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By Naziru Mikailu and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all for today from the BBC Africa Live page. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with developments across the continent on the BBC News website

    A reminder of today's Africa proverb:

    Quote Message: The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells from A Bantu proverb sent by Moses Sikaonga, Ndola, Zambia.
    A Bantu proverb sent by Moses Sikaonga, Ndola, Zambia.

    Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to contribute your proverb.

    And we leave you with an image from our week in pictures of a training session for a football team in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, once the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.

    There are hopes that competitive football could return to the city.

    Football training in Nigeria
  2. No election in Kigali - Sexwale

    Tokyo Sexwale

    South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale says the decision of Caf to support his rival, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, for the Fifa presidency, was just a recommendation on the candidate they would like to nominate. 

    "No-one has been elected to any position today. I want to congratulate Sheikh Salman for having the choice of Caf as a nominee," Mr Sexwale told reporters in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

    He is in Rwanda for a Caf football competition.

    The former anti-apartheid campaigner added that there are 54 associations on the continent, many of which will make their own choices. 

    Another Fifa presidential candidate and general secretary of European football's governing body, Gianni Infantino, says he has received support from some African associations.

    The election will take place on 26 February in Zurich.   

    Gianni Infantino

    Age: 45

    Nationality: Italian/Swiss

    Years in game: 15

    Current Position: Uefa general secretary (since 2009)

    Previous positions: Joined Uefa in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel

    What he says: "My manifesto will be based on the need for ‎reform and also for a Fifa that genuinely serves the interests of all 209 national associations, big or small, and that puts football and football development at the top of its agenda."

  3. Sexwale defiant on Fifa race

    Tokyo Sexwale

    South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale says he is staying in the Fifa presidential race despite Confederation of African Football's backing of Sheikh Salman of Bahrain for the 26 February election.

    "I have been sent by my own association from South Africa... and also represent the aspiration of many associations across the world that nominated me." 

    Mr Sexwale says he is a democrat, and "we all should be" democrats, adding that individual associations should be able to make their own decision.

  4. Kenya judge ready to face tribunal

    We reported earlier (see 12:56 post) that a Kenyan panel looking into allegations that Supreme Court Justice Phillip Tunoi took a bribe found that he was involved in "gross misconduct".

    The panel said further investigation was needed to see if there was a bribe.

    The Associated Press is reporting that Justive Tunoi has said, through his lawyer, that he was innocent and was ready to face the tribunal.

  5. AU presidents to open talks with Burundi

    The African Union has appointed five heads of state to talk to the government of Burundi about how to resolve the tension in the country.

    An AU statement also says that the five will discuss the deployment of an AU peacekeeping force in the country "if accepted by the government of Burundi".

    The idea of the force, which the AU proposed last month, has already been rejected by the government, and it was agreed last week that a delegation would be formed to hold further talks.

    The five heads of state are:

    • Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
    • South Africa's Jacob Zuma
    • Senegal's Macky Sall
    • Gabon's Ali Bongo Ondimba
    • Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn  
    AU meeting
    Image caption: The African Union discussed the Burundi situation at its meeting last week.
  6. Shaikh Salman 'humbled' by Caf support

    Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa s

    Fifa presidential candidate Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, says he is encouraged by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) decision to back him for the 26 February poll.

     "I am deeply honoured to have earned the trust of many of our African friends at this crucial stage of the campaigning effort," he said in a statement. 

    Mr Salman, who is the head of Asia's Football Federation, has recently received the backing of his federation executive.

    The two confederations account for more than a quarter of the 209-strong Fifa membership.

    Fifa presidency: Meet the candidates

  7. 'I felt like somebody who had risen again'

    Noela Rukundo

    "Surprise! I'm still alive!"

    Those are the words with which Burundi-born Noela Rukundo greeted her husband who had hired a gang to kill her.

    He was in the middle of holding a wake for her.

    The couple were living in Australia but Ms Rukundo travelled back to Burundi for a funeral and that was where the gang grabbed her.

    Read more of her story here

  8. Amisom 'still in control' of key Somali town

    The AU mission in Somalia Amisom says it is still in control of a key Somali port town which we had reported that it has been retaken by militant group al-Shabab:

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    Local residents earlier told the BBC that the AU troops had pulled out and al-Shabab fighters had entered the town.

    The mission says its recent troop movements are normal:

  9. Mali gets government backing for football final

    Sammy Maina

    BBC Monitoring

    Mali's Prime Minister Modibo Keita is set to travel to Rwanda to watch his country's national team take on the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday in the final of the African Nations Championship, Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reports. 

    The competition is for locally-based players.

    Mr Keita will lead a top-level Malian delegation that includes Sports Minister Housseini Amion Guindo. 

