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Diedhiou fires hat-trick as Senegal, Morocco book final-round places – Yahoo Singapore News

Famara Diedhiou scored a hat-trick for Senegal as they and Morocco won on Tuesday to become the first nations to secure places in the final African World Cup qualifying round.

Turkey-based Diedhiou overshadowed teammate and Liverpool star Sadio Mane with his treble, which earned Senegal a 3-1 away win over Namibia and maintained a 100 percent Group H record after four rounds.

The first goal from the 28-year-old Alanyaspor forward was cancelled out before half-time by Peter Shalulile, but the Senegalese struck early and late in the second half to ensure maximum points.

Senegal, who beat Namibia 4-1 three days ago, have scored 16 goals in four World Cup qualifiers against the southern African country.

Namibia were forced to stage the fixture in Soweto near Johannesburg because they lack an international-standard stadium.

Togo surprised hosts Congo Brazzaville 2-1 in the same section to rise from last to second, eight points adrift of two-time World Cup qualifiers Senegal.

Substitute Selim Amallah scored twice as Morocco took advantage of playing an away match at home to overwhelm Guinea 4-1 in Rabat.

Ayoub el Kaabi and Sofiane Boufal notched the other Moroccan goals as they chalked up a fourth straight win in Group I, where their rivals have been handicapped by not being able to host qualifiers.

FIFA considers Guinea unsafe after a military coup toppled President Alpha Conde while no stadium in Guinea-Bissau or Sudan, the other two nations in the group, is deemed fit for international football.

Algeria trounced Niger 4-0 in Niamey to stretch an African record unbeaten run to 31 matches and regain first place in Group A from Burkina Faso on goal difference.

– Mahrez triggers rout –

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez triggered the rout with a goal midway through the first half. Islam Slimani doubled the lead before half-time.

Niger fell four goals behind within nine minutes of the restart as AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer and Baghdad Bounedjah netted.

South Africa clung to a one-point Group G lead over Ghana after both claimed 1-0 victories, over Ethiopia and Zimbabwe respectively.

An early own-goal by captain Getaneh Kebede condemned Ethiopia to defeat in Johannesburg while Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey scored the match winner in Harare.

A crowd of 2,000 was permitted to watch South Africa — the first time spectators have attended a sport event in the republic since the coronavirus pandemic struck early last year.

Only fully vaccinated supporters were given access and they had little to cheer as South Africa laboured against opponents who had more possession but were let down by weak finishing.

The other eight places in the play-offs next March will be decided during the final two matchdays next month.

Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Mali and Egypt look set to progress while the battles between Ivory Coast and Cameroon and South Africa and Ghana are seem likely to go down to the wire.

Only two points separate surprise leaders Tanzania, Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the other mini-league, where even bottom team Madagascar have a mathematical chance.

A seeded draw will split the 10 group table-toppers into five pairings with the winners of the two-leg ties representing Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.


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Abusive Harare teacher pleads guilty, blames toothache – NewsDay


A HARARE school teacher who last week caused a social media stir after he was filmed brutally bashing a Lower Sixth student pleaded guilty to assault charges when he appeared in court on Saturday.

Talent Chingwaru, a teacher at Harare Einstein Tuition Centre, was represented by Advocate Joshua Chirambwe instructed by Mukudzei Moyo.

Chingwaru told Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga that although he pleaded guilty to the charges, he had committed the offence while he was overwhelmed by anger due to the student’s misbehaviour.

He said when he brutally beat up the student, he was suffering from a toothache, which was stressing him and as a result, he failed to control his anger.

Taruvinga postponed the matter for sentencing to today as there was need for the complainant’s medical affidavit to be availed to the State.

Allegations are that on October 14, Chingwaru assaulted an 18-year-old student, who later made a report at Harare Central Police Station.

State papers allege that the Lower Sixth student was found in an “O” Level classroom watching movies during lesson time and he ordered him to go back to his class.

Instead, the student allegedly went to a biology classroom where he coincidentally met the same teacher. A harsh exchange of words ensued, resulting in the teacher assaulting the learner.

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Plans to revive Cape film industry – IOL

WESGRO has a plan to resuscitate the floundering film industry by securing up to R17.8 billion-worth of productions and turning the Western Cape into a film powerhouse over the next five years.

The lofty target, set out in the investment and promotions latest report, is expected to create up to 18 472 jobs by the 2024/25 financial year.

The report noted that the Covid-19 pandemic struck a severe blow to the industry with it falling severely short of the past financial year’s R2.8bn target, and only managing to rake in R600 million due to a tough economy.

However, recently the City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office said 50 productions, which included local TV series, four international feature films and commercials were being made in the Cape Town. The office had issued 671 permits in the past three months, almost double the 375 permits issued over the same period the previous year.

The sector is also pinning its hopes on South Africa having been moved off the UK’s red list, which would be a major boost for business, as the region accounts for a quarter of the province’s summer-season international advert shoots.

Wesgro’s 2020/21 annual report indicated that the unit, tasked with promoting the Cape Town and the Western Cape as a prime film location, had during the first months of the pandemic only managed to secure seven films, shows and adverts to the value of R612m. These projects had create a total 413 full-time jobs.

