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Jul 30, 2015

Platini’s FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent.

A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies.

Jul 30, 2015

Soccer-Platini’s FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) – Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent.

A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies.

Jul 26, 2015

Palace can challenge all except top four, says Pardew

CAPE TOWN, July 26 (Reuters) – – Crystal Palace have the potential to challenge any team outside the top four in the English Premier League next season if they can stay largely injury free, manager Alan Pardew said on Sunday.

“We can compete with any team below the tier of the top four when we have our full team available,” he said at the end of a brief trip to South Africa to compete in a four-team tournament.

Jul 26, 2015

Soccer-Palace can challenge all except top four, says Pardew

CAPE TOWN, July 26 (Reuters) – Crystal Palace have the potential to challenge any team outside the top four in the English Premier League next season if they can stay largely injury free, manager Alan Pardew said on Sunday.

“We can compete with any team below the tier of the top four when we have our full team available,” he said at the end of a brief trip to South Africa to compete in a four-team tournament.

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.