World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria remain in Pot Two

FIFA has returned Nigeria to Pot 2, ahead of the African World Cup qualifiers draw on Friday. The world football governing body, confirmed the u-turn on Wednesday night, after deciding to cancel a “special” ranking, which saw the Super Eagles demoted to Pot 3 and placed Egypt in Pot 1. FIFA also announced the procedure for the draw ceremony. “The teams in Pot 4 will be drawn first. The team drawn first from Pot 4 will be placed in Group A, and its exact position in the group will be determined by a ball drawn from a second pot that will contain four balls with the position numbers 1-4,” it stated. “The team drawn second from Pot 4 will be placed in Group B, and its position in the group will also be determined by a ball drawn from the second pot. The team drawn third will be placed in Group C, and its...

Taxi Tigui : Mali launches television comedy series

Mali has launched its own television comedy series called Taxi Tigui, which tells the story of everyone who hails a ride in a battered old cab called F-One. With the actors speaking Bambara, it's already a hit with the locals and hopes to boost home grown comedies across West Africa. Each three-minute episode marks a significant change from the country's usual television diet of dubbed South American soaps, using comedy to delve more deeply into the national essence. While it is difficult to judge the penetration of the series in a country that does not record audience figures, public reaction has seemed  positive. F-One says his taxi is "the fastest in Mali", despite surviving bombings in Iraq, war in Afghanistan and an unlikely earthquake in central Paris that killed everyone in the vicinity. "Taxi Tigui" was entirely financed through local sources....

Mali honours 2-time Grammy winner Ali Farka Toure

TVC E, NEWS - Mali paid tribute to the "genius" of Ali Farka Toure by naming a square in the capital after him. This comes as the country marks  the 10th anniversary of the death of one of Africa's most renowned musicians. Ali Farka Toure Square, complete with a statue of the two-time Grammy winner, was inaugurated in Bamako in a simple ceremony attended by family members, friends, representatives from the culture minister and a former prime minister. The national museum also opened an exhibition of photographs from the life of the man known as the "African John Lee Hooker". A tribute concert and football tournament was held at the weekend. Vieux Farka Toure recalled that his father "had a special way of playing" which he himself adopted. Recognised worldwide as one of the most important musicians in Africa, Toure was born in 1939 in Kanau in northern Mali. He died on March 7, 2006...

‘They will have to kill us first’ makes U.S. debut in March

TVC E, MOVIES - Critically acclaimed Malian Documentary “They will have to Kill us First” is set to open in the United States in March. The release that will coincide with Music Freedom Day will have its first theatrical screening in New York. “They Will Have To Kill Us First” is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music....

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