The figures were a drastic drop from the R2.1bn and 2 147 jobs that were netted in the previous financial year.

Head of the unit Monica Rorvik said while the pandemic brought challenges to the sectors, parts of the industry had managed to adapt quicker.

“During early lockdown, sectors such as animation, post (production) and gaming were able to pivot and grow as most production companies were able to work from home. Many companies even expanded their employee base over the past year,” she said.

“Location shooting is more seasonal, and although we lost most of last season’s foreign projects, locals were still shooting and some work was even done with foreign directors and producers being “Zoomed” onto location shoots as soon as shooting protocols and mandates allowed locals to shoot again,“ Rorvik said.

“When the rest of the world started opening up to flights, unfortunately South Africa was at a competitive disadvantage, and we lost some shine as a destination until our vaccines became available to the industry.

“The great news is that the UK travel restrictions have dropped the Red List ban on South African travellers and we expect to see more of our commercials, and catalogues, industry return. The UK is where 25% of our summer-season foreign commercials are sourced.”

Rorvik said shows like Netflix’s Blood and Water and Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher were great drivers of tourism for the province.

“The pilot with Netflix on Film Tourism was fascinating and it showed how shows like Blood and Water help drive cultural tourism. My Octopus Teacher also had such a big impact for adventure and conservation interest in coming here and experiencing our African sea forest,” she said.

“And it’s not just Netflix; we have other streamers shooting here all the time, and when we do get filmmakers here, our destination marketing team is able to offer them packages to go (and experience) other tourism offerings.”

Animation is growing in the province and creating jobs. A recently announced partnership between Cape Town-based animation studio Triggerfish and a German-funded Employment for Skills and Development (E4D) project was formed to nurture young talent. The studio is well known for movies such as Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia.

Film producer and Triggerfish’s chief executive Stuart Forrest said: “The mandate (for the project) was to stimulate and improve the resources available on the continent for animation. That came out of the fact that as a company we are doing most of our work internationally. We have TV series being produced in France, Ireland, Egypt, Uganda and Zimbabwe.”

“There is a huge disconnect given the youth unemployment problem, because our industry is still so small, but (the country) also has an incredibly resourceful and talented workforce,” Forrest said.

He said when the pandemic hit staff worked from home and the sector hired people from anywhere in the world. “The downside to that is training stopped becoming a priority. If we can train young people in Africa, it will raise the talent we have in South Africa.”

Chairperson of the Garden Route Film Commission Patrick Walton said the film industry was growing in the region and aimed to showcase itself as a prime film destination.

Earlier this year the district municipality adopted a film policy framework to help promote the area and increase investments for film. Shows like Temptation Island, Love Island, The Bachelorette and Black Sails shot there.

“A lot of work has gone into building the commission and engaging with the different municipalities to work towards a similar goal,” he said.

Rorvik said the draft film policy, which is open for public comment until October 31, seeks to provide funding mechanisms to help upcoming film-makers, which would grow the industry.

She also added flights to the province were vital in making it easier for film-makers to choose the province.

“It is incredible that film-makers from North America have many more flights to choose directly to Cape Town in season, and our connectivity to Europe and Asia has increased,” she added.

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Teacher nabbed for brutal student assault – NewsDay


A PRIVATE college teacher in Harare was yesterday arrested after a video of him brutally assaulting an 18-year-old student went viral.

Police confirmed the arrest of the Harare Einstein Tuition Centre Maths teacher, Michael Freeman Chingwaru, who was caught on camera in a fit of rage assaulting a hapless student using fists, a belt and open palms.

The teacher was widely condemned for his behaviour shown in the over one-minute-long video, where he was attacking the student while his peers were pleading with him to stop the attack.

In the video, the student did not fight back, but could only complain that Chingwaru was hurting him while he stood in a corner, defying orders for him to sit.

“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Michael Freeman Chingwaru (39), a Maths teacher at Harare Einstein Tuition centre for assaulting a student (18) at the same institution,” police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.

“The Lower Sixth student was found in the ordinary level class watching some movies during lesson time and ordered to go to his class. Instead, he went to a Biology classroom and coincidentally met the same teacher, where a harsh exchange of words occurred, resulting in the teacher assaulting the complainant.”

Nyathi said school authorities should ensure that peace prevails in learning institutions at all times.

Corporal punishment is outlawed in Zimbabwe and teachers are forbidden from physically attacking students as punishment for any wrong doing.

There was speculation as to the reason why Chingwaru assaulted the student, with some claiming he had found the student in an uncompromising position with a female student, believed to be his relative.

This was after Chingwaru posted a picture of a boy, with a girl in a compromising position, claiming that was the reason for the attack on the pupil.

Another video of Chingwaru has emerged with him violently confronting a Zesa Holdings employee at the school before he was restrained.

It could not be immediately established when the video was taken, but he exhibited the same violent conduct and anger as shown in his attack on the teenage student at the school.

School authorities could not immediately comment on the incident, with the Primary and Secondary Education ministry saying investigations on the matter were underway. He is expected to appear in court soon.

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