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Oct 17, 2014

African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.

A Sierra Leone player has been asked to stay away from his Greek club after competing in African Nations Cup qualifiers while former French champions Montpellier ordered a player to have medical tests on his return from the continent.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.

A Sierra Leone player has been asked to stay away from his Greek club after competing in African Nations Cup qualifiers while former French champions Montpellier ordered a player to have medical tests on his return from the continent.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Morocco play down Nations Cup postponement call

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Morocco have played down talk of next year’s African Nations Cup being cancelled, while South Africa gave a lukewarm response on Friday to a suggestion they could step in as hosts.

Morocco stunned African football last week when they asked that the Jan. 17-Feb. 8 tournament be postponed overs fears that travelling supporters could put the country at greater risk from the Ebola epidemic.

Oct 15, 2014

Algeria, Cape Verde through to Nations Cup finals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The tiny Cape Verde Islands became the first country to book a place at next year’s African Nations Cup finals and were joined by Algeria after Wednesday’s round of qualifiers across the continent.

A 75th-minute goal from Heldon gave Cape Verde a 1-0 home win over Mozambique in Praia for their third victory in four games and a guaranteed a top-two finish in Group F while Algeria overcame Malawi 3-0 in Blida to keep up their 100 percent record in Group B.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Algeria, Cape Verde through to Nations Cup finals

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The tiny Cape Verde Islands became the first country to book a place at next year’s African Nations Cup finals and were joined by Algeria after Wednesday’s round of qualifiers across the continent.

A 75th-minute goal from Heldon gave Cape Verde a 1-0 home win over Mozambique in Praia for their third victory in four games and a guaranteed a top-two finish in Group F while Algeria overcame Malawi 3-0 in Blida to keep up their 100 percent record in Group B.

Oct 12, 2014

Holders Nigeria suffer another Nations Cup setback

JOHANNESBURG (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 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.