Tanzania’s opposition now settles on ex-PM Lowassa

first_imgHe will run for the top post for Chadema, as well as the Civic United Front, NCCR-Mageuzi and the National League for Democracy. Mr Lowassa had joined the race earlier this month to run as the CCM’s presidential candidate, where he was seen as a frontrunner among 42 candidates, but lost out to government minister John Pombe Magufuli. And without mentioning any names, the President, who is also the ruling party chairman, added: “Those who have quit CCM are now on our crosshairs and the right side for us to strike them.” But President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday chided his defection, equating it to that of an “errant child who runs away from his family to join the enemy.” President Kikwete said the ruling party will not give the former PM room to defeat it. Mr Lowassa was Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008, when he resigned over corruption allegations. He denies the charges. President Kikwete was addressing the members who had turned out to escort the CCM candidate for the presidency, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, to collect the National Electoral Commission nomination forms.center_img Tanzania’s four main opposition parties have picked former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate three months ahead of a General Election scheduled for October 25. Mr Lowassa, 61, defected last week from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party to join Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema). Following his defeat, Mr Lowassa said the ruling party was infested with leaders who are dictators, undemocratic and surrounded with greedy power mongers. In his first remarks since Mr Lowassa’s defection from CCM, Mr Kikwete said: “Even in life when your child wrongs you by joining the side of your opponents you deal with him or her as you would have dealt with the group to show that you are the father.”last_img read more

Redknapp surprised he snared Sandro

first_img Press Association Tottenham rejected a big-money offer for Sandro in pre-season before allowing the Brazil midfielder to join QPR in a cut-price deadline-day deal, Harry Redknapp has claimed. Rangers boss Redknapp admitted he was “surprised” he was able to prise Sandro away from White Hart Lane ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline. Sandro joined QPR in a £10million deal – but Redknapp said Spurs had rejected “four or five million more” from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. center_img “I was surprised we were able to get him to be honest, and that he wasn’t playing more,” said Redknapp. “I think Tottenham turned down a big bid from Zenit just before the start of the season. “It was certainly four or five million more than we paid for him. “So I couldn’t be more pleased to have him, he’s a great character, a good lad and I think he’ll be a great player for QPR.” Former Tottenham boss Redknapp remains delighted to be reunited with Sandro, but conceded the 25-year-old still needs time to reach full match fitness. “I don’t know long he’ll need to be up to full speed,” said Redknapp. “But he hadn’t played at all and there’s nothing like matches, until you get on the pitch you can’t bring it all together. “It’s taking on the nerves, the adrenaline, all the training in the world doesn’t compensate for playing in 90-minute games, and that’s what several of them lacked. “Sandro will be fitter on Saturday than he was last week and he’s going to be a great player for us.” last_img read more

Olympic Eagles to Tackle Libya in Bengerdan

first_imgLibya is still unable to play international matches at home due to the after-effects of the Arab Spring political turmoil that began in 2011.When the country’s senior team, Mediterranean Knights hosted the Super Eagles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in October 2018, the match was staged in Sfax, Tunisia.Nigeria is the only African country to have won gold, silver and bronze medals of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. Gold was the harvest at the Centennial Games in Atlanta, USA, and silver came in Beijing, China in 2008. The bronze medal won by the Olympic Eagles at the Games in Brazil in 2016 was the only medal won by the entire Team Nigeria at the fiesta.The Olympic Eagles are also the defending champions of the Africa U23 Cup of Nations.Africa’s flag-bearers in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Tokyo 2020 will emerge during the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations to hold in Egypt in November this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s U23 squad will take on their Libyan counterparts in the first leg, first round of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Bengerdan Stadium in Bengerdan, Tunisia on Wednesday, 20th March.An official of the Libya Football Federation said yesterday that the Bengerdan Stadium has an artificial turf and that the match will start at 3pm Tunisia time.The delegation of Nigeria’s U23 squad will land at the Djerba International Airport, which is 20 minutes’ drive to the town of Bengerdan. Home-based Eagleslast_img read more