tour this week that included Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
"Many ask me if I'm going to be like Evo, Correa or Chavez," Lugo said in Ecuador. "But I say that Paraguay is going to build its own democratic process," he added. "We won't allow any nation, small or large, to dictate what we have to do with our own country."
Later in Venezuela, Lugo said, "We've said that we want to have relations with everyone, whenever they are respectful, balanced and fair relations, and that the time of U.S. imperialism in Latin America has ended," Lugo told the Caracas-basedTV network.
President Hugo Chavez was agreeable adding that Venezuela "guarantees" it will satisfy demand for oil in Paraguay.