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Jun 9, 2015

Weah junior finally gets chance to emulate famous father

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – The eldest son of Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah will get his first chance to emulate the international career of his father at the start of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.

The 27-year-old George Weah junior was on the books of two of his father’s old clubs but never made the grade.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Weah junior finally gets chance to emulate famous father

June 9 (Reuters) – The eldest son of Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah will get his first chance to emulate the international career of his father at the start of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.

The 27-year-old George Weah junior was on the books of two of his father’s old clubs but never made the grade.

Jun 3, 2015

South Africa confirms payment to FIFA official, denies it was a bribe

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa confirmed on Wednesday it had given $10 million meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a soccer official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the contents of a leaked letter from the South African Football Association, which said money originally intended for organizing the 2010 World Cup had been paid directly to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-South Africa confirms payment to FIFA official, denies it was a bribe

JOHANNESBURG, June 3 (Reuters) – South Africa confirmed on Wednesday it had given $10 million meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a soccer official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the contents of a leaked letter from the South African Football Association, which said money originally intended for organising the 2010 World Cup had been paid directly to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

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.