Daily Archives: June 8, 2018

African Football Corp. Announces Strategic Alliance With The Guinea-Bissau Football Federation

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — American company, African Football Corp. (AFC) announced a new strategic alliance with the National Football Federation of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, promoting new opportunities within the country’s public and private sectors.  This historic deal will mark the first time an African FIFA member Federation outsources its operations to an American firm specialized in the promotion and business development of sports teams. The partnership is expected to move the national team from its current 104th FIFA ranking to the Top 50 within a four-year period.

The deal between African Football Corp. and the government from Guinea-Bissau will last 10 years, allowing the company ample time to curate and develop the country’s new team. The partnership will provide the Guinea-Bissau Federation with the private sourced funding required to operate and improve the team’s current global ranking.

The agreement was made official with the signing of President of the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento and President CEO of African Football Corp., Oscar A. Faria.

The signing of the agreement represents a big step forward for football in Guinea-Bissau, but also for the entire African region,” stated Mr. Lopes Nascimento. “This alliance acts as a springboard for future generations as a way to cultivate the talent that exists in the country by training with athletes at the local and regional levels, while generating new development opportunities for children of all ages, and strengthening the capabilities of young football players in Africa.”

African Football Corp. will play an all-encompassing role in the team’s management, by acting as the federation’s commercial agent, business developer, and agent for the national team’s players. By overseeing the team’s operation, it will help the athletes achieve the best deals possible with top teams across Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

African Football Corp. President and CEO, Oscar Faria, said: “We are very pleased with this strategic alliance bridging the public and private sectors in Guinea-Bissau. We believe in the country’s capability to provide the world’s football leagues with world class talent, while catapulting Africa as a football powerhouse. I am confident that this deal will be the first of many and I look forward to counting with other African federations that will join us in this journey.”

As football fanatics worldwide prepare for the Russia 2018 World Cup, slated to begin on June 14, 2018, African Football Corp. will begin working with the local talent found in Guinea-Bissau to hopefully prepare them for the 2022 games.

About African Football Corp.
African Football Corp. is an American company lead by a multidisciplinary team from all walks of life with two things in common, business experience and passion for Football.

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UN Says Assault on Yemeni Port Could Cost 250,000 Civilian Lives

A long-anticipated assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah by the Saudi-led coalition could cost up to 250,000 lives, a senior U.N. humanitarian official said Friday.

A coalition spokesman said Tuesday that allied forces were 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Houthi-held Hodeidah, but he did not specify whether there were plans for an assault to seize the port, the chief entry point for food and supplies needed to ease a famine and cholera epidemic.

Humanitarian agencies working in Yemen are deeply worried about the likely impact of an assault. As many as 600,000 civilians live in and around Hodeidah, which lies on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, the United Nations said.

“A military attack or siege on Hodeidah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country, Lise Grande, said in a statement. “In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything � even their lives.”

Coalition officials could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Push for new talks

Senior aid officials have urged the United States and other Western powers providing arms and intelligence to the coalition to push the mostly Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab allies to reconvene U.N. talks with the Iran-allied Houthi movement to avoid a bloodbath and end the three-year-old war.

The United Nations says Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, with 8.4 million at risk of starvation � a number that will rise to 18 million this year if conditions do not improve.

Yemeni political sources have said the U.N. Yemen mediator, Martin Griffiths, is in talks with the Houthis to hand over control of the port to the United Nations in an attempt to avert a possible assault.

The broader U.N. peace plan calls on the Houthi movement to give up its ballistic missiles in return for an end to the bombing campaign against it by the Saudi-led coalition and a transitional governance agreement, according to a draft document and sources.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that it had pulled 71 international staff out of Yemen because of security incidents and threats, moving them to Djibouti.

Source: Voice of America