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Africa Cup of Nations Notebook – Day 6

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By CHARLES NYENDE
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Cairo residents decidedly friendly

The Egyptian national football team, the Pharaohs, may be a mean football monarch that has ruled the continent with a record seven Africa Cup of Nations titles won but their people, at least those who reside in Cairo are a decidedly friendly lot. Walking on the streets you are met with a curious stare and even friendly smile – and they can tell a foreigner from a mile away. A visitor will even get a greeting if the Egyptian knows some bit of English. “Hello”. Then the next, inevitable question: “Where are you from?”

Egyptians proud of their Arabic heritage

While still writing on Egyptians, they are indeed proud of their Arabic heritage. Try to strike out a conversation and discover it is not working because of language problems an Egyptian will typically want to hear nothing of learning English or French, the two most recognised international languages. “No, no, no! You learn how to speak Arabic,” is the counter response. Arabic is indeed the official language of the country of about 100 million people and most street signs are in Arabic. The language is the fifth most spoken in the world.

Where do the Afcon players ply their trade?

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Of the 552 players in the 24 teams featuring in the tussle in Egypt, 95 are playing in France, mostly in Ligue One. The second country with most representation is South Africa with 45 players based there. Some 43 players ply their trade in England – the Premier League, the Championship and other lower leagues. Players based in Europe are the most at 315 followed by players based in Africa at 201. There are 32 players who feature for Asian clubs and four from the United States. Twelve players feature for Kenyan clubs.

Price of brand new clothes in city are just the deal

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Just why are things in Kenya costlier than those of her African brothers and sisters? Clothes are one item that shows the glaring difference in price between Kenya and Egypt. A quality jersey or polo shirt will cost you about 81 Egyptian Pound (EGP) which is about Sh500, and designer jeans will come to about 150 EGP (Sh937). And wait for this, this are the more expensive prices. Most Egyptian, who want to save on a pound, will go shop to the markets downtown where almost everything under the skies is sold, and clothes come with a great bargain.

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Bayern show support for Black Lives Matter movement

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich showed their support for the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday, following the death of black American man George Floyd last month.

As thousands assembled in Berlin and Munich to demonstrate against police brutality and for racial equality, Bayern became the highest-profile German club to support the protests.

Prior to their clash with Bayer Leverkusen, players warmed up in t-shirts bearing both the Black Lives Matter hashtag and the slogan of the club’s official “Reds Against Racism” campaign.

“FC Bayern stands for a world in which racism, discrimination, hate, injustice and violence have no place. The death of George Floyd and the images from the USA have shocked us all,” said club president Herbert Hainer in a statement.

“It’s a matter of actively and loudly showing our colours. Black Lives Matter and Reds Against Racism. We stand for togetherness that goes far beyond sports.”

During the game, all Bayern players also wore black armbands bearing the words “Black Lives Matter”.

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Stadiums to be split into ‘zones’ as EPL returns

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Premier League stadiums will be divided into three zones when the season resumes behind closed doors, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said Saturday.

The Premier League will resume on June 17 after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs met on Thursday to discuss logistics and safety protocols, with Brady saying stadiums would be divided into red, amber and green zones.

“Red zone will be the most severely restricted area, including the pitch, the tunnel, technical areas, changing rooms will be limited to 105 people maximum, to include players, coaching staff, match officials and all the essential staff only,” Brady wrote in her Sun newspaper column.

“And only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 in the past five days can enter this area…

“The amber zone will be restricted to the minimum number of staff required to meet contractual requirements for broadcasting, media and club staff… And anyone entering this area will be subject to a temperature check and a health questionnaire.

“And the green zone is the stadium exterior, eg car parking.”

Players have been told they must not shake hands, spit or share drinks, while social distancing will be observed even in the dressing room and showers, with a 15-minute limit for pre-match talks by managers.

“A new strict accreditation process will be developed, including an isolation room should someone unfortunately develop symptoms of Covid-19 whilst within the stadium,” Brady added.

Television viewers will have access to 360 degree replays and pre-match tunnel shots, while players’ shirts will feature the logo of Britain’s state-run National Health Service.

“So we are in good shape,” Brady said. “We are ready. We are raring to go.”

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School calendar to resume in September

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The Ministry of Education has been directed to announce the new school calendar by mid August to pave way for the return of education from 1st September.

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The Ministry jointly with the Ministry of Health is also expected to issue and publicizes guidelines on a gradual and progressive return to normalcy in the education sector by the third term.

He further directed the Ministries of Interior and Health to constitute within seven days an inter-faith council, to work out modalities and protocols of re-opening of places of worship.

President Uhuru Kenyatta however reiterated that the ban on all forms of gatherings, including but not limited to political gatherings, social gatherings, including bars has been extended for a further 30 days.

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The ban on international travel restrictions has also been extended but the President has however directed the Ministry of Transport to engage all key stakeholders and develop protocols to guide resumption of local air travel.

He said the Government has made targeted interventions to protect the economy.

“We have injected Ksh 216 billion back into the economy through tax refunds, rebates and waivers.  In the second phase we have further rolled-out Ksh 53.7 billion under the 8-point stimulus package to reinvigorate our economy.” He said.

President Uhuru further said modalities on how Ksh 2 billion meant to be injected into the hotel industry to cushion them from the effects of this pandemic will be shared will be released next week.

 

 

 

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