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CHAN 2018: Full quarter-finals list, group stage statistics.

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The Championship of African Nations (CHAN) enters the knockout stage this weekend. As part of our coverage of the tournament, we present some facts and figures from the preliminary stage.

The quarter-final stage effectively means that eight teams are left in the sixteen-team competition. The group stages served some interesting fixtures across the 24 games played so far.

We analyze the four groups with the following pointers – total points accrued, total goals scored, top scoring team, the teams that qualified and the outlook of results.

Group A – Facts and Figures

Total points: 17 (7 – Morocco, 7 – Sudan, 3 – Guinea and 0 – Mauritania)
Total goals scored: 13 goals
Top goal scoring team: Morocco with 7 goals
Qualified teams: Morocco and Sudan
Results outlook: Five wins and one draw

Group B – Facts and Figures

Total points: 16 (7 – Zambia, 7 – Namibia, 1 – Uganda and 1 – Ivory Coast)
Total goals scored: 10 goals
Top goal scoring team: Zambia with six goals
Qualified teams: Zambia and Namibia
Results outlook: Four wins and two draws

Group C – Facts and Figures

Total points: 18 (7 – Nigeria, 6 – Libya, 4 – Rwanda and 1 – Equatorial Guinea)
Total goals scored: 10
Top goal scoring team (s): Nigeria and Libya with four goals each
Qualified teams: Nigeria and Libya
Results outlook: Five wins and one draw

Group D – Facts and Figures

Total points: 15 (7 – Congo Republic, 5 – Angola, 2 – Burkina Faso and 1 – Cameroon)
Total goals scored: Six
Top goal scoring team: Congo Republic with three goals
Qualified teams: Congo Republic and Angola
Results outlook: Three wins and three draws

Complete Quarter-finals List

January 27, 2018

Morocco vs. Namibia at the Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca
Zambia vs. Sudan at the Grande stade Marrakech, Marrakech

January 28, 2018

Nigeria vs. Angola at the Grande Stade de Tanger, Tangiers
Congo Republic vs. Libya at the Le Grande Stade Agadir, Agadir

Semi finals are slated for January 31, 2018 in Casablanca and Marrakech. The third-place match is scheduled for Marrakech on February 3 whiles the final will be in Casablanca on February 4, 2018.

24 Hours Across Africa

Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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