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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.

Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Nations Cup qualifiers go ahead with tournament in doubt

CAPE TOWN, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Preparations for potentially vital African Nations Cup qualifiers continued to pick up pace at the start of the week despite the fact the 2015 finals may not even take place, rendering the last two rounds of preliminaries meaningless.

Teams face a key set of matches in the penultimate round of qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, and complete the process next week as 15 finalists will be determined by the group standings.

Nov 10, 2014

Soccer-CAF set to decide on African Nations Cup hosting

Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will begin discussions on Tuesday over whether to find new hosts for next year’s African Nations Cup finals or cancel the tournament.

CAF’s executive committee will meet in Cairo to decide what to do having rejected host Morocco’s request for a postponement.

Nov 9, 2014

African Nations Cup in jeopardy as Morocco stands firm

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A late replacement must be found to host the 2015 African Nations Cup or the continent’s showpiece football tournament faces being called off after Morocco rejected an ultimatum to go ahead with the event in January.

Fears over the spread of the Ebola virus saw Morocco reiterate its stance that the 16-team tournament, due to be played from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, should be postponed.