Black Sharks beat Kenya to qualify for Beach Soccer Nations Cup

Ghana have qualified for the 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations after recording a double over Kenya.

The Black Sharks had already done most of the work away to Kenya and the home leg in the Laboma Beach Soccer Arena on the outskirts of Accra was a similarly one-sided affair, adding a 7-1 scoreline to the 10-3 from the first leg.

The defending champions Madagascar, who had to dig deep in their first leg against Mozambique to see out a 3-2 victory, had a much smoother ride in the return leg in Mahajanga winning 6-2, for a convincing 9-4 aggregate victory.

Other qualified countries include Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Libya and hosts Nigeria.

The two finalists will represent the continent at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.


Striker Emmanuel Adebayor unsure about Togo future

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Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor is unsure about his international future after he was stripped of the captaincy for their match against Liberia.
He was only told on the day of the 2017 African Cup of Nations tie that the captain's armband had been given to Mathieu Dossevi for Sunday's 2-1 win.
The 31-year-old scored the winner but says he is unsure if he will play against Djibouti in September.
"For now, I don't know - I'll be here and I'll talk with the coach," he said.
"I need to know whether he really needs me in the team or not.
"I have been the captain for seven or eight years and then one morning I'm told I won't be the captain - that means that we can go to Djibouti and he will put me in the stands.
"So I'd rather quit the team than be sidelined or put in the stands there and I think this will be better for me and the team.
"We can change captains everyday if we are playing street games in Lomé - but this is a national team.


Togo risk 2017 Nations Cup failure - Agassa

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Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa has urged the country's football authority to put its house in order as the Hawks attempt to return to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite boasting a large array of European-based players and reaching the quarter-finals in 2013, Togo failed to qualify for this year's tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
And the highly experienced Agassa, 36, has warned that the country risks missing out again in 2017 unless a Fifa-endorsed normalisation committee, set up to run Togo's Football Federation (FTF), brings order to the administration of football in the West African country.
"Togo's problem is a deep one and it's all about the federation," Agassa told BBC Sport. "We have good players but we are always facing different problems within the federation.
"Bringing success is not about the players but it also includes the football authority.


Innovate Africa Showcases World's First Recycled 3D Printer—From Togo

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The World's First 3D Printer Made From E-Waste
• A DIY Computer Made From Recycled Computer Parts, Housed In A Jerry Can

• Recycled Computers That Can Be Plugged Into TV Screens
Earlier this year, the Woelab team in Lome, Togo, built the world’s first 3D printer made from e-waste. It’s now touring Europe and Woelab is already building more.
“We missed the industrial revolution train,” says Woelab team leader Audrey Rhodes. “Now there’s the train of the new revolution of 3D printing all over the world. We won’t miss this train!”
‘Woe’ means ‘make’ in the local Ewe language. Audrey describes Woelab as “a laboratory where you make things… a space of democratic technology, where everyone can come together and develop their project.”
Another team at Woelab, The Jerry Clan, has invented The Jerry, a tough DIY computer anyone can build from recycled computer parts, housed in a jerry can.


Two years jail for Togolese ivory smuggler 'Le Patron'

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A shop owner dubbed "Le Patron" (The Boss) because of his status as Togo's top ivory smuggler was jailed for two years on Wednesday for possessing more than 700 kilogrammes of elephant tusks.
A judge in the Togolese capital Lome handed Emile N'Bouke, 58, the maximum sentence possible after he was found guilty of ivory trafficking, which has been banned worldwide since 1989.
N'Bouke, who was arrested in August last year, was told he would serve only 15 months but was also fined five million Central African Francs (7,600 euros, $10,300).
Two co-defendants, Guinean nationals Djifa Doumbouya and Moussa Cherif, who were arrested at the same time and found with between three and six kilogrammes of ivory, were also jailed for two years and fined the same amount.
Cherif was found guilty in his absence and is currently the subject of an international arrest warrant.


Togo: It's a kind of magic

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The young man casts a handful of cowrie shells on the concrete floor a few times before quietly turning away to read a text message on his mobile phone. Even here, in the heart of West Africa's most revered voodoo market, times have clearly changed.
But there is much that is timeless about the sprawling market around us. The charms and fetishes, dead animals and dolls are on sale - much as they have been for a thousand years, and possibly for much longer.
Although Hollywood movies link voodoo with Haiti and the American South, the belief system is actually far more international and much older than the Haitian link would suggest.

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