Morning Digest: Egypt football legend sentenced for tax evasion; Nigerian comedian condemns treatment at airport

1. Egypt football legend sentenced for tax evasion

A court in Egypt has sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country’s football legends, to one year in prison for tax evasion with an option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,100; £860) to have the sentence suspended.

Aboutrika, who has lived in exile in Qatar since 2013, was not in court on Monday for the verdict, the Associated Press agency reports.

The court said Aboutrika failed to pay $39,500 in taxes on income from advertising deals with carbonated drink and telecommunications companies in 2008 and 2009.

The former attacking midfielder played for Cairo’s Al-Ahly club and was central to two of Egypt’s three straight African Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Those triumphs made Egypt Africa’s most successful team with a record seven titles.

Aboutrika was dubbed “Prince of Hearts” and “The Magician” by his fans.

2. Nigerian comedian condemns treatment at airport

A video of Nigerian Nollywood actor Aremu Afolayan complaining about how he was treated by security officers at the main airport in Lagos is being shared on Twitter.

The actor complains about being asked to pay for his family to enter the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

“In my entire life I have never seen a country as useless as this country,” he says.

3.  Gigaba resigns weeks after sex video   scandal  South Africa’s embattled Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has resigned two weeks after a video of him masturbating was widely circulated online.

A statement from the presidency said Mr Gigaba – a senior member of the governing African Natuional Congress (ANC) – was “stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs”.

Mr Gigaba had accused South Africa’s security services of hacking his phone and releasing the 13-second video which, he says, was for his wife.

The 47-year-old has courted controversy in recent years over allegations that he used his powerful roles in various ministerial portfolios to assist the controversial Gupta business family.

4. Haile Gebrselassie resignation ‘a huge loss’The deputy president of Ethiopia’s athletics federation, Gebereegziabhair Geberemaariam has described as a huge loss the unexpected resignation of the organisation’s president, Haile Gebrselassie.

The distance running champion resigned on Monday, saying certain groups were violating the principles of athletics and trying to undermine his authority.

On Sunday, athletes from the country’s largest region, Oromia, protested against his leadership and the quality of training facilities.

Haile Gebrselassie has spent his two years in the job trying to clean up Ethiopian sport, but said he only achieved about a third of what he had hoped to.

The BBC’s Horn of Africa service says the long-distance athlete, Derartu Tullu, is widely expected to replace him.

5. MTN making progress to resolve $10.1 billion dispute with Nigeria – CEO

South Africa’s MTN Group is making progress in resolving a $10.1 billion funds repatriation and tax bill depute with Nigerian authorities, its CEO said on Tuesday.

“I believe we are making steady progress towards finding a resolution,” Rob Shuter told Reuters on the sidelines of a telecoms conference in Cape Town.

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