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The CAF Champions League 2009 is the 45th edition of Africa’s premier club football tournament run by the Confederation of African Football. It is an annual international club football competition, and is the 13th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. It is the premier club football competition on the continent and is equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. This year round, Al Ahly of Egypt are the defending champions for the trophy. They have proved themselves as the most successful team in the competition, having won the trophy on six different occasions in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Founded in 1907, they have been widely regarded as Africa’s most successful soccer club.

 

The first leg of matches will be played on the weekend coming on 31 January 2009 to 1 February 2009. A total of 21 matches are scheduled to take place between 42 soccer teams which are listed as follows: Primero Agosto from Angola vs. Renaissance Aiglons from Congo, Canon Yaounde from Cameroon vs. AS Inter Star from Burundi, AS Douanes from Senegal vs. Sierra Leone team TBC, Kano Pillars FC from Nigeria vs. Elect Sport from Chad, Club Africain from Tunisia vs. SC Bafata from GBS, Djoliba from Mali vs. Casamance from Senegal, Ferroviario Maputo from Mozambique vs. Kampala CC from Uganda, SuperSport United from South Africa vs. Curepipe Starlight from Mauritius, Heartland from Nigeria vs. Black Star from Liberia, FAR Rabat from Morocco vs. SC Praia from Cape Verde, Petro Atletico from Angola vs. Royal Leopards from Swaziland, Etoile Filante from Burundi vs. Heart of Lions from Ghana, Al Ahly from Libya vs. Police from Nigeria, Al-Ittihad Khemisset from Morocco vs. Wallidan from Gambia, ASO Chlef from Algeria vs. Fello Star from Guinea, Daring Club Motema Pembe from Ivory Coast vs. Mangasport from Gabon, Zimbabwe team TBC vs. Miembeni from Zanzibar, Young Africans from Tanzania vs. Etoile d’Or Mirontsy from Commores, Academie Ny Antsika from Madagascar vs. Stade Tamponnaise from Reunion, Zambia Team TBC vs. Mathare Utd from Kenya and the last match between Al-Merreikh from Sudan vs. Atraco from Rwanda.

 

The preliminary round 1st leg will be followed by second leg, also to be held in February 2009. The next round is scheduled from 13 March to 15 March 2009, followed by the deciding tie from 3 April to 5 April 2009. The other important events to take place under this championship are the African Youth Championship to be held in Rwanda from 18 January to 1 February 2009 which takes place every 2 years, followed by 1st African Nations Championship (Cote d’ Ivoire) from 22 February 2009 to 8 March 2009 and the CAF Under-17 Championship 2009 in Algeria scheduled from 19 March 2009 to 3 April 2009 which also takes place every 2 years. CAF Super Cup in Cairo will take place on 6 February 2009.

 

You might want to update your soccer scores from ScoresPro for this exciting championship where top club sides from Africa’s football leagues participate in the competition.

Although the eastern part of Africa is now commonly known as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, geographically and geopolitically, there are altogether 19 territories that constitute it. Currently, Rwanda and Burundi are pushing to be included as part of the main states in this region of Africa. The population here is currently over one hundred million and an area of 1.8 million square kilometers which comprises of natural resources like mines, forests and farmlands. Also a site of breathtaking views and scenes which are targets for discovering, Mt.Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria as examples (Wikipedia, 2007).

Kenya and Uganda were colonies of the British while Tanzania was under the Germans. However, when Germany was defeated in World War II, Tanzania also became a colony of Great Britain. Resistant movements were formed which lead to independence, Tanzania being the first to experience it. Soon after, the first Federation in East Africa was formed but did not last for long. Different philosophies which they individually followed were the main cause of this downfall. A political union was already underway during this time and the East African Legislative Assembly was then formed (Community, 2004-2006). The EALA manages mostly the budget of the community and handles the affairs concerning the Treaty. The rotary system was introduced and continues to be used (Tordoff, 1967).

