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September 2015 Edition

SUMMER FOOTBALL TRANSFERS

The summer transfer window in England, Scotland and Wales opened on 1 July and closes on 1 September. Here are some of the signings confirmed:

 

Swansea striker joins Blackburn Rovers: Blackburn have signed striker Modou Barrow on a three-month emergency loan deal from Premier League side Swansea. Barrow has made 13 appearances for the Swans since signing from Swedish side Ostersunds in September 2014. The 22-year-old had a loan spell with Rovers' Championship rivals Nottingham Forest last season, but failed to score in four games for the club.

 

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Dame N'Doye signs Hull City striker: Trabzonspor have signed Hull City striker Dame N'Doye after triggering his release clause with a £2.2m bid. N'Doye, 30, agreed a three-year deal with the Turkish side. The Senegal international joined the Tigers from Lokomotiv Moscow in January and scored five goals in 17 Premier League games as Steve Bruce's side were relegated to the Championship.

 

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Jordan Ayew moves to Aston Villa: Aston Villa signed Ghana striker Jordan Ayew on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old, who joins from Lorient in France's Ligue 1, helped his country to second place in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Ayew's arrival follows Villa's summer acquisition of fellow Ligue 1 players Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye. His older brother, Andre Ayew moved to Swansea City after leaving Marseille in June.

 

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Omeruo moves to Turkish side Kasimpasa: Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa on a season-long loan deal from English champions Chelsea. The deal includes an option to buy him at the end of the loan. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at English Championship side Middlesbrough, making 22 appearances. Omeruo joined Chelsea from Belgian side Standard Liege in 2012 and developed on loan at ADO Den Haag in Netherlands for an 18-month spell from 2012 to 2013. The centre-back was first called up by Nigeria in January 2013 and he went on to play at that year's Africa Cup of Nations and Confederations Cup and at the 2014 World Cup.

 

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Hull City signs Brentford full-back: Hull have signed full-back Moses Odubajo from Championship rivals Brentford for a fee of £3.5m. Odubajo made 49 appearances for the Bees having signed from League One side Leyton Orient for £1m in June 2014. The 22-year-old, who can also play as a winger signed a three-year contract with the Tigers.

 

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West Brom signs Salomon Rondon: West Brom have signed Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon for a club record fee of around £12m. The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract to become the Baggies' fifth summer signing. The club's previous biggest transfer outlay was the £10m they spent on Brown Ideye last summer. West Brom have already added James McClean, James Chester and Rickie Lambert to their squad, as well as Arsenal's Serge Gnabry on a season-long loan. Rondon scored 20 goals in 37 appearances for the Russian club last season, and has also played for Rubin Kazan and Malaga.

 

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Belgian defender signs Crawley deal: Belgian defender Bryan Van Den Bogaert has joined League Two side Crawley on a short-term contract. The 23-year-old played for the club in two pre-season friendlies and has resumed training after an ankle injury. Van Den Bogaert has previously played for Belgian sides Cappellen, FC Heist and Royal Antwerp.

 

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Bolton sign Prince-Desir Gouano: Bolton have signed centre-back Prince-Desir Gouano on loan from Italian side Atalanta. Former France youth international Gouano, 21, started his career at Le Havre and moved to Juventus in 2011 but he failed to make an appearance.  After joining Atalanta last year he was loaned to Portuguese side Rio Ave.

 

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Bakary Sako joins Crystal Palace: Crystal Palace have completed the signing of winger Bakary Sako on a free transfer. The 27-year-old Mali international signed a three-year deal after leaving Championship side Wolves. Sako joined Wolves from St Etienne in 2012 and scored 36 goals in 118 appearances for the Midlands club. He was named in the League One Team of the Year. Last year, he was the club's joint-top scorer with 15 goals, and featured in the Championship's best XI.

 

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Kevin Osei signs with Carlisle United: Carlisle United have signed former Marseille striker Kevin Osei on a six-month deal following a trial spell. France-born Ghanaian Osei, 24, was given a trial at Brunton Park earlier this summer and scored one goal in four friendly games for the Cumbrians. Osei, who made one appearance for Marseille, also played for French team Aviron Bayonnais on loan.

 

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Arsenal striker joins Hull City: Hull City have signed Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on a season-long loan deal. The 19-year-old previously had loan spells with Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, but failed to score in 21 league appearances.

