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Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria face new suspension as FIFA set deadline

CAPE TOWN, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Nigeria face yet another ban and the possibility of expulsion from the African Nations Cup if they continue to uphold the results of disputed elections last week, FIFA warned on Wednesday.

Nigeria have until Monday to restore to power Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari, deposed in an election last week while he was detained by police in a second attempt to oust him from office since the World Cup.

Aug 23, 2014

Libya stripped of right to host 2017 Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Libya have been removed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.

The Confederation of African Football are inviting new bidders for the tournament, it said on its Twitter account on Saturday.

Aug 23, 2014

Soccer-Libya stripped of right to host 2017 Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Libya have been removed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.

The Confederation of African Football are inviting new bidders for the tournament, it said on its Twitter account on Saturday.

Aug 19, 2014

Guinea find venue for qualifier after Ebola ban

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Guinea’s home African Nations Cup qualifier against Togo will be played in Morocco, after they were forced to move the tie to a neutral venue following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

The Group E qualifier will be played in Casablanca on Sept. 5, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-Guinea find venue for qualifier after Ebola ban

CAPE TOWN, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Guinea’s home African Nations Cup qualifier against Togo will be played in Morocco, after they were forced to move the tie to a neutral venue following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

The Group E qualifier will be played in Casablanca on Sept. 5, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday.

Aug 17, 2014

Rugby – Argentina show they harbour credible hopes

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Argentina will have credible hopes of making a Rugby Championship breakthrough when they meet South Africa again on Saturday, seven days after a narrow defeat in Pretoria in their opening game of this year’s southern hemisphere competition.

But the extreme conditions that marked their 13-6 defeat to the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld left few indicators of what the two sides will be able to produce over the next six weeks.

Aug 16, 2014

Rugby – Early try proves key as S. Africa edge Argentina

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A first minute try from Ruan Pienaar proved decisive as South Africa beat Argentina 13-6 in Saturday’s rain-affected Rugby Championship test at Loftus Versfeld to record a winning start to the annual four-nation competition.

Pienaar’s early score suggested a possible repeat of last year’s runaway 73-13 home win for the Springboks over the South Americans but a heavy downpour turned this year’s opening match for both countries into an unattractive contest. Handling errors and testy exchanges dominated the rest of the game as the converted try proved the difference with Handre Pollard and his replacement Morne Steyn both contributing a penalty while Nicolas Sanchez slotted over two of his own for the Pumas.

Aug 14, 2014

Rugby-Springboks wary of unpredictable Argentina

CAPE TOWN, Aug 14 (Reuters) – South Africa will be seeking to avoid any unnecessary scares when they take on underdogs Argentina at the start of their Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday but will be wary about what looks on paper to be a routine assignment.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has spent the week stressing the difficulty of the task at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (kickoff 1505 GMT) when many of rest of his compatriots are looking further ahead to the meetings with Australia and New Zealand in the annual four-nation competition.

Aug 14, 2014

Argentina restored to near full-strength for Boks

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Argentina retained just two players from their last starting line-up when they named a near full-strength side for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Injured winger Juan Imhoff is the only major absentee from the squad named on Thursday by coach Daniel Hourcade, who had rested most of his first-choice selections for the June tests against Ireland and Scotland.

Aug 14, 2014

Rugby-Argentina restored to near full-strength for Boks

CAPE TOWN, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Argentina retained just two players from their last starting line-up when they named a near full-strength side for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Injured winger Juan Imhoff is the only major absentee from the squad named on Thursday by coach Daniel Hourcade, who had rested most of his first-choice selections for the June tests against Ireland and Scotland.