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Jun 15, 2015

CAF unaware of African requests for Blatter to stay on

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Africa’s soccer confederation (CAF) has not heard of any of its members asking Sepp Blatter to stay on as FIFA president, an executive committee member said on Monday.

“At CAF level we are not aware of any African countries who have written to ask Blatter to stay on,” Kalusha Bwalya, a CAF executive committee member and president of the Football Association of Zambia, told Reuters.

Jun 15, 2015

Soccer-CAF unaware of African requests for Blatter to stay on

CAPE TOWN, June 15 (Reuters) – Africa’s soccer confederation (CAF) has not heard of any of its members asking Sepp Blatter to stay on as FIFA president, an executive committee member said on Monday.

“At CAF level we are not aware of any African countries who have written to ask Blatter to stay on,” Kalusha Bwalya, a CAF executive committee member and president of the Football Association of Zambia, told Reuters.

Jun 13, 2015

Soccer-New-look Nigeria back to winning ways

JOHANNESBURG, June 13 (Reuters) – Nigeria returned to winning ways in African Nations Cup qualification on Saturday but former champions South Africa and Zambia suffered embarrassing home draws in their opening matches of the preliminary competition for the 2017 finals.

A new-look Nigeria, who were 2013 champions but failed to qualify for the 2015 finals, overcame a slow start to beat Chad 2-0 in Kaduna but 2012 champions Zambia squandered a late spot kick and were held to a goalless draw by Guinea Bissau in Ndola.

Jun 12, 2015

Soccer-Chikhaoui hat-trick sets Tunisia up for 8-1 win

CAPE TOWN, June 12 (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Yassine Chikhaoui scored a hat-trick in the first 25 minutes as they made a winning start to the African Nations Cup qualifying campaign with an 8-1 thumping of Djibouti.

There was also success for Morocco, who edged Libya 1-0, but tiny Swaziland stunned Guinea in Friday’s other match with a 2-1 win away to this year’s Nations Cup quarter-finalists.

Jun 10, 2015

Fallen giants seek return to Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Fallen giants Egypt and Nigeria begin their bids to return to the African Nations Cup finals with potentially easy assignments on the opening weekend of qualifying for the 2017 tournament.

Record winners Egypt, with seven previous triumphs including three in a row from 2006 to 2010, have missed out on the last three finals, but hope the appointment of Hector Cuper as coach will help provide a change of fortune.

Jun 10, 2015

Soccer-Fallen giants seek return to Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN, June 10 (Reuters) – Fallen giants Egypt and Nigeria begin their bids to return to the African Nations Cup finals with potentially easy assignments on the opening weekend of qualifying for the 2017 tournament.

Record winners Egypt, with seven previous triumphs including three in a row from 2006 to 2010, have missed out on the last three finals, but hope the appointment of Hector Cuper as coach will help provide a change of fortune.

Jun 9, 2015

Weah junior finally gets chance to emulate famous father

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – The eldest son of Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah will get his first chance to emulate the international career of his father at the start of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.

The 27-year-old George Weah junior was on the books of two of his father’s old clubs but never made the grade.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Weah junior finally gets chance to emulate famous father

June 9 (Reuters) – The eldest son of Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah will get his first chance to emulate the international career of his father at the start of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.

The 27-year-old George Weah junior was on the books of two of his father’s old clubs but never made the grade.

Jun 3, 2015

South Africa confirms payment to FIFA official, denies it was a bribe

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa confirmed on Wednesday it had given $10 million meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a soccer official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the contents of a leaked letter from the South African Football Association, which said money originally intended for organizing the 2010 World Cup had been paid directly to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-South Africa confirms payment to FIFA official, denies it was a bribe

JOHANNESBURG, June 3 (Reuters) – South Africa confirmed on Wednesday it had given $10 million meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a soccer official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the contents of a leaked letter from the South African Football Association, which said money originally intended for organising the 2010 World Cup had been paid directly to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.