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Oct 5, 2013

Soccer-Esperance in driving seat in Champions League

Oct 5 (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 Oct. 19.

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

Sep 22, 2013

Holders Ahli advance to Champions League semi-finals

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli and opponents Orlando Pirates qualified for the African Champions League semi-finals after a goalless draw in Soweto on Sunday.

Al Ahli of Egypt finished top of Group A on 11 points and meet Coton Sport of Cameroon in next month’s two-legged semi-final.

Sep 22, 2013

Soccer-Holders Ahli advance to Champions League semi-finals

CAPE TOWN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli and opponents Orlando Pirates qualified for the African Champions League semi-finals after a goalless draw in Soweto on Sunday.

Al Ahli of Egypt finished top of Group A on 11 points and meet Coton Sport of Cameroon in next month’s two-legged semi-final.

Sep 16, 2013

Ivory Coast draw rivals Senegal in World Cup playoffs

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Ivory Coast and Senegal were paired together in Africa’s World Cup qualifying playoffs draw on Monday, reviving a rivalry that featured a stadium riot last year.

They were the first two countries to emerge from the draw in Cairo, soliciting gasps from the small audience at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters.

Sep 16, 2013

Soccer-Ivory Coast draw rivals Senegal in World Cup playoffs

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast and Senegal were paired together in Africa’s World Cup qualifying playoffs draw on Monday, reviving a rivalry that featured a stadium riot last year.

They were the first two countries to emerge from the draw in Cairo, soliciting gasps from the small audience at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters.

Sep 15, 2013

Soccer-Al Ahli on verge of semis as Coton Sport book their place

CAPE TOWN, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli made virtually sure of a semi-final place in the African Champions League by outclassing arch rivals Zamalek 4-2 on Sunday to take a three-point lead at the top of the Group A standings.

In Group B, Coton Sport of Cameroon confirmed their semi-final berth by forcing a goalless draw away at Sewe Sport in Ivory Coast in the day’s other match.

Sep 10, 2013

Soccer-Flawless Egypt beat Guinea, Algeria pip Mali

CAPE TOWN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Egypt ensured they finished the group phase of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers as the only team with a 100 percent winning record as they came from a goal down to beat Guinea 4-2 in El Gouna on Tuesday.

Their Group G triumph was followed by a 1-0 home victory for Algeria over Mali as they confirmed their dominance in Group H.

Sep 9, 2013

Giant-killing Cape Verde set to be World Cup playoff seeds

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Tiny Cape Verde Islands have not only continued their giant-killing exploits by reaching the last phase of World Cup qualifying but they should also be among the top seeds for the final stage of the African preliminaries.

The islands, who did not even bother with international competition a decade ago because results were so poor, caused another upset at the weekend with a 2-0 win in Tunisia wrestling away top spot in their group from the fancied north Africans.

Sep 8, 2013

Cameroon complete line-up for final round of qualifiers

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Defender Aurelien Chedjou got the all-important goal as Cameroon beat Libya 1-0 in Yaounde to became the last team to advance to the final round of African qualifiers for next year’s World Cup.

It was the only decisive game of six qualifiers on Sunday as the group phase of the African preliminaries came to a close, delivering an eclectic mix of perennial heavyweight contenders and new pretenders to compete in the play-off matches over the next two months.

Sep 8, 2013

Soccer-Cameroon complete line-up for final round of qualifiers

CAPE TOWN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Defender Aurelien Chedjou got the all-important goal as Cameroon beat Libya 1-0 in Yaounde to became the last team to advance to the final round of African qualifiers for next year’s World Cup.

It was the only decisive game of six qualifiers on Sunday as the group phase of the African preliminaries came to a close, delivering an eclectic mix of perennial heavyweight contenders and new pretenders to compete in the play-off matches over the next two months.