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  1. Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Luis Goncalves

    Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Luis Goncalves is named as the new coach of Mozambique, the third in the last month after the departure of Abel Xavier and Victor Matine.

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  2. Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia vows to clear his name following a decision by Fifa to ban him for life from all football-related activities.

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  3. Njie Enow

    Football Writer, Cameroon

    Paul Put

    Njie Enow

    Football Writer, Cameroon

    The Guinea Football Federation places a life ban on former Guinea coach Paul Put and a seven year suspension on the federation's vice president, Amadou Diaby.

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  4. Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Srdjan Vasiljevic

    Mark Gleeson

    Football Writer, South Africa

    Srdjan Vasiljevic becomes the latest coach to leave his job in the wake of the Africa Cup of Nations after he and the Angolan FA agree to end their relationship.

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    Video caption: Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo talks to Zeinab Badawi about Sudan accord

    Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo, a key military leader, has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition.

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    Video caption: Tanzania tanker explosion: Witnesses speak out

    Some people tried to steal oil instead of rescue those trapped in the vehicle, witnesses say.

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    Video caption: Could solar power end Nigeria's power cuts?

    Femi Adeyemo of Arnergy, says solar energy could be one answer to Nigeria's numerous power cuts.

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    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The heart can kill its owner but it will not survive." from Nuer/Dinka proverb sent by Athian Dut Wol in Juba, South Sudan
    Nuer/Dinka proverb sent by Athian Dut Wol in Juba, South Sudan

    We leave you with this picture from our selection of some of the best images of the week of sheep from a livestock market in Somalia taken on the day before the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha:

    Sheep in a market
  9. Zambia denies WSJ spying allegations

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    The Zambian government has refuted reports that it has been spying on its political opponents using technicians from Chinese company, Huawei.

    The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that the Chinese company helped African countries Uganda and Zambia to spy on political opponents and pro-opposition media.

    Zambian government chief spokesperson Dora Siliya denied the allegations on her Twitter account, calling the WSJ article "malicious".

    She later released a statement that said the Zambian government dismissed and condemned the allegations "in the strongest terms".

    Ms Siliya said the government “cannot in any circumstances engage in illegal interception of communication of its citizens”.

    Huawei has also denied the allegations.

  10. Rugby stars sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape

    Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama
    Image caption: Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama have been sentenced to prison for raping a woman they met a party

    A court in Nairobi has sentenced rugby players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama to 15 years in prison each after being found guilty of raping a woman, local media report.

    “The complainant was traumatised hence a deterrent sentence is necessary," magistrate Martha Mutuku said according to Citizen TV.

    The players have maintained that the sexual intercourse was consensual.

    Their lawyer has said they will appeal the verdict, Standard media reports.

  11. Two arrested in Mozambique for stealing albino bones

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    The Mozambican police have detained two people for vandalising the grave of a child born with albinism and stealing their bones.

    The suspects were arrested after their vehicle was searched at a junction and some bags were found to contain human bones.

    Days earlier, the police had been informed of the vandalism of a grave belonging to a child.

    A police spokesperson said the suspects were caught with assistance from the relatives of the child.

    There has been a spate of killings of people with albinism in East Africa in recent years, with their body parts used to make charms and potions by witch doctors.

  12. Welcoming this season's yams

    Chioma Obianinwa

    BBC Igbo

    Communities from Mbaise, Imo state, south-east Nigeria, have been celebrating their annual new yam festival.

    This ceremony brings together traditional rulers from the district.

    Traditional chiefs

    The chiefs bring out fat yams from their barns to mark the ceremony.


    One of the kings, Mike Ndudiri, says the Mbaise people are known for massive yam plantations.

    This year’s celebration saw several cultural displays including wrestling, dancing and drumming:


    Yams are regarded as the chief of all crops and can be prepared in several ways: boiled, roasted, fried or pounded.

  13. Police kill 'assassins set to target Somali minister'

    Four would-be assassins have been killed by the police in Mogadishu, Somalia's Deputy Police Commissioner Zakia Hussen has announced on social media.

    The three men and one woman were planning to target the country's minister of education.

    Last month, a bomb attack in the office of the Mogadishu mayor killed seven people, including the mayor.

    Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.

    The group frequently carries out attacks in Mogadishu in an attempt to topple the government.

    Al-Shabab has not commented on Ms Hussen's statement.

  14. Meet Ethiopia’s top-scoring student

    Firehiwot Kassa

    BBC Amharic

    Biruk Zewdu
    Image caption: Biruk Zewdu dreams of going to Nasa

    Ethiopia’s top high school student this year is Biruk Zewdu, who got the highest score in his final-year national exams.

    “I was expecting a good result, but not at national level,” said Biruk, from Ayelech Degefu Memorial School in Bahir Dar in the Amhara Region.

    “If someone studies hard and strives, it shows nothing is impossible,” he told BBC Amharic.

    His mother seemed more overjoyed than the 19-year-old with his result, saying her efforts to pay school fees had borne fruit.

    Biruk Zewdu and his mother in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

    She told the BBC that her son was particularly interested in technology and dreamed one day of working for Nasa, the US space agency.

    He also got a commendation from Ethiopia's former running champion Haile Gebrselassie, who owns the school, which was opened 19 years ago and named after his mother.

    “Biruk can be an exemplar for his family, teachers and friends," he told local media.

    "He has made a dream come true after 19 years."

    Haile Gebrselassie and Biruk Zewdu aged six
    Image caption: Biruk Zewdu pictured as a child with Haile Gebrselassie (R) at a school event

    There have been some protests about the results of some of this year’s exams - especially over the general knowledge paper, which was marked using the wrong multiple choice answer sheet.

    But it is not believed this will make a difference to Biruk’s overall score.

    The overall results decide if students qualify to go to university.

  15. South African kidnapped as child not angry with abductor

    The South African woman who in 1997 was kidnapped from hospital as a three-day-old baby and brought up by another family has spoken out about her life for the first time.

    The woman who Miché Solomon thought of for 17 years as her biological mother was jailed in 2016 for the kidnapping.

    Speaking to South African channel eNCA, Ms Solomon says she still feels close to the woman who took her.

    "What Levona did was wrong, but I wasn't abused... she really took good care of me.

    "She was so desperate, and that proves to me of her unconditional love."

    Ms Solomon was named Zephany by her biological parents Celeste and Morne Nurse and they never gave up the search for their kidnapped child.

    Zephany was found after one of the Nurse family's other daughters started going to the same secondary school as her and noticed a similarity.

    But Zephany - or Miché as she is now known - is not close to her biological parents.

    "I want to make clear... we are still trying," she told eNCA.

    She has now written an autobiography describing her experiences.

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