SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be counting down the days to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the tournament set to run from 21 November to 18 December and provide the most thrilling distillation of ‘The Beautiful Game’.
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One of the major landmarks en route to the 2022 FIFA World Cup arrives this week, when the draw for the group stage is held in Doha, Qatar on the evening of Friday 1 April.
There will be 32 teams at the World Cup and they will be drawn into eight groups of four.
Host nation Qatar will be in position one of Group A. The remaining 31 nations will be split into four pots based on their FIFA rankings, with the highest-ranked teams in pot one, along with Qatar.
Each four-team group can only have one nation from each of the qualifying regions, aside from Europe, which can have no more than two nations in any one group. France are the defending champions after beating Croatia in the 2018 final.
When the draw takes place there will be 29 teams assured of their spots at the tournament and three more will be decided via play-offs after the draw.
Hosts Qatar qualify automatically and will be joined by 13 teams from Europe. Twelve of those 13 will have been determined by the time of the draw, with the one outstanding berth set to come from Path A of the second round, as the Scotland v Ukraine tie was postponed to June, with the winners then facing Wales in Cardiff for a place in the tournament.
There are five guaranteed places for teams from Africa, four from each of South America and Asia, and three from CONCACAF. There are also two places given to the winners of inter-confederation play-offs in June that will feature a team from each of South America, Asia, CONCACAF and Oceania.
“The FIFA World Cup Draw is one of the great events of the football calendar, and marks the start of the countdown to the in 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino. “Join us and a bevy of stars from the football world to conduct this procedure and celebrate all the best that the beautiful game has to offer.”
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2022 World Cup Draw broadcast details
Friday 1 April
18:00: 2022 World Cup Draw – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Variety 4, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 2
ACC nab senior accountant, businessman
A LUSAKA based senior accountant has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside a business man for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kasemuka Chiteta, a senior accountant stationed at police headquarters has since been charged with one count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said in a statement that Kasemuka Chiteta on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12th February 2024 in Lusaka District, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under the ownership of Chimuka Chibawe a Lusaka based businessman.
“In a similar development, the ACC has arrested and charged a Lusaka based businessman, Chimuka Chibawe of plot No. 136 C Kalomo road Chilenje” Mr Moono said.
He said Mr Chibawe has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“Details of the offence are that, Chimuka Chibawe on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12thFebruary 2024 in Lusaka, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under his names when the beneficial owner is Mr. Kasemuka Chiteta a Senior Accountant at Police Service Headquarters,” he said.
The pair has since been released on bond pending court appearance.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
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Delta Mines acquires 51% stake in Mopani Copper Mines in $1.1 billion deal.
DELTA Mines Plc, has concluded the acquisition of 51% shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) translating into a US$1.1 billion investment into the mine.
In a statement, ZCCM-IH Corporate Affairs Manager Loisa Mbatha said ZCCM-IH will retain 49% shares in Mopani, with 3 out of 9 board seats while Delta will have 5 and government one seat
She said the approval was made during a Shareholder’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Lusaka last week.
“ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) shareholders have unanimously approved the Mopani Copper Mines Plc (Mapani) transaction where Delta Mining Limited (Delta), a subsidiary of International Resource Holdings (IRH), has agreed to acquire a 51% shareholding in Mopani for a total investment of up to US$1.1 billion,”she said.
ZCCM-IH Board Chairperson Kakenenwa Muyangwa said the transaction is a landmark achievement that delivers significant value to ZCCM-H, Mopani, and the Zambian people.
“It’s pleasing to note that IRH has committed to retain Zambian workers, including the management team, who will be complimented by new skills and expertise from Delta to facilitate the expansion of MCM production to 200, 000 tonnes per annum”, said Mr Muyangwa.
ZCCM-IH Board Director Phillippe Taussac who represents minority shareholders said that “the extinguishing of the Mopani $1.5billion debt that ZCCM-IH had guaranteed, will certainly lead to significantly improved financial performance for all ZCCM-H’s shareholders.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 27th February, 2024)