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Kenya and Djibouti on Sunday signed four memoranda of understanding between the two nations.

President William Ruto said they have signed an MoU to facilitate cooperation in the field of energy development.

He said the agreement entails sharing technical skills, techniques, experiences, information, documentation, knowledge and materials between the parties through reciprocal participation and focusing on geothermal development.

"I am grateful to my esteemed counterpart Omar Guelleh, for expediting the negotiation process, facilitating the establishment of necessary infrastructure and equipment, and initiating the implementation of the proposed Hanle Garabbayyis project," he said.

The President added that under the project the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN) will drill two geothermal wells in Djibouti.

He said KENGEN already fulfilled phase one of the contract with the Office DjiboutienDe Development De Energie Geothermique (ODDEG).

Ruto said they have successfully drilled one geothermal well in the Galla LeKoma project's initial phase.

Kenya and Djibouti also signed an MoU on Technical Cooperation in the Development of Youth Affairs and the Arts.

He said it will establish a collaboration framework in the development of modern state-of-the-art facilities in the fields of sports and art.

He added that the two countries signed an MOU on mutual cooperation in the Foreign Service Academy.

Ruto said regular consultations and cooperation in the educational and scientific areas will be conducted within the framework of agreed program activities.

The President added that they have also signed an MoU to collaborate in the field of tourism.

"This agreement will strengthen exchanges and partnerships between our two countries, promote sustainable tourism development, and enhance our tourism assets," Ruto said. - PERPETUA ETYANG, The Star

African players to win the UEFA Champions League: List of African stars who have won Europe's biggest prize© Provided by Sporting News

The 2023/23 Champions League final could see a fresh name on the famous trophy as Manchester City face Inter Milan in Istanbul.

City are pushing to win their first Champions League title, with Inter reaching the final for the first time since winning the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Whoever comes out on top at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, there will be a string of players clinching their maiden European title, with both squads featuring stars from across the world.

Across both teams, City star Riyad Mahrez and Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana will be looking to join the list of African players to win the Champions League.

MORE: Man City vs Inter Champions League final prediction 2023: Who will win trophy in UCL title match? 

African players to win the Champions League

In total, 26 African players have won the European Cup/Champions League, with 24 of those title winners coming in the post 1992/Champions League era.

Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) and Rabah Madjer (Algeria) are the only African players to win the European Cup, prior to 1992, with Liverpool and Porto respectively. 

Since the inaugural Champions League tournament in 1992, African champions have been a regular feature of Champions League winning squads, from Ghana's Abedi Pele with Marseille in 1993 to Edouard Mendy (Senegal) and Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) with Chelsea, in 2021.

African European Cup/Champions League winners

Nation Player Season Team Final Result
Algeria Rabah Madjer 1987 Porto Porto 2 Bayern Munich 1
Cameroon Geremi 2000 Real Madrid Real Madrid 3 Valencia 0
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 2006, 2009, 2010 Barcelona, Barcelona, Inter Milan

Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1; Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0 Inter Milan 2 Bayern Munich 0

Cameroon Joel Matip 2019 Liverpool Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0
Egypt Mo Salah 2019 Liverpool  Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0
Ghana Abedi Pele 1993 Marseille Marseille 1 AC Milan 0
Ghana Ibrahim Tanko 1997 Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund 3 Juventus 1
Ghana Samuel Kuffour 2001 Bayern Munich Bayern Munich 1 Valencia 1 (Bayern won 5-4 on pens)
Ghana Sulley Muntari 2010 Inter Milan Inter Milan 2 Bayern Munich 0
Ghana Michael Essien 2012 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on pens)
Guinea Naby Keita 2019 Liverpool Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0
Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou 2012 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on pens)
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 2012 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on pens)
Ivory Coast Yaya Toure 2009 Barcelona Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0
Kenya McDonald Mariga 2010 Inter Milan Inter Milan 2 Bayern Munich 0
Mali Djimi Traore 2005 Liverpool Liverpool 3 AC Milan (Liverpool won 3-2 on pens)
Mali Seydou Keita 2009, 2011 Barcelona Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0; Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1
Morocco Achraf Hakimi 2018 Real Madrid  Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1
Morocco Hakim Ziyech 2021 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
Nigeria Jon Obi Mikel 2012 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on pens)
Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu 1995 Ajax Ajax 1 AC Milan 0
Nigeria Finidi George 1995 Ajax Ajax 1 AC Milan 0
Senegal Sadio Mane 2019 Liverpool Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0
Senegal Edouard Mendy 2021 Chelsea Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
South Africa Benni McCarthy  2004 Porto Porto 3 AS Monaco
Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar 1987 Liverpool Liverpool 1 Roma 1 (Liverpool won 4-2 on pens)

African players in Champions League finals

Grobbelar and Madjer both played key roles in their European Cup final wins, in 1984 and 1987, as Grobbelar's famous 'jelly legs' helped Liverpool to a penalty shootout win over Roma, and Madjer scored in Porto's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Only two African players have won multiple Champions League titles, with Seydou Keita winning twice with Barcelona, in 2009 and 2011.

