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Jun 8, 2014

Rugby-South Africa expect fearsome Welsh challenge

CAPE TOWN, June 8 (Reuters) – South Africa expect a strong challenge from the touring Wales team in two Tests this month despite a one-sided history of success over the principality.

“Wales will be well prepared,” said South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer on Sunday following his side’s 47-13 win over a World XV in Cape Town in Saturday’s warm-up match.

Jun 7, 2014

Penpix of Algeria squad for the World Cup finals

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Algeria’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia) Age 28; 27 caps. Parisian-born goalkeeper who was among bevy of players Algeria added to squad before last World Cup, playing twice at 2010 finals. Has been first choice since although now faces stiff competition for starting berth in Brazil. Club career has taken him from lower tier in France to Russia and now Bulgaria.

Jun 7, 2014

Algeria set sights on major improvement from 2010

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Two successive World Cup appearances would have seemed almost impossible a decade ago but Algeria have made a swift return from the doldrums to again take a prominent role in African soccer.

They now have high hopes of getting past the group stage in Brazil, having set themselves the ambitious target of a place in the knockout round at the fourth attempt.

Jun 7, 2014

Penpix of Ghana’s squad for World Cup finals

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Ghana’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset) Age 26; 21 Caps. Norwegian-born and a former Under-21 international who switched his allegiance to the land of his father in 2011, playing his second game for Ghana against Brazil at Craven Cottage. Won the Norwegian league last year and was named the best goalkeeper after having lost his place in the Ghana starting line-up to Dauda. He is expected to be the first choice in Brazil.

Jun 7, 2014

Ghana boss at World Cup is poster boy for African coaches

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Kwesi Appiah will be one of two African coaches at the World Cup in Brazil but unlike his Nigerian counterpart Stephen Keshi, the Ghanaian has little profile outside his own country.

A former international fullback, the 53-year-old Appiah has made his way through the coaching ranks at the Ghana Football Association and after serving as an assistant and twice as caretaker coach, was given the job on a full-time basis in 2012.

Jun 7, 2014

Ghana seek to redress wrongs from 2010

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Coming within a kick of creating history at the last World Cup will be the spur for Ghana as they seek to break new ground in Brazil this year. The Black Stars squandered a last minute penalty in extra time of their quarter-final tie against Uruguay in Johannesburg four years ago to miss becoming the first African side to reach the final four at a World Cup tournament and have been haunted by the failure ever since.

It will provide the motivation for a country who have been handed a tough draw but are confident of progressing past at least two of Germany, Portugal and the United States in Group G.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Penpix of Algeria squad for the World Cup finals

June 7 (Reuters) – Algeria’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia) Age 28; 27 caps. Parisian-born goalkeeper who was among bevy of players Algeria added to squad before last World Cup, playing twice at 2010 finals. Has been first choice since although now faces stiff competition for starting berth in Brazil. Club career has taken him from lower tier in France to Russia and now Bulgaria.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Algeria set sights on major improvement from 2010

June 7 (Reuters) – Two successive World Cup appearances would have seemed almost impossible a decade ago but Algeria have made a swift return from the doldrums to again take a prominent role in African soccer.

They now have high hopes of getting past the group stage in Brazil, having set themselves the ambitious target of a place in the knockout round at the fourth attempt.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Algeria coach has negotiated rocky route to Brazil

June 7 (Reuters) – Vahid Halilhodzic was fired months before he was due to take Ivory Coast to the last World Cup finals, and his current tenure with Algeria has followed a similarly rocky course.

However, the Franco-Bosnian will be in the dugout when Algeria play their opening Group H match against Belgium in Belo Horizonte on June 17, returning to the finals 32 years after playing for Yugoslavia at the 1982 tournament in Spain.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Penpix of Ghana’s squad for World Cup finals

June 7 (Reuters) – Ghana’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset) Age 26; 21 Caps. Norwegian-born and a former Under-21 international who switched his allegiance to the land of his father in 2011, playing his second game for Ghana against Brazil at Craven Cottage. Won the Norwegian league last year and was named the best goalkeeper after having lost his place in the Ghana starting line-up to Dauda. He is expected to be the first choice in Brazil.