EditorialEditorial28 February 20175min

After his recent visit to the DRC, mainly in Goma, the British Minister for Africa, Tobias Ellwood, delivers his three conclusions on the country. In an opinion piece of the communication cell of the UK Embassy, the head of the British diplomacy for Africa discussed the political, security and economy of the DRC, which reached KINSHASATIMES.CD. The entire article in the following lines.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo again to see how the United Kingdom can better support the Congolese people for a better future. I left not only inspired by the beauty, dynamism and incredible potential of the DRC, but also with three main conclusions.

First, it is extremely important to implement the December 31 agreement. The people of Goma, whom I saw being registered for the vote, were hopeful that they would be able to choose a new president in 2017 and see the first peaceful transition of power in their country. They see elections held in countries like Somalia and cannot understand nor accept why the vote in the DRC is already the most postponed of Africa. But they welcomed President Kabila’s recent commitment to leaving office in the next election and not seeking, unlike some leaders, to change the constitution to remain in power.

The United Kingdom will do everything in its power to support the elections, with the help of its friends in Angola, South Africa, China, Europe, the United States and elsewhere. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, we will encourage MONUSCO to increase the valuable support it already provides. We remain a full and active member of the EU and we are working with it to find ways and means to support the upcoming elections.

However, if we do not see significant progress, we will consider, together with our European partners, the imposition of additional sanctions against those who constitute an obstacle or who violate human rights.
As the second largest bilateral donator to the DRC, we will increase our funding for civic education to strengthen women’s political participation and reassure ourselves that all political parties can campaign. As stated by President Kabila, the financing of elections rests largely on the government of the DRC. But the United Kingdom is prepared to contribute to the elections as long as the political will to hold them is clear.

Second, more efforts are needed to protect civilians. I myself have seen the consequences of permanent insecurity on the local populations living in North Kivu. I am appalled by the loss of life and massive displacement of populations in the two Kasai and in the province of Tanganyika. Of course, the responsibility to protect the Congolese people lies with their government. But we will continue to help communities resolve their differences peacefully, to provide support to those affected by the conflict and encourage the United Nations to be as active as possible in their support for maintaining stability.

Third, the private sector could transform the DRC if it is not slowed down. The DRC is full of commercial opportunities. I saw, for example, the Matebe hydroelectric project in which the British government invests 9 million. This project generates 50 MW to support local industries that create jobs and to supply electricity to Goma. The United Kingdom is the fifth largest economy in the world and one of the largest investors in Africa. Our businesses have the incredible assets in infrastructure, financial services, agriculture, transportation and other sectors that could help realize the enormous potential of the DRC.

These companies will obviously want to see political stability in the DRC through the holding of elections, but also see measures taken to combat corruption and excessive tax regulations. These measures concern the Government of the DRC, but the UK will support tax reforms that tend to increase revenues while reducing the excessive tax burden, promote transparency in the mining sector in particular, and Investigate corrupt trade offers with links to the United Kingdom.

The lasting impression of my visit is that the Congolese people want peaceful and fair elections this year, more security and more jobs. The British government will do its utmost to make this vision a reality.


La RédactionLa Rédaction17 February 20172min

As part of the CAF Super Cup, Mazembe, the winner of the Confederation Cup, will encounter the South African club of Mamelodi Sundowns, winner of the Champions League, at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria (South Africa) on Saturday, February 18th (1:30 pm, UT).

According to the website of the South African club, it is at 3:30 pm local time and same hour in Lubumbashi that the kick-off of this duel will be given to the Lucas Moripe Stadium, located in the suburb of Pretoria, with a capacity of 28.900 spectators.

However, according to a source close to the Lubumbashi club, the Ravens will play three friendly matches as part of the preparation for the CAF Super Cup. The program of these meetings is as follows: Friday, February 10, TPM Vs AS New Soger at 9:00 am. Only the two lateral stands will be accessible. Saturday, February 11, TPM Vs Lubumbashi Sport, from 3pm. The lateral, central and honorary stands will be accessible. And on Tuesday, February 14, TPM Vs JS Bazano Group at 9:00 am. For this meeting, only the two side stands will be accessible.

It should be noted that these three matches will be played in Kamalondo and open to fans and media.


La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20172min

Failing the trophy that the Leopards of the national team of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had dreamed of lifting, the Congolese can be consoled to see that the place of the best scorer of this African Cup of Nations ), belongs to Junior Kabananga.

This 21 year old is the only Congolese that is listed in the typical team of this competition. On his own, he has achieved three achievements (goals) throughout this competition, won by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon before the Pharaohs of Egypt by 2 goals to 1.

This proves that the Congolese were far from coming as tourists. Everything was capitalized by these young boys of the DRC, who had wet the jerseys to give the best of themselves to raise the colors of the national team very high. And today we can say with certainty that this sacrifice endured during the continental football festival paid off and the Congolese came out largely winners. As proof, four Congolese players have seduced several European clubs.

Mumbele Ndombe went to the Renais stadiums in France, Bolingi and Bope in Belgium while Bokila in Turkey. A positivity, which must characterize the Congolese state and the football leaders to do even better in the next rendezvous.

Besides the Congolese, Junior Kabananga, Cameroonian midfielder, Christian Bassogog, new African champions with the Indomitable Lions, was named best player of the tournament.

The Fair Play Prize was awarded to Egypt.

Here are the typical eleven of the CAF:

Fabrice ONDOA (Cameroon)
Defenders: Modou Kara Mbodji (Senegal), Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt),
Michael Ngadeu (Cameroon)
Midfielders: Charles Kabore (Burkina Faso), Daniel Amartey
(Ghana), Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso), Christian Atsu (Ghana),
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Attackers: Christian Bassogog (Cameroon), Junior Kabananga (DRC)
Substitutes: Essam El Hadary (Egypt), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal),
Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso), Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso),
Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon), Zezinho (Guinea Bissau), M’Bark
Boussoufa (Morocco).


