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Coach De Villiers takes on Zimbabwe job.

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Former South Africa rugby coach Peter de Villiers has been appointed the Director of Rugby and coach of the Zimbabwe team, his first high-profile job since a successful spell with the Springboks.

De Villiers has a two-year contract with Zimbabwe and on Wednesday, he took on the challenge of getting the southern Africans back to the Rugby World Cup next year for the first time since 1991.

“This is the greatest day of my life for one reason only, because people believe in me,” the 60-year-old de Villiers said in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe was the first African team to play at the World Cup, in 1987 and 1991 while South Africa was still isolated from international sport because of apartheid.

But Zimbabwe hasn’t been back at the sport’s showpiece since, overtaken by a number of other countries as Africa’s next best after the Springboks.

De Villiers’ time as coach of the Boks from 2008-11 was relatively successful despite doubts over a perceived lack of previous experience.

The first non-white to coach South Africa, de Villiers led the team to a series win over the British and Irish Lions and a southern hemisphere title in 2009, and yet never really won over the South African public.

He was sacked after South Africa’s controversial 11-9 loss to Australia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup seven years ago.

The arrival of a former Springboks coach is a big moment for Zimbabwe, but it also marks a return for de Villiers, who hadn’t worked in top-level rugby since leaving the Springboks after the 2011 World Cup.

The criticism he received while coaching South Africa appeared to have stunted his career.

His tendency to make controversial comments didn’t help, either, once accusing New Zealand’s team of cheating and appearing to defend one of his players for eye-gouging.

De Villiers’ appointment was described as “a statement of intent” by Zimbabwe Rugby Union president Aaron Jani.

“No one will ever wave the magic wand for us to become a force in world rugby,” Jani said. “It is up to us as a team and as a country to start believing in ourselves.”

Zimbabwe will play a round-robin set of qualifiers for the World Cup with five other African nations, including favourites Namibia, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Uganda.

“I can’t promise we will win everything,” de Villiers said. “The only promise is that we will prepare, not only prepare, but we will be ready.”

The top team will be assured of a place in the 2019 World Cup in Japan, where they will face New Zealand, South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while the second-placed side will enter the Repechage stage that involves further play-off games against teams from Asia, South and North America and Europe.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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