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Jose Clayton: The Brazilian footballer who is more at home in Tunisia



Brazil-born Jose Clayton played for Tunisia at two World Cups and helped them win the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations

Back home in Brazil he was known as Jose Clayton Menezes Ribeiro but is better known to African football fans as Jose Clayton.

He was born in Sao Luis a city on the coast of northern Brazil on 21 March 1974 and lived there for 20 years when he ended up in Tunisia.

Clayton started his football career at his hometown club in Brazil before making his way to play for Etoile du Sahel.

The move not only launched Clayton’s career but it also provided him with a gateway to play international football for Tunisia.

If you think that he returned home to Brazil on his retirement you would be wrong!

“People in Brazil who are close to me know that I want to spend the rest of my life in Tunisia,” he told BBC Sport Africa.

“The good thing is that everyone was very understanding, and that I was happy doing what I love with people that I love, participating in great competitions.”

Clayton is now engaged to a Tunisian woman, speaks French fluently and does his very best with his Arabic too.

“C’est l’amour – I stayed for love. I stayed for the love of a country that took me in as one of their own. I spend most of my time here in Tunisia and I enjoy every moment of it.” he continued.

“I have no regrets or whatsoever, it’s quite the opposite, I’m proud to have Tunisian nationality and to call myself Tunisian.”

Love at first sight

His love affair with Tunisia seems to have begun almost immediately.

Tunisia's Jose Clayton tackles England's Darren Anderton at the 1998 World Cup
Jose Clayton played for Tunisia against England and Darren Anderton at the 1998 World Cup in France

“I felt very good and very welcome in Etoile, it soon felt like home to me.” Clayton added.

The in early 1998, in the days before Fifa changed its eligibility regulations, Clayton became the first foreign player in Tunisian history to be given citizenship to represent the national team.

The offer meant that Clayton was eligible to play for the Carthage Eagles at the World Cup in France that year.

“I didn’t even hesitate when I received the offer to get Tunisian nationality and play for the national team,” Clayton added.

“I was in a country that welcomed me with open arms and that I love immensely. I would go as far as to say that I felt more at home in Tunisia than I did in Brazil.”

The decision to accept citizenship and the chance to play for the Carthage Eagles was a ‘no-brainer’ according to Clayton.

“This might seem odd to some people but it’s the truth.” Clayton admitted.

“I received a call from the coach asking me if I was interested in the idea. It was a no brainer to me.

“I was made very welcome by the team. Despite the rivalry between our clubs, it was a different story with the national team, right from day one when I arrived at camp in 1998.

“Many people thought that I was just taking the opportunity to play in the 1998 World Cup, but it was more than that for me.

“I was determined to stay and represent Tunisia for as many years as I could.”

Clayton went on to play for Tunisia at the World Cup four years later and won the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.

He ended his international career in 2006 after earning 39 caps and scoring 4 goals.

At club level Clayton played in France, Qatar and Turkey and three other Tunisian sides apart from Etoile, with two seasons at Stade Tunisien, a further four with Esperance before ending his career in 2008 after two years at Stade Gabesien.

Winning the Africa Cup of Nations

Clayton is still often seen at Tunisia’s international games supporting the team he won the Africa Cup of Nations with on home soil in 2004.

Left to right: Jose Clayton, journalist Nazih Kerchaoui and ex-Tunisia international Anis Ayari
Brazil-born Jose Clayton still lives in Tunisia and goes to watch football here seen with journalist Nazih Kerchaoui and ex-international Anis Ayari (Photo: Nazih Kerchaoui)

“That was the best moment of my career. We weren’t just playing for a Jersey or a team, we were defending an entire nation. It was extraordinary,” he remembered.

“We were very close friends with a wonderful coach (Frenchman Roger Lemerre), I can’t do him justice with words.

“He’s an exceptional man who knew how to manage the team. We were like a family and the atmosphere was spectacular.

Tunisia beat Morocco in the final game 2-1 with Clayton helping create the chance for Ziad Jaziri to score the winning goal.

The Carthage Eagles other goal that day was cored by another Brazilian import, Francileudo dos Santos

“The Afcon final was a game we needed to to win. Our team was good, we were playing at home and were confident that we could win the cup.” Clayton said.

“We played a great game and earned our victory. I took my shot during the first half but the goalkeeper managed to stop it.

“With my second effort in the second half, I was lucky that the keeper let the ball go and Ziad Jaziri was there for the rebound.

“It was an unforgettable moment. It’s moments like that that stick with you for the rest of your life.”

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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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