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Jan 18, 2015

Hosts denied opening day Nations Cup triumph

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – A late equaliser cost hosts Equatorial Guinea an opening win at the African Nations Cup finals as they drew 1-1 with Congo on Saturday before Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 to top Group A.

Congo’s Thievy Bifouma netted three minutes from time to deny the tiny host nation a rousing start to the hastily-arranged tournament as a more than capacity crowd turned out at the Estadio de Bata for the tournament curtain raiser.

Jan 15, 2015

Record-breaking Le Roy back for another tilt at title

MALABO (Reuters) – French coach Claude Le Roy will augment his record-breaking achievements and add to his exalted status in African football when he takes charge of Congo in the opening match at the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday.

The 66-year-old manager is participating at an eighth Nations Cup tournament, with the game against hosts Equatorial Guinea in Bata his 33rd on the touchline at the finals.

Jan 7, 2015

South Africa gamble on fitness of De Kock and Duminy

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.

De Kock, the exciting 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, is only expected to recover from an ankle ligament injury in one month.

Jan 7, 2015

Cricket-South Africa gamble on fitness of De Kock and Duminy

CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.

De Kock, the exciting 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, is only expected to recover from an ankle ligament injury in one month.

Jan 7, 2015

Toure in the running for record fourth African award

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Yaya Toure has a chance to become the first player to be named African Footballer of the Year four years in a row when the 2014 winner is announced in Lagos on Thursday.

Toure is one of a trio of finalists, along with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for the annual accolade voted for by coaches and captains of the continent’s national teams.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Toure in the running for record fourth African award

CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Yaya Toure has a chance to become the first player to be named African Footballer of the Year four years in a row when the 2014 winner is announced in Lagos on Thursday.

Toure is one of a trio of finalists, along with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for the annual accolade voted for by coaches and captains of the continent’s national teams.

Jan 6, 2015

West Indies youngsters promise brighter future – Ramdin

CAPE TOWN, Jan 6 (Reuters) – – Beleaguered West Indies cricket has a promising future with exciting young players being further exposed to the test format recently, captain Denesh Ramdin said following his team’s series loss in South Africa.

“We need to be consistent and learn how to take ownership of the game,” the skipper told reporters on Tuesday after an eight- wicket defeat in the final test at Newlands and a 2-0 loss in the series.

Jan 6, 2015

Cricket-West Indies youngsters promise brighter future – Ramdin

CAPE TOWN, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Beleaguered West Indies cricket has a promising future with exciting young players being further exposed to the test format recently, captain Denesh Ramdin said following his team’s series loss in South Africa.

“We need to be consistent and learn how to take ownership of the game,” the skipper told reporters on Tuesday after an eight- wicket defeat in the final test at Newlands and a 2-0 loss in the series.

Jan 6, 2015

South Africa beat West Indies to win last test

By Mark Gleeson

CAPE TOWN (Reuters – Opener Dean Elgar hit an unbeaten 60 as South Africa coasted to a comfortable eight-wicket win over West Indies in the final test at Newlands on Tuesday to take the three-match series 2-0 and retain their ranking as the top side in tests.

Elgar and captain Hashim Amla (38 not out) saw South Africa home as they reached 124 for two wickets before lunch on the final day to secure victory.

Jan 6, 2015

Cricket-South Africa beat West Indies to win last test

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* South Africa win by eight wickets

* Take three-match series 2-0

By Mark Gleeson

CAPE TOWN, Jan 6 (Reuters – Opener Dean Elgar hit an unbeaten 60 as South Africa coasted to a comfortable eight-wicket win over West Indies in the final test at Newlands on Tuesday to take the three-match series 2-0 and retain their ranking as the top side in tests.

Elgar and captain Hashim Amla (38 not out) saw South Africa home as they reached 124 for two wickets before lunch on the final day to secure victory.