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Sep 6, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria suffer Nations Cup shock, draw for Ghana

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were handed a shock defeat at the start of the group phase of African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday while Ghana also still seemed to be nursing a World Cup hangover.

Fellow 2014 World Cup combatants Algeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast were in a happier mood after opening the campaign for a place at the Nations Cup finals in Morocco in January with victories.

Sep 5, 2014

Soccer-Diouf sets Senegal on way to impressive win

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Mame Biram Diouf set Senegal on their way to an impressive 2-0 home victory over record winners Egypt at the start of the group stages of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Friday.

Guinea beat Togo 2-1 in Casablanca, having been ordered to play at a neutral venue because of fears over the Ebola virus, while South Africa put aside a dismal four years since they hosted the World Cup to beat Sudan 3-0 away in Khartoum.

Sep 3, 2014

Nigeria face new suspension as FIFA set deadline

CAPE TOWN (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.

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.