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Oct 27, 2015

Bility claims he is only credible FIFA candidate

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility, one of eight potential candidates for the FIFA presidency, says he presents the only credible option for the leadership of world soccer’s governing body.

Bility said he had received the requisite five nominations, which had come from outside the west African region, in order to stand after nominations closed on Monday for the FIFA election, scheduled to take place in Zurich on Feb. 26 to replace outgoing head Sepp Blatter.

Oct 27, 2015

Soccer-Bility claims he is only credible FIFA candidate

CAPE TOWN, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility, one of eight potential candidates for the FIFA presidency, says he presents the only credible option for the leadership of world football’s governing body.

Bility said he had received the requisite five nominations, which had come from outside the west African region, in order to stand after nominations closed on Monday for the FIFA election, scheduled to take place in Zurich on Feb. 26 to replace outgoing head Sepp Blatter.

Oct 14, 2015

Van Persie’s headers bookend dramatic Dutch rise and fall

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – When Netherlands striker Robin van Persie put away a spectacular diving header against world champions Spain on a balmy afternoon at last year’s World Cup it set them on the way to a 5-1 win and the promise of glory.

The Dutch finished third in Brazil after thumping the dempralised hosts 3-0, having narrowly lost on penalties to Argentina in the semi-finals, and the future looked bright with their fans hoping they could dominate in Europe.

Oct 14, 2015

Soccer-Van Persie’s headers bookend dramatic Dutch rise and fall

Oct 14 (Reuters) – When Netherlands striker Robin van Persie put away a spectacular diving header against world champions Spain on a balmy afternoon at last year’s World Cup it set them on the way to a 5-1 win and the promise of glory.

The Dutch finished third in Brazil after thumping the dempralised hosts 3-0, having narrowly lost on penalties to Argentina in the semi-finals, and the future looked bright with their fans hoping they could dominate in Europe.

Oct 13, 2015

Chad, Comoros cause World Cup qualifying surprise

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The tiny island nation of the Comoros and conflict-riven Chad both unexpectedly advanced to the second round of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries with away goal triumphs in qualifying matches on Tuesday.

They were joined by Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger and Mauritania while Djibouti failed to arrive for their tie in Swaziland.

Oct 13, 2015

Soccer-Chad, Comoros cause World Cup qualifying surprise

CAPE TOWN, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The tiny island nation of the Comoros and conflict-riven Chad both unexpectedly advanced to the second round of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries with away goal triumphs in qualifying matches on Tuesday.

They were joined by Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger and Mauritania while Djibouti failed to arrive for their tie in Swaziland.

Oct 6, 2015

South Sudan to make debut in World Cup qualifiers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Sudan will make their World Cup debut on Wednesday at the start of Africa’s campaign to find five teams to represent the continent at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

The preliminaries, involving 53 of the 54 African football-playing countries, begin on the holiday island of Mahe on Wednesday afternoon when the Seychelles, the continent’s smallest nation, host Burundi in the first leg of their knockout round tie.

Oct 6, 2015

Soccer-South Sudan to make debut in World Cup qualifiers

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) – South Sudan will make their World Cup debut on Wednesday at the start of Africa’s campaign to find five teams to represent the continent at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

The preliminaries, involving 53 of the 54 African football-playing countries, begin on the holiday island of Mahe on Wednesday afternoon when the Seychelles, the continent’s smallest nation, host Burundi in the first leg of their knockout round tie.

Oct 4, 2015

Soccer-Holders Al Ahli slump out of Confederations Cup semis

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli of Egypt went tumbling out of the African Confederations Cup semi-finals on Sunday as they let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-3 at home to Orlando Pirates of South Africa and go down 5-3 on aggregate.

Thabo Rakhale scored deep into stoppage time to inflict a rare home defeat on the Cairo giants, who had to play in front of a restricted crowd in Suez, some 130 km east of the capital, by Egyptian security authorities fearful of fan violence.

Oct 3, 2015

World Cup qualifier moves to Madagascar after CAR violence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – World soccer body FIFA has moved a World Cup preliminary round tie from the Central African Republic to Madagascar for safety reasons due to clashes in Bangui that led to around 40 deaths last week.

The Central African Republic were to host Madagascar in Bangui next Saturday in the first of a two-legged tie with the return in the Malagasy capital Antananarivo on Oct. 13.