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Nov 10, 2013

Tough new code to double penalty for drug cheats

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Drug cheats face a doubling of their bans for first offences to four years under a strict new code to be agreed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in South Africa next week.

Tougher sanctions, more vigorous testing and a drive to catch the cheats and those who aid them, is due to be ratified by stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sports federations and national doping organizations.

Nov 8, 2013

Egypt’s Al Ahli on verge of extraordinary triumph

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Egyptian giants Al Ahli are on the brink of a record-breaking eighth African Champions League title on Sunday which, if they win, would be all the more remarkable by overcoming a year of turmoil.

The Cairo club have had to deal with the closing down of their domestic league, with being forced to play away from their home base and mostly without spectators. All this against the backdrop of the civil turmoil in Egypt.

Nov 8, 2013

Soccer-Egypt’s Al Ahli on verge of extraordinary triumph

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Egyptian giants Al Ahli are on the brink of a record-breaking eighth African Champions League title on Sunday which, if they win, would be all the more remarkable by overcoming a year of turmoil.

The Cairo club have had to deal with the closing down of their domestic league, with being forced to play away from their home base and mostly without spectators. All this against the backdrop of the civil turmoil in Egypt.

Nov 2, 2013

Ahli in commanding position but Pirates retain belief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Al Ahli’s talismanic midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika curled home a free kick but Orlando Pirates stuck deep in added time for a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the African Champions League final on Saturday.

The result at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg still leaves holders Ahli in a commanding position for the return in Egypt on November 10.

Nov 2, 2013

Soccer-Ahli in commanding position but Pirates retain belief

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Al Ahli’s talismanic midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika curled home a free kick but Orlando Pirates stuck deep in added time for a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the African Champions League final on Saturday.

The result at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg still leaves holders Ahli in a commanding position for the return in Egypt on Nov. 10.

Nov 1, 2013

Preview: Pirates hope to raise flag for South Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Orlando Pirates will be bidding to bring South Africa some rare international soccer success when they take on African Champions League holders Al Ahli of Egypt in the final over the next two weekends.

Pirates are hosting the first leg in Soweto on Saturday, followed by the return in Cairo on November 10, where Al Ahli will be seeking to extend their record-breaking number of victories in the continent’s leading competition to eight.

Nov 1, 2013

Soccer-Pirates hope to raise flag for South Africa

CAPE TOWN, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Orlando Pirates will be bidding to bring South Africa some rare international soccer success when they take on African Champions League holders Al Ahli of Egypt in the final over the next two weekends.

Pirates are hosting the first leg in Soweto on Saturday, followed by the return in Cairo on Nov. 10, where Al Ahli will be seeking to extend their record-breaking number of victories in the continent’s leading competition to eight.

Nov 1, 2013

Pirates hope to raise flag for South Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The Orlando Pirates will be bidding to bring South Africa some rare international soccer success when they take on African Champions League holders Al Ahli of Egypt in the final over the next two weekends.

The Pirates are hosting the first leg in Soweto on Saturday, followed by the return in Cairo on November 10, where Al Ahli will be seeking to extend their record-breaking number of victories in the continent’s leading competition to eight.

Oct 18, 2013

Renard ‘posterboy’ for coaches seeking route home

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – When Herve Renard takes charge of struggling French club Sochaux for the first time this weekend, he will complete a circuitous route to the top of the game in his native country.

Although a native of Aix-les-Bains and a former defender at Cannes, Ligue 1 will be largely alien to the 45-year-old, who like many of his compatriots was forced to go abroad in order to fulfil a dream of a full-time role in the game.

Oct 18, 2013

Soccer-Renard ‘posterboy’ for coaches seeking route home

Oct 18 (Reuters) – When Herve Renard takes charge of struggling French club Sochaux for the first time this weekend, he will complete a circuitous route to the top of the game in his native country.

Although a native of Aix-les-Bains and a former defender at Cannes, Ligue 1 will be largely alien to the 45-year-old, who like many of his compatriots was forced to go abroad in order to fulfil a dream of a full-time role in the game.