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Why has an African team never won the World Cup?

Didier Drogba explains why Africa has never had a World Cup winner
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says a 'lack of opportunity' is the reason why an African country has never won the World Cup.

Only five spaces were available for African teams at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, compared to 13 for European sides, and Drogba believes an Africa will have a better chance of a World Cup win if more teams are allowed to qualify.

Photo: Didier Drogba (Getty Images)

'The King of Egypt will become the King of World Football'

Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has high expectations for Egypt's Mohamed Salah
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba believes Egypt's Mohamed Salah, whom he describes as his 'younger brother', can become one of the greatest players in the world...

Photo: Didier Drogba & Mohamed Salah at Chelsea (Getty Images)

'Ronaldo's evolution is very impressive' - Didier Drogba

Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba heaps praise on Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says he admires how Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has adapted his game with age.

Ronaldo has already scored four goals at the 2018 World Cup, becoming the top-scoring European in the history of international football, and Drogba believes he's making the right runs and the most efficient runs. 

Photo: Didier Drogba & Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)
Rollerblading interest is growing in Abidjan where teams take the sport very seriously.
Rollerblading interest is growing in Abidjan where teams take the sport very seriously

From rugby wing to chicken wings

Former Toulouse player Yves Donguy now sells a range of African food outside stadiums
The world of rugby only turned professional just over 20 years ago. 

And while many top players make a reasonable income - their average playing career is short and many are totally ill-prepared for the day they have to stop tacking and passing the ball. 

But some have pretty original ideas for when that moment  arrives - including Ivorian Yves Donguy.

Chris Bockman reports from the rugby stronghold of Toulouse in south west France.

Photo: Yves Donguy (Twitter - @chrisbockman)

Catholic priest held in Ivory Coast over rape allegation

Alex Duval Smith

BBC Africa, Dakar

A Catholic priest is in custody after being charged with rape in Ivory Coast.

Father Anderson Sylvain Kouame Abe has been suspended from his role until further notice, a spokesman told a press conference at Abidjan's Saint Paul's cathedral.

The spokesman said the priest, serving in the Diocese of Abidjan, was arrested on 13 April in relation, to ''the rape of a young girl''.

Her age, name and details of the attack were not given.

The announcement ended weeks of speculation.

According to the rules of the Roman Catholic Church, only men who abstain from sex may be ordained and serve as priests.

The drone school really taking off
Ivory Coast's biggest power provider is training drone pilots to inspect electricity pylons.

Ivory Coast coffee crisis 'close to solution'

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

Pedestrians walk past lorries laden with coffee for export at the port of Abidjan on March 8, 2018
Lorries filled with coffee queuing in Abidjan

The coffee crisis in Ivory Coast looks set to be resolved, two months after thousands of tonnes of coffee began blocking the country’s main port.

The head of the coffee producers’ union says the government has agreed to buy it all. However, authorities are yet to comment.

It’s still no clearer why nearly 500 trucks have been stranded at the port in the first place.

The government’s Coffee and Cocoa Council had said it was a problem of boats – that there aren’t enough.

But some say the problem lies further afield.

Ivory Coast is Africa’s third-biggest coffee producer - and Algeria is where most of it goes.

A recent change in customs policies in the Algerian capital Algiers is hitting Ivorian profits.

After 10 days of strikes from Ivorian coffee farmers who are waiting to be paid, the head of the producers union says they have finally reached an agreement with authorities.

He says the government has promised to buy all the coffee stranded at the port - and the coffee waiting to leave the farms - by the end of the month, as well as paying for transport costs.

The Coffee and Cocoa Council, however, have made no public announcement confirming this. Last year hundreds of cocoa trucks were left rotting outside the port – forcing producers to sell at a loss.

Ivorian artists mark attack anniversary

Performers at the event last night
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Performers at the event last night

Artists from the Ivory Coast gathered last night at the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan to mark the second anniversary of the Islamist attack at the Grand Bassam resort which killed 18 people.

Among the dead was Henrike Grohs, the then head of the Goethe-Institut.

Both the institute and the Grohs family established a biennial prize for African artists in Ms Grohs' memory.

The first recipient of the €20.000 ($25.000, £17.800) award was the Cameroonian artist Em'kal Eyongakpa.