Super Eagles defender and Warri Wolves captain, Azubuike Egwuekwe has joined Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv. The defender signed with the Israeli club on Friday after having completed his medical tests. Egwuekwe only arrived in Israel on Friday to join the Red Demons for an undisclosed fee. “Nigerian Egwuekwe Azubuike landed in the morning in Israel and signed after passing medical tests earlier this week,” the official website of Hapoel Tel Aviv announced with an accompanying picture of Egwuekwe in the club shirt. Egwuekwe, who represented Nigeria at the Brazil 2014 world cup, has been assigned the squad number three jersey by the Tel Aviv club
In far away Tunisia, the Super Eagles of Nigeria won the 1994 African Cup of Nations. This would be Nigeria’s second continental title. Drawn in Group B, Nigeria deated Gabon by 2-0 in their first game before playing a 0-0 draw with Egypt in the last group game. The Super Eagles defeated Zaire (now Congo DR) by 2-0 in the quarter finals. Nigeria would go on to win Cote d’Ivoire 4-2 (penalty shoot out) in the semi finals after the game had ended 2-2 after extra time. Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in the final game to lift the trophy. The Super Eagles were each given MON (Member of the Order of the Niger) award and also given (or is it promised?) a house each in Abuja. The heroes are:
Zambia’s presidential election has been won by Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front, BBC reports. Mr Lungu won by a 48.3% majority, the election commission said, after an election race marred by delays. His rival, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, who earlier denounced Tuesday’s election as a sham, came close with 46.7% of the vote. The election was called after the death of President Michael Sata last October. Mr Lungu, who will be sworn in on Sunday, said he aims to complete economic development projects begun by his predecessor. In the interim period following Mr Sata’s death, Zambia was ruled by Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent. He was prohibited from contesting the election because his parents were not born in Zambia. Mr Scott was the first white president in mainland Africa for 20 years and has been involved in Zambian politics since the 1990s. Though he was close to Mr Sata and served as his running mate, his relationship with Mr Lungu is less cordial. In November he sacked Mr Lungu as the Patriotic Front’s secretary-general prompting riots in the country. Mr Lungu will serve the remainder of Mr Sata’s term until elections in 2016.