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Net Info: Brazilian football legend, 3-time World Cup winner Pelé dies at 82

ANKARA (AA) – Brazilian football legend Pele has passed away at age 82, his daughter Kely Nascimento, announced on Thursday. Seen as the greatest player of all time and even labeled “the greatest” by FIFA, Pele was the quintessential football model for generations of fans and players who followed him. Pele, who helped Brazil win

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ANKARA (AA) – Brazilian football legend Pele has passed away at age 82, his daughter Kely Nascimento, announced on Thursday. Seen as the greatest player of all time and even labeled “the greatest” by FIFA, Pele was the quintessential football model for generations of fans and players who followed him. Pele, who helped Brazil win three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970, lost his fight against cancer. Brazilian football legend Pele (c) Reuters – Clubs Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Pele was the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho. He was named after famous American inventor Thomas Edison but after a mistake in his birth certificate the “i” was removed and his parents decided to call him “Edson.” In 1956, Pele joined a tryout for professional club Santos FC and impressed his coaches. Just one year later, Pele, who was 16 at the time, became the top scorer in the league. After the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, famous European clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United, tried to sign him. Inter Milan even managed to sign him in 1958, but the deal was later scrapped due to a revolt by Santos' Brazilian fans. In 1961, the Brazilian government declared Pele an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of his home country. Pele became a legend for Santos, where he bagged six Brazilian Serie A (called Taca Brasil at the time) titles in 1961-65 and 1968 and two Copa Libertadores trophies in 1962 and 1963. He also bagged two Intercontinental Cups with Santos in 1962 and 1963. He left Santos in 1975 after scoring an amazing 618 goals in 636 appearances to join US club the New York Cosmos. Pele netted 66 goals in 107 matches for the Cosmos and won the North American Soccer League title in 1977 with them. On Oct. 1, 1977, Pele hung up his boots after an exhibition match between the two clubs he played for, the Cosmos and Santos. – International career Pele's international debut was on July 7, 1957, in a game against Argentina, which was by Brazil 1-2. When the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden came up, Pele was suffering from a knee injury. But he was included in Brazil's World Cup squad despite that, along with his teammates' insistence for his selection. In the final against hosts Sweden on June 29, 1958, Pele, the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days, netted twice in the game, which ended with a 5-2 victory for Brazil. He was named best young player of the tournament. One year later, Pele scored eight goals in the 1959 South American Championship, now known as the Copa America. Despite losing no matches, Brazil returned home with a silver medal. In the next World Cup in 1962 in Chile, Pele netted twice against Mexico in the first game but was injured in the next one, against Czechoslovakia. He was out for the rest of the tournament but Brazil prevailed anyway, led by legendary winger Garrincha. Brazil was the favorite in the 1966 World Cup in England, with an all-star squad including Pele, Garrincha, Gerson, and Gilmar. But it turned into a disaster for the South Americans, as they were shockingly eliminated in the first round, after three games. Before the 1970 Mexico World Cup, Pele was unsure if he would return to play for the Brazilian National Football Team again. But eventually he agreed, and scored six goals in the qualifiers. Pele scored his 100th World Cup goal in the final played between Brazil and Italy at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Brazil won the game 4-1 and bagged the Jules Rimet Trophy – the former World Cup named after FIFA President Jules Rimet, replaced in 1974 – while Pele won his third and last World Cup. He played his last international game against Yugoslavia on July 18, 1971. During his distinguished career, Pele netted 77 goals in his 92 caps for Brazil. An active Brazil player, Neymar, 30, scored 77 goals in 124 matches for his national team to tie with Pele. – Playstyle, legacy Pele was a versatile striker, and could send accurate and powerful shots with either foot. His ability to finish and anticipate opponents, combined with his exceptional vision and intelligence, made him a great threat to the opposition goal. Pele was a team player thanks to his ability to link up with teammates and hard-working nature. “The Black Pearl” scored the most career goals of 1,283 in 1,363 games, including friendlies. Also nicknamed O Rei (“The King”) after the 1958 World Cup, Pele is often seen as the best player in the history of football. “Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic,” Dutch legend Johan Cruyff once said about him. Hungarian star Ferenc Puskas classified him as “more than a player.” His 1958 World Cup final opponent, Swedish player Sigvard Parling, said: “When Pele scored the fifth goal in that final, I have to be honest and say I felt like applauding.” Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona, his fiercest rival in the best player category, once said: “It's too bad we never got along, but he was an awesome player.” In December 2000, Pele shared the FIFA Player of the Century award with Maradona. Selcuk Bugra Gokalp/AA

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Infos: The Congo and World Bank launch Digital Acceleration Project

Congolese officials and the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region, on January 24, 2023.   –   Copyright © africanews Clearrf By Rédaction Africanews and Laudes Martial, correspondent in Brazzaville, The Congo Last updated: 27/01 – 22:48 Republic of the Congo The view of a cybercafé is commonplace in The Congo. Gloire Ness

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Congolese officials and the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region, on January 24, 2023.   –  

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The view of a cybercafé is commonplace in The Congo. Gloire Ness a 21-year old from Bacongo in Brazzaville managesa small business.