Cameroon superstar Samuel Eto'o won three titles, two in his own spell in Catalonia, and later with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.

Eto'o also received the man of the match award, as Barcelona beat Arsenal in the 2006 final, as did Didier Drogba in Chelsea's shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012. 

African Champions League winners to score in finals

Madjer was the first African player to score in a European Cup final and go on to win the title in 1984.

Eto'o joined the list, as he scored a crucial equaliser, against Arsenal in Paris in 2006 and became the first African player to score in multiple finals, as he netted against Manchester United, in 2009.

Premier League based African stars then increased the list from 2010 onwards, with Drogba joined by Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

African scorers in European Cup/Champions League finals

Year Player Team Final Result
1987 Rabah Madjer Porto Porto 2 Bayern Munich 1
2006 Samuel Eto'o Barcelona Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1
2009 Samuel Eto'o Barcelona Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0
2012 Didier Drogba Chelsea Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on pens)
2018 Sadio Mane Liverpool Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1
2019 Mo Salah Liverpool Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0

 By Feargal Brennan , SN


The Catholic Church in Uganda is filled with joy as descendants of missionary Simeon Lourdel, locally known as Mapeera, visit the country.

Mapeera, a young Catholic missionary priest from the Missionary of Africa also known as White Fathers, is praised to have planted the seed of the Catholic faith in Uganda, and Equatorial Africa. 

He was also instrumental in converting many of the young pages that later became martyrs. A source at the Catholic Secretariat in Nsambya said that the descendants, led by Marlene Lee, 46, a great-great-grandniece of Mapeera, embarked on a pilgrimage to the country where their beloved ancestor dedicated his entire youthful life and eventually passed away. 

"The group includes some members of Mrs Lee's family. They came for a private visit, but also to participate in the Uganda Martyrs' Day celebration. The delegation was led by a Ugandan priest. It is worth noting that this is the first time a relative of Pere Mapeera has visited Uganda," the source explained.

The source noted that Marlene Lee, is a great-great-granddaughter of Clement Lourdel (1850-1940). Clement himself was the son of Albert Lourdel (1884-1888), who was an older brother to Simon Lourdel Mapeera.

While Mapeera originated from France, URN understands that some of his family members later moved to Canada. It is now understood that Marlene Lee, who is visiting, holds Canadian nationality. 

The arrival of Mapeera's family member holds significance beyond mere coincidence, as the French priest has been put forth as a candidate for the beatification process, a matter of great interest to his family members. 

The beatification cause was initiated in 1987 by Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga, marking the beginning of the formal process to consider Mapeera for beatification. However, the momentum behind the cause has picked up more recently, and in 2018, the Church submitted the gathered data to Rome for review and further evaluation.

In Uganda, the influence of the French missionary can be observed in numerous aspects of the culture. His name is prominently present in Catholic hymns, and many children are named after him as a testament to his significance.

Additionally, various schools, streets, roads, and buildings in Uganda have been named in his honour, reflecting the lasting impact he made on the country which has over 40 per cent of its population as Roman Catholics.

Without a doubt, Mapeera is the most prominent Catholic missionary in Uganda and has since earned the title "Apostle of Uganda," a name derived from a book written by Armand Duval. His friendly demeanor and ability to connect with the people of Buganda led to his widespread popularity, and he became known as Mapeera, derived from the French words "Mon père," meaning "my father." 

On February 17, 1879, Lourdel arrived in Uganda along with Brother Delmas Amans, leaving their other companions and their leader behind as they embarked on their mission. In addition to spreading the gospel, throughout thick and thin, Mapeera was liked by kings; Mwanga and Muteesa serving as both their doctor and advisor.

He played a pivotal role in the early establishment and growth of Catholicism in Uganda. He is credited with conducting the first mass in Uganda and baptizing many of the first converts to the Catholic faith. Additionally, he dedicated his efforts to teaching the initial group of catechumens. 

Through Mapeera's dedication and the perseverance of the Catholic community, records indicate that by 1890, despite facing persecution in 1886, the number of baptized Catholics had reached around 1,200, with an additional 10,000 individuals in the process of becoming catechumens. - URN/The Observer

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