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Sep 7, 2013

Five more teams reach African qualifying playoffs

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Cape Verde Islands pulled off another big upset by landing a 2-0 victory in Tunisia to become one of five group winners to advance on Saturday to the last phase of Africa’s World Cup qualifying.

Burkina Faso and Ethiopia also came through suspense-filled matches to book their places and were accompanied by heavyweights Nigeria and Senegal.

Sep 7, 2013

Soccer-Five more teams reach African qualifying playoffs

CAPE TOWN, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Cape Verde Islands pulled off another big upset by landing a 2-0 victory in Tunisia to become one of five group winners to advance on Saturday to the last phase of Africa’s World Cup qualifying.

Burkina Faso and Ethiopia also came through suspense-filled matches to book their places and were accompanied by heavyweights Nigeria and Senegal.

Sep 5, 2013

Seven World Cup playoff places up for grabs in Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Former quarter-finalists Ghana and Senegal are among five countries a point away from clinching a place in the final stage of Africa’s World Cup qualifying campaign as the preliminary group phase concludes this weekend.

Seven groups are yet to be decided with the winners set to join Algeria, Egypt and Ivory Coast in the playoff round. The trio guaranteed top spot in their respective groups in June.

Sep 5, 2013

Soccer-Seven World Cup playoff places up for grabs in Africa

CAPE TOWN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Former quarter-finalists Ghana and Senegal are among five countries a point away from clinching a place in the final stage of Africa’s World Cup qualifying campaign as the preliminary group phase concludes this weekend.

Seven groups are yet to be decided with the winners set to join Algeria, Egypt and Ivory Coast in the playoff round. The trio guaranteed top spot in their respective groups in June.

Sep 3, 2013

Rugby-Debate rages over foreign-based players in Springbok team

CAPE TOWN, Sept 3 (Reuters) – South Africans got a glimpse of their potential rugby future this week when five players from French clubs trickled into their Brisbane hotel to join the rest of the squad ahead of Saturday’s test against Australia

The selection of Springboks from outside the country’s domestic competition is an increasingly emotive issue following a growing exodus of top players to club rugby in Europe.

Sep 1, 2013

Zamalek win to move back into Champions League contention

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Central defender Salah Soliman scored his first senior goal as five-time winners Zamalek played themselves back into contention in the African Champions League with a 2-1 win over Group A leaders Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Coton Sport of Cameroon secured a valuable away point in Group B as they drew 1-1 at Angola’s Recreativo Libolo in the day’s other match.

Sep 1, 2013

Soccer-Zamalek win to move back into Champions League contention

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Central defender Salah Soliman scored his first senior goal as five-time winners Zamalek played themselves back into contention in the African Champions League with a 2-1 win over Group A leaders Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Coton Sport of Cameroon secured a valuable away point in Group B as they drew 1-1 at Angola’s Recreativo Libolo in the day’s other match.

Aug 31, 2013

Al Ahli, Esperance post home wins in Champions League

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli and last year’s beaten finalists Esperance strengthened their chances of reaching this year’s African Champions League semi-finals with home wins in their respective group matches on Saturday.

Egypt’s Ahli moved to seven points from four matches with a 2-1 win over AC Leopards of Congo in their Group A tie while Esperance won a third game in Group B by beating Sewe Sport of the Ivory Coast 1-0 in Tunisia.

Aug 31, 2013

Soccer-Al Ahli, Esperance post home wins in Champions League

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Holders Al Ahli and last year’s beaten finalists Esperance strengthened their chances of reaching this year’s African Champions League semi-finals with home wins in their respective group matches on Saturday.

Egypt’s Ahli moved to seven points from four matches with a 2-1 win over AC Leopards of Congo in their Group A tie while Esperance won a third game in Group B by beating Sewe Sport of the Ivory Coast 1-0 in Tunisia.

Aug 29, 2013

Argentina’s Senatore banned for biting

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Argentina loose forward Leonardo Senatore was banned for seven matches on Thursday after being found guilty of biting South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth during last Saturday’s test.

It means he misses the rest of the Rugby Championship and three matches for his English club Worcester Warriors from now until October 28.