La RédactionLa Rédaction21 November 20162min

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) plans to participate in a final game of the World Cup, 42 years after their first in 1974 in Germany.

The leopards have made the 2018 global federation a major goal, they are in the same playoff group with Libya,Tunisia and Guinea.

The DRC has made a good start by defeating the Libyans 4-0 during the first match on Sunday.The central African country will attempt to confirm this good start in Conakry when they face Guinea.

There is no pressure, it was intended. i was the first to mention that I wanted to go to the World Cup, so there is no pressure.

“There is no pressure, it was intended. i was the first to mention that I wanted to go to the World Cup, so there is no pressure. It is a goal that is defined and we want to reach it without any pressure of any kind, it is just the willingness” said Florent Ibenge DRC National coach.

Only the first top five in a group will qualified for the World Cup 2018.

DRC in group A looked in firm control as they convincingly defeated Libya 4-0.

Dieumerci Mbokani scored twice in the game, getting the first of his two goals in the sixth minute with Jonathan Bolingi adding a second on the stroke of half-time.

Mbokani grabbed his second after 56 minutes to make it 3-0 to DR Congo, with substitute Ndombe Mubele adding a fourth late on for the hosts.

By Africanews


La RédactionLa Rédaction16 November 20161min

This is the first time that TP Mazembe have won the Conferedation cup to add to their list of continental trophies.

The DRC club had obtained a draw in Algeria in the first leg of the final week and they opened the score seven minutes into the game, maintaining their dominance to win 5-2 on aggregate

TP Mazembe will face South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns who won this years Champions League at the African Super Cup in February 2017 .


La RédactionLa Rédaction17 August 20165min

4500Yannick Bolasie has signed for Everton on a five-year deal after passing a medical on Merseyside in a £25m transfer, which could potentially rise to a club record £30m.

The Democratic Republic of Congo winger, who came off the bench in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, had made clear his desire for a fresh start after four years at Selhurst Park.

“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie told the Everton website. “This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.”

Bristol City, who sold Bolasie to Palace in 2012 for only £350,000, are due a substantial windfall having inserted a sizeable sell-on fee into the original move.

The Palace manager Alan Pardew was a reluctant seller but accepted Bolasie’s “heart and soul may be elsewhere” after Everton formally lodged their interest last week.

He told the Palace website: “We are very sorry to lose Yannick, he has played a massive part in the success of the club since he joined four years ago and it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye. He has been a pleasure to work with and a true professional around the team, with an infectious personality which we will miss around the club.

“Nonetheless this is a move that Yannick was keen to make and we have agreed a deal with Everton. He has been an iconic figure at Selhurst Park and we thank him for his contribution”.

Bolasie added: “It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.

“I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.

“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well – and I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley, as well.

“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”

The Everton manager Koeman said: “Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club.

“At 27, he’s a good age and he has experience in the Premier League. He will give strength to the team and I’m very pleased to have Yannick as part of what we are trying to build here at Everton.”

The Guardian


La RédactionLa Rédaction17 August 20165min

902072-l-ancien-president-de-la-fifa-le-bresilien-joao-havelange-presente-la-candidature-de-rio-aux-jo-2016The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998.

He resigned as Fifa’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted to hospital the following year with a lung infection.

He was an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health.

“He had one idea in his head, to make football a global game with his slogan ‘football is the universal language’, and he succeeded,” said former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Havelange represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympics – the year he qualified as a lawyer – before his election to the IOC.

As Fifa president he led the World Cup’s expansion from 16 to 32 teams, with six competitions held under his tenure.

However, his career was also mired in controversy over bribery allegations.

In 2010, a BBC Panorama programme accused Havelange and son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira of taking millions of dollars in bribes from Swiss marketing agency International Sport and Leisure (ISL) to retain the company as Fifa’s sole official marketer.

His resignation from the IOC five years ago avoided an investigation into the ISL allegations, which Havelange had denied.

In 2012, Teixeira stepped down as head of Brazil’s football federation, a position he filled for 23 years, and resigned from the 2014 World Cup organising committee after coming under pressure over corruption allegations, which he also denied.

As well as swimming at the 1936 Olympics, Havelange was part of the Brazilian water polo team at the 1952 Helsinki Games and was chef de mission for the Brazilian delegation at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

And it was as a sports administrator, particularly in football, that Havelange made his mark.

He embarked on a career which began as president of the Metropolitan Swimming Federation in Brazil. He also became a member of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and joined the International Cycling Union in 1958.

After becoming vice-president of the Brazilian Sports Confederation, he served as president from 1958 to 1973, before he became the most powerful man in world football.

In 1974 he succeeded Britain’s Sir Stanley Rous to be elected Fifa president, marshalling support among those unhappy at the perceived European domination of the world governing body.

An imposing figure, with piercing blue eyes, his astuteness as a politician and his adeptness at retaining power enabled him to hold the Fifa presidency for 24 years until being succeeded by Blatter in 1998.

When Havelange was elected president, Fifa’s Zurich headquarters housed just 12 staff members. But that figure increased almost tenfold over the next two decades as Fifa’s organisational responsibilities and commercial interests grew.

Increasing the size of the World Cup to 32 teams gave countries from Asia, Oceania and Africa the chance to shine on the world stage, Cameroon becoming the first African country to reach the quarter-finals in 1990.

It was Havelange who launched a wave of new tournaments, notably the world championships at Under-17 and Under-20 level in the late 1980s and the Fifa Confederations Cup and Fifa Women’s World Cup at the start of the 1990s.

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