Akpom: "I'm really happy to be here and I'm looking forward to helping the team push for promotion. "Hopefully we can be successful and I can help with that. We're going to be one of the stronger teams in the Championship."

 

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Wolves sign Liverpool winger: Wolves have signed Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan after the winger committed to a new long-term deal at parent club Liverpool. The 18-year-old joined the Reds from MK Dons in 2011 but has yet to make an appearance for the Anfield club. He had a spell on loan at Wigan last season, making 11 appearances, and has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 levels.

 

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Leicester City sign Yohan Benalouane and N'Golo Kante: Leicester City have signed Yohan Benalouane from Italian side Atalanta and N'Golo Kante from French club Caen for undisclosed fees. Kante, 24, and Benalouane, 28, have both penned four-year deals and are the first signings by Claudio Ranieri. The French midfielder helped Caen win promotion in 2013-14 and played 37 times in France's top flight last term. Centre-back Benalouane is a former France Under-21 international but has opted to represent Tunisia.

 

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Larsen Toure sign for Suffolk club: Ipswich Town have signed winger Larsen Toure following trials at Portman Road. Guinea international Toure, 31, has been given a one-year deal with a 12-month option, having played most recently for French club Arles-Avignon.

Toure rejoins former Levski Sofia team-mate Kevin Bru, who gave a video of him playing to Town's coaching staff. He appeared as substitute in the friendly against Dutch club FC Utrecht.

 

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Kwame Thomas goes to Blackpool: Blackpool have signed Derby County's teenage striker Kwame Thomas on a six-month loan deal. The England Under-20 international has made five appearances for the Rams first-team and scored against the Seasiders in April. The 19-year-old has also had a loan spell in League One at Notts County. After relegation to League One last year, Thomas becomes new manager Neil McDonald's ninth new signing of the summer.

 

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Abou Diaby signs for Marseille: Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has signed for Marseille after rejecting a contract at West Brom. The France international, Diaby, 29, was released by the Gunners last month after making 182 appearances for the club since 2006, but just two in the last two seasons. No details were revealed by Marseille over the length or terms of Diaby's contract.

 

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Daniel Opare joins German side: Ghana defender Daniel Opare joined German Bundesliga side Augsburg from Portuguese club Porto.  The 24-year-old right-back, who has 16 caps for the Black Stars, signed a three-year contract with Augsburg. Opare said: "I look forward to the challenge of playing with the FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga. I only heard good things from Baba Rahman." However Opare would not get the chance to play with fellow Ghanaian Rahman, who signed for Chelsea.

 

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Baba Rahman moves to Stamford Bridge: Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign defender Baba Rahman from Bundesliga side FC Augsburg. The Premier League champions confirmed the move for the Ghana international, 21, saying the fee will remain undisclosed. Chelsea had been linked with the left-back after allowing Brazil international Filipe Luis to rejoin Atletico Madrid this summer. He spent one year with Augsburg after signing from SpVgg Greuther Fürth, making 31 appearances for the Bavarian club to qualify for the Europa League. He was also a member of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations squad which lost in the final to Ivory Coast in February.

HUGH MASEKELA: MUSICIAN AND ACTIVIST

World-acclaimed jazz artist Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, 76, is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and singer.

 

At age 14, after seeing the film, ‘Young Man with a Horn’, where Kirk Douglas portrays American Jazz trumpeter, Bix Beiderbecke, he took up trumpet, given to the young Hugh by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, the anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peters Secondary School.

 

In his teens, he fell in love with great musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Mahalia Jackson, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and the like.

 

Later Huddleston asked the leader of the then Johannesburg "Native“ Municipal Brass Band, Uncle Sauda, to teach Hugh the rudiments of trumpet playing, the young boy quickly mastered the instrument. Some of Hugh's music-loving schoolmates also became interested in playing instruments, leading to the formation of the Huddleston Jazz Band, South Africa's very first youth orchestra. By 1956, Hugh joined Alfred Herbert's African Jazz Revue.

 

Since 1954, Masekela has played music that closely reflects his life experience. The agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during the 1950s and 1960s: This inspired, influenced him to make music and also spread political change. He was an artist who in his music vividly portrayed the struggles and sorrows, as well as the joys and passions of his country. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government; the hardships individuals were living. Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country's situation.

 

Following a Manhattan Brothers tour of South Africa in 1958, Masekela wound up in the orchestra of the musical King Kong, written by Todd Matshikiza. King Kong was South Africa's first blockbuster theatrical success, touring the country for a sold-out year with Miriam Makeba and the Manhattan Brothers' Nathan Mdledle in the lead. The musical later went to London's West End for two years.