On a daily basis, he has to deal with issues ranging from blackouts to poor access to Internet.

“The difficulties primarily from the Internet connection. Customers often say it's a little slow. It's not the quality we want. Still you’ve got to deal with it anyway.”

In order to positively impact at least 2 million Congolese, the Digital Transformation Acceleration Project was launched Tuesday (Jan. 24). Local authorities took out a multi-million dollar loan to fund it. The World Bank contributed 100 million dollars for a five-year period.

According to the project managers, the Congo will benefit in the near future from a grant of 15 million euros (10 billion CFA francs) from the European Union (EU).

“The World Bank is pleased to contribute to the financing of this strategic pillar as part of its Digital Economy initiative for Africa, which aims to support countries in their digitalization efforts,” Franz Drees-Gross, the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region said.

The project aims to ramp up the government's ability to providing more efficient digital public services and to increase access to Internet for underserved populations.

The community aspect includes what are called “dead spots”, that is to say areas where economic operators, based on their specifications, are not bound to provide bandwith coverage because it is not profitable for them. Therefore, the State, which has the obligation to provide universal service, must ensure the connectivity of all citizens,” project coordinator Francis Seck Mangouani explained.

The Digital Acceleration Project launches as another one is currently being deployed. For several years now, the Congo has been trying to improve its interconnection with other countries in the sub-region, notably Gabon, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

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            Infos: Much of Africa less safe, democratic than in 2012 – Mo Ibrahim Foundation

            In this photograph taken Tuesday July 19, 2011 armed soldiers stage a night patrol at an isolated outpost in the Kruger National Park's Sabi River valley.   –   Copyright © africanews Denis Farrell/AP2011 By Rédaction Africanews and AP Last updated: 26/01 – 13:39 Sudan A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much

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            A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts.

            The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse decades of progress made in Africa, according to an index of governance compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that notes 23 successful and attempted coups since 2012.

            “This phenomenon of coup d’etats that was common in the '80s seems to have become fashionable again in certain parts of Africa,” said Ibrahim, a British billionaire born in Sudan who is using his fortune to promote democracy and political accountability in Africa.

            His foundation's report cited eight successful coups just since 2019. Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have seen two each during that time, further destabilizing a part of the world already under siege by Islamic militants.

            Pervasive security problems

            The report's authors also found overall security problems pervasive: Over the past decade, nearly 70% of Africans saw security and rule of law decrease in their countries, they said. More than 30 countries declined in this category, according to the index.

            South Sudan ranked at the bottom, followed by Somalia, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

            Government violence against civilians and political unrest increased across Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the report says, with governments using restrictions to clamp down on dissent.

            “Although this trend predates the pandemic, existing antidemocratic tendencies have been accelerated by the introduction of restrictive measures and emergency provisions that have been left in place for an extended time period,” it said.

            The index did chart improvements in some economic, education and gender equity categories, Ibrahim said. However, the report only analyzed data through the end of 2021 so did not take into account the full impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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                        Infos: Cameroon denies asking foreign mediation with separatists amid Canada’s claim

                        In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 5. 2018, people sit under campaign election posters of President Paul Biya, in Yaounde, Cameroon.   –   Copyright © africanews Sunday Alamba/Copyright 2018 The AP. All rights reserved. By Rédaction Africanews Last updated: 25/01 – 14:24 Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to

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                        The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to mediate in its conflict with separatists trying to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in its minority English-speaking regions. The latest comes after Canada last week said it had received a request to work on a peace process.

                        In a statement issued on Monday, Cameroon said it had “not entrusted any foreign country or external entity with any role of mediator or facilitator to settle the crisis”. 

                        In response, a spokesperson for the Anglophone separatists, said they had taken note of the government's latest statement while Ottawa on Tuesday said it was in touch with both sides in the conflict, maintaining that it’s statement still stands.

                        Since 2017, factions of secessionist militias have been battling government troops in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. 

                        The conflict with government troops has left at least 6000 people dead and nearly 800,000 people displaced according to the Canadian government.

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