Chan 2016: Five-star Tunisia Cruise to Quarters as Nigeria Crush Out

The South Sudan rebel movement leader Dr. Riek Machar has ruled out travelling back to the country’s capital Juba before the peace agreement signed last year fully becomes law.

In an historic media address in Kampala since the outbreak of South Sudan crisis in late 2013, sickness Dr. Machar stated that he would have been in Juba but the delay of including the clauses of the treaty into the Transitional Constitution is the matter keeping him away.

The SPLA- In Opposition (rebels) leader and his officials are expected to return to the capital for the formation of unity government with the mainstream SPLA/M under President Salva Kiir.

The peace agreement signed in August 2015 to end the two-year bloody crisis put in place the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity expected to last for three years.

The process has however delayed due to the absence of the Dr Machar who is the designated First Vice President.

“Going to Juba is very simple and I should have been there by yesterday. The peace agreement I signed with president Kiir has not been included into our Transitional Constitution, site ” he said.

“Even now I can travel direct to Juba. I just don’t want to be idle. I can only go there when things are in motion otherwise I would be doing nothing.”

Machar who is staying in the neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa recently sent his advance team led by the chief peace talk negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng to Juba to prepare the grounds for his arrival.


He has been in Addis Ababa since physically joining peace talks in May 2014. He only occasionally travels to the rebel headquarters in Pagak, Upper Nile state bordering Ethiopia.

Machar re-echoed that the creation of 28 states by Kiir is another bottleneck in the implementation of the peace accord.

“The formation of 28 states was not part of the peace agreement. It is a violation of the agreement and that is another obstacle,” he said.

Kiir passed a presidential decree on 2nd October 2015 that unilaterally created 28 states out of the original 10. The peace talks agreement was based on the original 10. The matter has sparked controversy in the world’s youngest nation and is now threatening the peace treaty.

Dr. Machar has been in Uganda since Sunday night.

He met with President Yoweri Museveni on Monday at State Lodge Masindi in western Uganda where they discussed a number of issues centred on the stalled implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement.

The rebel leader stated that he is fully committed to the implementation of the peace agreement and the return of peace to his country.

The South Sudan crisis has claimed over 20,000 lives, displaced about 2 million people internally and to the neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations figures.
The super eagles of Nigeria have been dumped out of Chan 2016 following a 1-0 loss to Guinea played on Monday evening.

The loss is the first for Nigerian legend Sunday Oliseh.

Nigeria entered the last game on top of the table but the loss drops them to the third place behind Tunisia and Guinea in the second place.

Ibrahima Sory Sankhon scored the lone goal at the stroke of half time.

In the other group C game, for sale The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia exploded on Niger with a convincing 5-0 thumping.

Saad Bguir slotted in the first goal in the fifth minute after a quick counter attack that begun from an unfruitful corner kick from their own goal.

Bguir doubled his tally minutes to the breather with another fine finish, healing striking on the roof top of the net from a great assist by Ali Maaloul.

Ahmed Akaichi put himself in pole position to win the golden boots with his fourth goal of the tournament after rounding off Ayouba in Nigers goal.

Mohamed Ben Amor and Hichem Essifi completed the massacre in the remaining ten minutes of play.

Tunisia and Guinea will know their opponents after Wednesday’s double header between Zambia versus Mali and Uganda versus Zimbabwe.

Tunisia takes on the runners up while Guinea will play the winners in group D.

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