South Africa extends mandate of is Forces in DRC

first_imgThe South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.last_img read more

Breach of protocol: GFL hammer Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho

first_img While Akanji appeared to have taken the punishment in its stride an apparently angry Sancho took to his twitter to reveal what he thought of the news that he would be receiving a fine. Akanji and Sancho raised dust with their haircuts without protection Dortmund though in support of players having haircuts if they so desire, the club however insists that observing the Covid rules is inevitable. ‘It is pretty common that our guys must get their hair cut after all these months,’ Dortmund said ‘But it surely is a no-go, from both sides, to not wear a mask. We will remind our players about that very, very clearly. Also: the stylist should ask himself about his behaviour, too.’ Akanji, who was born to a Swiss mother and a Swiss-Nigerian father transferred to Borussia Dortmund on 15 January 2018 from Basel for 18 million euros. Read AlsoSocial Distancing:  Boyata escapes hammer after celebration kiss Sancho on the other hand moved to the Bundesliga in 2017 from Manchester City and has impressed during his time in Germany even as he posted an impressive run grabbing a hat-trick in Dortmund’s 6-1 demolition of Paderborn last month. Nigeria born Swiss international Manuel Akanji was slammed with undisclosed fine on Friday for what the German Football Federation GFL dubbed Covid-19 lockdown breach of protocol. Also hammered along with Akanji was Borussia Dortmund team-mate and England international Jadon Sancho who only few days ago graced all the headlines after lifting his shirt in condemnation of treatment meted on late George Floyd. Akanji and Sancho were hammered after photos emerged of them having a trim in their own respective homes, with neither the players nor the celebrity hairdresser wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) in the pictures. Sancho described his fine as a huge joke after breaching Covid-19 protection protocol A statement from the German league (DFL read: ‘The DFL has fined Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho. ‘The players from Borussia Dortmund had obviously violated general hygiene and infection protection standards at home hairdressing appointments and in particular the medical-organisational concept of the DFL task force. ‘There is no question that professional footballers also have to have their hair cut. However, this currently has to be done in accordance with the medical-organisational concept.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Lampard surprised by strong start

first_img Lampard, who could start against Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime match with Yaya Toure returning late to City from international duty, scored a vital equaliser against his old club Chelsea, two more in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and a further goal in the win at Hull. Lampard told City’s official website: “If somebody had said I would be voted player of the month by the fans in my first full month playing I would have had difficulty believing them. Press Association “To beat James Milner and David Silva is really flattering and especially James, who has had a fantastic start to the season and is someone who doesn’t always get the plaudits he deserves – though I’ve found that’s not the case with City fans who are very appreciative of him and what he brings to the team. “I think my goals probably edged it but Milly deserves a big shout out as well.” Lampard, 36, is likely to be given a hostile reception by Spurs fans but will be looking to build on an impressive record against the White Hart Lane club. He added: “I’ve done all right against Spurs over the years and playing them was always a big game at Chelsea. “I think they’ll be up and around the top six this season. They may go through a slight transitional period but I was very impressed with their manager when he was at Southampton and if he can bring the same imprint on Tottenham, who arguably have more quality within their squad, they’ll do really well. “I’m sure their aim is to get into the Champions League, but it won’t be easy and there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of teams all trying to achieve the same goal.” center_img Frank Lampard admits to a sense of disbelief at his sensational start to his loan spell at Manchester City which saw the former England midfielder voted as the club’s player of the month.last_img read more