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Nov 20, 2014

Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcome odds to reach Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcame considerable odds to book an African Nations Cup finals place, but must still deal with logistical difficulties and prejudice as they look ahead to the tournament in January.

Guinea is one of the African countries hit hardest by the ravages of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives there. Their national team have had to play homes games at a neutral venue after the Confederation of African Football banned the hosting of international matches in Guinea.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcome odds to reach Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcame considerable odds to book an African Nations Cup finals place, but must still deal with logistical difficulties and prejudice as they look ahead to the tournament in January.

Guinea is one of the African countries hit hardest by the ravages of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives there.

Nov 19, 2014

Holders Nigeria out as final Nations Cup field settled

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided. Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of their spots and join the 10 countries who had already booked their places at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria had to beat Group A winners South Africa in their last qualifier at their new stadium in Uyo to stand a chance of defending their title at the Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 continental championship.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Holders Nigeria out as final Nations Cup field settled

CAPE TOWN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided.

Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of their spots and join the 10 countries who had already booked their places at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Nov 15, 2014

Senegal head list of Nations Cup qualifiers

DURBAN South Africa (Reuters) – Senegal led a list of six countries into the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday as they eliminated record winners Egypt with a 1-0 win in Cairo to qualify for January’s tournament.

Senegal ensured they would finish in the top two in Group G on a busy day of qualifiers which also saw Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa and 2012 winners Zambia book their tickets with six more berths to be decided on the last day of qualifiers on Wednesday.

Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Senegal head list of Nations Cup qualifiers

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Senegal led a list of six countries into the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday as they eliminated record winners Egypt with a 1-0 win in Cairo to qualify for January’s tournament.

Senegal ensured they would finish in the top two in Group G on a busy day of qualifiers which also saw Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa and 2012 winners Zambia book their tickets with six more berths to be decided on the last day of qualifiers on Wednesday.

Nov 14, 2014

Equatorial Guinea to host African Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea agreed on Friday to step in as last-minute hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup finals, replacing Morocco, who were stripped of the tournament having asked for it to be postponed over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

That leaves one of Africa’s smallest countries with just two months to prepare for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Equatorial Guinea to host African Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea agreed on Friday to step in as last-minute hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup finals, replacing Morocco, who were stripped of the tournament having asked for it to be postponed over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

That leaves one of Africa’s smallest countries with just two months to prepare for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.

Nov 11, 2014

Morocco ruled out, Nations Cup future remains unclear

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Morocco was formally ruled out as host of next year’s African Nations Cup but promised clarity over which country will host the tournament failed to emerge from a Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

The immediate future of the 16-team tournament, the showpiece of African football, remained unclear with no exact timetable for the next step in the bid to find an alternate host to Morocco which has also been kicked out of the competition.

Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Morocco ruled out, Nations Cup future remains unclear

CAPE TOWN, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Morocco was formally ruled out as host of next year’s African Nations Cup but promised clarity over which country will host the tournament failed to emerge from a Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

The immediate future of the 16-team tournament, the showpiece of African football, remained unclear with no exact timetable for the next step in the bid to find an alternate host to Morocco which has also been kicked out of the competition.