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Apr 27, 2015

Cricket-Zimbabwe considering tour of Pakistan

CAPE TOWN, April 27 (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.

Apr 8, 2015

Egypt paired with Nigeria in tough qualifier

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt, champions a record seven times, were drawn in the same group as fellow heavyweights Nigeria in the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday. The two will battle for a single berth from Group G for the finals in Gabon, who were earlier on Wednesday designated hosts after a vote by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.

Egypt, whose seven titles include winning three in a row from 2006 to 2010, have not qualified for the last three tournaments. Egypt and three-times champions Nigeria meet each other in back-to-back games in March. There will also be a tough battle in Group M where Cameroon and South Africa were paired together.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Egypt paired with Nigeria in tough qualifier

CAIRO, April 8 (Reuters) – Egypt, champions a record seven times, were drawn in the same group as fellow heavyweights Nigeria in the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.

The two will battle for a single berth from Group G for the finals in Gabon, who were earlier on Wednesday designated hosts after a vote by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.

Apr 8, 2015

Figo disputes CAF claim of all-Africa backing for Blatter

CAIRO (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the presidential elections next month.

The former Portugal international, in Egypt at the CAF Congress to canvass for votes, told Reuters he did not believe all Africa was solidly behind Blatter, who seeks re-election on May 29 against Figo, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan and the Dutch football association president Michael van Praag.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Figo disputes CAF claim of all-Africa backing for Blatter

CAIRO, April 8 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the presidential elections next month.

The former Portugal international, in Egypt at the CAF Congress to canvass for votes, told Reuters he did not believe all Africa was solidly behind Blatter, who seeks re-election on May 29 against Figo, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan and the Dutch football association president Michael van Praag.

Apr 7, 2015

Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

CAIRO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football’s governing body.

Blatter said he would meet with the association’s president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an effort to convince him not to place a resolution on a possible Israeli suspension on the agenda for the FIFA Congress in Zurich next month.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football’s governing body.

Blatter said he would meet with the association’s president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an effort to convince him not to place a resolution on a possible Israeli suspension on the agenda for the FIFA Congress in Zurich next month.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Hayatou can stay as CAF president after age rules changed

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – A vote to remove an age limit on Confederation of African Football officials to allow Issa Hayatou to continue his long-term tenure as president of African football’s governing body was unanimously passed on Tuesday.

All 54 countries at the organisation’s congress in Cairo voted in favour of a proposal to change the statutes which previously stopped officials serving past the age of 70.

Apr 7, 2015

Blatter wants tougher punishment for racism

CAIRO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for tougher punishment for teams and associations found guilty of racism and discrimination on Tuesday and said monetary sanctions were increasingly ineffective.

Statutes allowed for stiffer sanctions which now had to be implemented as the battle against ‘the scourge of racism and discrimination is not being won’, he told the Confederation of African Football congress.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Blatter wants tougher punishment for racism

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for tougher punishment for teams and associations found guilty of racism and discrimination on Tuesday and said monetary sanctions were increasingly ineffective.

Statutes allowed for stiffer sanctions which now had to be implemented as the battle against ‘the scourge of racism and discrimination is not being won’, he told the Confederation of African Football congress.