Gaoua Governor Visits Artists and Athletes Ahead of National Culture Week

Gaoua, Burkina Faso – Boureima Savadogo, the governor of the South-West region, met with local artists and athletes on Thursday, April 18, 2024, in preparation for their participation in the upcoming 21st edition of National Culture Week (SNC 2024). His visits aimed to bolster the morale and efforts of those competing in the cultural event.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the visits included stops at the training sessions of wrestlers, the rehearsal of the “Africrate” orchestra, and the practice rounds of archers. At each location, he provided advice and expressed his support, emphasizing the importance of their hard work to excel and win prizes at the event. Savadogo highlighted the significant role of traditional sports like wrestling and archery, which have historically brought accolades to the region.

The governor also conveyed his broader support for all competitors from the region, stating that their efforts not only represent Gaoua but also the entire South-West region at the biennial cultural festival. The artists and athletes expressed gratitude for the encouragement and committed to striving for top honors at the National Culture Week.

Ouagadougou Hosts Second University Football Championship with 22 Universities Participating

OUAGADOUGOU – The second edition of the University Football Championship (CDU) commenced on Sunday evening in Ouagadougou, featuring 22 universities.

According to Burkina Information Agency, who was present at the event, this year’s tournament focuses on the theme “Football, a factor of Social Cohesion for a United Faso against adversity.”

The president of the organizing committee, Cheick Omar Ilboudo, emphasized the significance of the theme, highlighting football’s potential to unite and foster a sense of national cohesion amidst Burkina Faso’s cultural diversity and ongoing challenges. Ilboudo pointed out that the sport’s unifying qualities are crucial in a time marked by security concerns.

Joseph Zagré, the sports sponsor, praised the commitment and talent of the young athletes, attributing his life’s important lessons to football, including teamwork and perseverance. Co-sponsor and former captain of the Stallions, Charles Kaboré, motivated the players to continue their efforts, underlining their role as the future pillars of the nation.

The championship, overseen by the Minister of Sports, Youth and Employment, Dr. Boubakar Savadogo, kicked off with the Institute of Electrical Engineering of Burkina Faso securing a 1-0 victory over the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce. The matches are scheduled for weekends at the City Stade at the ZAD.

Participants in this year’s CDU include a diverse array of institutions such as the University of African Unity, Higher University of Electrical Engineering of Burkina Faso, and Swiss UMEF University of Burkina Faso, among others. The organizers hope that the tournament will not only showcase sporting prowess but also strengthen community ties and promote values of tolerance and solidarity among the youth.

Bandari FC and Kenya Commercial Bank Play to Goalless Draw in Premier League Match

MOMBASA – In a closely contested match, Bandari FC was held to a 0-0 draw by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League on Saturday, failing to make up ground on league leaders Gor Mahia.

According to Kenya News Agency, despite creating several opportunities, including five corner kicks in the first 29 minutes, his team could not convert any into goals. KCB’s first significant chance came half an hour into the game with a header from Derrick Otanga, which was saved by Bandari’s goalkeeper, Bryne Omondi.

The second half saw both teams continue to press for a breakthrough, but stout defenses on both sides prevented any score. Baraza remarked that scoring has been a persistent issue for the team and is a focal point for future training sessions. He also noted the recent move from Mbaraki Sports Club to Mombasa Sports Club as a tactical challenge they are adapting to.

The draw leaves Bandari in third place in the league standings with 45 points from 27 games, trailing the leaders by a slim margin. Meanwhile, KCB’s coach, Bernard Mwalala, was satisfied with securing a point away from home, especially given the challenging conditions in Mombasa. He acknowledged the balanced nature of the match, with neither team able to capitalize on their periods of dominance.

Mwalala also shared his team’s ambitions to succeed in the MozzartBet Cup and earn a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup, reflecting a focus on both domestic and continental competitions.

Bandari’s next fixture is against AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium, while KCB prepares for a quarter-final clash against Kakamega Homeboyz in the MozzartBet Cup.

Faso Cup Round of 16 Features High-Stakes Matches Between Top Teams

OUAGADOUGOU — The draw for the round of 16 of the Faso Cup was held in Ouagadougou on Saturday, setting the stage for several high-profile matches among Burkina Faso’s football elites. Organized by the Professional Football League, this round features clashes between leading teams like Salitas FC and AS Douanes, as well as USFA and AS SONABEL.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the most anticipated matchups include Ligue 1 leader AS Douanes facing off against Salitas FC, and the military team of USFA challenging the electricians of AS SONABEL, currently second in Ligue 1. Other notable games include Bobo Racing Club (RCB) against Sporting Cascade in a Western derby and ASEC-K from Koudougou taking on EFO, often referred to as the Queen of stadiums. Additional fixtures such as Kozaf versus Leopards SC and Aso against Royal FC are also generating significant interest. The matches are slated for May 8 and 9, with the EFO holding the title of the current Faso Cup champion.

The full schedule for Wednesday, May 8, includes matches across various venues, starting at 3:30 p.m. local time. Highlights include Salitas FC vs. AS Douanes at the Issoufou Joseph Conombo Municipal Stadium and USFA vs. AS SONABEL at the same location. The comprehensive lineup promises intense competition and thrilling football action.

Fabrice Zango Clinches Silver at Diamond League’s Opening in Xiamen

XIAMEN — Burkinabè triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango secured a silver medal at the Diamond League’s first stage in Xiamen, China, trailing behind Portuguese jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo.

According to Burkina Information Agency, Zango, who is the reigning triple world champion, achieved a distance of 17.12 meters. His competitor, Pichardo, managed to outjump him with a distance of 17.51 meters. The competition sets the stage for what promises to be a series of intense matchups between the two athletes at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris this July.