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Don’t stereotype African players – Ghana and Swansea striker Ayew

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Andre Ayew has responded to the comments made by the club’s ex-head of recruitment Tony Henry on African footballers by saying it is impossible to stereotype players from the continent.

Henry was sacked this month after newspaper revelations that he had told agents the Premier League club “don’t want any more Africans” because they “cause mayhem”.

Ghanaian Ayew was at West Ham when Henry made the remarks but subsequently joined Swansea.

African players are like any human beings in the world, everyone is different,” Ayew said.

”Maybe an African player can be difficult, but maybe a French or English player can be difficult too. Maybe an African player can be calm, so it’s not possible to say they are the same.

“Everyone has their character, their philosophy, and the way they were brought up.”

Ayew, who plays alongside his brother Jordan at Swansea, is the son of three-times African Footballer Abedi “Pele” Ayew and has another brother Ibrahim who plays football professionally.

Ayew, 28, said the one unifying quality for African players was the pride they feel at competing at the highest level.

“All African players lead their lives differently and lead their lives in the way they think is best for them as an individual player,” he said.

”I just know we African players are proud of ourselves, we know where we have come from and we believe in our football.

”You can see African players have played at the greatest clubs in the world and done their jobs. We have players who have played at the top level — Didier Drogba, for example.

“For me, it’s an honour to be an African.”

West ham sacked Henry after saying his comments were “unacceptable”. “West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination,” the club said in a statement.

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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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