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Jun 3, 2015

Cameroon hope early arrival catches some success

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Cameroon were the first team to arrive in Canada for the Women’s World Cup and will struggle not to be among the first to depart as they make a maiden appearance at the tournament.

The African team received special FIFA permission to go to Vancouver some three weeks before they begin their Group C campaign against Ecuador on June 8.

Jun 3, 2015

Nigeria seek to step up after years as also-rans

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Nigeria have been Africa’s commanding team in women’s soccer, ever present at every Women’s World Cup, and are finally hoping to step up and join the list of the tournament’s top contenders.

The Super Falcons kept up an obligatory African presence at the last six World Cups but made little headway, demonstrating the gulf between their game and the more developed standard of women’s football in Europe and North America.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Nigeria seek to step up after years as also-rans

June 3 (Reuters) – Nigeria have been Africa’s commanding team in women’s soccer, ever present at every Women’s World Cup, and are finally hoping to step up and join the list of the tournament’s top contenders.

The Super Falcons kept up an obligatory African presence at the last six World Cups but made little headway, demonstrating the gulf between their game and the more developed standard of women’s football in Europe and North America.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Cameroon hope early arrival catches some success

June 3 (Reuters) – Cameroon were the first team to arrive in Canada for the Women’s World Cup and will struggle not to be among the first to depart as they make a maiden appearance at the tournament.

The African team received special FIFA permission to go to Vancouver some three weeks before they begin their Group C campaign against Ecuador on June 8.

Jun 2, 2015

Dutch pioneers finally at Women’s World Cup party

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Netherlands were among the countries at the forefront of the establishment of the women’s game in Europe but only now are they set to make their debut at the Women’s World Cup.

They played in the first women’s international recognised by FIFA in 1971, but have lagged behind in subsequent decades only to now eventually get to play on the biggest stage in the game.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Ivory Coast admit World Cup might be bridge too far

June 2 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast snatched a maiden Women’s World Cup berth just five minutes from the end of their qualifying campaign last year but by their own admission might find the standard in Canada some way above their ability.

While their male counterparts are African champions, the Ivorian women had little success until the qualifying tournament in Namibia when they faced South Africa in an all-important playoff for third place.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Dutch pioneers finally at Women’s World Cup party

June 2 (Reuters) – Netherlands were among the countries at the forefront of the establishment of the women’s game in Europe but only now are they set to make their debut at the Women’s World Cup.

They played in the first women’s international recognised by FIFA in 1971, but have lagged behind in subsequent decades only to now eventually get to play on the biggest stage in the game.

May 28, 2015

CAF opposes postponement of FIFA Congress and election

JOHANNESBURG, May 28 (Reuters) – The Confederation of African Football is opposed to any postponement of Friday’s FIFA Congress and presidential election in Zurich and reiterated its support for Sepp Blatter’s candidacy, a statement said on Thursday.

CAF said a meeting of its members, held in the Swiss city on Wednesday, continued to back the under fire FIFA president, who is seeking re-election in a two-man race against Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein on Friday.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-CAF opposes postponement of FIFA Congress and election

JOHANNESBURG, May 28 (Reuters) – The Confederation of African Football is opposed to any postponement of Friday’s FIFA Congress and presidential election in Zurich and reiterated its support for Sepp Blatter’s candidacy, a statement said on Thursday.

CAF said a meeting of its members, held in the Swiss city on Wednesday, continued to back the under fire FIFA president, who is seeking re-election in a two-man race against Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein on Friday.

Apr 27, 2015

Zimbabwe considering tour of Pakistan

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Zimbabwe are close to accepting an invitation to play in Pakistan next month in a one-day series that could mark the first visit by a test-playing nation since 2009.

Zimbabwe were keen to undertake the tour but still need to settle financial guarantees and a memoranda of agreement has yet to be signed, Zimbabwe Cricket communication manager Lovemore Banda told Reuters from Harare on Monday.