Unpaid salaries leave Gabon footballers battling to survive, Congo declares Ebola-free | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Unpaid salaries leave Gabon footballers battling to survive

Many Gabon footballers are seeking more attention over their unpaid salaries which has affected their survival – Africa News reports

Football is undoubtedly the most famous sport in Gabon but star players are far from being treated like royalty. According to the report, even before the coronavirus pandemic peaked, salaries were unpaid, contracts were unfulfilled and medical examinations were overlooked.

“The last two years before Covid, the situation was already difficult. That is, we were playing a seven or eight-month championship, but we were basically only getting one to two months’ salary. So, that was it. We played sports, we played the championship because we loved soccer, but now it’s complicated because they make us believe that with Covid we can’t do anything,” Chico Sassou, Gabonese footballer said.

Congo declares Ebola-free

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, 3rd May, declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that killed six out of infected twelve people – Reuters Africa reports

The outbreak was contained using Merck’s (MRK.N) Ebola vaccine. It was administered to more than 1,600 of the patients’ contacts and contacts of contacts, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said.

“I am pleased to solemnly declare the end of the 12th epidemic of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Province,” health minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said in a statement.

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu seek August Re-election

President Edgar Lungu has been selected as the Presidential candidate of Zambia’s ruling party in the 2021 general elections – News Central Africa reports

The president was confirmed by the Patriotic Front (PF) at a ceremony held at the Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The vote is scheduled for August 12.

I am not a dictator: Buthelezi

Traditional Prime Minister to the AmaZulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi has attacked the siblings of the late AmaZulu King, Prince Mbonisi and Princess Thembi for describing him as a ‘difficult person’ – eNCA reports

This happened after they held a media briefing on Sunday, 2nd May, to disclose why Buthelezi has been excluded from their meetings.

Africa reaches 4,079,615 million COVID-19 Recoveries

As of May 2, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,565,548 while over 12,401,980 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

Reported deaths in Africa reached 122,068 and 4,079,615 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,582,842 – and 54,406 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 511,562), Tunisia ( 310,734 ), Ethiopia ( 258,062 ), Egypt ( 228,584 ), Libya ( 177,508 ) and Nigeria ( 165,110 ).


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