To ensure that people adhere to the law interpreted and applied with fulfillment with the East African Treaty of 1999, the East African Court of Justice was formed. The education system in the three states varies only a little. Each state adopted the British way of educating. Most students prefer to go to Kenya which is believed to be where they can attain a higher education. The East African shilling ceased to be used when the states attained independence from the British. Each introduced its own currency. However, proposals are being made to unify the currency and the market.

Kenya being the wealthiest among the three states as of the present will have to pay duty for goods entering the other two states (Uganda and Tanzania) until 2010 (Wikipedia, 2007). A common system is used for other countries supplying the three. Partner states give equal contribution for the core budget. Mobilized resources from within and outside the region funds regional programs and projects. Having so much in common gives the three states numerous benefits like wider market for goods which in turn would attract more investors. Also, good quality goods will be made cheaper because of competition. An increase on tourism earnings once the Single Tourist Visa is approved because it may be used for the three current member states of the EAC.

One cause of political drawbacks is time. Negotiations and discussions require enough time and sometimes the estimated time frame did not always meet reality. The sequencing may be off and the estimated completion may not be met. Specific country conditions are sometimes forgotten to take into consideration. Another one is decision making. It plays a crucial part and has to be done in legal steps but some operations were not totally measured. Resource constraints also cause delays. Activities require resources to be implemented. Privatization and restructuring were not handled well due to pressure from outside the government. In addition to those mentioned, partner states are not equal in wealth and development.

To achieve the community’s goals, peace, security, stability and good neighborliness is also needed. Fundamental and operational principles should be strengthened. There should be no gender discrimination. Work towards a people-centered growth and encourage good governance. Maintain the long standing bond in all aspects by Partner States and relations between the people of the region (Community, 2006).

Charles Njogu is a student at New York University and the author of the best religious noval of the year, ‘the Echoes of Heaven: God’s Love is Better Than Life Itself.”

Caribbean food culture combines the style of Dutch, American Indian, African, French, Chinese East Indian, Spanish, and Indian cuisines. These food cultures were introduced by earlier migrants. Over the years various migrant populations have developed their unique food styles that largely represent the regional food culture.

Caribbean’s are fond of rice and they prepare various dishes using it. A rice preparation is incomplete without a tasty accompaniment. Generally various types of sauces and beans are savored along with the rice. Although rice is a staple diet of the island, still the method of preparation varies from region to another. Peas, beans and coconut are usually used for seasoning the rice. The yellow and brown colored rice is mainly used as the side dish.

Caribbean cuisine can boast of large number of succulent and tasty meat preparations. Goat meat is savored throughout the island with much fancy and love. French Caribbean, Jamaican, Guadeloupean, and Haitian populations enjoy goat meats. Caribbean goat meat stew has been accorded the title of National dish of Montserrat. This tomato based goat meat stew is also the signature dish of St. Kitts and Nevis. Other than goat meat, breadfruit, green pawpaw or pappaya, and dumplings (droppers) are the other substances used in the preparation of the stew. Similarly Callaloo is a famous green dish which is savored and favored throughout the Caribbean islands. Vegetables like okra and other greens are used in the preparation of the dish. Anglophone Caribbean, or Cook-Up or Pelau is another popular meat dish which is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean Islands. The fleshy ingredients like beef, pigeon peas, chicken, saltfish, or vegetables are used in preparation of the dish. Other than that goat curry and chicken is popular throughout the Anglophone Caribbean islands.

Caribbean’s are fond of sharp and spicy flavors and most of the dishes are tilted towards either of these flavors. Caribbean’s largely use the left over meats to prepare several dishes and they spike it with sharp spices to make them tasty and appeasing. Caribbean’s use allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and lime to flavorise their food preparations.

Caribbean’s are also fond of seafood and various dishes are prepared using shark, lobster and conch. A fried shark sandwich is served throughout Trinidad and Tobago, other than that cascadura fish and crab preparations are also famous throughout the island. Similarly conch preparation is savored throughout Haiti, Bahamas and Belize. Deep fried fritters is considered to be the signature dish of these islands.. The batter for the fritter is prepared by combining minced meat, dough and seasonings.

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