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Oct 16, 2013

Unusual football marriage on rocks after Egypt defeat

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – An unusual football marriage looks on the rocks as the collaboration between Egypt and their American coach Bob Bradley appears close to an end after their World Cup playoff humiliation by Ghana on Tuesday.

A 6-1 thrashing in Kumasi in the first leg of the African zone playoff was not only a record-breaking defeat but also leaves Egypt facing the stark reality of yet another painful failure in the preliminaries.

Oct 16, 2013

Soccer-Unusual football marriage on rocks after Egypt defeat

Oct 16 (Reuters) – An unusual football marriage looks on the rocks as the collaboration between Egypt and their American coach Bob Bradley appears close to an end after their World Cup playoff humiliation by Ghana on Tuesday.

A 6-1 thrashing in Kumasi in the first leg of the African zone playoff was not only a record-breaking defeat but also leaves Egypt facing the stark reality of yet another painful failure in the preliminaries.

Oct 12, 2013

Preview: Challenging conditions to test top team status

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – The prospect of placid pitches and soaring temperatures present a formidable challenge to South Africa’s hopes of verifying their status as the world’s top team when their test series against Pakistan begins in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

As then top-ranked England discovered when they went to the Gulf in early 2012, conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai can prove the outdoing of even the slickest outfit.

Oct 12, 2013

Cricket-Challenging conditions to test top team status

Oct 12 (Reuters) – The prospect of placid pitches and soaring temperatures present a formidable challenge to South Africa’s hopes of verifying their status as the world’s top team when their test series against Pakistan begins in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

As then top-ranked England discovered when they went to the Gulf in early 2012, conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai can prove the outdoing of even the slickest outfit.

Oct 10, 2013

Familiar feel as Africa begins World Cup playoffs

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The five African countries that qualified for the last World Cup are all still in contention for a return at the 2014 finals as the continent’s final round playoffs begin at the weekend.

Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria all participated at the 2010 finals and have advanced as group winners to the five playoff matches that will determine Africa’s representatives for next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Oct 10, 2013

Soccer-Familiar feel as Africa begins World Cup playoffs

CAPE TOWN, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The five African countries that qualified for the last World Cup are all still in contention for a return at the 2014 finals as the continent’s final round playoffs begin at the weekend.

Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria all participated at the 2010 finals and have advanced as group winners to the five playoff matches that will determine Africa’s representatives for next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Oct 6, 2013

Analysis: Superb All Blacks threatening a monopoly

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The world of rugby will be taking cumulative deep breath after the thriller in Johannesburg on Saturday but while the action was a perfect advertisement for the game, the result will send shudders around those hoping to de-throne the All Blacks.

New Zealand’s superiority showed yet again despite the best efforts of South Africa in the decisive game in the Rugby Championship.

Oct 5, 2013

Superb All Blacks threatening a monopoly

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The world of rugby will be taking cumulative deep breath after the thriller in Johannesburg on Saturday but while the action was a perfect advertisement for the game, the result will send shudders around those hoping to de-throne the All Blacks.

New Zealand’s superiority showed yet again despite the best efforts of South Africa in the decisive game in the Rugby Championship.

Oct 5, 2013

Rugby-Superb All Blacks threatening a monopoly

CAPE TOWN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The world of rugby will be taking cumulative deep breath after the thriller in Johannesburg on Saturday but while the action was a perfect advertisement for the game, the result will send shudders around those hoping to de-throne the All Blacks.

New Zealand’s superiority showed yet again despite the best efforts of South Africa in the decisive game in the Rugby Championship.

Oct 5, 2013

Esperance in driving seat in Champions League

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Esperance of Tunisia are on course for a fourth successive appearance in the African Champions League final after drawing 0-0 against South Africans Orlando Pirates in the first leg in Soweto on Saturday.

The second leg of the semi-final will be held in Tunis on October 19.

A torrential downpour in Garoua brought a premature halt to the other tie between Coton Sport of Cameroon and Egyptian holders Al Ahli.