    According to RNA, DR Congo are seen as the favourites to win the trophy.

    Mali national team
  10. Sexwale should 'abandon his candidacy'

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    A senior South African football official has told me that Tokyo Sexwale should discontinue his Fifa campaign after failing to secure the Confederation of African Football's support.

    Tokyo Sexwale

    Read: Profile Tokyo Sexwale

    Age: 62

    Nationality: South African

    Years in game: Seven

    Current Position: Mining tycoon

    Previous Positions: Anti-apartheid campaigner (jailed for 13 years on Robben Island), former government minister, member of Fifa anti-discrimination task force, South Africa Apprentice presenter.

    What he says: Speaking in 2011 following South Africa World Cup in 2010: "It was a great moment to see Fifa with us [at the World Cup] but also to see the world assemble in South Africa, the different colours of the rainbow of mankind and send the message across the world that Fifa is a unifying force."

  11. Sexwale 'still in Fifa race'

    South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale will continue with his bid to become Fifa's president in this month's election despite the Confederation of African Football's decision to back Sheikh Salman of Bahrain.

    A BBC sport reporter tweets:

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    Caf's decision to back the head of Asian Football Confederation will be seen as a big blow to South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale.

    Sheikh Salman

    Full profile: Who is Sheikh Salman

    Age: 49

    Nationality: Bahraini

    Years in game: 17

    Current position: Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president

    Previous position: Former head of Bahrain FA

    What he says: "I'm not looking to be an executive president. I think we have to bring the right people in, we have to bring the professionals to do the job."

  12. Caf won't support South Africa's Sexwale

    The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will not support South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale in this month's Fifa presidential election.

    An AFP news agency journalist tweets:

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  13. Buhari: We won't devalue our currency

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has told the BBC that he will not devalue the currency, the naira.

    His government is pursuing a policy of holding its price at around 200 naira to the US dollar, but its value has plunged on the unofficial market following the recent fall in the oil price.

    Mr Buhari said he is not convinced to "agree to the murder of the naira".

    Some economists believe he should agree to devalue the currency, because they argue it is inefficient and unsustainable to keep it at its present rate for long.

    Video content

    Video caption: We won't devalue our currency - Buhari

    You can hear more of the interview at 17:00 GMT on Focus on Africa radio or watch it on Focus on Africa TV on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT.

  14. Analysis: What al-Shabab retaking of key Somali town means

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    While the retreat from Somali towns is not happening in battle, it's clear that the AU mission Amisom is having problems securing the region. 

    But sources within Amisom say this is a tactical move. 

    The problem, however, is that as soon as these troops leave, al-Shabab militants are swiftly replacing them. 

    It's no doubt a major setback for the regional forces - seeing as they would have to fight their battles afresh to regain these regions.

    In January, Kenyan troops withdrew from other parts of southern Somalia after they suffered heavy losses in one of their bases. 

    As al-Shabab fills the void it will be looking to win the support of the communities, something the regional coalition has failed to do. 

    And that would be disastrous overall for the regional efforts to bring peace to Somalia. 

    The nations contributing to Amisom are expected to meet in Djibouti later this month to review their campaign.

    AU soldier in Somalia
  15. Deadly attack in Mali's Timbuktu

    At least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier died after militants attacked a UN military camp in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu, a military source told the AFP news agency.

    "Two of the attackers blew themselves up in their vehicle [and] three Malian soldiers were wounded and one killed," the source added.

    Tuareg rebels and al-Qaeda-linked militants took control of northern Mali in 2012 before they were driven out by a French-led military operation in January 2013.

    However, large part of the country remain unstable as jihadists continue to carry out attacks. 

  16. Analysis: Zimbabwe's drought disaster

    Taurai Maduna

    Africa Business Report, Johannesburg

    Zimbabwe drought
    Image caption: An estimated 2.4 million people are now in need of food aid

    Driving from Victoria Falls south towards Bulawayo, the vegetation is green and everything looks normal.

    But as one approaches Hwange, 100km (60 miles) from the resort town, the vegetation begins to change.

    The trees are no longer green and there is little grass to be seen.

    As one crosses the many bridges, there is no sign of water in the rivers below.

    In a few places, thin cows are searching for the little water that remains.

    Zimbabwe drought

    While there are no signs of dead cows along the road, in Lambo village, villagers told me that some of their cows had died and they had to move them to areas were the grazing was slightly better.

    Most of the fields that should have been planted are bare. The crop that was planted is distressed and stunted.

    Wildlife has also not been spared.

    In the Hwange National Park, the authorities have drilled boreholes to ensure a constant supply of drinking water for the animals.