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Oct 11, 2014

Soccer-Holders Nigeria suffer another Nations Cup setback

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria suffered another shock defeat in African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday when a 1-0 loss to Sudan left them facing the possibility of missing out on the chance to defend their title next year.

Nigeria, who won the tournament in 2013, have only a single point at the halfway stage of qualifying and will need to win their remaining three Group A games to stand any chance of playing at the finals in Morocco in January.

Oct 6, 2014

Rebuff for African sides seeking European talent

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – African countries seeking to strengthen their squads for the African Nations Cup from the ranks of European-born talent have been handed an unusual and multiple brush off over the last days.

Bids to convince several exciting new players to pledge their international futures to the African country of their ancestry have been headed off in what could be the start of a more proactive approach from Europe to guard against poaching of their prospects. World champions Germany last week called up Karim Bellarabi to their squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers in Poland and at home to Ireland, effectively stymying a bid by Morocco to have him play for them.

Oct 6, 2014

Soccer-Rebuff for African sides seeking European talent

CAPE TOWN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – African countries seeking to strengthen their squads for the African Nations Cup from the ranks of European-born talent have been handed an unusual and multiple brush off over the last days.

Bids to convince several exciting new players to pledge their international futures to the African country of their ancestry have been headed off in what could be the start of a more proactive approach from Europe to guard against poaching of their prospects.

Sep 26, 2014

Aussie streak depends on winning forward battle – captain

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Australia need to win the forward battle if they are to maintain their winning momentum when they face South Africa in the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday, captain Michael Hooper said.

“We’ve got to be physical. They’ve (South Africa) got a great forward pack and last year they got a lot of good momentum against us. We’ve got to get those boys on the ground and nullify their backs who have a good X-factor. We are not too sure what to expect but excited about it,” he told reporters on Friday as his team had a brief run-out at the match venue.

Sep 26, 2014

Rugby-Aussie streak depends on winning forward battle – captain

CAPE TOWN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Australia need to win the forward battle if they are to maintain their winning momentum when they face South Africa in the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday, captain Michael Hooper said.

“We’ve got to be physical. They’ve (South Africa) got a great forward pack and last year they got a lot of good momentum against us. We’ve got to get those boys on the ground and nullify their backs who have a good X-factor. We are not too sure what to expect but excited about it,” he told reporters on Friday as his team had a brief run-out at the match venue.

Sep 25, 2014

Rugby-Faingaa determined to take chance after four-year wait

CAPE TOWN, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Perennial squad member Saia Faingaa is determined to make the most of his opportunity after ending a four-year wait for an Australia test start against South Africa on Saturday.

The 27-year-old will be the fifth hooker in the last eight Wallaby tests in what is fast becoming a jinxed position. He was selected ahead of his Queensland Reds teammate James Hanson and coach Ewen McKenzie made it clear that Faingaa was being picked for his expertise at the set pieces.

Sep 25, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies ring wing changes for Cape Town clash

CAPE TOWN, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Winger Joe Tomane will make his first international appearance in almost a year as Australia made three changes to their side for their Rugby Championship test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

Adam Ashley-Cooper returns on the other wing while hooker Saia Faingaa was selected ahead of his club mate James Hanson in the squad named by coach Ewen McKenzie on Thursday for the penultimate game in this year’s tournament for both teams.

Sep 11, 2014

Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Soccer-Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Egypt suffer another blow to Nations Cup hopes

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Record winners Egypt face the bleak prospect of missing out on yet another African Nations Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday left them with no points from their first two qualifiers for the 2015 finals.

The defeat in Cairo leaves Egypt six points adrift of Group G pacesetters Tunisia and Senegal, who were 2-0 winners in Botswana on a busy night of qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco in January. Cameroon continued their rehabilitation after a disappointing World Cup with a crushing 4-1 win over the Ivory Coast while Algeria beat Mali to maintain the form that helped them reach the last 16 in Brazil.