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FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura Has Been Named 'General Delegate for Africa' To Implement Reform in the CAF

Samoura's short-term appointment is the Confederation of African Football's attempt to improve governance and administration in the organization.

FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced a plan to implement the improvement of governance, transparency and administration in the organization, BBC Sport reports.

In a proposal from CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, Fatma Samoura's duties as FIFA's secretary general will now coincide with her appointment as FIFA General Delegate for Africa for 6 months beginning August 1.


The Executive Committee gathered in Cairo Wednesday to seek the global football association's insights to assess the CAF's current issues regarding corruption and breach of trust. Samoura's new appointment will ensure that the CAF will move forward with transparency and efficiency, with approval of FIFA's President, according to a statement.

Senegal's own Samoura will partner with Ahmad and collaborate with experts to oversee operational management of CAF, the ensure the efficient and professional organization of all competitions in the governing body and to support the growth and development of football in all countries and regions of CAF.

FIFA and CAF have also agreed to conduct a full forensic audit of the African governing body.

In order for Samoura to oversee this undertaking, FIFA has approved for her to delegate her roles as secretary general within the association's internal regulations. The appointment is set to conclude by the end of January 2020, though it may be renewed by both organizations.

This measure from FIFA and CAF came to be as Ahmad has been under scrutiny as of late, from being questioned by French authorities to the controversy linked to the African Champions League final, as well as the schedule for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON finals.

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Former Super Eagle Isaac Promise Dies

Fans are remembering the Nigerian football star who was pronounced dead at just 31.

Nigerian football star, striker Isaac Promise, has died after collapsing during a workout in his apartment complex gym. He was only 31.

His death was announced by his football club Austin Bold, with the president of the club, Bobby Epstein, sharing these words: "It's with shock and grief that we acknowledge the sudden death of Promise Isaac. The greatest loss a team can suffer is not on the scoreboard, it's the death of a fellow teammate. On behalf of the BOLD organisation; we wish his wife, children and family strength and peace as they struggle to cope with his death." There has been no cause of death stated.

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Five Eritrean Players Disappear Before Football Tournament Semi Finals

Members of the Eritrean under-20 team are thought to be seeking asylum in Uganda

The Eritrean u-20 team lost their semi-final match against Kenya today. No surprise there, as they were playing minus their top goalkeeper Girmay Hanibal and four other players who disappeared from the team hotel earlier in the week. The missing players are reportedly seeking asylum in Uganda, this year's host country for the Cecafa tournament.

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Kais Saied is Set to Become Tunisia's Next President

While official results have not been published, the retired academic reportedly secured 76 percent of the votes according to the exit polls.

Last week, Tunisia held its legislative elections, according to reports by Aljazeera. The Ennahda Movement obtained 52 seats in the 217-member parliament while the Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party came second, with 38 seats. While the presidential elections were only scheduled to take place in November, they were pushed forward after the country's first democratically-elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away in July. Two independent candidates, media mogul Nabil Karoui and retired law professor Kais Saied, have been facing off in the presidential runoff. However, recent exit polls suggest that Saied secured between 72 and 77 percent of the vote.

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A 15-Year-Old Nigerian Student Lends Her Voice to the Fight Against Boko Haram With Graphic Novel

Aisha Mustapha's graphic novel about her experiences under Boko Haram was published today for International Day of the Girl.

Aisha Mustapha, is a 15-year-old student from Nigeria, using her voice to tell her own story. The young writer recently penned a graphic novel about her experience fleeing Boko Haram, locating her family and trying to further her education. It's a heavy subject, obviously, but with her graphic novel, she offers a voice for young people directly affected by the crisis in Northern Nigeria.

The book was published today to mark the International Day of the Girl, a day established by the United Nations in 2011 to "highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights."

Aisha's talent for storytelling has previously been highlighted in Assembly, a by-girls-for-girls publication by the Malala Fund that brought Aisha's graphic novel to life, premiering it today in conjunction with International Day of the GIrl. Tess Thomas, Assembly's editor, elaborated on the purpose of the publication saying, "We believe in the power of girls' voices to generate change. Our publication provides girls with a platform so their opinions and experiences can inform decisions about their futures."

Aisha's words were illustrated by artist Simone Martin-Newberry, who had this to say about the process of creating the visuals for the graphic novel: "I was very moved by Aisha's story, and really wanted to treat it sensitively and do it justice with my illustrations. My aim was to capture the real emotions and actions of the story, but also keep my artwork bright and colorful and full of pattern, to help reflect Aisha's amazing youthful spirit."

Check out some excerpts from the piece below and head here to read it in full.
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