Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic say Alphonso Davies has the potential to be a huge success at the Allianz Arena.The 18-year-old became the most expensive transfer in Major League Soccer history when he joined Bayern for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) in July.The Bavarian giants are believed to have beaten a number of rivals to land the highly rated teenager including Real Madrid and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having spent the remainder for the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, Davies linked up for training with the Bayern first-team squad in November before officially joining the Bundesliga champions on January 1.The Canada international will now travel to Doha to join up with the squad on their warm-weather training camp.Bayern boss Niko Kovac has already confirmed that the winger, who only turned 18 in November, will be in contention for a first-team place when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.He is held in equally high regard by the Bayern hierarchy, with both Hoeness and Salihamidzic talking up the teenager’s potential.”I have never seen him play. But I’ve heard he will be a bomb. That’s where I trust my sporting director [Salihamidzic],” Hoeness told Bild.Salihamidzic added: “He is a great talent. Alphonso is a super boy, a super character. He is hungry and wants to show what he can do.“We will take care of Alphonso, and not build hype around him. It is very important that he can quietly establish himself and get used to the Bundesliga. If we give him enough time, he has a lot of potential to do a great job here.”Davies made his professional debut for the Whitecaps at the age of just 15 and went on to make 65 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals.He made his international debut for Canada against Curacao in June 2017 at the age of 16.Later that summer he was included in the Canada squad Concacaf Gold Cup, going on to be the tournament’s top scorer, win the Young Player of the Tournament award and be named in the tournament’s Best XI.
By Shaquile GoffRabat – The Africities summit is currently taking place in Marrakech. The Africities summit convened communities and local authorities from African countries.AUI, which is among participants in the event, announced it would now offer a new collaborative master’s course in city management to African students. The course will focus on development, local administration skills, and studying administrative decentralization patterns in Africa. AUI announced they are appealing to both professors from Moroccan and international professors from the US, Europe, and other African countries to add their knowledge and experience to the course.Read Also: Al Akhawayn University Ranks 1st in Morocco, 44th in Arab WorldThe curriculum will consist of interactive and practical assignments, as well as cross-country exchange opportunities. After 12 months of study, students will earn a city management master’s degree from Al Akhawayn.King Hassan II founded AUI in 1995 by royal decree. Money given by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to clean up an oil spill off of Morocco’s coast was used to establish the university. Ever since, AUI has become a top-tier institution with degrees in humanities, social sciences, engineering, and business administration. The university also formed educational partnerships with foreign countries, and on a recent ranking of Arab universities, AUI ranked first in Morocco.AUI hopes to prepare current and future city officials to tackle development and growth challenges facing the African continent. Africa is the poorest continent on earth, containing 18 of the poorest countries based on per capita GDP, according to Business Insider. However, experts predict Africa’s population to grow exponentially in the 21st century, and countries hope to have a team of trained officials ready. Africities will close on November 24.