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Sep 26, 2014

Rugby-Aussie streak depends on winning forward battle – captain

CAPE TOWN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Australia need to win the forward battle if they are to maintain their winning momentum when they face South Africa in the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday, captain Michael Hooper said.

“We’ve got to be physical. They’ve (South Africa) got a great forward pack and last year they got a lot of good momentum against us. We’ve got to get those boys on the ground and nullify their backs who have a good X-factor. We are not too sure what to expect but excited about it,” he told reporters on Friday as his team had a brief run-out at the match venue.

Sep 25, 2014

Rugby-Faingaa determined to take chance after four-year wait

CAPE TOWN, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Perennial squad member Saia Faingaa is determined to make the most of his opportunity after ending a four-year wait for an Australia test start against South Africa on Saturday.

The 27-year-old will be the fifth hooker in the last eight Wallaby tests in what is fast becoming a jinxed position. He was selected ahead of his Queensland Reds teammate James Hanson and coach Ewen McKenzie made it clear that Faingaa was being picked for his expertise at the set pieces.

Sep 25, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies ring wing changes for Cape Town clash

CAPE TOWN, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Winger Joe Tomane will make his first international appearance in almost a year as Australia made three changes to their side for their Rugby Championship test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

Adam Ashley-Cooper returns on the other wing while hooker Saia Faingaa was selected ahead of his club mate James Hanson in the squad named by coach Ewen McKenzie on Thursday for the penultimate game in this year’s tournament for both teams.

Sep 11, 2014

Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Soccer-Keshi unsure of future at helm of stumbling Nigeria

CAPE TOWN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions, and was heading back to the country on Thursday for discussions on continuing in the job.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

Sep 11, 2014

Egypt suffer another blow to Nations Cup hopes

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Record winners Egypt face the bleak prospect of missing out on yet another African Nations Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday left them with no points from their first two qualifiers for the 2015 finals.

The defeat in Cairo leaves Egypt six points adrift of Group G pacesetters Tunisia and Senegal, who were 2-0 winners in Botswana on a busy night of qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco in January. Cameroon continued their rehabilitation after a disappointing World Cup with a crushing 4-1 win over the Ivory Coast while Algeria beat Mali to maintain the form that helped them reach the last 16 in Brazil.

Sep 10, 2014

Soccer-Egypt suffer another blow to Nations Cup hopes

CAPE TOWN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Record winners Egypt face the bleak prospect of missing out on yet another African Nations Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday left them with no points from their first two qualifiers for the 2015 finals.

The defeat in Cairo leaves Egypt six points adrift of Group G pacesetters Tunisia and Senegal, who were 2-0 winners in Botswana on a busy night of qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco in January.

Sep 9, 2014

Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) РNigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week, FIFA said on Tuesday.

The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to relinquish control of the NFF and for its beleaguered president Aminu Maigari and his staff to be allowed back to their posts after having seen off two attempted bids to sweep them from office over the last months.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

CAPE TOWN, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Nigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week, FIFA said on Tuesday.

The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to relinquish control of the NFF and for its beleaguered president Aminu Maigari and his staff to be allowed back to their posts after having seen off two attempted bids to sweep them from office over the last months.

Sep 6, 2014

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.