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Sep 11, 2014

Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Soccer-Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Egypt suffer another blow to Nations Cup hopes

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Record winners Egypt face the bleak prospect of missing out on yet another African Nations Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday left them with no points from their first two qualifiers for the 2015 finals.

The defeat in Cairo leaves Egypt six points adrift of Group G pacesetters Tunisia and Senegal, who were 2-0 winners in Botswana on a busy night of qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco in January. Cameroon continued their rehabilitation after a disappointing World Cup with a crushing 4-1 win over the Ivory Coast while Algeria beat Mali to maintain the form that helped them reach the last 16 in Brazil.

Sep 10, 2014

Soccer-Egypt suffer another blow to Nations Cup hopes

CAPE TOWN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Record winners Egypt face the bleak prospect of missing out on yet another African Nations Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday left them with no points from their first two qualifiers for the 2015 finals.

The defeat in Cairo leaves Egypt six points adrift of Group G pacesetters Tunisia and Senegal, who were 2-0 winners in Botswana on a busy night of qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco in January.

Sep 9, 2014

Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) РNigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week, FIFA said on Tuesday.

The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to relinquish control of the NFF and for its beleaguered president Aminu Maigari and his staff to be allowed back to their posts after having seen off two attempted bids to sweep them from office over the last months.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

CAPE TOWN, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Nigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week, FIFA said on Tuesday.

The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to relinquish control of the NFF and for its beleaguered president Aminu Maigari and his staff to be allowed back to their posts after having seen off two attempted bids to sweep them from office over the last months.

Sep 6, 2014

Nigeria suffer Nations Cup shock, draw for Ghana

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were handed a shock defeat at the start of the group phase of African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday while Ghana also still seemed to be nursing a World Cup hangover.

Fellow 2014 World Cup combatants Algeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast were in a happier mood after opening the campaign for a place at the Nations Cup finals in Morocco in January with victories.

Sep 6, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria suffer Nations Cup shock, draw for Ghana

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were handed a shock defeat at the start of the group phase of African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday while Ghana also still seemed to be nursing a World Cup hangover.

Fellow 2014 World Cup combatants Algeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast were in a happier mood after opening the campaign for a place at the Nations Cup finals in Morocco in January with victories.

Sep 5, 2014

Soccer-Diouf sets Senegal on way to impressive win

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Mame Biram Diouf set Senegal on their way to an impressive 2-0 home victory over record winners Egypt at the start of the group stages of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Friday.

Guinea beat Togo 2-1 in Casablanca, having been ordered to play at a neutral venue because of fears over the Ebola virus, while South Africa put aside a dismal four years since they hosted the World Cup to beat Sudan 3-0 away in Khartoum.

Sep 3, 2014

Nigeria face new suspension as FIFA set deadline

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Nigeria face yet another ban and the possibility of expulsion from the African Nations Cup if they continue to uphold the results of disputed elections last week, FIFA warned on Wednesday.

Nigeria have until Monday to restore to power Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari, deposed in an election last week while he was detained by police in a second attempt to oust him from office since the World Cup.