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Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Congo coach Le Roy criticises Nations Cup organisers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Congo coach Claude Le Roy again criticised African Nations Cup organisers on Saturday as his team spent more than a hour fighting through the crowds to reach the stadium for the tournament’s opening match.

Le Roy said the bus drive from the hotel that previously took 12 minutes this time lasted 65 minutes as they battled through the traffic heading to the match against hosts Equatorial Guinea at the Estadio de Bata.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Late Congo goal spoils Equatorial Guinea’s party

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Congo striker Thievy Bifouma grabbed a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw to deny hosts Equatorial Guinea a rousing start to the African Nations Cup finals at the Estadio de Bata on Saturday.

They led with a 17th minute goal from English-based captain Emilio Nsue but their defence was finally breached in the 87th, ending the celebrations of a capacity crowd almost exclusively clad in their team’s red colours.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Facility complaints overshadow African Nations Cup buildup

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Complaints about lack of facilities at the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and fears that newly-laid pitches will break up have dominated the build up to the tournament starting on Saturday.

A lack of hotel rooms, the standard of some of the accommodation, poor training facilities and a blazing sound system at the Estadio de Bata left several coaches seething and critical of the organisation.

Jan 15, 2015

Record-breaking Le Roy back for another tilt at title

MALABO (Reuters) – French coach Claude Le Roy will augment his record-breaking achievements and add to his exalted status in African football when he takes charge of Congo in the opening match at the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday.

The 66-year-old manager is participating at an eighth Nations Cup tournament, with the game against hosts Equatorial Guinea in Bata his 33rd on the touchline at the finals.

Jan 14, 2015

Soccer-Nations Cup to start after Ebola controversy

MALABO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The African Nations Cup finally gets underway on Saturday after a controversial build-up to the 30th edition which included a hasty late switch of hosts to Equatorial Guinea in the wake of concerns over the Ebola virus.

Sixteen nations again line up for the biennial continental championship, seeking Africa’s top sporting prize at the tournament which starts on Saturday and finishes on Feb. 8.

Jan 7, 2015

South Africa gamble on fitness of De Kock and Duminy

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.

De Kock, the exciting 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, is only expected to recover from an ankle ligament injury in one month.

Jan 7, 2015

Cricket-South Africa gamble on fitness of De Kock and Duminy

CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.

De Kock, the exciting 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, is only expected to recover from an ankle ligament injury in one month.

Jan 7, 2015

Toure in the running for record fourth African award

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Yaya Toure has a chance to become the first player to be named African Footballer of the Year four years in a row when the 2014 winner is announced in Lagos on Thursday.

Toure is one of a trio of finalists, along with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for the annual accolade voted for by coaches and captains of the continent’s national teams.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Toure in the running for record fourth African award

CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Yaya Toure has a chance to become the first player to be named African Footballer of the Year four years in a row when the 2014 winner is announced in Lagos on Thursday.

Toure is one of a trio of finalists, along with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for the annual accolade voted for by coaches and captains of the continent’s national teams.

Jan 6, 2015

West Indies youngsters promise brighter future – Ramdin

CAPE TOWN, Jan 6 (Reuters) – – Beleaguered West Indies cricket has a promising future with exciting young players being further exposed to the test format recently, captain Denesh Ramdin said following his team’s series loss in South Africa.

“We need to be consistent and learn how to take ownership of the game,” the skipper told reporters on Tuesday after an eight- wicket defeat in the final test at Newlands and a 2-0 loss in the series.