 

At the end of 1959, Hugh and co formed the Jazz Epistles, the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960. Following 21 March 1960 Sharpeville massacre - where 69 peacefully protesting Africans were shot dead in Sharpeville, and the South African government banned gatherings of ten or more people - and the increased brutality of the Apartheid state, Masekela left the country, soon enrolling in London's Guildhall School of Music. During that period, Masekela visited the United States, where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte. He attended Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied classical trumpet from 1960 to 1964. In 1964, Makeba and Masekela were married, divorcing two years later.

 

He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes "Up, Up and Away" (1967) and the number-one smash "Grazing in the Grass" (1968), which sold four million copies. He also appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and was subsequently featured in the film Monterey Pop by D. A. Pennebaker. In 1974, Masekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.

 

In 1973, while in Nigeria, Masekela met Fela Kuti, who inspired the trumpeter to explore the "afro-beat" music that Kuti and Cameroonian sax player Manu DiBango were experiencing worldwide popularity with. Masekela loved what he heard and teamed with the Ghanaian band, Hedzoleh Soundz for a successful collaboration that lasted nearly five years.

 

In 1981, Hugh moved to Botswana, where he started the Botswana International School of Music with Dr. Khabi Mngoma.

 

In 1987, he had a hit single with "Bring Him Back Home", which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. He collaborated in the musical development for the Broadway play, Sarafina!

 

In 2003, he was featured in the documentary film Amandla! In 2004, he released his autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, co-authored with journalist D. Michael Cheers, which thoughtfully detailed Masekela's struggles against apartheid in his homeland, as well as his personal struggles against alcoholism from the late 1970s through to the 1990s.

 

In 2010, Hugh Masekela was featured, with his son Salema, in a series of videos on ESPN. The series, called Umlando - Through My Father's Eyes, was aired in 10 parts during ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The series focused on Hugh and Sal's travels through South Africa.

 

Masekela is involved in several social initiatives, and serves for instance as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto.

 

Masekela has been nominated 7 times for Grammy awards, winning it twice. He’s also received several honours among them: Rhodes University: Doctor of Music (honoris causa), 2015, University of York Honorary Doctorate in Music 2014, Order of Ikhamanga: 2010, South African National Orders Ceremony, 27 April 2010, Ghana Music Awards: 2007 African Music Legend award, 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002 BBC Radio Jazz Awards: International Award of the Year, Nominated for Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as Best Score (Musical).

 

Since October 2007, he has been a board member of the Woyome Foundation for Africa.

 

Hugh Masekela continues to maintain a very active tour schedule, spreading his musical message of peace, harmony and unity throughout the world.

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Legal Matters

By A.G. Kleijweg

 

Dear TAB Readers,

 

With matters of immigration law, it is not always bad news; sometimes I can bring good news to the readers’ attention.  In this article, I bring to your attention few important issues. Some are good news while others are only informative or warning. 

 

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 Africa News

  • Rwanda's first IVF couple gets twins in Kigali

  • Gunman wanted to kill President Mahama of Ghana

  • Chinese firm to build industrial parks in Congo

  • Women outnumber men in Mauritius

  • Nigeria: 'No partisanship in war against corruption'

  • Kenya to involve Diaspora in national development

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  • Nijmegen is the safest Dutch student city

  • Investigators to track and tap your smartphones

  • 1.3 million Dutch nationals have two passports

  • Prostitutes aged under 21 are protected

  • Budget cuts: Aid groups slash workforces

  • Foreign investor residency permit scheme unsuccessful

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    • Citizenship courses: no exam, no certificate

    • "Games are the new drugs"

    • Criminals to be refused asylum

    • Belgium's first Islamic secondary school

    • New measures come into effect

    • "Belgium is not in an asylum crisis"

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    • African teams in tough group at FIFA U-17 WC

    • South African Cricket legend dies at 66

    • Former president of Malian Football Federation is dead

    • 2015 CAF U-23 Championship: All 8 qualifiers emerge

    • Young Talent Referees' Course in Egypt

    • Rwandan riders for 2015 All-Africa Games in Brazzaville

    • ..And More

    Other News

    • German MP opens home to migrants

    • World population to reach 8.5b by 2050

    • Man arrested for eating a child

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